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icon address 1821 University Ave W, Suite 352-S
St. Paul, MN 55104
icon address 1487 Goodwin Ave. N.
Oakdale, MN 55128
icon phone Phone: (651) 493-3834
Fax:     (651) 493-3835
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Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

After Office hours:
Weekends/Holidays: 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Tips on Health, Safety and Overall Well-being

 Tips for Good Health
1.) Play it safe

Tack down throw rugs and electrical cords, lock your windows, doors and use adequate lighting. Have a phone in the bedroom and living room. Have and check all smoke detectors twice a year.

2.) Eat with your health in mind

You know the routine: low-fat, low-cholesterol diets for most meals. You can eat “finger foods” such as raw fruit and vegetables which need no preparation. Stay away from frozen dinners because they are unhealthy and will start tasting the same after awhile. Always have a good meal and complement it with a salad with lettuce, watercress, avocado. You can also have a fruit salad with papaya, watermelon, apples, bananas. Always remember to drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat only a serving of fish at least once a week and limit the amount of meat used at each meal. This is only an overall guideline. Please see a complete list of healthy meals.

3.) Exercise Regularly

Have a walk 5-6 days a week, even better with someone to make the time go by. Talk to your doctor first and know your limits so you don’t overexert yourself.

4.) Use your Head

Keep your brain sharp and be mentally alert by engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as solving crossword puzzles, board games or by reading.

5.) Visit your Doctor

Get regular checkups. Take advantage of any preventive health care provided through your health plan. Don’t just go when you’re ill. Pay attention to the warning signs of possible illnesses, such as breathlessness, headaches and skin changes on the face and other parts of the body exposed to the sun.
6.) Get a Life

Bake a cake for a neighbor (if you can, safely) or find ways to stay connected to people outside your home. Reconnect and strengthen friendships or make new friends by going out to social parties or little gatherings if you can.

7.) Use Alternative Medicines Wisely

Talk to your doctor first and foremost before using any alternative medicines. If you are allowed to use alternative medication, make sure that it doesn’t interfere with any medication you are maintaining because it will do more harm than good.

8.) Drive Safely or Find Alternative Transportation

You have to be very alert when driving and your reflexes slow with age. Take a defensive driving course, know when it’s time to give up your license before some gets hurt, you can never go back in time to change a mistake. Find an alternative transportation such as getting a ride from your younger loved ones or take buses instead.

9.) Manage Your Money Wisely

Sound financial management is crucial to people on fixed incomes. Con artists often target the elderly so stay away from get-rich-quick schemes and restrain yourself when strangers want your money. Be cautious about divulging information. When receiving phone calls, do not give out information, get their name and phone number – then talk to someone about it.

10.) Vary Your Routine

Except for medications and special medical or dietary needs. What’s going on at the moment shapes your life so make your life more colorful and exciting by keep it from getting into a rut. You can do activities that you haven’t tried before but make sure it’s safe and always have someone supervise you.

11.) Cultivate a sense of humor

Smile, Laugh – Laughter is the best medicine, meet someone for coffee, share some jokes with your friends, family or even acquaintances.

12.) Mix with People of Other Ages

It’s truly never too late to learn anything. So, mix with people of other ages, do activities with them and have fun, you might find new interests and learn more about other people as well.

We are born with no guarantees, and Life is full of unexpected events so enjoy it to the fullest. Do not let anything stop you because you only have one chance at life.

 Safety Tips
Here are general tips for safety:

  • Have a low cost, easy-to-use flashlight in case of a power outage
  • Have a magnifying glass to easily and accurately read prescriptions
  • Have hand towels near the sink to prevent water from dripping on the floor
  • Keep items organized and easily accessible
  • Prepare a lockbox with a key at the front door for emergency personnel
  • Store your dishes and cooking utensils at an easy to reach height
  • Schedule a vision check
  • Use step stools with a handrail.
  • Immediately clean up any spills.
  • Check all throw rugs for movement.
  • Check for wear on electrical cords and other equipment.
  • Check the stairway treads for wear and make sure handrails are not loose.
  • Steps and any dark areas around the house should be well-lit
  • Keep the paths through rooms clear
  • Tape electrical and phone cords against walls
  • Check tables and chairs for loose legs.
  • Look into night lights for hard to find light switches, or replace with illuminated switch
  • Have a phone within easy reach from the bed and perhaps in the bathroom where most falls occur (and/or have a cordless phone with you)
  • Install a toilet seat with armrests to keep your balance when getting on or off the toilet.
  • Grab bars on the bathroom walls.
  • Use non-skid adhesive textured strips in the shower and bathtub floor.
  • Place a non-slip rug by your bathtub and shower.
  • Think about having nightlights in the path to the bathroom from the bedroom
 Seniors and Hot Weather
Check Homes For Proper Ventilation
Some homes are without air conditioners or the senior doesn’t want to spend the money to run them. Many seniors will sacrifice a cool breeze from an open window due to security concerns. There are now inexpensive safety latches available for windows that allow air to circulate. Hardware stores may have other options too. Remember, when it’s very hot, go to public buildings, malls, libraries or to a movie to avoid heat stroke and dehydration.

Outdoor Events
Make sure you wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing with a hat or cap. Look for shade and use a high SPF sun blocker to protect the skin. Some diets (high proteins/low carbohydrate) and/or medications (particularly antibiotics & diuretics) can accelerate dehydration, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Scams & Telemarketing Fraud

Seniors are one of the top targets for scams and represent 50% of all phone scam victims. According to the AARP, telemarketers often prey upon older people who are well educated, have above average incomes and active in their community. Their sales pitches are sophisticated and include phony prizes and fake charities.

 STEPS TO TAKE
Never send money or give out personal information such as bank account numbers, date of birth or SSN to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.

If you have doubts about a telemarketer’s legitimacy, ask for their company’s name, address and phone number where they can be reached at a later time. If they push you to act now, hang up and tell someone about this call.

Ask family, friends or accountant advice prior to making any large purchase or investment.

Sign up for the Federal Do-Not-Call Registry www.donotcall.gov or (888) 382-1222.

List of Website Resources For More Information

Social Security Administration – SSA – This website offers benefits planning, online application to retire and more.
www.ssa.gov

American Stroke Association – The division of the America Heart Association that’s solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke through research, education and advocacy.
www.strokeassociation.org

American Diabetes Association – The nation’s leading non-profit health organization providing diabetes research and information.
www.diabetes.org

American Cancer Society – Is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
www.cancer.org

American Lung Association – Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, but today fights lung disease in all its forms.
www.lungusa.org

CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – US Dept of Health and Human Services Website, includes resources for Medicare and Medicaid programs.
www.cms.hhs.gov

Medicare – Official US Government Website for people with Medicare.
www.medicare.gov

National Council on Aging – (NCOA) is dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons and increasing their continuing contributions to communities and society.
www.ncoa.org

National Organization on Disability – The mission of N.O.D. is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities by raising awareness through programs and information.
www.nod.org

American Association of Retired People – AARP – ARRP is a non-profit organization for people 50 and older.
www.aarp.com