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  • How to Improve Balance as You Age

    Improving Balance Each year, about a third of seniors 65 and up suffer injuries due to loss of balance, some of which can be serious. However, slips, trips and falls don’t have to be an unavoidable part of aging.

    With a few handy tips, seniors can improve their balance and enhance their overall health.

    • Practice balance exercises for seniors. Some exercises to try are: standing on one leg, walking heel to toe and shifting your balance from foot to foot. Also try standing up from and sitting down in a chair unassisted—this means not using your hands to steady yourself.
    • Improving leg strength is an important aspect of proper balance. Try back leg raises or side leg raises while holding on to a sturdy chair. Squatting down to a chair is also a great way to improve leg strength.
    • Once you feel comfortable doing the exercises above with your eyes open, try closing them for an added balance challenge.
    • If you want to find a way to improve your balance while enjoying a new hobby and meeting new friends, try yoga or tai chi classes at your local senior center or community center.

    When doing balance exercises, always make sure to have a sturdy object, like a chair, nearby to keep you safe in case you do lose your balance.

    With the right products, seniors can balance better and live more comfortably. Check out BEK Medical’s wide selection, then give us a call at 915-599-1129.

  • Five Common Aging Myths

    common aging myths debunkedIf you think that aging has to be a negative thing, think again! Recent studies have shown that a positive attitude toward getting older can contribute to a longer life span and better health.

    Read on to learn about some common aging myths, debunked:

    Getting older means becoming weak, frail and/or debilitated

    Regular exercise can help counteract the decline in muscle strength and volume that occurs as we get older. Walking, swimming, tai chi and calisthenics are all good exercise options for seniors.

    Older people are lonely

    Seniors who stay socially engaged—at a place of worship, on volunteer boards and at community centers—avoid the problems of isolation and loneliness.

    As we age, we lose interest in the outside world

    Not true! Seniors over 65 are active internet users, world travelers and students in adult education programs. Check your local university or library for classes or visit Road Scholar to book an international trip with other active seniors.

    Aging means the end of libido

    Despite the stereotype, people can be intimate at any age.

    Seniors are unproductive

    Many seniors continue working, either by choice or by necessity. However, even retired people are contributing members of society. Do you volunteer? Look after your grandkids? Knit sweaters or bake cakes for your friends and family? You are being productive!

    With the right products, your life can be easier and more comfortable as you age. Check out BEK Medical’s wide selection, then give us a call at 915-599-1129 to place your order today.

  • Facebook Etiquette Tips for Seniors

    Facebook Tips for SeniorsFacebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family members, particularly if you have loved ones who live far away. If you have grandkids, however, you’ve probably heard stories about Facebook friends (ahem, Aunt Martha) who comment excessively or accidentally shout by typing in all caps.

    Avoid making a Facebook faux pas by following these etiquette tips for seniors:

    Watch what you share

    Keep in mind that Facebook is public. Don’t type anything on your wall or a friend’s that you (or they) wouldn’t want other people to read. You may love your grandkids, but gushing over them on their Facebook walls might embarrass them! Also, make sure not to post any personal information like your credit card or Social Security numbers, to avoid becoming a target for thieves.

    Be polite

    Did you know that typing in all caps technically means you’re shouting? Leave the caps lock button off when you type.

    Stick to who you know

    You may see other people interacting with your friends on Facebook, but avoid “friending” them unless you know them in real life. Also, don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, as they may be scammers.

    Watch what you “like”

    It’s considered poor etiquette to “like” or comment on every single one of your friend’s posts—especially if the friend in question is a child or grandchild. Limit your likes to major updates, like profile photos or life events.

    While you’re online, why not check out some great products that can make your life easier and more comfortable? Check out BEK Medical’s wide selection, then give us a call at 915-599-1129 to place your order today.

  • How to Memorialize Your Loved Ones

    Remembering Loved Ones When someone you love passes away, it can be difficult to process your grief. As seniors lose spouses, friends and family members, it’s important to find healthy ways to memorialize those we love. Here are a few ideas:

    Archive your memories

    It’s easier than ever to store photos, notes, videos and other intangibles online. Apps like Immortalia even allow you to organize your loved one’s stories in an appealing way that you can revisit on the cloud whenever you like.

    Sew a quilt

    Sewing a memorial quilt can bring you comfort and create a lasting memento of the dearly departed.

    Plant a garden

    Especially if your loved one enjoyed the outdoors, planting a memorial garden can help you cope with your loss. Physical activity can help you process grief in a healthy way, and the blooms that come back year after year will remind you of your loved one.

