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One of the most common triggers of health conditions is the weather. Hot and humid weather in particular can make skin conditions flare-up, as well as diseases like osteoarthritis. This WebMD article even suggests the risk of heart attacks increases with high humidity. Having high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, and high humidity can cause a person’s blood pressure to rise. Whether you’re a senior or if you’re a caregiver providing senior care, here are some of the things you should know about the link between humidity and blood pressure.

Why Humidity Can Trigger High Blood Pressure

When the humidity level is at 70% or higher, a senior’s risk of high blood pressure increases. The reason is the heart has to sometimes circulate twice as much blood throughout the body and can become overworked. Sweating is a good thing to help cool the body down, but sometimes it’s not enough. Drinking plenty of water is essential, especially if you’re a senior who already deals with elevated blood pressure levels.

Look For Signs Of Humidity And Heat-Related Illness

Some of the signs of humidity-related or heat-related illnesses are difficult to detect since they are common everyday conditions. However, if you’ve spent time outdoors and notice some of the following signs, seek medical assistance or advice immediately:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Cramping muscles
  • Headache
  • Swollen body parts
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Lack of sweating
  • Excessive sweating

It’s important to take a break from what you are doing, find a cold glass of water and a cool place immediately if you experience these symptoms while being outdoors. Every second makes a difference and could save your life the quicker you react.

Preventing Health Issues During Hot And Humid Weather

There are some simple solutions to consider when it comes to preventing health issues during the humid parts of the summer. Staying hydrated at all times, avoiding spending excessive time outdoors and eating a healthy diet are things everyone can be more conscious of. You could also take some strain off of your body by investing in a wheelchair ramp or a stair lift rather than having to go up and down stairs throughout the day. Seniors with mobility limitations may put their bodies through more strain than what’s necessary by using the stairs. A wheelchair ramp is easy for professionals to install and can help you reduce the amount of effort you put into simple tasks significantly.

Next Day Access understands the dangers of hot and humid weather when it comes to senior care. Having mobility aids and assistive devices can take the strain off of you physically, but they can also promote better overall health by making movements less strenuous. As we enter the hot and humid summer season, take a look around your house and see what may be causing you some problems with your mobility. And always feel free to contact us to schedule a free home evaluation to see how we can help.

Everyone has a different perspective on aging. Some people can’t wait to reach retirement age so they can do some of the things they want to do, but couldn’t because of other responsibilities. Other people are scared to retire because they don’t want their health to decline by not being active and working. It’s not too early to start thinking about retirement and how you’ll spend your time as a senior. Here are some helpful ways to think about aging and how to not only embrace it but celebrate it as well.

Be Comfortable In Your Skin

Seniors often put unnecessary stress on themselves. When it comes to your appearance, physical changes are going to happen as you get older. Instead of constantly trying new skincare products to remove wrinkles and getting your hair colored to hide the gray strands, consider embracing your natural appearance and understand changes are part of getting older. The more you fight against the aging process, the more frustrated you may get, which is no way to spend your time as you get older.

Spend Extra Time Volunteering

Being of retirement age may mean you have more time on your hands. Use that time to fulfill a void you may have and volunteer at an organization that’s meaningful for you. If you have a hard time getting around, investing in an electric scooter can open up a new world of possibilities for you. Seniors often experience direct benefits from volunteering, like better physical health, less stress, strong sense of purpose and more. You may not have had the time or energy to spend volunteering while you were in the workforce, so embrace the opportunities you have available now as you’re older.

Travel As Often As You Can

Traveling is a perfect way to celebrate aging. Most people want to travel more, but can’t due to having so many other responsibilities that get in the way. If you want to travel across the country, invest in an auto lift to carry your electric scooter or wheelchair and you’ll have fewer limits to worry about. And if you’re not sure where you want to go or what’s out there to experience, connect with others in online groups or organizations to get some ideas. You may even make some new friends in the process that end up being travel buddies throughout your retirement years.
Some people enjoy being busy and experiencing new things when they get older. Other people would rather stay at home and enjoy relaxation. Regardless of how you view enjoyment as you age, Next Day Access is here for you. We offer a wide range of mobility and accessibility products to help you get around wherever life takes you. If you need a wheelchair ramp installed at your home to enjoy life more, we’ve got you covered. And if you need something to help you travel the country, like an auto lift or electric scooter, we have reliable options to choose from. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to learn more about our options and how we can help you.

