Iowa is a great place for seniors. In fact, MoneyRates.com named Iowa the #1 state in the US to retire in 2017, even beating out sunny Hawaii, which took the #2 spot. But as much we love our state, we’re not in love with the cold Iowa winters.
With the flu season in full swing, we want to ensure our residents are staying healthy and happy. Being infected with the influenza virus can be a particularly risky experience for Elders, who tend to be more susceptible to the flu and its complications as they age. We recommend taking a few precautions over the next few months to avoid this virus.
Curious about the new device in the West Ridge therapy room?
There’s a new piece of equipment at West Ridge! It’s called VirtuBalance, and it’s used by our rehabilitation team to diagnose balance issues, gait disorders, and measure your risk of falling. We’re excited to be the first long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids to use this new technology to help our residents.
How It’s Used
This state-of-the-art electronic device uses 3-D cameras and sensors to highlight areas on the body that need conditioning. For instance, if you have trouble getting out of chairs or reaching for objects, VirtuBalance tracks your movements to help our staff identify which areas of the body are weakened, making it hard to complete the task at hand.
According to Ear, Nose & Throat Journal, 50% of seniors ages 75-84 suffer from presbycusis—the medical term for hearing loss. And for seniors ages 94 and up, that number increases to 95%. But despite the numbers, only about one in five seniors purchase some type of hearing aid. And even fewer actually use them.
So why are so many people choosing to forego these life-changing medical devices?
If you’ve ever tried to convince a stubborn parent or spouse to get fitted for hearing aids, you’ve heard all the excuses:
Verbal communication is such a basic part of our everyday experience that it’s hard to imagine life without it. We rely on our ability to talk for so many things, and we need it to stay connected with family and friends.
When you lose the ability to express how you feel and what you want, your quality of life is severely impacted—it becomes easy to feel distanced from those around you.
This is the case for many stroke patients, who unexpectedly find themselves unable to communicate their needs and desires, and unable to make sense of the world around them. This is why it’s so important that a stroke recovery plan includes speech therapy provided by a certified, experienced and compassionate provider.
Topics: Memory Care
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Whether it’s anticipated or out of the blue, the death of a spouse shakes a senior’s life to the core. After years to decades of sharing life together, a cherished life partner is gone and life looms ahead. It’s normal to feel intense stress and sadness during this difficult time, but there are a few ways to help yourself move forward.
Topics: Patient-Family Relationships
Hip fractures—usually the result of a fall—are among the most common injuries we see in patients who come to West Ridge for rehabilitation. After a partial or total hip-replacement surgery, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of everyday life. But West Ridge’s experienced rehabilitation team can help patients get back on their feet and regain independence.