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Caregiver Stress: Tips for Stress Relief

Being a caregiver for seniors is a fulfilling occupation, but it can also be incredibly stressful as not many other jobs can be. Without proper care and stress relief tactics, this line of work can quickly take its toll on a person physically and emotionally. There are many different stress relief techniques that senior homecare caregivers can take part in that will dramatically improve their emotional wellbeing by helping to reduce the stress of their jobs. The job of a caregiver is a big job and goes beyond providing health...

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Fun Activities, At Home, for Seniors

Aging can cause a wide range of physical limitations and there are many who find themselves homebound. This can be very depressing for a once active senior and it is important for both their mental and physical health that they stay active and find ways to enjoy themselves, even if they cannot leave their home. As caregivers who provide homecare services for seniors, there are a number of great activities that one can participate in inside the home that will allow the seniors to enjoy themselves and create an outlet...

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Nutrition Tips for Seniors

For seniors, a healthy diet is incredibly important. Maintaining a proper diet helps seniors to age with grace and helps them to maintain the optimal health levels. Proper diet is very important to the proper functioning of the mind and body, and this is especially true for the changing dietary needs as one age. Seniors are more prone to the development of a wide range of different health conditions that require special nutritional considerations. While it is not always easy to provide a senior with the optimum nutrition, a healthy...

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Power of Attorney

It is important that seniors select a responsible individual to appoint Power of Attorney to handle their personal, medical and financial affairs. It is also imperative that this is designated through the proper legal channels, so as to name the person they wish to handle their affairs, documented in a legally binding document, before something bad happens. What is Power of Attorney? Power of Attorney is a legal designation that gives the individual selected the power to make financial, health and personal decisions for the senior when they are no...

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Helpful Sleep Tips for Seniors

Sleep is incredibly important for physical and mental functioning and is just as important for seniors as it is for younger people. Sleeping is when the body regenerates and recharges itself and a lack of sleep leaves it susceptible to fatigue, along with a variety of different health problems. Sleep patterns change as people age, and seniors do seem to require less sleep than younger people (sleeping, on average, 7.5 hours per night). However, seniors are also highly vulnerable to insomnia for a wide range of reasons, which is why...

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Assisted Living/Retirement Homes versus In-Home Care

Aging is hard for both the aging individual, as well as their families. There often comes a point where a senior can no longer manage the basic activities of daily life without assistance, whether due to the physical symptoms of aging, or as a result of some sort of illness – like Alzheimer's. When faced with the realization that your friend or family member may no longer be able to care for themselves, there are a number of options that you can consider in terms of their care. Seniors with...

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Recognizing the signs when seniors shouldn’t be living alone

Giving up independence is one of the most difficult decisions to make. Everyone wants to be independent and determining when it is the right time to seek assistance for an elderly or a senior can be very challenging at times. There are many warning signs that alert us when a senior shouldn’t be living alone anymore. Sometimes these signs are very clear; however, they are often very subtle and detectable only over a long period of time of close observation. This subtlety often makes it very difficult for the family...

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Fall Prevention for seniors

Of all the health risks that seniors and elderly face, falling is the most common one. Slips and falls are the main cause of fractures and injuries for the 65 or older age group. For this reason, seniors and caregivers should apply some effective fall prevention measures. In this post we will provide some tips and recommendations that have proven to be very useful in preventing falls: Lighting - All the rooms in the house should have proper lighting. Bad eyesight is one of the more common reasons seniors and...

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The Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

According to the recent surveys on diseases, the number of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases is on the rise. They are becoming the topmost concern for the elderly, seniors, their family members and homecare providers. Although the clinical manifestations of both these diseases are quite similar, there are many differences that may affect the ongoing care. According to the American Medical Association, Dementia is the medical term that is used for the conditions arising from insidious loss of several mental functions. Memory impairment, decreased motor skills, disturbances in the ability of...

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Winter Safety Tips for seniors

Winter can be very a challenging time for the seniors and the elderly as they are more prone to an attack or exacerbation of diseases such as bronchitis, angina, heart diseases, allergies and various skin infections. With advancing of age, the body’s immunity system effectiveness declines, making it more prone to an attack of viruses and disease. Although many senior citizens travel to warmer areas or countries, many cannot and they need to deal with the snow storms, the frost and the extremes of low temperature at their main place...

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