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Dealing with Loss of Appetite in the Elderly

As we age our natural physiological and behavioral changes affect our health habits. It is not uncommon for health-based habits such as diet, exercise and sleep to suffer as a result of ageing and age-related health issues. Appetite can suffer because of the slower pace of retirement and a decrease in metabolism and biological functions that drive hunger. This can be natural or common, but the culprit can also be a more serious medical condition requiring treatment. It is important to consult a doctor if there are major changes to...

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Signs of Caregiver Burnout and Tips for Prevention

Caregivers are some of the hardest working and selfless people you’d ever meet. Whether it is through love or duty, they have stepped up to the plate to care for their elderly or disabled loved one. Whilst it is honorable to care for loved ones in need, that care is not without sacrifice. Caregivers must juggle the many roles they have: parent, spouse, worker, caregiver. Without support and compassionate boundaries, this can be daunting for caregivers, and often makes them feel like they are failing at all their relationships and...

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Understanding Dementia: Communication

Dementia is a group of symptoms that affects cogitative function which negatively impacts thinking, socializing and communicating to the extent that it interferes with daily life. Brain function that is impacted affects memory and judgment, which compounds their issues with communication. People with dementia have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings because of the impacted brain function. Alzheimer’s disease and diseases with dementia symptoms can worsen over time and diminish a person’s ability to connect with their loved ones. Stages of Dementia Symptoms  Earliest Stage - Mild severity: when a...

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Signs it is Time to Hire Home Care services

Most seniors are enjoying their silver years being happy, healthy and independent, however, some may benefit from extra assistance depending on their individual circumstances. This subject may also be a sensitive topic as seniors have lived a rich life full of personal adventure and professional excellence. They are used to people, especially their children, being dependent on them, rather than them growing dependent on their children. This can be a frustrating and difficult transition; therefore, it is important to address this developmental milestone with grace and empathy. Ensure that you...

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Memory Loss: Age-Related or Dementia? (Part 2)

Age-associated memory impairment, as stated in the last blog post, is a frustrating, but possible outcome of the aging process. However, even possible age-related memory loss can be highly disconcerting for people because of the fear of developing dementia. In our last blog post, we outlined the various causes of memory loss not related to dementia, and emphasized working with your doctor in order to address and combat symptoms. Despite the fear of having dementia, early diagnosis is hugely beneficial for managing the progression and navigating medication and therapy to...

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Memory Loss: Age-Related or Dementia? (Part 1)

As we age, some of us may suffer from forgetfulness or memory loss. It can manifest differently for each person and can be a source of stress and anxiety. A significant amount of stress related to memory loss is the fear of inadequacy or losing a sense of self. This fear is fueled by a lack of information about memory loss and the diversity of diagnosis which may affect memory. This myth-busting article will cover memory loss from normal aging, or age-associated memory impairment and other important factors to consider....

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Common Signs Indicating That Being a Caregiver is Not Right for You

Being a caregiver is not the right job for everyone. Each person in this world has their own unique talents and flaws. Some people may have talents that are more suited to the field of caregiving, while others may be better working in an entirely different field. However, being a caregiver often comes abruptly. Family members may get sick or become injured and suddenly need a caregiver. If this happens, then it may fall on you to become their primary caregiver. But, just because you suddenly get swept up into...

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Signs of an Over-Involved Caregiver

As your loved ones age, they may need to start thinking about the idea of hiring a caregiver. Today, most of the elderly population has few choices for care during their twilight years. They can stay with family, hire a caregiver and stay in their own homes, or they can move into a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Out of all of these options, many seniors choose to hire a caregiver so that they can stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Caregivers are wonderful,...

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Common Health Scams Targeting Seniors

It seems like everywhere you look there is a new scam that could target seniors. Most of the scams that affect seniors in today’s society deal with health problems. Magazines, television ads, and newspaper ads all tout miracle drugs that claim to do everything from cure arthritis to cancer. “Smart Drugs” are advertised across every media outlet that claim to cure painful ailments and keep people healthy. These drugs are unregulated, and could actually cause more harm than good. Health scams and the marketing of unproven cures have been around...

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Common Misconceptions about Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can occur in anyone at any age. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are very common, especially in the elderly. A simple fall in your elderly loved one’s home can result in a TBI. Brain injuries can also occur from car accidents or from a blow to the head. Your brain is a delicate organ that is protected only by the thin lattice of bone in your skull. A simple hit to the head can cause your brain to float around inside of your skull and hit the bone. If...

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