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How to Handle Someone Who Has Behavioral Problems Due to Dementia

Behavioral Problems Due to DementiaDementia can be scary and confusing for everyone involved. Those with dementia often feel lost, confused, and out of control of their own lives – all of which are terrifying. That fear can sometimes prompt them to lash out violently (either verbally and/or physically) against those around them, which is both painful and frustrating for the targets of their aggression.

So what should you do in such a situation? How can you calm them down and avoid hurting them?

The first step is to educate yourself. Know the signs of dementia and some of the behaviors that might come along with it.

Aggression

This can often start with the patient insisting they want something they can’t have (such as to go “home”) or that they don’t want something they can’t avoid (such as something in the environment, something in their schedule, or even the caregiver themselves). A simple statement can sometimes turn to yelling and may escalate into violence.

As tempting as it can be to argue with them, that’s not helpful. Don’t try to force the issue and don’t restrain them if it’s not absolutely necessary. Instead, try to divert their attention to something else while speaking to them in a calm, measured voice.

Confusion

Statements like “I want to go home” are often the most painful to hear out of someone with dementia who is already home. It means they’ve forgotten where they live, and they want to return to a place where they lived during another part of their lives.

The most important thing to remember is not to argue with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia because that is an argument you will never win. You cannot reason with someone who is suffering from dementia and trying to do so often only makes things worse.

Depending on the person, explaining the change in their situation, especially through the use of photos and tangible objects, might work, but more often than not it’s best to try to distract them. Suggest going for a walk with them or getting a snack and get them to talk about other things. If they ask things like “When are we leaving?” or “When are we going home?” try putting them off by telling them you can’t leave until traffic clears up or the whether is better. Sometimes a small lie is better than trying to explain to them what they can’t (or don’t want to) understand.

Poor Judgment

This can take a variety of forms – from trouble with finances, to hoarding, to paranoid behaviors, such as accusing a loved one of stealing from them. While some of these strange behaviors are obvious, others take more subtle forms, making them difficult to diagnose. The person with dementia may not even know they’re struggling with something, and even if they do, people are rarely willing to admit they need help.

If you suspect a loved one may be suffering from poor judgment, try to find out quietly. See if you can get a look at one of their bills to make sure they haven’t missed any payments. If that’s not possible, try to have them figure out the tip at a restaurant and see if they struggle any more than they usually do.

The most important thing is to remain encouraging and reassuring. Offer to help in small ways that minimize the other person’s embarrassment. Again, don’t ever try to argue with them, and don’t ask them outright if they’re unable to handle certain situations because that won’t end well.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

Assisted Living Can Actually Improve Happiness

Assisted Living Can Actually Improve HappinessIf you’ve been struggling to convince your parents it might be time for assisted living (or if you’ve putting off the unpleasant conversation), you’re not alone. Assisted living suffers from plenty of misinformation, and despite the reasons you may have for why your parents need assisted living, have you considered how assisted living can actually improve happiness in seniors?

Researchers have long recognized the importance of social relationships on both our physical and mental wellbeing – the more socially connected we are, the happier we are and the longer we tend to live. That social connection could be one of the most important things an assisted living community can provide. In addition to help with daily tasks and medical care as needed, assisted living communities are also one of the best ways senior citizens can stay connected to the world around them.

Staying connected gets increasingly difficult as we get older. Friends and family members pass on; our kids grow up, move out and get their own lives; and staying home rather than going to an office every day means a significant decrease in social interaction. On top of all that, if we get sick or injured, we’re even more likely to stay home, which further inhibits social interaction. Going out gets harder as we age, and if we live alone, the days between visits from friends and family member can appear to grow longer and longer.

While visits from the outside community are always encouraged in assisted living, residents are not dependent on them for their social lives. Not only are they surrounded by people in their age group (many of whom are have similar experiences as they age), but assisted living communities consistently provide several recreational and social activities to encourage residents to get out of their rooms (or even out of the building, if they’re able) and mingle.

It is often by participating in the activities we enjoy most that we end up meeting the people who come to mean the most to us. Spending time with people who enjoy the same things we do is a necessary component of our mental and physical wellbeing. By providing a wide range of activities for their residents to participate in, assisted living communities help bring together people who might not otherwise meet.

