Observing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Around 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. It is important to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia in older adults because the signs are commonly overlooked until abilities decline since they are similar to other age-related symptoms. Below are some facts about Alzheimer's disease and what signs to look for: What is Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's, a degenerative neural disease, is the most common type of dementia...

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Taking the First Step: Diabetes Care Management and Prevention

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In an effort to combat rising cases, especially with Type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association created Alert Day, encouraging Americans to make simple lifestyle changes in order to manage their diabetes or prevent a diagnosis all together.  Below are some simple lifestyle changes you can make: Eliminate sugary and fatty foods. Eating healthy and high fiber foods will help you maintain a healthy weight...

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Activities for Elderly Adults to Do Weekly to Improve Their Heart Health

Home Health Care - Activities for Elderly Adults to Do Weekly to Improve Their Heart Health

Heart health is essential for people of all ages, especially for the elderly. Some data shows that about 1 in 3 Americans pass away because of heart disease. Many people who die from this disease are over 50. This is why it is essential for your elderly loved one to participate in activities designed to help improve their heart health. It is important for you to remember that your loved one might feel overwhelmed when they begin a new activity....

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What Might Be Contributing to Your Senior’s Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Senior Care - What Might Be Contributing to Your Senior’s Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic

There’s a lot of stress that goes along with everyday life but during the coronavirus pandemic there is a great deal more stress. Here are some of the possible contributing factors for your senior to experience higher than normal stress levels. Health Worries Are a Huge Contributing Factor Your senior may have plenty of existing health issues to worry about, but the coronavirus pandemic offers one more big concern. She may also be worried about your health and the health...

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What Can Your Senior Do about Shortness of Breath with COPD?

Elderly Care - What Can Your Senior Do about Shortness of Breath with COPD?

Your senior’s first experience with hearing about COPD might have been when she told her doctor she was experiencing shortness of breath far more often than in the past. COPD is a complex illness and it’s progressive. Learning to manage shortness of breath now is going to pay big dividends for her later on down the road. Exercise Can Help a Lot More than You Expect You might be shocked to hear that your senior’s doctor may well recommend exercise...

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What Can Older Adults Do to Protect Themselves from COVID-19?

The spread of the COVID-19 virus is what’s on the minds of most people these days. More specifically, people are concerned with protecting themselves and their families from the virus. This may be especially true for older adults and the people who care for them. One of the best ways to protect your older family member is to be informed about how the disease spreads and the recommended steps for preventing it. How COVID-19 Spreads When you understand how the...

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Is Your Senior Trying to Manage Arthritis on Her Own?

Home Health Care - Is Your Senior Trying to Manage Arthritis on Her Own?

Most people are prepared for developing arthritis at some point, but that doesn’t mean that it’s something your elderly family member has to handle by herself. Arthritis might respond better to a well-structured plan, especially if your senior is dealing with arthritis throughout her body. Her Doctor May Have Real Solutions Just because your senior has arthritis and knows that it’s arthritis doesn’t mean she shouldn’t talk to her doctor about it. Her doctor can offer her some real answers...

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5 Tips for Dealing with RA Stiffness

Elder Care - 5 Tips for Dealing with RA Stiffness

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often start their day with stiff joints that can make it difficult to get out of bed and go about their usual activities. The morning stiffness of RA typically lasts an hour or more. Though it does eventually go away, most older adults would prefer to find ways to ease the stiffness and get moving sooner. Below are 5 tips that will help to soothe your aging relative’s stiff joints and start every day off...

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What is a Cryptogenic Stroke?

Homecare - What is a Cryptogenic Stroke?

Stroke can be caused by a few different things. Sometimes a stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain breaking. Stroke can also be caused by a blood clot that occurs in the brain or one that travels to the brain from elsewhere in the body. After a stroke, doctors try to determine what caused it. Most of the time, they can figure it out. However, there are times when the cause just isn’t apparent. When that happens,...

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What Causes Heart Failure?

Home Care - What Causes Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart muscle becomes too weak or too stiff to efficiently pump blood throughout the body. It is usually caused by underlying conditions that affect the heart muscle. There is no cure for heart failure but managing the conditions that cause it can prevent it from happening or help to better manage existing heart failure. Kinds of Heart Failure Heart failure doesn’t always affect the entire heart. It can occur on just...

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