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  • Tips for Choosing the Right Cane

    Senior Citizen Cane Canes can offer much-needed balance and support for elderly people and people coping with injury. However, if you’re planning to pick up a cheap cane from the drugstore, you may want to reconsider. The wrong cane can stress your wrist, not to mention hurt your back and further hamper your mobility. So how do you choose from among the many styles of canes on the market?

    Here are some handy tips for choosing the right cane:

    • First, consider how much support you need. If you just need a little help balancing, try a lightweight straight cane. Quad canes, or broad-based canes, offer maximum weight bearing and support. Offset-handle canes are in the middle—they’re typically lightweight but allow the user to put his or her weight directly over the cane tip for more stability.
    • Pick the right grip. There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for grips—just make sure yours doesn’t cause numbness or pain. Many people find foam grips comfortable. If you have arthritis or joint pain, a larger grip can make things easier. Some manufacturers will even customize a grip to your hand.
    • Make sure your cane is the right height. Many models are adjustable. If you’re not sure, choose a cane that is the same height as the distance from your wrist to the ground when you’re standing straight with your arms falling naturally from your sides.

    Looking for a great cane? BEK Medical has a wide variety of canes and other mobility products to help you get where you want to go. Browse our online selection, or give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!

  • Car Buying Tips for Seniors

    Senior Citizen Tips Seniors purchasing a new vehicle have several considerations to take into account, from safety to mobility. Here are a few car-buying tips for seniors to keep in mind when they visit the dealership. When you’re buying a car, consider:

    Vehicle accessibility

    Some cars, like SUVs, pose particular challenges for seniors. If you have joint and muscle pain, you’ll find it particularly difficult to get in and out, not to mention the added fall risk. Choose a car with accessible features like low door sills, wide openings and step-in heights.

    Safety

    Reduce the risk of accidents with features like parking sensors, a rearview camera for blind spot monitoring and high-performance headlights.

    Comfort

    Get in the car and determine whether it will be comfortable to drive. Do the seats have lumbar support? Can you access all of the controls without having to hunch over the wheel? Is the steering wheel comfortably positioned?

    Technology

    Choose a car that has controls that are easy and intuitive for you to use. Make sure you understand how to use the lights, radio and other features before leaving the lot.

    Once you’ve purchased your new car, BEK Medical can help make it as safe and comfortable as possible. Do you have a wheelchair, power scooter or other mobility device? We have a wide variety of vehicle lifts that can get you in your car and ready to go.  Give us a call at 915-599-1129 or browse our online selection of products to find out how we can help, wherever the road may take you!

  • How Seniors Can Keep a Sharp Brain

    Seniors Sharp MindFew people grow older without noticing some differences in their body and mind, but these changes don’t always have to be negative. As a matter of fact, there are numerous tricks that seniors can incorporate into their routine to keep their mind sharp and their memory going strong.

    Learn New Things

    Never let anyone tell you that you can no longer learn new things. Doing so will keep you occupied and will keep your memory sharp. Learn a new instrument, try a new game, or learn a new language. Do it for yourself and pass your newfound knowledge on to your children or grandchildren.

    Socialize Regularly

    An easy way to keep your mind sharp is to spend time socializing. Be it with your family, neighbors or new people you meet, talking with people will do wonders for your mental state. This is especially important if you live alone.

    Sleep

    Keeping your brain at full capacity can be as easy as getting some shut-eye. As you have probably heard before, you should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. While you sleep, your brain works to consolidate your memories so they can be easily recalled down the road.

    Healthy Diet

    You may not realize it but maintaining a healthy diet can also help to improve your brain function. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are the key to brain health. You can also benefit from eating lean meat, fish, and skinless poultry which are great low-fat protein sources. Eating bad food and drinking too much alcohol can lead to memory loss and confusion.

    Stay Organized

    Engaging in organizational tasks can help in strengthening memory and having everything in its place prevents chaos. Jot down your appointments and tasks in a little notebook and read the items aloud as you write them down. Don’t worry about multitasking because research has shown that doing one thing at a time helps you to better retain the information.

    At BEK Medical, we can help your body and mind maintain a healthy lifestyle with our always growing line of medical equipment matched with expert advice and a price match guarantee. Contact us today to learn more or shop online now!

  • Four Posture Tips for Seniors

    Good Posture for Senior CitizensThese days, we find ourselves sitting a lot, whether it’s watching TV, typing away at the computer, or talking amongst friends. A sedentary position can have serious implications for our posture, especially as we get older. But for seniors, encouraging the right posture can go a long way in maintaining both short- and long-term benefits.

