Senior Living Care Blog

Compelling A Senior To Enter Long Term Care

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Feb 1, 2019 1:46:00 PM
 

Sometimes it becomes obvious when the time for assisted living has come. Perhaps your loved senior is no longer safe at home, either forgetting to turn off the stove or being prone to falling and injuring themselves. Perhaps you have tried bringing up the conversation before but were shut down. If you’ve tried reasoning with them, begging them, or even bribing them to consider moving into a senior care facility, then you may feel like you’re reached wit’s end.

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Topics: Senior Tips

10 Tips For A Healthy Diet After Age 50

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jan 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Reaching the age of 50 is a major milestone for many people. This mark comes accompanied by many new changes in medical diagnostics and often brings new health-related signals that will be important moving forward.

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Topics: Senior Tips

Cholesterol and Heart Disease in Older Adults

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

According to new data from the National Safety Council, heart disease is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The NSC found that the odds of dying from heart disease is one in six, higher than cancer, respiratory diseases, and much more. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 600,000 Americans die each year from heart disease and about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

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Topics: Senior Health

Skin Changes With Aging

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 29, 2019 6:41:00 PM
 

There are a number of bodily changes as we age. Not only can our muscles lose strength, but our eyesight may worsen. For most people, skin becomes thinner, less fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Similarly, the veins and bones can become more noticeable and prevalent. When you put enough miles on your body, the skin can start to wrinkle and dry out, blemishes like age spots may start to show as well. Cancer is even a risk for people who are used to being in the sunlight for a long time or have spent many years of their life sun tanning.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Navigating Depression For Seniors

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jan 25, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Depression is classified as a mental illness that requires professional treatment including counseling and medication to alleviate symptoms. While it is normal for everyone to feel down from time to time, sadness that lingers for more than a couple weeks at a time can be an indicator of deeper issues. Clinical depression could be the culprit behind your senior’s moodiness. Detecting and treating depression is difficult enough in most individuals, but in seniors, the process can get tricky. If you are truly worried about whether your senior has depression, the first step should be to get in contact with a mental health professional in order to create an action plan.

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Topics: Senior Mental Health

Avoiding Seasonal Allergies for Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 24, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Allergy reactions are the most common immune diseases and as populations and people get older, allergies manifest more frequently. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States and cost the country and excess of $18 billion each year. One of the most common forms of allergies is seasonal allergies.

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Topics: Senior Tips

Using Support Services to Help Caregivers

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jan 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Caregivers for seniors may often put their physical and mental health on the line when it comes to administering care for a loved one. It may seem like burning the candle at both ends for the benefit of a senior is wise, but the truth is that depleting your own energy and focus could wind up hurting yourself and the person in your care in the long run. Ignoring health screenings can also result in serious health consequences. 

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Topics: Caregiving

Tips for Reducing Risk of Dementia

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Dementia is not a specific disease but rather a group of symptoms that are associated with cognitive decline and memory deterioration that, in some cases, can be severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform daily tasks. Alzheimer’s disease, is one of the many forms of dementia but is the most prevalent, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.

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Topics: dementia care

Opioid Use and Misuse and Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

The opioid epidemic in the United States takes the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says that 72,000 people died in 2017, 30,000 of which were due to synthetic opioids, predominantly fentanyl. Older individuals are one of the most at-risk groups for opioid misuse in the country.

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Topics: Senior Health

Acute and Chronic Bronchitis in Older Individuals

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM
 

Chronic bronchitis is the more severe form of bronchitis and is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2016, 8.9 million people were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and about three-fourths of all cases involved people over the age of 45. Acute bronchitis, sometimes called a chest cold, is the less severe form of the problem and affects about 5 percent of the adult population.

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Topics: Senior Health

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