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6 Benefits of Mobility Scooters

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by vgmforbin
Mobility scooters make it easier and safer for individuals with limited mobility to get around.

Mobility scooters make it easier and safer for individuals with limited mobility to get around.

As adults get older, mobility often becomes limited. Whether this is due to injury, illness or something else, mobility issues can hinder someone’s lifestyle that was once active. Mobility scooters are one solution to keep senior citizens both safe in and out of their homes. There are various benefits that those who use a mobility scooter receive. We will highlight six of them in today’s blog.

  1. Stay Independent: Many aging adults have a harder time moving around on their own due to previous falls, injuries or other conditions. Mobility scooters can keep elderly people active and able to independently move from room to room safely.
  2. Prevent Falls: Falls can cause broken bones, bruises, head injuries, and other ailments that can quickly debilitate a person. Mobility scooters make it possible for individuals to get around on their own without the risk of falling.
  3. Avoid Hospital Visits: Mobility scooters allow seniors to get around safely, helping them avoid extended hospital stays.
  4. Heal Faster: If you have ever recovered from an illness or injury, you understand how hard it is to stay put and rest for weeks or months at a time. Mobility scooter owners don’t need to worry about overexerting themselves after surgery.
  5. Shop Easier: Retail stores and malls can be challenging for those that have mobility problems. Scooters help free up your hands and make it possible to shop without risking fatigue or falls.
  6. Make Life Easier for Caregivers: Family caregivers are glad to help but sometimes there are challenges that they cannot physically assist with. A mobility scooter allows older adults to be more active and independent. This means they can take care of more daily tasks that wouldn’t be safe or possible without a little help.

If you think that a mobility scooter is the best solution for meeting the mobility needs of you or your loved one, LA Medical has a number of different models available. We have sales representatives who can help you find the best option for you!

5 Benefits of Volunteering

Posted on: April 19th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Volunteering will not only benefit others, but also your health!

Volunteering will not only benefit others, but also your health!

Today is Volunteer Recognition Day! We want to take this opportunity to honor the ordinary people who do extraordinary things with their time and service. Many of us volunteer with location organizations, and most of us have benefited from the acts of a generous volunteer. LA Medical Retail Store supports volunteering efforts of all kinds! Check out these five awesome benefits of volunteering.

  1. Volunteering can help improve your physical well-being. The social interaction that occurs while volunteering can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It can also increase the feel-good chemicals in your brain, called endorphins, and boost your immune system.
  2. Volunteering is beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. Often times the person who offers their time feels like they receive more benefit than the person they helped!
  3. Volunteering can fight off stress and illness. Socializing with new people and discovering new skills are great for the mind as well as the body. Social connections are priceless.
  4. Volunteering boosts your self-esteem and self-worth. Choosing to help others without expecting a reward makes us feel good about ourselves, whether we are shown direct appreciation or not.
  5. Volunteering can help you live better and longer. The sense of purpose and positive interactions you develop with people greatly contribute to the benefits.

If you are telling yourself that you can’t volunteer because of age or physical limitations, think again! Many communities offer programs that are designed to give senior citizens the opportunities to volunteer.

April 20 is National Volunteer Day, and LA Medical wants to say a big “thank you” to all of the volunteers out there for your help and generosity. If you are a volunteer, or receive the benefits of volunteering, we appreciate you! And, as always, if the team at LA Medical Retail Store can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-740-7251.

How to Manage Stress

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Stress is inevitable. However, chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health.

Stress is inevitable. However, chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health.

Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on being busy and often praises on a jam-packed schedule. However, having too many things on your calendar can lead to harmful stress.  There are many things that we can’t control, making stress inevitable. But how you handle that stress can make a big difference in how you feel. Use some of these calming strategies to help ease your stress burden.

Blow a bubble: When you are feeling stressed out, unwrap a stick of gum. Chewing gum lowers anxiety and some researchers believe that the rhythmic act of chewing improves blood flow to the brain. The smell and taste of some minty freshness can also help you relax.

