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How To Create A Safe Home For Someone With Alzheimer’s

Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s are responsible for their patients’ safety. Because of memory issues and personality shifts, this can be quite a challenge. One way to insure their safety is to reduce the likelihood of accidents and illness at home. An air filter is a great way to keep the individual’s air pure and decrease the risk of asthma related symptoms. Also, look out for safety hazards in the kitchen by replacing door handles that stick out and old appliances that do not come equipped with an auto shut-off feature. Finally, be prepared for emergencies by having a list of first responder phone numbers in each room, as well as the poison control line. Any steps that can be taken to improve safety in the home of someone with Alzheimers will improve their quality of life and independence.

Key Takeaways:

  • EPA data notes that air that is inside the home can actually be up to 100 more toxic than the free-flowing air outside.
  • Research also pointed out that seniors afforded the benefit of breathing filtered air showed significant vascular improvement.
  • It stands to reason then that filters for those over 65 is a good idea, as the age group as a whole is far more prone to lung and heart isdues.

“In other words, it can be very beneficial to make sure that the air is clean by placing an air filter in the home.”

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Four Common Health Concerns and How Seniors Can Avoid Them

If someone is headed towards their golden years and they want to keep some of the rust at bay there are steps they can take to maximize the glitter and keep the senior glitch factor down. Some common conditions that are found in the aging population are arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes Genetics could predispose someone to any, or all of these, but they can fight the good fight by keeping their weight down, staying hydrated, consuming healthy fish oils and plenty of vitamins, especially A and D and calcium. Exercise, stop smoking and see a doc regularly too.

Key Takeaways:

  • When we age, we are at greater risk for a number of health conditions, however, we can do something about it.
  • Arthritis can be prevented by eating plenty of fish rich in Omega-3s, including salmon, trout, and mackerel.
  • People can reduce their risk of osteoporosis by limiting alcohol consumption and participating in weight-bearing exercise regularly.

“Of all the conditions that seniors face, arthritis is typically considered the most common. It affects almost 50 percent of people over the age of 65, and many find that it significantly diminishes their quality of life.”

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How Seniors can Achieve 10,000 Steps Per Day

Walking ten thousand steps a day can be a challenging goal. Many people have a hard time reaching that goal. The best way to effectively meet your goal is to walk whenever possible. Instead of driving to do errands, you should walk to do as many as possible. It has been reported that people who live in inviting and walk friendly neighborhoods weigh less than people who do not live in walk friendly neighborhoods. Having beautiful scenery to look at while walking can make a walk much better. Also trying fun things like Yoga and also help increase your activity level.

Key Takeaways:

  • Seniors who live in urban areas find the challenge of walking 10,000 steps a day to be very achievable.
  • If 10,000 steps per day doesn’t seem doable, aim for 7,500 and slowly increase from there.
  • It’s easier to walk 10,000 steps per daywhen you live in an aesthetically pleasing and walkable neighborhood with sidewalks and street lights.

“According to the Walk Score website, walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities”

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Technology for Seniors Can Reinvigorate the Aged Population

It is a fact that people are living longer. By the year 2020, there will be more people in the U.S. population 65 years of age and older than under five. With this upward trend comes the challenge of how we effectively deliver care to the elderly. According to Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Vice President of Connected Health, a subsidiary of Partners Healthcare, if we don’t come up with a solution, we will eventually run out of professional caregivers to deliver care. One way to meet this challenge is deliver care with technology for seniors that allows for remote monitoring rather than office visits. Catalia Health already has a robot in development for in-home aging care.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Vice President of Partners Healthcare, eventually we are going to have to look at digital technology to help mass-deliver personalized healthcare.
  • As the aged population continues to grow, remote care technologies are going to be necessary to help deliver care to those with chronic and life-threatening diseases.
  • Remote care monitoring is already one form of technology that is effectively being used for the in-home care of senior citizens.

“It’s hard to argue that steadily increasing lifespans are anything but a positive, but medical breakthroughs over the past few decades have brought with them another pressing challenge for digital health to overcome: aging.”

Learn more about the latest trends in technology for seniors from our experts in home supportive services in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas. Contact us today!

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What is the Best Diet for Brain Health in Seniors?

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The interesting research of the latest AARP study is in: those who maintain a healthy diet are twice as apt to consider their mental acuity to be very good or excellent in comparison to those who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet full of fish, vegetables and fruits equated to higher brain health. Read more

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Meal Delivery – Options for Bringing Seniors Nourishment & More

One of the most significant challenges that can arise for a senior citizen as they increase in age is the challenge of securing proper nutrition for oneself. Inadequate intake of nutritious food items, or inadequate food intake altogether, can cause serious health problems for elderly people. Luckily, the technological revolution of the past few decades has resulted in a number of solutions that seniors and their loved ones can utilize in order to ensure that the senior’s nutritional health requirements are met. Some of these include the Uber EATS delivery service, meal kit subscription services, ready-to-eat meals, grocery delivery, home meal delivery, and more.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is hard for seniors to obtain groceries due to limited options for transportation
  • even when elderly individuals are successful in acquiring grocery items, the preparation of food presents a further challenge
  • The technological revolutions of the digital age have offered up newfound solutions to these problems

“Family caregivers know just how difficult it can be for some seniors to eat right.”

