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7 Ways to Stop Snoring

7 Ways to Stop Snoring

Nothing is more frustrating than snoring. Around twenty percent of people snore regularly. Whether you or your partner is the one that’s snoring it disrupts sleep. Disrupted sleep makes for grumpy people. Sleep is vital for your overall health, so here are seven ways to stop snoring.

7 Ways to Stop Snoring

7 Ways to Stop Snoring

 

1. Keep Your Mouth Closed

Humans are made, so we breathe through our noses, and there’s a specific reason for that. Sleeping with your mouth open allows air to hit the soft tissue at the back of your throat, which makes it vibrate and cause the snoring sound. Mouth breathing is probably the most common reason for snoring.

Try using a chin strap that loops under the chin and over your head, or you can try a mouth guard. Whatever is most comfortable for you.

2. Your Nose Needs to Be Open

Having your nasal passages open reduces the chances of you mouth-breathing or snoring. Try using nasal sprays and antihistamines to clear congestion caused by allergies and other parts of life.

Alcohol and smoking also can stuff up your nose, while quitting is the best option. We understand that it’s easier said than done. So, try not to smoke in the four hours before you go to sleep and limit your alcohol intake to two days a week.

Old injuries to your nose could cause your nasal passage to be closed, like a deviated nasal septum. Press hard on one side of the nose and breathe in with your mouth shut. If the other side of your nose collapses inwards and air can’t get through, then you have an obstruction.

You can use nasal strips or dilators that sit inside the blocked nostril to open things up. Septoplasty, aka nose job, can also help.

3. Losing Weight

Having a bigger neck makes you snore because it compresses your airway. Men tend to store excess fat around the neck more than women, therefore tend to snore more. Losing weight will help stop snoring.

4. Look at Your Jaw

A receding jaw, also known as retrognathia, can cause snoring because the tongue is more likely to go back and block the airway when you sleep. To see if you have this, bite together on your back teeth, if your lower teeth are really behind the upper ones, then you have may a receding jaw.

Different devices can help with this issue.

5. Sleep on Your Side

You’re less likely to snore laying on your side versus your back. You can get specific pillows that will prop you up on your side.

6. See Your Doctor

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is when your throat closes, and you stop breathing for ten seconds or more. Oxygen levels in your blood fall and your brain restarts, usually with a jolt, gasp, or grunt. OSA is horrible for your health. It’s connected to daytime sleepiness that leads to accidents, high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke, diabetes, and depression.

7. Use Your CPAP

If you have OSA, you need a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It’s a small pump that gives you a constant supply of compressed air into your nose and mouth through a mask to stop your throat from closing.

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Could Parkinson’s Start in the Stomach

Could Parkinson's Start in the Stomach

New research is showing that Parkinson’s could start in the stomach. It says proteins that are a main part of the disease can come from the gastrointestinal tract and go up into the brain. The body makes a protein called alpha-synuclein, and it can be found in the brain’s nerve cell endings. When the shape of this protein gets messed up, it’s connected to damaged nerve cells, a deterioration of the dopamine system, and problems with movement and speech. All of which are staples of Parkinson’s disease.

Could Parkinson's Start in the Stomach

Could Parkinson’s Start in the Stomach

 

The research results come from studies in mice. The studies confirm a long-held theory that folded alpha-synuclein could start in the stomach and spread to the brain through the vagus nerve. A vagus nerve is a group of fibers that begins in the brainstem and sends signals to different parts of the body. The way the misshapen proteins spread throughout mice’s bodies similar to human’s bodies.

This study comes after a different one that found people whose appendix was taken out early in life have a reduced risk of later developing Parkinson’s disease. Having both these studies come out so closely helps prove each other’s findings.

How the Study was Done

 

The researchers introduced the misshapen alpha-synuclein to the stomach of healthy mice and followed where the protein appeared in their bodies. After a month, the protein was found in different parts of the brain stem. At three months, it was in parts of the brain like the amygdala and regions of the midbrain rich in dopamine neurons. After seven months, it was found in even more places.

The way the proteins were discovered was similar to the way markers of Parkinson’s disease are released throughout the human brain within different stages of the disease.

More work found that the mice had a drop in dopamine levels in the brain, followed by a slow loss of dopamine neurons after seven months. The mice also had issues with their motor skills, memory, anxiety, and behavior problems.

