Care, Health and Placement Advice

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When it comes to being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, foresight is essentially non-existent. There are many things that seem obvious after you’ve gone through them with a loved one who has the disease, but that you’d never have considered, prior to experiencing them.

Even the world’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s don’t know everything there is to know about the disease. In fact, very little is certain when it comes to the ailment’s causes and underlying pathology.

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What’s the Difference?

As our loved one ages, one of the questions that may come up for your family is how to tell the difference between the cognitive changes associated with “normal aging” and those that could signal serious underlying health conditions.

At this time, there’s no definitive way to distinguish between benign memory slips, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Consider this as a general rule of thumb: occasionally misplacing the car keys is normal, while forgetting what to do with them is not.

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May is the month for celebrating two of the most undervalued providers of in-home care-moms and nurses. They spend time walking, standing, lifting and bending for long periods of time each and every day. They are continually in contact with hazardous as well as not so pleasant substances, yet both moms and nurses magically manage these unpleasant encounters with a smile in their heart and a look of “it’s going to be okay” on their faces.

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Many people, especially seniors, tend to slow down and stay indoors more during the winter, so when spring finally makes its appearance, it may be difficult to get out of some of those winter habits. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and start a more active lifestyle. Although the key to maintaining good health is to stay active all year round, the cold, snow and ice can make it difficult for the elderly to get out.

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February is known for celebrating Valentine’s Day; the day when we observe the loved one’s in our life, but February is also American Heart Month. Unfortunately, heart disease claims approximately 2300 lives every day; according the American Heart Association that’s about 1 in every 3 deaths in the US. The good news is…with just a few simple lifestyle changes, heart disease is preventable. Here are a few tips to help you get started on the journey to a happy, healthy heart. Read More

There often comes a time when senior loved ones need home services, whether It be home care and/or home health, it is important to understand the difference between the two services. It is common for people to confuse in-home care and home health care as being the same thing. Although both types of services are provided in a home setting, there is a distinct difference between the two services.

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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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