    Here are four tips for seniors to make sure your posture is up to speed:

    Exercise

    First and foremost: stay active. The less sitting down you do, the less you’ll have to worry about your posture being affected. Living a physically active lifestyle is one of the best ways to keep a healthy posture and strengthen your muscles, be it walking, running, swimming, or playing sports. Ask your physician what the right exercise is for your regimen.

    Watch your weight

    One of the biggest contributors to your posture is, surprisingly, your diet. Those who weigh more inflict pressure on their back and spinal column, both of which affect your posture immensely. The key is to stick to a steady diet, made up of healthy exercise and nutrition.

    Be comfortable

    If you have to sit down for extended periods of time, at least make sure that you’re relying on ergonomic seating. You need a chair that will support your upper and lower back, as well as keep your wrists straight. Trust us—you’ll feel the difference!

    Do daily stretches

    If you’re sitting down for a while, stretch every 20 minutes. Keep your balance in order with yoga, balance ball workouts, or squats. Sleep on your side, and lift your legs to get the blood flowing. Good posture won’t appear overnight, but these personal exercises will go a long way in getting you there.

    If you have any questions about maintaining a healthy posture as a senior, feel free to contact us today. At BEK Medical, we’re always happy to help!

  • Three Ways You Can Ease into Retirement

    Tips for Retirement Retirement can be a complex transition. On the one hand, you have more time to enjoy your hobbies and passions, whether you love to garden or are looking forward to learning French. On the other hand, many retirees experience anxiety, depression and a diminished sense of self once they leave the workplace. To transition to retirement as successfully as possible, it’s a good idea to ease into it. Here’s how:

    Take baby steps into retirement

    Retirement doesn’t necessarily have to mean quitting work cold-turkey. Some companies will let you ease into retirement by cutting back gradually on your hours. If yours doesn’t, consider part-time work for a few years.

    Reimagine your identity when easing into retirement

    Throughout their working lives, many people identify themselves by their profession: “I’m an attorney.” “I’m an insurance agent.” You may not be practicing your profession any longer, but you can still choose how you identify yourself. Think about what you love to do—hiking, painting, pastry-making, traveling—and reflect that in your sense of self.

    Stay connected after retirement

    During your working life, you had a daily routine and saw your coworkers every day. In retirement, keep up a routine and maintain social connections. Whether it’s meeting a friend for coffee every morning, taking an exercise class or attending a continuing education class, it’s important to interact with others on a regular basis.

    Retirement isn’t the only transition seniors experience as they age. You might find you need equipment and supplies for your health, safety and comfort. If that’s the case, check out BEK Medical for everything you need, from mobility assistance products to pill organizers and more.

  • How You Can Further Your Education As You Age

    How Seniors Can Further Their EducationIf you’re retired, it’s the perfect time to kick back, relax and … continue your education? You bet! Plenty of educational opportunities are available to senior citizens. Whether you’re interested in art history, personal finance or any other topic, you’re bound to find accessible opportunities to further your education throughout your golden years.

    Your local college or university

    Think your college days are over? Think again! Plenty of colleges and universities will reduce or waive tuition on their regular course offerings for people over a certain age, and offer many continuing education classes as well. So whether you want to learn Italian or take a poetry-writing class, it’s worthwhile to see what your local school offers.

    Online learning

    There’s a world of opportunity available at a click of your mouse. Online learning offerings include those of the AARP’s LearningAdvisor portal, which offers personal and professional web-based courses for people ages 50-plus.

    Your public library

    Libraries offer a wealth of educational opportunities, from film discussion groups to practical courses on internet literacy.

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

    Like college, but with no homework or tests, the courses offered by the Osher Institute attract people 50 and over who are interested in “learning for the joy of learning.” Courses are offered through universities in a wide variety of communities.

    One thing we hope you’ll learn, no matter which educational opportunities you choose? BEK Medical offers the supplies and equipment seniors need for everyday comfort and safety. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 or browse our online selection of products to find out more about how we can serve you.

  • Safe Gardening Tips for Seniors

    Seniors Gardening Did you know that April is National Garden Month? Gardening is a hobby that seniors can enjoy well into their golden years. It’s inexpensive, relaxing and provides a healthy way for seniors to be outdoors and get some very gentle exercise. There’s something deeply satisfying about planting seeds in the ground and watching flowers and vegetables grow! It’s important, however, to keep in mind some essential safety tips.

    Do a safety check of the yard

    Seniors should enlist the help of a friend or loved one to walk around the yard and check for safety hazards. Keep an eye out for protruding roots, loose steps, rocks and uneven ground. If you spot any dangers, fix them right away.

    Dress appropriately

    Seniors should wear long pants and sleeves to protect themselves from scratches, as well as googles to protect their eyes from snapping branches.

    Stay connected

    Always carry a cell phone outside with you so you can call for help if needed.

