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  • The Importance of Companionship

    When caring for the elderly, we often focus on their physical health and medical needs. While it is certainly essential that seniors get the health care they need, we shouldn’t forget the importance of their mental health as well. Companionship helps seniors stave off loneliness, keeps their minds sharp, and alleviates mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

    Why is companionship so important for seniors?The Importance of Companionship

    • It prevents depression, which often stems from isolation.
    • It provides brain stimulation. Playing games, reading books and sharing stories helps preserve seniors’ memories and language skills.
    • A companion can help prevent scammers from taking advantage of the elderly financially, by screening emails and calls and helping seniors evaluate financial matters.
    • It can also have physical benefits, as a companion may encourage seniors to stay as active as possible and avoid unhealthy habits.

    Despite seniors’ need for companionship, it can be a challenge for them to make new friends. During middle age and youth, we often seek companionship from colleagues, a spouse, members of our church, etc. However, seniors who are retired, whose spouses have passed away and/or who are homebound have trouble establishing and maintaining bonds.

    So what can we do for the seniors in our life who lack companionship? Living in a retirement community is one way to ensure that they have access to new and ongoing friendships. A professional caregiver can also be a friend, a listening ear and a source of support.

    Companionship is just one piece of the puzzle. Seniors also need proper care and equipment to stay healthy and safe. BEK Medical offers high-quality equipment that promotes seniors’ well-being. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more.

  • Ways You Can Celebrate Veterans Day

    The men and women who serve our country are selfless individuals who risk their lives to protect our freedom, making sacrifices many of us couldn’t imagine. So this Veterans Day, on November 11th, take some time to let our vets know they’re appreciated. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday.

    Say “Thank you”Ways You Can Celebrate Veterans Day

    It may seem like a small and simple gesture, but thanking a veteran can go a long way! Even a quick phone call will let the person know you appreciate their service.

    Volunteer

    There are many meaningful volunteer activities focused on veterans that you can participate in. Sign up to give vets a ride through Disabled American Veterans (DAV), an organization that provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own. You can also use websites like Volunteer Match to find a hospital, charity or other organization near you that needs help!

    Attend a parade

    Take your family to a local Veterans Day parade and show your support in person! You can also check with your town’s VA office to get details about Veterans Day events and celebrations in your area.

    Send care packages

    If you can’t be in person but are looking to do something with a personal touch, consider sending a care package. Fill it with small gifts and snacks that are sure to make a veteran’s day. You could even send prepared food or meals, which would be especially meaningful to vets who are elderly or disabled.

    If you know a vet who could benefit from home medical supplies and equipment, BEK Home Medical Equipment will have just what you need. Contact us or shop our online store today!

  • How Can You Sleep Better?

    Sleep is important for everyone regardless of how old you are. But as we age, we often experience changes in our sleeping patterns, such as getting tired earlier and waking up earlier, or even not getting as much deep sleep. So what can you do to sleep better?

    Get movingHow Can You Sleep Better?

    Exercise can go a long way to help you maintain a healthy sleep schedule. A study that compared 53 physically active older women to 48 women who didn't exercise showed that the exercisers slept an average of 50 minutes more each night than the sedentary group. The physically active women also rated their sleep quality at 8.3 out of 10 compared to the non-exercisers who rated their sleep satisfaction at only 5.8. Brisk walks and exercise classes for older adults are great options to help you achieve quality sleep. But make sure not to exercise too close to bed time and reserve that time for light stretching.

    Find the right routine

    Following certain daily routines can make falling asleep and staying asleep easier. Limit napping to no more than 30 minutes at a time, and only nap in the early afternoon. Have light evening meals, and limit liquid intake before bed to avoid middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Make sure your evening routine is a relaxing one that allows you to unwind, and avoid unpleasant tasks that might cause stress right before bed.

    When it comes to comfort supplies you may need to help with your daily and sleep routines, BEK Medical  can help. We offer a full selection of supplies and equipment, including compression stockings, incontinence supplies, and mobility products. Visit us in person at our Dallas and El Paso locations, or check out our online store today!

  • Common Health Screenings For Seniors

    As you age, the need for regular medical testing increases. It’s important to be proactive about your health and monitor any changes in your body. Here are a few common tests you should get done so you can live a healthy and long life:Common Health Screenings For Seniors

    Blood pressure

    According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three adults has elevated blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Hypertension is called the “silent killer” because symptoms usually don’t show up until it’s too late. This is why it’s very important to have your blood pressure checked at least once every year, if not more.

