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How to Manage and Overcome Stress

How to Manage and Overcome Stress

Stress can wreak havoc on your body and mind. If you’ve found yourself wondering if stress might be causing your random aches and pains or unusually high anxiety that makes living your life more difficult lately, you’re not alone. Excessive stress can have both physical and psychological effects on your body that can contribute to more serious health problems over time, which means it’s important to take steps to manage stress now. Here are several simple changes you can make to your life today that can lower your stress and boost your happiness, as well as indicators that it might be time to work with a professional.

Common Effects of Stress

Stress can have a variety of physical and mental effects on your body, mood, and behavior. Although you’re probably able to manage your day-to-day activities fairly well while experiencing one or two of these symptoms of stress in your life, letting them pile up over time can have a destructive impact on your ability to complete tasks and enjoy the things you love. 

Effects of Stress on Your Body

  • Headache, muscle, or chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleep problems

Effects of Stress on Your Mood

  • Anxiety, restlessness, or feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of motivation or difficulty focusing
  • Feeling irritable, angry, sad, or depressed

Effects of Stress on Your Behavior

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug, alcohol, or tobacco use
  • Avoiding exercise or social activities

Tips for Managing Your Stress

Fortunately, most physical and mental effects of stress in your life can be managed by making minor changes to your lifestyle. Taking care of your body, minimizing negative aspects of your life, and devoting more time to the people and activities you love can make your life a bit happier and more enjoyable.

Caring for your body and mind is a simple and effective way to boost your happiness and lower stress. Regular physical activity can be an excellent stress reliever, and walking, water aerobics, and yoga are examples of low-impact exercise that get your body moving without being too hard on your joints. The relaxation techniques that accompany yoga provide extra calming benefits, and meditation and massages can also help you block out some of the stressors in your life. 

Reading a good book, listening to your favorite music, or picking up another new hobby can give your mind something to focus on other than whatever is stressing you out. It can also be a good idea to avoid watching the news any more than you have to. The majority of news is negative these days, and letting yourself become too consumed in things you can’t control instead of only learning what you need to know can increase your stress level and have a negative impact on your mental health. Instead, choose to enjoy positive movies, TV shows, and other media that makes you feel calm and relaxed. 

Spending time with family and friends and doing your best to keep a sense of humor can help you focus on the positive things in your life. If you’re still working, taking some time off if you’re able to can temporarily eliminate one of the major stressors in your life and give you more time to enjoy the things you love.

 

When to Get Help

Although stress can usually be managed at home, there are certain situations in which seeking help from a professional is likely to benefit your life. If you experience persistent chest, jaw, or back pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, or extreme anxiety that affects your sleep, it can be a good idea to talk to your doctor or meet with a therapist to get more advanced care. No one should have to live with so much stress that you are never happy or can’t be productive, and working with a professional can help you get your life back. 

At Nye Health Services, we care about helping you manage stress so that you can continue to be the best version of yourself well into your senior years. We are committed to helping you stay independent and keep doing the things you love for as long as possible. Contact us today for more ways we can help you live your life with less stress.

Why Assisted Living is Still a Great Option

Why Assisted Living is Still a Great Option

Finding the assisted living facility that is right for you is more complicated than choosing the lowest-cost option available. At Nye Health Services, we do more than simply provide a safe place to live. Our communities provide plenty of opportunities to socialize, and our caring staff is always available for anything you need help with.

Choosing an assisted living option is a great way to ensure that seniors’ unique needs are met. Feel free to schedule a tour at any of our locations to get acquainted with our team, learn more about the benefits of assisted living, and see why our residents choose us.

 

What Is Assisted Living?

Our assisted living campuses make it possible for you to continue doing the things you love in a supportive environment. At Nye Health Services, we provide assistance with everyday activities so that you can safely manage your daily routine and continue pursuing your favorite hobbies. We also coordinate additional healthcare services onsite to keep our residents safe and healthy.

 

Benefits of Assisted Living

Entering your senior years doesn’t have to mean giving up the life you love. Providing an environment where you can live safe and happy is at the heart of what we do, but we also encourage our residents to continue to stay connected with family and friends, enjoying their favorite activities, and holding onto as much independence as they are able to. 

 

Maintain Your Independence in a Safe Environment

At Nye Health Services, we know that each of our residents’ needs are unique. We are here to provide any assistance you need while giving you the freedom to be as independent as you want. We are a favorite among residents who are simply ready to move on from the responsibilities of home ownership or just need a little extra help every now and then.

 

Our Amenities

At Nye Health Services, we are taking careful measures to ensure the health and safety of our residents in regards to current events. When necessary, on-site activities are being replaced with personalized social engagement and are conducted while taking into consideration social distancing guidelines outlined by state health officials.

Our transportation services are also currently limited to what is essential only.

