The love a parent has for his or her children has no age restrictions. And regardless of age, parents often strive to protect their children from worries, which can sometimes mean masking their own concerns. To make it even more challenging, family members often live at a distance from their aging parents, making it especially challenging to ensure a healthy diet for the older adults they love. Read more
There are a number of age-related concerns that can have an impact on senior nutrition, but new research is revealing that it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet for seniors: the potential impact on cognitive function. And it may surprise you to learn that malnutrition in seniors is actually quite common. Per the National Resource on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging, as many as of 35 to 50 percent of the senior residents in long-term care facilities are faced with malnutrition, along with as many as 65 percent of older hospitalized adults. Read more
Although an astounding number of older adults are dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of family members are struggling with caring for them. Surprisingly, nearly 75% of family caregivers are managing their senior loved ones’ dementia care needs by themselves, with only 26% reaching out for professional care support. Read more
The most up-to-date Alzheimer’s statistics are worrying. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast and prostate cancer together. And while deaths from several chronic conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are declining, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped more than 100%. The toll the disease takes on family caregivers is similarly staggering, with more than 16 million Americans supplying over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a member of the family with Alzheimer’s. Read more
A healthy senior diet is recommended for many reasons. It’s the best way to lose weight, keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the normal range, and even is believed to help prevent Alzheimer’s. If your parents don’t like to cook for themselves, a healthy diet may be hard to maintain.
Do you know what a senior’s diet should include and avoid? With age come changes to what and how much to eat. Here are the current recommendations…
Double Up on Vegetables
Some seniors do not eat enough when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables. Your parent’s dinner plate should have fruits and vegetables on half the plate, a lean protein on one quarter, and a whole grain option on the remaining quarter.
Vegetables are important as they’re great sources of antioxidants. Cruciforms like Brussels sprouts and broccoli are a good choice for their cancer-prevention qualities. See if your parents would consider swapping out two or three meals a week for vegetarian meals to limit the amount of meat they eat.
If your mom or dad can’t chop vegetables, invest in a food processor. It can make it easy to prep ingredients when arthritis makes it hard to hold a knife. Or, hire a home care professional for meal preparation.
Get Plenty of Calcium
Calcium is a good way to prevent osteoporosis. Fat-free or low-fat dairy options are ideal. Plain low-fat yogurt is a good choice if your mom or dad hates drinking milk. You can add it to fruit smoothies each morning to mask the taste if that’s an issue.
If your parents cannot digest or stomach dairy items, look for cereals and fruit juices that are fortified with vitamin D and calcium. Orange juice is one option that often comes in a calcium-added version.
Lower Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Sugar Intake
Saturated fat, sodium, and sugar are to be avoided. All three can increase the risk of health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. While frozen meals and canned soups are easy, they’re often loaded with all three. Cooking meals from scratch is ideal.
Your parents need to get used to reading labels. They may need magnifiers when shopping for items. Many pasta sauces add sugar or corn syrup to the tomatoes to add sweetness. Sugar is often found in canned soups, packaged bread, deli meats, fruit juices, and yogurts.
If your parents don’t like to cook, they can avoid takeout and packaged meals. Call a home care agency and ask about caregivers. Caregivers provide companionship, but they’ll also cook meals, shop for food and much more to help loved ones maintain a healthy senior diet.
If you or an aging loved-one needs care, please contact the Mesa live-in care experts at Endeavor Home Care today at 480-498-2324.
Shopping is a necessity. While stores are shifting to online shopping to make things easier, seniors may not be as willing to embrace it. They want to see and touch the items they buy. Here are four trends that seniors find frustrating when shopping.
A Shift Away From Personal Checks
Younger generations are used to paying with a debit or credit card. Personal checks are not common. For seniors, personal checks were the common method of payment prior to electronic banking. Many seniors understand personal checks best and want to use them.
Some stores have shifted away from accepting checks at all. Others may accept them, but they’re processed in a new way. The check is scanned, and money is pulled from the account instantly. At this point, the check is voided and handed back to the shopper. Seniors can have a hard time understanding why the check is being handed to them.
