Senior Health News: Treadmill Therapy Now Covered by Medicare

senior home exercisingHere’s some encouraging senior health news for individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition which can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke, and in some cases result in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy once recommended and supervised by a health care professional. [Read more…]

Is There a Benefit to Seniors Playing Video Games?

Elderly woman sitting at the table and types on laptop.The online world provides us with instantaneous responses to any sort of question we are able to imagine, educational opportunities beyond what we might have thought of a generation ago, socialization enhancement, and so much more. Among the most worthwhile online innovations for those who are in the senior care industry is brain training applications, computerized mind games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning. But just how well do they actually work? Are there real benefits to seniors playing video games? [Read more…]

The Most Common Elderly Medication Errors and How to Avoid Them

Medication ErrorsWe all recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard alarming stories about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either due to an issue with the health care provider or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the correct medication — the danger of non-adherence. [Read more…]

The Difficulties of Elderly Medication Management and How to Overcome Them

elderly medication managementThere are literally thousands of prescription drugs obtainable in America, and nearly one-third of all adults take five or more of these drugs per day. If you happen to be a care provider for a senior friend or family member, the intricacy of dealing with the prescriptions, interactions and doses can be overwhelming. In fact, research has shown that 55% of prescription medications are not taken accurately for a wide variety of reasons, and the results can be severe. [Read more…]

How Family Dynamics Can Impact Caring for Elderly Parents

elderly parentsPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family members are like most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some leftover stubborn sibling rivalry, and in some cases a bit of residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As the care needs of elderly parents increase and the family once again has to band together to support them, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. [Read more…]

Insomnia Symptoms May Have a Correlation with Alzheimer’s Disease

Insomnia symptomsFor a wide variety of reasons, many seniors suffer with insomnia symptoms, causing them to struggle with falling asleep and staying soundly asleep. Apart from feeling a tiny bit foggy the next morning, however, along with feeling the need for an afternoon snooze to catch up on lost sleep, the repercussions have seemed minimal. That is, until research recently suggested a potential link between restless sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. [Read more…]

Caring for Aging Parents? Be Careful to Avoid This Pitfall.

aging parentsIt is an amazing feeling to know that you are protected, safe and cared for. Fathers and mothers thrive on ensuring their kids are surrounded within the comfort of recognizing their needs will be met, giving the safety net that permits them the confidence to explore the world around them. Yet there comes a stage in all children’s lives when the longing for freedom exceeds the benefit of protection, and they have to discover exactly what it means to stumble, fall and get back up again on their own. [Read more…]

Caregivers in Atlanta Reveal How to Deal with the Hardest Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregivers in AtlantaFor those providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, a number of complicated effects must be carefully managed, but perhaps the most challenging include hallucinations, illusions, and suspicions that other people are out to cause harm or ill will. Mistaken impressions such as these develop typically in the later periods of progressive dementia as a result of changes within the brain. It is vital to first understand the reasons behind these feelings and behaviors, and to manage the underlying cause. [Read more…]

The 3 Steps to Take with Alzheimer’s Memory Loss from the North Atlanta Home Care Experts

North Atlanta Home Care Alzheimer’s disease alters someone’s mind so that memories pertaining to current events are forgotten or mixed up while memories about the more remote past often stay intact. This can cause prior times to make more sense to someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia than the present. With these effects from Alzheimer’s memory loss occurring, a person’s alternate reality could actually be the person’s strategy of making sense of the present through earlier memories.

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Get to Know the Boomerangs – the Older Sandwich Generation

Due in part to the advances of science and medicine, humans are living longer than ever before, resulting in a new role for the sandwich generation (adults providing care for both children and aging parents): the role of the boomerang generation. [Read more…]