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Safety Tips for Seniors who Use Public Transportation

Public transportation is an easy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly way to travel. No matter if you are at home or on a fun vacation, public transportation can really help you save money. Plus, it is environmentally friendly for the planet, because it reduces the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. If you have never ridden public transportation, then the thought of doing so might be a little daunting, however, public transportation is super simple, usually fairly safe, and should not be feared. If you are a senior and are...

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Types of Hallucinations in the Elderly

Hallucinations are sensations, thoughts or perceptions that feel completely real, yet are created entirely by your own mind. Hallucinations can be very scary, and very hard to diagnose. Unfortunately, they are very common in the elderly population, which often leads to the elderly feeling confused. Hallucinations can affect any of your five senses, one at a time, or all at once. For this reason, they can be very disorienting. However, if an elderly person lives alone and is having hallucinations, then it may take months or even years to catch....

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Dysarthria (Slurred Speech) in the Elderly

Slurred speech, or dysarthria, is a common disorder that affects much of the elderly population. The condition occurs when the muscles of the mouth, face and throat become weakened and stop working properly. As people age, they begin to lose muscle mass all over their body. Most elderly people lose most of their muscle mass from their legs, core and arms. However, it is possible to lose muscle mass in your chest, face, and mouth. If you lose muscle strength in these areas than your speech and your ability to...

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Warning Signs for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that is characterized by loss in bone mass and density. The disease is progressive and often affects the elderly more so than any other age demographics. People with this disease are at a higher risk for bone breaks, fractures and falls. Elderly people are at the highest risk for developing primary type 2 osteoporosis. Generally, it appears in people over the age of 75, and affects more females than it does males. Since osteoporosis is a bone disease, elderly people usually do not find...

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Common Nutritional Concerns for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. This disorder mainly affects the elderly, and is caused by a physiological decrease of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine generating cells begin to die off at alarming rates in people who have Parkinson’s disease. The reduction in the neurotransmitter dopamine results in many movement disabilities such as shaking, poverty of movement, and rigidity of muscles. In more advanced stages of the disease, dementia can occur and patients can undergo numerous psychological issues. Although there is no cure...

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Safety Modifications for a Senior Friendly Kitchen

As seniors age, their abilities to live independently may falter. For some, moving in with family or into an assisted living place is key to keeping them safe, healthy and happy. However, moving may signify a loss of independence that many seniors are not ready to give up. For family members, watching their elderly relatives live alone may be worrisome, especially if the relative is older and has shown a loss of cognitive function. Living alone can be very dangerous for an elderly person. Various parts of the house can...

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Common Causes of Knee Problems in the Elderly

Knee problems may occur at any age, but seniors are a particularly vulnerable age group due to the associated physiological changes of ageing.  Seniors tend to develop some problems with mobility as time goes by. When we have elderly family members living with us at home, it can be easy to dismiss these mobility problems, specifically the knee problems that seniors face as a common sign of ageing, but it can also be a sign of a medical condition. In this article we would like to offer some information about...

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The Effects of Sense of Smell & Taste on Seniors Nutritional Intake

As we age our sense of smell and taste begin to change which can affect nutritional intake.  It is important for seniors and family caregivers to understand how smell and taste effect nutritional habits so that they can work with these changes and maintain a balanced diet. In this article we would like to offer some information on the effects of sense of smell and taste in the elderly on nutritional intake. There are a number of different illnesses that can cause changes in smell but in many cases changes...

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Homemade Gift Ideas for Elderly Loved Ones

Seniors can be hard to shop for as many seniors already have everything they want for their home or have to give up some of their belongings to move to an assisted living facility.  Even if your elderly loved ones seem to have everything, they will probably appreciate a thoughtful homemade gift.  Some people decide against homemade gifts because they think that making something on their own will be too difficult, but that is not always true.  We at Carefect Home Care Services understand that everyone has different skills and...

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The Differences between Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are both forms of dementia so they are often believed to be the same condition or mistaken for each other. There are some areas where the diseases are similar, but there are also clear differences between the two and it is important for family caregivers to be able to discern between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In this article we would like to share some information about the differences between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Commonality To start, Alzheimer’s disease is much more common than...

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