Get outdoors: Spending time outdoors, even if it is your own backyard, is linked to better well-being. Even a few minutes of being outdoors can be a big mood-changer.

Smile: A smile reduces your body’s stress responses, even if you aren’t feeling happy! In times of tension, put a smile on your face to lower your heart rate faster.

Turn on the tunes: Listening to music can lead to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Before heading into a stressful situation, pop in some relaxing music to keep yourself calm.

Write it down: Writing your thoughts out on paper can be a good emotional outlet. Whether it is on pen and paper, a phone app, or a computer document, when the feelings are out, you can start working on them. The most important thing is that you are honest about your feelings.

Managing stress may seem simple, but ignoring it can lead to a number of health problems that are more serious later one. Heart disease, asthma, obesity and diabetes have all been linked with stress. Taking care of your stress is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of serious conditions.  National Stress Awareness Day is April 16th. Take this as an opportunity to pinpoint stress triggers in your life and do what you can to prevent them.  If the medical issues of you or a loved one are stressing you out, talk to a representative at LA Medical about solutions we may have for you. Contact us today!

Minorities and Cancer; the Fight to Close the Racial Gap and Saving Lives

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by vgmforbin
For National Minority Health Month, we want to offer information about the conditions that African American people are at a higher risk for.

For National Minority Health Month, we want to offer information about the conditions that African American people are at a higher risk for.

As we discussed in our last blog, some minority groups have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others.  LA Medical encourages everyone to have the best health possible through healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for all people.

This month is National Minority Health Month and we are trying to offer open dialogues about improving the health of all people by discussing the research done on these cancer-affected groups.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer death rates for women are highest among blacks, followed by whites, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

Research from the American Cancer Society finds that African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival rates after diagnosis of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers.

  • It is estimated that about 169,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed among African-Americans by year’s end. Approximately 66,000 African-Americans will die from cancer.
  • African-American women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer caused by the STD human papillomavirus (HPV), and 20 percent more likely to die from it compared to white women.
  • African-American men were almost twice as likely to have new cases of stomach cancer as white men.
  • African-American women are 2.1 times as likely to have been diagnosed with stomach cancer as white women, and they are 2.4 times as likely to die from stomach cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.
  • Prostate, lung and colorectal cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers among African-American men and the most common cancers are breast, lung and colorectal in African-American women.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated or any types of cancer. For people living with cancers, LA Medical has equipment and supplies to improve your life. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds, and other equipment that will help you stay comfortable and safe throughout the process.

 

Sources CDC.gov and the National Association of Social Workers

Minorities and Cancer; the Fight to Close the Racial Gap and Saving Lives

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
April is Minority Health Month and we want to inform you about common health issues for those of Asian heritage.

April is Minority Health Month and we want to inform you about common health issues for those of Asian heritage.

Cancer affects everyone from the youngest babies all the way up to the oldest citizens. But some minority groups have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others. LA Medical wants everyone to have the best health possible and encourages healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for everyone.

April is set aside as National Minority Health Month to bring awareness to these discrepancies and open dialogues about improving the health of all people. The research done on these cancer-affected groups focuses both the rate of getting cancer diagnosis and the survival rates. The American Cancer Society, the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) and the National Center or Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities has compiled statistics on cancer discrepancies between Asian Americans and other cultures.

Cancer statistics compiled among Asian-Americans from the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) shows many disproportionate findings.