    Colonoscopy

    After you turn 50, you should get a colonoscopy every 10 years and if polyps are found or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you should get them even more frequently. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if it’s caught early!

    Bone density

    Many are aware of osteoporosis, but they don’t get bone density scans done. The scan measures bone mass which helps with bone strength. Bone scans are recommended after the age of 65, especially for women.

    Prostate cancer screening

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. So, those who are 50 and over should be getting a prostate cancer screening done if they are at an average risk for prostate cancer.  Screenings should also be done for those who are 40 to 45 and have a high risk, or a family history of prostate cancer.

    There are several other important screenings that should be done as well. Stay informed, take care of and listen to your body and check back to our blog often for more helpful information!

  • Benefits of Massage Therapy

    When you think of getting a massage, you probably think about relaxing in a calm environment with soft music playing in the background, but did you know that therapeutic massages have been shown to decrease stress in the body and lessen negative effects of anxiety, depression and digestive disorders?

    The benefits of massage therapy are wide ranging, here are a few:Benefits of Massage Therapy

    Increases blood flow to limbs

    Different massage techniques help move blood through congested areas. The release of the same pressure causes new blood to flow in. Increasing circulation is the most important benefit for seniors since good circulation can be difficult as we age.

    Softens muscles and tissues

    When we get older, we tend to become less active which causes our muscles to harden and get tighter. Getting a massage helps soften those achy muscles and tissues by increasing blood flow to the areas and reducing overall muscle tension.

    Produces feelings of comfort

    Many enjoy getting a massage because it can evoke feelings of caring, comfort and connection. Many seniors have lost a spouse or partner so they become touch-deprived. The touch while getting a massage can really help with relaxation.

    Risks of massages

    Most people can benefit from a massage, but Mayo Clinic reminds us that a massage may not be appropriat3e if you have bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication, burns or healing wounds, deep vein thrombosis, and fractures. Before getting a massage, speak about the pros and cons with your doctor.

    It’s very important to listen to your body and take the extra steps when needed. For more health tips, check our blog frequently and contact us with questions!

  • Medication Management Tips

    Are you required to take a handful of different medications on a daily basis? If so, then you understand just how difficult it can be to manage the process. Often times, you have to be careful about how closely you take two medications together. You also need to make sure that you don’t miss a dose, since it could end up causing complications for you.Medication Management Tips

    Here are several medication management tips that can make taking prescription drugs just a little bit easier.

    Keep a list of all your medications and prescribed doses

    The key to using medications effectively is knowing what you are supposed to take and when you are supposed to take it. To stay organized, it’s a good idea to make a list of the medications you take in the order you need to take them. This will help you keep track of your prescriptions. You can also take this list with you to doctor’s appointments so that you and your physician are on the same page as far as what you are using every day.

    Learn about the side effects of your prescriptions

    Are there certain medications you take that could make you drowsy? Are there others that will prohibit you from driving? Is there one that could make it difficult for you to be out in public for a few hours? You need to understand how your prescriptions could potentially affect you so that you can plan when to take them accordingly. It’s good to know what to expect from a medication before you start using it regularly.

    Speak with your doctor about any issues you have with medications

    If you are having trouble remembering when to take a prescription or you don’t like the way one makes you feel, talk to your doctor about it right away. He or she can probably make the necessary adjustments to help you manage your medications more effectively. Your doctor may also have additional management techniques that you can try.

    BEK Medical wants to help you manage your medications. We can provide you with several helpful products such as medicine containers, pill crushers, and other valuable tools. Call us at 915-599-1129 today to place an order!

  • Signs of Memory Loss

    Everyone has forgetful moments now and again – maybe you can’t remember where you put your keys, or you forget about an appointment. These occurrences can be normal, but how do you know when it’s a sign of something more serious like memory loss or Alzheimer’s?Signs of Memory Loss

    Here are some key signs to watch out for:

    Sleep problems

    If you’re experiencing memory loss and also having sleep issues, the two could be related. Sleep apnea is linked to memory loss and dementia. When sleep apnea is left untreated, it affects your spatial navigational memory, which includes things like remembering directions and where you put something.

    Personality changes

    Forgetfulness happens, but it becomes worrisome when accompanied by changes in mood and temperament. Increased confusion, depression, fearfulness, and anxiety can be signs of Alzheimer’s. This is especially true when these symptoms occur even if the person is in the comfort of home with family and friends, as it points to a disassociation with what should be familiar.

    Withdrawal

    People suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s will often withdraw from social engagement. If they are experiencing classic symptoms like forgetfulness and seem unable to follow along with conversation, further withdrawal could be an indication of a larger problem.

