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Senior Health Care Solutions

January 21st, 2015 paulr Posted in Health Care 1 Comment »

Senior Health Care SolutionsThere are more and more seniors retiring every year. In fact we are going to be in the majority over the next decade. Our health care organizations are already reeling over the increased requirements from seniors and changes to health care needs. The bottom line for senior health care solutions is that we can hope for help from government health care or we can increase the odds of having a healthy life by taking care of our selves to decrease the potential need for hospital care. After all who wants to wait in a clinic or hospital for hours at a time or have to deal with increasing levels of disability. We may not be able to eliminate these issues, but we can sure improve our life styles by taking care of ourselves. The following are a few ideas about what you can do regardless of your age or general health.

Senior Health Care Solutions – What You can Do

The following is a general list of potential solutions for people of all ages with a particular focus on seniors. Obviously each of these suggestions should be tailored to your age and ability. We will expand on these ideas a bit later.

  • Tailored Exercise programs
  • Stay active even in old age
  • Manage your diet, add vitamins as needed
  • Maintain proper weight for your body
  • Active social life with friends and groups
  • Keep up with friends
  • Ask for help when needed from family and professional groups
  • Stimulate the brain as well as the body

Tailored Exercise Program – age, ability and general health will dictate what you can do and how aggressively you follow your exercise regime. The point is to get out there and run, walk, stroll, play sports, take up golf or whatever you enjoy, just get moving for at least 15 minutes every day. You need to get your heart rate up and increase your breathing rate to get any real benefit.

Use the above ideas on exercise as an example to apply to the other ideas we have included in this post. for more posts about baby boomer health care, click here.

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Baby Boomer Health Care Solutions

January 7th, 2015 paulr Posted in Health Care No Comments »

Senior Health Care SolutionsWhat are the baby boomer health care solutions that are practical and sensible? There is lots of discussion and debate about Obama health care, how much it will cost and who should have it. But what can each person do to ensure that there retired years are as healthy as possible? They want to have a quality lifestyle during the years after completing their career? We do not know the answer for everyone, but there are some things that can be followed by each individual. It really means taking personal responsibility for your own health, to look after yourself and to follow through on health issues when there is something serious to deal with.  Sine diet is a major part of our health we are starting a series of posts about this subject and we hope that baby boomers and seniors find this helpful.

Baby Boomer Health Care Solutions – What You can Do

The following is a general list of solutions for people of all ages. Obviously they should be tailored to your age and ability. More on that a little bit later.

  • Exercise
  • Stay active
  • Manage your diet
  • Maintain proper weight for your body
  • Active social life
  • Keep up with friends
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Stimulate the brain as well as the body

Basically it is all about maintaining a healthy body and a health brain. Sometimes serious health issues get in the way, but there is lots you can do regardless of your health. Take exercise for example.

Exercise – maybe you cannot run around the block any longer. Can you walk around the block, can you walk in the mall if it is too cold in the winter? Can you use a walker to go up and down the hall a bunch of times. Whatever your capability is, keep on exercising to strengthen the heart and the lungs as well as your muscles. These are the most important muscles in your body next to your brain.

Apply the same general approach to the other items in our list to ensure that you can continue to live a high quality of life in your retirement. For more posts on health care solutions, click here.

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Mitigating Health Care Costs in Old Age

December 21st, 2014 paulr Posted in Health Care No Comments »

Mitigating Health Care CostsEveryone is concerned about the cost of healthcare during our old age. However, did you know that there are a number of steps that you can take to mitigating health care costs in old age. They will also help to ensure that you lead an enjoyable lifestyle during your senior years? There are always healthcare issues that we can’t avoid and have nothing to do with, diet, exercise or life style. Taking these steps can improve the odds of having a healthier life during old age and mitigating healthcare costs during that time frame. Lets all agree that anytime you can improve your quality of life, why would we not take advantage of these opportunities? This is such an important issue for all baby boomers as we age in place. What are some of the steps that we can take with regards to mitigating healthcare costs in old age?

