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5 Reasons Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!


Do you want to live a long life? Of course! There are a number of things you can do to increase the longevity of your life. One of them is being a woman. Women live an average of five to 10 years longer than men. Throughout every stage of life, men are more likely to die than women. Factors such as culture, genetics and other influences can play a role in life longevity. Check out five of the reasons why women tend to live longer.

  1. Heart disease

The higher level of estrogen that women possess protects them from heart disease for 10 to 15 years longer than men. Estrogen raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and makes the inner lining of the coronary arteries more flexible.

  1. Higher metabolic rates

While being able to burn calories at a higher rate helps men lose weight faster, it also means that they burn through their stem cells faster. Frequent injuries or surgeries can also use up a man’s reserves faster.

  1. Weaker social connections

Women have a tendency to interact more with people and form connections that are linked to a longer life. Women also tend to be more verbal and talk frequently with friends, which strengthens life-prolonging relationships.

  1. Riskier lifestyle habits

Although the lifestyle gap between men and women is closing, habits like smoking, eating and drinking too much, along with holding in stress, can contribute to higher blood pressure and heart disease risk.

  1. Immune system challenges

Another reason why men don’t live as long as women is associated with the immune system. Women are usually born with longer telomeres. Telomeres are the components at the end of chromosomes that act as a guide of cell age. Longer telomeres allow the immune system to function longer and healthier, causing individuals who have them to live longer.

There are other contributors to men dying sooner than women, such as their bigger body size, greater susceptibility to disease, high-risk occupations and chromosomes. Whether you are a man or woman, old or young, LA Medical has solutions to help you live a longer, better life. Contact us or check out our products in our online catalog!

Age is Just a Number

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
It is never too late to become active and improve your health!

It is never too late to become active and improve your health!


We have all heard this quote time and time again and research shows that this is true! It isn’t just about the number of birthday candles on your cake, but your levels of activity. Research has shown that sedentary lifestyles are harmful to health, while active lifestyles help people to live age with fewer health problems. Many older individuals know this, but think they have missed their window and it is too late to live active. Think again! We have some fun ways that you can enjoy sports, adventure and healthy living!


Swimming improves both strength and cardiovascular fitness. Working out in water is an ideal choice for older individuals because it is easy on the joints, safe and effective. Other perks of underwater activity include increased flexibility, better bone density and a healthier heart.


Uniting the mind, body and breath can help increase flexibility and ease stress. Whether you practice in your home or join a group, yoga has been shown to increase strength and improve circulation.


Cycling is easier on your legs and joints than running, but offers the same cardiovascular benefits. Take a spin around the block or join a cycling club to meet new people and spend time outdoors!


Going for a hike will connect you with nature, get active and reap health benefits such as better circulation, mobility and a reduced risk of hospitalization. Another benefit of hiking is the sense of independence that escaping into nature can bring.


Last month, we featured a blog about 5 Benefits of Volunteering. Volunteer opportunities keep you active and give you fun opportunities to help others. A few ideas to get you started are walking dogs at the shelter, helping clean or plant flowers at your local park or lend your energy to a local project.

As you can see, it is never too late to get active. Set a goal for yourself and go for it! LA Medical wants to help you live an active and healthy life. We have mobility products that can help you get moving. Check out these and our other products in our online catalog.

Switching Roles: Caring for an Aging Parent

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Mother and daughter hugging each other

Here are some questions to consider when asking yourself about your aging parents safety.

Are you concerned about the health of your aging parents? As your parents get older, it can be difficult to be sure that they are taking proper care of themselves and living a healthy lifestyle. In order to make sure that your parents are still able to live as they have been, you will need to ask yourself a series of questions when you visit their house.

  1. Are your parents able to take care of themselves?

Failure to keep up daily routines like bathing could be an indication of dementia or depression. Pay attention to their home as well. Are they neglecting housework? Is the yard overgrown? Changes like this can be indicators of their health.

  1. Are your parents experiencing memory loss?

We all forget things from time to time, especially when we get older. However, there is a difference between these normal changes and memory loss that is associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. While misplacing glasses is one thing, getting lost in familiar neighborhoods or forgetting common words could be more serious.

  1. Are you parents safe on the road?

Driving can be a challenge for aging adults. If your parents have been confused while driving or you are worried about their ability to get places safely, it is probably time for them to stop driving.

  1. Have your parents lost weight?

Losing weight could mean that your parents are having a hard time cooking, have lost their sense of taste or some underlying condition like depression, cancer or dementia.

  1. Are your parents able to get around?

Pay attention to how well your parents are able to walk and maneuver around the house. Have they fallen lately or act reluctant to walk usual distances? Issues like muscle weakness and joint pain can make it difficult to get around.