Most seniors understand the importance of eating a balanced diet and exercising frequently. A commonly overlooked aspect of senior living is the effects a positive attitude can have on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Constantly being stressed and having negative thoughts can speed up the aging process and potentially develop physical health concerns. When the sun rises every morning, look at it as another opportunity to make a difference in your life or someone else’s. Here are some tips on starting your day in a positive light.

Read A Positive Inspirational Story Every Morning

Feeding your mind with positivity takes effort. There are too many negative things in the world portrayed through the news and social media, so you have to seek out positive stories. It could be that reading inspirational quotes online is what you need to get your mind right. Whatever it is that inspires you, start with it first thing in the morning before any negativity naturally creeps in.

Morning Exercise Benefits The Body And Mind

Going on an early morning walk is great for seniors during the summer since it’s typically the coolest part of the day, even if it’s just a short walk down your wheelchair ramp and to the end of the driveway. But even if you have a hard time walking first thing in the morning, going for a stroll on your mobility scooter can benefit your mind. You could also do exercises like yoga, Pilates, swimming or mental exercises through meditation. Starting your day with both mental and physical exercise can have positive effects for the rest of the day.

Focus On Positive Self-Talk

Most people don’t realize how much negative self-talking they do every day. It’s easy to be self-critical, overly negative or think everything is going against you. Sometimes you just need to focus on the positive things in your life, whatever that may be. Comparing yourself to others is rarely going to end up being positive because people are naturally critical of themselves. Instead, think about the things you enjoy in life. Whether it’s your grandchildren, the home you live in, your friends, your financial situation or anything else, count your blessings and appreciate what you have. Some people aren’t fortunate enough to have access to things like a porch lift or mobility scooter to help them move around their homes, so those are things to be thankful for as well.

Lift Your Spirits With Laughter

Laughter is sometimes the greatest medicine you can take to promote a positive attitude. Watch funny videos to start your day, call a friend and tell funny stories or play with your pet. Anything that creates laughter is good for your body and mind and can get your day started on the right track.

At Next Day Access, we know negative thoughts can occur when seniors have limited mobility and need assistance moving around. Our goal is to help make those situations as positive as possible. We can quickly and easily install a wheelchair ramp or porch lift if those would be beneficial for you. Having an accessible home can create a more positive attitude, so contact us today to see how we can make it a reality.

Spending quality time with your dog at home is great for both of you. As a senior living at home, a companion may be exactly what you need to reduce stress, boost your mind and spirit and more. Another health benefit of having a dog is the exercise you get when taking them for a walk. While it may not seem like it’s a strenuous outdoor activity, positive changes are happening to your mind and body with every walk. Here are some other reasons why the aging population needs to take their dog on frequent walks.

Build Strength, Improve Balance And Increase Stamina

It’s easy for a senior living at home to fall into a sedentary lifestyle, especially if they don’t have any job responsibilities. Getting out and walking or exercising may not be attractive, but if you have a dog that requires it, then you’ll be more likely to do so. A simple walk with your dog can build strength in your legs, back and other muscles. It can also improve your balance and increase your stamina the more times you go for a walk. One fear the aging population has, in general, is falling and getting injured, but a simple exercise like walking your dog can reduce that risk significantly.

Clear Your Mind And Reduce Stress

Being at home all the time may seem like a relaxing idea at first, but it can also let bad thoughts creep into your mind. Watching the news can sometimes lead to depressing thoughts and impact your mood and stress levels. Anytime you’re feeling this way, take your pet for a walk to clear your mind. An outdoor activity like this can help you get out of your environment and think more positively. Stress isn’t good for anyone, and seniors especially need to practice stress management.

Get Quality Exercise That’s Not Intense

Exercising can be difficult for the aging population due to aching joints, muscles, lack of balance and other concerns. Walking your dog is not a strenuous exercise, but it’s more beneficial for your health than you think. A daily walk can help burn enough calories to manage your weight better, improve your bone health and even aid your digestive system. 

Create Social Opportunities

A senior living at home by themselves can get bored easily. Walking your dog provides opportunities to socialize with other people who may or may not be doing the same things. Dogs are naturally social, so they won’t hesitate to greet themselves to other dogs or people. Use that as an opportunity to be friendly and strike up a conversation with a neighbor and build relationships.
Taking care of the aging population is important to Next Day Access. Every little bit of exercising you can do is beneficial for your health, and your dog will love every minute of it as well. Get out of the house today and spend some quality time with your furry friend. And if there’s anything we can do to improve the accessibility of your home or help you get from one place to another easily, contact us at any time.

