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How to Spot Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Home Care Assistance, 2:03 pm on January 29, 2018
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In 2017, it was estimated that 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease, with 5.3 million being 65 or older—it is now the 6th leading cause of death in the nation.1 People and providers of in-home care services often associate it with memory loss. Indeed, this and other early symptoms are commonly attributed to old age, but senior personal care professionals and home caregivers can look out for other signs when caring for seniors, such as: Forgetfulness: Forgetting recently acquired information, dates or events, or names. Heavy reliance on notes and smartphone reminders, and asking the same questions over and over are reasons to suspect home health agencies should be contacted. If the issue …

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4 Ways to Make Your Brain More Resilient to the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Home Care Assistance, 1:55 pm on January 15, 2018
Early Signs of Alzheimers

In 2017, there were more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. The condition stands as the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. One of the most challenging factors in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s is that early signs are often mistaken for normal aging. Forgetfulness is common, as we get older, but it’s also a tell-tale sign of the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, there are lifestyle changes that can be made to make the brain more resilient. Keep reading to learn about 4 ways to boost your brain power. Get More Sleep The quality and quantity of your sleep have a huge impact on your health. In fact, chronic sleep deprivation has …

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5 Resilience-Building Practices for Home Caregivers

By Home Care Assistance, 11:38 am on December 29, 2017
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Practicing resilience is a key component of being happy as a home caregiver. Looking after loved ones is mentally and physically exhausting if you don’t have the tools for helping loved ones through once simple tasks they performed themselves. Daily routines can become tedious for home caregivers if they allow themselves to become overwhelmed. Many people who find themselves offering senior assistance to people who once took care of them as children will find their new circumstances difficult to adapt to. A positive outlook can transform once seemingly insurmountable obstacles into challenges that can be faced. If you are caring for a loved one, then take a moment or two to step back from your …

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Recognize and Combat Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 11:29 am on December 15, 2017
Combat Caregiver Burnout

Burnout. It’s one of the most prevalent conditions to affect in home caregivers, whether caring for a family member or independent clients. Mounting stress, increasing anxiety, loss of sleep, rising risk of injury and depression … caregivers can experience a wide range and degree of symptoms due to burnout. However, the good news is caregiver burnout is preventable. Here are some of the main causes of burnout, and then some accessible remedies to stave it off. Do you strive for perfectionism? Perfectionism isn’t always a bad thing. In many careers, it can even be directly related to success but, if you’re a professional caregiver, the need to have things perfect in your job is very …

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The Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Alzheimer Care

By Home Care Assistance, 12:32 pm on November 29, 2017
Mindfulness-Based Alzheimer Care

As more and more children are assisting with in-home adult care for their elderly parents, they are encountering the stressfulness of dementia and Alzheimer more frequently. Part of the reason more children are having to learn how to manage the stresses associated with these ailments is that more seniors are choosing to age-in-place and remain in their homes. As such, mindfulness-based dementia and Alzheimer care is becoming more prevalent. This type of care requires focusing on the present moment from the patient’s perspective without any judgments. Doing so helps caregivers to help gain insight into their elderly patients’ minds and develop effective practices to help them remain grounded. With in-home caregiving services readily available, there …

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Balancing Life and Dementia Caregiving as a Daughter

By Home Care Assistance, 3:40 pm on November 15, 2017
Caregiving as a Daughter

As a daughter, your responsibilities may be caregiving for a loved one, instead of working with home health agencies. Aging parents, family members, and friends with dementia require a substantial amount of care, but balancing life and dementia caregiving can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. One solution is to find in-home care services, but many daughters choose to care for elderly parents on their own, rather than hire an in-home care company that can provide quality in-home professional care. This presents extreme challenges when balancing life’s other responsibilities. According to Stanford University School of Medicine, about 8.4 million people in the U.S. may have some form of dementia by 2030. Unpaid family members care for …

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Real Tools to Get Off the Emotional Roller Coaster

By Home Care Assistance, 2:08 pm on October 29, 2017
Emotional Roller Coaster

The ups and downs of caregiving are inevitable, but when you add distance to the equation, the emotional toll can soar. When caring for loved ones, it is incredibly important for caregivers to find support and learn how to cope with the emotions of long-distance caregiving. The good news is that there are tools and resources available. Here are just a few: Manage expectations through planning. Knowledge is power, so the saying goes, and, when coordinating the care of family members in another town, it is absolutely true. Since you can’t physically attend every appointment, and you can’t make important decisions with only some of the details, it’s critical to streamline your planning. Schedule time …

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“Falling” for Exercise Can Keep Older Adults Upright

By Home Care Assistance, 12:41 pm on October 15, 2017
Strength Exercises Seniors

Regular exercise has many benefits for people of every age and stage, but, for older adults, it is especially important to incorporate strength exercises into daily life. Caregivers and family members play a vital role in providing tools, motivation, and support to help seniors maintain a regular routine. With a wide range of exercises to do at home, seniors can build strength and prevent falls, as well as the potentially devastating injuries that can occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in four older adults falls each and every year. Over 800,000 senior patients are hospitalized due to fall injuries, the most common being head injuries or hip …

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5 Ways to Lessen Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 12:10 pm on September 29, 2017
Lessen Caregiver Burnout

Caring for the elderly can take a physical and mental toll on anyone. Compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout share many common qualities, and both can be caused by sustained exposure to suffering, stress, and watching a loved one decline. While in-home care assistance situations are different, the one thing all caregivers experience is significant stress and little time for themselves. Typically, compassion fatigue leads to caregiver burnout. The former is when the caregiver cannot deal with helping a loved one, so that they become stressed and do not tend to their needs. Feelings of guilt, trauma, and depression are entirely normal. In turn, this leads to caregiver burnout, which can include physical symptoms like weight …

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How to Cope with the Death of a Loved One

By Home Care Assistance, 2:06 pm on September 15, 2017
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All of us, at some point or another, must face losing a loved one. The stages of grief and mourning are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life, across many cultures. Bereavement affects people in different ways, and there’s certainly no right or wrong way to feel. People feel many different emotions when losing someone they care about, and they often need grieving counseling to help them through this troubled time. While grieving is different for everyone, it helps to understand the common stages. Denial More often than not, the first reaction to learning about the loss of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation. Denial …

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