The Latest Research on Sleep Patterns and Dementia

We all need to sleep in occasionally. Sometimes, however, extra sleep may indicate illness. A recent study showed that sleeping for nine hours or more, nightly, could signal greater risk for dementia. Lengthy sleep habits were also connected to a decrease in brain volume. Need Extra Sleep? Look for the Reason Not everyone who needs extra hours of sleep will develop dementia, but if you notice longer periods of sleep in an older loved one, it’s wise to investigate. You may discover that longer sleep hours are due to poor quality sleep (and the body’s attempt to make up for it). The problem might be remedied by common tactics like avoiding coffee near bedtime, getting adequate exercise and/or sleeping in

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How Smart Technology Helps Seniors Age in Place

People often associate technology proficiency with youth: Millennials are tech-savvy, while seniors are tech-challenged. Despite these stereotypes, a growing number of seniors are embracing smart technology because it enables them to age in place. Using the latest developments in software and hardware, seniors can more feasibly choose not to join an assisted living community. Instead, they can stay at home knowing that the following tools can help them: Medication reminders Forgetting to take medication has serious consequences, so smart pillboxes aim to decrease the risk. They work in several ways, such as lighting up when it’s time to take a medicine, sending audio and visual reminders to connected smartphones, notifying family members about missed dosages, tracking the bottle’s contents to prevent overdose, and more.

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New Study on Senior Housing Needs

The costs of living after retirement can be overwhelming when you are taking you or your loved one’s long-term safety and quality of life into account. Research projects major growth in the over 65 population as baby boomers age, and a reduction in the amount of family caretakers available to provide adequate care. As policymakers, health care providers, insurance companies and research institutions work to come up with solutions, here are some of the realities families might face. Projected Rise In Elderly Population The population of people between the ages of 75 and 84 is expected to continue increasing. By 2040, analysts predict there will be approximately 30 million people in this age group. The number of elderly people living alone is

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Difference between Home Care and Home Health

Home care and home health are related industries, but each provides a different set of services. Find out which type of in-home care works best for you and your family. If you’re not sure, feel free to call us for a free consultation at 1-800-648-8950. Home health Home health is typically provided by a professional with medical training, such as a registered nurse. Typically, doctors prescribe home health care after a hospitalization, change in health status or change in treatment for a chronic illness. Home health care includes therapy and skilled nursing services, medication services, medical testing, wound care and general monitoring of health status. Since home health is clinically based care, it can be prescribed by a physician, making it

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Home Care vs. Hospice Care

For many seniors and their loved ones, end of life care in a familiar, comfortable home setting, rather than an impersonal institution, is vastly preferable. In the home setting, caregivers from a quality home care agency provide comfort care support, delivered with a personal touch. At-home hospice care services typically provide just two hours (or sometimes less) of medical hospice attention daily, and a once-per-week nurse visit. If you’re receiving hospice care at home, A-Z Best Home Care can provide you solid support outside those few hours of service that the home hospice provides. Our Caring Services Outside the Medical Hospice Role: Grooming, personal care and dressing Bathing, toileting and fresh linen changes Emotional encouragement Caring companionship, including reading aloud

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How does home care work in Arizona?

Home care is a supportive, personalized option to help aging, disabled or rehabilitating residents with daily tasks. The service assigns a polite, reliable and caring worker to visit your home or apartment. Your home care worker handles daily errands and household tasks for you. Home care workers can help you stick to your routine, get to appointments and provide companionship to improve your daily life. Get Reliable, Caring Help with Daily Tasks When you select a well-run home care company here in Arizona, you can be sure that your home is visited by a caring, capable home care provider. Your home care provider will cheerfully assist you, or you beloved family member, with daily tasks like cooking meals or grooming.

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