Category Archives: Senior Health

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Healthy Eating Tips To Overcome Challenges Of Dementia

If your senior loved one is suffering from dementia disorders, you should be concerned about the nutritional intake of the person. This is because getting proper nutrition is very much important to maintaining proper health. Also, a deficiency of nutrients can lead to fatigue and other symptoms that can impact the overall health and well being of your senior loved one. But, people suffering from dementia disorders can face challenges with eating, such as difficulty swallowing, which can make it harder for caregivers to ensure proper intake of nutrients. Dehydration is one of the biggest issues faced by people suffering from dementia disorders. In the opinion of dementia care experts, people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders might not be able to recognize that they are thirsty, or may simply forget to drink water. This can result in dehydration which can lead to headaches, confusion and other issues like urinary tract infection, constipation, etc, which can worsen the symptoms of dementia disorders. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your senior loved one can easily access water whenever needed. It is also a good idea to keep a pitcher of water neat to their chair or bed. Another common concern for seniors suffering from dementia disorders is the loss of weight. Alzheimer’s care experts opine that the following dementia-related challenges and symptoms can contribute to the loss of weight.  Difficulty understanding that they are hungry  Lack of appetite  Fatigue  Difficulty in preparing meals  Reduced […]

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In-Home Safety Tips For Dementia Patients

If your senior loved one is suffering from dementia disorder, in-home safety should be of top priority, whether the person lives alone, with other family members or with a caregiver. The first thing to ensure safety is to verify that the person knows what to do in case of an emergency. If they are unsure of what to do, you will have to develop a plan together, including an escape plan that your senior loved one can easily navigate. In addition, ensure that all fire and smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have new batteries. Make clear and easily readable guides with basic steps and emergency numbers and post them in readily visible areas, including near phones. However, there are many other precautions beyond emergency planning that can ensure the safety of your senior loved one. Experts in dementia care and senior care share some precautions to improve the safety of the home. Remove Potentially Dangerous Things You need to remove all potentially dangerous machines, tools and utensils to ensure the safety of your senior loved one suffering from dementia disorders. Some of the possible objects to secure are guns and ammunition, sharp objects like knives and blades, and even kitchen appliances. Make sure to carefully monitor the ability of your senior loved one to use these items. Monitor Alcohol And Medication Use Most people suffering from dementia disorders will be able to manage simple medication regimens in the starting stages of the disease. As dementia […]

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The Different Stages Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that develops slowly and gradually worsens. In the opinion of senior care experts, the disease usually develops over a period of many years, impacting memory, language, problem-solving, thinking, and even the personality of the sufferer. Though not every person suffering from Alzheimer’s will experience the same disease progression rate, there is a similar path that patients follow with the progress of the disease. Senior care experts in our assisted living facility share the different stages of dementia progression. Before Diagnosis: No Dementia In the seven-stage model of dementia progression, a person is not considered to have dementia in the first three stages, as the symptoms will be usually associated with that of typical aging and will not be noticeable. Senior care experts also call this pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease. First Stage: No Impairment In stage one, the person will not have any memory impairment or any evident dementia symptoms. In the first stage of the disease, Alzheimer’s will be undetectable and the stage is sometimes referred to as No Cognitive Decline. Second Stage: Very Mild Cognitive Decline In the second stage, the person will start to experience forgetfulness. They may forget where they left their purse or keys and the symptoms might not be noticed by the healthcare provider or family member of the person. Third Stage: Mild Cognitive Decline The person will experience increased forgetfulness and slight difficulty with concentration. The symptoms at this stage of the disease can lead to reduced work performance for […]

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Understanding The Warning Signs Of TIA And Taking The Necessary Actions

