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  • 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.

  • Importance of Grip Strength for Seniors

    Grip Strength for Seniors When you hear the term “grip strength,” you may immediately think of rock climbers or weightlifters. However, sports enthusiasts aren’t the only people who should be concerned about their grip strength. As seniors age, it’s important for them to maintain their grip strength. Here’s why:

    Grip strength is important for performing everyday tasks

    Grip strength will help when doing tasks such as inserting a key into a lock, picking up groceries or holding a toothbrush. Before we age, we tend to take our hands for granted. Think about how often you use your hands to pinch, twist or support objects throughout the day, from picking up your cup of morning coffee to turning off your bedside lamp at night.

    Grip strength can naturally minimize pain from arthritis

    Although it may at first seem counterintuitive to move achy hands, working on grip strength actually improves mobility and reduces inflammation, which reduces the pain seniors feel throughout the day.

    Studies have shown that improving grip strength can reduce the risk of certain diseases

    For example, a decline in grip strength can increase the risk of dying from heart disease by as 17%. The logic behind this is that reduced grip strength implies reduced muscle mass, which is correlated with a decline in overall health.

    Grip strength exercises can help seniors keep their hands strong. Seniors and their families should also check out BEK Medical for high-quality equipment that makes seniors healthier, safer and more comfortable. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more about the products we offer.

  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

    Cleaning tips for senior citizens Birds will soon be chirping, flowers will begin to bloom and temperatures will slowly warm up, which means that it will be time for spring cleaning before we know it! As seniors age, spring cleaning on their own gets harder and harder. If you’re stepping in to help an elderly loved one clean his or her home, it’s a good idea to keep a few handy tips in mind.

    Spring Cleaning Tip 1: Get papers in order

    Cleaning for seniors is about more than just sweeping, mopping and dusting. Make sure that your loved one’s papers are well-organized and uncluttered, and that you can easily find important documents like birth certificates and social security cards.

    Spring Cleaning Tip 2: Include Mom and Dad

    While seniors may not be able to perform cleaning tasks that involve heavy lifting or vigorous motion, don’t exclude them from the process. Give seniors easy tasks that make them feel included, like organizing clothes in a closet.

    Spring Cleaning Tip 3: Check for safety

    As you help your parent, relative or friend clean, make sure that the living conditions in the home are safe. Is the home well-lit and easy to navigate? Check for fall risks, like loose rugs or open extension cords. You should also check to make sure fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.

    As you help your senior loved ones clean, check to make sure they have the equipment they need. BEK Medical is a helpful resource for senior citizens and their families. We supply high-quality equipment that promotes health, safety and comfort. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more.

  • Advantages of an Elderly In-Home Spa

    Benefits of an Elderly In-Home Spa Nothing is more relaxing than a dip in a spa tub. For most of us, it’s an experience we have most often on vacation. For the elderly, however, having an in-home spa has a variety of benefits for relaxation, rejuvenation and health. Hydrotherapy, or water as a means to heal, has been used to treat ailments and chronic conditions for hundreds of years, in many cultures around the world.

    Some of the benefits of an in-home spa for seniors include:

    Elderly In-Home Spas Provide Stress Relief

    The water in a hot tub relaxes you and improves circulation, which gets your endorphins going. Endorphins are the feel-good chemicals in your body that make stress melt away. For seniors who may be coping with difficult changes, stress relief is essential.

    Elderly In-Home Spas Improve Sleep

    Spending a half hour in a spa tub about an hour and a half before bedtime can lead to better sleep. This is because your body temperature rises while you’re in the tub, then cools when you get out, replicating the drop in body temperature that happens as you fall into a deep sleep. Many seniors have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep, so an in-home spa can help.

    Elderly In-Home Spas Reduce Joint Pressure

    Because we feel practically weightless in a hot tub, a good soak can alleviate joint and muscle pressure.

    Seniors need a variety of products and equipment to live comfortably. BEK Medical offers many essentials for seniors, such as therapeutic equipment, mobility equipment, support hosiery and more that helps seniors stay well. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!

  • What’s the Difference Between Vertical and Inclined Platform Lifts?

    What’s the Difference Between Vertical and Inclined Platform Lifts?If you use a wheelchair on a regular basis and have trouble getting up and down the different levels in your home, you will likely need to use a platform lift. Platform lifts are designed to help people in wheelchairs maneuver between different floors with ease. But when you go to purchase a platform lift, you will have two options—a vertical platform lift or an inclined platform lift. It’s a good idea to learn about the differences between them before buying one.

    A vertical platform lift works just like an elevator

    You roll your wheelchair into it, turn it on, and then it takes you up or down before stopping and allowing you to get off. It will make it simple to get from one floor to the next, and vertical platform lifts can be set up to take a person anywhere from a few feet up to 20 feet up. It all depends on the way your home is built.

    An inclined platform lift works a lot like your average stair lift

    Rather than going directly up or down, it will allow you to roll your wheelchair into place and then it will carry you up or down a flight of stairs while moving slowly along the side of the steps. Inclined platform lifts will come in handy anytime you have a lot of steps in your home, and many businesses will also install them for those with wheelchairs.

    Vertical and inclined platform lifts can both get the job done for you. But depending on how your home is designed, you might find that one works better than the other. BEK Medical has different platform lifts in stock and can show you your options. Call us at 915-599-1129 today to begin the process of purchasing a platform lift for you and your wheelchair.

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