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7 Jun 2019

Senior Care: Consider Your Options

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Does your loved one require attentive care at least once a day? If so, it’s time to consider your options.  When it comes to senior care, there is a wide range of plans out there to choose from. But it’s important first to understand your health conditions and what the best care options are for you. Here we’ll outline what you need to think about and all the options that are available. Nursing or Retirement Home A nursing or a retirement home care is an option to consider. However, not all facilities offer dedicated services or properly trained medical staff.…

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19 Apr 2019

Mental Health of Seniors: Changes that Come with Age

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Do you have a loved one who’s struggling with the changes that come with age? We all know that as we get older, there comes a time when our physical health starts to decline. But what most people are never ready for is the mental health changes that are also associated with the natural process of ageing. So if you or a loved one is finding it difficult to cope with the impacts of ageing, it’s essential to get a clear understanding of what causes mental health decline in seniors and what you can do to help. Depression Many seniors…

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27 Feb 2018

Environmental Factors That Affect Cognitive Health

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Aging occurs whether we like it or not, whether we’re ready for it or not, and it happens to everyone. How well we age though is something that is affected by many factors. Why are certain 80-year old seniors able to outsmart younger family members and be in great physical condition? Yet a 65-year old senior may be struggling with driving, memory and making decisions. Changes in cognitive health and abilities is uneven and depends on many lifelong interactions. Environmental factors seem to have a negative effect on cognitive health. Let’s look at what studies have shown: What’s Normal? As people age, they find that they have diminished speed of processing information. They also have a reduced volume of information they can take in at the same time. And they have a slower rate of new learning abilities. Most young people can attest to that last one when trying to…

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22 Feb 2018

6 Ways Aging Affects The Brain

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Because our brain helps us to remember, organize tasks, make decisions and plan, its health is essential to living a healthy and independent life. As we age, many changes occur within our bodies. Muscles are less flexible, our vision changes, it becomes more difficult to do certain physical tasks. Our brain experiences changes as well. One common change in seniors is mild forgetfulness. The depth of this symptom is a marker for normal aging. We are all going to get older, as are our parents, so let’s look at 6 ways aging affects the brain. Some Undisputed Facts Brain functions tend to decline as we age but vary from person to person. There is no size fits all. Blood flow is reduced in certain parts of the brain especially those related to learning abilities. This is exacerbated by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and fats, as well as smoking. Consequently,…

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15 Jan 2018

3 Reasons To Plan For Your Future Now

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Life spins by at an accelerated pace. The older we get, it seems time moves faster. Ask anyone in their 40s or 50s if the last decade moved slowly or if it disappeared in the blink of an eye. Those involved in elder care recognize the importance of making a plan for the future. If you care for a parent or loved one, you realize planning ahead is the difference between always being in “crisis mode” or knowing exactly what comes next and how to deal with it. By the same token, you recognize that YOU need to make your own plans for the future. Whether you are an elder caregiver or not, here are 3 major reasons to plan for your future now. We Are Living Longer Most recognize this change in our culture but what are we actually doing about it? It is not unusual for today’s senior…

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