Category Archives: Senior Health

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Medication Management Tips For Seniors 

Most assisted living facilities in the country provide medication management services to the residents which can be a blessing to the family members living far away or are unable to check on senior loved ones regularly. For ensuring the safety of the seniors residing in their homes, it is important for them to be aware of how to manage their own medications.   Medication management in seniors is a necessary preventive measure to stay away from potentially serious health hazards. Seniors often take many medications, supplements, and vitamins, which can increase the chances of medication mix-ups, which can be dangerous in some situations.   Tips For Medication Management  The tips by the experienced staff of various senior living facilities shared below can help your senior loved one avoid medication-related health hazards.   Review The Medication Of Your Elderly Parent With Their Doctor  Note down the names and dosages of every medication taken by your senior loved one. Ensure that you are not missing out on any of the vitamins, herbal supplements, or OTC medications that they are consuming. Review this medication list at the next appointment with the primary care doctor of your elderly parent. Make sure to provide all the details, as the more information the doctor has, the more precisely they will be able to pinpoint drug interactions and potential side effects.   Go Through Medication Labels And Ask Questions  If your senior loved one is to start a new medication, ask the doctor about how and when […]

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A man with multiple sclerosis in a wheelchair.

Caring For People With Multiple Sclerosis 

Multiple sclerosis is a nervous system disorder that affects many people across the world. It affects the brain and spinal cord of the person by damaging the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerve cells and protects them. The damage to the myelin sheath can block the communication between the body and the brain, leading to many symptoms. As per the healthcare experts, it is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose and treat and is one of the leading causes for a person to move to assisted living facilities.   Many Americans suffer from Multiple Sclerosis but only 5 to 10% of this population will need care from nursing homes. Nevertheless, they comprise a significant and increasing number of people seeking such chronic nursing care. Generally, between the ages 20 and 40 years is when a majority of the people experience their very first symptoms linked with Multiple Sclerosis. S   Symptoms Of MS The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can range from benign to debilitating. Some of them are: Having troubles with coordination and balance Visual problems Prickling sensation or numbness Thought and memory problems   MS can result in problems with standing or walking and may also lead to partial paralysis in the worst cases. Apart from the pins and needles sensation, some multiple sclerosis patients can also experience pain. Dizziness, speech problems, and tremors are some other frequent complaints.   About half of the people with multiple sclerosis suffer from cognitive impairments like problems with attention, concentration, […]

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Seniors enjoying mental exercises.

Mental Exercises And Cognitive Games For Seniors

You can always help your senior loved ones improve their brain function and cognitive health. Age certainly plays a significant part in the decline of memory and other cognitive capabilities. However, there are proven ways to maintain and improve these capabilities at any age. If you are in search of ways to help your senior loved ones focus on their mental and cognitive health, the following information shared by professionals in assisted living communities and senior nursing homes can be useful.   Basics Of Cognitive Health  Previously it was believed that the ability of the brain to learn and grow was finite, however, more recent studies show that that the human brain can continue to reorganize, adapt and make new pathways. It is now more evident that our brain can change and stay sharp well past the growing years. However, to have the full benefits of neuroplasticity, people should practice using their brains. Many scientists believe that some stimulating activities can protect the human brain by making a “cognitive reserve.”   Optimizing Neuroplasticity    To help your senior loved ones optimize the health of their brain, you need to encourage them to take part in activities that help with cognitive stimulation. To introduce this kind of mental exercise in the lives of your senior loved ones, you can include exercises that focus on perception, attention, processing speed, memory, and reasoning capabilities. Exercises and games that focus on these specific areas of improving and maintaining the cognitive capabilities of seniors are […]

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A caregiver and senior in a New York assisted living facility.