It is not easy to accept that your parents may need some extra help. LA Medical has a number of solutions like canes, scooters, bathroom safety products and other aids to help them live safely in their home. You can find our products and solutions in our online catalog.

Why Won’t My Aging Parent Eat?

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by vgmforbin
As adults age, their appetite may change. We have some advice for helping them maintain a healthy diet.

As adults age, their appetite may change. We have some advice for helping them maintain a healthy diet.

A balanced diet is important for maintaining health, building bone mass and enabling medications to work effectively – especially in senior adults. But if you are caring for an aging loved one, you may find that they do not want to eat properly, or sometimes at all. This can be challenging as a caregiver. LA Medical wants to help you uncover the reasons behind your parent’s eating habits and find the underlying issue. Here are some common reasons why seniors don’t eat properly:

Lessened sense of smell and taste – Eating involves a number of different senses involving smells, colors and tastes. But these senses are often reduced during the aging process. This also lessens an individual’s desire for food. Altering recipes and adding different herbs and spices may help add flavor to dishes that seem bland.

Reduced vision – Favorite dishes may now appear boring as cataracts and other eye conditions affect your parent’s vision. Use colorful foods like salads, red potatoes and orange carrots. Separate each food so that the colors can be easily defined and differentiated.

 Medications – There are some medications that your parent may be taking that affect their sense of taste or appetite. Talk to their doctor to see if there is a substitute medication or an additional prescription that can be used to correct the problem.

Difficulty chewing – Tooth pain, gum problems and dentures can also cause older individuals to experience problems with chewing. Try serving softer foods. Replace raw fruits and vegetables with cooked vegetables or juices. Ground or shredded meats are also easier to chew.

If all of the above attempts fail to motivate your aging parent to eat, talk with a doctor. As a caregiver, it is important that you focus on your loved one’s nutrition. Taking care of someone who is sick or aging can be very draining, both emotionally and physically. LA Medical offers products in our online catalog that can ease your burden.

Taking Care In The Commode

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Older individuals are staying in their homes longer than before which increases the possibility of a dangerous fall.


There are almost 200,000 bathroom accidents every year. Most of these involve older adults. If you are concerned about safety in the bathroom, LA Medical has some solutions that could help ensure the well-being of you or a loved one.

OId style toilets can not only be uncomfortable, but dangerous as well. The low seating style can make it hard to sit down or get back up. The lack of balance and strength can cause harmful falls. By installing an elevated toilet seat with handrails can make it easier to get up and down while providing balance support to prevent a fall.

The bathtub may seem more dangerous than relaxing to some individuals. Stepping in and out of a bath or shower can be slippery and dangerous. Many senior citizens use towel bars and racks to support themselves but these were not made to support human weight. By forcing so much body weight on a device that isn’t sturdy, you are putting yourself at risk for a terrible slip. Consider investing in a transfer chair that allows you to easily sit and slide into the bath or shower without having to step over the wall of a tub. LA Medical also offers different grabs and bars that are designed to resist a lot of weight and can be strategically placed near the toilet and bath to offer stability and safety. There are also bath seats available for those who do not feel comfortable standing in a shower or have difficulties sitting all the way down into a bath.

With many elderly individuals staying in their homes longer, it is important to consider bathroom safety. Older people are at an increased risk for bathroom accidents and preventing falls should be a concern for everyone. LA Medical wants to help you and your loved ones make the bathroom a relaxing room once again.

6 Ways to Take Action during National Skin Care Awareness Month

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Care for your skin to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible.

Care for your skin to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Aging is a part of life that should be embraced, as it shows the many years of life that have been lived. Through the memories made and chances taken, every wrinkle has earned its place. While there are some changes that are out of our control, there are steps that can be taken to stay as healthy as possible during the aging process. September is National Skin Care Awareness Month, which is why LA Medical would like to offer up six helpful tips for healthier skin as people age. LA Medical wants to remind you it is never too late to adopt new habits and break old ones.

  1. One of the primary reasons for premature wrinkles is sun exposure. Over time, sun rays damage fibers in the skin and make it harder to recover after being stretched. Wearing sun screen every day, even when it is cold and cloudy outside, is the best way to stay protected.
  2. Smokers experience more wrinkles at an earlier age. Smoking damages the skin’s elasticity, as well as other major organs. There are different ways people go about quitting smoking. Find what works for you and take action today!
  3. With countless products on the market that claim to revitalize skin and reduce wrinkles, it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t. There are currently three products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat sun damaged or aging skin: tretinoin cream and carbon dioxide and erbium lasers.
  4. Age spots are dark flat areas that are caused by years of sun exposure. They are common on exposed places such as the face, neck, arms, and feet. Using sun screen can help prevent future spots and tretinoin cream can help in reducing the appearance of the dark spots.
  5. As people age they lose oil and sweat from their skin, which increases dryness and itching. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can also increase itching, which can disrupt sleep and cause irritability. Ointments, creams, and lotions can all assist in reducing itching. Use a humidifier that can increase moisture in the air.
  6. As people age they may notice their skin bruises easier. The skin thins and loses fat and connective tissue, which supports blood vessels and makes them more susceptible to injury. However, sometimes bruising occurs due to an injury or illness and medical attention is needed.