  • Chinese have the highest mortality rates for lung and bronchial cancer among all Asian subgroups.
  • Japanese have the highest incidence rates for colorectal cancer, female breast cancer, and uterine cancer and the highest mortality rates for colorectal cancer and uterine cancer among all Asian subgroups.
  • Koreans have the highest incidence and mortality rates of stomach cancer among all Asian subgroups and the lowest rate of colorectal cancer screening.
  • Cervical cancer incidence rates in Vietnamese women are five times higher than the rate among White American women is the number one cancer to occur in Vietnamese women.
  • Vietnamese men have the highest rates of liver cancer for all racial/ethnic groups.
  • The incidence of liver cancer in Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese populations are 1.7 to 11.3 times higher than rates among White Americans.
  • Cancer has been the number one killer of Asian American women since 1980.
  • Among Asian Americans, colorectal cancer is the second most common diagnosed cancer, and it is the third highest cause of cancer-related mortality.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is also vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated or any types of cancer. For people living with any type of cancer, LA Medical has equipment and supplies to improve your life. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds or anything else that will make the journey through cancer safer and more comfortable.

 

Sources: The Center for Disease Control, The American Society, The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)

Breathing Tricks to Help You Sleep

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by vgmforbin
If you have problems sleeping at night, breathing exercises could be the solution.

If you have problems sleeping at night, breathing exercises could be the solution.

Most of us would like to improve the quality of our sleep each night. Even if we can drift off, our cycle is often interrupted by tossing and turning. There are many subconscious habits that can leave us alert rather than calm and relaxed. But one of the best ways to bring our body to a relaxed state is one that we don’t usually think about: breathing. Taking the time to be mindful of getting proper inhales and exhales could be the solution to shutting down your stress and solving your sleep problems. Give these breathing tricks a try tonight:

1. Take it slow

Many of us don’t know what it feels like to really use the diaphragm, abdominals and lungs to take a full breath, hold it for a moment, and then slowly let it go. Focusing your mind and body on these deep breaths will calm down your entire system. Lie on your back in bed and try breathing slowly for 10 minutes before dozing off.

2. Use a traditional meditative breath

If an anxious mind is robbing you of sleep, give meditation a try. Connecting with the rise and fall of your breath can help you relax tense muscles. This can also help you let go of any negative or stressful thoughts.

3. Alternate nostrils

Alternating between each nostril for the inhale and exhale of each breath is said to help the body and mind achieve a sense of balance and neutrality. Breathing through the nose sends signals of relaxation and homeostasis while mouth breathing subconsciously tells your brain that the body is in a state of stress. Find a comfortable sitting position with your eyes closed. Close off your left nostril with your right ring finger to inhale. Then close off the right nostril with your right thumb for the exhale.

4. Double down on the exhale

Many breathing techniques rely on an exhale that is twice as long as the inhale to bring calming and restorative benefits. The focus used to count the length of each breath keeps us from thinking stressful thoughts.

If you are struggling to drift off each night, maybe it is your breathing! Something as simple as breath control could help you find the relaxed state that is necessary for a quality night’s sleep. LA Medical knows the benefits that good sleep habits have on overall wellness. Visit us online or give us a call today!

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.

Super foods for Your Kidneys

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by vgmforbin
March is National Kidney Month. Do your kidneys a favor and fill up on these superfoods.

March is National Kidney Month. Do your kidneys a favor and fill up on these superfoods.

In recent years, scientists have pinpointed certain foods as “super foods”. In addition to stimulating overall health, these foods are great for kidney health as well. Many super foods contain antioxidants and other health-promoting properties that are good for your kidneys. While super foods are good for everyone, the following items have been shown to have a positive effect on kidney health:

Red bell peppers are low in potassium and are packed with vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. Red bell peppers can be mixed into salads or used to top sandwiches.

Garlic may not smell so good, but it has been shown to reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol. Use garlic powder to add extra flavor to your meals without adding extra sodium.

Apples are high in fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. They also help reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease, and decrease your risk of cancer.

Blueberries get their blue color from antioxidant compounds and contain lots of vitamin C and fiber. Like most berries, they are delicious on cereal or in smoothies.

Egg whites are pure protein along with all of the essential amino acids. Use them for omelets or egg white sandwiches.

Olive oil contains an anti-inflammatory fatty acid as well as antioxidant compounds that prevent inflammation. It can be used in cooking or to make salad dressing.

Red grapes get their color from several flavonoids which help prevent blood clots and inflammation. Grapes make a tasty snack or can be added to fruit or chicken salad.

