Caregiving

Guest blogger Michael Longsdon shares his insights into helping those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease when coping with the loss of loved ones.

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Understanding Veterans benefits is important when determining if you qualify. Our newest blog can teach you some basic knowledge you'll need when applying for Veteran's benefits.

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When she was young, Joan never liked being told what to do. Now, at 84, she adamantly refuses all requests to take a shower. She didn’t seem to notice the body odor or stringy hair that were so off-putting to friends and family.

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It is sometimes hard to admit that our parents, the people who cared for us from infancy to adulthood, have gotten to the point where they are unable to care for themselves. After we make that realization, the questions become “what type of care is best for them?” and “what can we do to make sure it’s affordable?”

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After a lifetime of working for someone else, retiring seniors have the opportunity to pursue their passions, instead of a paycheck, by volunteering. And, all that good will may be good for the body, too.

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Leaving a family member who requires daily help can be impossible unless some kind of care situation can be lined up. As a result, many caregivers go years without a formal vacation, or even brief breaks, from their caregiving duties. What are the options for the caregiver when they take a much-deserved trip?

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When family caregivers get overwhelmed and feel like they aren’t doing enough or that they don’t want to do it anymore, it’s nice to not feel alone. Some of these statistics help by working as a coping mechanism.

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While caring for your aging parent is a labor of love, it is still labor. You may find yourself giving up favorite hobbies and vacations, feeling distracted at work and getting more stressed with your spouse and children. Here are some suggestions on how to take care of yourself while taking care of someone else.

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Taking care of elderly parents is even more difficult if you live far from each other. This article explains what you need to do to get organized, so things go as smoothly as possibly.

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Whether healthy or unhealthy, Baby Boomers will live longer and will need someone to take care of them.  That burden will fall to the family unless professional caregivers step in to help.

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A look at six of the challenges caregivers face – some when they are first starting out, some after they have been caregivers for a while.

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When riots broke out in the streets of Baltimore, SYNERGY HomeCare made sure clients were served, and caregivers were safe. 

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As we age, many of us lose our eyesight to one degree or another and struggle to keep up old habits and hobbies.

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Here's how to safely transfer your senior clients.

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Handling grief can be difficult, but you can help your clients through it.

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If you provide senior care, whether on a respite basis or as part of a 24 hour in home care plan, it's important for you to take care of yourself first.

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If you provide 24 hour senior care, here are some lifestyle changes your clients can make for better heart health.

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Here are some of the services offered by non-medical senior care providers.

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At-home senior care providers and their clients should follow these tips for keeping the kitchen safe.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Lakewood, CO.

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If you provide at-home senior care, you've probably come across clients who are a little reticent to put their life and health into the hands of a stranger.

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Providers of elderly home care services often have clients who are at risk for or already suffer from osteoporosis.

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As we prepare to celebrate the winter holidays, our thoughts and best wishes are with you.This is the time of year that makes us feel extra grateful for our team of compassionate caregivers. 

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There's a popular anonymous quote that says, "The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out."

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If you provide elderly home care services for a client with Alzheimer's or dementia, here are a few holiday-related activities to keep your client busy while at home.

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Providers of elderly home care services are often responsible for creating a healthy lifestyle for their client, especially if the senior has other health concerns, including high cholesterol.

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Staying healthy over the holidays is hard for anyone to do, with all of the delicious food begging to be eaten and the cold weather keeping people indoors and a little more inactive.

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If you are an at-home senior care provider, you should be prepared for any medical emergency, so that you can act at a moment's notice to get your client to safety.

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If you're an at-home senior care provider, and you think your client is at risk for developing Type-2 diabetes, here's how you can help them avoid it.

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Seniors are often seen as easy targets for scams, especially because scammers assume they have retirement money sitting around that can be easily taken.

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Providing home care for seniors takes a lot of organization and patience, and there are now smart phone apps that can make staying organized as a caregiver much easier.

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he Center For Disease Control classifies risk factors for falls into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic.

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As an at-home senior care provider, video games are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you're brainstorming ways to get your client active and excited.

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If you provide home care for seniors, and you're looking to spend a little bit of downtime with your client or set them up in the living room while you're taking care of other responsibilities, Netflix might be your answer.

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Providers of elderly home care services are in charge of a variety of aspects of their clients' days, including feeding them three healthy meals.

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At home senior care providers can sometimes struggle to come up with new ideas for quick and healthy meals.

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Tips for helping clients of senior care services downsize.

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The Caregiver of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Provost at the recent 2014 SYNERGY HomeCare AFM. 

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Today's technology-driven world means that seniors are also learning how to navigate computers, smartphones and tablets.

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Older adults are one of the groups that are more susceptible to getting the flu, so as a provider of senior care services you should protect yourself from the illness as well.

