Month: May 2013

Top 3 Benefits of Music Therapy in Adult Day Care Programs

Elderproofing Our Home

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“Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls…fortunately, falls are a Public

Health problem that is largely preventable.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

With our own elder years looming before us, I have been guiding my husband in safety changes as he renovated our home.  We were lucky to get a head start because we completed some modifications in preparation for my parents’ arrival. Indeed, Home Safety Evaluations had been a major function of my years as a Home Health Nurse.

Symptom:  Elderly Often Find Performance of ADLs Difficult
As we age, we lose more of our functional ability for various reasons.  Arthritis and other debilities make ambulating more difficult.  Balance can become impaired. Medication side effects might cause dizziness or generalized weakness. The progression of many disease processes makes a potential fall a real threat.  Performing ADLs, or activities of daily living…

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Is Home Care Right For My Aging Parents?

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Caring for aging parents is a concern for many people. Parents may live alone, be in failing health or have infirmities that make caring for themselves difficult or impossible. Though assisted living and other facilities have grown in popularity, many elders prefer to age in their own homes. Home health care can be the perfect solution for these seniors.

When Aging Parents Need Help

Signs that an aging parent is having trouble living on his own include difficulty walking or maintaining balance, a smell of urine in the house, a decline in grooming habits, body odor, clutter in the house, stacks of unopened mail, weight loss, missing important appointments and forgetfulness. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is an important event that that your aging parent will require increasing assistance in the future. Any significant medical condition may mean that your elderly parent may need help at home.

Availability of Family

Sometimes…

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Feeling Old? Use These Tips To Help You

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You will age, but if you work at it you can keep your body and mind young. Learn how to overcome the obstacles of aging before they are right in front of you. Making use of this advice can ensure more happy years.

Turn that frown upside down to avoid wrinkles and lines. While humorous, it’s true. If you find yourself doing it, give yourself a little pinch! In time, you will break the habit.

A balanced, healthy diet is critical as you get older. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber and whole grain and keep fats and cholesterol to a minimum. This is how you can give your body the proper nutrients it needs to remain healthy.

Taking Care of Seniors

Get enough sleep. Sleeping between seven and nine hours nightly will help your peace of mind and help keep your hormone levels even. Not sleeping between seven…

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What To Do When Your Parents Are Getting Older [Tips]

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When my mother came to visit, I noticed that she wasn’t moving around like she used to. It took her longer to walk up and down the steps and I also noticed that she does things in consistent routine. She doesn’t remember alot and she’s become extremely sensitive about certain things. Now, don’t get me wrong, she’s still MY MAMA, but she’s not the same. Although mom is only 58, I’m realizing that she’s getting older and I’m concerned that she’ll need help getting around.

What are some warning signs that your parents are getting older? Maybe these tips will help out:

Change in eating habits/weight loss

As people age they may lose interest in cooking, especially if they live alone. My mom, who used to cook a four-course meal every night, is now happy with a frozen dinner or take out. In addition, loss of taste or diminished energy…

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Increase Safety & Reduce Risk

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Another important and often over-looked issue.  Many falls occur in the bathroom where a few relatively simple additions can help increase safety and reduce risk.

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