Life is full of milestones and transitions. Birthdays, graduations, marriages, retirements and other life events provide people with memorable signposts that they use to recall and reflect upon what they ve experienced. Milestones and transitions are particularly important when individuals become older and reach retirement age and beyond. Leaving a job after many years of service and watching as family members grow, change and move can cause anxiety, and these challenges are often exacerbated by the erosion of social contact during aging. Seniors and Social Connections Transitioning throughout life is made much easier by connecting with other people and sharing experiences. Sadly, seniors have a much more difficult time than others when it comes to maintaining a strong social circle on which to rely. Younger individuals make and maintain connections through school, work or participating in group activities outside the home. But seniors don t always have those outlets available to them
Let s face it: getting into a regular exercise routine is incredibly difficult. Even though exercising is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health and well being, finding the time and energy for it can seem impossible. Unfortunately, integrating an exercise routine into your life does not get any easier as you get older. Seniors are one of the demographic groups that can benefit most from regular fitness activities, however, which is why finding an exercise routine that works well with a more mature mind and body is so crucial. Finding the Ideal Senior Fitness Program Activities like running, rock climbing, weight lifting and CrossFit are wonderful for more youthful bodies, and they can be beneficial to more athletic seniors. However, activities like these place stress and strain on the body that can be unappealing – or even unsafe – for many individuals in the elderly population. That s why it is so important to be able to find lower-impact fitness activitie
A pair of United States Senators introduced a bill to increase access to senior home care for more Americans than ever before. The bill aims to keep elderly Americans out of more expensive settings like nursing homes by giving them better access to in-home care. The bill, introduced by both a Democrat and a Republican, is largely concerned with the federal government s role in paying for long-term, institutionalized care. The proponents of the bill note that care in nursing homes often costs senior citizens a great deal of money, placing an undue financial burden on both the state and the senior citizens. Furthermore, the proponents cite the desire of most seniors to stay in their own homes as long as possible and the fact that there is not currently legislation in place to help them do so. The need for non-medical home care is great among seniors who do not want to sell their homes or move into a managed facility. This legislation is meant to be a bridge to coverage for those who nee
Before Congress left for an extended break for the holidays, it approved a huge spending bill to the tune of $1.1 trillion, which included provisions directly aimed at aiding research for Alzheimer’s disease. The bill, which President Obama signed into law on December 16, fully integrated the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, a bipartisan proposal. The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, in short, requires that the director of the National Institutes of Health submit a budget on an annual basis to Congress until the year 2025. This budget explicitly spells out how much money will be needed to meet each and every milestone detailed in the National plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Accountability act is to help Congress understand what types of science are necessary to help cure the disease, all through scientific judgment, which will help determine where money should be allocated. This helps avoid decisions based on unforeseen events or varying politi
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Being at home for the holidays is one of the best feelings one can have, no matter what age. Memories are built during this time of the year through warm nights huddled around the fire, large family gatherings, and warm embraces. It is memories like these that make a home what it truly is: a place of comfortable familiarity that evokes feelings of happiness. This holiday season, give the senior in your life the greatest gift that you can give them – the gift of independence! Not all seniors need extensive in-home care. In fact, many men and women only need help with simple chores like carrying in a sack of groceries to and from the car. With Always Best Care’s Custom Care Plan, we can determine the level of care that your loved one needs. Whether it is a couple of hours a week or several hours a day, our compassionate caregivers have your senior in mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need a break from caregiving, we also offer respite care plans that will give you peace o
Many seniors struggle with moving away from homes where they have spent decades. However, getting involved in their community can help seniors feel more connected. Senior care professionals can help by providing outlets for their seniors to get active. There are a variety of volunteer activities seniors can do, including: Political campaigning – Seniors are often ideal to staff phone banks and make calls for candidates and causes. For seniors who want to make a difference, this is an ideal opportunity. Mentoring – Seniors can connect to the younger generation by participating in programs where they read to children or help them with school work. Being around children can help seniors feel younger themselves. Collection drives – Seniors can socialize with others while working at charities to sort donated items and other goods. Craft-based volunteer work – Cooking, sewing, or gardening for the community will put seniors’ bodies and minds to work. This will help improve mental
