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Geriatric Active Exercise

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Getting older may change some of your daily routines.  However, there is one routine most older people should consider doing every day and that is a little exercise. Every day, senior citizens go to the gym to feel better and have an improved quality of life. LA Medical isn’t pushing you to go to the weight room and start curling dumbbells, but to look into smaller exercises that keep you active and keep your muscles and body moving too.

Doing some form of geriatric active exercise or activity keeps your physical and mental health stable and helps maintain your independence. Not participating in exercise can be more harmful than you think.  The U.S. Surgeon General states that inactive people are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active.  Lack of exercise could cause more visits to your doctor and more medications.

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Pick an exercise that you enjoy! There are many to chose from!

Pick an exercise that you enjoy! There are many to chose from!

ivity as exercise?  What’s the real difference between physical activity and exercise? Physical activity can range from gardening or walking outside to getting the mail or doing the laundry.  Regular exercise could be weight lifting, water aerobics or yoga.

LA Medical recommends keeping regular exercise and physical activity separate, making sure to fit actual exercise into your schedule.  Make sure before any strenuous exercise to stretch.  Stretching helps you engage in exercise by feeling loose and not to cause more harm after the exercise. Always remember to be relaxed while stretching and exercising. If you are uncomfortable with an exercise, consider finding another one that fits you and causes less pain.  You may want to check with your doctor to know what limits you may have before exercising.

Many older individuals look forward to exercising whether it’s daily or weekly. Take a look at your local gyms like the YMCA or YWCA, and see what programs they offer. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that regular use of Medicare-sponsored health club benefits was associated with lower long-term health care costs.

LA Medical Retail promotes a healthy lifestyle of staying active and exercising regularly.  Take a look at our online catalog for all of our products or contact us.

What Medicare Plan Fits You?

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger


Different Medicare Plans cover different things.  Make sure to pick the one that best fits your needs.

Different Medicare Plans cover different things. Make sure to pick the one that best fits your needs.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 and older.  Medicare helps with some costs of health care, but it never covers all the expenses. At LA Medical Retail, we have staff on hand that specifically work with Medicare and will be able to assist you with any questions you have.

There is a lot of information about Medicare and how it works.  See what Medicare Plan below fits you the best:

  • Medicare Part A: Insurance that pays for inpatient hospital stays and hospice care
  • Part B: Insurance that pays for doctor’s services, outpatient hospital care, medical equipment and some services not covered by Part A.
  • Part C (Advantage Plan): Provides everything from Parts A and B.
  • Part D (Drug Plan): This is a stand-alone drug plan offered by insurers to people who get benefits through Original Medicare.
  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): This Advantage Plan covers all of Parts A and B but could cover extra days in the hospital. If chosen, you can only go to doctors, specialists or hospitals; except in an emergency.
  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): This Advantage Plan lets people pay less for doctors, hospitals and medical providers that belong to the network.  You can use outside network medical care for an additional cost.
  • Medicare-approved amount: includes what Medicare pays and any deductible
  • Medicare Cost Plan: A type of HMO that covers services in case of an emergency
  • Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plan (PFFS): An Advantage Plan where people go to a Medicare-approved doctor or hospital
  • Medigap Policy: Medicare Supplement Insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill gaps in Original Medicare Plans.
  • Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plan: Takes a high-deductible Advantage Plan, like an HMO and PPO with a Medical Savings Account for medical expenses.
  • Special Needs Plan: For specialized health care, who both have Medicare and Medicaid, reside in a nursing home or have chronic medical conditions.

LA Medical Retail hopes you are able to find the right Medicare plan that fits your medical conditions.  Take a look at our online catalog to see all of the products we offer.

Avoiding Health Scams

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Franklin Roosevelt declared August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. LA Medical Retail supports Senior Citizens Day and the senior citizens in our communities, and recognizes achievements they have made.  It is also a day to bring awareness to the social, health and economic issues that affect our senior citizen community such as health scams.

Almost every minute of every day, people are falling for a health scam. For us to help protect our senior citizens and to make sure they live healthy lives, we need to educate them on how to avoid a health scam.  Health scams tend to be a waste of money and can lead to delays in proper diagnosis and/or treatment. These scams can be seen on T.V., heard on the radio, seen online or even heard by word-of-mouth. Make sure to do more research about a drug or quick cure and if you’re not sure, contact your doctor for more information.

