healthcare services

(AND HOW TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS)

Once someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a certain family member might start to stand out as the most natural fit to be the person therefore caregiver. A partner is generally the go to caregiver because of their husband or wife, although the number of siblings, proximity, monetary resources and personality kind might all factor in when determining that adult child will care for their cognitively impaired parent(s).

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Adult daycare programs typically receive a bad rap; branded as glorified babysitting services that compromise the independence and dignity of aging adults, but day care programs can offer a much needed supply of respite care for Alzheimer’s care providers who want a break. Research from the University of Pennsylvania concluded that adult daycare might guard against caregiver stress in those looking following a cherished one with dementia.

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Aging is a natural phase in life and the aging person often requires assistance in varying degrees. If you have an elderly loved one that requires some sort of assisted care, you may have several questions. There is a wide variety of senior care options to choose from, so choosing the best option for your loved one may be confusing and overwhelming.

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Seniors today are more independent, active and in better health than ever before. However, as the senior population grows, unfortunately, so does the epidemic of abuse and neglect. The elderly population is the most affluent, the fastest growing and the most vulnerable to abuse. In San Diego alone, there are more than 305,000 seniors aged 65 and older and statistics show that approximately one out of every twenty seniors will be a victim of abuse in their lifetime. Unfortunately, these statistics may be seriously low, because only 19% of elder abuse incidents are reported.

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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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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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