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As a provider of senior care services, you may be wondering what foods can help your clients live healthier lives.

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here are many health awareness months in September, and Healthy Aging Month is one of them.

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It's not uncommon for seniors to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially if they are retired.

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The difference between sunburn and sun poisoning and how to protect seniors.

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Clients receiving senior care services who are suffering from arthritis may not be as open to engaging in physical activity and exercise, even after you explain the importance of it.

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It's important to develop positive relationships with the families of clients as well as the seniors themselves.

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When children grow up and move out of the house, it can be quite the adjustment for parents

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During the summer months, seniors will likely want to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and sunshine, but as a provider of elderly home care services, it's important to remember that the heat and sun present dangers to older adults.

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As a provider of senior care services, it's imperative that you're prepared for an emergency.

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Video chatting is great way for seniors to stay in touch with loved ones.

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Independence is often important to clients of senior care services. However, individuals with limited mobility may find this more challenging as it's harder to move around and complete daily tasks.

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There are a variety of things seniors can do to help improve their memories like learn a language and get a good night's sleep.

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As people get older, it may become more challenging to get a good night's sleep.

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Music therapy can help seniors at risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Proper nutrition is important at any age, but for seniors it can play an even bigger role in overall health. Including the right foods in an older adult's diet is a critical aspect of senior care.

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While eating ill-prepared or old food is not recommended for anyone, it's of greater importance that seniors, especially those with chronic illnesses, avoid these choices as they are at an increased risk of food poisoning when compared to the younger population.

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Artificial knees have helped seniors treat osteoarthritis and other similar conditions, but new research suggests it's important to remain active after the procedure. A study recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain, Reuters reports.

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It's easy to see why anxiety can transfer from caregiver to their loved one. Those being cared for can pick up on the moods of their caregiver, which can lead to a host of greater health issues. As such, it's important for family caregivers to find effective ways to reduce their stress levels, not only for their well-being but for their loved ones as well.

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A large portion of the baby boomer population is beginning to get older and develop age-related eye diseases. Millions are already struggling with an eye disease and about 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts while another 2.5 million suffer from glaucoma. 

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Older adults need to pay more attention to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and other factors that can increase the risk of heart disease. An excellent way to keep these health issues in check is to alter a diet, which senior care services can assist patients with through grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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A recent study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that seniors who sit for extended periods of time each day are more likely to be disabled, regardless of how much time they spend being active.

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When people dine, they often either rush through their meals or take their time with it. According to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating slower can help people consume less calories and feel full faster, and it can increase energy.

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A recent study published in the journal Physical Biology found that a new medical test looking for rare cells in the blood could predict which patients are at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack.

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According to new research, individuals who have worsening glaucoma in only one eye are more likely to sleep with the affected side of their head facing down, and investigators noted that internal pressure is affected by the position of the eye.

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Recent research at the Mayo Clinic has uncovered a stronger link to Alzheimer's and a history of concussions, according to published results recently shared in Neurology.

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system that afflicts more than 10 million Americans, and brings on symptoms that include chronic pain, stiffness and cognitive issues.

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Herbs such as rosemary and spearmint may help to fight off Alzheimer's by improving learning and memory, according to a study conducted by professionals at Saint Louis University. The enhanced extracts made from special antioxidants in these herbs can reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.

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AARP said that it's becoming common knowledge that organic food and produce is a healthier option because it has fewer pesticides. However, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, organic milk actually has more healthy fatty acids than milk from more conventional farms.

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Have you ever heard of elderspeak? This is talking to older adults in a “babytalk” way. Even though many caregivers are very conscientious about their tone when they talk to their clients, sometimes elderspeak happens anyway. This can be challenging when you care for an older adult who is hard of hearing, but it’s important to keep some practices in mind when you communicate with your clients.

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Most medications must be taken daily, but the instructions don't always specify what time of day is the best to take them.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, there will come a point when you need to explain to grandchildren what is happening to Grandma or Grandpa.

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Older adults who suffer from debilitating headaches, such as chronic migraines, could benefit from senior care services to assist with the tasks of daily living as well as help with taking the right dosage of medications when they are experiencing an episode.

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If you want to stay healthy, what you put in your body plays a major role. Aside from getting plenty of water and exercise, you can add some immunity-boosting foods to your diet. 

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A new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that the average lifespan of an American is 1 year lower than the international average. According to the Washington Post, Americans can expect to live for 78.7 years, 8 years longer than in 1970. 

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A four-month study found that individuals with Alzheimer's disease can increase brain function by singing songs from hit musicals, The Guardian reported.

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Back pain doesn't have to be an inevitable part of aging.