Mice who had a severed vagus nerve did not develop these proteins in their brain, damage to their dopamine system, or any other problems.

Read more here.

24 Shortcuts to Living Healthier Until Old Age

24 Shortcuts to Living Healthier Until Old Age

It’s easy to forget your health when life gets busy. While you’re younger, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal, and things slide by. You don’t think about how it all adds up when you’re older, after all, you’re living in the moment. Luckily, there are shortcuts to living healthier until old age that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

24 Shortcuts to Living Healthier Until Old Age

24 Shortcuts to Living Healthier Until Old Age

 

You can choose to incorporate a few of them or all of them into your daily life.

1. Check Your Ancestors

While history repeats itself is a cliche, it also speaks the truth. You should start asking your family members about your ancestors. Start a family tree that lists all known illnesses or causes and age of death. You can even do DNA tests and create records of your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and vitamin D levels.

The more you know, the more you can prepare.

2. Drink Coffee

Yes, you can enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and phenylindane, the last of which may help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Having coffee has been linked to reduced risks for different cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Make sure to have your coffee without sugar or processed syrups, and having too much milk can dilute the antioxidants.

3. Walk Faster

Going for walks is good, but if you go at a brisker pace, it could be possible to have a better memory and a healthier, longer life. Try speeding up until you are a little out of breath or sweaty. The best type of walk is outdoors for a half an hour. Being outside gives a dose of vitamin D and light.

Walking in the morning could even help you make better decisions during the day.

4. Exercise in Green Spaces

Trees create phytoncides, which lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and boosts immunity. Microbes in forest soil have been found to reduce depression and can add to the health of our microbiome. All you need is a fifteen-minute walk to enjoy the benefits.

5. Fast Every Day

It may surprise you, but our bodies have adapted to go without food for a short amount of time. It can even be useful to not eat for a little while. Intermittent fasting is a proven method for a longer life. It may fight against Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.

There are different forms of fasting, and it’s best to find one that fits your lifestyle. The extended overnight fast of 14-16 hours may be the easiest to do. It also improves gut health.

6. Build Muscles

We’ve talked before about how building up muscles throughout your life is essential. After turning 40, you lose muscles at a rate of 1% a year. This increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and osteoporosis.

Research found that seniors who do twice-weekly strength training lived longer and with less illness than those who don’t do any.

7. Read

Reading has been linked to a longer, healthier life. A Yale study of 3,600 people over 50 found that reading increased longevity by almost two years. Book readers outlived newspaper and magazine readers. Just thirty minutes a day can help you.

8. Push Off Retirement

While retirement is tempting, a 2016 study discovered that people who work a few extra years live longer. Researchers speculate that this is because working usually has social interaction, movement, and a sense of purpose. Other studies have linked retirement to loneliness, depression, and poorer health.

9. Don’t Stop Learning

It may be surprising, but old brains can build new neurons and synapses like young ones. It works best when you force yourself to learn new things. The brain loves new things, and it triggers the creation of neurons. The harder the thing is, the more rewarding it is for your mind.

10. Nap Often

People who nap are shown to have better attention and focus, and better memory and non-verbal reasoning. Nappers are also better at sleeping at night. The key is to have a power nap, around thirty minutes. Longer naps may make things harder for you.

11.Clean Up Your Medicine

Don’t hang onto old medicine that you don’t use or need. Clean out any unneeded anticholinergics, which are found in antidepressants, bladder drugs, medication for Parkinson’s disease, some antihistamines and travel sickness pills. High levels of anticholinergics indigestion have been connected to Alzheimer’s.

Don’t do this without talking to your doctor first.

12. Only Vitamin D and Zinc Matter

It’s easy to get swept up with all the vitamins and supplements available, but other than Vitamin D and zinc are the only ones that actually do anything. Vitamin D is the perfect vitamin for aging well, while zinc can reduce how bad coughs and colds are.

13. Avoid Pollution

This may be hard to do, but pollution is the biggest threat to our ability to age well. Lots of research links it to lung cancer, heart disease, dementia, hypertension, and diabetes. Try avoiding congested roads, switch to an anti-inflammatory diet, invest in a good quality air purifier and move it throughout the house, and fill your home with plants that can fight pollution.

