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Elderly Appetite Changes
Elderly Appetite Changes
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on January 26, 2015

Seniors have a natural tendency to experience a decrease in appetite as they age. Because this decrease in appetite can affect a senior’s overall health and wellness, it’s important to identify underlying causes as soon as possible. This way, you can be sure that your aging parent or loved one is getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients on a daily basis. Here are a just a few factors that can influence a senior or older adult’s appetite, presented by Jefferson County Home Care Assistance. Hormonal Causes – Cholesystokinin is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream during…

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Post-Stroke Incontinence
Post-Stroke Incontinence
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on January 19, 2015

Taking care of an aging parent or loved one who recently had a stroke can be a life-changing event. While the side effects of a stroke can range from physical to emotional, one symptom that is often not discussed is the issue of incontinence. While helping a loved one with incontinence related issues may seem overwhelming, with the right support and guidance, you can safely provide stroke care in Jefferson County, while helping to promote dignity and as much independence as possible. Seek Professional Help First, it is very important to seek professional medical advice for a family member with…

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Promoting Elderly Nutrition at Hospital
Promoting Elderly Nutrition at Hospital
By Cherie Coe, 7:19 pm on January 12, 2015

Malnutrition in the hospital setting is a risk for elderly patients, and the consequences can be costly. From suppressing the immune system and delaying healing to increasing both the length of stay and cost of a hospital course, poor dietary intake should be monitored. As your loved one stays in the hospital, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care in Jefferson County, encourages families to stay abreast of aging loved one’s eating habits. Malnutrition comes in two forms – either under or overeating. In the hospital this condition typically presents itself as the former. When sick, patients…

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Depression and Dementia Link
Depression and Dementia Link
By Cherie Coe, 11:33 pm on January 5, 2015

According to a study in the journal Neurology, depression is, at the very least, a risk factor for dementia. The extensive study involved nearly 2,000 participants with an average age of 77 who had no signs of dementia when the study began. At the conclusion of the study, about half of the participants exhibited some memory problems. Today, the Jefferson County dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance will be sharing additional information about this study to help provide insight into the link between depression and dementia. High Levels of Depression Noted before Diagnosis Researchers reported a higher level of…

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By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on December 29, 2014

Being a caregiver for an aging or disabled loved one is a noble but taxing job, and for many, can overtake all other aspects of life. Not everyone is willing to devote themselves to the health of others, and it may become quickly apparent that other family members are not willing to share the responsibility equally, leaving one individual to do most of the work. As a leading provider of home care in Jefferson County, we understand that family caregivers take on many roles when becoming a caregiver. From navigating healthcare documentation and finances to taking care of all the physical and emotional needs of another is a full time job, often leaving the caregiver feeling like there is no time to manage their own life. Because being a caregiver…

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By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on December 22, 2014

This holiday season, recognize the friends and family members who provide care for their loved ones – those who ease burdens and warm hearts all year long – with a thoughtful gift. Regardless of the age, gender, or pastimes of the caregiver, you’re sure to find the right present by asking one simple question, “How can I make this person’s life easier?” The following are some of Jefferson County Home Care Assistance’s favorite holiday gifts for caregivers. While they’re not the most elaborate or expensive, they’re thoughtful and can go a long way in helping a caregiver better manage their (often hectic) day-to-day routines. Gift Cards for Services – Help a friend or family caregiver by purchasing services that are needed around the caregiver’s own home, whether that means lawn…

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By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on December 15, 2014

More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. While there is currently no cure, recent trends in the care and prevention of Alzheimer’s suggest that eating right, getting regular exercise and staying mentally active may play a key role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Today, the Jefferson County Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to examine just how helpful these activities are for seniors and older adults! Promote a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle At least six brain-healthy lifestyle components are considered important when it comes to preventing Alzheimer’s disease: regular exercise, quality sleep, mental stimulation, diet, stress management and an active social life. In general, the more physically and mentally active a person is – especially…

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By Cherie Coe, 9:35 pm on December 8, 2014

Making long-term provisions for a senior family member with Parkinson’s is one of the most important things that you can do. There are several vital considerations that must be made as part of this process. As mobility and other basic functions start to decline, your loved one will need to appoint power of attorney to a trusted family member for the management of finances and a living trust. It will also be necessary to have an agent in charge medical care. Different Options in Long-Term Care Long-term care can many many things. Some aging adults will enter into nursing homes when their needs become too great for their family members to continue meeting them on their own. Others will opt to age in place with the assistance of dedicated family…

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By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on November 24, 2014

Pneumonia is one of the most serious infections in elderly adults. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there is 1 fatality for every 20 seniors that contract pneumonia, leaving the illness (combined with influenza) to be the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, the new Pneumococcal Vaccine is shown to be approximately 85% effective in preventing cases of pneumonia from turning into the fatal Pneumococcal Disease. Before sharing more information about the vaccine, Jefferson County Home Care Assistance presents a bit of information about Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by over 30 different viruses, bacteria and fungi. The infection causes the lung’s air sacs to fill with fluid and become severely inflamed. Symptoms associated with pneumonia include but…

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By Cherie Coe, 5:41 pm on November 17, 2014

As we age, it becomes harder and harder to think clearly and process information in the right way. Rather than lamenting this fact, steps can be taken to fight and improve the mental powers of the aging population. Here are a few fun and engaging activities, recommended by the Jefferson County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. Try Sudoku – This Japanese number game has gained popularity in the last few years and is a great way to boost brain power. Studies have shown that Sudoku improves thought processes and concentration, as well as memory. Playing a game each day can stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions. Write by Hand – Typing is faster than handwriting, but the use of the muscles – as well…

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