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect millions of American seniors. For some seniors, these conditions slowly develop over time, while in others they appear to have a rapid onset. Knowing the risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia can help seniors alert senior care givers about symptoms that can be diagnosed and treated early, improving the senior’s long term quality of life. Age is the most common risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. The vast majority of people with Alzheimer’s are over the age of 65. In fact, the older one gets, the greater the chance of developing the condition. Medical experts says the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after a person reaches age 65. By the time a man or woman is 85, he or she has a 50 percent chance of developing the illness. Family history is another strong predictor of Alzheimer’s disease. People who have had parents or siblings with the illness are at elevated risk to develop it them
Seniors with special needs are often an overlooked segment of the population. When it comes to providing senior care in a home care setting, non-medical home care providers need to be aware of seniors’ special needs and to develop individualized care for their needs. Seniors with disabilities make up about 72 percent of the population of people over the age of 80 in the U.S. Some of these disabilities may be lifelong issues, such as intellectual or physical disabilities they’ve had from birth. Others may be the result of illness or injury, while others are related to advanced age. Home care and assisted living care providers need to be aware of seniors’ disabilities and how to accommodate them: Discuss their senior’s condition with the senior’s physician to determine how best to meet his or her needs. Have the same discussion with the senior’s family to learn how they’ve cared for the senior over the years. Find out what works and what doesn’t, and what the senior is a
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect a large segment of the elderly population, making providing care for them challenging for family members. Many families are turning to home care services to help shoulder the burden of dementia care; home care services are cost effective and can be a lifeline for families struggling to care for elderly loved ones. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Alzheimer’s & the Forms of Dementia Many people use the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably, but these conditions have significant differences. Dementia is a term used to describe many symptoms that include cognitive and memory impairments associated with aging. Alzheimer’s can contribute to dementia, as can a variety of other illnesses including Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Huntington’s. Depression, substance abuse and nutritional issues can also contribute to d
I am honored to be a part of Always Best Care because I know they want the best for their clients and their employees. -Quandra Conner The theme of this year s Always Best Care Senior Services’ International Conference in San Antonio, Texas, was We Are the Brand, which was an acknowledgement that the people who work for and with Always Best Care and its franchisees are the not-so-secret ingredient that makes the company so special. Perhaps no one in the Always Best Care family exemplifies the idea of We Are the Brand better than Quandra Conner, the Always Best Care 2015 Caregiver of the Year. Quandra, who works for the Richmond South Franchise in Midlothian, Virginia, is the ideal caregiver for a number of reasons. However, it is her dedication to helping others as a way of life – not a job – that makes her so special. I had a chance to chat with Quandra shortly after the conference about a variety of important topics. It became quite clear during our conversation that Quandra w
Alzheimer s disease affects a significant portion of the senior population, and it impacts the lives of loved ones and caregivers, as well. This makes it one of the primary issues facing seniors today. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, though it is treatable, making hope a valuable commodity. Thankfully, there has been some recent good news in the fight against Alzheimer s. According to a recent report from CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-trial-to-treat-alzheimers-seen-as-game-changing/), a new drug trial has given doctors, patients and caregivers reason to feel good about progress in the battle with this terrible disease. Known as the “A4 Study” (http://a4study.org), this encouraging trial has been testing whether a drug called Solanezumab is able to slow the progress – or even prevent – Alzheimer s disease. The study, which is taking place internationally in 60 different hospitals, is seeking patients who have not yet developed memory loss, but who h
February is National Heart Month, and as such, Always Best Care has pulled together some of the best foods and activities to help your heart stay healthy, so that you can live life and be happy at any age. Here are a few ways you can maintain a healthy heart: Quit Smoking Go for Daily Walks Stay on Prescribed Medication to Lower Blood Pressure Eat a Healthy Diet You can rely on your in-home care professional to help set reminders for you so that you stay on track and avoid behaviors that increase your risk for heart disease. Eat the following foods, recommended by the American Heart Association: Blueberries – Blueberries may be small, but you’re getting big health benefits when you eat them. Blueberries have vitamin C, ellagic acid, anthocyanin, potassium, magnesium, fiber, and a whole list of other heart-healthy, smile-inducing benefits. Salmon – This beautiful pink fish is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to help reduce heart disease with a healthy diet a
In October, Always Best Care wrote a post on our blog that explained how wearable technology monitors heart rate, biometrics, and how they can be a valuable asset to non-medical caregivers, allowing them to gather more accurate information about their senior client. As the senior population continues to grow each year, dynamic technologies like GPS and sensors centered on senior involvement can help elderly family members stay at home longer. As a continuation of our previous blog post, we have listed 3 technologies that have the potential to change and improve home care services in the coming years: Sensors – Sensors are being used by more caregivers than ever before, and can be placed on windows, doors, and in many other places around a senior’s home. These sensors can alert caretakers when their elderly patient has difficulty in the bathroom, falls down, or even vital signs. GPS – In the event that a senior is away from their home, GPS allows family members or caregivers the
