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How Sleeping Changes When we get Older

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

You may have heard someone say to count sheep to help you fall asleep and get a good night’s rest.  Well, that may have been true when you were a kid but as you get older, your sleeping habits change. The recommended hours for a good night’s rest are anywhere between seven to nine hours.  Compared to children, older adults don’t get as much sleep, due to trouble falling asleep.  Beck’s Drugs wants you to know you how you can get the most ‘Zzzz’s’ at night.

Not getting enough sleep will lead to a number of problems. Poor sleep patterns are a normal part of aging. Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, attention and memory problems and sleepiness throughout the day. This may lead to taking sleep aid pills to assist with sleeping. Older adults may have a medical problem that can affect their sleeping habits.  If you are having trouble sleeping, see your doctor or a specialist and they can provide treatments that can help.

How Sleeping Changes When you Get Older

While there are many options to sleep on, your bed will provide the best night’s rest. As much as anyone likes staying in bed all day, more sleep when you’re older can affect your regular schedule too.  Try to go to sleep and wake up and the same time everyday and try not to nap too much during the day.  This will cause you to get out of your routine, stay up longer at night and not be able to get back to sleep. When you’re ready to go to bed, your bedroom should well-ventilated, dark and as quiet as possible. Consider creating a night time routine like reading a book or watching T.V.

The Center for Disease Control suggests that if you cannot fall asleep, to make a sleep diary to show and explain your symptoms to your doctor or sleep specialist. In your diary write down when you go to bed, when you wake up, how many naps you take, how much exercise you do, how much alcohol, smoking or drinking caffeinated beverages you take in.  All of these will help your doctor determine the best solution to get a better night’s sleep.

Take a look at Beck’s Drugs CPAP Machines, oxygen concentrators and CPAP masks that can help you sleep better.

Four Types of Senior Exercises

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

Exercising is a great way to stay healthy, stay in shape and most of all, boost your self-confidence.  Exercising can also increase your balance, overall strength and bone density. Beck’s Drugs isn’t promoting you to go lift the heaviest weights or go participate in a triathlon, but to do simple weight bearing exercises like Pilates or light weight lifting.

Senior exercises could range across many different things, whether in your home or at the gym. Walking on the treadmill or on a track, vacuuming and cleaning the house or playing with a pet are great examples of staying active. There are four types of exercises that older adults will benefit from as they exercise.  These four types of exercise are:

  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Flexibility

Endurance or aerobic exercises increase your breathing and heart rate.  It also improves how your heart, lungs and circulatory systems function properly. Examples of endurance exercises range from raking leaves, playing tennis or playing with your grandchildren.

Strength exercises increase your muscle mass.  Walking up and down stairs or carrying in groceries (carefully) increases your balance. Working your upper body muscles allow you to open jars and lift up your grandchildren.

Having good balance increases your overall posture and control.  Balance exercises help prevent falls and avoid possible injury.  Improving your balance may help you walk on uneven sidewalks or catch yourself before falling.

Being flexible isn’t the same as gymnastics when you’re older.  Being flexible consists of stretching and expanding your freedom of movement. Flexibility comes in handy when you need to reach for something without assistance, bending over to tie your shoes or dressing yourself.

The most important thing about all of these exercises is it’s never too late to start.  No matter what form of exercise you do, it will have a positive effect on your life.  Beck’s Drugs wants you to be in the best health possible.  We do have a great supply of batteries for your wheelchair and ostomy products.  Check out our online catalog for more products!

Which of the four exercises do you think biking is?

Which of the four exercises do you think biking is?

Sunscreen for Our Eyes Only: Selecting the Best Sunglasses- Part 2

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

We want to keep you and your eyes safe this summer, so Beck’s Drug is talking about photokeratitis or as we commonly refer to it- sunburn of the eyes. Last time we talked about how it happens and what it does to your eyes, this time our focus on prevention.

Our best advice is to buy sunglasses or, if you wear prescription glasses, talk to your ophthalmologist about lenses that darken in sunlight. How do you find the right ones and what do you look for? Here are some tips or finding the right peeper protectors:

Look for sunglasses that wrap all the way around to your temples. A lot of sun can hit the eyes from the side of your face.