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a variant of stroke. Senior health experts say that TIA is sometimes referred to as mini-stroke as it can lead to stroke-like symptoms. Some transient ischemic attacks can last only a few minutes and some can last for a few hours. Usually, when a person experiences TIA, their stroke symptoms can go away after some time. Types Of Stroke Ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes are two different types of strokes. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the bursting of a weak blood vessel in the brain. On the other hand, clots of blood blocking the arteries supplying blood to the brain can lead to an ischemic stroke. TIAs are a type of ischemic stroke. As ischemic strokes and TIAs have similar causes, their symptoms can also be similar. The duration and damage caused are what make a transient ischemic attack different. A TIA can last for a few hours or for a few minutes and usually does not have any lasting effects on the person, whereas an ischemic stroke lasts longer and can lead to permanent damage to the brain of the sufferer. It is very important to understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of a TIA or a stroke on time and take necessary actions. As per senior living experts, a TIA is a serious medical event. If the stroke is a transient ischemic attack and resolves, your loved one may be at an increased risk of a more severe attack. Therefore, if […]

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Activities For Seniors With Dementia That Kids Can Also Enjoy

The love and bonding between a grandparent and a grandchild cannot be substituted with anything. But, dementia disorders can harm the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. To avoid this, you can find kids and dementia-friendly activities to ensure that your senior parent and your children have great relationships. Moreover, activities for elderly adults with dementia can also help seniors enjoy a happy and more fulfilling life. It can also be helpful to let kids understand more about dementia and its care so that they will feel less intimidated by the changes in their senior loved one. When your child has a good understanding of dementia disorders, here are some great activities to try. Spend Time In Nature Dementia care experts suggest that spending time in nature can help ease anxiety in people suffering from dementia disorders. Energetic kids also love to spend time outside. So you can help your senior parent and kids enjoy time together outdoors. Some of the activities to try include:  Gardening and planting seeds together  Birdwatching and drawing pictures or taking photos  Chasing butterflies  Hiking in a national park or spending time picnicking Build Something Together Kids love building block towers and find happiness in knocking them over. While visiting your senior loved one, you can take some blocks with you and watch your loved one build towers with your kids. Older children may also love the chance to do crafts and arts with a grandparent. Of course, you will need […]

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Dementia Symptoms And Gun Ownership In Seniors

Many Americans have at least one gun in their house. A gun can offer some seniors a sense of safety. There are others who use a gun as a tool for recreational shooting and hunting. However, among seniors suffering from dementia disorders, a gun can become a potentially dangerous and lethal weapon. This is why memory care experts advise monitoring a senior gun owner for symptoms of dementia. Our senior care experts share some of the important warning signs that you should look out for about dementia symptoms and gun ownership in seniors. Warning Signs To Look Out For A survey conducted in the 90s suggests that about sixty percent of people suffering from dementia have guns. Some of the important warning signs that your senior loved one should give up their guns are: Changes in behavior, mood or personality: Dementia is a disorder that can affect cognition and can change the way a person thinks. This means that if your senior loved one is suffering from dementia, he/she can become aggressive. This is especially true if the person is suffering from frontotemporal dementia. Therefore, a gun can be deadly in the hands of a person who is depressed, angry or aggressive. Attention problems: Various types of dementia disorders can compromise the attention of a person. When this happens, your senior loved one may forget where the gun is kept, forget to finish unloading the chamber of a gun, or may even forget how to use a gun. Difficulty managing […]

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How To Successfully Age In Place?

One of the most common problems faced by elderly adults these days is finding a way to age in place safely. This is why many seniors opt for senior care options like assisted living facilities. As per a recent study, most elderly adults wish to grow older in their own homes. But a very big obstacle in achieving it is a lack of help for seniors who are living alone. Even though senior caregivers can help a senior loved one age in place, it cannot be guaranteed that a caregiver will be available round the clock. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to ensure successful aging in place. Senior care experts in assisted living facilities share some tips for seniors to age in place safely. Read along to know. Take Good Care Of Your Health This tip can seem obvious, but it is very important not to underestimate the impact of a healthy lifestyle. Having a healthy lifestyle can help avoid many problems related to aging, like dementia, heart problems, arthritis, etc. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet are very important in a healthy lifestyle. In the case of elderly adults, a minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity and a diet filled with vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and fish is advisable. Having a healthy diet can reduce the risk of stroke and dementia. Avoid Tripping Hazards We all view our home as a safe place, especially if we have been living in the same home […]

