It’s not uncommon for Elderly individuals to be very pessimistic with a negative outlook on life. Many Elders are going through heavy emotional battles, trying to cope with their deteriorating health, the loss of loved friends or a life partner, loneliness, and there may be many more things bothering them. Still, being able to communicate effectively with a loved one is very important. One of the common ways an Elder person avoids talking about a topic is by talking about something else. When this happens, tell your loved one, “I’d like to talk about that also but separately. First, let’s figure out what we want to do about this issue.”
Parkinson’s Disease results when a region of the brain that produces dopamine is either malnourished or damaged. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that’s released from the brain when you are doing something that you love, such as indulging your sweet tooth with chocolate. Not only does dopamine make you feel good, it also controls your ability to move your muscles. Every time you are doing something you enjoy, your brain releases dopamine which explains the increased level of joy and feeling of reward and stimulation. Not all dopamine-stimulating activities are healthy, but focusing on healthy ones like physical exercise, healthy foods, and spending quality time with loved ones is good for your overall emotional and physical health.
Insufficient dopamine is caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the mid-region of the brain. The exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, but symptoms include rigidity in movement, slowness, inability to focus, distracting and uncontrollable muscle tremors, and difficulty with walking. Parkinson’s is usually associated with older adults (age 60 and over) but it can also happen to younger adults if they were involved in a car accident that damaged the mid-region of their brain.
Oftentimes, we find ourselves munching on the same types of food in an alternating pattern. We tend to stick to our favorites, whether it’s spaghetti, salmon, or Chinese food for dinner. For Elderly and Senior individuals, trying to convince them to stick to a completely new diet can be difficult. It’s important to stress the health benefits that come with paying attention to what foods your loved one eats and that eating healthy doesn’t just benefit them, but their loved ones as well who care deeply for their well-being.
One diet that not many may know about is the Mediterranean diet, which has been known for its heart-health benefits. The diet includes the use of olive oil as the main fat and consumption of fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish, and seafood. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain tested 522 men and women between the ages of 55 and 80 who were assigned to either the Mediterranean diet or a low-fat diet for 6.5 years. The significance in the study lies in the fact that although both are heart-healthy diets, the Mediterranean diet was found to improve cognitive function and those on the diet were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
At A-1 Home Care, our 24 Hour Caregivers focus on providing healthy and nutritious meals to Elderly, Senior, and Terminally Ill individuals, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A well-balanced diet, daily exercise, and companionship are essential to a happy and healthy lifestyle at home. No matter what your loved one’s care situation may be, we can find you an experienced and compatible caregiver for 24 Hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care.
The most common types of strokes in Elderly and Senior individuals are Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. The former occurs when a blood clot prevents blood and oxygen from reaching your brain tissue, damaging or killing brain cells that are integral to some sort of functioning with your motor movements, speech/language, thinking and processing information, or memory. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in or next to the brain, causing blood to compress and damage surrounding brain tissue. Strokes are scary and life changing events that can catch families by complete surprise. It affects the family as a whole as family members need to alter their normal routines to provide care for the stroke victim. This article titled Helping a Loved One After Stroke provides some helpful information that will help you understand more about post stroke care and what you can do to help. Topics such as managing emotions, modifying the home, exercise and rehab, changes in body function, nutrition, and medication/pain management are covered.
At A-1 Home Care, we provide dedicated Post Stroke Care services when your loved one is ready to come home from the hospital or rehab center. We provide caregivers for 24 hour Live-In Care or Hourly In Home Care and can assist with daily errands, personal care, meal preparation, housekeeping, and anything your doctor/therapist prescribes in terms of medication, lifestyle, and exercise.
All of our compassionate caregivers, nurse aides, companions, and home helpers must have prior at home caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.
As Elderly individuals age, they tend to worry more about the quality of food they are eating. Oftentimes, concerned individuals or families will seek guidance from a nutritional expert in terms of setting up weekly meal plans, learning about healthy foods, how to read Nutrition Facts labels, etc. If you’re not one of those people who have seen a nutritional expert, this article titled Weekly Food Schedule & Menu for Elderly People provides some advice and suggestions for creating a weekly meal schedule. It provides a list of essential nutrients vital to your health, suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, advice on how to create a general menu and then creating a food schedule and grocery list from the menu.
A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been a care provider in Orange County since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and Shield Accreditation.
The importance of exercise for Elderly and Senior individuals on a daily basis can never be overemphasized, because it’s that important for your loved one’s overall health. Even if your loved one is bogged down by a chronic illness such as Arthritis or Diabetes, stationary exercises are alternatives to walking long distances. Exercise is beneficial for bettering self-esteem, easing depression, and relieving stress or anxiety. When you don’t have time to help your loved one exercise, one of the caregivers from A-1 Home Care can help.
The world has changed tremendously since your Elderly or Senior loved one was growing up. They didn’t have smart phones, iPads, and other gadgets that satiate our need for immediate information and anti-boredom. If your loved one is old-fashioned and hasn’t been caught up to date with all the new technology, they are missing out on a lot. A lack of activities in an Elderly individual’s home life can lead to stress, depression, and a lack of purpose in life.
If your loved one knows how to use a computer and the Internet, the possibilities for interaction and information are endless. Of course, you don’t want your loved one to get addicted – you should set aside a few hours each day for web browsing. Balance leisurely activities with exercise, social interaction, and participation in other activities. You don’t want them to be cooped up in a room on the computer all day. Your loved one should check out this article that has a Top 100 Senior & Boomer Blogs & Websites list, with categories that include, health, humor, online gaming, romance, and more.
At A-1 Home Care, we offer experienced and compassionate caregivers, nurse aides, and companions who can provide your Elderly or Senior loved one with companionship and can help them participate in fun activities that will pass the time. If your loved one would like to learn more about computers and the Internet, our caregivers can show them how to find sites that interest them. We offer Elder Care services on a 24 hour live-in basis or hourly part-time basis and find you a caregiver to match your specific needs. We offer After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Hospice Care, and more.