Wear your sunglasses anytime you are outside or driving during the day. Even the best glasses won’t do you any good unless they are on your face. Consider keeping an extra pair or two around.

Sunglasses: not just for summer anymore. Wear them year round. The reflective glare of the snow is very hard on your eyes too, so if you’re driving in the snow, wear them.

Remember that UV light reflected off sand, water or pavement can also damage the eye. Be extra careful when you’re at the beach or are on the water. *Wear your sunscreen too.

Don’t rely on contacts with built-in UV protection to be enough. Wear your sunglasses too.

Forget the price tag.  High priced designer sunglasses are not better than cheap ones.  Look for the amount of UV protection – NOT the cost.

Not all tinted lenses are true “sunglasses”. It’s not about how they look, style or color. Just because they may be on the sunglass display does not mean they offer protection- Read the labels!

How much is enough? Look for 100 percent UV protection. Make sure they block both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Beck’s Drug has items that can keep the rest of your body safe and healthy. See us for CPAP machines, pain management devices and wheelchair cushions.

Sunscreen for Our Eyes Only: Avoiding Photokeratitis – Part 1

Posted on: July 10th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

iStock_000003597721XSmallOkay, so we don’t want you to put sunscreen in your eyes. Trust us; that would hurt. But now that summer is here, Beck’s Drug wants you to be of the dangers of the sun on your eyes.

We all know what sunburn is and 99 percent of us had had at least one of them. But are you aware that overexposure to the sun’s rays can burn the eyes’ corneas and cause painful, temporary blindness.

A sunburn of the eyes is called “photokeratitis.” It is also referred to as sunburnt eyes, ultraviolet keratitis or snow blindness. Like any other part of your body that gets sunburn, you will feel it. A mild case can feel you have grit stuck in your eyes. Why? The layers of the cornea are peeling following the sunburn. In more severe cases, your eyes will feel like they are in a fire that eye drops alone cannot put out. If this happens to you, see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) right away. You may even need to consult a care clinic or ER after hours or on weekends.

So how does this happen? The risk for sunburn of the eyes is higher in people with lighter skin and lighter eyes, just like for the rest of their bodies.  This happens because the fair skinned people have less pigmentation in multiple layers of the eye than those with darker skinned and darker eyed people. Scientific studies show that long term, unprotected exposure contributes to cataracts and macular degeneration.  More exposure has been found to lead to tumors. In severe cases, these tumors can lead to having the affected eye removed and partial blindness. People with macular degeneration may be more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation than the average person.

Next time we will talk about preventing this kind of sunburn and how to keep your eyes safe. In the meantime, Beck’s Drug has items that can keep the rest of your body safe and healthy including compression therapy and oxygen supplies. We may even have sunglasses.

More Sleep: A Healthier, More Rested You

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by BecksBlogger

In the last blog, we talked about how exercise can help you get better sleep. We know that you all started getting lots of exercise after that, so now Beck’s drugs want to give you some more tips on getting better sleep that can bring you better health.

This guy needs more sleep

Day time fatigue is one symptom of not getting enough quality sleep at night

True restorative sleep is the foundation of good health. The Better Sleep Council has some ideas on how you can get better sleep and feel better every day.

  • Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. There is room for a few minutes either way, but try to be as consistent as possible.
  • Make your bedroom relaxing. Take out the TV, the computer and work material out of the bedroom. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. We can all nap in almost anywhere like by the pool, in a recliner or in a car, but      for a good night’s sleep, you need dark, quiet and cool.
  • Create a relaxing bedroom routine. Try reading a book, listening to soothing music (not rowdy or dance music) or soaking in a hot bath.
  • It’s out with the old, in with the new if your mattress is more than seven years old. Pillows should be replaced very year or so. If you need to replace the mattress anyway, be sure to get a  new one that is big enough or both partners. Experts recommend a queen size.
  • We talked about the importance of exercise, just be sure to have it completed 2 hours before you go to bed.
  • If you want to avoid poor sleep or waking up awake later in the night, avoid eating, drinking alcohol or caffeine before bedtime. The older we get, the more this gets to be a      problem.

If you have sleep apnea and need a CPAP or BiPAP or if you need to replace your CPAP mask or tubing, see Beck’s Drug today. As a full-service pharmacy and HME provider, Beck’s Drug can help you find the equipment you need for a better night’s sleep.

