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June 30, 2020

Routine cleaning and disinfecting are key to maintaining a safe environment for any household. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s important to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces to help minimize the spread of viruses and disease. Although transmission of COVID-19 occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, and toys, recent evidence suggests that COVID-19 “may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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March 31, 2020

A cold, the flu, and allergies all affect your respiratory system, which can make it difficult to breathe. In the midst of flu season and as we approach allergy season, it can be difficult to determine the difference between cold, flu, and allergy symptoms.

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February 12, 2020

We’ve all experienced some lapse in memory, such as forgetting a name, forgetting to turn off the coffee maker, or forgetting where we put our keys. It’s normal to forget things once in a while. However, memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. “Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills,” according to the Alzheimer’s

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January 29, 2020

Has your senior parent received this season’s flu vaccination? The flu (influenza) is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications in older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu, according to the Mayo Clinic. People ages 65 years and older are at a greater risk of serious complications from the flu, as the immune system and its ability to fight infection, illness, and disease weakens with age.

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January 15, 2020

The average time a doctor waits before interrupting a patient is 18 seconds, according to the National Institute on Aging. Effective doctor-patient communication is important for receiving quality health care, but it can be challenging for older adults to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information. To ensure that your aging parent maintains confidence and receives quality care during their medical appointment, follow these four tips provided by the National Institute on Aging:

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January 02, 2020

Americans are living longer and healthier lives. As we age, we become susceptible to developing age-related health complications, also known as geriatric syndromes. Common medical conditions that occur with age include:

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November 20, 2019

Bladder problems can significantly disrupt a senior’s daily routines and social behaviors. As your senior parent ages, they may experience bladder changes. The National Institute on Aging reports that bladder changes often occur due to changes in elasticity and muscle weakness. With age, the bladder becomes less stretchy and cannot hold as much urine, which results in more frequent bathroom visits. In addition, the bladder wall and pelvic floor muscles weaken with age, which makes it more difficult to empty the bladder. Weakened pelvic muscles often cause urine to leak, also known as urinary incontinence.

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November 05, 2019

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which recognizes the people in our community impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Here at SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills, we understand the stress, anxiety, and devastating life changes that accompany an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia diagnosis.

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October 31, 2019

Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs as we age. Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.

“Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). “Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor's advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation.”

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October 22, 2019

Eighty percent of adults ages 65 years and older have at least one chronic condition, while 68 percent have two or more chronic conditions, according to the National Council on Aging. The top 10 chronic diseases faced by aging adults includes:

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July 03, 2019

Does your senior parent have high blood pressure? “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries. When the doctor measures your blood pressure, the results are given in two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, is the pressure caused by your heart contracting and pushing out blood. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure when your heart relaxes and fills with blood. Your blood pressure reading is usually given as the systolic blood pressure number over the diastolic blood pressure number,” according to the National Institute on Aging.

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June 26, 2019

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – are you taking care of your brain health? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, regular exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of dementia. “Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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April 30, 2019

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.

“Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that generally do not affect other individuals,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These substances, or allergens, can cause sneezing, coughing, and itching. Allergic reactions range from merely bothersome to life-threatening.” While allergies can generally not be prevented, allergic symptoms and reactions can be prevented.

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April 23, 2019

Does your senior parent drink alcohol? How the body processes and responds to alcohol can change with age. Aging slows the body’s ability to break down alcohol, so alcohol remains in a person’s system longer. If your senior parent has the same drinking patterns as they did when they were younger, their drinking habits may be negatively impacting their judgment, coordination, health, and reaction time, which can lead to dangerous or even deadly situations.

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February 27, 2019

Urinary incontinence occurs when a person leaks urine by accident. Although urinary incontinence can affect anyone, it is more common in people ages 65 and older, especially women, according to the National Institute on Aging. Causes of urinary incontinence include urinary tract infections, vaginal infection or irritation, medication side effects, or constipation. More serious and long-lasting causes of urinary incontinence include:

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February 06, 2019

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month (AMD) – did you know that your senior parent could be at risk? AMD is a “disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for ‘straight-ahead’ activities such as reading, sewing, and driving,” according to the National Eye Institute. “AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain.”

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January 16, 2019

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Did you know that glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States? Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions or diseases that damage the optic nerve, according to the Mayo Clinic. Glaucoma usually occurs when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, therefore damaging the optic nerve, according to MedlinePlus. “This internal fluid normally drains out through a tissue called the trabecular meshwork at the angle where the iris and cornea meet,” according to Mayo Clinic. “When fluid is overproduced or the drainage system doesn't work properly, the fluid can't flow out at its normal rate and eye pressure increases.”

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January 04, 2019

Do you have a New Year’s resolution planned for 2019? The top 10 New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, getting organized, quitting smoking, spending more time with friends and family, and learning a new skill or hobby. Many of these New Year’s resolutions have one thing in common – they help support and promote brain health.

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November 29, 2018

Are you a family caregiver for your senior parent or aging loved one? Caregiving for a loved one can be extremely stressful, as family caregivers usually find themselves overworked and overwhelmed with responsibilities. Review the symptoms of caregiver stress below to learn if you’re experiencing high stress and anxiety levels caused by caring for your senior loved one.

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November 13, 2018

Has your senior parent received this season’s flu vaccination? People ages 65 years and older are at a greater risk of serious complications from the flu, as the immune system and its ability to fight infection, illness, and disease weakens with age.

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October 31, 2018

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we at SYNERGY HomeCare Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills want to shed light on the signs, symptoms, and impact of breast cancer, as well as honor and provide information to those at every step of the breast cancer journey.

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June 30, 2018

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is the body’s main source of energy. “Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy,” according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). “Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough – or any – insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.”

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May 16, 2018

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is the condition of not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Saliva, or spit, is made by the salivary glands and is very important for a healthy mouth. It moistens and breaks down food, washes away food particles from the teeth and gums, and helps people with swallowing, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In addition, saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphate that help keep teeth strong and fight tooth decay.

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April 01, 2018

SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills can provide compassionate and quality care for your senior parent in cancer recovery. SYNERGY in-home caregivers understand the importance of providing an uplifting, positive, and stress-free cancer recovery experience for your senior parent.

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March 29, 2018

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and 90-95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes and occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body makes insulin, but doesn’t use it the right way.

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February 19, 2018

Is your senior parent struggling with the idea that they may need some extra help with transportation, healthy eating, home maintenance, or medication management? It can be difficult for an aging adult to accept that they may need additional help with completing daily tasks. Follow the strategies below to help manage your parent’s resistance to home health care.

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January 16, 2018

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum, and is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute (NIH). Colorectal cancer affects men and women, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, according to the NIH.

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December 28, 2017

Seniors ages 65 years and older are at a greater risk of developing complications of the flu, compared to individuals who are under 65 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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July 12, 2017

The Inland Empire is scorching – temperatures are pushing 100 degrees. Does your senior parent live in the Corona, Riverside or Anaheim Hills areas? People ages 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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March 20, 2017

A touch of green can cure a case of the blues. Does your senior parent have a little green in their home? Scientific studies have proven that household plants reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve mood and air quality. Certain household plants are simple to care for and grow – even for seniors who may suffer with limited mobility. A few plants that require little care, yet remain beautiful year-round, include:

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September 05, 2016

San Bernardino County’s Blue Cut Fire – a brush fired turned large wildland inferno that ignited on August 16, 2016, in the Cajon Pass along Old Cajon Boulevard north of Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15 – has now grown to more than 37,000 acres. More than 100 homes have been destroyed, 82,000 residents have been evacuated and 57 square miles have been burned.

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