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Senior’s Guide – Ways to Keep Your Mind Active

Aging is a natural phenomenon and takes a toll on your physical and emotional health. This undeniable fact makes many people think old age has to be painful and depressive.

While aging and its associated conditions cannot be completely avoided, it is possible to prevent them from getting worse and not let them take over your life.

There are many elderly people who stay healthy and active even at the age of 70 or 80.

How do they do it?

To be precise, they do not give up!

How to Keep Your Mind and Body Active in Old Age?

Here, we are listing some habits and activities of such people. If you want to keep your mind and body active, make sure you make them a part of your daily life and you will be surprised to see the positive results not only on your health, but also on your mood and behavior.

1.      Be Physically Active

Staying physically active in old age doesn’t mean you have to do jogging or running every morning or play sports (there’s no harm if you can do that though). Including small exercises in your daily routine or taking a short walk every morning is enough to keep your body and mind active.

2.      Eat Healthy

Concentrate on having balanced diet. Take lots of fruits and vegetables, eat fresh, stay away from packaged and processed foods, and include good fats in your meals. Be considerate towards your special dietary requirements, if there are any.

3.      Take Proper Sleep

How to make your elder’s assisted living more autonomous

In today’s fast time, with everyday innovation, it has become easy to assist your elderly without much hassle.

It is always a tough decision to leave your elderly parents home alone and especially when you don’t have any help at home, then it becomes very tricky because then they are on their own. Not everyone is keen in keeping their parents in assisted living facilities and for many, it is the question of economics as well since the charges of those centers are surging and many times old people themselves don’t like to be treated like children who are totally dependent. In all those scenarios, the only option left is left your parents home alone. When you are left with only one option of leaving your parent home alone then you there are different steps you can take to make sure that they are living a hale and hearty life.

Organizing the house accordingly

The house in which any of your elderly loved ones are residing should be organized in a way that they can move easily around the house without getting into trouble. There are several small actions which can add up to make a house a safe haven for them. For instance, get more lights in your house, install a railing or handle in bathrooms. Clear all the corridors from things which can become a source of stumbling.

You can also set up the house with technology based smart systems which are very helpful in assisting elderly people. It allows you to check on elderly people so in case an emergency occurs; you can take the necessary steps.

Everyday home supplies at your door

The home supplies elderly people need are healthy food and medicines and for that one should devise a way that they don’t have to go to the market and can get it on delivered to their doorsteps. Many retail stores have the home delivery options and you can avail that. Apart from that in the online world you or your elderly loved one can order things online.

In case of an emergency

When dealing with elderly people, the emergency response becomes very vital because they are more vulnerable to falling, and may have critical medical conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. In these conditions, time has become the most critical factor and for that, it is necessary to have Personal emergency response systems in the house. PERS nowadays are coming with GPS systems so make it easier for an emergency response team to locate the site of an emergency.

Emotional Assistance

If your elderly parents are living home alone with all the necessary and adequate material needs then that doesn’t mean they don’t need the gesture of affection and care from you in a more illustrative way. Having meaningful emotional interactions are necessary for their healthy being. With technologically equipped home care solutions you can have daily video chat sessions with them to alleviate their loneliness

Independa is one of the elderly alert systems which have been used for assisted living community centers and now they are providing home care solutions with their system which comprised of an app, a remote and a camera.

It is designed in a way that it can be used by elderly people who are not very fond of technology. With Independa elderly alert system, one can set alarms and reminders for medicines and physician appointments. Elderly ones can also be used it to send notifications toothier loved when they are in need of anything. To get to know more about Independa, visit www.independa.com or call (800)815-7829.


Infographic: Transform TVs into a Care Support & Connectivity Platform

75% of older adults have two or more chronic conditions, and $300 billion is the annual cost of non-adherence. Isn’t there a better way we can care for aging Americans?

Yes. Since people age 65+ watch more than 51 hours of TV each week, let’s take advantage of this familiar device to better care for older adults.

Learn more facts about aging adults in the infographic below:

Considering the fact that 99% of adults age 65+ own at least one TV, it’s clear to see that we need to take advantage of the technology people already own and know how to use to help older adults thrive in place.