Tired of Being Tired? Get Some Exercise!

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

A recent study from The National Sleep Foundation has recently said that the key to better sleep is exercise.

Exercising for better sleep

Exercise and sleep together can help you maintain a healthier weight!

Your friends at Beck’s Drugs don’t expect any of you to become Olympic athletes or suddenly start running marathons; we just want to see our customers be as healthy as they can be and getting better sleep is a big part of staying healthy.

The type of exercise/activity varies and can include most people. Light activity includes walking. Moderate exercise includes a bit more effort and includes tai chi, yoga and weightlifting while vigorous activity incudes running, cycling, swimming or competitive sports.

Over 1000 people were studied and the results showed that any bit of exercise above the normal is beneficial and the more you do (within limits), the better you’ll sleep. This study does not mean that if you get more exercise you’ll get more sleep; it means you’ll get better sleep and be less tired when you’re awake.

The results point to one major result, exercise brings better sleep.

What can we do? Start slow and starting walking if possible. Note how you’re sleeping over a one or two week time period. Try to increase your walking or add weight lifting, tai chi or yoga to your routine. Do more if you can, but more importantly, just keep it going.

If you have sleep apnea and need a CPAP or BiPAP or if you need to replace your CPAP mask or tubing, see Beck’s Drug today. As a full-service pharmacy and HME provider, Beck’s Drug can help you find the equipment you need for a better night’s sleep.

 

Know Your Stroke Risks and Know What to Do

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

We’re continuing with our theme of Stroke Awareness Month today, focusing on knowing the causes of stroke and understanding your stroke riskStroke Awareness Month factors.

Stroke can affect anyone at any age, but certain people are more at risk for reasons they can and cannot control. Although stroke risks increase with age, in 2009, 34 percent of people hospitalized for stroke were under the age of 65.

What are some of the factors you can’t control?

  • Age- a stroke can happen to anyone, but risk of stroke increases with age. After the age of 55, stroke risk doubles for every decade a person is alive.
  • Gender- women suffer more strokes each year than men. Annually, about 55,000 more women than men have strokes, but stroke incidence is higher in men than women at younger ages. Additionally, women are two times more likely to die of a stroke than breast cancer annually.
  • Race– African Americans have twice the risk of stroke when compared to Caucasians. Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islanders also have higher risk than Caucasians.
  • Family history if a family member has had a stroke, everyone in the family has a higher risk of stroke. Be sure to know your family’s medical history!
  • Previous stroke or TIA– after experiencing a stroke, survivors and their families usually concentrate on rehabilitation and recovery. However, preventing a “recurrent” stroke is also a critical consideration. About 5 to 14 percent of the people who have a stroke this year will have a second one.

Now let’s talk about the risk factors you can control. Studies show that 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are key risk factors, and about half of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for stroke, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

We care about all of our customers and we want all of you to stay healthy and avoid strokes. Come see us for your prescription needs to treat the “80 percent” risk factors. If you have a loved one recovering from a stroke, we also have the equipment needed to make life safer, easier and more comfortable.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Stroke Awareness Month- Are You at Risk? Part 1

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

What do you know about strokes? As May is Stroke Awareness Month, we are taking this chance to offer up some information and tips about Stroke Awareness Monthstrokes and how to prevent them. With more than 795,000 people in the United States having a stroke every year, thousands, if not millions of people and their families are affected.

Here are some alarming statistics on stroke in the United States:

  • On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
  • Ischemic strokes happen when blood clots block the blood vessels to the brain. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic.
  • Strokes have an estimated cost of $38.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 19 deaths.

With numbers that high, we all need to be aware of what to look for and what we can do if we think someone (or if we) may be having a stroke.  If you see someone that you think may be having a stroke, what should you do? Remember the acronym FAST!

  • F-A-S-T =
  • Face- Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms- Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downwards?
  • Speech- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
  • Time- If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately!

As a full-service pharmacy and HME provider, Beck’s Drug can help you find the medication and equipment you need to lower your stroke risk, or to help a loved one recover from one. If you or someone you care about is recovering from a stroke, see us for the equipment needed to make life safer, easier and more comfortable.