14. Use Olive Oil

A four-and-a-half-year study using 7,000 older people at risk of heart disease found that eating an olive oil filled Mediterranean diet had 30% fewer instances of heart attacks and strokes. Olive oil has also been connected to improved lipid and cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, slowing the progression of breast cancer, reduced bone mass loss, and better blood glucose control.

15. Build Bone Density

Research has shown that professional tennis players have a higher bone density in their serving arm than their non-serving arm. The best exercise for bone density is jumping. Try jumping ten or twenty times a day with a 30-second rest between them.

Other high impact exercises like running or skipping increase bone density. Resistance training, like lifting weights, boosts bones without the pressure on the joints.

16. Make Friends

Loneliness is a silent killer that’s just as bad as any other disease. Research connects social isolation to dementia, heart disease, stroke, depression, and a 29% greater risk of dying. It’s not just the quantity of friends. It’s the quality too. Make sure they make you feel good and keep you positive.

17. Be Kind to Your Immune System

Instead of weakening as you get older, the immune system works harder. It overworks and creates inflammation in your body when it meets an illness. Inflammation speeds up the aging process.

70% of your immune system is in your stomach, so you need to have good stomach health. Support your immune system through a diet of dark leafy greens, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, leeks, onions, and mushrooms.

18. Change How You Eat

How you eat can be more important than what you eat. For example, try to eat earlier than later. Eating early allows digestion to start before bedtime, meaning less disturbed sleep. Make sure you eat more slowly too; this makes it so that we don’t need to eat as much to feel full.

Grazing and snacking make it so that your digestive system is always working and making insulin. This could lead to insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes.

19. Turmeric, Turmeric, Turmeric

This is a natural anti-inflammatory spice that’s been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, cancer, and liver disease. It’s also antiseptic, antibacterial, and full of antioxidants. Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, counteracts low-grade chronic inflammation that comes with age. It can also reduce the pain of arthritis, improve liver function, and give some relief from irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

20. Meditate

Meditation reduces stress and promotes empathy. Just fifteen minutes a day is enough to strengthen the caps that protect our DNA and have a good impact on blood pressure levels.

21. Eat More Fiber

People who have a high fiber intake from fruit, wholegrain bread, and oats, are the more successful agers. There could be two reasons for this: fiber slows the digestion of food, therefore keeping insulin levels in check. This, in turn, reduces inflammation. The other reason is that some types of fiber ferment in the body, creating short-chain fatty acids, which also reduces inflammation.

It can also help with cholesterol levels, help with heart health, lowers colorectal cancer risk by moving food through the gut quickly.

22. Avoid Blue Light at Night

Electronic devices can mess with our circadian rhythms. The screens make blue light, which wakes you up in the morning. At night, it can reduce the production of melatonin, which is a vital sleep-inducing hormone.

23. Look After Your Eyes

Make sure to eat a diet of foods rich in macular pigments. This means anything bright yellow, orange, or green is the best source. Regular eye tests are critical after age forty. Changes in your eyesight can happen quickly. Wear good sunglasses on bright days and take breaks from screens if you are in front of them a lot.

24. Stay Positive

As we’ve talked about before, people with positive attitudes towards aging do better than those with negative attitudes. Negativity causes stress on the body, which can impact heart health, sleep quality, weight, and cognition.

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Can Researchers Figure Out How Your Brain Ages?

Can Researchers Figure Out How Your Brain Ages?

At a community in Florida named Lakewood Ranch 36,000 people have been part of a decades-long study. The study is to learn how your brain ages and what causes its decline.

Can Researchers Figure Out How Your Brain Ages?

Can Researchers Figure Out How Your Brain Ages?

 

The Academy for Brain Health and Performance and Massachusetts General Hospital are doing the study.

A study like this is rare because of how long it takes and how much money it needs. The goal was to be a huge, one of a kind, study to look at issues of the brain.

Little is known about the brain and what can affect it. The study is to help not only learn about the mind but the aging process as well. It should help researchers understand illnesses like autism, addiction, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and other diseases better.

While the study has a focus on older brains, participants are of all ages and different brain health statuses.

Phase One Complete

 

The first part has finished, and surveys were sent to the residents to see if they wanted to join the study. Out of everyone, 454 adults and 42 kids want to be part of the study. The group is filled with business leaders, medical professors, teachers, students, people from religious and civic organizations, and other people from different communities. The ages ranged from 17 to 81.