    Get creative

    Instead of storing your loved one’s ashes in an urn, there are a number of creative things you can do, like having them incorporated into a coral reef to help preserve a disappearing habitat.

    Choose what you keep

    Don’t feel obligated to keep every object your loved one owned. Instead, choose a few things that were meaningful to you both and display them in your home.

    BEK Medical can help you live comfortably, regardless of what else is going on in your life. Browse our wide selection of products online or give us a call at 915-599-1129 to learn more about what we can do for you.

  • How Mindfulness Benefits Seniors

    Mindfulness and Senior Citizens Chances are you’ve been hearing the term “mindfulness” a lot lately. But if you think it’s the exclusive domain of yoga mat-toting millennials, think again. Mindfulness can benefit everyone, especially seniors.

    First of all, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness means that the mind is completely focused on the present moment—not your next doctor’s appointment, or the argument you had with your spouse last week. It sounds simple, but it can be hard to do amid the stresses of our daily lives. You can practice by sitting in a comfortable position and focusing on your breath.

    Here are some of the ways that mindfulness can benefit seniors:

    Enhanced relaxation

    It can be difficult for many seniors to relax, especially if they have health issues or have experienced drastic life changes, like a move to assisted living. Mindfulness can help them tune into the present moment and set their worries aside.

    Reduced loneliness

    Groups of seniors can practice mindfulness together, perhaps at a senior center. Tapping into the present moment as a group can help seniors feel more connected to one another.

    Better mood

    Many seniors suffer from depression and anxiety, and studies show that mindfulness can help reduce symptoms and improve your mood. Some studies suggest that by protecting the brain against stress, mindfulness may even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

    Live mindfully, comfortably and healthfully with products from BEK Medical. Browse our wide selection online or give us a call at 915-599-1129 to learn more about how we can improve seniors’ lives.

  • Six Enjoyable Summer Activities for Seniors

    Summer Activities for SeniorsSummer playtime isn’t just for kids! Seniors, too, can enjoy fun in the sun in a variety of ways. If you’re spending time with a senior loved one this summer, here are a few great ideas for summer activities:

    Fishing

    Even seniors with mobility issues can drop a line. Pack a picnic and visit a nearby river or pond.

    Book club

    There’s nothing more classic than summer reading. Book clubs are great for everyone, especially seniors who aren’t comfortable leaving home. Added bonus: reading and talking about your pick helps keep seniors’ minds sharp.

    Water aerobics

    Your local YMCA or sports club probably offers several aqua fitness classes, most of which are aimed at seniors. These offerings keep seniors’ hearts healthy and promote healthy muscle tone. They’re also lots of fun!

    Outdoor film screenings

    Many communities offer al fresco flicks in the summer, which make great outings for people of all ages. Check your local park or community center for listings.

    Hit the beach

    Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bone and muscle function, so get out there and enjoy the sunshine! Make sure to wear sunscreen and sit under an umbrella.

    Visit a farmer’s market

    There’s nothing like summer’s bounty at the farmer’s market. Pick up some healthy, fresh fruits and veggies and stroll around. Some markets even have live music as well.

    BEK Medical offers many great products to help seniors live in health and comfort, in summer and all year round. Browse our online selection or give us a call at 915-599-1129 to learn more about how we can help you have a safe summer to remember!

  • Signs of an Eating Disorder Among Seniors

    Eating Disorder in SeniorsMany of us incorrectly assume that eating disorders are limited to teenagers, but the fact is that anyone, of any age, can suffer from them—including senior citizens. In fact, 78 percent of deaths due to anorexia occur among the elderly.

    Here are some signs of an eating disorder among seniors. Be aware of them, so you can keep your parent, grandparent or friend safe and healthy:

    • Dizziness and fainting
    • Thinning hair and/or bluish skin
    • Obsession over weight, calorie counting or restricting foods
    • Cold intolerance
    • Extreme thinness and/or sudden/rapid weight loss
    • Rigid, ritualistic eating habits

    So what causes anorexia in seniors? For some, it can be motivated by disordered body image, or be a relapse of an eating disorder experienced earlier in life.

    For others, stressors stemming from life transitions, like the loss of a spouse or a move to an assisted living community, can spark disordered eating behaviors. Diet restriction, for people of all ages, can be a way of asserting control when life feels chaotic.

    Still others experience loss of appetite as a result of medical issues. Poorly fitting dentures or prescription medications that diminish appetite can cause seniors to lose interest in food. While it may be natural to eat less as we age, eating too little leads to malnutrition and a host of related health issues.

    BEK Medical has a wide variety of products to help seniors live in health and comfort. Browse our online selection or give us a call at 915-599-1129 to learn more.

  • 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!

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