Cash can be easier for a senior to use. Otherwise, they may need someone to accompany them until they get used to paying using a credit or debit card.
The Focus on Rewards Cards
So many stores require you to carry a rewards card in order to get the sales price. It’s frustrating digging through a purse or wallet to find the card. Other stores want you to give your phone number to look up the account. Elderly shoppers may not want to recite their phone number out loud in public setting.
It’s best to consider if the savings are really worth the invasion of privacy. If a senior citizen decides it is, a separate key ring filled with the different savings card makes them easier to access.
The Addition of More Self-Checkouts
Some stores are removing a section of registers in order to put in self-checkouts. Instead of having a cashier, the shopper scans items and pays through the computerized terminal. If an elderly person relies on shopping trips for socialization, self-checkouts take away that aspect.
The Placement of Cheaper Items
Many stores place cheaper items on top or bottom shelves. They want you to spend more, so the cheaper items go in harder-to-reach areas. For a senior who cannot easily bend or stretch, this placement strategy is frustrating.
It requires seniors to ask another shopper to help or to find a store employee. To avoid any difficulty, seniors should shop with a family member or caregiver.
One of the services offered by a caregiver is transportation and assistance when shopping. Caregivers can drive a senior to the store and help them shop for items and pay. Call a home care agency to discuss
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Meza, AZ, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call (480) 535-6800.
As your mom gets older, her medical needs may change. At one point, her visits to the doctor would have been geared toward OB/GYN care and yearly medical exams. Now, she needs to have her bone density checked. She might need memory care visits or help with proper nutrition as she ages. She could be moving to be closer to you and needs a doctor nearby.
If your mom has outgrown her doctor or needs one in a new location, she’s not alone. Moving her to another doctor who specializes in elder care is a big change, but it can be a beneficial change. If you need to make a change, here are some ways to make the transition go smoothly.
Look online for reviews. You can get a feel for a doctor’s personality and skill. Remember that people may emphasize the bad. See if there are follow-up reviews to get a full picture.
Look for patterns. If you find a doctor has dozens of reviews saying there are billing errors, it’s likely that’s true. If there are dozens of reviews calling the doctor friendly and approachable and one that says the doctor is standoffish, it’s more likely that the friendly and approachable aspect is true.
Read reviews in several spots. Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Healthgrades are all places to start. Look specifically for verified reviews that prove the reviewer really did see that doctor.
Ask for Referrals
If your mom likes her doctor, ask that doctor for a referral. The doctor may not specialize in geriatric care but knows someone who. Ask friends and family members for suggestions, too. When you have suggestions, start reading reviews.
Look at Office Hours
There’s a doctor in the right area who gets great reviews. You look at the office hours and the doctor is only at that location until noon. That might not be convenient if you’re the person who drives your mom to appointments and works during the week.
Schedule an Introductory Meeting
Schedule a meeting to meet the new doctor. Your mom can ask questions and make sure she likes the new doctor. If there is a personality clash, it’s better to know before you schedule a full medical exam.
With a doctor you and your mom can trust, a caregiver can cover the aspect of socialization when aging at home. Elder care services like companionship and transportation ensure your mom is able to spend time with other seniors and with someone each day at home.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring elderly care in Mesa or the surrounding area, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call (480) 535-6800.
When an elderly relative suffers from tremendous back pain, their doctor often recommends spine surgery. It is most often done for those who have herniated disks or bone spurs on the spine. The good news is that back surgery often relieves the conditions that cause the chronic pain. However, the recovery time for spine surgery can make it a real challenge for elderly adults to live on their own and take care of themselves.
Family caregivers can do a lot for their elderly relative during the spine injury recovery time, but they can’t always be there all day and all night. To ensure the aging loved one is well-cared for as they heal from spine surgery, many family caregivers hire home care providers to assist.
Here are some of the reasons why spine injury recovery often requires an in-home care provider.
Pain is a big part of any recovery from surgery, and seniors will need some painkillers along with their regular medication. However, it can be difficult to remember when to take the medications and how much. While a home care provider cannot administer the medication, they can give reminders, read bottle labels and provide water. Staying on top of the pain via prescribed medicine will certainly aid in recovery.