Phase two will build the organization’s infrastructure within Lakewood Ranch.

Read more about the study and its progress here.

Losing Your Sense of Smell Can Be A Sign of Dementia

Losing Your Sense of Smell Can Be A Sign of Dementia

As you get older, your senses tend to dull in different degrees. Most people think hearing and sight are the first to go. You don’t think much about your sense of smell. A new scientific study has shown that losing your sense of smell could be a sign of dementia.

Losing Your Sense of Smell Can Be A Sign of Dementia

The Study of Smelling

 

The team is part of the National Institute on Aging’s Health ABC study. They looked at smell tests that were done by over 2,200 people between the ages of 71 and 82. The tests were done in 1999 and 2000.

The participants smelled 12 different scents that are familiar from everyday life. Then they had to pick from a list of four options.

They were then graded as having good, moderate, or poor smelling functions.

The health of the participants was followed up on for 13 years, including annual phone surveys.

Losing Your Sense of Smell Can Be A Sign of Dementia

 

After considering other health factors like age and smoking, the team of researchers found that seniors with a bad sense of smell had a 46% higher chance of dying a decade earlier than those with a good sense of smell.

Sense of smell seems to be a good predictor of death for healthy people at the start of the study. Those who had a bad sniff score but were in okay shape had a 62% higher chance of dying in ten years than people with a good sniff score.

One thousand two hundred eleven participants who died by year 13 of the study, around 28% of the increased risk people had dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and maybe even cardiovascular disease. Lung disease or cancer didn’t seem to be linked to the sense of smell.

Some people are wondering if doctors can use a sniff test to diagnose dementia. The area of the brain that deals with smells is usually the first part of the brain to get damaged by Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

Read more here.

Could House Calls Be Making a Comeback?

Could House Calls Be Making a Comeback?

Have you ever not felt well and wished that your doctor could come to you? While house calls are thought to be a thing of the past, they could be making a comeback. This comeback could be especially helpful for seniors who struggle with transportation.

Could House Calls Be Making a Comeback?

Could House Calls Be Making a Comeback?

 

The idea of house calls is old. It was common for doctors to go to patients’ homes in the early 1900s. The practice went extinct as hospitals and better technology evolved.

This practice would be a great addition to the care that seniors already get in their home.

Even though technology killed the house call industry, it’s also going to bring it back. Technology has become small and more comfortable to carry around. Things like EKGs, small refrigerators for vaccines and blood, and other devices can now fit in a backpack.

Support from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS) is making the return of this idea a reality. It’s reported that patients who receive care at home are readmitted to hospitals less and have shorter hospital stays. Research also shows that house calls can improve the overall quality of life for people with many conditions or near the end of their life.

There does need to be a complete nationwide change in structure so that house calls can succeed. Doctors will also have to be trained in home care. Hopefully, as time goes on, a plan on how to implement this idea will become clearer.

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9 Activities Seniors with Limited Mobility Can Do

9 Activities Seniors with Limited Mobility Can Do

Seniors who find it hard to move may not feel like they can have fun anymore. Some of the activities they used to do may be too hard now. Luckily, there are plenty of activities seniors with limited mobility can do.

9 Activities Seniors with Limited Mobility Can Do

9 Activities Seniors with Limited Mobility Can Do

 

These activities can be done on their own or with a group.

1. Reading

Reading can be fun and relaxing. It takes a senior out of their reality and into a new one. It keeps their brain active, improves their memory, gets rid of stress, helps with sleep, and delays cognitive decline.

The options are physical books, magazines, an e-reader, or listening to audiobooks.

If your senior wants to engage with other people, create a book club.

2. Hobbies

Hobbies are a great way for seniors’ to spend their time. Look for activities that don’t need a lot of moving like cooking, baking, knitting, birdwatching, or learning a new language. Learning something new will keep boredom away.

3. Exercise

Even seniors with limited mobility can do exercises. They can do sitting or standing exercises and get all the health benefits. Chair yoga is an especially good form of exercising.

4. Being Creative

Seniors can get in touch with their creative side through drawing, coloring, painting, or sculpture. Being creative has health benefits too. Creative activities can help people with chronic illness decrease negative emotions, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve medical outcomes.

5. Go Outside

The outdoors are a great way to relax and boost your mood. You can sit out on the porch or in a chair near a window and get some fresh air. Watch nature grow, birds go by, and the general scenery.