Easy to use Independa technology can be used by organizations, aging Americans, and their loved ones to do just that:

  • Organizations can bring the comfort of home to their community, increase staff efficiency, and improve operations by adding Independa to their community. Download the Independa for organizations brochure here to learn more.
  • Aging Americans can now effortlessly stay connected with their family and friends, enjoy greater independence, and participate in treasured family activities with Independa. Download the Independa for home brochure here to learn more.
  • Family and friends can care, even when they can’t be there, with Independa’s easy to use video chat, medication reminders, automatic check-ins, and additional remote care services. Download the Independa for home brochure here to learn more.
  • Improper dosage of Medication: Taking too Much vs Not Taking Enough

    If you have elderly parents or grandparents, you will have to take care of a number of things. One of the main things is the medications the elderly use, when they have to take it, the dosage and the kind. Since they are getting old, seniors usually tend to forget the medications and the dosages they have to take which can lead to serious consequences. The improper dosage of the medication may aggravate their medical conditions, something you definitely do not want.

    Senior Housing Forum Review: Independa for Senior Living

    What’s the story behind Independa?

    How does Independa help senior living communities improve their top and bottom line benefits?

    How do we deliver on our promise to increase senior living occupancy, staff efficiency and resident engagement while creating a more connected environment?

    Shannon Ingram of Senior Housing Forum shares her personal, exasperating account on caring for her octogenarian parents in their home and eventually in a community, and the breath of relief Independa brings to communities and families caring for aging adults.

    Read the full story here.


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    • Our guests use the video chat and photo and message sharing features of Independa to stay connected with their families. In fact this week we admitted a guest who has a daughter in Georgia and another in Italy. I spoke with the daughter about how to share photos and messages and to make video calls from her Independa device, and later went to see the guest about how it was going. She said to me “Kelly this video chat is so cool! I don’t care how long I have to be in here now because I can see my daughters!” It’s just amazing to see one of our guests be able to connect with a loved one all the way from Italy!

      Kelly Miles, Director of Rec Therapy
    • You don’t need to keep calling me now to remind me, my TV just told me to take my medication!

      93 Year Old Independa User
    • I love that Dad can get digital photos now. He didn’t want a Facebook account so the only time he would see any photos was when we came over to visit and we’d show him on our iPhone. Now he gets them himself on the TV all the time, and when people come to visit him he proudly shows them his photo album on the TV.

      USA Properties
    • I’ve been using video chat and it has opened up my world – my family who live close by still visit once a week, but now I get to see them every day. I also get to see the rest of the family who live interstate and can’t come to visit. I also video chat with old friends who I haven’t seen for years. It has made such a big difference to my life, I don’t feel isolated anymore. I highly recommend this to other people; it really does change your life.

      USA Properties
    • I live in California, my 80 year-old dad lives in Texas and my 21 year-old daughter lives in Colorado. My daughter spends all her time on social media using her smart phone, whereas my dad spends all his time watching TV, he doesn’t understand social media and doesn’t have a smart phone. Independa is great because not only does it bring us closer despite the geographical distance between us, it bridges the gap between the generations because it uses the technology they are most comfortable with.

      USA Properties
    • We use the video chat feature in the resident’s TV to get the entire circle of care together at once; we will have the nurse and the physical therapist in the room with the resident, and we will then video call their family. That way everyone who is involved in their care gets the same message at the same time and can ask questions while we are present so there is no confusion. One time when we were working with a deaf resident, we were able to arrange for her daughter to sign via video chat and translate what we were saying and the questions her mother had; it made such a huge difference.

      Wellbridge at Brighton
    • My dad was on the Honor Flight to DC today. An amazing trip for a veteran. I was able to meet him at the Korean War Memorial. He is a Korean War veteran. I was able to send pictures of the entire experience to my mom at home throughout the day. Mom was thrilled, and when my dad gets home he has all the pictures from his trip on his TV and can even play a slideshow. Amazing!!! Thank you!

      Kendall At Home
    • Video chat on the TV is great! I was using FaceTime on my iPad to see the grandkids and I thought that was the greatest thing, but seeing them all on the big TV is truly incredible, it’s like they are in the room with me. I love it!

      USA Properties
    • When Lillian broke her hip a week before her Grandson’s wedding, she and the family were broken hearted because they thought she would have to miss this very special day. Thankfully, she had chosen Wellbridge of Brighton for her short-term rehab. “I’m going to my Grandson’s wedding” she proudly told the staff as she received the video call through her TV and was instantly ‘seated’ in the front row for the ceremony!

      Wellbridge of Brighton
    • I travel a lot for work. I used to worry myself sick about not being able to be there if Mom needed me. She says the smartphone I got her is too small, too complicated, and hard to see, but she loves using Independa. Now she can see all her shows and we can video chat so I can make sure she’s taking her medicine. It’s such a relief to check in anytime and know she’s OK.

      Laura P.