Category Archives: Senior Health

A caregiver and senior in a New York assisted living facility.

Tips to Handle Medical Emergencies as a Caregiver

It is perfectly normal for you to take extra care of your favorite senior, especially when you receive news that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. Helping with meal preparation, feeding them, making their bed, reading to them, etc are done with care. However, with medical conditions come the chances of medical emergencies. Therefore, you need to be clear on every aspect relating to handling medical emergencies. The primary rule that needs to be adhered to in case of medical emergencies is to keep calm. Understand that panicking will prevent you from thinking clearly. Also, it may scare the patient. The tips shared below can help you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies.   Tips To Handle A Medical Emergency As A Caregiver  There are many variables that can go wrong while caregiving and there are no ways to exactly predict all of them. However, the below tips from professional caregivers in senior care and assisted living facilities can help you mitigate missteps.   Have A Checklist Of Necessities  Make sure to have a mobile phone that is fully charged, first aid kits, cash, emergency contact details, and a list of current medications. Besides, keep the phone numbers and names of all the doctors of the person in a visible place. If your senior loved one is suffering from a heart condition, you need to be familiar with using a defibrillator and have one handy. If you are the home caregiver of the person, it will […]

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A senior using a walker with staff help in a New York assisted living home.

A Note On Age-Related Macular Degeneration Observed In Seniors 

Every year the month of February is remembered as Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. As per the statistics, AMD is one of the major causes of vision loss in people over the age of 50. This disease is very common among seniors and can be challenging to diagnose at the early stages. Moreover, the treatment options for the problem tend to be limited. Many seniors in assisted living communities suffer from this problem and it is important to know about the different types, causes, symptoms, and preventive measures to ensure proper treatment for the problem. Categories Of AMD  Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a condition developed due to problems with the segment of the retina that is at the back of the retina – macula. This segment of the retina takes care of central vision. AMD can be categorized into two namely, dry AMD and wet AMD. The most observed variant of AMD is dry AMD. This condition develops as a result of thinning of the macula with age and smaller clusters of protein get accumulated in it. The central vision will be blurry and it will progress slowly. Usually, it does not expand to peripheral vision, making it difficult to notice the problem in the early stages. Wet AMD is less common and a more serious problem. This condition develops as a result of new and abnormal blood vessels that start to grow under the retina scarring the macula. In this type of macular degeneration, vision loss is more severe […]

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Seniors in a NY senior care facility.

Tips To Deal With Alzheimer’s Aggression In Seniors 

Alzheimer’s disease is a very common health condition among seniors and can be very challenging to manage. As per the statistics, the cost of care for Alzheimer’s in the country is higher than that of heart diseases or cancer. With the progress of the disease, many factors like anxiety, stress, and frustration can result in agitation in the person. This agitation can even lead to aggression that is directed at the caregiver and others. Aggression from Alzheimer’s can take the form of verbal or physical lashing out and science has not yet found why some patients become aggressive while others do not. If you are a caregiver in a senior care facility, you can best prepare to deal with Alzheimer’s aggression by understanding the warning signs and learning ways to cope with the situation. Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Aggression  As the disease progresses, the person can show many new behaviors like a lack of interest in things that they enjoyed, pacing or wandering, imagining things, and misunderstanding sounds and sights. One of the most effective things that you can do is to notice the changes and diffuse the situation by addressing the cause of the change or helping the patient adjust and adapt to the change in the case of changes that are beyond anyone’s control. For instance, if the person has moved from their home to a senior care facility, helping them adapt to the change by placing familiar objects around them might ease agitation and comfort them when […]

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A doctor speaking with a senior resident at a NY nursing home.

