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Diabetes Care for Seniors in Burlingame

What if I need Diabetes Care In American culture, fast food is king. Like many others around the nation, Burlingame residents live constantly on-the-go and want something to quick to eat that also tastes good. However, a consistent diet of unhealthy foods and physical inactivity leading to weight gain could increase your chances for diabetes. In addition, diabetes can increase feelings of depression (1). Diabetes is a lifelong condition that requires regular monitoring and discipline of the body and mind. It's a common disease that affects more than 29 million Americans, according to a "National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012)" report (2). But it's not impossible to live with this disease, especially with proper diabetes care. Healthy Living...

Could Stress Be Causing Illness in Your Loved One?

Though it can often seem like the retirement years should be ones of leisure and free from responsibility, the stress of life can still take a serious toll on the health of seniors. Yes, jobs and work are in the past, but there are still a wide variety of things that push individuals to their limits. A whole life of working, raising children, navigating relationships, retiring can seem like reaching the top of a mountain, the idea is that the struggle is finally over. The reality is that it's not.  There are still a wide variety of stresses on life. The top 5 stresses on life that are the most common links to illness are: Divorce Marital separation Institutionalization (leaving the home for another environment) Death of...

Caregiver Loneliness

One thing that we don't always thing about is how deeply caregiving can affect the person who is offering treatment to their loved one. Taking care of an aging loved one is a challenging task that can take a toll on a person thanks to the intense demands that it places upon them. It's not unusual for caregivers to be overcome with the duties and responsibilities that they must bear. Caregiver loneliness is a serious issue As a loved one needs more and more of their caregiver's time, that person can become isolated from other connections that they previously enjoyed. Their social life can seem to disappear overnight and there becomes a serious sense of loneliness that can intensify over time. Loneliness is not something to be taken...

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Eldercare: Navigating Romantic Relationships

We all need someone, and the last thing that you want to do as a caregiver is to stand in the way of your loved one being happy. But when someone needs care or is compromised in any way, it can fall to their caregiver to step in to make sure that their best interests are taken care of. Consent The big issue that needs to be discussed here is consent. When dementia, memory loss or Alzheimer's disease is involved, then consent can become a tricky issue. If you're concerned that your loved one might not have the ability to properly consent to a relationship, then you'll want to speak to their doctor about your concerns. There are many legal cases in which an individual is not...

Supporting a Loved One with Depression

Though depression is one of the most common illnesses in the United States, it is nonentheless often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Seniors suffer from depression just as the rest of the population does, but it very often goes undetected in the elderly for many reasons. There are so many wonderful treatment options out there for depression that can make all of the difference in the quality of life of your loved one. Depression is characterized by many different symptoms, among the most common of which are: Low energy Withdrawal from social situations Lack of interest in usual activities Changes in eating patterns Changes in sleeping patterns Neglecting physical health and appearance Increased preoccupation with aches and pains Increased preoccupation with death and loss The Causes of Depression There's no one thing that causes depression, but rather it's...

Supporting Your Loved One Through the Loss of Their Spouse

Losing a spouse is one of the most serious losses that can happen in a person's life. The vast majority of people who live long enough will eventually find themselves spending the end of their lives as either a widow or a widower. That reality presents a massive life change that represents the ending of one experience and the beginning of a new life, and for many people that transition is a massively difficult one. If your loved one has lost their spouse then they're going to need your love and support. Here’s what you can do to bet support and be there for a loved one who is grieving the death of a spouse. Food - Neglecting food is one of the first things that happens when...

Seniors and Depression: How Home You & Your Home Care Provider Can Help

Are you concerned that your loved one may be depressed? If you're seeing some changes in behavior that are a leading you to think that someone you know might be challenged with depression, review our piece about the signs and symptoms and talk to a doctor. Once you know what's going on, you'll be able to better support your loved one, and to get support from professionals. How You Can Help There are some simple and straightforward ways that you can help your loved one to live their best possible life, even with depression. Listen - Realize that your loved one might be reticent to describe their trouble with depression. Often these discussions end up becoming communications through anger, complaints and agitation rather than through sadness. This is...

Supporting Loved Ones Who are Veterans

War and conflict are challenging, and the experiences that occur during combat and military service are the kinds of things that stay with a person for their entire lives. Even if your loved one's military service happened decades ago, it's important to remember that this time marked their life permanently. Here are some facts that you might not know about older vets. One in ten senior veterans suffers from depression. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was not always diagnosed for vets who experienced it in wars that happened decades ago, and eventually that stress can turn into major depression. As life slows down, many veterans begin to think more often about their time in service. It's essential that loved ones listen with an open ear and a supportive tone...

How Home Care Helps: Lessening Caregiver Loneliness

One thing that we don't always thing about is how deeply caregiving can affect the person who is offering treatment to their loved one. Taking care of an aging loved one is a challenging task that can take a toll on a person thanks to the intense demands that it places upon them. It's not unusual for caregivers to be overcome with the duties and responsibilities that they must bear. Caregiver loneliness is a serious issue As a loved one needs more and more of their caregiver's time, that person can become isolated from other connections that they previously enjoyed. Their social life can seem to disappear overnight and there becomes a serious sense of loneliness that can intensify over time. Loneliness is not something to be taken...

The Top 5 Men’s Health Concerns

One of the most amazing things about living in the United States is the fact that even though more boys are born than girls each year, statistically women outlive men. How is this possible? No one know for sure whether it's biological or how people are living, one thing that we do know is that men tend to put their health far down their priority list. There are so many health concerns out there that it can be difficult to know what to hone in on, but there are five big things to think about in terms of men's health. Top 5 Health Concerns for Men 1. Cardiovascular Disease This includes both heart attacks and strokes, and is the number 1 cause of death in men AND in women....