We’ll have more on strokes in our next update as we’ll be examining risk factors and lifestyle choices than can affect your chances of having a stroke.

The Safest Ways to Keep a “SPRING” in Your Step

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

If you have been sitting most of this long winter, your body probably isn’t ready to tackle the big spring projects your mind is telling you to do.  Whether it’s getting the garden ready for planting, cleaning out the garage or basement, or doing a big spring house cleaning, doing too much too fast is not a great idea and could leave you in a bad way. Here are several simple tips from your friends at Beck’s Drug to keep you looking and feeling your best and preventing injuries.

Be sure to warm up and stretch before starting any physical activities this spring to avoid injury.

Be sure to warm up and stretch before starting any physical activities this spring to avoid injury.

  • Take a walk. Walking is a great way to get your body to wake up, warm up and loosen up before your tasks. Don’t overdo it; you may want to walk after your chores as a cool down.
  • Warm up stretches are a simple and essential step to a busy day.  Stretching is not just for runners, it’s a way to prepare the body to use the muscle groups that may be a bit underused. Take a look at these stretching techniques from Function Fitness Facts. Any warm up is beneficial.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep water with you or close by as you work. Dry muscles are sore muscles and that goes for your brain too.
  • Eat a light meal before your start your projects. No big meals that may weigh you down, just enough to give your body fuel. Save the big meal or restaurant as a reward for a job well-done.
  • Schedule a short day. If you try to do too much in one day, you may regret it.  Set a time limit. One or two hours may be plenty to start with. If you can do half of a day comfortably that’s great; but don’t push it.
  • Take breaks. A few short breaks will let your body keep up with can-do spirit.
  • Don’t forget to take your medications. It’s easy to get caught up in a project and forget our health.  This is especially important for people with diabetes.
  • Reward yourself for a job well done, you deserve it.

Does your home medical equipment or respiratory equipment need some attention too? If it’s time to service or upgrade your equipment or if you have medications in your bathroom that you’re not sure about, Beck’s Drugs can help.  We are a full service medical equipment provider and a full service pharmacy ready to help you. Visit our online catalog to see the many products we carry that will put a “spring” in your step!

Spring Allergies; A Real Pain In The…Lungs!

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by BecksBlogger

Spring is here! Open up those windows and take a deep breath of fresh…..achoo! If you’re a person with any kind of allergies or respiratory issues, this may be happening to you right now!

For those with allergies, be sure to sleep with your windows closed and avoid going outside on windy days.

For those with allergies, be sure to sleep with your windows closed and avoid going outside on windy days.

 

What causes spring allergies? Beck’s Drug did some research on that and found that the most common spring allergens are grass and tree pollens. Pollen is the tiny, egg-shaped male cells found in flowering plants and trees that plants use during the fertilization process.

The biggest offenders of the grasses and weeds are: Bermuda, Fescue, Johnson, June, Orchard, Perennial rye, Redtop, Saltgrass, Sweet vernal and Timothy. You may not have even known that there were that many grasses, but most of our lawns contain many of these varieties.

You may want to check your yard for these types of grasses or note these before you do any spring planting.

What about trees? We love trees for the shade and beauty, but we don’t love them as much when they bud in the spring. Every tree has pollen, but some are worse than others. Some of the biggest pollen and allergy producers in no particular order are: Elm, Poplar, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Ash, Birch, Sycamore, Cypress, Western Red Cedar and Walnut.

Allergy symptoms tend to be particularly high on breezy days when the wind picks up pollen and carries it through the air. Rainy days, on the other hand, cause a drop in the pollen counts because the rain washes away the allergens.

Checking your lawn and neighborhood for these trees; it may help explain your sudden symptoms. Avoid opening or sleeping with the windows open if there are trees close to your home, especially on breezy days. We all need to get out and enjoy spring; we just want you to be healthy through it. See us for all of your prescription and over-the-counter allergy medicine too.

If you use a CPAP machine or oxygen, be extra aware of these allergy causing pollens. Beck’s Drug has experts who can help you maintain your breathing and lung health this spring and all year long. Browse our online catalog or stop in and see our oxygen and respiratory experts today. And we (sniff) also sell tissues.

 

Source: WebMD