Proper nutrition is essential for seniors who strive for independent living. A healthy combination of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and nuts can provide the necessary nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong and fight off certain diseases. Every senior has different dietary needs or restrictions depending on their body or their medical condition. However, snacking on the right types of foods between meals can be beneficial for the vast majority of people. Developing healthy habits takes some time and these delicious snacks can make the process easier.

Cold Snacks

A nice cold snack on a hot summer day is just what you need sometimes. But don’t reach for the popsicles, ice cream or other snacks loaded with sugar. Instead, try some of the following cold snacks that will be equally as refreshing:

  • Frozen grapes
  • Frozen bananas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cashew milk or unsweetened almond milk

It’s tempting to grab a convenient snack out of the freezer on a hot summer day, but try not to fall into the temptation and start your journey of developing healthy habits with these treats instead.

Crunchy Snacks

Many people believe crunchy snacks can satisfy their hunger or cravings better than anything else. If you like eating crunchy snacks, don’t reach for the unhealthy potato chips you bought at the grocery store. Try these other healthy alternatives instead:

  • Baked apple chips
  • Butterless and salt-free whole-grain popcorn
  • Baked sweet potato chips
  • Kale chips
  • Baked banana chips
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Cucumbers or carrots dipped in hummus

The great part about these snacks is you can easily make them at home and flavor them how you want for a great-tasting treat.

Specialty Snacks

If you want to take your snacking to the next level, get creative with some of these ideas:

  • Roasted almonds
  • Whole wheat toast with avocado
  • Black beans and pita bread
  • Seasoned edamame
  • Bell peppers stuffed with guacamole
  • Sliced tomatoes with olive oil and feta cheese

When you know which healthy foods you like, you can get as creative as you want to make some tasty specialty treats all summer long.

Remember The Water Also

No matter what snacks you indulge in this summer, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated as well. Some of the healthy snacks, particularly fruits and vegetables, will help keep you hydrated since they have high water content. Seniors often get dehydrated much more quickly than others so drinking extra water is ideal.

Next Day Access wants to help seniors stay safe this summer. Developing healthy habits is key to successfully aging in place. We offer mobility products to help you enjoy your home even with a mobility limitation. If you have trouble walking the stairs, a stair lift could be a great solution for you as you go in and out of your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free home evaluation to see how we can help.

Sometimes there’s an unfair perception of older people in general. Just because a person is approaching age 60, 65 or even 70 doesn’t mean they are close to being required to live in an assisted facility. Plenty of older people live long and healthy lives independently on their own. Of course, they may require a wheelchair ramp, mobility scooter or other assistive devices at some point, but that’s just a normal part of aging. Regardless of if an elderly person is living at home, a retirement community or nursing home, here are some debunked myths about aging.

Elderly People Can’t Learn Anything New

This myth has been around for a long time and you may refer to it as “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Seniors still have the capability of learning new things as they get older, and it’s proven by the number of elderly people using the internet, being active on social media, shopping online and more. These activities weren’t available to them growing up and they may have just started participating in recent years. So while some older people may choose not to learn something new, it doesn’t mean they are incapable of doing so.

People Get More Stubborn And Grumpy As They Age

There could be very good reasons for stubbornness and grumpiness. Most of the time these characteristics depend on the person’s health, mobility, stress and other factors. According to research conducted by Stony Brook University, people generally get happier after they turn 50 due to reduced stress, more positive feelings and fewer worries. If a senior living at home becomes grumpy or stubborn suddenly, consider asking them some questions to discover the reason. They may be in physical pain, not be able to move around as much as they want or anything else causing frustration. Something as simple as installing a porch lift or a wheelchair ramp at their home may increase their happiness level significantly.

Health And Physical Abilities Decline Quickly With Aging

Plenty of older people are healthier than they have ever been. Physical changes will happen over time, but those changes can’t be solely attributed to age. People who don’t get enough exercise, are constantly stressed, have poor eating and drinking habits and don’t socialize enough will often have poorer health and physical abilities as they age. On the other hand, people who do the opposite may feel better than they ever have at age 65 and beyond.

Next Day Access has talked to plenty of seniors in great health who want to live their life to the fullest. Sometimes aches and pains will develop and create limited mobility, which can be frustrating for people who have lived independently their entire lives. We offer mobility and assistive devices to help seniors continue living their lives normally. If you can improve your quality of life by having a mobility scooter, wheelchair ramp, porch lift or any other type of assistive product, contact us today and we would be happy to set you up.

