Exercise Program at Bellevue Adult Family Home

Exercise is for more than just staying fit. It enhances the quality of life. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, we understand this. While exercise is often considered something that only the young or the physically fit can do, it is possible for older adults and those who are either out of shape or have a physical disability to do regular exercise.

It’s a matter of knowing your limitations and staying within those limitations while slowly extending them to increase endurance. In fact, endurance is the most important type of physical exercise for older adults. While building muscle tone is important, the point is not to become a weight lifter or a gymnast. Endurance enhances the quality of life for older adults and enables them to participate in life in a more active manner.

Endurance exercises are sometimes referred to as aerobic exercises.

Aerobic exercises strengthen the cardiovascular system, such as the heart and blood vessels, and improve lung function. They do this by increasing heart rate and improving lung function. These are both vital to improving endurance. Examples of endurance or aerobic exercises are walking; swimming, jogging and even sweeping, raking and dancing are aerobic exercises.

While older adults usually cannot do the strenuous aerobic exercises that younger people can do, like gymnastics, they can participate in an exercise program that is designed for their physical capabilities. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, we understand that everyone is different and strive to create exercise programs that are tailored to each individual’s personal needs.

We help people build up slowly. We understand that older adults can only do so much exercises and endurance building activities at one time. We help them exercise to the point of building endurance and to slowly increase what their bodies can do. We want them to win at these exercises and be motivated by the physical improvement that they see in themselves.

By staying within limits and building slowly. They can advance to a more enjoyable and productive life.

We encourage regular stretching exercises. Stretching protects against injury and increases flexibility and range of motion.

It is important to balance building muscle tone with endurance exercises that increase stamina and we provide a good healthy diet of nutritious food to ensure that older adults get the nutrition that they need. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, our first concerns are the comfort and health of our residents. We are dedicated to providing the best care possible because we understand that each person is an individual of value and deserves respect and assistance, regardless of their stage of life.

CAM, Defined

Complementary medicine, also known as alternative medicine, is rapidly loosing the stigma that was attached to it in the 1950s and 1960s. This is all for the better as complementary/alternative medicine, sometimes known as CAM for short, can offer natural support methods that go beyond standard medical care. And the support of our clients is important at Kirkland adult family home.

But, what is CAM and how does it differ from standard medical practice? Complementary medicine is based on what are called support protocols. These are systems, procedures or actions that have proven to be affective in the past, although they are not always backed up by scientific testing. A support protocol is a number of steps taken in a particular sequence with the intention of achieving a certain result.

CAM has grown in popularity because standard medical treatment is often restricted to treating symptoms with drugs, as these are the only “approved” methods. And doctors are often restricted in what they can do to treat a disorder by what the patient’s insurance company is willing to pay for.

At Kirkland adult family home we believe that natural protocols can be very useful. Natural protocols take things such as diet and environmental conditions into consideration; they also address the whole body as a functioning system, rather than addressing only the disorder.

CAM and standard medicine are slowly moving toward each other and are beginning to form what is know as “integrative medicine.” This form of medicine blends standard and CAM practices into a whole approach. A patient’s physical problems are addressed by both methods concurrently.

Complementary and alternative medicine has originated in a number of different cultures and countries over many centuries. Different cultures have different practices and the practices of a culture or country are referred to as whole medical systems. These systems usually include the use of natural supplements or “medicines” derived from natural sources as well as body based practices as well as using the mind to positively affect the body.

While drug treatment is useful and important in many cases and standard medicine is certainly worthwhile, it’s important to keep an open mind. Many people have had excellent results through natural support methods or integrative medicine that blends both standard medicine and natural support.

While there are people who cannot be helped by natural support methods and may need conventional medical treatment methods, there are many others who can benefit from natural support methods.

While there are some people who cannot be helped by CAM, others can be. It’s important to know what methods will get the best results in each individual case and Kirkland adult family home has the knowledge and experience to address each resident’s needs accurately and with compassion.