Mitigating Health Care Costs – Steps

The following are some of the steps that many experts feel will help seniors and really anyone improve their overall health as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle during your senior retirement years. If you are worried about having sufficient money set aside for your health care costs in your senior years, these are some of the steps you can take to improve your overall health and reduce the amount of health care that will be needed.  Here they are in no particular order:

  • Maintain the proper weight for your frame and age.
  • Always eat a healthy diet following the national food guide.
  • Stop smoking
  • If you drink do so in moderation
  • If you are overweight now take steps to lose weight and get down to the proper level that you are supposed to be at for your age.
  • Exercise on a daily basis, whether it is a walk around the block, the gym or swimming
  • Taylor exercise to your capabilities and lifestyle.
  • Maintain an excellent circle of friends that you see on a daily basis.
  • Build and maintain a healthy social life
  • Maintain contact with family and take the time to enjoy every day

While some of these may seem obvious, many of us do not stay focused on all of these issues and let exercise slip for example. In time poor body fitness will catch up with us and we will pay the consequences with high health care costs. Take the steps now to make sure that this does not happen to you.

For more information on health care costs and issues, click here.

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OHIP and Government Bureaucracy

December 3rd, 2014 paulr Posted in Health Care No Comments »

OHIP and Government BureaucracyI decided to write a blog about what we are going through as a family dealing with what we hope will eventually be a hip replacement for my wife. As I write this she is having severe pain in her hip and we are starting the process of having it assessed with the expectation that she will eventually need a hip replacement, but then we are getting ahead of ourselves. This situation first of course must be diagnosed and get into the health care system so that her hip can be assessed and then the proper corrective action taken. OHIP and Government Bureaucracy will ensure that this process is long. We hope the solution is a hip replacement and not something far worse.

We hope that our friends south of the border read this blog and can avoid the significant delays and extra pain that patients experience in Canada, particularly in the province of Ontario. Our health care is covered, so we cannot go broke, but we do have to wait a long time before solutions to our health issues are resolved. I am going to track the appointments and elapsed time so that readers can appreciate just how much time is involved in our situation. We are also going to attempt to be proactive and expedite appointments etc where and when we can. OHIP and Government Bureaucracy has its plus and negatives.

OHIP and Government Bureaucracy – Time Line

 

Date Elapsed time Description Action Comments
July 15,2014  It Begins 1st visit to Dr request xRay
July, 2014 Xray results suggests minor arthritis Try Physio
Various At least 10 visits to Physio some initial improvement
Nov 19,2014  123 days Pain getting much worse, patient requests MRI Doctor’s office to Fax to MRI clinic, cannot call or speak to clinic Frustrated
Dec 1,2014  135 days Visited Montfort MRI clinic, they have no record of any request Called doctors office, left msg, he returned call, his office will check tomorrow to see what is going on and refax request Really frustrated
 Dec 2, 2014  136 days  Doctor’s office called to indicate fax had been  resent to clinic  Checked with Clinic, fax again not received. Receptionist promised to follow up and did, confirm another fax sent and received. Now must wait for triage and scheduling, expect a week and a half further wait.  Really really frustrated, can go on cancellation list.
 Dec 5,2014  139 days  MRI clinic called  Booked appointment for Jan 11th, Sunday night, over 1 month away. Asked to be on a cancellation wait list, confirm next week  At least it is now scheduled
 Dec 5, 2014  139 days  Physio  Technician feels that physio is not working, suggests stopping physio, wait for MRI  Alarming
 Dec 10, 2014  144 days  MRI Clinic Called  Wait list paid off, she is scheduled today for the MRI, a 30 day improvement  Feeling Better
 Jan 3, 2015  168 days  MRI Scheduling Called  We received a call from a scheduling clerk regarding the first request, which had been sitting on her desk for sometime while she was on vacation!  Frustrated, very poor management, who was back filling?
 Jan 3, 2015  168 Days  MRI Scheduling called  I filled her in on the status. she was able to tell us that the test results were received on Dec 10, that the report was prepared on Dec 12, and mailed Dec 15. Now why has our doctor not called?? We call him on Monday  Some doctors have auto fax, ours apparently does not, otherwise he would have already had the results and called us.
 Jan 6, 2015  171 Days  Called Doctor to make an Appointment  1st day they are open after the holidays, have MRI report  Appointment scheduled for Jan 8, 2015
Jan 13,2015 178 days doctor indicated test results showed mild arthritis and mild joint deterioration, no action needed to be taken, prescribed anti inflammatory which have significant side effects Asked to be referred to specialist Expect a long wait time
May 15, 2015  304 days Called doctors office to follow up, asked to resend fax to hospital
July 5,2015  357 days Finally received call to go to hospital for an assessment
July 13,2015 365 days  Xrays and physio therapist assessment Will be referred to surgeon, another wait of approximately 2 months
 Oct 23,2015  Too Many Days  Met the surgeon finally. Operation probably in 3 months.  Ultra sound guided steroid injection will take 2 months, going to a private clinic in less than a week
May 2016 Too Many Days Met the surgeon again. Operation probably in 3 months towards the end of Sept. On a wait list
June 1, 2016 Too Many Days Phone call from hospital. Another patient cancelled Wait list paid off
June 10 Too Many Days Operation takes place Three days in the hospital. Good care, Physio and recovery will take 6 weeks  Need lots of support to recover

