Hydration – The Gift of Water

Summer months are proving to already bring record-breaking high temperatures.   Some of the requirements to shelter-at-home have relaxed,  and you are probably out-and-about to shop,  walk with your family and/or friends,  or  maybe go for a drive.  Harmony’s Team is confident that you are wearing your mask,  social distancing, keeping your hands away from your face as much as possible,  and washing your hands;  however,  are you keeping yourself hydrated,  especially during the summer?  Older people are more vulnerable to dehydration,  which increases risk of falling. 

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Sleep Hygiene: Tips for Improving your Sleep

Harmony’s Team wants you to sleep well, because sleeping well improves your health and well-being and decreases your fall risks. The stress of these uncertain time and worries about your health can affect your ability to get enough sleep. For adults, the recommended duration of sleep is 7-8 hours per night (Taylor, 2020). However, a recent poll completed by the National Sleep Foundation reported that Americans only get about 6 hours of sleep per night.

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Postural Hypotension: An Example to Stay Connected to Your Health Care Team

As reported in The Washington Post on April 19, 2020, patients with serious medical conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and appendicitis have been vanishing from hospitals. The underlying assumption for this change is that people in need of care at a hospital are too worried to seek proper care—too frightened to go to the ER or to be hospitalized for fear of being exposed to the virus.

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Stay Active While Seated

Friends, sitting too much can be hazardous to your life. Prolonged sedentary behavior—whether sitting or reclining—throughout the day increases your risk of poor health, declining physical function, obesity, and muscle weakness. Many older adults report aches and pains from too much sedentary behavior—from neck pain caused by falling asleep in the chair to knee pain and stiffness due to limited mobility. Older adults may also experience swelling of their legs, ankles, and feet.

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Stay Strong and Prevent Falls

In just three months, the lives and lifestyle of people around the world, in our country, in your state, have changed dramatically—from initial warnings of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in January to now one in four Americans told to stay home. You’ve lived through wars and economic depression, but you’ve also witnessed peacetime and prosperity. Yet, this disease spread is like none other experienced because of the highly contagious properties of the virus.

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Light Up Your Home

One of the most important and easy safety interventions is to Light Up Your Home, especially inside your home. As shared last month, 55% of falls occur inside the home.1 Inadequate lighting is a major culprit of falls. Part of your in-home environmental assessment includes evaluation of your lighting to avoid falls at night, which we want to help you avoid.

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Know Your Fall Risk Factors

Additionally, it’s just as important that you know your fall risk factors. Age in and of itself is not a fall risk factor; however, as you age gracefully, your fall risk factors increase and change. Take a moment and write down your current fall risk factors, your concerns about falls.

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