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If you’re an adult child that is responsible for providing your aging parents with home care, then you know how time consuming this act of love can be. With a family of your own, and a full-time job, finding the time to take care your senior loved one can almost seem like an impossible task. The senior population in the US is set for incredible growth in the coming years, and as such, more employers are beginning to offer ways for their employees to give their parents the elder care they need. From 2008 to 2014, the share of companies offering information about senior care services has gone from 31% to 43%, says the 2014 Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers. What’s better, three-fourths of these same companies are allowing their employees time off to fulfill their elder care duties. The number of companies that allow their workers to pay for senior in-home care with pre-tax dollars has almost doubled since 2008, meaning that more families around the country
The elderly population is growing, and this demographic change has important implications for in-home caregiving. According to a report published by the Family Caregiver Alliance, “the aging population will more than double between the years 2000 and 2030, increasing to 71.5 million from 35.1 million in 2000.” While the number of older people is rising sharply, the corresponding number of informal family caregivers will likely be unable to keep pace. The AARP suggests that the number of available family caregivers will shrink by more than half by 2050. The calculations published by the AARP demonstrate a widening care gap, and the organization recommends urgent policy action that “call[s] for new solutions to the financing and delivery of long-term support services.” What Types of Services Are Needed? The AARP also finds that 80 to 90 percent of elderly people prefer staying in their own homes over moving to a care facility. The decreasing number of family members available to
While we can’t stop growing old, we can work to minimize age-related declines in health. Eating right, exercising, and staying intellectually active can help us enjoy good health and mental condition well into old age. Senior care professionals can work with seniors develop plans for healthy living as part of their in-home care treatment. One of the best things seniors can do to improve their health is to stop smoking. Smokers are at elevated risk for heart disease and stroke, and the toll smoking takes robs seniors of energy, vitality, and resistance to illness. Giving up cigarettes can go a long way to improving quality of life into old age. Regular exercise is also important to senior health. A stronger body will be more resistant to injury and disease. Working with a physician and senior care professionals, older people can find an exercise regimen appropriate for them. Exercise can also provide an important social outlet for seniors. In general, seniors should get at least two-
Obesity can increase significantly after the age of 65. Obesity puts seniors at risk, as it elevates their risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. Senior care providers can help mitigate the risk by encouraging healthier habits. Obesity rates among all ages have climbed in recent years, and the elderly are no exception. According to the American Nurses Association, more than 15 percent of the older adult population is obese. Older Americans are already at greater risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension, because of their age. Adding obesity to the mix only increases their risk of illness and death. Hormonal changes and decreased activity are key causes of obesity in older persons. While little can be done about age-related physiological changes, caregivers of older adults can influence their physical activity. Elder care professionals can help ward off obesity and its related health problems by encouraging seniors to exercise a
Breast cancer mortality risk increases with age, according to recent findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Senior care providers should be aware of the threat posed by breast cancer, and encourage their seniors to have regular screenings and seek treatment if necessary. According to research, seniors who are diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer run an increased chance of death from the illness, as well as a relapse, even if the cancer is successfully treated. A study was conducted of about 10,000 women. Study results found that: Breast cancer mortality rates were 7.3 percent in women younger than 65. Breast cancer mortality rates were 11.2 percent in women between 65 and 74. Breast cancer mortality rates were 22.9 percent in women older than 75. About 41 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. are over the age of 65. Researchers suggested that under-treatment may play a role in the higher mortality rate among old
Staying at home or entering a residential care facility is a big decision for seniors. For many, residential care is a must, as they are unable to meet their own self-care needs. Technology is making staying at home an option for more seniors, as wearable technology is making it easier for home care workers to monitor and intervene to provide senior care services. Public policy and economic necessity is driving a move to have more seniors receive home care services rather than go to a nursing home. The growing ranks of Americans age 65 and older is putting increased pressure on programs for seniors, as well as individual family budgets. Staying at home is a popular option among seniors, as they enjoy staying in familiar surroundings and keeping their independence. It’s also far less expensive than a nursing home or other residential care facility. Wearable technology that monitors biometrics, such as heart rate, calories burned, etc., is a valuable tool for home care workers. Using
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