I’ll never forget the look in her eyes the night she looked right at me and said: “Please don’t ever put me in a nursing home . . .

What a haunting expression to see on your mother’s face.

Just like many folks my mom’s age, she told me she thought of nursing homes as a dreadful “last stop” before dying.

And as much as we don’t like to admit it, it’s often true.

Few seniors return to their normal lives after being admitted to a nursing home. Once it happens, life will never be the same again.

Just like many people her age, my mom feared the isolation and loneliness of living in an institution.

And she was simply not interested in meeting and making new friends with a group of people with whom she shared nothing in common — except growing old.

She certainly didn’t want to be forced to have a “roommate” she didn’t even know, stripping her of the privacy she once had . . .

When you think about it, how difficult it must be to lose those little freedoms we enjoy as adults — even such basic ones as the ability to eat whatever and whenever you want. To be compelled to eat tasteless institutional food served under regimented conditions.

But even bigger for my mom was another fear.

Forced to Have Strangers Caring for You

Like most aging Americans, Mom dreaded being cared for by strangers.

And in addition to the loss of dignity and the isolation, Mom (like most seniors) knew about the mistreatment, neglect, and even theft taking place in many nursing homes.

I shared this same fear for her. It’s not unusual.

In fact, one recent study found that 82% of baby boomers fear their parents will be mistreated in a nursing home.

So that night, I promised Mom I would do my absolute best to make sure she never had to leave her own home, a home she’d lived in for decades. The home where she had baked cookies, celebrated holidays, and enjoyed so many good times with family and friends.

But there was one BIG problem. I really didn’t know how I was going to keep my promise . . .

You see, I’m not a doctor or any type of health professional. I’m not rich and I’d never be able to afford around-the-clock medical services.

And honestly, I didn’t know the first thing about nursing homes or the best ways to care for an aging parent.

But there was something I could do . . .

Hello, I’m nancy Reynolds. I’m a publisher for Newsmax Health. We put out some of the largest health newsletters in America — like Health Radar and Mind Health Report. These newsletters share the latest health news and medical findings with over half a million readers every month who want to remain healthy and happy throughout their lifetime.

And while you’ve probably never heard of me before, by the time you finish reading this letter, I believe you’ll be glad we “met.”

While I didn’t realize it at the time, the promise I made my mom started me on an 18-month journey to gain the answers I needed to allow her to remain in her home.

To stay in the place where she felt most comfortable and happy — and avoid that nursing home she feared so much.

And I’m happy to report back to you that I’ve been successful at keeping my promise to her.

I’ve done the research. I’ve read, studied, and seen what does and doesn’t help.

My team and I consulted with a number of experts in aging. And finally, we discovered the key solutions to this nursing home dilemma.

So, thankfully, I was able to help my own mom. And because of my job, I’m able to share these answers with you today as well.

Here’s the good news I found.

You or Your Parent or Spouse Are NOT Doomed
to Live Out Your Last Years in a Nursing Home

Of course there are no certainties in life.

But if you read this letter to the end, I can make you a promise: You will be much better equipped to avoid the loss of independence and dignity of being forced to live out the later years of life among strangers in some cold and impersonal nursing home environment.

Because shortly, you’ll see the 3 things you must avoid that literally force people into a nursing home.

And even better, you’ll find out exactly what I discovered — the best ways to reduce the odds you or your loved one will ever need to take this traumatic step.

And even if what you discover here today only delays this major change, consider the value of gaining extra months or years enjoying a familiar, cozy home versus the cold sterility of the institutional setting.

Most baby boomers I’ve talked to over the last year or so are concerned about their parents’ ability to cope — physically and emotionally — should they go into a nursing home.

And of course, older people themselves share these fears.

According to the recent study Aging in Place in America . . .

Seniors Fear Nursing Homes and Loss of Independence Much, Much More Than They Fear Death

A full 89% of seniors want to “age in place” — or grow older without having to move from their homes.

Yet an estimated 3.3 million Americans were housed in nursing homes and long-term care facilities during 2013. That number translates to 1 in 7 people aged 65 and over. And these numbers will only continue to rise.

Fortunately, over months of research, I discovered 3 main risk factors that jeopardize seniors’ ability to live independently — and could quite literally drive them into nursing homes. You’ll hear all about them today.

So let’s jump right in, and discover some truly critical information about the first key reason why so many older folks are forced into nursing homes.

Nursing Home Risk Factor #1: Risk of Falling

The No. 1 factor that could push you into a nursing home is the loss of physical mobility and the high risk of falling.

