Key issues for seniors to worry about during winter time

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Key issues for seniors to worry about during winter time

Winter can be a challenging time for seniors, as the cold weather and shorter days can exacerbate existing health problems and create new ones.

Here are some key issues for seniors to be aware of during the winter months:

Senior Care in Winter

Cold weather and hypothermia: Seniors are more susceptible to hypothermia, a condition caused by the body losing heat faster than it can produce it. Symptoms include shivering, confusion, drowsiness, and slurred speech. To prevent hypothermia, seniors should dress in warm layers, stay indoors during extreme cold, and avoid alcohol and certain medications that can cause drowsiness.

Winter falls: Snow and ice can create slippery conditions, making it more likely for seniors to fall and suffer injuries. To prevent falls, seniors should wear sturdy shoes with good traction, use a cane or walker, and clear sidewalks and steps of snow and ice.

Senior Care in Winter
Senior Care in Winter

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): The shorter days and lack of sunlight during the winter can lead to feelings of depression, fatigue, and social isolation. To combat SAD, seniors should try to get outside and get some natural light, exercise regularly, and stay connected with friends and family.

Heart health: Cold weather can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, as the body works harder to keep warm. To protect heart health, seniors should dress warmly, stay active, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Flu and pneumonia: Winter is flu season, and seniors are at a higher risk of complications from the flu and pneumonia. To protect against these illnesses, seniors should get a flu shot and take other precautions such as washing their hands regularly and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

By being aware of these key issues and taking steps to prevent them, seniors can have a safer and more comfortable winter. It is important to consult a doctor if you have any concerns regarding your health and to follow their advice.

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5 Tips to Keep Seniors Healthy, This Holiday Season

It is time of the year to celebrate; it is time for merrymaking and rejoicing. With the holiday season upon us, hosting brunches and dinners, meeting friends and family will all be in the pipeline. That’s the beauty of this season. It gives you a chance to meet your loved ones, enjoy your favorite preparations and have a joyous time. However, you must make all the plans keeping in mind your aging senior’s requirements. With a little preparation and planning, you and your seniors can enjoy this beautiful time of the year together.

Here are five such health tips for seniors that can help you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

Tip 1: Plan Meals with Seniors Dietary Guidelines: It is one time of the year when you don’t feel like denying yourself or your older adults yummy meals and treats. However, it may not be advisable to indulge in such treats in every meal. So, if a big spread is getting planned for Christmas dinner, then consider light lunch and snacks in the course of the day. Besides, for every meal consider the elderly nutrition problems and plan their meals according to doctor’s advice. Your senior may best avoid some fruits and vegetables. Likewise, monitor the sugar and salt content.

Tip 2: Plan Travel in Keeping with Seniors’ Limitations: Your elderlies will be excited to travel and meet the extended family. However, it is essential that you keep their health into consideration before planning for any travel. Maybe, you can take them for visits that are nearby or within the same city and get them home before they are too tired. As for family in other cities, you can request them to plan a visit to aging adult.

Tip 3: Plan Traditions in Manageable Manner: If the family has traditions like the seniors need to host the Christmas and New Year’s dinner, then it is advisable to plan according to the elderly’s health. If they insist on continuing with the traditions, then the younger generation should extend help. From cleaning the house to preparing the sumptuous meal, everyone should come forward and make it a happy affair for the senior.

Tip 4: Plan Shopping While Fulfilling Exercise Requirement: With temperatures plummeting in most parts of the country and holiday shopping upon you, taking your seniors for a walk or exercise may be getting affected. So, it is best that you take them around for shopping in a mall where they can walk according to their convenience and pace. When you feel, they are getting tired, you can make them sit in a coffee shop and allow them to relax.

Tip 5: Plan a Time to Revisit Memories: This can be amazing for your seniors who have Alzheimer or dementia. Their distant memories will make them feel good and get them in the form of conversing and rejoicing with other family members. You should consider some time for this beautiful walk down the memory lane for your older adults.

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Along with the above tips, you should also consider caregiver services for your seniors. Someone who can exclusively take care of their food, exercise, and other essentials. While you go shopping, there is a reliable someone at home to take them for a doctor’s visit and adhere to their medication schedule. If you are looking for such reliable services in Narberth, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, then you can rely on Complete Home Care team. Our seasoned professionals will be with your senior through the holiday season and help your older adults enjoy it as also ensure that you can have a merrier time carefree. To know more about our services or to contact us, click here.

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Here’s Wishing You & Your Family a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Tips to Prevent Senior Hospitalization

Your home is your comfort zone, and your seniors want this comfort more than ever. With age, one prefers to stay at home and manage things at their own pace. However, as one ages the biggest fear is parting from home and getting hospitalized. There are new health issues that keep surfacing every day, and if not managed properly, can lead to hospitalization. Seniors fear hospitalization as they feel that they won’t return home with the same independence level or at worst will never get to see their home, again. Besides, there are also studies, which indicate that there is a surge in cognitive decline in seniors post-hospitalization. However, there are also research studies that indicate most senior hospitalizations are preventable. Some of the ways to prevent senior hospitalization include,

Tip #1: Health Management: When you have older adults at home, you need to manage their health holistically. You need to follow their doctors’ advice, medication timings and cater to their nutrition requirements religiously. If the doctor is introducing new medications, you should inquire about any side-effects with the existing medications. It is also important to adhere to the schedule for their medical checkups. Besides, regarding nutrition, you should ensure that they get their required vitamins and minerals. Such holistic healing will help to keep a check on their existing health concerns and avert new issues.

