SmartBP® syncs data from the following devices through Apple HealthKit and/or Microsoft HealthVault:
  • Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Wide-Range ComFit Cuff (BP786)
    Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Wide-Range ComFit Cuff (BP786)
    Omron
  • A&D Medical Deluxe Connected Blood Pressure Monitor UA-651BLE, Black
    A&D Medical Deluxe Connected Blood Pressure Monitor UA-651BLE, Black
    A&D Medical
  • QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (Apple iOS and Android) Arctic White
    QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (Apple iOS and Android) Arctic White
    Qardio
  • iHealth BP5 Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for iPhone and Android
    iHealth BP5 Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for iPhone and Android
    iHealth
  • A&D Medical UA-767PC Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Wired Communication
    A&D Medical UA-767PC Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Wired Communication
    A&D Medical
  • Omron Intellisense M10-It Bp Monitor With PC Link
    Omron Intellisense M10-It Bp Monitor With PC Link
    Omron
  • iHealth BP7 Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor for iPhone and Android
    iHealth BP7 Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor for iPhone and Android
    iHealth
  • Nokia BPM+ – Compact Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
    Nokia BPM+ – Compact Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
    Withings Inc
  • HoMedics BPA-260-CBL Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor, Gray
    HoMedics BPA-260-CBL Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor, Gray
    HoMedics
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Tuesday
Nov062018

Tips for Seniors on Healthy and Happy Aging - Karen Weeks

 

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Every stage of life comes with transition and transformation, and the golden years are no different. As we age, we get to enjoy certain freedoms and liberties, both personally and professionally. But that also means we have to work harder to stay healthy and happy— there is a very real and important link between early retirement and early death. That’s why all seniors need to be aware of ways to make sure they’re on the course for healthy and happy aging. 

Reduce Stress: Stress is listed as one of the leading causes of insomnia, heart disease, obesity and depression. This risk increases substantially with seniors. Start a meditation practice. Meditation helps us learn how to be aware without passing judgment or criticism, which in turn better helps us manage our emotions.

Exercise Your Mind: More than 5 million people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with dementia, and that number is set to rise by 14 percent by 2025. Give your brain a workout by using brain-training software such as BrainHQ, Cognifit and Game Show, which offer games to improve memory, cognition and processing in as little as five minutes.

Take a Vacation: As you age, you can make sure life gets more interesting by traveling. Vacations have an overwhelmingly positive effect on your mental, physical and emotional well-being. You can take a quick weekend getaway, travel to see family or explore the world with tours specifically for seniors. 

Monitor Your Health: The best way to stay healthy is by knowing where you are and how certain activities affect your health. Keep track of your blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate with smart apps and at-home medical devices. SmartBP App on iOS and Android syncs with many of the most popular blood pressure monitors, tracks your progress, and makes it easy to share your results with your healthcare providers.

Stay Safe: Slips and falls are a serious safety risk for seniors — 1 in 3 will go to the ER for an accidental injury. Another safety risk for seniors may surprise you — sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have risen nearly 20 percent for older adults. Make safety a priority by learning ways to protect your body and prevent disease. 

Avoid Senior Isolation: While you may enjoy — and have every right to — some solitude in your golden years, senior isolation has shown to be as damaging to your health as cancer. Being social keeps you involved with family, friends, communities and causes. You’ll feel loved, cared for and be able to love and care for others. 

Eat Healthy: Obesity rates among seniors indicate serious physical and mental health conditions attached to weight gain over 65. Your diet plays a huge role in not becoming a statistic. Follow your doctor’s orders on the best kind of diet for your specific needs, but you can always make improvements by eating organic fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed food. 

Don’t Forget to Sleep: Chronic pain keeps a lot of seniors up at night — 75 percent of people over the age of 65 have two chronic conditions. A regular good night’s sleep is critical for brain function, emotional stability and physical health. Consider buying a mattress that supports your joints or start a relaxing bedtime routine to help your mind and body wind down.

Quit Smoking: Smoking is one of many negative lifestyle choices— but most importantly it is the deadliest. Quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol consumption are two substance-related lifestyle choices, but there are many others you can make. You can try eating healthy, exercising regularly, taking on a new hobby, volunteering for a cause or any number of activities that encourage healthy decision-making. 

With these tips, you have the power to direct the health of your golden years. From reducing stress to staying social, traveling to sleeping, seniors can take the lead on healthy and happy aging. It may not always be painless, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dispirited. Be inspired. Be motivated.

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