Scam artists tend to repeat the same vocabulary and marketing strategies to get you to purchase their products.  Here are some things to look for in their advertisements:

  • Promises of a quick cure
  • The product is made from a special or rare formula of different drugs or natural additives
  • Uses statements from “satisfied” patients or customers who use the product regularly
  • “Doctors” who are played by actors
  • Claims to cure multiple issues
  • Money-back guarantees if the product doesn’t work
  • Offers for free or additional promotions that are in addition to the original product
  • Requirement of advanced payment and “limited” supply
  • Only a handful of people have tried the product

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects the public by assuring the safety of prescription drugs, biological products, medical devices, food, cosmetics and radiation emitting products. The FDA has a great video that explains more about avoiding health scams.

LA Medical Retail cares about your overall health and safety. Make sure the medicines you have are prescribed to you by your doctor. Feel free to contact us with any questions or check out our line of personal care products or braces and supports.

Don't get pulled into sneaky sales techniques.  Don't believe everything you hear or see.

Don’t get pulled into sneaky sales techniques. Don’t believe everything you hear or see.

Have you Considered Being an Organ Donor?

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

According to Organ Donor Registry, every year over 100,000 people are waiting for an organ. 18 people will die every day waiting for an organ and amazingly, one organ donor can save up to eight lives.  LA Medical Retail wants you to consider looking into registering to be an organ donor.  21 million people feel they’re too old to be considered donors.  Last year alone, 35 percent of organ donors were 50 and older!

You’re never too old to register and donate your organs.  There is no cutoff age for registering. Don’t think because of age, you can no longer be a donor. People today are living healthier lives and know how to stay active and eat well.  People are in better shape than ever which helps them be a healthier donor.  People in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and older are donating their organs and people over 50 still receive transplants. Today, the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs and small intestine are some of the most needed organs.

There are three easy ways to change lives.  Go online to the Organ Donor Registry and sign up, designate on your driver’s license and most of all, tell your family, so they can support your decision when the time comes.

If you were able to donate organs that were needed, you or your family will never be charged for the transplant. Donating your organs is the greatest gift you could ever give to someone else. By donating your organs, you can save or improve as many as 50 lives.

Being an organ donor is a great and generous thing you could do to help someone else receive a healthy organ.  LA Medical Retail can also help in setting you up with walkers and accessories. Can’t find what you need? Contact us today with any questions!

Give the gift of life and become an organ donor.

Give the gift of life and become an organ donor.

Alcohol and Elderly: The Negative Effects

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Alcohol and the ElderlyAccording to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), around 80 percent of the elderly persons seek treatment drinking alcohol instead of taking their prescription medications. Today, LA Medical Retail wants you to know there are treatments to help you overcome drinking alcoholic beverages.  We want you to know the differences between different alcohol problems and ways to seek help.

Doctors recommend that nondrinkers DO NOT start drinking to improve their health. It isn’t a safe alternative and it could lead to drinking more excessively. Alcoholism causes memory loss, depression, anxiety, poor appetite, bruises from falls, sleeping problems and forgetting basic hygiene.

There is a difference between alcohol abuse and dependence.  Alcohol abuse happens when a person drinks too much too often, but doesn’t need it to function throughout their day.  This could lead to driving a car under-the-influence or public intoxication.  Alcohol dependence is more serious and is a lifelong disease.  People have to drink to function throughout their day and they cannot control how much once they start.  Many people do not have a limit and don’t know when to stop.  When they stop drinking they go through a state of withdrawal which causes them to sweat, shake and get sick.  Withdrawal can also lead back to drinking again.

Many people have gained the strength to walk away from drinking and live healthy lives.  It does only take one drink to turn around and get hooked again. For anybody to quit drinking takes time, energy and most of all, support.  There are medicines available to help control the need for alcohol and can make you sick, on purpose, from drinking; sort of like punishment. Support groups are available and can help you get away from drinking by talking out your problems.  You could also remove alcohol from the home, avoid drinking when angry or spend the time and money on something fun with your family.

LA Medical Retail is a home medical equipment provider and offers aids to daily living.  Check out our full catalog for other products we offer.

What it Means to be a Geriatric Patient

Posted on: August 13th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Two Geriatric PeopleThroughout your lifetime, you will hold many different patient titles. Don’t be offended by the medical terminology, it’s simply how medical personnel describe patients based on age.

From birth to age 18, you are considered a “pediatric” or child patient.  From age 19 on up you are considered an adult patient. But at what age are you considered a “geriatric” patient?