In fact, the possibility of falling or hurting themselves is also among the top 10 things seniors fear most.

And for good reason . . .

According to the government figures, every year 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over will fall. In 2010, about 21,700 older adults actually died as a result of fall injuries.

Among the older population, falls are the No. 1 cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.

Most broken bones in older adults are from falls. Falls are also the most common causes of traumatic brain injury in seniors.

A minor fall, and even something as simple as bumping into a piece of furniture or merely coughing, can cause a bone to fracture.

And when that broken bone is the hip, things get really serious . . .

It’s bad enough that many of those who break a hip will end up in a nursing home. But what’s worse, 20% of seniors who break a hip will die within 1 year due to problems related to the bone break or the stressful surgery required to repair it.

Because falling is so dangerous to seniors, I have a FREE report ready to send you today with a special offer. It’s called Stay Out of the Nursing Home: Senior’s Guide to Preventing Falls. It’s a $15.00 value.

In this valuable report, you’ll discover detailed information about the major factors that increase your risk for falls. Fortunately, you’ll also see easy solutions to lower the odds it will happen to you or a loved one.

But first, you need to know about another issue related to falling.

Half of Women Over 50 Will Break
a Bone Due to Osteoporosis

Part of the reason women suffer more from this bone-weakening condition is due to loss of the hormone estrogen at menopause. Estrogen helps protect bones.

Men, however, are also at risk. One in four men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. And every year, about 80,000 men will break a hip. And men are more likely than women to die within a year when they fracture their hip.

There are some risk factors for osteoporosis that you can’t really control, including age, family history, and menopause. My mother had some of these risk factors that we just had to live with.

But fortunately, I found that many risk factors are controllable by lifestyle changes or medical management.

For instance, being overweight, smoking, excessive drinking — all these may increase the risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, certain medications increase the probability of developing the disease.

And since inactivity is also an important risk factor, developing a plan to get sufficient weight-bearing exercise is vital.

Speaking of the risk of falls, my research also showed me that another major factor pushing people into nursing homes is this:

As People Grow Older, They Often
Develop a Problem With Balance

Good balance is crucial to remain independent, carry out normal daily activities such as walking or grocery shopping, and even driving. Without decent balance, climbing stairs or even merely walking could become hazardous — and perhaps lead to tripping or falling.

Your ability to maintain balance is a complicated process that depends on eyesight, inner ear function, and other factors.

One of the best ways to maintain good balance with aging is to begin a series of exercises designed specifically to train the “balance centers” in your brain and body — and challenge them gently and safely to keep you upright. This will help you avoid those dangerous falls.

With the special offer you’ll see momentarily, you’ll also get a FREE video DVD with balance exercises developed by a world-class physical therapist.

Mom absolutely loves them, so I wanted to make sure you had access to them, too!

But first, when it comes to balance and falls, one of the most important things you can do is to take a hard look at your home environment.

After talking to experts in this subject — and after the research I did — I recognized that my mother’s older home contained many potential perils when it came to her safety.

Your Home Likely Contains Many Hazards
That Promote Falling or Losing Your Balance

Once you know what to do, certain simple home modifications will help reduce the risk of falls that could lead to a loss of your independence. Fortunately, many of these changes are not complicated or expensive at all.

As part of a special offer, I’ve arranged to send you an entire Stay Independent for Life Kit — designed to help keep you or your loved one at home and OUT of a nursing home

And since this is such a critical area, I’d urge you to keep reading this letter. I already told you about one FREE report I have ready to send you. It’s called Stay Out of the Nursing Home: Senior’s Guide to Preventing Falls. It’s a $15.00 value.

But that’s not all . . .

So in your Kit, you will also receive another FREE special report — Age-Proof Your House to Keep Your Independence to 80, 90, and Beyond (another $15.00 value).

In this valuable report, you’ll discover the most important home features you need to make your home safe for “aging in place” (without reducing its value in a future sale).

Plus, you’ll receive a room-by-room checklist of potential hazards to correct throughout your home — for your protection and safety.

Claim Your FREE ‘Stay Independent for Life’ Kit
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You’ll see more details shortly, but first let’s return to another major factor that leads to loss of mobility and increases your risk of falling. It’s a condition called sarcopenia, which means the loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with aging.

Sarcopenia is a major cause of disability and frailty in the older population. Researchers have identified a number of things that contribute to this condition.

Hormone levels are particularly important, particularly growth hormone and testosterone (important in women as well as men).