Once we have confirmation from the state leadership and feel comfortable moving forward, we will resume our usual on-site therapy and wellness activities and happily welcome on-site visitations.

We of course will always handle meal preparation, cleaning, and other tasks for you so that you can enjoy a maintenance-free life.

Your health and safety is our top priority which is why our professional care support team is available on-call 24/7.

 

Cost of Assisted Living

The cost of assisted living can vary significantly depending on your state, the amenities that are offered, and the level of care you need. Some campuses are better equipped to handle certain medical conditions than others, and it’s important to prioritize choosing one that best meets your needs.

Although the initial cost of assisted living may make you hesitate, remember that factoring in housing, transportation, meals, activities, medical care, and other expenses that you are already paying for makes assisted living a more affordable option.

At Nye Health Services, we are proud to offer some of the best assisted living campuses in Nebraska and Wyoming. We provide safe, comfortable, and happy places to live during your senior years. Read through our FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions our prospective residents ask, then contact us to learn more about the amenities we offer or to schedule a tour of any of our locations!

 

 

Choose Outpatient Therapy to Recover While Living at Home

Choose Outpatient Therapy to Recover While Living at Home

Outpatient therapy is an alternative to hospitalization or other residential treatment for many seniors with certain types of injuries or other medical incidents. If your injury is mild to moderate and doesn’t significantly impair your daily routine, Nye Health Services’s outpatient therapy program may be an excellent choice for healing your injury and regaining your flexibility and mobility while living at home. The cost, convenience, and other advantages of our outpatient therapy program make us a favorite among patients across Nebraska!

 

Advantages of Choosing Outpatient Therapy

Being injured doesn’t have to mean being stuck in the hospital. There are several outpatient therapy advantages that make attending regular physical therapy appointments and going home at the end of the day an attractive option for many seniors!

Recover in the Familiarity of Your Home

Outpatient therapy allows you to recover from the comfort of your own home. Enjoying your own bed, familiar food, favorite activities, and other comforts of home can improve your mood and outlook on your health throughout your recovery process, as can being surrounded by your family, friends, and pets. If you need a little extra assistance adapting your lifestyle to fit your needs, especially during the first week after your injury, our home care services can help you regain your independence at home.

Outpatient Therapy is a Cost-Effective Option

Hospital stays can come with a hefty price tag. Spending just three days in the hospital can cost around $30,000, and most mild to moderate injuries do not require the round-the-clock care of long term hospitalization. Outpatient therapy is a much more affordable alternative that can help you recover without breaking the bank. Even patients with good health insurance can save thousands of dollars by choosing outpatient therapy.

Maintain Your Progress

Once you’ve started to make progress, be sure to keep putting in the effort so that you don’t lose it! Continue following your physical therapist’s recommendations even after you start to feel better in order to keep building muscle and decrease your risk of future injuries.

Physical therapy serves a variety of purposes. It is designed to help you manage pain while improving your strength, balance, mobility, and flexibility. Muscles that are not used frequently after an injury can atrophy, or lose strength and flexibility, which can make managing at home more difficult even after your injury has healed.

Your individual physical therapy treatment plan will vary depending on the type and severity of your injury. Attending physical therapy and doing recommended at-home exercises regularly help your injury heal and keep your body strong and functioning properly so that you can continue enjoying the things you love.

 

What Should I Know Before Starting Outpatient Therapy?

We are always here to answer any questions you have before starting outpatient therapy! We create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients, and we accept a variety of types of insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket outpatient therapy cost.

Obtain Your Doctor’s Permission

We require the approval of each patient’s physician before starting physical therapy. However, all you’ll need to do is contact Nye Health Services, and we’ll assist you in coordinating this. You’re always welcome to visit our therapy gym and meet with our rehabilitation team members before committing to treatment, and we’ll work with you to set up a therapy plan that meets your needs.

Medicare Federal Coverage

Outpatient therapy is an excellent option for patients that use Medicare. Medicare Part B covers a wide variety of types of outpatient therapy, such as physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy. As of 2020, up to $2,080 will be covered before your healthcare provider indicates that your physical therapy is medically necessary. At that time, 80 percent of your treatment will be covered.

Medicaid State Coverage

Medicaid coverage varies more than Medicare coverage, but most patients that use Medicaid will find that physical therapy is partially or fully covered. Keep in mind that your specific coverage depends on the state you live in and the rehabilitation provider you select.

At Nye Health Services, we prioritize helping seniors choose the best type of treatment available after an injury. Our outpatient therapy program is a top choice among patients throughout Nebraska and surrounding areas that want to maintain the independence of living at home while recovering from a mild to moderate injury. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient therapy services or to schedule an appointment! 