What makes it even better is the fact that these interactions can continue long after the program has ended. Sharing an activity with another person is not just a great ice breaker, it can also help create a bond that lasts for the rest of their lives. There are few things more satisfying than turning to someone and saying, “Do you remember that time we …?” and having them remember and be able to commiserate with you over that memory.

Once people get over the initial stress of moving into an assisted living community, they’re more likely to report higher levels of happiness and a greater sense of belonging than they felt before they moved in. The bonds formed in assisted living can then help them live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives than they would have had if they had insisted on continuing to live on their own.

Moving into assisted living is not giving up on life. It’s the beginning of a whole new chapter.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

How to Talk to Your Parents About End-of-Life Care

How to Talk to Your Parents About End-of-Life CareIt’s a conversation no one really wants to have. No one likes to think about their own death or the death of their parents. While it may be tempting to put off having this awkward conversation,  here are some suggestions on how to talk to your parents about end-of-life care. It will make things much easier when the worst does happen.

In fact, having a plan in place, and knowing those closest to you are aware of and on board with the plan, can actually make aging easier. It’s a huge load off the mind to know what’s going to happen to your finances and your assets when you’re gone, and to know how you’re going to deal with the physical ailments and limited capacities that come with aging. Things like a will and long-term-care insurance may sound scary, but they’re actually designed to help you prepare for the next stage in life.

Here are some things you need to know about your parents’ end-of-life care, as well as some suggestions for how to broach the subject:

Do they have a will?

A will decides, not just where your money goes, but everything that has value to you – right down to mementos and even pets. And a verbal will isn’t enough. It has to be in writing and signed by you and an attorney. If no will exists that the court can recognize, then a probate court judge will divide the assets and decide who gets what, which can take months and cost the family members thousands of dollars.

Broaching the subject:

Let them know you’re aware it’s an uncomfortable subject, but that you just want to make sure their assets are taken care of the way they would want them to be once they’re gone.

To have a will drawn up, you’ll need to meet with a competent family law attorney who can guide you through the process.

Do they have a power of attorney?

Power of attorney gives another person the power to make legal and financial decisions when the person is no longer capable of making those decisions for themselves. Although you might assume the spouse or nearest relative would automatically be designated power of attorney in the absence of a legally binding document, that’s not actually the case. Instead, a judge will decide who will be the power of attorney, and they may or may not decide to make it the person you always assumed it would be. For example, a spouse without power of attorney can be left unable to access funds or assets to help pay for medical care, so it’s imperative to get a power of attorney put in place sooner rather than later.

Broaching the subject:

Every adult needs a power of attorney, so offer to go with your parents to have both your documents prepared together. If you’d each like to make the other your power of attorney, it would make the moment that much sweeter.

These things aren’t about tempting the Grim Reaper, they’re about accepting the fact that he’ll come sooner or later and it’s better to have a plan in place for when he comes than to leave loved ones high and dry at the height of their grief. Don’t compound the pain of loss by making the process of dealing with everything more difficult for those you leave behind.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

caregiver burnoutBeing a caregiver is a stressful job, putting a strain on your time, your resources, and most of all, your emotions. Unfortunately, there is no day off from being a caregiver. Your loved ones can’t control when they need you, and the more their abilities deteriorate, the more they’ll need you. It’s no wonder caregiver burnout can sneak up on you as all the stresses of the job pile up. Without a release, you’ll burn out, so we’ve come up with a list of things you can do to help you avoid that.

Talk to Someone

There are support groups for caregivers all over the country for people to get together and talk about the struggles of being a caregiver. Talking about your troubles always helps, even when the people listening can’t do anything to help. In the case of these support groups, knowing you’re not alone and that your feelings are perfectly normal can be a huge release and help you get back to your job as caregiver refreshed and ready to face whatever challenges may come your way.

