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Starting Your Role as a Caregiver in San Mateo, CA

When you set out to be a caregiver to an aging loved one, such as your mother or father, there are some things that you need to keep in mind in order to provide the highest level of care. You want to make sure that they are healthy and safe, of course, but if you don’t take some of the following considerations to heart, you could put not only yourself at risk, but also them as well. Be Willing to Ask for Help You may be a proud individual or you just don’t want to admit that sometimes you need help, but when it comes to being a home care provider for your mother or father, don’t ever be afraid to admit that you need help. You...

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Why Nephrology as a Part of Elder Care is Vital for Aging Parents – by NuevaCare – Home Care San Mateo, CA

As we age, our bodies do not act like they used to. Nephrology is the aspect of internal medicine that focuses on kidney health. Our kidneys are responsible for removing toxins from our system and expelling them properly. When kidney function begins to fail, even the simplest things that we consume can become toxic to our body. Nephrology should be an important component of overall elder care. If you are taking care of aging parents, it is a good idea to consult their primary physician find out the health and vitality of their kidneys and make sure that they are functioning properly. While you can certainly ask your parent or aging loved one about this aspect of their health, they may not know whether their kidneys...

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The Benefits of Yoga – by NuevaCare – Home Care San Mateo, CA

September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and therefore this is an ideal time to promote the benefits of yoga for the elderly adults in your senior home services. Movement is good for helping to keep the body’s joints flexible and supple. People who are 50 years of age and over can especially benefit from this good stretching workout. An older adult might find it intimidating to start a yoga program, especially if they have health conditions they are dealing with. Starting a gentle yoga routine in a class with other seniors has many benefits that go far beyond physical benefits alone. Yoga helps to lower stress levels and encourages healthy bones as well as flexibility. A beginner Yoga class is the best place for someone who is...

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Elder Care in San Mateo, CA: Promoting Psychological Well-being

Some elderly people come from a family background where it was not appropriate or acceptable to talk about their problems. Yet as a person approaches the challenges of the elderly years, they often need help to accomplish the everyday tasks of life. Unfortunately, for these or other reasons, suicide rates are high among the elderly. This isn’t a problem to sweep under the rug and pretend it’s not there. It shouldn’t be ignored or dismissed. The levels of depression and addiction can be high among the elderly population. In recent years, there is a little good news – suicide rates have declined a little due to better screening and treatment of the elderly for depression. The rates remain highest among men. Some have speculated this may...

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Caregivers in San Mateo, CA: Family Meals Month

Home care providers are always looking for something that their elderly adult can do with her family. August is a perfect time for that, because it’s family meals month. It’s the time to let things slow down a little and gather the family around the table for a classic traditional feast. It’s the ideal time to whip up something comforting yet fuss-free. One-Pan Roasted chicken and veggies 1 ½ pounds of red potatoes, cut into 1 ½ inch chunks 1 large onion, cut into wedges 4 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 ¼ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon dried rosemary 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, each cut in quarters 1 (10 ounce) bag fresh spinach (remove stems) Preheat oven to 475F In large roasting pan, combine potatoes, onion, garlic, oil, pepper, salt...

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Home Care Services in San Mateo, CA: Feeling Secure Through Routine

Feeling loved and secure are basic human needs. Elderly people may have so many changes happening in their lives that they start to lose their sense of security. With all the other losses they are experiencing, losing their security on top of that may prove more than they can bear. As an in home care provider, you may find that your senior is feeling anxious. Anxiety is the opposite of security. What may cause the elderly senior to feel insecure? Loss of health Loss of mobility Loss of friends and family Loss of independence What are some ways you can increase someone’s feeling of security? Tell them in words and show them in actions that you love them and care about them. Always be there to be a good listener. Even if it’s...

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Senior Care in San Mateo, CA: Services Uniting Families

As senior relatives begin to need senior care services, many families battle each other over many of the issues, like money and time. These battles can be over nit-picky details that are not very important and they can be over major decisions. When adult children of parents who are in need of senior health care services bicker, it can create friction that is often never resolved and it can delay the important health care services that their parents need. Fortunately, there five proven ways to help adult children stop fighting so they can get along and take care of their parents’ senior care needs. 1. Learn about Finances Early One of the first considerations that adult children need to do is to pick one person to be...

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Elder Care in San Mateo, CA: Simple Things to Help Prevent Memory Loss

There is research going on all the time about Alzheimer’s and dementia and memory loss. How much of this can be prevented by good eating, exercise and brain activities? There are several things that put people at greater risk for Alzheimer’s. Some of those risk factors are: Obesity Heavy drinking Susceptible gene (hereditary marker) Some established activities that reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s are: Eating a really healthy diet high in the vitamin B's, Omega-3s and antioxidants. Regular physical exercise. Social activities and building relationships with other people. Staying at a reasonable weight. It’s a good idea for adults of all ages to consider that Alzheimer’s could be largely a result of lifestyle; it’s not all about heredity or random chance (although a small percentage of the risk may be attributed to heredity...

Reminder: Part 2! NuevaCare Home Care Invites You to a FREE 3-Part Educational Series on Successful Aging

Your Passport to Successful Aging TO REGISTER email admin@ambassadorsra.com or call 650-897-5897. Passport to Successful Aging is a free three-part educational series that aims to give families accurate information to help foster proactive and informed decisions for those traveling into the later stages of life. As loved ones age, difficult choices will need to be made. Attending this educational series will supply you with information that will serve as your passport through those obstacles and make your journey a pleasant one. Destination 2 - Care Options AUGUST 20, 2013 at El Torito, Burlingame 12:00 noon-1:00 pm Advance Health Care Directive & Durable Power of Attorney. How do I know which Senior community is the right one? How to hire the right caregiver the right way. Destination 3 - Financial Impact OCTOBER 1, 2013 at...

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Caregivers in San Mateo, CA: How To Prevent Arthritis

In-home care providers often look after aging adults who suffer from the effects of arthritis. Living with arthritis means joint pain which can be very limiting to everyday activities. Surprisingly, one half of all Americans may be diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) sometime during their lifetime. Women are at higher risk for OA than men, and risks generally increase starting at age 45. The cartilage at the end of bones acts as a shock absorber. When this cartilage breaks down, bone rubs on bone and leaves the joint swollen and stiff, accompanied by severe pain. Tips to lower the risk of developing osteoarthritis: Avoid repetitive movements – uninterrupted repetitions of a particular motion can cause wear and tear at the end of the bones. Avoid repetitive stress to...