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  • Reading Benefits for Seniors

    Reading- it's fundamental! Reading has always been a way of enriching your mind and escaping from the monotony of everyday life. It is also a great way to learn, exercise your mind, and escape into another world. Reading is important for those of all ages, but especially beneficial for seniors.

    Here are a few reasons why seniors should aim to read more:

    Entertainment

    The most important reason anyone reads is to be entertained—reading lets you discover new worlds, new characters, and new opinions all from the comfort of your favorite armchair. The amount of truly good TV shows is limited these days and most senior citizens don’t prefer spending hours and hours staring at the television. Picking up a book can be a great source of entertainment and new information for people of all ages, especially seniors.

    Community Why Seniors Need to Read More

    Book clubs are one of the best ways to meet new people, so if you live in a retirement community, try to join a book club. It will most likely be ladies and gentlemen snacking and chatting about their lives, rather than an in-depth discussion of the book, so no need to stress or worry. Grandchildren can make great book club partners too, re-reading the classics with your grandkids as they read them in school can be very meaningful since you are experiencing them at a different phase in your life. You can also bond with your grandchildren as you read together.

    Stress Reduction

    Senior citizens don’t exactly have stress-free lives, with rising healthcare costs and a lot of changes in their day to day lives when it comes time to retire. According to Synergy Home Care, reading can reduce stress by absorbing your mind and distracting you from your worry.

    Mental Stimulation Why Seniors Need to Read More

    As we age, our memories and our minds aren’t as sharp as they used to be. However, reading frequently can actually help keep your memory sharp, and may help delay the onset of Alzheimer's. 

    If you are looking for some new books to read here is a top 10 list of books for seniors to read.

     

    BEK Medical is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our customers. We offer a wide array of mobility products, rehab equiptment, maternity products, and more. Come visit us in our Dallas or El Paso location to try our products in person!

  • CBD; What is it and How Can it Help Me

    If you’ve read the news recently, glanced through a Reader’s Digest, or are active on Facebook, chances are you’ve heard about CBD and its remarkable health benefits. Many people have shared “miracle stories” of their experience with CBD, but with so much information saturating the media it can be difficult to narrow down the facts.116771787_S

    If you are interested in using CBD, here is some helpful information:  

    CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD is one of more than 100 chemicals found in marijuana. When separated from its psychoactive counterpart, CBD can have many health benefits for the user-without experiencing any effects from the THC. THC is the compound that gives marijuana psychoactive affects or makes the user “high”. CBD is non-intoxicating, so it does not create a “high” feeling in the user.

    Health Benefits 

    Here are some of the health benefits of CBD:

     

    Different Forms

    There are many ways to use CBD. This is more of a personal preference which can be decided based on lifestyle and practicality. Here are some of the forms in which CBD can be consumed:

    • Tincture- This is a concentrated liquid form of CBD which is CBD; What is it and How Can it Help Me usually made by infusing CBD with high-proof grain alcohol, or glycerin to create a potent oil. This tincture can be taken in a variety of ways. You can add a few drops to your cup of coffee, tea, or even mix it into a bowl of soup. This is an easy and discreet way to take CBD and is ideal for people trying it for the first time.
    • Vape oil-This method is fast acting and typical onset time takes only a few minutes. You can use CBD in vape oil by using an electronic vape pen to inhale the product. This method is similar to smoking an e-cigarette but without the carcinogenic byproducts.
    • Capsule- CBD capsules are usually a mixture of CBD and a carrier oil like coconut oil that has been sealed into a gel capsule.
    • Edible- This is created by using CBD infused oil or butter to create a variety of edible items. There are many different kinds of CBD edibles from lollipops to popcorn. A very popular for of edibles is gummies which are created by combining CBD with sugar, gelatin and other ingredients to create a gummy candy.
    • Bath Bomb- These are ideal for hot baths to relieve muscle aches and pains. These CBD infused bath bombs help relax the body by dissolving into your bath water.
    • Topicals- Topical CBD creams and lotions are great for targeting specific areas where you may experience muscle pain, cramps, or soreness. Topical treatments may be infused with other pain relieving/ anti-inflammatory gels like menthol or Aloe Vera.

    If you are interested in trying CBD products, BEK Medical offers a variety of quality, easy-to-use products. Browse our CBD products here. BEK Medical provides home medical supplies which help assist with mobility, incontinence, diabetes, maternity needs and more!

    Remember to check BEK Medical blog frequently for helpful lifestyle tips.

  • UV Safety Awareness Month

    July is UV Safety Month, and while it is nearing its end, the summer sun is here to stay-at least for a couple more months! It is great to spend time outdoors but also very important to be safe while doing so.  There are plenty of ways for seniors to stay active throughout the summer months, including a trip to your local farmers market, gardening, visiting a craft show and taking a stroll through the park.