Tips to Handle Medical Emergencies as a Caregiver

It is perfectly normal for you to take extra care of your favorite senior, especially when you receive news that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. Helping with meal preparation, feeding them, making their bed, reading to them, etc are done with care. However, with medical conditions come the chances of medical emergencies. Therefore, you need to be clear on every aspect relating to handling medical emergencies. The primary rule that needs to be adhered to in case of medical emergencies is to keep calm. Understand that panicking will prevent you from thinking clearly. Also, it may scare the patient. The tips shared below can help you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies.   Tips To Handle A Medical Emergency As A Caregiver  There are many variables that can go wrong while caregiving and there are no ways to exactly predict all of them. However, the below tips from professional caregivers in senior care and assisted living facilities can help you mitigate missteps.   Have A Checklist Of Necessities  Make sure to have a mobile phone that is fully charged, first aid kits, cash, emergency contact details, and a list of current medications. Besides, keep the phone numbers and names of all the doctors of the person in a visible place. If your senior loved one is suffering from a heart condition, you need to be familiar with using a defibrillator and have one handy. If you are the home caregiver of the person, it will […]

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A senior using a walker with staff help in a New York assisted living home.

A Note On Age-Related Macular Degeneration Observed In Seniors 

Every year the month of February is remembered as Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. As per the statistics, AMD is one of the major causes of vision loss in people over the age of 50. This disease is very common among seniors and can be challenging to diagnose at the early stages. Moreover, the treatment options for the problem tend to be limited. Many seniors in assisted living communities suffer from this problem and it is important to know about the different types, causes, symptoms, and preventive measures to ensure proper treatment for the problem. Categories Of AMD  Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a condition developed due to problems with the segment of the retina that is at the back of the retina – macula. This segment of the retina takes care of central vision. AMD can be categorized into two namely, dry AMD and wet AMD. The most observed variant of AMD is dry AMD. This condition develops as a result of thinning of the macula with age and smaller clusters of protein get accumulated in it. The central vision will be blurry and it will progress slowly. Usually, it does not expand to peripheral vision, making it difficult to notice the problem in the early stages. Wet AMD is less common and a more serious problem. This condition develops as a result of new and abnormal blood vessels that start to grow under the retina scarring the macula. In this type of macular degeneration, vision loss is more severe […]

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Seniors in a NY senior care facility.

Tips To Deal With Alzheimer’s Aggression In Seniors 

Alzheimer’s disease is a very common health condition among seniors and can be very challenging to manage. As per the statistics, the cost of care for Alzheimer’s in the country is higher than that of heart diseases or cancer. With the progress of the disease, many factors like anxiety, stress, and frustration can result in agitation in the person. This agitation can even lead to aggression that is directed at the caregiver and others. Aggression from Alzheimer’s can take the form of verbal or physical lashing out and science has not yet found why some patients become aggressive while others do not. If you are a caregiver in a senior care facility, you can best prepare to deal with Alzheimer’s aggression by understanding the warning signs and learning ways to cope with the situation. Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Aggression  As the disease progresses, the person can show many new behaviors like a lack of interest in things that they enjoyed, pacing or wandering, imagining things, and misunderstanding sounds and sights. One of the most effective things that you can do is to notice the changes and diffuse the situation by addressing the cause of the change or helping the patient adjust and adapt to the change in the case of changes that are beyond anyone’s control. For instance, if the person has moved from their home to a senior care facility, helping them adapt to the change by placing familiar objects around them might ease agitation and comfort them when […]

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A doctor speaking with a senior resident at a NY nursing home.

Evaluating the Causes of Malnutrition in Seniors and How to Prevent it

Maintaining good nutrition is imperative for the overall health and wellbeing of seniors. However, it is seen that older adults are at an increased risk of malnutrition when compared to younger people. This could be due to many reasons such as low appetite, changes in taste and smell, and inability to enjoy food and following regular eating habits. Yet no matter what the reason is, inadequate nutrition can lead to many complications for seniors. The common problems caused by malnutrition in seniors include a weakened immune system, more likelihood of developing infections, poor wound healing, decreased bone mass, muscle weakness, exhaustion, and more. These problems can lead to a higher risk of hospitalization due to falls or new conditions. In some cases, malnutrition can also increase the risk of death. That is why you need to understand the factors that can lead to malnutrition in your elderly loved one and take adequate steps to prevent it. Assisted living facilities often have staff dedicated to ensuring all residents get proper nutrition. Below are some of the key factors that contribute to malnutrition in seniors. Chronic illnesses and decline in appetite due to any specific disease-related inflammation that affects how the body processes nutrients Difficulties in chewing or swallowing, inability in handling tableware, poor dental health Dementia or other behavioral or memory issues caused due to Alzheimer’s disease Taking medications that suppress appetite or affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients Dietary restrictions because of any specific medical condition, such as limits […]