It can be easy to lose track of your healthy habits during the summer. With the outdoor gatherings, barbecues, vacations and other activities, there’s often too much easy access to unhealthy food options. It’s usually acceptable to indulge occasionally, but remember to keep your long-term healthy habits in check and do what you can to maintain a balanced diet. Preparing a nice summer salad can be healthy and tasty at the same time. Here are some great tips to consider whether you’re preparing for a party or just want a great salad for yourself.

What To Include In Your Summer Salads

Eating plain spinach salads can get old unless you have some flavors added in with it. Consider incorporating a mixture of spinach, romaine, cabbage, kale and any other leafy greens you enjoy eating. Including sources of protein like beans, nuts, seeds, lentils and grilled chicken make for a healthy and tasty addition. Avocados and hard-boiled eggs are also popular healthy choices. And of course, you can’t go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables like raisins, tomatoes and carrots. When you’re enjoying independent living as a senior at home, many of these items can be kept in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry for a long time so they are easily accessible.

Ingredients To Avoid

Creamy dressings, processed cheese and other unhealthy toppings may make your salad taste great, but don’t promote healthy habits. Opt for grilled chicken over fried chicken and choose olive oil-based dressing instead of ranch dressing or bleu cheese. Glazed nuts, granola, canned fruit and dried fruit may seem harmless, but they often include added sugars to make them taste better. Processed meats and croutons have a high amount of sodium and should be limited or avoided.

Get Creative While Maintaining Healthy Habits

No one ever said healthy habits have to be boring or tasteless. Whether you’re enjoying independent living at home or preparing for a gathering of guests, a creative and healthy salad is a great choice to offer. Incorporate a unique mixture of various ingredients to create deep flavors to enjoy. The great thing is there are so many different combinations there’s sure to be something you can find that you like. This summer, experiment while maintaining healthy habits and spruce up your dinners for the better.

Next Day Access takes independent living for seniors seriously. While we don’t claim to be experts in the food industry, we do know how to make your living space safer. We offer mobility products and devices like wheelchairs, mobility scooters, stair lifts, porch lifts and other similar products. And if you just need a simple wheelchair ramp or threshold ramp to give you peace of mind and confidence around your home, we can help you with that also. If there is anything we can do to help you feel safer and more secure at your home this summer, feel free to contact us at any time.

If you’re caring for a senior living at home, it’s important to monitor the amount of water they are consuming daily. According to the National Institutes of Health, being dehydrated can significantly increase risks of hyperthermia, especially in older people. Heat-related illnesses can develop quickly and can be dangerous for seniors, so it’s always ideal to have water nearby and drink it before, during and after any trip made outdoors. Summer is just around the corner and here are a few tips to help your senior living at home remain safe and hydrated.

Eat Fruits And Vegetables With Every Meal

Eating fruits and vegetables won’t be a replacement for drinking water, but they are a great compliment. Some of them are more water-rich than others, including oranges, melons, berries, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, spinach and other similar foods. And if you can’t incorporate them into every meal for some reason, eat them in between meals as a healthy snack to keep your hydration levels high.

Stay Out Of The Sun And Wear Sun Protection

Seniors must be conscious of how much time they spend in the sun during the summer. If an elderly person has to be outside, then it’s important to stay in a shady spot as much as possible, wear a large hat that covers the entire face and use other means of protection to shield from the sun. Having an electric scooter is nice also since it helps get them from one place to another quickly, especially on long walks in hot grocery store parking lots. Just be sure you also have an auto lift to make it easier and quicker to transport the scooter.

Invest In A Nice Water Bottle Or Thermos

It can be difficult to keep track of how much water you drink if you continuously fill up a glass or cup. Instead, consider investing in a good stainless steel bottle or thermos. Fill it up to the top and refill it once it’s empty. Set a goal to refill it a few times each day and keep track of every fill-up to maintain good hydration levels.

Add Some Flavor To The Water

For a senior living at home, drinking plain water can get boring. And when it gets boring to drink water, many people are less likely to drink as much as they should. This summer, consider squirting in some flavoring to make the water taste great. You can substitute artificial flavorings with a splash of fresh lime, lemon, mint, berries or any other flavor you like. 
Next Day Access knows how difficult the summer heat can be for a senior living at home. Even walking up and down the stairs inside the home can be difficult and dehydrating at times. And then if you walk outside afterward, your body has already lost fluid and the sun can dehydrate you even quicker. When you contact us, we will perform a free home assessment and make moving around your home easier and more effortless than it has ever been.