However, from everything I’ve studied, those who become “couch potatoes” are the ones most likely to experience loss of muscle mass later in life. So to prevent or reverse sarcopenia, researchers have found that progressive resistance exercise and strength training are crucial.

Sarcopenia and osteoporosis are related conditions. Because of this, one often accompanies or follows the other — and both can be helped by simple strength exercises. And as you’ve already heard, balance can also be improved by certain exercises.

Fortunately, I’ve got you covered here as well.

I called in a favor with my good friend Dr. Jennifer Beal, a world-class physical therapist who helps many older people with exercises designed to prevent falls related to osteoporosis, balance problems, and loss of muscle mass.

Dr. Beal specializes in helping seniors maintain their mobility and independence. She demonstrated a number of these special exercises so I could see if they might help my mom. And after I saw how much fun Mom had doing these simple and beneficial exercises, I just knew we had to record them for you to use at home, too.

Especially since they don’t require you to spend any of your hard-earned money on special equipment, a gym, or a health trainer.

So in your Stay Independent for Life Kit, you’ll receive a FREE copy of all these gentle exercises on the DVD Senior Health: 10 Exercises for Building Balance (a $20.00 value).

You can do 1, 2, or all of these simple exercises daily. And let me tell you, Mom absolutely loves them. They’re a quick, easy, and fun way to decrease your risk of falls, improve your balance, and preserve your muscle mass.

Claim Your FREE ‘Stay Independent for Life’ Kit
With Special Offer — Click Here Now!

Now let’s get back to what else I discovered in my 18-month quest to find the best ways to keep my mom out of a nursing home . . .

Nursing Home Risk Factor #2: Brain & Memory Issues

After talking to experts, seniors facing these issues, and their caregivers, I found that the second primary factor forcing seniors into nursing homes involves brain and cognitive issues.

These issues range from basic memory problems to disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Of course, these conditions can become dangerous safety issues, with problems such as wandering, forgetting to turn the stove off, or failing to take medication.

What may become evident early on is a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This is marked by a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. A person with MCI is also at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

And unfortunately, more than 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease today. It is the sixth leading cause of death. In fact, 1 in 3 seniors dies from Alzheimer’s, and many die with other forms of dementia as well.

One of the most important things you can do as you age is to remain mentally active and “exercise” your brain and memory as well as your body.

And fortunately, with your Stay Independent for Life Kit, you’ll receive a FREE copy of Dr. Gary Small’s special report: Boost Your Memory With These Simple Strategies (another $15.00 value).

Claim Your FREE ‘Stay Independent for Life’ Kit
With Special Offer — Click Here Now!

Dr. Gary Small is not only a renowned expert on aging; he is also an author and popular guest on shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Dr. Oz Show.

And in your report, you’ll find Dr. Small’s easy, quick method to improve your memory.

Plus, you’ll discover the best way to stop misplacing items. Since Mom was always forgetting where she left things like her keys or glasses, I wanted her to have access to Dr. Small’s breakthrough techniques that are so easy to learn.

Let me finish up today and give you the third risk factor I discovered that literally forces seniors into nursing homes.

Nursing Home Risk Factor #3: Declining Health

It’s nothing very surprising — but it is the biggest fear seniors like my mom have after the fear of losing their independence. What is it? Simply, declining health.

And the major reason for declining health among the aging population is the high incidence of chronic disease.

Did you know that 7 out of every 10 American deaths each year are due to chronic diseases? Heart disease, cancer, and stroke make up over half of all deaths every year.

Obesity, arthritis, and diabetes are also very common chronic diseases affecting seniors.

Despite our best efforts to adopt lifestyle habits that can prevent us from developing chronic disorders, many times we find ourselves thrown off course. That’s why it’s good to get a gentle “push” — or a reminder — when we need it.

Do you remember me telling you that I am the publisher of some of the largest monthly health newsletters in America — including Health Radar?

Well, I may a bit biased, but one primary benefit of Health Radar is to give you that gentle nudge you need to get you back on track when it comes to issues like diet, nutrition, weight, and exercise.

Health Radar boasts an editorial staff of experts from a wide range of specialties and topics. I’m sure you’ve heard of one of them — like Dr. Oz.

In each issue, you’ll find in-depth articles from guest medical experts with solutions to those chronic diseases and health problems that frustrate you most. These are the same problems that could increase your risk of finding yourself in a nursing home.

And of course you’ll find simple tips and sound strategies to prevent and reverse major threats to your health (and your very life).