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Not Sure How to Act When Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.

Spending time with grandmaIt may sometimes be a bit intimidating to know what to mention and how to behave when spending some time with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. And, sadly, due to a number of inherent elements of the disease, oftentimes family and friends feel so uncomfortable that they avoid going to see the person anymore. Understanding more information on the disease and things to anticipate, and planning ahead about how to best manage challenging behaviors can help.

The chief difficulties family caregivers and friends encounter with their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease fall into one of three categories: changes in behavior, changes in memory and communication ability; and the level of difficulty will probably fluctuate based on the particular stage of the disease the senior is currently experiencing.

To help overcome these challenges while making the visit as enjoyable as you can, Endeavor Home Care’s Alzheimer’s care professionals in Arizona recommend the following approach:

Begin your visit with a smile, and be prepared to re-introduce yourself if needed.

Use very simple language and brief sentences, and talk slowly.

Refrain from arguing with or correcting the senior.

Bring photos from a favorite past memory for reminiscing.

Listen to a number of the person’s favorite tunes together, and maybe even ask him or her to dance!

Taking a walk together if at all possible, or just about any other physical exercise, can make the visit more fun for both of you.

Remain calm during your visit, even when the senior gets agitated or exhibits inappropriate behavior.

Keep a sense of respect during your conversation, understanding the senior may repeat questions and statements.

Reduce distractions in order to give the person your full attention.

Above all, bear in mind who the individual was pre-dementia, and remind the person what she or he did which has inspired you or helped you become the person that you are today.

For additional tips on effective communications with those with Alzheimer’s disease, or for specialized hands-on care assistance, contact the Arizona dementia care team at Endeavor Home Care. Our skilled dementia caregivers are fully trained and experienced in a number of tactics to make sure seniors with Alzheimer’s disease remain secure and safe and are able to live life to the fullest, with the utmost respect and compassion all of the time. Call us at (480) 535-6800 or contact us online for more details.

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GoGoGrandparent lets Elderly call an Uber without a smartphone

The recent innovation of digitally based rideshare apps, accessed via smartphone, has been filled with great levels of both promise and frustration for elderly people and their advocates. While the utility of rideshare services would greatly benefit seniors who are no longer capable of driving themselves, the smartphone requirement has rendered many of these useful apps inaccessible to elderly individuals who struggle to use newer technology. Thankfully, a new service called GoGoGrandparent has emerged to rectify this problem. Through the use of this service, elderly people will now have access to rideshare services without needing to own a smartphone first.

Key Takeaways:

  • Individuals can sign up for this service completely free of any charge, but it does cost money to use and book rides
  • The service is available in Canada and every US state aside from Alaska or the city of Austin in Texas
  • Loved ones who make the booking for their senior can enjoy peace of mind as the service will provide them with updates along the way

“GoGoGrandparent is a service that’s seeking to close the rideshare access gap by giving older people a way to access Uber and Lyft without a smartphone or a computer.”

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Dementia Care: 3 Tips for Dealing with Memory Problems

Watching a loved one’s memory slowly deteriorate as a result of worsening dementia is a truly heartbreaking ordeal to suffer through. When you are also responsible for your loved one’s daily care, the job can seem utterly overwhelming. There are a few things that caretakers of individuals with dementia should keep in mind to help them through the experience. First, understand that aggressive changes in behavior and high irritability levels are very common symptoms associated with dementia, so if your relationship with your loved one has grown more combative, it is simply the disease rather than anything personal. Individuals with dementia will become easily disoriented and confused. Caregivers can assist them best by keeping things as visually oriented and simple as possible. Dementia will also impair one’s ability to make decisions and proper judgements. Caregivers should take care to protect their loved one as needed, but they should also focus on helping self-esteem and self-confidence levels.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you have an aging parent or loved one who is starting to decline cognitively, there are some steps you can take to help them.
  • Provide your memory impaired loved one with pleasant reminders when necessary, which may help with their sporadic mood swings and irritation.
  • When explaining something to your aging loved one, be brief and direct to prevent confusion.

“You’re not as powerless as you might think! There are things you can do to help your aging loved one be happy, safe and as independent as possible.”

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If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring help in dementia care in Chandler, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call  (480) 535-6800.

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How to Still Make Every Day a Great Day While We’re Getting Older

“It’s just been one of those days,” we sometimes lament, shrugging our shoulders gloomily. After all, sometimes things happen that are entirely out of our control, and some days all of these things seem to happen at the same time and make us wish we had stayed in bed! But the truth is, there are steps we can all take to turn those tough days around and discover purpose and meaning within our various daily challenges and experiences—especially those of us getting older. Read more