March is National Kidney Month and LA Medical urges you to give your kidneys a thought and a check up to make sure that they are working properly. If you aren’t in as good of health as you used to be, we can also help you find the products from our online catalog that you need to keep you happy and independent in your home.

What Can Spinach Do For You

Posted on: March 24th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Spinach is loaded with health benefits and low in calories, making it a great addition to any diet.

Spinach is loaded with health benefits and low in calories, making it a great addition to any diet.

Our old friend Popeye was definitely on to something – spinach is a great addition to your diet! Spinach is low in calories but packed with nutrients. Dark leafy greens are good for your skin, hair and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. This can offer a host of positive health effects.

Check out some of the possible health benefits of a spinach-rich diet:

Diabetes management – Spinach contains antioxidants that have been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes.

Cancer prevention – Spinach and other leafy greens contain chlorophyll. This has been shown to help block the carcinogenic effects that are generated when grilling foods at high temperatures.

Lowering blood pressure – Spinach has a high potassium content which helps negate the effects of sodium in the body. Low potassium intake can be just as big of a risk factor in developing high blood pressure as eating a lot of sodium.

Healthy bones – Getting enough vitamin K improves bones’ calcium absorption and helps reduce urinary excretion of calcium. Not getting enough vitamin K has been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture in older adults.

Healthy skin and hair – Spinach is rich in vitamin A, which keeps hair moisturized and is necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues. Dark, leafy greens are also a good source of vitamin C, which provides structure to the skin and hair.

Spinach is very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. Here are a few ideas for how to add more spinach to your diet:

  • Incorporate it into pastas, soups and casseroles.
  • Add spinach to your wrap or sandwich
  • Add a handful to an omelet or smoothie
  • Make a dip using spinach, like spinach artichoke

As you can see, spinach is loaded with tons of nutrients and health benefits. So take a tip from Popeye and try to incorporate more spinach and greens into you and your family’s daily diet. LA Medical is dedicated to keeping you and your loved ones in the best health possible. Check out our online catalog for more solutions to living an active and healthy life.

Nutrition Tips for Aging Parents

Posted on: March 22nd, 2015 by vgmforbin
While everyone should eat a balanced diet, senior citizens need some additional nutrients to stay healthy and active.

While everyone should eat a balanced diet, senior citizens need some additional nutrients to stay healthy and active.

It is usually recommended that elderly individuals should try to get a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains. But there are some specific nutrients that caregivers can incorporate into their parent’s diet to help them maintain and improve overall health.

When preparing meals for your elderly parents, consider following these nutritional guidelines:

Omega 3 fatty acids

Try to serve an omega 3 fatty acid-rich food to elderly parents twice per week. These have been found to reduce the inflammation that can cause heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Fatty acids are found in different types of fish as well as flaxseed oil. Omega 3 supplements are also available so check with their doctor to see if that would be beneficial.

Calcium and Vitamin D

The need for these nutrients increases as people age, mostly to preserve bone health. Calcium also helps lower blood pressure. Many adults find it difficult to consume the four cups of milk per day that is needed to get the ideal amount of calcium. Check with your parent’s doctor to see if he or she should try taking a calcium supplement to get a good amount.

Limit sodium content

Many aging adults have high blood pressure. One of the most important things a child can do to reduce their parent’s blood pressure is to prepare meals that are low in sodium. This doesn’t just mean table salt. Avoid frozen, processed or restaurant foods, as these are usually high in sodium. Fruits and vegetables have the lowest sodium content so try to incorporate these into meals as much as possible.

When you are trying to make changes to an aging parent’s diet, it is important to incorporate them slowly. You can help them overcome their skeptical feelings by setting a good example. Eating with your parents is a social activity and it is important that you eat the same foods as them when you eat together. This will make the dietary changes less drastic.

Our goal at LA Medical is to help you and your loved ones live a comfortable life. We offer a full line of products to help both patients and caregivers in our online catalog.