If there isn’t a caregiver group in your area, start one of your own. If you can’t make it to meetings, just talking to a friend or relative about the strain can help relieve some of the pent-up emotions. At the very least, keep a journal where you can feel free to write it all out. Writing is an extremely cathartic exercise and has been shown to help with mental wellbeing and stability. It doesn’t even matter if you destroy everything you wrote when you’re done, what matters is the act of getting it all down on paper.

Set Aside Time for Yourself

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again: you can’t take care of others without first taking care of yourself. While many people (especially women) misinterpret taking time for themselves as being selfish, there’s nothing selfish about taking a break to recharge. On the contrary, doing so allows you to come back to the job better and stronger than ever, meaning you’re better able to fulfill your duties as a caretaker.

Be Realistic

Many of us want to solve the world’s problems, and even when we know on a logical level that it’s not possible, it doesn’t always stop us from overextending ourselves and agreeing to take on more responsibilities than we can handle.

When you take on the responsibility of caring for a loved one, it can be very tempting to say “yes” to everything. You’ll take care of their day-to-day needs and their nutritional needs and make sure they take all their medication and get them to each and every one of their doctor’s appointments, and handle all their finances, and why don’t you write up and notarize their will for them while you’re at it?

Taking care of a sick person who is losing control of their faculties is not like taking care of children (which is a full-time job in and of itself). Your senior relatives have built a life for themselves that will continue to follow them to the end – bank accounts, credit cards, savings, debt, assets, liabilities, etc. None of that includes the medical needs that can build up quickly as their body slowly deteriorates (unlike children, who are building up their capabilities as time goes on).

Know right away that you can’t handle your loved one’s life and your own life at the same time. Recognize your limits and agree to take on only a reasonable amount of duties that you know you can handle. This will mean asking for help from others and that’s OK because it means all of you will be able to provide your loved one with better care than you could provide by yourself.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

What to Say to a Loved One Who Doesn’t Want to Move into Assisted Living

assisted livingMany of us dread the day we have to face facts and acknowledge that it’s time for Mom and/or Dad to move into assisted living. Many people maintain outdated ideas of what assisted living is like, imagining the dreaded “old folks’ home,” sometimes referred to as “heaven’s waiting room.” Many people see the move to assisted living as the last step before death, which is why they resist it so strongly.

But you know better. Not only do you know they need assisted living, but you know how full of life a good assisted living community can be. Here are some things you can say to your loved one to convince them of what you already know:

“It’s safer.”

The number one concern for seniors who have an increasing amount of difficulty in moving around is that they might fall and be unable to get help if they’re injured. A personal safety alarm can help alleviate some of this fear, but what if they live alone, they fall, and they can’t set off their alarm? Or what if they forget to turn off the stove/oven while they’re cooking and there’s no one around to remind them to turn it off before it starts a fire? Assisted living can help prevent such catastrophes, while giving residents as much privacy as possible.

“Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about taking care of this big house anymore?”

Taking care of a home is a lot of work and it gets increasingly difficult to find the energy for it all as we get older. Residents in assisted living don’t have to worry about shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing their lawn, or any of the other hassles associated with living in their own home. They can continue cooking and cleaning for themselves as long as they’re able, but most of the responsibilities that come with property ownership fall on the shoulders of the assisted living community, freeing up the residents to rest and save their energy for other tasks.

At the same time, if residents have trouble cooking and/or cleaning, assisted living can also provide help in that area and do so in a way that’s comfortable and easy for the resident.

“You won’t lose your privacy.”

Privacy is also a big concern for those who are used to living in their own home, but most assisted living communities maintain an apartment-building style and provide residents with only the care they need. If residents want help with day-to-day tasks, while maintaining as much of their privacy and independence as possible, assisted living is ideal for providing all those needs at a price your loved one can afford.

Take Them on a Tour

If all else fails, take them on a tour. Let them see the units for themselves and have staff explain exactly what they can expect if they were to move in. It’s the best way to dispel the outdated fears they might have about assisted living.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

The Best Apps for Older People

apps for older peopleTechnology is developing faster than ever, leaving many senior citizens feeling left behind as they try to figure out what an app is, much less how it works. To help them with the transition, here are some of the best apps for older people:

  • Park ‘n’ Forget

We all have trouble remembering where we parked our car, especially as lots and garages get increasingly crowded this time of year. Park ‘n’ Forget for iPhone allows you to do just that – park your car and forget about it. When it’s time to leave, your phone will help you remember where you parked. It can even help keep track of time for metered parking spaces.

