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The North Providence Breeze 08-07-2019

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6 SENIOR LIVING GUIDE AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE SENIOR LIVING | HEALTH BASICS As we age, our bodies produce less melatonin, which can lead to slight dis- ruptions throughout the night. However, if you experience disturbed sleep, are tired when you wake up or experience other aspects of insomnia, there may be serious underlying issues. Learn more information regarding your sleeping patterns and if you should visit a specialist, from the American Geriatrics Society. COMMON SLEEP PROBLEMS IN SENIORS Problems with sleep can lead to numerous issues for older adults. Here are a few of the most common types they experience. Insomnia: a condition which causes you not to fall asleep when you think you should, causes you to stay asleep or gives the feeling you have not slept enough once you wake up. Sleep apnea: a condition that may cause seniors to stop breathing during sleep. A lack of oxygen causes some to wake up gasping for air. This condition may lead to diseases such as high blood pressure and heart conditions. Restless Leg Syndrome: a condition that causes people to repetitively kick their legs during sleep. While it may not wake you up, it's likely your legs will be sore in the morning and it will affect your comfort and ability to rest. WHAT YOU CAN DO Your actions throughout the day can play a huge role in how well you sleep. Take the advice from the group Health in Aging to set yourself up for a full night's rest. • Avoid caffeine, tobacco and alcohol in the later part of the day; • Eat smaller portions before bed- time; • Follow a strict sleep schedule and routine; and • Exercise regularly, especially early in the day. REACH OUT FOR HELP If you have tried to make yourself tired and are still having difficulty sleep- ing, visiting a specialist is the next step. Through tests and studies, they can find what is keeping you awake. They may choose cognitive-behavior- al therapy, medical management or sometimes prescription medicine to help you get a better night's sleep. The Importance of Good Sleep A good night's sleep affects much more than how you feel the next day. With age, it's not uncommon for sleep habits to change. Most seniors notice they are ready to fall asleep earlier in the evening and wake up at later hours. © ADOBE STOCK Content Produced by Green Shoot Media. © 2019 SENIOR LIVING | HEALTH BASICS Medicaid is a state administered program that is funded to a great extent by the Social Security trust fund. It provides for payment of medical services and long term nursing home care for those who qualify. Because of the ever increasing cost of long term nursing home George M. Prescott ATTORNEY AT LAW 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island, 02865-0089 (401) 726-5577 Courtesy of: Review Your Trust Annually To Protect Your Assets The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law. The Court does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. care, both the federal and state governments periodically amend the Medicaid statutes and regulations in order to further limit eligibility for the program. Therefore, if you have had a living Trust prepared to shelter your assets from nursing home expenses and enhance your chances of qualifying for Medicaid long term care benefits after a five year look back period, you should have that Trust reviewed annually and revised if necessary to be sure it conforms to the current Medicaid statutes and regulations. It is part of my regular practice to prepare living Trusts to both avoid probate of a client's estate and protect their assets from nursing home costs during their lifetime. I also review and update those Trusts, and similar Trusts prepared by other attorneys upon request. If you are concerned about possible long term care expenses and would like to discuss your concerns with me, please call my office for an appointment. There is no fee for the initial consultation. – George M. Prescott

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