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How to Spot the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Flora Umukoro, 10:51 am on November 20, 2017

The Differences Between Alzheimer’s and Normal Aging We all lose our keys and forget where we put our reading glasses as we get older. It’s normal. It’s also not uncommon to occasionally forget a date or appointment, remembering it later. Even younger people can get disoriented and confused due to stress and distraction, or other influences. So, it’s important to understand the early signs of Alzheimer’s versus the characteristics of normal aging.  How Normal Aging and Alzheimer’s Differ According to medical professionals, the following are common early indicators of Alzheimer’s: 1 Memory Loss. Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common, early signs of the disease. It’s not about forgetting something someone said …

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Smart Tech and Seniors: 7 Tech Gadgets for Mom and Dad

By Flora Umukoro, 1:24 pm on November 17, 2017

Being a caregiver for your parent isn’t easy. You can’t realistically be there for them 24/7 but you want Mom and Dad to stay safe – even when you aren’t home. Rather than having arguments about more in-home care, turn to in-home technology. Whether you’re a long-distance caregiver looking for resources or just need some additional support, these new tech gadgets will give you some peace of mind and keep Mom and Dad safe at home so they can stay independent. Make Appliances Smart Why not go big and go home? Marry smart technology with home staples. Install a smart refrigerator. Do you have to go through the fridge for spoiled food every time you …

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How Walking Can Promote Stroke Recovery

By Admin FP, 4:30 pm on September 11, 2017

In the initial days after a stroke, it may be difficult or impossible for your loved one to walk. However, as they regain that ability it is important to constantly practice walking in order to promote stroke recovery. Recovery from stroke is a lifelong pursuit with small gains made over the course of months and years. Without practice, the brain is not stimulated and therefore the body cannot relearn the motion it has lost. Walking promotes movement, strength, balance and the flow of oxygen to the brain. Walking is important to stroke victims. A study published by the National Institutes of Health says that improved walking ability is one of the top goals of people …

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Five Resilience-Building Practices for the Dementia Caregiver

By Admin FP, 2:56 pm on September 1, 2017

Replacing negative emotions with positive thoughts helps caregivers overcome trauma and stress Resilience is a characteristic that helps dementia caregivers bounce back from sadness, exhaustion, and difficulties. It can protect them from developing compassion fatigue and burnout. Psychologists1 define resilience as a person’s ability to recover from hardship. Individuals who are resilient do not allow failure to overwhelm them. Psychologists indicate that those who practice resilience are those who have a positive attitude, optimism, and an ability to control their emotions. These individuals are able to pick themselves up from failure or disappointment and find a way to regroup and move on. The characteristics of resilience can greatly benefit dementia caregivers who are faced with …

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Caregiver Burnout and What Can Be Done About It

By Admin FP, 12:27 pm on May 16, 2017

In the United States alone, it’s estimated that there are 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 15 million people providing care to a family member with Alzheimer’s. Of those caregivers, about 60 percent are women. Many of these women also have jobs outside of the home and children to take care of. Simply put, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is stressful and it can take a toll on overall health, wellness and finances. As the population ages, the percentage of the population with Alzheimer’s disease – and the percentage of necessary caregivers – is likely to increase, at least until a cure is found. …

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Preventing Falls

By Flora Umukoro, 11:41 am on February 8, 2017

Every year one in three older Americans fall. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people aged 65+, resulting in hip fractures, broken bones, head injuries and fear. Once an older person falls, it can be difficult for them to regain their confidence and remain active. That is why preventing falls from occurring in the first place is so very important. The good news is that falls can be prevented in two ways: 1: Addressing physical conditions and ailments that can cause falls 2: Fall-proofing the home Here are five things that you can address to help prevent a loved one from falling: 1. …

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Calcium – Its Importance for Seniors

By Admin FP, 1:29 pm on January 25, 2017

Calcium is one of the two most important nutrients for strong bones and teeth (vitamin D is the other). Calcium also ensures that muscles, cells and nerves work properly. Unfortunately, calcium levels become depleted as we age for the following reasons: As we eat less we take in less dietary calcium. Seniors may have poor appetite in general or illnesses which decrease appetite. The efficiency with which the kidneys can retain calcium decreases and that leads to increased calcium loss in the urine. That is why calcium intake recommendations are higher for seniors. Women aged 51 and older should have 1,200 mg of calcium each day. Men aged 50 to 70 years of age should …

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Emu Oil and Its Many Applications

By Flora Umukoro, 9:00 am on April 6, 2016
How the Elderly Can Benefit from Emu Oil in Tracy, CA

Aging adults can gain countless benefits from the addition of emu oil to their Tracy at-home care routines. This nutrient-dense oil is capable of combating many of the unpleasant changes that occur in the skin, hair and joints as people age. The following are just some of the many benefits associated with emu oil. Alleviate Chronic Joint Inflammation Applied topically to the skin, emu oil can relieve joint inflammation. In fact, some studies have compared the anti-inflammatory effects of a single topical application of emu oil to the pain relieving benefits provided by 3,000 milligrams of ibuprofen. Best of all, this oil does not prompt the side effects that are common among prescription-strength arthritis medications …

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How Caregivers Can Prepare for Stress Awareness Month in April

By Flora Umukoro, 9:00 am on March 30, 2016
What Caregivers Can Learn from Stress Awareness Month in Tracy, CA

Due to the nature of the tasks involved, the job of being a family caregiver can take its toll and result in stress. Fortunately for Tracy home care providers, April is right around the corner and serves as a reminder of Stress Awareness Month. The purpose of Stress Awareness Month is to highlight the need for caregivers to also take time to care for themselves while looking after their loved ones. Spotting Signs of Stress Caregivers sometimes hide or minimize stress in an effort to avoid it. Stress tends to become progressively worse with increased or sustained anxiety and poses increased health risks to both you and your senior loved one. In some cases, high …

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Can Bioprinting be the Future of Skin Replacement?

By Flora Umukoro, 9:00 am on March 23, 2016
Is Bioprinting the Future of Skin Replacement in Tracy, CA?

Three-dimensional printers have been one of the top technological breakthroughs in recent years. However, scientists are now taking that technology to the next level and printing human skins cells through a process called bioprinting. Read on to learn what this means for medical and Tracy hourly home care professionals. How Does It Work? Bioprinting works much like regular 3D printing, only with living cells. These cells are taken from patients in a hospital and mixed with collagen to create a unique type of ink. It is loaded into the bio-printer, which uses advanced laser technology to lay a drop of cells. Since the cells are alive, they interact with each other and grow into more tissue. …

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