6. Being Around Happy People

Ask friends or family with babies or pets to come for a visit. Pets and kids will make anyone perk up and they will bring fun energy with them.

7. Games

Games and puzzles are perfect for those with limited mobility. There are so many to choose from and new ones out every day. They can be done on their own or with a group.

8. Movies, TV Shows, or Music

While seniors shouldn’t sit around all day and watch TV, the occasional movie or show can be the best part of their week. They can learn something new by watching a documentary or a cooking show.

Listening to music can help reduce stress, anxiety, and pain. It can also bring back fond memories depending on the music they listen to.

9. Charity Work

Not all charitable work needs a lot of mobility. For example, knitting or crocheting blankets or hats for hospitals, local charities, or religious organizations.

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Seniors Getting Surgery Don’t Always Work Out

Seniors Getting Surgery Don't Always Work Out

Right now the amount of people 65 and older is around 16% of the U.S. population, yet somehow they account for 40% of people who undergo surgeries. Seems like a lot, right? It’s going to get bigger as more seniors consider surgery. It’s essential to know all the info before getting surgery because seniors and surgery don’t always end well.

Seniors Getting Surgery Don't Always Work Out

Seniors Getting Surgery Don’t Always Work Out

 

Seniors are actually getting more surgeries that were considered dangerous a few years ago. One doctor, Dr. Clifford Ko, did major surgery on an 86-year-old.

“Ten years ago, I’d think ‘My God, can this person even survive the operating room?’ Now, it’s increasingly common to see octogenarians for these types of operations. “

Both Ko and Dr. Ronnie Rosenthal, another surgeon and geriatrician, lead the American College of Surgeon’s Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery. Because more seniors are getting surgeries, the coalition has focused more on the results of the operations. They found that seniors struggle more after surgeries than young adults.

One study looked at nonemergency surgeries of 165,000 adults 65 and older and found that mortality and complications increased with age. Their hospital stays were longer too. A different study found that patients in their 80s that have surgery for lung, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer have a much higher mortality rate than those who are between the ages of 65 through 69.

It’s not surprising that older people struggle more, but the question is why? One issue is that they already have many chronic conditions in addition to what they need surgery for. Each condition can affect the other, leaving both the patient and the doctor to struggle to get the patient healthy. There’s also the fact that seniors are more vulnerable to infections and can lose mobility after spending days in bed. Frailty can also be a significant factor in recovering.

Can Hospitals Do More for Senior Patients?

The coalition decided that hospitals can do better for their older patients. Yale will be introducing a geriatric surgery verification program in July. They spent four years planning and researching this program. It sets up 30 standards that hospitals should meet to improve results for older patients.

In October, hospitals can start applying for the verification, giving patients and their families assurance that they will get the best treatment possible.

A team from the program will visit each applying hospital. They will look at charts, interview people, and see in real time if hospitals meet the standards they created. Some of which are “geriatric-friendly” rooms, managing medication, and having less reliance on opioids.

The participating hospitals will have to screen older patients for factors like advanced age, cognitive problems, malnutrition, and impaired mobility that can put them at higher risk. Some of these risks will be addressed before surgery, like doing “pre-habilitation” to help patients get stronger.

Most of the other standards have to do with communication. Surgeons need to make sure patients truly understand the risks and any available alternatives. They also need to respect the patient’s wishes. Seniors’ wants can be different from someone who is 50.

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Hunger Hits American Seniors and Will Only Get Worse as Boomers Age

When we talk about hunger, it’s usually in a different country that’s far from home. Now hunger hits American seniors too. It will only get worse as Boomers get older. According to a new study done by Feeding America, if we don’t address this problem, the number of seniors that face hunger will be up to eight million by 2050.

Hunger Hits American Seniors and Will Only Get Worse as Boomers Age

Hunger Hits American Seniors

 

Half the population of American seniors is in danger of being malnourished. This is especially dangerous with seniors because of how vulnerable they are to chronic health problems. Hunger and health issues go hand in hand, which will lead to more hospitalizations.

The government is trying to find more funding for food programs under the Older Americans Act (OAA). This act is meant to help older Americans stay healthy and comfortable through a variety of programs. Ninety-five percent of people that use the OAA’s nutrition programs have many different chronic conditions. Almost half of the people who used the OAA meal programs and nearly two-thirds of those who use home delivery meal programs have six or more chronic conditions.

