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Best Ways for Seniors to Avoid the Flu

It is flu season, and that means there is a good chance that almost everyone will eventually be exposed to the virus. While flu poses a problem for everyone, it is a serious threat to the elderly, who therefore must be exceptionally cautious to avoid catching the bug. Seniors should be especially careful around those who have the illness, should consistently wash their hands (as well as other surfaces), and should avoid direct contact with pets, who can spread the virus.

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s flu season – and that means that everyone needs to take precautions against the disease.
  • However, seniors are at special risk, as the illness often hits them disproportionately due to the state of their immune systems.
  • As such, seniors must be extra vigilant with respect to hand washing, avoiding others with the disease, and keeping up good hygiene.

“When someone with the flu spreads germs, those flu germs can hang around fo up to a full day and still make you sick.”

Read more: https://senior.com/blogs/seniornews-com/tagged/health

Marrying again as a senior – When is a good time?

You should never deny the feeling of love if it truly is in your heart. Age is not something that should hold you back in the process. It really makes sense to marry again as an older person when you truly have your financial situation figured out.

You need to make sure that you are able to retire all debts, or at least as many of the debts as you can. Debt is not something that you want to saddle people with after you pass away.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mature dating sites are becoming the norm, as more and more recognize that dating and marriage are appropriate to just about any adult life period.
  • Many seniors have passed through difficult relationships, or divorces, and would tend to proceed slow!y with a new dating relationship.
  • Some that may be less inclined to move slow!y, may greatly miss the day to day contact of a partner.

“Whether you’re 21 or 61, love is love and no one can deny that special feeling you get when you’ve fallen for that special someone.”

Read more: https://senior.com/blogs/seniornews-com/tagged/marriage

Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors Receiving In-Home Care

While we all need a good kitchen space, it can be a dangerous room, especially for senior citizens. Fortunately, Visiting Angels has some great kitchen safety tips for caregivers who work with seniors. Keeping all drawers and cabinet doors closed is a simple way to prevent falls. Store heavy pots and pans where they can easily be reached. Remove any tripping hazards such as throw rugs. Make sure the flooring is non-slip tile or another material with some traction. Convert lower cabinets to pull-out drawers for easier access. Ultimately, taking measures to create a safe kitchen will prevent injuries in the home.

Key Takeaways:

  • The kitchen is one of the most injury-prone places in the entire home.
  • For seniors that are receiving in-home care, it is crucial to safety-prep the kitchen to ensure no harm.
  • Certain tips and best practices can help in providing a more safe and secure kitchen.

“Of course, the best way to keep seniors safe in the kitchen is to have a second set of eyes, ears, and hands to detect potential dangers and help your loved one with difficult tasks.”

Read more: https://senior.com/blogs/seniornews-com/tagged/home-safety

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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.”

Read more: https://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/create-safe-home-someone-alzheimers/

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.”

Read more: http://lovebeingretired.com/2018/01/22/four-common-health-concerns-and-how-seniors-can-avoid-them/

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”

Read more: https://senior.com/seniors-can-achieve-10000-steps-per-day/

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Digital health technologies 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 remote monitoring technology 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.”

Read more: http://blog.agfahealthcare.com/digital-health-technologies-can-reinvigorate-the-aged-population/

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.”

Read more: http://seniorcarecorner.com/meal-delivery-senior-nourishment

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.”

Read more: https://senior.com/gogograndparent-lets-elderly-call-uber-without-smartphone/

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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.”

Read more: http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/dementia-care-3-tips-dealing-memory-problems/

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.