Don’t Forget to Take Your Medicine, These Tools are Here to Help

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Any time you miss your medication there can be health consequences. When you are a senior, remembering your meds can be even more of a challenge, and the consequences may be even more severe. According to the Center of Disease Control, failure to properly take medication causes between 30-50 percent of chronic disease treatment failures and 125,000 deaths per year in the United States. This also costs between $100 and $300 billion annually.[1] The tech industry has been working to help with this problem and there are several good options out on the market for purchase for you or your aging loved one. Adhere Tech Adhere Tech is just one of the few companies that has created a smart pill …

How To Relieve Arthritis Pain

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Millions of people are diagnosed with arthritis and are affected by the pain that comes with it every day. Doctors predict that by 2030, 25% of adults will be diagnosed with arthritis. Typically, people experience arthritis pain to be in their back, hips, knees, and hands. A few general ways to avoid arthritis are by staying fit and by minimizing repetitive motions. Taking regular breaks to stretch, and taking short walks can prevent joint injuries that could lead to arthritis. There are numerous formal treatment options for your arthritis. Health essentials is a great resource to help you learn the basics of arthritis and how to prevent and treat it by clicking here. Sometimes you need a little help to …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part 5

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This is the final, fifth installment in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. So far we’ve shared: #1 Help! My Loved One is Refusing Help at Home #2 I Don’t Know What to Expect from Home Care #3 How Do I Pay for Home Care #4 How Do I Choose a Home Care Company We’ll finish with, Home Care or Hire My Own Caregiver? …

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Evidence Discovered Linking Parkinson’s to Gut Bacteria

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Parkinson’s disease causes multiple, life-changing symptoms; chronic depression, difficulty walking, dementia, uncontrollable tremors and losing your fine motor control. But what causes Parkinson’s? Scientists have been studying this disease for years, but usually only focus on the brain. This is because the loss of cells in the brain in the area known as the substantia nigra (which controls movement and reward) is involved in the progression of the disease. Recent studies seeking a connection between Parkinson’s and the nervous system have been a change of pace. Some of these studies have led to the discovery that there are different types of bacteria in the gut of those with Parkinson’s and those without. The University of Alabama at Birmingham found evidence …

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How Essential Oils Can Help Those with Dementia

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When it comes to health, the natural and organic market has been an ongoing trend. Essential oils in the past few years have been in the spotlight for their numerous health benefits. To many people’s surprise, essential oils aren’t just for the younger crowd. There are numerous health benefits for seniors as well. For example, lavender oil has been suggested to help reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, reduce pain for people with kidney stones and help those suffering from dementia. Aromas from essential oils hit the brain twice as fast as pain. They can help trigger memories and affect one’s emotions or behavior. This makes them an ideal tool for those suffering from dementia. Ways to …

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Summer Activities for Seniors

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Last year, we wrote about how to protect seniors from the summer heat. There are a lot of activities that can help seniors not only stay cool, but also stay active this summer. Volunteering Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to your community. You can sign up to usher at a local theater (plus you get to see shows for free!). Places such as libraries, hospitals and animal shelters are always looking for more volunteers. Cooperative Hospice (hyperlink to our hospice page on the website) has administrative volunteer opportunities for a little as a few hours per week; your schedule can also be flexible to accommodate other commitments. Community Events When living in a city like …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part Four

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How Do I Choose a Home Care Company? This is the fourth of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #4: How do I choose a home care company? We asked Cooperative Home Care, Inc.’s CEO and Owner Mitch Waks how to choose a home care company. Mitch is a busy professional who is also a …

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Connecting With Seniors Suffering From Alzheimer’s Using Sounds, Sight and Touch

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When you hear the news that a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it can take an emotional toll. Not only is it hurting the person living with the condition, but it can also affect close family members and friends. Connecting is very important for someone living with Alzheimer’s. There are ways to help you communicate and connect with them as well as ways to connect via sound, sight and touch. We will review key factors of each. Here are some ways to help communicate with your loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s from alz.org: When you speak to your loved one, keep your sentences as clear and straightforward as possible. Speak directly to them Include them in …

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3 First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinsons

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When you find out that your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, it is a life-changing and scary moment for all. Dealing and living with a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s is not easy for anyone involved and changes people’s priorities. Finding out how to support your loved one as well as what kind of care and assistance they need is critical. The hard part can be finding where to even start. While this is a very scary time for you and your family, there is help out there for you. Below are three valuable and important first steps that will get you started on your journey to helping your family member with this life changing disease. Educate yourself and …

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Making Home Care Work For Your Aging Loved One, Part Three

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How Do I Pay for Home Care? This is the third of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #3: How do I pay for home care? To answer this question as comprehensively as possible, I started with our dedicated Intake Nurse, who answers all of our incoming calls to 1-800-HOMECARE in Missouri, and 618-HOMECARE in …