Home Care for Seniors with Heart Disease

The right caregiver can make all the difference in the world when it comes to helping seniors manage heart disease. Here’s how a good caregiver can help: Lower stress level. Lowering stress is a great way to manage heart disease. Maintain a positive atmosphere. A home care provider can help make sure the home atmosphere for patients with heart disease is positive and uplifting. Support lifestyle changes. A home care provider can help his or her client implement lifestyle changes that were recommended by a physician to manage heart disease. They can also make sure that patients take medication and get exercise to manage their heart disease. Increase activity level. Whether recovering after surgery or just working to improve heart health, increasing your

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Who Can Get Long Term Care Insurance?

Two apparent trends have emerged regarding the aging population. One: It’s growing, and as such, more and more people will require long-term care at some point. Two: a large segment of that growing population prefers to remain independent, living in their own homes, for as long as possible. In general, home care is less expensive than other long-term care options such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes. At A-Z Best Home Care, we charge a flat hourly rate; other agencies often adjust their rates based on the level of care needed. If you need help covering the cost of in-home care, you might consider long term care insurance. Apply Early Like other forms of insurance, the insurance companies set

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Prevent Heat Illness in Older Adults

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Arizona and Southeast California. The warning forecasts temperatures of 110-120 degrees.  Excessive heat increases the chances of heat-related illnesses and death. It’s considered especially dangerous for anyone working outside during the day, the elderly and those without air conditioning. Of course, these symptoms can emerge whenever it’s hot, and in any part of the country. Keep a close eye on seniors in your care when the temperatures rise. What are the signs of a heat related illness? Early Symptoms Headache Thirst Muscle Cramps Serious Symptoms Weakness Skin that is cool to the touch A rapid but faint pulse Nausea and fainting Severe Symptoms Hot and red dry skin Rapid but strong

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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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