The Old Solutions Won’t Work Anymore

 

The reason this issue has become so dire is that the Boomer generation is different from previous ones. For example, family isn’t as much of a safety net as it was before. Many Boomer women chose to stay single and focus on their career, so that means more people are relying on federal programs like Meals on Wheels. Some people even consider the Boomer generation to be the divorce generation. The rate of divorce among Boomers is high, depending on how the divorce went, adults may be alienated from their children.

Sad to say, programs like Meals on Wheels have been underfunded for a long time. Combine that with rising healthcare costs, America could become the survival of the fittest battle arena. Many younger older adults could face health deterioration and death before they reach their 70s and beyond because of all this.

Hopefully, because the situation is so dire, the government will pour more funds into meal programs, and we as a country can help keep American seniors well fed.

Read more here.

9 Products to Make Your Bathroom Safer for Seniors

9 Products to Make Your Bathroom Safer

The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in a house for seniors. Slippery floors, getting in and out of showers, and getting on and off the toilet can be opportunities for injuries. Some products can help make your bathroom safer.

9 Products to Make Your Bathroom Safer

9 Products to Make Your Bathroom Safer

 

These products range from products for your shower to your toilet to your bathroom floor.

1. Toilet Night Light

It may seem silly, but this could prevent trips during the night. Having a light inside your toilet can keep you from tripping without having to shock yourself awake with bright lights. It has a built-in motion sensor that detects body heat and will light up the room.

There is a bit of fun with this product because it comes in 16 different colors. It also has five different brightness levels.

It has a 4.2-star rating on Amazon.

2. Elevated Toilet Seat with Arms

This seat will help make getting up and down easier due to not only being higher but coming with arms as well. It’s easy to clean and put together. If the arms aren’t needed, they are removable. It has a weight limit of 300 pounds.

It has a 3.9-star rating on Amazon.

3. Toilet Rail Grab Bar Safety Frame

Here is another way to make getting up and down easier. This product is different because it’s more than just arms. It’s an entire frame that surrounds the toilet, similar in style to a walker. It even has a basket for magazines or books on the side.

It’s made of steel to make it sturdy and durable, and it has slip resistant pads so that it doesn’t move when someone uses it. It has comfortable grips for users.

It has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon.

4. Bath Step with Handle

Getting in and out of the tub/shower can be a potential hazard. This step makes it a little easier. By raising the body, it makes the step to get over a tub smaller and gives you more control. It has a non-slip grip platform floor and a locked in safety handrail for added support and balance.

It has a 4.2-star rating on Amazon.

5. Non-Slip Bath Mat

Getting out of the shower can be just as dangerous as getting in. Getting a non-slip bath mat is a way to stay safe. This mat, in particular, features memory foam for extra comfort. It’s machine washable which makes it easy upkeep. It comes with eight different color options. The bottom of the mat is lined with long-lasting PVC dots to stop it from moving.

It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.

6. Grab Bars

Grab bars will be your best friend and don’t need much of an explanation. You can put them on any wall, and it will be support for balance. This particular grab bar can handle up to 500 pounds once secured.

This bar has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon.

7. Bath Seat

Some people may not be able to stand long enough to take a shower due to balance issues or muscle weakness. Using a shower seat will help prevent slips.

This seat is lightweight but durable. It has a padded seat, and the back is detachable for easy cleaning. The chair has non-slip material for safety as do the legs for extra security. It also has drainage holes for water to escape. It has handles for helping people get up and down.

It has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon.

8. Shower Bench

Have everything you need right at your fingertips with a shower bench. Have your washcloth, soap, and any other essential needs all in one spot.

This bench weighs less than 5 pounds and can hold up to 300 pounds. It has rubber stops to keep it from moving or scratching your tub. It’s easy to attach to your tub. Relax and have everything you need while you shower.

It has a 3.9-star rating on Amazon.

9. Anti-Slip Mat

This is essential to make your bathroom safer. Having a mat to cover your floor will keep you from falling because the tub floor is slippery.

This mat, in particular, comes in 16 different colors. It has suction cups to keep it stuck to the tub floor. It’s antibacterial, mildew resistant, BPA free, non-toxic, phthalate free, latex free and has no smell. It’s even machine washable.

It has a 4.3-star rating on Amazon.