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During the month of November, the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations work to spread the word about National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

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The most important thing is for family members to make sure to spend plenty of time with their elderly relatives. Of course, this is important during the rest of the year, but once the holidays roll around, why not spend time with them cooking or decorating?

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After suffering an injury or medical condition, some patients are prescribed music therapy. This form of rehabilitation uses music to help individuals socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally or developmentally. 

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The latest Global AgeWatch Index by the United Nations Population Fund determined the best and worst countries in the world for the elderly. According to the study, the U.S. is No. 8 in the world for the well-being of aging adults.

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Individuals can reduce their risk of diabetes by making a number of lifestyle changes including a healthy diet, exercise and maintaining a consistent weight. Approximately 24 million Americans have diabetes and the number of individuals with Type 2 continues to increase at an alarming rate.

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Although thousands of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year, there are things you can do that may decrease your chances of being one of them. While there may be no way to completely rule out your chances of developing breast cancer, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help lower the risk. 

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It could be due to a chronic illness, an injury or a fall within the home, but there comes a time when many adult children recognize that their elderly parent needs senior care. While it may be easy to recognize their need for assistance around the house, choosing the right professional caregiver can be difficult, but there are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage have become more mainstream in many different disciplines, and that includes cancer treatment. A growing number of doctors are offering such therapies to cancer patients in addition to more conventional treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy, according to NBC Nightly News.

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Doctors recommend anyone who is 6 months or older get a flu shot, even older adults. Since the flu evolves every year and different strains are more prominent than others, an annual vaccination is best. As fall marks the start of flu season, Americans are encouraged to get protected early. 

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If you noticed that you've been feeling down and a little out of it lately, there are things you can do to feel both happier and healthier. Your mood can have a significant impact on your overall health, so it's important to remember that these two really go hand-in-hand. 

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Having a parent who needs Alzheimer's care is challenging. It demands a lot of physical and emotional energy from you and you'll find yourself giving more and more as the disease progresses. As time goes on, it is easy to feel burnt out and frustrated.

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It's no secret that pets can bring joy to a person's life. May is National Pet Month, and scientific evidence proves that having a furry friend can provide more than just happiness.

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Older adults who want to live and maintain healthy lifestyles shouldn't be afraid to ask their doctor or senior care services provider questions. Not only will you or your loved one be more in the know about what you could and should be doing to stay healthy but you'll build a stronger relationship with your physician.

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Because of the many changes that can happen to a man's body as he ages, it's important to ask a doctor or a professional providing home care for seniors any questions about symptoms that are out of the ordinary. 

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President Obama's Affordable Care Act goes into effect January 1, 2014. The law will expand health care benefits to the 55 million Americans without health coverage. It also increases benefits for those who are underinsured, including seniors.

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The Buddy Program, as it is called, has produced 167 pairs and has benefited both the students and their mentors. For students, they are able to experience the struggles faced by Alzheimer's patients, their families and their caregivers through a weekly meeting where they can talk with them about their experiences or challenges with the disease.

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At some point, travel can become too disorienting or stressful for your loved one, but that doesn't mean that vacationing has to completely come to an end. You and your loved one can share in remembering past trips by recreating the sights or sounds right in the safe and familiar setting of your home.

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Taking good care of teeth never stops being important. However, this can become difficult for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. As the disease progresses, your clients may become more and more forgetful about brushing their teeth and may be resistant to letting their family do it for them.

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In order for your clients to have the best change at survival and recovery after a stroke, it's extremely important to know the signs of one. Being able to identify when your client is having a stroke allows for you to immediately call for help. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, receiving treatment within 60 minutes of the stroke's onset could prevent disability.

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A recent study conducted by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Brain revealed that there are strong connections between cerebrovascular disease and the development of dementia such as Alzheimer's.

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Heart attacks impact about 1 million people every year, and those that survive often face significant lifestyle changes. This is especially true for senior care providers whose patients have suffered a heart attack. The event places a greater emphasis on tailoring care and taking steps to lower the risk of an additional cardiovascular issue.

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An elderly parent's aging process can be difficult for not only you and your siblings, but also for your parent. While you may realize that your parent now needs in-home senior care, it can be difficult for your mom or dad to admit that she or he needs help. 

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Early diagnosis is often the key to effectively treating most healthy conditions, and new research from the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic found that a simple breath test might be able to accurately diagnose heart disease. While the study is still in its earliest stages, experts are hopeful the results could be a breakthrough in cardiovascular health management.

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Anyone with elderly parents knows how much they value their independence. Combined with the desire to age in place, the focus on independent living may make them hesitant to accept any outside help or home care, even if they have shown signs they need assistance around the house. It can be challenging, but family caregivers can help change their perceptions by going over the wide variety of home care options.

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