Understanding Blood Pressure

A healthy blood pressure is an important part of staying alive. Blood pressure happens when your heart beats and pumps oxygenated blood through your body. Blood pressure is the force of this pumping. It is measured in two numbers, what is called systolic pressure which is the pressure of your blood pressing against your arteries when your heart beats and diastolic pressure, which is the natural pressure in your arteries when your heart relaxes between beats.

While blood pressure is necessary to keep us alive, it can malfunction just like any other part of the human anatomy. And so, people with high blood pressure, or on the rare occasion, pressure that’s too low, may be able to function on their own in society or may need to live in an adult family home.

Blood pressure is always measured in two numbers. These numbers represent systolic and diastolic pressures. Both are extremely important. For example, if your blood pressure is 120/80 that means that it is 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. This would be said as 120 over 80.

Blood pressure varies throughout the day. It is generally lowest when the person is asleep and highest during moments of physical activity, excitement or stress.

Hypertension is high blood pressure. Blood pressure is considered high when it is above 139/89. Hypertension, high blood pressure, can be a considerable problem if a person has diabetes or kidney disease. They may need to live in an adult family home in order to receive continuous care.

High blood pressure generally has no symptoms. Although it may cause the occasional headache. Hypertension can lead to such life threatening conditions as stroke, kidney failure, heat failure and heart attack. It can also lead to vision changes or even blindness.

There is such a thing as pre-hypertension, that is if your systolic pressure is above 120 but less than 140 and your diastolic pressure is above 80 but less than 90.

People with high blood pressure or pre-hypertension should consult their health care provider and take steps to lower their blood pressure and get it back down to normal or as close to normal as possible.

People with hypertension have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure. This can increase the chances of heart disease or stroke up to one-hundred percent in women and up to forty-five percent in men. So, lifestyle changes are required. Which may require living in an adult family home.

Caring for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s a sad fact that some 5.1 million people in America either have or will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease in the near future.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s do not appear in the first stages of the disease and usually begin after the age of sixty. There may come a time when someone you love may contract Alzheimer’s and will need to be cared for in an adult family home.

While the disease can sometimes affect even people in their thirties and forties, it is mostly associated with older people, although, unlike the urban legend, Alzheimer’s Disease is not a symptom of aging or necessarily a part of aging. The lack of public understanding of Alzheimer’s is common, and although many people try to care for afflicted loved ones at home, they often need the kind of professional care that they can only get in an adult family home.

Let’s clear up a few misconceptions. Simple forgetfulness is not always a symptom of Alzheimer’s. But, when coupled with other symptoms, such as asking the same questions over and over or putting objects down in odd places or becoming chronically angry or worried, then the possibility that the person is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s is increased.

Other problems can cause similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s disease, such as vitamin deficiency, the side effects of medication or even kidney or liver disorders can create similar effects. Stress, anxiety and depression can create emotional problems that that can create the appearance of dementia. This is why it is important to consult a specialist in brain disorders if you suspect that someone you love may have Alzheimer’s.

There is also a disorder know as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which has some of the same symptoms and while it is sometimes a symptom of the early onset of Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t have to be. People with mild cognitive impairment can still look after themselves and do not need to be placed in an adult family home.

As yet, we still do not know the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. We do know that it can start as much as ten years or more before symptoms become noticeable. We do know that Alzheimer’s itself consists of anomalous protein deposits in the brain that form tangles and plaque, cutting off the ability of nerve cells to communicate with each other. The nerve cells eventually die, causing the brain to shrink. Brain tissue has shrunk considerably, in the later stages of the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the forth largest cause of death in Western Society. It comes in after heart disease, cancer and strokes.

Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered Alzheimer’s in 1906, when an autopsy was performed on a woman who had died of an unknown brain disorder.

Alzheimer’s destroys the quality of life in a way that few other diseased do. Those who are afflicted with this disease should get the best care possible. And that may mean placing them in an adult family home.