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A senior learning about preventing the flu.

How to Prevent the Flu in Seniors in Assisted Living Homes

As we transition into the winter season, the change in climate and dropping temperature also brings along the risks of cold and flu in seniors. While younger people can manage the flu and recover in a couple of days, the influenza virus infection can be very serious in older adults. Seniors generally have a weak immune system, which can make them prone to developing other complications like pneumonia when they have the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even says that around 80% of seasonal flu-related deaths in the country every year are reported among seniors who are over the age of 65. This is why caregivers at assisted living homes take proactive measures to prevent cold and flu in their residents. How to Prevent the Flu in Older Adults Since the influenza virus can be life-threatening for your senior loved ones, it is important to be prepared and take the right steps to help them stay healthy and protected when the weather changes. The best way to do that is to take your elderly parent or grandparent to get a flu shot. A yearly flu vaccine can help to keep them protected against influenza, which is why caregivers at assisted living homes insist on following the vaccination routine. The flu vaccine is adjusted every year to protect seniors against the current flu strains, and experts recommend older adults as well as their caregivers to get the flu shot every year. The CDC says that flu vaccination […]

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A senior man sleeping in an assisted living home.

Everything You Need to Know About Insomnia in Seniors

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders in older adults. According to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, around 50% of seniors experience symptoms of insomnia and restless nights. It can be trouble falling asleep or waking up several times during the night; some seniors also experience fatigue, irritability, lack of energy, and loss of concentration due to the sleep disorder. Seniors with chronic insomnia are also at a higher risk of accidents and other physical and mental health complications like diabetes, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. That is why it is crucial to understand the causes of insomnia in older adults and help them improve sleep to stay healthy. Interestingly, changing a few daily habits can help seniors to enjoy better sleep. Below is a quick look at how you can help your elderly loved one to fight the signs of insomnia and get a good night’s sleep. Decoding the Changing Patterns in Sleep Changes in sleep patterns are common with aging. The internal clock in older adults becomes more advanced, making them get tired early in the evening and wake up early in the morning. This can gradually make your senior parent or grandparent take more naps during the daytime. However, that can eventually make it more difficult for them to fall asleep at night. As per the National Sleep Foundation, older adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to feel restored. So if you see your senior loved one […]

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a senior man enjoying his assisted living home.

8 Telltale Signs Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help

  As your elderly parents or grandparents age, they will need more and more help to manage their day-to-day chores. However, it can be very difficult to determine when you need to step in or when to transition into an assisted living care home. Yet there are some signs, which indicate that it is time to find the right solution for your senior loved one. Below are 8 things that say your older adult needs help, even if they do not admit it. Memory Problems If your loved one is forgetting bill payments or doctor’s appointments too often or has started to lose things around the house more regularly, then it indicates that their memory and cognitive functions are declining. The Aging Life Care Association says that poor memory can indicate the onset of many underlying conditions in seniors, such as dementia. That is why you should consult with a doctor for an evaluation to understand what to do next. Difficulty Getting Around If your senior parent or grandparent is having trouble walking, experience difficulties in navigating the stairs, or cannot get up from a chair or get out of the bed as usual, then you need to hire an in-home care provider to assist them with their daily activities. You can also move them to a senior care home because they maintain a safer living environment for seniors having difficulty getting around. Loss of Appetite If your elderly loved one has started losing weight, becoming dehydrated, or does not […]

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