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Stress Management for Caregivers

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

 No matter whom your elderly loved one is, taking care of that loved one can be stressful. When people get stressed, they react in different ways, which may materialize as tears, anger or neglect.

When caretakers let their stress get the best of them and don’t cope with it, this could worsen their loved ones’ dementia or at least prevent mental health improvement. According to a study by researchers at Utah State University (USU), the mental decline of those with dementia may slow by as much as 37 percent when their caregivers use positive coping strategies.

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Topics: safety, seniors, stress, tips for caregivers

The Dangers of Loneliness

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As technology continues to advance, people can communicate in many different ways besides via face-to-face communication. If someone’s loved one lives across the country, they can still communicate with that person often using the computer or phone. Despite this, as a society, we are lonelier than ever.

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Topics: safety, seniors, loneliness

Chronic Pain is Not Part of Growing Old

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 4, 2016 6:30:00 PM

Gray hair, wrinkled skin and occasional forgetfulness are all common for adults as they age and are nothing to worry about. Chronic pain, which most seniors think is normal, is actually not something to just brush off. Chronic pain is pain that lasts usually three months or longer.

Fifty percent of seniors who live at home say they suffer from chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Almost three-fifths of adults 65 years and older have pain that has lasted one year or longer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic pain can be debilitating, but there are ways to manage it.

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Topics: safety, seniors, chronic pain

Fall Prevention:  A Guide for the Home and Daily Life

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Jan 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Every year, one-third of elderly adults fall, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The rate of falls in the elderly has greatly risen in the past decade. Falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths for seniors. Because of all of this, seniors need to take precautions to prevent falls.

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Topics: safety, seniors, home safety, fall prevention

Seniors Need Special Preparedness for Disasters

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Dec 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Tornadoes, floods and fires— These are not occurrences most people think about every day. When these disasters happen, though, they can be deadly. That is why it is important to be prepared in advance for these situations, especially for those with special needs, including the elderly.

The three general steps that anyone should follow are the following: Get a kit; Make a plan; Be informed. It is especially important for seniors to have plans and extra help in place. Thirteen million people over the age of 50 said if a disaster occurred, they would need help to evacuate, according to a 2005 Harris poll.

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Topics: safety, seniors, tornadoes, disasters

Visiting an Aging Relative for the Holidays?

Posted by Matt Crosson on Dec 23, 2015 10:44:00 AM

The holiday season is often the most common time of year when families and friends get together, many of whom have not seen each other in months. If visiting an aging relative, be sure to keep an eye out for signs that it may be time to start planning and preparing for their future.  Often, just by simply observing your elderly relatives while you spend time with them, you can notice if they need more help or soon will.

There are a few things you should pay close attention to during the holidays that will give clues to a senior's daily life, including:

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Topics: safety, seniors, warning signs

Preparing the Home for Winter:  a Guide for Seniors

Posted by Matt Crosson on Nov 20, 2015 9:20:49 AM

 

INTRODUCTION:

Ice, snow and freezing temperatures accompany the winter season. All of these characteristics of winter can cause dangerous accidents and illnesses. The dangers that come with winter can be prevented though. There are certain preventive steps to take and valuable information to know that can help defend against the winter elements.

First, there are ways to prepare your home for the winter weather. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health provides some helpful tips.

  • Make sure you have a way to heat your home in case of power failure. Have a fire extinguisher handy when using alternative heat sources.
  • Keep certain items on hand: extra blankets, flashlights, matches, first aid kit, manual can opener, snow shovel and rock salt.
  • Have extra water and medications, and have food that doesn’t need refrigeration or preparation in case the weather is bad enough to keep you from leaving your home.
  • Keep your home warm or stay at a friend or family’s warm house in extreme temperatures. This is especially important if you have infants and for seniors.
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Topics: safety

5 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted by Matt Crosson on Nov 13, 2015 4:15:19 PM

 

With winter fast approaching, it’s important to remember that cold weather can create a unique set of obstacles for seniors. From icy walkways to hazardous road conditions, keeping yourself safe during this time requires extra precautions. Here are some tips to help make the coming winter months less worrisome and safer for everyone involved.

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Topics: safety

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