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Senior Fitness Training

June 21st, 2012 paulr Posted in Health Care 1 Comment »

Senior Fitness TrainingIn our last post about senior fitness training we wrote about a couple in their 80’s swimming a kilometer every day and how they got there.  In this post we wanted to write about senior fitness training in a more general sense to give readers and idea about how they can increase their fitness level without even trying, regardless of what age you might be.

In the previous post we told a real true life story about a couple who were in their 80’s, could not swim at all, who taught themselves to swim and now do a kilometer in the pool almost every day. They swim slowly, but they do not stop until they have completed all of the lengths that they need to do. We thought it was an amazing story and that is why we wrote a post about it on this diet website.

Not Everyone Can Swim as Part of their Senior Fitness Training Program

The truth is thought that not everyone has access to a pool and not everyone has the guts to get into a pool when they are overweight. Some people will be deathly afraid of the water and will never go near a pool. The point of the story was not that you should be swimming all of the time, although it is a very good exercise to do, the point is to be active and do something that gets you moving and helps you to get into better shape. Continuous activity of any kind that raises the heart rate is an excellent way to improve your fitness level, particularly your cardio level.

If there is some activity that you enjoy that also has a fitness component, start slowly and gradually build up your fitness level and stamina. Almost anyone can do it, they just have to start slowly.  Go for a short walk and set yourself a goal to go just a bit further every day. Before you know it you will be walking faster and further that you thought you ever would. Even if it is just to the end of the driveway and back, or part way down the block, this increased level of activity will get you started towards being more fit.

Set up a Senior Fitness Training Program For Yourself

Many people are just plain intimidated by gym’s and all of these people who have spent their lives in a gym and look wonderful. Who wants to stand beside someone like that when you are overweight. No one does. That’s why we think that anyone who is worried about their weight needs to develop their own fitness program that they are comfortable with.

It does not have to be complicated. You do have to remain focused and keep at it. You need to move every day, whether it is walking, biking  or swimming and you need to watch your diet. If you are consuming a lot of calories everyday, make caloric reduction as part of your senior fitness training program as well.

It is so important to manage both of these issues in order to become more fit and to lose weight. Seniors have a much harder time losing weight since our systems tend to slow down. Exercise will help you achieve weight loss, better fitness and improved muscle tone.  Everything from balance to energy levels will improve. Within a month of walking every day or what ever exercise, you will begin to notice a difference.  Keep a diary to record what you do. It is an excellent way to track how much you are exercising, but it also will show you just how far you have come in the month in terms of improvement.

Get out there and get started today, even if it is just a short walk around the block! This could be the difference that extends your life by 10 years or more. For more information about health care, click here.

 

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