Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aids (e.g. reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

What’s a typical age-related change? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. [Read more…]

Changes Related to Aging

Contrary to popular belief, most American seniors live independently while maintaining strong relationships with family and friends. Their personalities remain relatively stable throughout their lives. Depression occurs less in un-institutionalized seniors than among young adults.

Normal age related changes do occur. These may include:
  • Hearing impairment
  • Failing vision
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increased likelihood of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension [Read more…]

Six Subtle Signs Indicating More Care at Home May Be Needed

As eyesight diminishes, mobility falters or memory fades, it’s not easy to admit you may need help, and when it comes to personal care needs, it can become even more difficult. Couple this with a fear of losing your independence and it isn’t hard to imagine why many seniors keep their needs to themselves. This is why watching for signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed oftentimes falls on family, friends, or advisers. [Read more…]

What Does “Healthy Eating” Mean?

Most of us know that staying healthy includes making smart food choices and being physically active. But we’re not always sure what healthy eating really means.

“I have good intentions to eat right, I really do,” says Ben, 59, “but sometimes I’m just not sure what that means exactly.” [Read more…]

Managing Arthritis in the Winter

What is arthritis?

It is pain in the joints caused by inflammation, or break down of cartilage (the tissue between joints that absorbs impact), lack of fluid in the joints or an auto-immune disease (rheumatoid arthritis.) Though conclusive evidence as to the link between cold weather and pain does not seem to exist, ask anyone who suffers from arthritis when their symptoms are the worst and they will probably all answer “in the winter.”

Though many of us—especially the elderly—choose to stay indoors during winter, this sedentary lifestyle might actually make us feel worse. It is important to stay active year round to decrease arthritis symptoms and to maintain overall health. [Read more…]

Preparing for Winter Weather

In the event of severe winter weather, it is crucial to have storm plan in place. Here are some steps to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Stay indoors. Tune into the radio or your favorite TV news station for all of the latest weather updates.
  • Always implement fire safety. Be mindful of electric appliances, heating vents, outlets and cords. Always use fireplaces and wood stoves in well ventilated area, and be careful or flames or having objects near the fireplace that could catch fire. Always have a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.
  • Layers! Wear layers of loose fitting clothes to preserve body heat, and remove a layer if you start feeling too warm. Wear socks to prevent heat loss, cover up with a blanket, and even wear a cap if you are feeling cold. Remove any clothing that becomes wet and replace it with dry clothing.
  • Stay hydrated and eat regularly. Your body needs food and water for energy and to help you stay warm. [Read more…]

Recognizing the Differences Between Depression and Dementia in the Elderly

The elderly are at risk for depression and in America, some 6 million seniors will be diagnosed. Risk factors include lack of social support, living alone, and illness- long term or terminal. Commonly those suffering from Alzheimer’s related dementia are more likely to develop depression, as well as those suffering from Parkinson’s, heart disease, cancer or stroke.

At Regency Home Care, a large percentage of our client base are individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. We are constantly working to provide the highest possible level of care for our clients. One way we do this is by providing useful tips and information to our clients, caregivers and family members. [Read more…]