    While you are enjoying the fresh air and warm weather this season, remember to practice sun safety as well.

    July is UV Safety Month Applying sunscreen is an important first step to avoiding painful sunburn. Choose a version with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher, as well as broad spectrum protection. This will block about 97 percent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

    If you are using a bottle of sunscreen from last summer, be sure to check its expiration date. Most products are good for two to three years but become less effective if left out in the heat for long periods of time.

    Apply generously and remember to re-apply every couple of hours for lasting protection.

    To further protect yourself from the sun this summer, make sure you wear the right clothing. Wear long sleeves and pants when you can and wear a hat and sunglasses while you are out. Materials like cotton and linen are great for keeping you cool  wile simultaneously protecting your skin. Prescription glasses or sunglasses that block UV rays are a quick form of protection for your eyes and the sensitive surrounding skin.

    Vitamin D has many health benefits, including its ability to lower the risk for some cancers. While in the sun, your skin naturally makes vitamin D, but there are other ways to get it as well. To avoid over-exposure to the sun, try a vitamin supplement instead.

    Check our blog for more healthy lifestyle tips!

    BEK Medical provides an array of resources for all of your medical needs. From medicine containers to orthopedic support and scooters, we have everything you need to enjoy the summer!

  • Celebrating Elders' Birthdays

    As senior citizens age, many of them become hesitant to celebrate their birthday. Most senior citizens will tell their families not to bother doing anything for them. Because they have celebrated decades worth of birthdays, they may’t feel as though they dont need to celebrate another one. While it is important to respect your loved one, many senior citizens do want some sort of celebration. It is important to show them that you love and care about them even if they don’t want a huge party. As people age they tend to feel less significant in the lives of their friends and family. Use their birthday as a way to reinforce the bonds you have.

    Keep it simpleCelebrating Senior Citizen Birthdays

    Many seniors’ citizens will express that they don’t want to celebrate their birthday because they just don’t want a large production. If you are going to help the senior citizen in your life celebrate their birthday, keep it simple and you will make them happy. If you create a big “to-do” this will likely give your senior stress and anxiety.  Most seniors will appreciate something small and thoughtful.  Purchase gifts that they could genuinely benefit from, put up simple decorations, and get a few of their favorite foods.

    Be sure to include them 

    If a senior has been giving you a lot of excuses expressing that they don’t want a birthday party, consider just asking them what they do want.  You might be surprised by their answer when they are given the opportunity to explain themselves. Some seniors might just want to celebrate with a few loved ones and not consider it a “party,” others might prefer to go out to dinner, and some might just want a cake. It is important to know what they want instead of assuming, this will eliminate alot of "guesswork".

    Limit the Guest List

    Most older Celebrating Senior Citizen Birthdayspeople don’t have a ton of friends, and while inviting people just to fill the party out may seem like a good idea- it’s best to keep it small. Seniors often become stressed in social settings and if too many people are in attendance, they aren’t going to feel like the birthday party is for them at all. Create an intimate guest list consisting of people who truly matter to them- friends, children, and grandchildren. If they have friends that are unable to drive but would want to attend, make arrangements to pick them up for a special surprise.

    Check BEK Medical blog frequently for healthy tips and medical supplies, Visit our shop for a variety of equipment perfect for an active senior!

  • Spending Time With Your Grandchildren

    According to research published in the journal, Evolution and Human Behavior, seniors that are actively engaged in their grandchildren’s lives tend to live longer than those who are not. Watching your grandchildren can provide a sense of purpose and boost self-esteem by providing care for another. Whether you spend the day at the park or go for ice cream, there are many options for spending time with your grandchildren. Here are a few fun activities to enjoy:Why You Should Watch Your Grandchildren

    Go for a walk- This is a great activity to encourage exercise and connect with nature. Remember to always wear sunscreen when going out in the sun and to re-apply if you are outside for an extended period of time. If you are a senior concerned with mobility issues, BEK Medical, has a variety of products that will aid in your everyday needs to get around.

    Make a lemonade stand- This will not only help your grandchild learn early entrepreneurship, but it is a perfect activity for a nice summer day that does not require copious amounts of physical labor. Simply set up a table and allow your grandchild to make a sign with a poster board and marker. You can make the lemonade fresh, or simply use your favorite store-bought brand. Before setting-up the stand be sure to comply with your local permit laws regarding vending. The fastest way to find out what is required, is to call your local health department.

