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Seniors Behind the Wheel – Tough Conversations

Cars are about more than just getting from place to place, they're a sign of independence. When we're teenagers and are first admitted into the wonderous world of driving, it's a mark of our adulthood. But driving is an incredible responsibility that involves not only the safety of the driver but also of the people out on the road. There are a myriad of health concerns that can compromise the ability of an individual to drive safely, from decreasing eyesight to memory challenges. While it's incredibly difficult to broach the subject of decreasing ability to drive, it's an incredibly important conversation to have, for their safety and for the safety of those around them. This struggle with determining when it's time to give up driving is common...

Long Distance Caregiving

Long distance caregiving probably isn't what you think it is. While we generally think of long distance as being across the country or across the state, it's those close but not so close distances that can in fact present the most challenge. That's because families don't often reach out for help when they live in the general area of their loved one, and instead find themselves stretched in resources, most particularly in their time. According to the the National Alliance for Caregiving, one third of caregivers live more than 20 minutes away from the person that they're caring for, and one sixth live more than an hour away. Those distances are substantial when you consider the hefty amount of intervention that is required in order to...

Learn the Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the brain, affecting both men and women. It generally begins in individuals over the age of 50, though in rare cases younger adults develop the illness.  Over 1 million American suffer from Parkinson's. It impacts muscle movement, making walking difficult and causing tremors. Younger adults can sometimes develop Parkinson's disease. The early signs of Parkinson's disease aren't always easy to recognize, particularly in older individuals. These symptoms can be mild and are similar to some of the other, normal signs of aging. Early Parkinson's symptoms and signs of include: Decreased facial expression Tremors or shaking when resting Muscle aches Decreased or slowed movements Difficulty swallowing Fewer facial expressions Balance issues Stooping Drooling Excess Blinking Stiff muscles, especially leg muscles Slowed speech Monotone voice If you suspect that your loved one might be showing these symptoms, bring...

Alzheimer's In-home Care - San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo)

Making the Transition to Professional Care Easier

It's often the case that family caregivers do the hefty lifting when it comes to getting things done. That's a serious challenge, particularly when trying to balance the incredible amount of things that are pulling on them. Family caregivers need to consider a wide variety of issues when it comes time to start taking over duties and responsibilities for a loved one who needs it. There are so many things to consider, including caregiver laws and the legal rights of all parties. Easing the transition from independence to dependence is made much easier if you know what's going on. It doesn't have to be a damaging process, especially for family caregivers who are well informed. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Legal Rights Most people...

Caregivers and Sleep

One big problem that any caregiver can find themselves facing is that they fall behind in taking care of themselves properly. This issue poses a problem for both men and women, but studies show that women are more likely to suffer by not getting enough sleep. It’s women who tend to give up their sleep and other comforts, more often for the people they take care of. Mothers are often viewed as the primary care providers for children, though many men and women both work full-time jobs. The reason for this behavioral distinction is rooted in societal expectations that date back centuries, even to the beginnings of civilization. While this behavior could be deemed to be natural, it doesn’t mean it’s a health aspect, especially when...

Sundowning and Seniors

When people get older, there is usually a noticeable change in their behavior as a natural result of the change in demands and lifestyle. But when caregivers notices significant changes in their loved one's mood and temperament, it's time to take notice and often to take action. Of course chronic neurological diseases Alzheimer’s or Dementia are a serious concern for those offering care to elderly ones. Sundowning is another significant issue for many seniors as they see their mood and habits change, and can basically be described as an extreme behavioral change in seniors around the time of evening or that the sun is setting, as the implied by the name.  Individuals who suffer from  Sundowner’s Syndrome may show little or no symptoms during the day...

Keeping Two Houses Clean is Easier with These Tips

Keeping one home clean and tidy isn't always easy with the busy schedules that so many of us keep, but when there are two houses to keep, the task can become overwhelming. Often the biggest issue is simple the issue of too little time. Another big roadblock is a lack of energy - you're exhausted before you even begin! Balancing your home and family with the needs of your loved one often means getting behind and feeling overwhelmed. Finding a solid routine and sticking with it is the key to preventing your feeling overwhelmed, and the added bonus is that a neat space is a proven way to improve everyone's mood! It might require a bit of experimentation in order to get the routine that best suits...

Yoga is a Great Activity for Seniors

Yoga is something that is often perceived of as something that's for the young. People imagine legs and arms twisted into unnatural positions, complicated methods and difficult stretches. These assumptions really aren't true - yoga is actually a gentle exercise practice that can be molded to fit people of all ability levels and ages. The benefits of yoga are well documented, and this fantastic form of exercise is perfect for older adults. When practiced safely, yoga is a perfect way for older adults to improve their range of motion, strength and flexibility. It also helps to overall improve the health and wellness of an individual. Ways Seniors Benefit from Yoga There are some incredible ways that yoga benefits seniors Weight Management - Yoga is a perfect way for...

What you Need to Know About Heat and the Elderly this Summer

With the summer months and rising temperatures upon us, it’s critically important that we monitor our loved ones. Heat stroke is the most serious concern for seniors during the summer months. When we’re young, our bodies are able to process changes in temperature. However, as we age it becomes more difficult for us to adjust to swings in heat and cold. This effect can be exacerbated by medications and medical conditions. What is Heat Stroke? Heat strokes occur when the body’s temperature increases dramatically. During a heat stroke, the core temperature of the body goes from a normal 98.6F to 104F and as high as 106F in just ten to fifteen minutes. Once the body temperature crosses to 104F, the individual is considered to be at heat stroke,...

Family Caregivers – we appreciate you

  [caption id="attachment_1673" align="alignnone" width="300"] http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-family-woman-senior-man-happy-women-embracing-citizen-image35821050[/caption] Family caregivers are important. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed! You are so needed. It is so easy to just go along thinking that your loved one could be taken care of by just anyone, you start to feel like a machine that goes along doing these tasks again and again. But you are irreplaceable! You know your loved one like no one else, and your guidance is absolutely essential. Your work has value. Did you know that unpaid care in the United States is estimated to be worth nearly $400 billion? Your'e a part of that number! And you provide more care than anyone else - 90% of long term care in the US is given by family caregivers. In...