  • Lumosity

This app for iPhone was designed by neuroscientists to help keep memory sharp with hundreds of games and puzzles. It has been proven to improve recall and retention, making it perfect for those who worry about losing their memory as they get older.

  • Skype

Many senior citizens were wary of Facebook before they realized they could use it to see pictures of their grandchildren. Skype is the next level in bringing together friends and family members who have been separated by miles. Can’t make it to the assisted living facility to visit grandma this weekend? If she has Skype, you can just dial her number and have a quick face-to-face conversation with her and the kids. It won’t be the same as an in-person visit, but it will be better than a faceless phone call. It’s available for Android, iPhone, and iPad.

  • Pillboxie

This app for iPhone and iPad allows you to schedule the times when you take your different medications, and then it reminds you to take them at those times. You can even customize by color and sort your medications into a pillbox graphic on the app that contains sections to keep the medications separate. It will help you keep your medications organize and make sure you never forget to take your medications again.

  • Blood Pressure Monitor

This app for iPhone and iPad allows you to record and track your blood pressure and weight without a trip to the doctor’s office. It also provides information on health statistics, so you know where you stand and where you need to be in order to meet your health goals. You can even export this information to your doctor so they can have a regular record of how successful you’ve been at managing your blood pressure and weight, rather than the one time they measure it in the office.

  • Voice Reading

This app for Android can read text aloud from the Internet, emails, text messages, and text files. It’s ideal for seniors who might have trouble reading the tiny type presented on their smartphone screens. It can also help prevent further damage to their eyes by allowing them to look elsewhere while they listen to the app read aloud for them instead of spending an extended period of time looking at a backlit screen full of blue light, which is known to negatively affect our health.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

How to Make Healthier Choices While Enjoying the Holidays

Healthier Choices While Enjoying the HolidaysThe holidays tend to be a dreaded time of year for all ages who are trying to maintain our weight, or even shed some pounds. When we’re surrounded by so many unhealthy treats, what can we do to make healthier choices while enjoying the holidays?

BYOF

When going to a holiday party, ask if you can bring a veggie tray or other healthy dish you know you love. That way you’ll know there will be something there you can eat. If you’re going out to a restaurant with some friends, look at the menu ahead of time (not when you’re hungry), choose the healthiest option and stick to it when you get there and place your order. Don’t even consider any other options.

Eating before you go out to a party or restaurant is also a good way to keep your calories and portion size down and make sure you know exactly what you’re eating.

Don’t Stand Next to the Food

Most parties have one room where all the food is laid out. Avoid that room. If you’re hungry, make yourself a plate with the healthiest offerings, sit down and eat it, and be done. The most important thing to avoid is eating all night long, and one of the best ways to avoid that is by loading up on healthy food right away. That, combined with keeping a safe distance from the food table after that will help you avoid all the tempting sweets.

Drink Water

We tend to consume a lot of alcohol around this time of year and that’s not healthy. It’s high in sugar, which spikes our blood sugar, which in turn makes us eat more when the sugar crash comes. It’s also hard on our livers, so if you do decide to indulge in some festive drinks this time of year, keep it to one alcoholic drink per party. The rest of the time, stick to water, which will help keep you hydrated. Make it sparkling water with some lime and it will look and feel like a gin and tonic, but your body won’t punish you for it the next morning.

Three Bites

When indulging in unhealthy foods, some people practice the “three-bite rule,” which means they enjoy three bites of it, and then they’re done. If you’re eating a piece of cake, three bites is usually about half the piece, depending on how big the slice is. Three bites could also be one cookie, brownie, or a couple pieces of fudge. Besides, after three bites you tend to stop really tasting it anyway, at which point you’re just shoving food in your mouth because you’re high on the combination of fat and sugar.

