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Today's Recommendation: Spring Retractable Shoehorn

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Today's Recommendation: Spring Retractable Shoehorn

A shoehorn or shoe horn is a tool with a short handle that flares into a longer spoon-like head meant to be held against the inside back of a snug-fitting shoe so that a person can slide the heel easily along its basin to the inner sole. Shoehorns have the same basic shape but the length or strength of the handle varies. Long-handled shoe horns are necessary for longer boots, while shoe horns with sturdy handles are useful for putting on boots or heavy iron shoes. They are sometimes used by people who, because of less flexible joints, wish to...

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How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk of coronavirus

How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk of coronavirus

While the coronavirus outbreak poses health risks for everyone, officials have made clear that the elderly are particularly vulnerable. In Kirkland, Wash., a nursing home that saw one of the first confirmed U.S. clusters of Covid-19 has already confirmed the death of 19 residents. Now other nursing homes and long-term care facilities are putting strict restrictions in place to limit residents’ risk of exposure to infection. Elderly living at home are also being encouraged to limit social contacts. The measures are precautionary, but will put a strain on families and friends who not only are eager to preserve contact with...

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Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association notes that memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. If your loved one is showing signs of this debilitating disease, contact your local Always Best Care office for a free care consultation and a frank and open discussion on what type of care may be needed, both now and in the future. The Alzheimer’s Association cites the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s:1) Memory loss that disrupts daily lifeOne of the...

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Keeping Winter Joint Pain in Check

Keeping Winter Joint Pain in Check

As cold weather sets in, joint pain can intensify. This is especially true for seniors with arthritis or other joint problems. Cold temperatures can make joints feel stiffer and sorer than they do during warm summer days. But winter joint pain doesn’t have to keep you sidelined all season. Here are some tips that may provide some relief and allow you to make the most of each day and continue doing what you love.  Wear layers. Instead of a bulky sweater, try wearing a few different layers to keep your muscles and joints warm. This allows you to better control your...

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Managing Kidney Health with Aging

Managing Kidney Health with Aging

Did you know that more people die each year from kidney disease than from breast or prostate cancer? However, initial symptoms can be rather general and can be confused for other conditions. Kidney disease is often left undiagnosed until kidney function is significantly decreased. This makes it all the more important for seniors to pay attention to kidney health and take steps to reduce their risk of kidney disease. Get ScreenedA simple urine test can identify early signs of kidney disease, as can a blood test. According to the National Kidney Foundation, everyone over age 60 should be screened, and individuals at...

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