Evaluating the Causes of Malnutrition in Seniors and How to Prevent it

Maintaining good nutrition is imperative for the overall health and wellbeing of seniors. However, it is seen that older adults are at an increased risk of malnutrition when compared to younger people. This could be due to many reasons such as low appetite, changes in taste and smell, and inability to enjoy food and following regular eating habits. Yet no matter what the reason is, inadequate nutrition can lead to many complications for seniors. The common problems caused by malnutrition in seniors include a weakened immune system, more likelihood of developing infections, poor wound healing, decreased bone mass, muscle weakness, exhaustion, and more. These problems can lead to a higher risk of hospitalization due to falls or new conditions. In some cases, malnutrition can also increase the risk of death. That is why you need to understand the factors that can lead to malnutrition in your elderly loved one and take adequate steps to prevent it. Assisted living facilities often have staff dedicated to ensuring all residents get proper nutrition. Below are some of the key factors that contribute to malnutrition in seniors. Chronic illnesses and decline in appetite due to any specific disease-related inflammation that affects how the body processes nutrients Difficulties in chewing or swallowing, inability in handling tableware, poor dental health Dementia or other behavioral or memory issues caused due to Alzheimer’s disease Taking medications that suppress appetite or affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients Dietary restrictions because of any specific medical condition, such as limits […]

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A senior learning about preventing the flu.

How to Prevent the Flu in Seniors in Assisted Living Homes

As we transition into the winter season, the change in climate and dropping temperature also brings along the risks of cold and flu in seniors. While younger people can manage the flu and recover in a couple of days, the influenza virus infection can be very serious in older adults. Seniors generally have a weak immune system, which can make them prone to developing other complications like pneumonia when they have the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even says that around 80% of seasonal flu-related deaths in the country every year are reported among seniors who are over the age of 65. This is why caregivers at assisted living homes take proactive measures to prevent cold and flu in their residents. How to Prevent the Flu in Older Adults Since the influenza virus can be life-threatening for your senior loved ones, it is important to be prepared and take the right steps to help them stay healthy and protected when the weather changes. The best way to do that is to take your elderly parent or grandparent to get a flu shot. A yearly flu vaccine can help to keep them protected against influenza, which is why caregivers at assisted living homes insist on following the vaccination routine. The flu vaccine is adjusted every year to protect seniors against the current flu strains, and experts recommend older adults as well as their caregivers to get the flu shot every year. The CDC says that flu vaccination […]

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A senior man sleeping in an assisted living home.

Everything You Need to Know About Insomnia in Seniors

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders in older adults. According to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, around 50% of seniors experience symptoms of insomnia and restless nights. It can be trouble falling asleep or waking up several times during the night; some seniors also experience fatigue, irritability, lack of energy, and loss of concentration due to the sleep disorder. Seniors with chronic insomnia are also at a higher risk of accidents and other physical and mental health complications like diabetes, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. That is why it is crucial to understand the causes of insomnia in older adults and help them improve sleep to stay healthy. Interestingly, changing a few daily habits can help seniors to enjoy better sleep. Below is a quick look at how you can help your elderly loved one to fight the signs of insomnia and get a good night’s sleep. Decoding the Changing Patterns in Sleep Changes in sleep patterns are common with aging. The internal clock in older adults becomes more advanced, making them get tired early in the evening and wake up early in the morning. This can gradually make your senior parent or grandparent take more naps during the daytime. However, that can eventually make it more difficult for them to fall asleep at night. As per the National Sleep Foundation, older adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to feel restored. So if you see your senior loved one […]

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a senior man enjoying his assisted living home.

8 Telltale Signs Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help

  As your elderly parents or grandparents age, they will need more and more help to manage their day-to-day chores. However, it can be very difficult to determine when you need to step in or when to transition into an assisted living care home. Yet there are some signs, which indicate that it is time to find the right solution for your senior loved one. Below are 8 things that say your older adult needs help, even if they do not admit it. Memory Problems If your loved one is forgetting bill payments or doctor’s appointments too often or has started to lose things around the house more regularly, then it indicates that their memory and cognitive functions are declining. The Aging Life Care Association says that poor memory can indicate the onset of many underlying conditions in seniors, such as dementia. That is why you should consult with a doctor for an evaluation to understand what to do next. Difficulty Getting Around If your senior parent or grandparent is having trouble walking, experience difficulties in navigating the stairs, or cannot get up from a chair or get out of the bed as usual, then you need to hire an in-home care provider to assist them with their daily activities. You can also move them to a senior care home because they maintain a safer living environment for seniors having difficulty getting around. Loss of Appetite If your elderly loved one has started losing weight, becoming dehydrated, or does not […]