Improve Your Health By Boosting Your Immune System

Improve Your Health By Boosting Your Immune System

As a senior citizen, your body’s needs and abilities are different than they used to be. Your immune system is probably not as strong as it once was, and the types of exercise that best benefit you are changing. For this reason, immunity care is more important than ever. At Nye Health Services, we offer a variety of services that are designed to address these challenges to boost your immune system and meet the unique health needs of seniors.

How Does Aging Affect My Immune System?

Aging can have a variety of effects on your immune system. Fortunately, seeing a physician who specializes in senior immunity care and other health issues can help you manage the effects of aging on your body.

What We Know About Aging and Your Immune System

Aging can significantly impact your body’s ability to fight off illnesses, which means that you are probably more vulnerable to colds, the flu, and other health problems than you used to be. If you are over age 65, you are more likely to both contract infectious diseases and experience more severe complications than younger adults. Seniors typically get influenza and pneumonia, as well as COVID-19, more easily and have a more difficult time recovering from them than younger people.

Be Cautious When Selecting Products

Although there are many supplements and other health products marketed toward seniors, it is important to take their claims with a grain of salt. Not all of these products are supported by science, and even what we do know to be scientifically true is constantly changing, which can lead to confusion. Although some supplements may benefit you, nothing beats the simple personal effort of eating well and exercising regularly.

What Can I Do About These Effects?

Although aging can have a significant impact on your immune system, there are several steps you can take to increase the quality of your life by increasing your body’s ability to fight off illnesses.

Exercise to Boost Your Immune System

Exercising regularly is one of the most important things you can do to improve your immune system and increase your overall health. Physical activity has a wide variety of benefits for seniors, including reducing stress, decreasing your risk for heart disease, increasing your bone and muscle strength, and giving you more energy to complete day-to-day tasks more effectively. By helping to remove bacteria from your lungs and airways and improving your antibody and white blood cell levels, exercise can also lower your vulnerability to colds, the flu, and other illnesses.

Although exercise is important, seniors need to be careful not to overdo it. Your body is more vulnerable to injuries than it used to be, and running, contact sports, and similar types of exercise should be replaced with less strenuous choices. Walking or biking around the neighborhood, playing golf, pickleball, or tennis, and taking aquatic therapy or other senior exercise classes are lower-impact options that still benefit your body.

Consistency is Key to Improving Your Immune System

Consistently taking care of your body is just as important as exercising as far as improving your immune system. Taking vitamins that are specifically designed to meet seniors’ needs and eating nutritious food regularly help your body get the nutrients it needs to resist illnesses and injuries, and regular check-ups can help you identify potential health issues before they become bigger problems.

At Nye Health Services, we are proud to meet the unique needs of your senior years and help you learn to take an active role in managing your health as you age. We are always here to answer any questions you may have and help you make adjustments to your lifestyle to accommodate your changing immune system and other health needs. Currently, we have one location in Wyoming and have several locations throughout Nebraska. Contact us today to learn more about the senior health services we offer or to schedule an appointment!

Technology Affords Seniors New Opportunities to Connect, Learn, And Have Fun

Technology Affords Seniors New Opportunities to Connect, Learn, And Have Fun

Seniors using technology

There are many unanswered questions about COVID19. One thing is certain: seniors are among those most at risk.

In these uncertain times, loved ones may be reluctant or unable to visit senior family members. (For the latest on COVID-19 and its effects on our services, find our most recent update here.)

While this hesitancy comes from a place of love and concern, seniors should not resign themselves to several uneventful and boring months without visitors.

Instead, use this time to adapt. Learn how to connect with family members online. Take advantage of technology to continue learning, growing, and living a full life.

Here are some ways to foster connection, pick up new skills, and have a bit of fun, too.

CONNECT

Fewer in-person visits mean fewer in-person visits, not an end to socializing altogether. With a little creativity and effort, seniors can easily take advantage of online platforms and video chat to stay in touch with family and friends. Some of the easiest to use are FaceTime and Zoom.

FaceTime

Thanks to FaceTime, there are more seniors connecting online than ever before. To get started, most iPhones and iPads come with the FaceTime app pre-installed. Search for the green icon with a camera. Once you have FaceTime up and running, type the name, phone number, or email address of your desired contact in the search box at the top. When you see the name of the person you are trying to reach, simply tap the phone icon on the far right of the screen and wait until you hear a dial tone. Click here for a YouTube tutorial.

Zoom

Zoom is another, easy-to-use platform that can be used on any device, including desktop and laptop computers and android phones. For a quick run-down of the basics of using Zoom, watch this YouTube tutorial.

A Few Words On Personal Safety

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 75% say technologies like a PERS device and medication management apps make them feel more confident about their safety well into old age.

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is another important example of seniors using technology to improve the quality of their lives. A PERS device, GPS locator, or mobile application alerts medical services in the event of an emergency, Caregiverstress.com writes.

Medication management apps remind seniors when to take prescriptions and when to refill them. Ask your doctor about RxmindMe or Personal Caregiver.