Avoid Blood Clots
One of the biggest dangers post-surgery is if seniors develop blood clots. They need to get up and walk around frequently, turn and shift their weight often and do stretches and exercises as needed to keep their circulation going. Home care providers can encourage movement, support the elderly adult in getting around, and report any problems to family members.
With spine surgery, the aging adult won’t be able to bend, twist or even lean over for many weeks. This makes it very hard to bathe, shower, get dressed, use the toilet and more. A home care provider can be there to help, and also suggest adaptive tools that can make things easier, like a shower chair and raised toilet.
Even if the elderly person did well on their own before the surgery, they won’t be able to do much in the weeks following. Home care providers can pitch in and give additional support at home, like cooking, cleaning, laundry, pet care, and even grocery shopping.
Seniors recovering from spine surgery can’t drive under doctor’s orders, yet they still need to get around. Home care providers can drive the elderly person to their follow-up appointments, to visit with friends or to run an errand or two.
It doesn’t matter what type of spine surgery the elderly adult had, recovery can last anywhere from two to six months. During this time, the aging adult really needs to have a helping hand for their needs. If seniors are cared for by a dedicated professional that can help them maximize their recovery time, they’ll be more comfortable, safe, and well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring a caregiver in Chandler or the surrounding area, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call 480-498-2324 to talk with our Chandler, AZ elder care team.
Approximately 48 million people throughout the United States experience a foodborne illness or infection each year. Of these, around 128,000 will require hospitalization, and 3,000 will die as a result of their illness or infection.
As a family caregiver, it is extremely important to recognize that elderly adults are more vulnerable to foodborne illness and infection, also referred to as food poisoning, than younger adults, and are more likely to experience severe consequences as a result of such illnesses and infections. Being able to detect the potential signs and symptoms of such an infection can allow you to act quickly, get your senior the medical care they need, and help them through healing and recovery.
Some of the signs and symptoms of foodborne infection include:
- Stomach cramp
- Feeling sick to your stomach
These symptoms can occur within a relatively short period of time of consuming contaminated food, but can also appear days after. While most of the time these illnesses or infections are mild and will resolve themselves, they can quickly become severe.
Contact your senior’s doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms related to a foodborne infection or illness:
- A temperature of over 101.5
- Blood in the stool
- Frequent vomiting that prevents your senior from being able to keep fluids down effectively
- Diarrhea that is persistent for more than 3 days
- Signs of dehydration such as dizziness upon standing, a decrease in urination, and dryness of the mouth and throat
Depending on the virus, bacteria, or pathogen that has led to the illness or infection, the symptoms can occur anywhere between 30 minutes and a month after consumption of the contaminated food. If your parent begins experiencing these symptoms, and you cannot relate them to another illness, think back through what your parent has eaten in the preceding several days. If they have eaten at a restaurant recently, it is important to contact that restaurant after your parent’s diagnosis to inform them for reporting purposes.
Getting proper nutrition is one of the most important elements of your senior maintaining health as they age in place. Elderly care can be extremely beneficial when it comes to helping your senior get the nutrition they need on a regular basis.
An elderly home care services provider can provide safe and reliable transportation to the grocery store to stock their home with healthy options, provide reminders of dietary restrictions and instructions from their doctor, assist with meal and snack preparation, and encourage your senior to get enough hydration on a regular basis. This can not only help your parent to maintain better health, but also to support mental and emotional well-being, and quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior home care in Chandler, AZ and the surrounding areas, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call (480) 535-6800.
Returning to your daily routine after becoming injured can be quite a struggle, especially if you are among the 10% of the population who have acquired major injuries as a result of an automobile accident. It is important to give yourself adequate time to heal while getting the proper amount of rest. Pain should be used as a signal that your body is being overworked, so if something feels uncomfortable, refrain from said task until you’ve had some injury recovery time.
- Always be sure to take the proper time to relax so that your body can heal at its own pace.
- Approximately 10% of those who are in car accidents have what are considered major injuries.
- Do not push your body to complete tasks that you find uncomfortable following your injury.
“You can take some effective steps to make sure that you get back on your feet as quickly as possible and feel healthy again”
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