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A Few Misconceptions About Dementia 

As per the latest estimates, there are more than fifty million people across the world suffering from dementia disorders. In addition, about ten million new cases of dementia are reported annually. If you or your senior loved one is suffering from dementia, you should empower yourself with knowledge about the disorder. This is because the correct information about dementia can help you to better advocate for your elderly loved one and effectively plan for the future. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about dementia disorders among people.  Some of the most common misconceptions about dementia disorders are shared below so that you can understand the truths about dementia.  Memory Loss is a Part of The Normal Aging Process  This is one of the most common misconceptions that can result in the misdiagnosis of dementia disorders. It can be common for people to forget things at times. You may have had issues in finding the right word while explaining something, or you may have walked into a room wondering why you did. These are common things and do not indicate dementia disorders. But, when loss of memory starts to affect life, it is not normal. Getting lost, making poor decisions, feeling confused, etc can indicate the onset of dementia disorders and should be checked out by a physician.  Dementia and Alzheimer’s Are the Same  This is a very common misconception about dementia disorders. Many people believe that both Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same. But in reality, dementia is a general term […]

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Understanding The Common Causes Of Balance Issues In Seniors 

With age, we can experience many challenges with common things like nutrition, memory, taste and even body balance. As per many senior care experts, balance issues are one of the most common reasons for seniors above the age of sixty-five to see their healthcare providers. Balance issues are very common in seniors and can be caused by a variety of things like age-related changes in the body, health issues, prescription medications, environmental changes, etc. Various coping mechanisms can help elderly adults manage balance issues and some of them are regular exercise, taking safety precautions, and vision correction.  It can be quite scary if you or your senior loved one is suffering from balancing problems. This is because the fear of falling can negatively impact the quality of life, and some seniors may even choose to stay more sedentary to avoid worrying about falling. But, a sedentary lifestyle can result in decreased strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. Luckily, there are many ways to help your senior loved one work on improving balance and as per the experienced caregivers in our senior assisted living facility, it is never too late to begin. Apart from working with your doctor and physical therapist, it can be beneficial to move to a more supportive environment like a senior assisted facility to combat your balance fears.  What Causes Balance Issues In Seniors?  The first step to improving the balance problem is to understand the cause of the problem. Older adults might experience balance issues due to […]

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Tips To Improve Life Of Seniors At Risk Of Depression 

Elderly adults can show signs of depression and the symptoms can increase with the age of the person due to an increase in chronic medical conditions and a decrease in physical functions. Many people think that depression is a normal part of aging, but it is not. As per the reports of the CDC, most elderly adults who are depressed are under-treated, meaning that there are many seniors out there who are experiencing feelings of sadness, sleep issues, and many other problems arising from depression.  For senior caregivers, it is vital to approach both diagnosed and undiagnosed depression from different angles. Apart from the clinical side of depression treatment, healthy socialization and life improvement opportunities should be provided to seniors. Our experts in seniors assisted living and senior care shares some ways to improve the life of seniors at risk of depression via life enrichment activities.  Concentrate On The Physical  Endorphins are feel-good hormones that are released in our brains when we exercise. As per the experts in senior care, moving around, like walking, lifting small weights, jogging, stretching, etc can make seniors feel better. For a depressed person, it can be very difficult to get up and perform physical activities. Therefore, it is vital to offer kind encouragement to the person to get up and move.  Select Different Activity Times  The best time to perform physical activities can differ from person to person. Some of us may feel energized in the morning while others may enjoy taking part in […]

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