LEARN

How are seniors using technology? One of the most common uses of the Internet among Americans 65 and up is to learn.

Seniors are using Google and YouTube to learn more about their favorite subjects and hobbies, like knitting, painting, restoring classic cars, sculpting, and dancing. For more in-depth instruction, seniors can turn to websites like masterclass.com or udemy.com for expert instruction and complete online courses. Masterclass enlists a whole host of professionals, often famous ones. Learn acting from Samuel L. Jackson or cooking from Gordon Ramsay. Udemy is great for practical skills, like speed reading, positivity psychology, and memory.

HAVE FUN!

Some overlook the best technology benefits for seniors: entertainment and fun. Here are just a few ways seniors can use the Internet and technology to simply have a good time.

Exercise

Workout safely while at home with these fun and straightforward YouTube videos. Videos include anything from seated exercises for seniors with limited mobility to lively, senior-friendly Zumba.

Play Video Games

The Nintendo Wii offers several engaging ways for seniors to work up a sweat and have fun while doing it. Nintendo’s Wii Sports and Wii Fit enable seniors to simulate playing golf,  bowling, or tennis.

Seniors can also visit the app store and search for their favorite classic games, like Tetris, Solitaire, and Dominos.

Enjoy Classic Films

Finally, there are several platforms you can use to watch some of your favorite classic films. Search Amazon Prime and Netflix for Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and It’s A Wonderful Life. Use Disney+ to watch favorites like Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi.

Stay connected and happy while the nation navigates the global pandemic. NYE Health Services encourages seniors to video chat with friends and family, learn new skills and/or brush up on old ones, and make a point of having some fun. Contact us to learn more about the services we have to offer!

Supporting a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: 7 Common Mistakes

Supporting a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: 7 Common Mistakes

Let’s be honest. Supporting a Loved One with Alzheimer’s can be tough, frustrating, overwhelming, depressing, and even painful.

With over 5.5 billion people of all ages living with this condition in the United States, billions of caregivers need advice on how to provide Alzheimer’s support. The pressure to take good care of a loved one coupled with feeling terrible about their condition can cause severe stress.

When you start caring for a person impacted by Alzheimer’s, mistakes may seem unavoidable. Let’s talk about a few errors you should try to sidestep whenever possible.

1. Getting into Arguments

Arguing with someone who has Alzheimer’s is useless. What can you achieve by trying to prove your point? If the person is convinced that you haven’t given them breakfast, whatever you say can’t make them less hungry.

Eventually, you’ll just ruin your mood and make your loved one upset. Try to put your best agreeable act on. Many caregivers adopt the “client is always right” strategy. If you avoid the argument and make the person happy, you both win. How hard is it to make another snack, anyway?

2. Asking “Do You Remember?”

Most likely, they don’t. Memory loss is one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  Your loved one is likely to be terribly upset over memory problems. By asking “Do you remember?”, you won’t achieve anything productive.

Assuming a person doesn’t remember is the smartest way to act. It’s much easier to say: “oh, I forgot we already talked about it” when they catch you repeating stuff than hurt their feelings by focusing on memory issues. 

3. Not Taking Care of Yourself

Caregiving can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. It’s important to take good care of yourself every day.

Your health problems can negatively affect the entire family, especially the person who relies on you the most. Do your best to stay in good shape.

4. Forgetting to Laugh

Those who are effected by Alzheimer’s often feel depressed. Their life may seem tough and hopeless. As a caregiver, you can improve the situation tremendously simply by laughing every once in a while.

A bright mood can work wonders for both of you. According to Mayo Clinic, laughter is an excellent stress reliever and an immune system booster.

5. Thinking You Should Never Get Upset

Even though you are healthy and don’t have Alzheimer’s, you are still human. Taking care of an Alzheimer’s sufferer is tough. It’s ok to get upset.

Vent your feelings to a friend. Reward yourself. Accept that being upset is normal. Bottling up your emotions won’t help anyone. Eventually, suppressed feelings may turn into health problems.

6. Avoiding Exercise

Exercising isn’t just an excellent way to stay healthy. It’s an effective stress reliever. Even if you feel tired every day, find time to give your body what it needs. Exercising is an opportunity to pamper yourself and keep your mind worry-free.

7. Preventing Self-Sufficient Behavior

Dignity is highly important to someone with Alzheimer’s. They may seem fragile, vulnerable,  and child-like, but they are adults. By trying to block self-sufficient behavior, you could make your loved one feel terrible. Allow them to be as autonomous as possible unless their actions are a safety threat. 

Giving Top-Notch Care While Keeping Your Sanity

Supporting a Loved One with Alzheimer’s can be difficult. By avoiding the above mistakes, you can make life easier for both of you.

If you need assistance with caring for your loved one, please contact us at any convenient time.