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Conducting a Safety Assessment of Your Senior Parent’s Home

Home is the place where you relax, rewind, and restore your overall mood and spirit after a long, tiring day. This makes it important to have a place where you can feel comfortable and at ease. For seniors staying at home, it is even more significant. As an unplanned and unkempt home can pose many kinds of risks and safety concerns for older adults, you need to make sure that your elderly parent’s home is safe for them. Conducting a Safety Assessment of Your Loved One’s Home From accidental falls to fire hazards, there can be many things which can affect the wellbeing of your senior at home. That is why you need to conduct a safety assessment of your senior parent or grandparent’s home to substantiate that they can live there safely. Below is a quick checklist to help you in that regard. Check the Medication Management System It is seen that many of the in-home hazards are caused by improper medication management. In fact, many seniors find themselves in a hospital ER because of the mistakes they make with their medications. It can be because the senior patient either took too much medicine or failed to take the right dose. Therefore, a good medicine management system in place is vital to stay on track of the medication schedule and avoid any risks of overdoses or other issues. Check the Lighting Solutions Proper lighting at your senior’s home is more than a security feature for them. While exterior motion […]

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Seniors enjoying a healthy meal.

Diet Recommendation for Seniors with Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is a serious condition that makes the heart muscles weak and severely damaged in seniors. This, in turn, prevents the heart from supplying enough oxygen-rich blood to the body and leads to shortness of breath, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, frequent urges to urinate at night, swollen feet, weight gain, as well as many other complications. Seniors diagnosed with congestive heart failure need proper nutrition and support to cope with its symptoms effectively. That is why nutritionists at assisted living care facilities prepare a low-sodium diet plan for their senior residents. This helps to boost their heart health and allows them to enjoy their day-to-day activities in the senior living community. Below are a few diet recommendations for seniors who have congestive heart failure. Foods to Avoid in the Diet As the heart muscles in seniors with congestive heart failure become weakened, many kinds of foods can damage the heart further. That is why assisted living facilities prepare low-sodium meal plans for such seniors. Foods that have high sodium or salt can cause the body to retain more fluids and lead to increased blood pressure. This can be very dangerous for seniors with congestive heart failure. To steer clear of excessive sodium intake, seniors are advised to avoid consuming foods like frozen dinners, canned soups, smoked, cured, or canned meat, salted snacks and nuts, instant pudding, cottage cheese, salad dressing, and vegetable juice. Aside from that, foods rich in cholesterol and saturated fat should also be avoided to manage […]

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Lonely senior resident in assisted living facility looks out the window solemnly as he sits in his wheelchair.

How to Combat Senior Isolation and Loneliness

The feelings of isolation and loneliness are prevalent in seniors and can lead to serious health consequences. For instance, social isolation can cause psychological problems like depression and increase the risks of physical conditions like heart disease and immunodeficiency. That is why family members need to help seniors in combating isolation and loneliness. Although living alone does not necessarily lead to seniors’ social isolation, it certainly is a prime factor. That is why assisted living communities encourage seniors to socialize with other residents to stay physically and mentally healthy. Getting seniors to engage in social activities is one of the best ways to ensure that seniors stay emotionally engaged and find more meaning in their life. Below are a few tips that will help you to fight senior isolation. Keep Them Engaged Seniors who have a hobby that interests them will have a sense of purpose and are less likely to give in to the negative thoughts of being alone. Aside from stirring a sense of purpose, many hobbies naturally encourage seniors to socialize with others. A group activity can be more beneficial in this regard and keep all the participants emotionally connected. That is why assisted living facilities plan many events and recreational activities to help their residents socialize and remain active in their hobbies and interests. Ensure Proper Transportation The inability to drive or travel as they used to is one of the main things that strikes the sense of loneliness and abandonment in seniors. By ensuring they […]

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