    Go for a bike ride- Riding a bike is a healthy-low impact form of exercise, perfect for a summer afternoon. When riding with your grandchildren be sure that they remain next to you or if they do ride ahead of you, that they remain within 6 feet of your bike. Bike riding is also a great way to improve cognitive ability and increase brain function. Here is a list of great bikes for people over the age of 60.  If you are concerned with balance, opt for a tricycle. Tricycle’s are great for providing balance and support.

    Why You Should Watch Your Grandchildren Read a book- Reading can take you places you never imagined. If your grandchildren are still developing speaking skills, reading to them will help encourage literacy and help them understand how to pronounce and enunciate words. Older children can also benefit from reading aloud- it encourages them to read on their own, introduces them to new words, and provides understanding of other cultures.

    There are a variety of activities that you may enjoy with your grandchildren. Although time with grandchildren can be beneficial to your health, it is important to set boundaries with their parents. If your children have busy schedules, they may want more support from you to watch their children. Be sure not to over extend yourself as this can cause stress which will have the opposite effect.

    Be sure to check BEK Medical’s blog for different tips regarding lifestyle tips and suggestions for seniors. Visit our Shop Now tab for a wide selection of products designed to encourage safety, mobility, personal care, and more!

  • Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

     

    With less than two wSummer Safety for Seniorseeks away from Summer’s official start, warmer weather, backyard barbecues, and dips in the pool are just around the corner. This is a great time to relax and enjoy the sun, but it is important to make safety a priority especially as the temperatures increase.  Sunshine, as beautiful as it may be, brings with it a few conditions that can greatly impact healthy living.  The American Geriatric Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging (FHIA) reports that most of the 200 American fatalities occur during the summer months, many of whom are over the age of 50.

    FHIA warns that temperatures in the low 90s can be very dangerous to seniors and offers seniors and their caregivers a wide variety of hot weather safety tips.

    Recommendations include:

    • Turn on the air conditioner or go to an air-conditioned place—senior center, mall, movie theater, or library, for example.
    • Stay indoors during excessive heat, and when outside, avoid the sun as much as possible, wear hats and sunglasses, and use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
    • Avoid strenuous activity
    • Take cool showers, baths, or sponge baths

    If you have elderly family, it is important to check on them often. Family and professional caregivers can make a special effort to help ensure that seniors are drinking adequate amounts of water. This includes keeping a variety of hydrating beverages on hand like water, Gatorade, milk, or tea.

    Use the urine test to confirm whether you or a loved one is drinking enough. Light yellow urine is usually a sign that liquid consumption is adequate, while darker urine may signal that more liquid is needed.

    Beware of Heat Illnesses

    Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body cannot cool itself. Symptoms include:

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    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • Poor coordination
    • Nausea
    • Sweating

    If this is the case, rest in a cool place, drink plenty of fluids and take a cool shower or sponge bath. This condition can turn into heatstroke, so if the symptoms continue, seek medical attention right away. Heat stroke is life threatening and requires emergency medical help. After calling 911, get the individual to a cool place. Signs of heat stroke include fainting, body temperature above 104° F, confusion, irritableness, staggering, dry, flushed skin, strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse, not sweating, acting delirious or being in a coma. Stay safe, healthy and hydrated this summer!

    Remember to check our blog frequently for health tips and information. BEK Medical is dedicated to providing home medical supplies that help encourage healthy lifestyles.  View our shop for a wide variety of equipment designed to make your life easier!

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  • Gaining Mobility with Assistive Devices

    Gaining Mobility with Assitive Devices

    Summer is here and now is a great time to regain your mobility and independence. There are a few different options for mobility equipment. Mobility devices like wheelchairs, canes, and walkers are good investments for seniors who feel unsteady on their feet. Appropriate use of these devices can help to prevent falls, improve posture, and provide stability. Learn more about your options, then schedule a visit with your doctor to decide which choice is right for you.

     

    Wheelchairs

    The most common assistive device for mobility, wheelchairs assist people with disabilities and injuries. Wheelchairs can help take the pressure off injured knees and provide a safer mode of transportation for people with limited mobility. According to the World Health Organization, only a small percentage of people who need wheelchairs have proper access to them.

    Canes

     

    Typically made of wood or metal, canes are a great option for seniors who are looking to improve their balance. A cane can support up to 25 percent of an individual’s weight and helps those who are suffering from arthritis or are recovering from a foot or leg injury.  Depending on the amount of support you need, triple and quad-footed options provide more stability than regular canes. Remember to be sure that your can is adjusted correctly for your height. While wearing regular walking shoes, stand upright with your elbows at your side, and have someone else measure  the distance between your wrist and the floor. This measurement is the height your cane should be adjusted to.