To help keep you independent, Health Radar is jam-packed full of “news you can use.”

So here’s the complete special offer we were able to put together for you . . .

In your Stay Independent for Life Kit — designed to help keep you at home and OUT of a nursing home — you will receive 3 FREE Special Reports and a FREE DVD (a total value of $65.00):

And this entire Stay Independent for Life Kit is YOURS FREE, just for trying a no-risk subscription to Health Radar, the monthly advisory letter, for a mere 11 cents a day.

Just click the link below and tell us where we can send your Kit. We’ll start your risk-free subscription and send out your 3 Special Reports and Video DVD — FREE of charge.

Claim Your FREE ‘Stay Independent for Life’ Kit
With Special Offer — Click Here Now!

And don’t worry . . . Your satisfaction with Health Radar is guaranteed or you can demand your money back — and keep your gifts!

Plus, as a subscriber, you’re going to have the entire archive of Health Radar at your fingertips — with immediate access to all past issues. Here are just a few newsletters you can peruse at your leisure any time, day or night:

  • Make Yourself Disease-Proof
  • The Anti-Alzheimer’s Diet
  • Cancer-Proof Your Body
  • You Can Live to 100
  • How to Prevent a Heart Attack
  • The Healing Power of Coffee (since Mom loves coffee, she particularly enjoyed reading this issue!)

And in this age of managed care, decreasing benefits, and increasing healthcare costs —this kind of resource is invaluable.

Every month, Mom looks forward to getting her issue of Health Radar in the mail, and sitting down to enjoy reading it with that healthful cup of coffee I just mentioned.

Let’s recap what you’ll find in your Stay Independent for Life Kit — based on everything I discovered while trying to keep my own mother out of a nursing home.

Stay Out of the Nursing Home: Senior’s Guide to Preventing Falls (a $15.00 value)

  • The top 3 medication-related factors that could increase your risk for falls (and what to do about them) . . .
  • What you must know about your feet and ankles when it comes to preventing falls . . .
  • The hidden cause of dizziness every senior should know about . . .
  • 10 great ways to avoid osteoporosis and protect your bones . . .
  • And more, much more . . .

Age-Proof Your House to Keep Your Independence to 80, 90, and Beyond (a $15.00 value)

  • How to make your home safe for “aging in place” (without reducing its value in a future sale) . . .
  • 3 must-know pitfalls of those walk-in bath tubs you see advertised on TV . . .
  • A simple room-by-room checklist of potential hazards to correct throughout your home . . .
  • Brand-new technology and resources to help seniors maintain independence . . .
  • And much more . . .

Boost Your Memory With These Simple Strategies (a $15.00 value)

  • See aging expert Dr. Gary Small’s easy, 3-step “Look, Snap, Connect” method to improve your memory immediately . . .
  • Discover the easy way to stop misplacing things such as your keys or glasses . . .
  • Help save your brain from mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or Alzheimer’s . . .
  • And much more . . .

Senior Health: 10 Exercises for Building Balance DVD (a $20.00 value)

  • 10 simple exercises you can do at any time in the convenience of your own home . . .
  • Exercises for overall flexibility and strength . . .
  • Balance-challenging exercises to help your legs and inner ear . . .
  • Exercises to correct rounded posture, and improve alignment and center of gravity . . .
  • See how exercising can be quick, easy, and fun!

You get all 4 of these GIFTS (worth $65.00) FREE — just for trying a no-risk subscription to Health Radar, the monthly advisory letter, for 11 pennies a day. That’s pocket change, really.

Claim Your FREE ‘Stay Independent for Life’ Kit
With Special Offer — Click Here Now!

You and your family can be well on your way to receiving the knowledge and information you need to:

  • Reduce your risk of falls and maintain your strength and mobility . . .
  • Maintain your memory and brain function for life . . .
  • Prevent, manage, or reverse chronic diseases . . .
  • And most importantly, stay independent — and OUT of that cold, impersonal nursing home . . .

Just imagine how you will feel knowing that you’ve done everything you could to minimize the odds you or your loved one will live out those last months or years in an institution — being unhappy, uncomfortable, and dependent upon others for the most basic needs.

Just like Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”

You’ve come this far, so don’t let yourself or your parent down.

Claim Your FREE ‘Stay Independent for Life’ Kit
With Special Offer — Click Here Now!

My mom and I — and everyone at Newsmax Health — thank you for taking the time to protect yourself from this critical senior health issue.

To Your Lasting Heart Health,

Nancy Reynolds
For Newsmax Health