What’s the first thing you think of when someone says they need to boost their immune system? For most people, the answer is Vitamin C. Consuming Vitamin C is always beneficial, but especially during flu season to help your immune system fight it off. Eating foods high in Vitamin C can reduce signs of aging, dilate blood vessels, lower the risk of developing cataracts and many more benefits. Having a healthy dose of Vitamin C in your diet is ideal for independent living and here are some things to consider.

How Vitamin C Benefits Your Health

In addition to the most common benefit of Vitamin C boosting your immune system, these are other benefits you can enjoy:

  • Blood sugar stabilization for diabetics
  • Promote collagen production to help skin injuries recover more quickly
  • Boost the creation of white blood cells for fighting off infections
  • Dilation of blood vessels for improved heart health
  • Decreased risk of developing cataracts
  • Slow down wrinkles and other aging signs in the skin

While research is still ongoing to prove the effectiveness, Vitamin C is also believed to help people manage or even lower their blood pressure.

Knowing Whether You Are Deficient In Vitamin C

How you approach independent living and prioritize healthy habits will go a long way in promoting good short-term and long-term health. Always pay attention to your body and don’t overlook anything out of the ordinary. Things like getting a nosebleed or your metabolism slowing down may seem like random problems that will go away. However, they could also be the result of an underlying Vitamin C deficiency. Other signs of a potential Vitamin C deficiency include bruising of the skin easily, a weak immune system, rapid weight gain, wounds not healing quickly and anemia. Your medical professional can confirm whether a deficiency in Vitamin C is the problem, but if you show any of these signs, boosting your Vitamin C consumption may help the symptoms subside.

Foods Rich In Vitamin C To Incorporate Into Your Diet

There are plenty of tasty foods high in Vitamin C that you can enjoy while sitting in your lift chair or recliner. Fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of Vitamin C include:

  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Raspberries, cranberries, blueberries and strawberries
  • Peppers (green, red and yellow)
  • Tomatoes
  • Pineapple, kiwi and mango
  • Romaine lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens

Many seniors enjoy blending a combination of these fruits and vegetables into a smoothie to enjoy a mix of flavors. It’s a great way to promote healthy habits and offers a tasty cool treat on a warm summer day.

Next Day Access helps seniors stay safe by offering an extensive line of mobility aids and assistive devices. Whether you need a convenient lift chair to enjoy relaxing in on hot summer days or a mobility scooter to help you travel the country, we have you covered. Developing well-rounded healthy habits is critical for seniors, so contact us today to see the role we can play in helping you.

Backyard barbecues are great activities for people of all ages. Whether you invite people from your neighborhood to hang out with you or if you have friends and family nearby, getting people together to enjoy the sun, maybe a cool swimming pool and great food are relaxing. One thing to keep in mind is how you can make your guests feel comfortable. If anyone has mobility limitations, installing a temporary wheelchair ramp or a porch lift can make the environment safer and help them feel more comfortable. Here are a couple of other aspects to keep in mind when planning your next summer barbecue.

Protect Yourself And Others From The Sun

Spending time in the summer sun is great, but you have to make sure you’re protected at the same time. Wear sunscreen and have some extra for your guests who may have forgotten to apply some on their skin. If you don’t have a lot of natural shade from trees or other objects, consider investing in some canopies for people to sit under to get out of the sun. Ensuring your guests are hydrated is important as well. It’s better to have too many bottles of cold water than not having enough, so make sure they feel comfortable grabbing anything they need to stay cool and safe. And of course, make your home accessible for anyone who needs a break from the heat so they can soak up some A/C. Heat strokes can happen quickly, and it’s especially important to watch over any elderly guests you have and ensure they are protected.

Prepare Healthy Food Options And Promote Hydration

Whether you’re grilling burgers, hot dogs or anything else, prepare healthy food options as well to promote healthy habits. Some fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, onions and asparagus, go great on the grill. You could also have some non-grilled options as well for added variety. Think also about preparing fruits that promote hydration, like grapes and watermelon. Since you may not know the specific dietary restrictions your guests may have, it’s important to prepare a variety of options so everyone can enjoy their time without ruining any healthy habits they have. And if you’re having a smaller gathering, you can consider asking them ahead of time what would make their time more enjoyable and accommodate them accordingly.

While you’re busy preparing food, activities and coordinating other things for your summer barbecue, Next Day Access can help ensure your guests are safe. A temporary wheelchair ramp is quick and easy to install and can go a long way in preventing trip-and-fall accidents that could put a major damper on your event. Promoting a safe and healthy environment for your backyard is important and will be much appreciated by your guests. When you’re in the planning stages of your backyard barbecue this summer, give us a call for a free evaluation and see how you could improve safety and accessibility in and around your home.