Talk

The point of parties is to see friends and family, new and old. Look at holiday parties not as a chance to stuff yourself with food and alcohol, but to talk with your friends and family members and even meet new people. Ask them how they’re doing and what they’re looking forward to next year. If you don’t know them, ask how they know the host(ess). If you’re talking, you can’t be eating.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

yoga for seniorsYoga enthusiasts have been touting its health benefits for years, and although it’s gained dominance among young and middle-aged women, there’s no reason you can’t continue to benefit from yoga as you advance into your golden years.

If anything, seniors might need yoga more than anyone else. As our bodies and minds start to deteriorate, it’s more important than ever to maintain a health regimen to help keep us as strong and active as possible for as long as possible.

Strength and Balance

There are many yoga poses that focus on strengthening our legs and core muscles, all of which are necessary for maintaining balance and preventing falls. Since falls can be a very serious risk for many seniors, anything we can do to prevent them (including regular yoga) is a good idea.

Flexibility

It’s no secret that our bodies tend to stiffen as we age, making some movements and daily activities increasingly difficult. Yoga focuses on flexibility in many of its poses, and has been proven to help manage osteoarthritis in women.

Respiration

Physical exercise often becomes more difficult for many of us who experience reduced respiratory functions as we age. This can have far-reaching effects throughout the mind and body, making us stiffer and more prone to disease as the oxygen to various parts of our bodies becomes limited.

Recent studies have shown that yoga had a significant positive impact on the respiratory function of elderly women. Like improved flexibility, improved respiratory function will also make it easier to perform day-to-day tasks and keep up with all your favorite activities.

Blood Pressure

Seniors are at an increased risk for high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). Not only can it cause of heart disease and stroke, it has also been linked with kidney disease.

Oxidative stress is a leading cause of high blood pressure, and yoga has been shown to reduce oxidative stress in older practitioners.

Anxiety

Have you ever listened to a yoga instructor when they’re teaching? Their voices are always calm and measured and apparently designed to make you fall asleep, but you can’t fall asleep because you’re exercising. It’s wonderful, and when yoga is practiced on a regular basis, it has been shown to reduce the body’s sympathetic nervous system, which makes us feel less anxious.

Many studies have linked anxiety to inflammation, which in turn has been connected to a wide variety of illnesses – from diabetes to heart disease to certain types of cancer. Reducing anxiety, not only allows you to feel better and enjoy life more, it’s also an effective way to stay happy and healthy.

Mindfulness

In addition to the physical aspect of yoga, there’s also a strong mental component. You are encouraged to focus on your breathing, which helps you build a stronger relationship with your body. The more you practice yoga, the more you become aware of your thoughts and emotions, which in turn allows you to be more mindful of and connected to everything and everyone around you. It’s a powerful feeling that makes it well worth it to spend an hour once or twice a week on yoga.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

5 Natural Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain

ease arthritis painArthritis is a common problem for almost all seniors, so it’s no wonder the pharmaceutical industry has plenty of drugs to offer that can help reduce the pain of arthritis.

But not everyone wants to resort to taking a pill every day (or multiple times a day) just so they can move without pain. For those who prefer to take the more natural route to feeling great whenever possible, here are five options for easing arthritis pain naturally.

Yoga

Movement is often key to preventing and managing arthritis, although it seems like a catch-22 that movement can help manage arthritis when arthritis makes it difficult and painful to move.

But yoga has many moves and exercises that specifically target the joints to improve flexibility and joint health. One study found that yoga significantly helped manage osteoarthritis in elderly women. It may take some practice and you’ll have to do it regularly, but yoga is probably one of the most powerful ways to help handle arthritis pain.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A diet that’s high vegetables and low in sugar and grains is beneficial for all kinds of health problems, including arthritis. Not only is it the best way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need to keep your body strong and fight off disease, it’s also an effective way to keep inflammation low, which is key to managing arthritis.

