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Why Home Care Is Beneficial for Seniors with Alzheimer's in Orlando, FL
Why Home Care Is Beneficial for Seniors with Alzheimer's in Orlando, FL
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on September 30, 2015

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that causes memory loss, weakens communication skills, and prohibits seniors from performing primary tasks. Caring for seniors at home can relieve both caregivers and seniors of any undue stress or anxiety by allowing seniors to remain in a familiar setting. Here are a few other ways home care benefits seniors with Alzheimer’s, presented by Home Care Assistance in Orlando, FL. Cost Savings Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be expensive, draining savings accounts and creating a strain on finances. Seniors who remain at home witness significant financial savings compared to those placed in an assisted living facility because part-time or in-home care is typically less…

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Top Five Foods for Digestive Health in Orlando, FL
Top Five Foods for Digestive Health in Orlando, FL
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on September 22, 2015

As we age, we often face digestive health concerns like indigestion, acid reflux, or constipation. Orlando senior care professionals know that the foods seniors eat can play a vital part in addressing these concerns and promoting health and longevity. Here are a few foods you might consider incorporating into your elderly loved one’s diet to improve his or her digestive health. 1. Almonds Almonds make a great snack or addition to any meal. Just one-quarter cup per day can lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, boost brain activity and nourish the nervous system. Almonds are also packed with fiber, which can help increase bowel movements and keep seniors feeling full and…

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Tips For Caregivers to Handle Criticism
Tips For Caregivers to Handle Criticism
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on September 15, 2015

Providing home care for an elderly parent or loved one is an important and selfless but difficult job. Most people do the best they can juggling their own lives with that of their loved one, but they still find themselves facing many hardships. One of those hardships may be criticism, often from another well-meaning loved one. Luckily, there are ways you can handle it without adding stress to an already stressful situation. 1. Discuss It Rationally Start by discussing the criticism with the person who gave it to you. If you can do it calmly while the two of you are face-to-face, do it. If you need to wait a…

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Providing Preoperative Assistance to Seniors
Providing Preoperative Assistance to Seniors
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on September 8, 2015

Surgery can be a worrisome ordeal for everyone involved, but family caregivers can help prepare senior loved ones (and themselves) for the road ahead to make the whole process smoother. With advanced planning strategies and a gentle hand, in-home caregivers can make surgery preparation easier and aid in a speedy recovery. Ask Questions Attend doctor’s visits prior to surgery with your loved one and ask questions about the surgical procedure. Find out if he or she should stop taking certain medications before surgery, whether local or general anesthesia will be used, what risks are associated with the procedure and what to expect during recovery. Your loved one might be nervous…

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Communicate Effectively with your Senior Loved One
Communicate Effectively with your Senior Loved One
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 25, 2015

You may only be suggesting help with simple matters such as rides to doctor appointments or tidying up around the house, but your aging parent isn’t having it. Your loved one may have an underlying fear of appearing useless or being a burden, or maybe doesn’t like the idea of receiving help from a stranger. Whatever the case, here are a few strategies from experienced Orlando caregivers. Get a Doctor’s Opinion Set up a meeting where you, your senior parent, and his or her doctor can all speak freely about the various options for care that will keep everyone satisfied. Your parent is less likely to take it personal or…

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Learn How Regular Massages can Help a Senior Stroke Survivor
Learn How Regular Massages can Help a Senior Stroke Survivor
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 18, 2015

Massage is one of the most effective therapies for seniors following a stroke. When included as part of a long-term recovery plan, massage can help your senior loved one improve mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Read on a for a few key benefits of massage therapy, brought to you by the senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance in Orlando, FL. Reduced Stress It’s important to keep stress levels low after a stroke to foster an effective recovery. Massage therapy can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and releasing endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemical. During massage, dopamine and serotonin are also released, resulting in a calm feeling that makes…

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Find Out the Secrets of Living a Long Life
Find Out the Secrets of Living a Long Life
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 11, 2015

The secret to a long life has long been a source of fascination for young and old alike. While everyone knows that a healthy lifestyle is important for longevity, even scientists disagree on exactly what factors must exist for a person to live longer than average. While researchers in the medical field keep up their debate, Orlando senior home care professionals know that some of the best secrets for longevity come straight from those who have surpassed the century mark. Keep Current The image of an out-of-touch senior citizen just does not add up when you speak with those who are living well into their golden years. In fact, most…

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Gluten, Celiac Disease, and Dementia
Gluten, Celiac Disease, and Dementia
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 4, 2015

While it’s far from definitive, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found a link between celiac disease, a digestive condition triggered by gluten, and dementia and other types of cognitive decline. This study, published in 2006, is one of the largest case series to document cognitive decline within 2 years of the onset of celiac disease. About 10 percent of people with celiac disease have some level of neurological symptoms, but this is the first time the link to dementia was established. In the study, three celiac disease patients developed cognitive decline that actually reversed or stabilized after removing gluten from their diet. This is significant because cognitive decline usually…

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What is Gout?
What is Gout?
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on July 28, 2015

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe pain in the joints. Most commonly, the joint of the big toe is affected, but feet, ankles, knees, hands, and wrists can also be affected. Gout most often affects men, however, women’s chances of developing gout increase after menopause. Causes and Symptoms Gout is caused by uric acid crystals building up in the affected joints. While uric acid is produced naturally by the body and is present in certain foods, crystals can form when there is too much uric acid present or when the kidneys are not functioning properly, meaning the acid is not excreted during urination. In addition to…

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The Link Between Constipation and Parkinson's in Seniors
The Link Between Constipation and Parkinson's in Seniors
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on July 21, 2015

While Parkinson’s disease is usually associated with its most visible symptoms, including tremors, stiffness, balance problems, and slow movement, there are a number of other potential indicators family members and caregivers can look for. Here, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in Orlando, shares some basic information on the connection between PD and constipation. Nerves that control movement in the gastrointestinal system can suffer damage from Parkinson’s. Some doctors theorize that the intestines may be one of the first areas affected, so digestive troubles are frequently one of the first signs noticed by seniors or their caregivers. This can include elimination problems like constipation. While things like…

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