Aging a natural part of life and LA Medical encourages you to embrace it. As time goes on, it is important to take steps to keep your mind, body, and spirit as healthy as possible. Protect your skin with tips found here and visit LA Medical online for skin care and health products.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

Differences between Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Make the right decision for your loved one.

Make the right decision for your loved one.

It can be a difficult decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home. As people age, their need for care increases and they can find assistance in a home designed for their comfort and health.  It’s important to weigh the different options to ensure your loved one has access to the care they need.  LA Medical has bathroom safety products and other supplies available to provide you or a loved one with better safety and care within the home. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are open and welcoming to anyone in need. Here we have provided the definitions and differences of assisted living facilities and nursing homes to select the best option for you.

Assisted Living Facilities provide a place for elders to become a part of a community and maintain independence. They are often given a space they can decorate themselves. They have group meals, laundry services, and housekeeping available. Individuals who need little to no help performing daily tasks will find comfort in an assisted living home. Aids are always on staff and available for patients to call upon when needed. Assisted living homes provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and appealing to many.

Nursing homes provide additional help to patients suffering with a cognitive impairment, debilitating medical problem, or need help with daily living tasks. Individuals who need special medical treatment and additional attention can find expertise in a nursing home. Families can feel better knowing their loved one is under the care of professionals who will provide 24-hour medical services. Nursing homes provide a comfortable atmosphere for the elderly to socialize and spend their days with the best assistance.

Deciding between an assisted living facility and a nursing home can be difficult. Make sure to take your loved one’s unique characteristics into consideration. Be conscious of their health and safety needs and ensure they are met as best possible with either option. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for safety and health equipment.

5 Benefits of Life After 65

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

As people age they may become more aware of their growing medical and health needs. They may pay more visits to the doctor, have more prescriptions, or struggle with tasks that used to come easy. While aging is a process that typically involves extra care and attention, there are also many benefits that come with it. LA Medical has supplies to assist you or a loved one around your home and when going about daily life. We are confident you could use our products to ensure better safety and comfort in the life of you or a loved one. Below are 5 benefits that come with aging we hope you can relate to.

  • When someone turns 65 years old, they are granted senior citizen status. They are now able to receive Medicare, an affordable health insurance from the government that can offset many health expenses.
  • The government also provides every senior citizen with Social Security to ensure their financial wellbeing. The amount allocated depends on the individual’s income, retirement account, and taxes.
  • Senior citizens receive discounts at many restaurants and stores after providing proof of their age.
  • After retirement, it is still possible to find enjoyable part-time work. Whether for enjoyment or to make extra cash, there are companies that hire seniors for specific positions and agencies available to help with placement.
  • There are community centers all across the nation for seniors to gather at and socialize. They often have organized activities and volunteer opportunities to work at with your spare time.

Life after 65 can be an exciting time as you find new hobbies to enjoy or have time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to go. Keep your health in mind with LA Medical and call us today for your medical supplies!

Healthy Aging- What it Means to You

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Healthy AgingSeptember is Healthy Aging Month. This is a great time to take a good look at how you are aging and what you can do to take more control of your health and your future.

We all age; some of us age better or slower than others, some age longer than others and we all know someone who doesn’t seem to age at all. What about you?  LA Medical works with people of all ages and health types. We have manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and hundreds of other products for people who are either recovering from or living with an illness or injury, or simply need assistance as they age. We know that every person has different needs, and that’s why we’re here.

How can we assist with your healthy aging? Here are some ideas:

The best way to keep your mind sharp and keep dementia at bay is by keeping your mind active. Consider taking a class or go back to school.  Many local community colleges offer classes on hundreds of different subjects and interests. Choose from classes on anything from painting, pottery, photography, cooking, basket weaving, you name it, it’s out there!

Check with your local County Extension office. Every county has one and they are a wealth of information and classes, many of which are either free or very affordable. Call them or search online.

Consider taking college courses. Non-traditional student numbers are growing on campuses across the country. These more experienced students are prized by teachers for the better attitudes, love of learning and input they offer in class. Many courses are offered at night and online that accommodate busy schedules or people who may have problems with mobility.

Shut off the TV! TV is a passive activity that has been proven to actually dull our brains. Try reading a book, doing puzzles, gardening, going to hear a lecture or even listening to books on tape instead. It’s okay to have some TV in your life (news and educational programs) but watching mind numbing programs is not good for the brain…or anything else. LA Medical wants you to stay age healthy!