Ginger and Turmeric

Speaking of keeping inflammation low, ginger and turmeric are both powerhouses when it comes to reducing inflammation. You can try incorporating these into your diet in your cooking and/or by drinking tea infused with one or both of these potent spices. If you can’t stand the taste, both can be bought in capsules in most supermarkets and taken as a supplement with one of your meals.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Eating right is also key to keeping our bodies at a healthy weight, which is great because being overweight is also linked to a host of health problems, especially as we get older. With approximately one third of all American senior citizens qualifying as obese, that extra weight can put a lot of stress on aging feet, ankles, knees, and hips – weight that those older body parts were never really equipped to handle, especially for long periods of time. If you’ve been gaining weight and have noticed pain and/or stiffness in one or more of those areas, the first thing you might want to try is cutting calories, eating more salads, and getting more exercise into your daily routine.

Acupuncture

It’s not for everybody, but if you’re not one of those who gets squeamish around needles, you might want to consider acupuncture. Multiple studies have shown that, in the hands of a professional acupuncturist, many patients with osteoarthritis do tend to report relief from their arthritis pain after getting acupuncture.

None of these measures are foolproof, but it’s always a good idea to try different methods and see what works for you. In some cases you might find you need the right combination of measures to effectively handle your arthritis pain the natural way.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

booste your immune systemIt’s true that the best medicine really is preventive medicine. When you get sick you can try all the tricks in the book and then some to try to feel better, but the fact is the damage has already been done and there’s little you can do aside from waiting it out. Seniors need to be especially mindful of their immune system. If you want to avoid getting sick this winter, here are 10 great tips to boost your immune system and get ahead of any disease that might come your way.

  • Sleep

When we’re running short on time, sleep often ends up being one of the first things we compromise, but there’s a very good reason not to: not only do you function better when you’ve gotten plenty of shuteye, but you’re less likely to get sick. And no one has time to get sick.

  • Don’t smoke

We all know the hazards of smoking and second-hand smoke by now. Avoiding tobacco smoke is a must for staying healthy and keeping your immune system strong.

  • Moderate your alcohol consumption

There’s nothing wrong with the occasional glass of wine, but regularly consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can depress your immune system, in addition to wearing out your liver.

  • Maintain a healthy diet

This means making sure there are plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in your diet so you can be sure to get all the nutrients your body needs to build up its immune system.

  • Consider probiotics

The research on probiotics is still fairly new, but it’s already clear that maintaining a healthy gut biome is essential to maintaining a strong immune system. Eating fermented foods and plenty of fiber is a good start, but sometimes your body needs a little more help, especially if you’ve recently been on antibiotics. In that case it might be time to start doing some research into a trustworthy brand of probiotics.

  • Get plenty of Vitamin D

Your body uses sunlight to make its own Vitamin D, so make sure to go outside for at least a few minutes every day, even on cloudy days, to make sure your body gets what it needs to stay strong and healthy. If you don’t live close to the equator, you might want to consider taking a Vitamin D supplement during the winter months when your body doesn’t get as much sun.

  • Eat garlic

Garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties and is proven to help boost immune function, so it’s a good thing it’s so delicious and versatile! It can be included in everything from eggs to salad to stir-fries. If you aren’t already doing so, start looking for ways to make garlic a regular part of your diet.

  • Drink tea

If you’re not a coffee drinker (or you’ve been looking to cut back on your caffeine intake) tea is the answer. Whether you want a strong cup of black tea or a mild tisane, teas (especially non-herbal teas, with leaves from the actual tea plant) are packed with antioxidants and alkylamines, both of which are known to help boost immune strength.

  • Drink bone broth

Broth is going through kind of a renaissance right now as some people start to get back to eating the way their grandparents ate, including making their own bone broth to drink and cook with. It’s packed with nutrients that are known to help build a strong body and maintain a healthy immune system. All it takes is a slow cooker, some bones, water, vegetables, and seasonings, and you’re good to go. Try chicken soup with homemade chicken broth and you’ll never go back to the canned stuff.

  • Exercise regularly

You don’t have to be a gym rat to reap the benefits of a good workout. Whether it’s a daily walk or a few yoga sessions each week (or both), as long as you’re getting up and moving, your body will thank you with its increased ability to fight off infection.

Here at Stillwater Senior Living, we treat our residents like family. Our apartments include studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. They are designed with security features, maximum accessibility, and include walk-out patois with a full range of amenities for the entire family.

CONTACT US today for more information and a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.