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  • 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!

  • It's Never too Late to Quit Smoking

    We all know smoking is bad for us, but once we reach a certain age, is it even possible to break the habit? Research shows that not only do we have the ability to quit smoking at any age, but doing so can improve your health at any age as well. Even if you’ve been a smoker for thirty years, there are many benefits of quitting.It's Never too Late to Quit Smoking

    Immediately feel better

    After years of smoking, you may not realize the toll it takes on your body on a day-to-day basis. Once you quit, your carbon dioxide levels will start declining, making it easier to breath and improving your lung functions. Your heart rate and blood pressure will also drop to more normal levels, and as a result, you’ll also experience an uptick in your energy levels.

    Get rid of that pesky cough

    Smokers often experience a nagging cough caused by the phlegm that builds up in the lungs from smoking and the cough only gets worse and more persistent over time. But once you quit, the cough will begin to subside, and could even disappear completely.  According to the American Cancer Society, the cilia in the lungs will regain its ability to handle mucus production effectively once the person stops smoking.

    Prevent disease and live longer

    Quitting can reduce your risk for all kinds of serious health problems and diseases, including heart attacks, cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  The National Health Institute Survey also found that smokers who quit before age 40 reduced their chance of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent, and those who quit by age 45-54 reduced their chance of dying prematurely by about two-thirds. Even those who quit over the age of 60 can add years to their life.

    While you or a family member or friend work toward quitting, BEK Medical can provide respiratory and other medical equipment to help you maintain a comfortable and active lifestyle. Come check out our inventory in person at our Texas locations or shop online today!

  • Did You Know Your Diet Can Influence Brain Health?

    It’s no secret that a healthy diet has many benefits, and your food choices play a role in everything from losing weight to preventing diseases. But did you know that your diet can even affect your mental health? A recent London-based study found that eating diets rich in greens, whole grains, and other natural foods could reduce future cognitive impairment by up to 35%, proving that watching what you eat is good for your brain too!Did You Know Your Diet Can Influence Brain Health?

    What are some of the best foods for a healthy mind?

    Leafy greens

    Leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, and kale are full chock-full of healthy nutrients. Studies show that spinach in particular can help prevent dementia, especially in women.

    Whole grains

    Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, and whole wheat are healthy alternatives to processed white flour. Eating whole grains will help keep insulin levels regulated and your body properly fueled.

    Nuts

    Nuts can be a great go-to snack with added health benefits. Almonds and walnuts in particular are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is a healthy fat that may help fight inflammation in the brain.

    Berries

    Full of nutrients and generally lower in sugar, berries are the perfect guilt-free sweet! When it comes to mental health, studies show that eating blueberries can minimize stroke-related brain damage, improve memory, and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Making the right diet choices is a great first step for a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to medical equipment you may need, BEK Home Medical Equipment can help with our 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!

  • How Does Fitness Change After 50?

    Once you’re 50 and beyond, you may have noticed that your body doesn’t respond to exercise as it did earlier in your life. While you’re walking or jogging you may feel tiredness, muscle aches and more injuries may seem to occur with greater frequency. Unfortunately, these signs are a natural consequence of aging.

    While you may have followed certain fitness rules prior to your 50’s, the rules have now changed. Here is how you can stay injury-free as you age and continue to work out:Once you’re 50 and beyond, you may have noticed that your body doesn’t respond to exercise as it did earlier in your life.

    Stretch after every workout and more

    Perhaps the old rule you used to abide by was only stretching a few days a week. Now that you are in your 50s or beyond, stretching is no longer just an option. As you age, stretching becomes more important. When you warm up before exercising, you are increasing your circulation, raising your heart rate and body temperature and you’re preparing your muscles for exercise.

    You may need more than a day between workouts

    The old rule was probably taking one day off in between each weight training workout; however, now you may need longer than a day between workouts because tissue recovery takes more time and more effort to support after the age of 50. If you’re wondering when you should continue working out, look at certain trends among your body. Are you finding soreness that isn’t going away? If you are unable to decrease your time or improve certain markers you are using to track your progress may also indicate the fact that you need more time to recover.

    It’s very important to listen to your body so you can reach your maximum potential. Interested in more health tips? Check our blog frequently and contact us with any questions you may have.

  • Yoga Poses That Provide Arthritis Relief

    Anyone who deals with arthritis will tell you that simple pain medication isn’t always enough to manage symptoms, especially when the weather is cold and wet, or your body is tired after strenuous movement or exercise.

    Luckily, there are a few other tricks you can try to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, and one of them is yoga.

    Increasing your body’s movement and activity is always a good way to help combat arthritis pain, but it’s important that you’re careful with the movements your body makes. If you jump on a treadmill or a stationary bike for an hour, you likely won’t feel much relief. In fact, your pain may become worse.

    Yoga is all about practicing movements that strengthen and relax your body. Gentle, repetitive movements can help you build strength while not straining your bones.

    According to John Hopkins Medicine, a few studies have been performed to learn about the benefits of yoga for people with arthritis and the initial results are promising.

    If you’re a new to yoga, you’ll want to start out slow. Some of the poses can feel a little weird the first time you try them, and you don’t want to strain your body. If you’re not feeling it, try a moderated version of the pose.

    Sun Salutations

    Start out with sun salutations, says Everyday Health. Standing with your arms crossed across your chest, reach up and look at the sky and then bend your body in half, wrapping your arms around your calves if you can. Then, move into downward facing dog, hold it for a few minutes and swing up into a cobra pose.

    Repeating these movements will stretch out your whole body and wake up your muscles. You’ll also enjoy increased flexibility and a great spinal stretch.

    Child’s Pose

    Child’s pose is great for stretching out your lower back. Drop down onto your knees, spread them wide, and bring your big toes together. Sit back on your hips onto your feet or heels, and reach your arms forward on the ground. Focus on your breathing.

    Angry Cat/Cow Pose

    For another great back and full body stretch, start in cow pose by getting down on all fours with your hands shoulder-length apart. Spread your fingers wide and bring your chest forward, bending your shoulder blades down towards your waist. Then, pull your belly button in and up, rounding your spine and arching your back. Breathe deeply while you switch from one pose to the other and back again.

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