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Sundowning in Seniors with Alzheimer's & Dementia

Posted by Michael Watson on February 5, 2019

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, then you are already dealing with many unique challenges. One of those challenges is the phenomenon of "sundowning." It sounds rather scary, but it is simply a symptom of dementia that many seniors experience, especially as their condition worsens. It affects both those who are institutionalized and those being cared for at home. In this post, we will review sundowning and provide some tips to helping your loved one. 

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Why Hiring a Professional Caregiver Might Be Your Best Option

Posted by Michael Watson on January 22, 2019

As seniors age, daily life can become more difficult. Whether it's harder to get around, their social life isn't as it once was, medical needs have become more detrimental, or something else, our senior loved ones may need more care with age. But receiving the extra care needed doesn't necessarily mean losing your independence with the availability of professional in-home caregivers. Caregivers can provide a wide array of services that benefit seniors and help them stay happy and independent in their homes for as long as possible. But is a caregiver the right option for your loved one? Read on to find out!

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What Is a Caregiver?

Posted by Michael Watson on January 1, 2019

"Caregiver" refers to anyone who provides care for another person. There are different types of caregivers that provide specific care, like family caregivers and respite caregivers. Caregivers can help relieve burdens and support individuals in need. They may help for a long time or just a short time, but their care is always important. Let's take a closer look at what a caregiver's role is. 

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What to Expect From a Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted by Michael Watson on December 26, 2018

A growing number of seniors are exploring knee replacement surgery to address recurring knee pain, arthritis, and stiffness. Studies show that seniors who undergo joint replacement surgery experience reduced pain and disability when compared to seniors who choose not to have surgery. In most cases, seniors who have knee replacement surgery have exhausted less invasive treatments such as corticosteroid injections or medications, and are seeking improved mobility and quality of life. Below is a look at knee replacement surgery and the keys to a successful recovery from surgery.

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Ensuring a Senior's Safe Admission to Rehab or Home Health Care

Posted by Michael Watson on November 27, 2018

After a senior is discharged from the hospital, they may need additional care from a rehabilitation center or from home health care. Sometimes there are complications during this admission process that cause seniors to be readmitted into the hospital. However, here are some steps to help identify high-risk admissions to rehab or home health services and tips to ensure that these seniors have a safe transition. 

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Nutritional Needs of Seniors: A Healthier Lifestyle for a Healthier Life

Posted by Michael Watson on November 20, 2018

As our bodies age, our attention to such things as hydration and energy levels begin to diminish. The nutritional needs of seniors can easily be overlooked. Quality of life is often associated with the enjoyment of food; therefore, the benefits of any diet should be weighed against the quality of life of the person. Generally speaking, adults need fewer calories, unless they have an exercise regime that burns a lot of calories; a more sedentary life will not burn as many. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying energized also lowers the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Here are some tips on senior nutrition! 

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Exercising Indoors: Stay at Home and Get Fit

Posted by Michael Watson on November 6, 2018

Seniors who wish to get back into an exercise program often want to start out at home, in the comfort of their own surroundings. This means finding the best exercises that they can do in their home, yet are still effective and helpful to their health. Seniors may also wish to utilize exercises that don't require extensive or expensive equipment. Let's look at 5 exercises that seniors can easily do at home, with little to no equipment required.

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Best Practices for Identifying High-Risk Discharges

Posted by Michael Watson on October 23, 2018

Whether a senior is being discharged from a hospital or a rehabilitation facility, it’s important to identify signs of a high-risk discharge. With about 20% of seniors readmitted to the hospital within 30-days of discharge, each senior’s health should be evaluated, and seniors whose health is most at risk after discharge should be given special consideration before release.  

Here are some best practices to identify high-risk discharges and to prepare seniors and their families for discharge.

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Are Your Senior Loved Ones Ready for Flu Season?

Posted by Michael Watson on October 16, 2018

It's that time of the year where the weather starts to cool off, the leaves change colors, and we grab a sweater before we leave the house. Autumn brings lots of beautiful things, but it also ushers in the start of flu season. Flu season is a frustrating time of year, no matter how old you are, but it can be particularly troublesome for seniors. Learn how to prepare for flu season to help seniors stay healthy!

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How to Travel Comfortably and Safely as a Senior

Posted by Michael Watson on September 28, 2018

Regardless of age, travelers should always plan their journeys to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. Age shouldn’t stop someone from traveling, but intricate planning is more important to the senior traveler. Here are 7 tips to travel comfortably and safely as a senior.  

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