Tip #2: Physical Management: Age is no excuse for not exercising. Some form of physical activity is a must for everyone, irrespective of the age. However, if your senior wants to reduce the risk of hospitalization, coronary and heart issues, then exercising is a must. Walking, yoga or light strength training can go a long way in reducing the chances of lifestyle issues and in preventing senior hospitalization.

Tip #3: Social Management: As your seniors age, you should encourage them to go out and meet their friends once in a while. Meeting old friends can be the perfect therapy for elderly. Besides, you can encourage them to take up an activity or hobby at the community center. They will be able to mingle with people in their age group and do something they like. These small means can be significant in helping your seniors socialize.

Tip #4: Home Management: The moment you notice your senior staring at those staircases and delaying those trips to the bathroom, you should think about proofing the house for elderly. Remove the rugs from the hallways, add support railings in the bathroom and start keeping essentials at a comfortable height for them. These will also reduce the risk of falls and incidents.

Tip #5: Symptom Management: If you notice any new symptoms in your aging adults, take cognizance and act immediately. Several surveys indicate that seniors end up in the hospital for diseases, which can be managed at home with timely diagnosis and early intervention.

Along with the above tips, if you want your older adult to age at home gracefully but find yourself sandwiched among different chores, then seek home care assistance. It can go a long way in preventing hospitalization. A professional caregiver can take care of your senior’s health, exercise schedule and warn you regarding any new symptoms. Offering these services in several cities across the US, Complete Home Care is a reliable name in this industry. Complete Homecare is an affiliate of New York-based senior home care agency, Xtreme Care, where our professionals provide complete care to your older adults like their own family. To learn more about our services and locations click here, and let’s take care of your seniors in the comfort of their home.

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Brain-Kindling Activities to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Medical researchers continue to prove that brain kindling activities and exercises can help keep Alzheimer’s risk at bay from the elderly population. A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society by James E. Galvin, reveals potential Alzheimer’s prevention strategies.

According to the study, getting involved in mentally stimulating activities such as writing, reading, and playing games, especially with the help of an In home care provider, can ameliorate brain health by concluding in fewer deposits of Beta-Amyloid – a toxic protein that has become the symbol of early Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The experts also say that many of these activities spark your senses, assisting you to stay occupied and pay attention, and eventually, make your brain more responsive to your environment.

Kindle Your Mind & Senses

Here are nine activities from Dr. Galvin’s latest research that you can inculcate in daily life to help secure long-term brain health and make an impact in building the foundations of planned Alzheimer’s care and prevention.

  1. Games that require thinking – Sudoku and crossword puzzles are brain activities that not only improve cognitive capability but also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Cards games, whether it’s bridge, a game of poker, or a cut-throat game of hearts with your grandchildren, can also stimulate the mind and sharpens cognitive awareness.
  2. Reading – According to medical practitioners, reading, as an activity, is more neurobiologically demanding than processing images or speech. Reading, which requires vision, language, and associative learning, all connected, is far more challenging than watching a movie. So give a thought to joining a book club. This not only promotes reading but also dialogue with others – the two activities that enhance your brain health.
  3. Arts & crafts – You don’t need to be da Vinci to make a holiday cap or put together a yearly scrapbook. Put some paint on a canvas, draw the birds in your lawn, knit a sweater or do some woodworking. Working with your hands and creating something new will help keep your senses finely tuned.
  4. Develop a new skill – If your mind is tasked to learn, it remains active and healthy.  Learn a new language; learn to mend a kitchen sink; maybe you’ve always wanted to play the piano? Take lessons. Join a cooking class. Most local clubs offer affordable classes through their recreation programs. Skilled and professional  home caregivers from team Complete Homecare can be your companion while you go through the learning curve.
  5. Writing – Handwritten letters and cards is a dying art, but one that can help keep your brain healthy and well. Maintain a diary or write a memoir, as putting pen to paper enhances hand, eye, and cognitive coordination.
  6. Music – Listening to music stirs the mind and the senses; it can be calming as well as stimulating. Also, you can play your favorite instruments and practice the piano, and sing along. Music keeps your hand-eye coordination finely honed and brains tracking.
  7. Exercise Daily – Healthy body keeps a healthy mind.’ We’ve heard that mantra for years. Researchers have claimed that physical exercise can, in fact, help reduce Alzheimer’s risk by up to 65 %. Physical activity improves breathing and supports the survival of cells that make up the body and brain. Exercise diminishes chronic inflammation and augments the release of a protein which can help brain cells improve cardiovascular and metabolic health. Our qualified personal home care specialists are always happy to jog around with you, whenever you feel like sweating a little.
  8. Befriend new technologies – At the rate computer software are getting updated, there is always something new to learn. This doesn’t have to be a Herculean task. So, even playing simple computer games can help with Alzheimer’s care, and so does checking email daily and messaging from your mobile phone. Laptops, iPads, and other mobile gadgets can go anywhere with you. There a huge range of apps to pick from – whether you want to play scrabble, read the news, or track the weather online.
  9. Stay social and get out in the open – Remain interested, active and engaged in your life and your brain will remain active as well. Visit parks, go to the local theater, make regular trips to the library, chat with neighbors and friends and don’t become a loner. Our care providers will go grocery shopping with you to ensure you are eating the right food at the right time. And, volunteer where you can.

So, it’s never too late to start. Researchers say that a lifetime of involving in these cognitively rekindling activities can improve brain health and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. If you remain optimistic about life and continue to learn new things, your brain will remain well-oiled and challenged. As the old saying goes – if you don’t use it, you lose it.

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