Monday, September 18, 2017

10 Life Hacks for Seniors Which May Prevent Insomnia

1. Make Changes in the Bedroom
Family caregivers should make sure their loved one`s bedroom is the most comfortable place for them. Your loved one`s sleeping area should be comforting and all the outside lights should be blocked by using curtains which may not cause sleep disruption.

2. Don`t Consume Heavy Meals
Eating heavy meals and high fat foods may leads to a distressful sleep in some seniors. Your loved ones can choose whole grain foods, smoothies, and drink more water which may provide a comforting sound sleep.

3. Avoid Electronic Device around the Bed
Seniors may have a hard time sleeping if they have a TV or laptops in their bedroom. These electronic devices may distract your loved one`s sleep and may change their sleeping patterns. These devices may also enhance stress level of your loved ones.

4. Create a Routine before Going to Bed
To enhance melatonin which is a sleep inducing hormone, your loved ones may create soothing changes every night before going to bed. Yoga may help some seniors in getting their body and mind relaxed. Family caregivers can also suggest their loved ones to have a warm shower which may boost a comforting sleep.

5. Avoid Stimulants if Not Necessary
Caffeine, alcohol, energy drinks and high sugar foods are some of the stimulants which may cause insomnia in some seniors. Drinking coffee or black tea may prevent your loved ones from having a good night sleep. If your loved one has a habit of drinking tea everyday then he or she can consume it 6 hours before going to bed. In this way their habit may not cause sleep disruption.

6. Reduce Stress
Minimize the things which may cause stress and anxiety in your loved one`s life. Family caregivers should not put things in their loved one`s bedroom which are work reminders or sleep distracters. Stress and depression may also cause insomnia in some seniors and may make it difficult for them to sleep longer.

7. Consult a Doctor
One of the best ways to decrease insomnia in seniors is to consult a doctor. In this way your loved ones can receive an expert`s advice on treating insomnia and may reduce the stuff that is enhancing it. The doctor may go through your loved one`s medications and can provide a tailored routine and lifestyle changes for them to follow to decrease insomnia.

8. Limit Sleeping During Daytime
Senior adults who may face difficulties in sleeping at the night can limit their afternoon sleep. This may help them in feeling sleepier during the night. Your loved ones can avoid daytime sleep entirely which may make them more likely to sleep longer at night.

9. Exercise
To reduce insomnia in seniors, exercise may help in regulating their sleeping patterns. Your loved ones can start aerobic exercises such as running, cycling, and doing sports which may assist them in decreasing insomnia.

10. Adapt Ways to Slow Down Brain Activity
Your loved ones can avoid mind stimulating things like TV, computer, work load pressure, and stress to ensure good sleep and to tackle insomnia. Seniors can perform calming activities before going to bed which may help in turning off their brain.

Medicaid Targets Physicians Offering Low Cost Options for Patients

The medical practice I began using in 2010 set up a discount plan to provide better care for patients and to help them save money, especially those customers without insurance. I pay a fixed monthly fee to be a member. That membership allows me to go in for any service offered, including yearly physical examinations, mammograms, pap tests, immunizations, blood tests, X-rays, casts for broken limbs, even minor surgery, for less than $30 a visit. The practice hired extra medical professionals, such as a psychologist and a physical therapist, to meet a wide variety of needs. They also provide extended hours.

As the saying goes, however, "No good deed goes unpunished." Two days ago, the state made sudden rule changes affecting Medicaid patients who are not participants of the discount membership at their practice or any others with similar affordable plans. Medicaid allegedly claims these clinics are offering health insurance.

As a result, the state refuses to reimburse such clinics for many medical services rendered to their Medicaid patients, even long-established ones. Need immunizations? Go to the health department. Blood work? Go elsewhere for a draw. Sick after hours? Go to one of the few Medicaid-approved clinics or the ED (Emergency Department). This is a special hardship for sick, elderly, or disabled patients who must go to different locations for tests offered on site by their chosen physicians.

My current health provider offers the best care I remember receiving in my many adult years. The practice tries to help patients falling between the cracks of our increasingly inefficient health care system. These individuals don't have employer-based coverage and can't possibly pay the ACA's high premiums and deductibles.

Yet the government allegedly targets these clinics with innovative plans to meet customer needs, including those of their Medicaid patients. Is it any wonder that many more physicians and facilities are refusing Medicaid patients?

Why punish low-income patients eligible for Medicaid coverage and the shrinking numbers of caring, competent providers still willing to accept them as patients? Why shouldn't individuals be allowed to purchase discount plans? The clinic memberships and co-pays are drastically less expensive than the skyrocketing deductibles of coverage they can't otherwise afford.

I want to do just that - buy into Medicaid for catastrophic care, and keep my doctor (remember that promise?) and clinic discount plan. I would only use Medicaid for any needed surgeries, hospital stays, or dental and vision care exceeding cost limits. Why shouldn't patients be allowed to make such decisions? Is it because they make common sense?

Across the state, Colorado physicians and clinics have designed flexible, affordable discount plans for low-income patients. Many of those same practices want to continue serving those with Medicaid coverage. The state's inexplicable overreach will not only penalize those patients and providers. It will drive more qualified physicians and clinics from accepting Medicaid customers at all.