There is no set age to be considered a geriatric patient.  The usual retirement age is 65 and this is typically the time when you are eligible for social security and can apply for Medicaid.  You may be considered a geriatric patient being 65 or older, but it doesn’t mean you cannot be classified at an earlier age.

Being considered a geriatric patient isn’t a bad thing. People are living longer and those people are living well with changes in the medical world.  Geriatricians, usually seen at a hospital or nursing home, care for older or elderly people and specialize in their medical needs along with psychological and social needs.  Geriatricians evaluate the patient’s living situation along with their abilities to perform daily tasks like bathing, dressing and eating.

Adults 65 and older on average have three or more medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure.  With today’s technology and research, older adults have more knowledge and opportunities available to plan for retirement and any future medical needs.

On August 21st, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day. This national holiday, which has been around since 1988, acknowledges and makes certain we give something back to the older citizens in our communities. On this holiday, try to spend time with an older family member or consider volunteering at a nursing home.

Even though we are not geriatricians, LA Medical Retail offers manual wheelchairs, ramps and wheelchair lifts to help you get around your home a little easier.

What’s Better for You? A Doctor or Specialist?

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger
Try to find a doctor or specialist who specializes in working with people your age. They will be more familiar with your symptoms and health related issues.

Try to find a doctor or specialist who specializes in working with people your age. They will be more familiar with your symptoms and health related issues.

Anyone can go to the doctor to get a general idea of what’s wrong with them and what they need to do in the future to prevent symptoms from coming back. If you or your doctor feel that there is something else affecting your health, you may want to see a specialist.  LA Medical Retail wants you to understand the differences between a doctor or specialist and which one is better for different situations.

Most family doctors cover the basic sicknesses, infections, and treatment plans. Your doctor may refer you to someone in his professional medical network of doctors and specialists.  It’s not your doctor’s fault if he or she can’t give more insight or prescribe a treatment for you.  Family doctors refer you to specialists for a reason. A specialist studies and researches a specific health issue and continues to treat it over time. Most insurance companies require a referral from your doctor to see a specialist to cover your treatment.

The overall visit with the specialist may be short because the specialist already has your information from your family doctor.  After the specialist meets with you, he may determine if you need further testing to pinpoint what is wrong and to prescribe the right medicine and treatment plan.

Make sure to ask questions!  You have a great relationship with your doctor and if you have to keep going back to see a specialist, form a relationship with them as well.  Don’t be scared to address questions or concerns. Your concerns may help with your diagnosis and treatment. Only you know how you feel. See if your specialist can provide written materials for you to read in your free time to better understand your diagnosis.

When you are done meeting with the specialist, make sure he shares your information with your regular doctor.  When you go for your next check up, your doctor will be aware of what to look for and understand what the specialist is talking about.

LA Medical Retail promotes healthy living and encourages regular check-ups.  Take a look at our online catalog and vast selection of incontinence supplies and commodes.

Sleep Disorders that May Affect You

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Everyone likes to get a great night’s rest.  It helps us feel refreshed and ready to take on the day’s challenges.  Most people would think that common sleeping disorders deal with breathing during sleep and drinking beverages that keep you up at night.  These problems are true, but there are actual muscle and movement disorders that cause people to lose sleep at night.    LA Medical Retail encourages you to be aware of sleep disorders that may affect you.

Insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring are the three main sleep disorders that may affect the way you sleep and the overall quality of sleep you get.

Insomnia affects adults 60 and older and the most common reason they wake up at night is to go to the bathroom.  Other pain and discomfort people suffer from is heartburn and arthritis which causes you to wake up at night.  The downside to waking up at night with pain or discomfort is trying to get back to sleep.

Sleep apnea is caused by airways being blocked and the soft tissue in the back of throat collapsing during sleep. The lack of oxygen in your body causes your body to wake you up, sometimes when you don’t even realize it, to allow your body to breathe. Snoring is a common cause linked to sleep apena.  Snoring affects 40 percent of adults and is caused by a partial blockage of the passage from the nose and mouth to the lungs. This causes tissues to vibrate leading to the sound of snoring.

Another condition that causes people to stay awake at night is restless leg syndrome (RLS).  Very common with older people, RLS causes uncomfortable feelings in the legs like pins and needles, causing someone’s leg to jerk at night.

Take a look at LA Medical’s homecare beds and mattresses to help with a better night’s sleep today!

Not enough sleep at night may cause you to feel drowsy or get headaches.

Not enough sleep at night may cause you to feel drowsy or get headaches.