     

    Walkers

    Gaining Mobility with Assitive Devices

    The best support for seniors who are at risk for a fall because of an unsteady gait, severe arthritis problems or weakness in the hips, there are a few types of walkers to consider. Those with two and four wheels are the most popular since they are easy to move. One important feature to look for when purchasing a wheeled walker is a hand-controlled break. This will allow you to lock the wheels in place while in a stationary position to prevent your walker from rolling away. Standard walkers are the most stable option available but, can be difficult for some seniors to lift and move.

    Talk to your doctor or physical therapist when looking for an assistive device to make sure you are choosing the best option for your lifestyle. Get help determining what size cane or walker with Health in Aging and consider an adjustable cane or walker. Whether you are looking for a wheelchairwalker or cane, visit BEK Medical to find the best option available.

  • All About the UPWalker Walking Aid

    Mobility Products Dallas TXAre you a senior citizen or rehab patient who needs some help getting around from day to day? Do you have a neurological, cardiovascular or pulmonary disorder? Do you suffer from pain, instability and poor posture from using a traditional walker or rollator?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, the UPWalker Upright Walker might be the mobility aid for you!

    This revolutionary product can help you get back on your feet and regain your independence. The UPWalker enables users to maintain good posture walking in a safe, secure and upright position. Using it can reduce pain in your leg joints, back and wrists.

    Its features include:

    • Adjustable-height armrests
    • Padded sit-to-stand handles
    • A comfortable seat
    • Lockable brakes
    • Multi-terrain wheels

    The UPWalker supports a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. It can be used both indoors or outdoors, and it comes fully assembled in a graphite gray color. This mobility aid is a cinch to transport: the lightweight aluminum frame, which weighs just 23 lbs., folds for easy travel.

    The UPWalker comes in three different sizes and is shipped with standard accessories including a backrest support, a beverage holder and a personal item bag that attaches to the walker’s handgrip tubes.

    The UPWalker Upright Walker is available now from BEK Medical. We also offer a wide variety of walkers, canes and other mobility products to help you get around. Browse our selection online or contact us today to find out more!

  • Different Wheelchair Lift Options for Vehicles

    Vehicle LiftsIf you use a wheelchair, you may be considering a wheelchair lift to make it easier to get in and out of your car. However, choosing among the different options takes an understanding of the various products on the market and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Here’s our guide to different wheelchair lift options for vehicles:

    Outside liftse

    This type of lift is secured to the exterior of a vehicle and allows you to transport your wheelchair or mobility scooter without using any interior space in your car. This type of lift is also popular because it’s relatively easy to transfer from vehicle to vehicle. You can even operate it on your own if you’re able to stand for two to three minutes while the lift is in operation.

    Hybrid lifts

    This type of lift is mounted in the vehicle’s cargo area. It works best in SUVs and vans, because the entire lift will need to be housed within the vehicle. They’re especially convenient because they feature a drive-on platform. You can wheel yourself onto the lift, and the mechanical system will do the rest.

    Inside lifts/hoists

    Like hybrid lifts, inside lifts are mounted in a vehicle’s cargo area, but they swing outward to load the wheelchair. They’re a good choice for smaller SUVs, since they take up less space, but they can be more difficult to operate than other kinds of lifts.

    BEK Medical has the perfect wheelchair lift options for you

    We suggest the Pride Backpacker Plus by Pride Mobility. This lift system has a robust construction, sleek design, and a powerful weight capacity of 350 pounds. It is fully-powered for lifting and rotating for effortless loading of products, which can include travel and full-size mobility scooters and power wheelchairs.

    If you need some help getting around from day to day, BEK Medical offers a wide variety of walkers, canes and other helpful mobility products. Browse our selection online or contact us to learn more.

  • The Many Benefits of Lift Chairs

    Lift Chairs in El Paso and Dallas TXRecliners, La-Z-Boys, and grandparent chairs are just a few names for Americas most comfortable seating. Unfortunately, these chairs have a negative connotation associated with them as they are typically regarded as medical chairs. However, these lift chairs are so much more than that. They aren’t just your grandpas La- Z- Boy anymore. In fact, they are great for people of all ages and all phases of life.

    The different positions the lift chairs can adjust to will benefit you in more ways than one. When the you are positioned in the chair with your legs elevated above your heart, it promotes circulation. Lift chairs are great for anyone who needs to reduce swelling or just needs to rest their legs. They also promote healthy breathing and will help you sleep better.

    Lift chairs instantly take pressure off your back so if you’ve had a long day standing at work you can go home and rest your back in a lift chair. Promotes healthy breathing and help you sleep well during pregnancy.

    If you’re ready to benefit from lift chairs, look no further than BEK Medical.

    We offer a wide selection of lift chairs to meet all of your needs. Feel free to give us a call at 915-599-1129 or email us at info@bekmedical.com.

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