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Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to behavior, thinking and memory problems. It is the most common form of dementia and it is also the sixth leading cause of death in US. Alzheimer’s is a sad, debilitating disease for both the person suffering with the disease as well as their loved ones. The month of November is recognized as Alzheimer’s Awareness month, so to help you be aware of the disease, here are common symptoms of this disease as well as tips for caregivers.  

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After being self-sufficient and independent for the majority of their lives, it’s often difficult for aging parents to admit they may need help. It is extremely important to have open communication with your parents and let them know why you are concerned and/or worried. Unfortunately, it is common for aging seniors to downplay certain difficulties and/or accidents out of fear of losing their independence or becoming a burden on their family.

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One of the most difficult topics among people of all ages to discuss are anything relating to the end-of-life. Unfortunately, this is a topic many have to discuss with their elderly parents and grandparents in order to ensure their wishes are known and met in case their health should start to decline. As someone’s health declines, the family will often discuss the idea of hospice care, whether hospice care should be in a facility or at home and do you know when it is an appropriate time to consider hospice care.

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Are your parents at an age where they are no longer able to care for themselves? Having your elderly parents move in with you may be a difficult decision at first, but there can be a number of benefits that come with this decision. One of the best benefits is that having your parents with you will significantly lessen your worries about their safety and it will give you the opportunity to spend time with them in their later years. Here a few tips for that will help to ensure your elderly parents safety are safe and comfortable in their new home.

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For most people, summer is a time for playing in the sun, fun and relaxation. However, for seniors, the sun and the heat can be dangerous, especially if the appropriate precautions aren’t taken. Seniors are especially at risk in high heat situations and since a major portion of the United States is experiencing high temperatures, it is important for seniors to be aware of their health and for caregivers to routinely check on the elderly. Here are a few tips that seniors as well as their caregivers can use to ensure they have a fun, safe and healthy summer.

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One of the most difficult decisions that any family has to make is moving their senior loved one into an assisted living facility. While it may seem like an easy transition; for many seniors, any type of change is difficult. While there are several benefits of assisted living, many seniors will be moving from the place they have called home for generations, so the move will involve changes that may make your loved one feel uncomfortable, frustrated and sadness. Here are a few tips to help make the transition as simple and stress-free as possible.

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Spring is a beautiful time of the year, unfortunately, the flowers and trees aren’t the only things blooming. Pollen producing plants, including ragweed are also making a return in the spring. For most people, spring allergies usually mean a runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat, but for the elderly, especially those with a weak immune system or other health problems, allergies can be extremely serious.

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When we here at Meridian Home Care think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of our relationships with great people like you. We wish you peace, joy, and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy!
  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Meridian Home Care!

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Thanksgiving is an exciting time for the family, including your senior relatives. It’s a wonderful time for family and friends to get together and share a meal and for seniors it’s the perfect opportunity to see friends and family that they may not get to spend time with often. However, it’s also a time when a few precautions should be put in place to ensure there are no accidents, your senior relatives are safe and that everyone has a fun day. Here are a few safety tips to consider for Thanksgiving Day.

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If you have an elderly parent or grandparent in your life, one of the best things you can do to help them is to ensure their home is safe against the risk of falls. Unfortunately, falls are the leading causes for hospital visits (both nonfatal and fatal injuries) for people who are aged 65 and beyond. As people age, failing and/or tripping becomes significantly more dangerous and can lead to hip fractures, broken bones and/or head injuries. The good news is that most falls can be prevented-the key factor is to know where to look for risks and what you can do to prevent them.

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