    Avoid ladders

    While ladders may have been no problem earlier in life, seniors are especially at risk for falls, and should enlist younger friends or family members for any projects involving a climb.

    Raise the garden to avoid bending

    Bending is bad for stiff senior backs. Try raised beds or vertical gardening to enjoy your favorite hobby without hurting your back.

    BEK Medical offers a variety of supplies and equipment to make seniors’ everyday lives easier, more comfortable and safer. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more about how we can serve you.

  • Tips for Seniors Who Are Traveling on a Plane

    Seniors Traveling on Plane Between the long security lines, the teeny-tiny seats and the long layovers, flying can be challenging no matter your age. For senior citizens, the difficulties and inconveniences of flying are amplified by health concerns and other age-related factors. However, with a few handy tips, most seniors can continue traveling by air well into their golden years.

    Get the most out of what the airline offers

    When making your reservation, ask about services, amenities and upgrades that can make air travel easier for seniors. For example, many airlines will provide expedited boarding or seats with extra legroom to seniors who present a doctor’s note.

    Ask for a wheelchair

    Airports can typically provide wheelchair service to mobility-impaired seniors, and when necessary, someone to guide them through the airport. Just make sure you contact the airport in advance.

    Pack smart

    Include copies of prescriptions and/or physicians’ notes to accompany prescription medication, and pack it in an easy-to-access place.

    Be prepared for the TSA

    Seniors in a wheelchair may actually pass through security more quickly than others, and can be screened with a wand rather than passing through metal detectors. Seniors or their family members should alert the TSA about any medical condition that might set off alarms, like surgical knee or hip implants.

    BEK Medical offers a variety of supplies and equipment to make traveling easier for seniors, from walkers and other mobility aids to pill organizers for carry-on luggage. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more about how we can make plane travel run smoothly for seniors.

  • How Seniors Can Avoid Identity Theft

    How seniors can avoid identity theft Did you know that an identity theft occurs once every three seconds? Seniors are particularly vulnerable. They’re often targeted because they tend to have more money saved than younger adults, and because they tend to be less likely to suspect malicious intent when they receive an email or phone call from someone they don’t know. In addition, seniors who live in assisted living facilities have their personal information passed among multiple people – some of whom may misuse it. Here are a few pointers for avoiding this unfortunately common problem:

    Avoid identity theft by staying safe online

    In phishing attacks, criminals mimic legitimate entities, like banks or insurance companies, to prompt individuals to input personal information like social security or credit card numbers. Beware of emails that say things like, “Your account will be canceled if you don’t reply!” or “You have won a large cash prize!” Legitimate companies will never ask for personal information over email.

    Keep track of your credit

    You can receive one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Take advantage of free reports to monitor any suspicious activity.

    Shred unnecessary documents

    Shred things like receipts, statements, preapproved credit card offers or anything else that has your personal information. While you’re at it, put a stop to those preapproved offers, which thieves often use to glean personal information.

    As seniors learn techniques for keeping their identities safe, they also need to stay healthy. BEK Medical can help. We offer a variety of equipment that promotes seniors’ safety and wellness. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!

  • Preparing for Your Parents to Live With You

    How to prepare for your parents to move in At some point in your life, there may come a time when one or both of your parents need to live with you. Maybe one of them is sick and needs constant care and attention from you. Or maybe they’re simply on the older side and can’t get around as well as they used to, thus necessitating a move to your home. Whatever the case, you should prepare for the situation accordingly before they move in. Check out a few steps to take below.

    Discuss how them moving in with you will impact everyone

    Chances are, you spent a lot of your life living with one or both of your parents. So you might think it’ll be easy to pick up right where you left off. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You’re older, they’re older and you might have kids. This isn’t going to be anything like it was when you were younger and living under your parents’ roof. It’s important to realize that and to speak directly with your parents about their expectations of living with you so there aren’t any surprises later.

    Think about where your parents will stay

    Ideally, you would have a wing in your home where your parents could live and be comfortable. But not everyone has access to that kind of setup, so you might have to rearrange your home to ensure your parents can live and get around comfortably. You should keep in mind that something as simple as a few steps could make life impossible for them. Talk to them about their mobility and what they need from you to make their lives as normal and simple as possible. You may have to senior proof your home to make it safe.

    Obtain the medical supplies your parents will need

    Speaking of senior proofing, there may be different products your parents will need to go about their business in your home. This could include everything from wheelchairs to special beds and chairs. A company like BEK Medical can set you up with the items you and your parents will need to coexist in your home.

    If your parents are planning on moving into your home soon, don’t wait until the last minute to track down the things they’ll need. Call BEK Medical at 915-599-1129 today to order our home care products.

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