    At BEK Medical, we believe that everyone deserves to live life to the fullest at any age, and with our wide selection of home medical equipment, we can make that possible for you. Shop our online store or visit or Dallas or El Paso locations to find just what you need to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • Technology Can Help Senior Citizens More Than You Think

    As stereotypes would have it, millennials are addicted to their smartphones, while their grandparents are pining for the days of the rotary phone. However, according to statistics this is simply not true: over 60 percent of all seniors use the internet or social media, with numbers growing by 6 percent every year. It’s easy to see why: there are many ways that technology can assist senior citizens.Technology Can Help Seniors More Ways Than You Think

    Catch a ride

    Over 80 percent of seniors live in car-dependent rural or suburban communities – a problem for those who can no longer drive but need transportation to get to doctors’ appointments, run errands and visit family. But with apps like Uber, Lyft and Juno, seniors can get around easier, no driving required.

    Live healthy

    Numerous apps and wearable devices help seniors and their caregivers stay on top of daily health needs and nutrition requirements. For example, products like Fitbit or Microsoft Band track heart rate, physical activity, sleep quality and more, and can share the data with family, friends and caregivers.

    Stay in touch

    Families can be spread out all over the country, or even the world. Technology and social media have enormous potential to alleviate isolation and loneliness for seniors by helping them stay in touch with friends and family, wherever they may live. Facebook, email, Skype and other online tools help them connect with others.

    As we’ve seen, smartphones aren’t just for young people – they can improve the lives of senior citizens, too. BEK Medical is also a great resource for senior citizens, supplying high-quality equipment that promotes health and comfort. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!

  • Fall Activities for Seniors

    Now that fall is in the air and summer is behind us, it’s time to enjoy all the season has to offer! As you age, one of the most important things you can do for your health is remain active. So, here is a list of outdoor activities you can do to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather!Fall Activities for Senior Citizens

    Go apple picking

    Nothing says fall more than apple picking and bringing them home to make apple pie! If reaching the apples and bending to put them in the basket is too strenuous of an activity, don’t hesitate to ask a friend or a grandchild to go with you to help. Chances are they will love it just as much. This activity is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and exercise as you munch on a crisp apple!

    Go for a walk

    Perhaps there isn’t a close apple orchard, if not go for a walk and enjoy the weather before it gets too cool. Take in the blue sky and bright-colored leaves and bring a companion with you for an added bonus!

    Decorate your front door

    After you’ve visited the apple orchard and went for a walk, decorate your front door to get festive! Buy or make a wreath, set up a scarecrow or carve a pumpkin. Be as creative as you wish!

    Enjoy the season from the comfort of your home

    If the weather is too chilly, make apple cider, stay in touch with family and friends by writing letters or give them a call, build a fire and curl up with a good book or root for your favorite football team!

    Try to remain active while you enjoy all that autumn has to offer! If you need help going about, browse our mobility products. Here at BEK Medical we are full committed to working with you and for you! Give us a call today at 915-599-1129 or contact us online for all of your home medical equipment needs.

  • Ways to Fight Loneliness & Increase Socialization

    As we age, people often find themselves on their own and feeling lonely, as physical issues start affecting our ability to get out and socialize. The National Council on Aging even reports that one in six adults ages 65 or older feels isolated, either socially or geographically. But is loneliness really inevitable for seniors?

    By following these tips, seniors will be able to lead full, social lives:Ways to Fight Loneliness and Increase Socialization

    Embrace technology

    These days, it’s easier than ever to connect with people, no matter where in the world you may be. There are many programs designed specifically with seniors in mind. For example, the Institute on Aging offers a 24-hour Friendship Line. Not only can adults ages 60 and over call this hotline at any time, but the organization also makes outreach calls to lonely seniors. Videochat services like Skype and Facetime are also a great way to connect with someone you can’t get to physically.

    Don’t shy away from social activities

    It’s easy to stay in the comfort of your home, but getting out can make your day-to-day much more fulfilling. From visiting your local senior center to attending a religious service to taking a bus trip, there are all kinds of activities seniors can enjoy.

    Find the right transportation

    One of the biggest hurdles for seniors when it comes to socialization is not being able to leave their home. If you don’t drive or have family or friends nearby who are willing to take you places, it can be difficult to attend social events. But there are many local and private transportation services that will get seniors from door to door and back again. The popular ride-sharing service, Lyft, partners with local health care communities and providers to help transport older adults.

    BEK Medical has a vast supply of medical equipment that can help ensure your comfort while you’re out and about. Visit our Texas locations in person or shop our products online today!

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