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The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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Family CaregiversPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family members are similar to most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some lingering mulish sibling rivalry, as well as some residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As care needs increase in looking after elderly parents, the family once again has to band together to support them. Unfortunately, though, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. Continue reading “The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents” »

Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Elyse
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Woman with InsomniaIt is a common problem for many older adults – falling and staying asleep for a full night’s rest. Apart from feeling a tad foggy the following morning, however, and feeling the need for a mid-day snooze to catch up on lost sleep, the effects have seemed negligible. That is, until research recently revealed a potential link between restless sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?” »

Don’t Cross the Line – Caring for Aging Parents vs. Controlling Them

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Elyse
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Caring for Aging ParentsIt is an amazing feeling to know that you are protected, safe and cared for. Parents thrive on making certain their kids are wrapped in the comfort of knowing their needs will be satisfied, giving the safety net that permits them the confidence to explore the world about them. Yet there comes a phase in all children’s lives when the craving for independence overshadows the benefit of protection, and they have to experience firsthand what it means to stumble, fall and get up on their own. Continue reading “Don’t Cross the Line – Caring for Aging Parents vs. Controlling Them” »

How to Help Manage Arthritis in Just 45 Minutes a Week

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Elyse
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How to Help Manage ArthritisThe rule to exercise and stay as active as possible for the best health applies to older adults as well! But if you are battling arthritis, it can be difficult to maintain a good amount of exercise because of pain.

Fortunately, the latest recommendations ease back on the intensity of exercise for elderly people with arthritis, specifying that as little as just 45 minutes of physical exercise each week is sufficient to achieve and keep a high level of functionality – and much less daunting for people who have a tendency to shy away from exercise.

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Electrode Implants Could Be the Missing Link to Recovery After a Stroke

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Elyse
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In a new, ongoing trial, deep-brain stimulation – more commonly used for Parkinson’s patients – is being tested on patients after a stroke. Doctors are hoping that the process, which involves implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of the patient’s brain after a stroke, will reverse the patient’s paralysis post-stroke and restore mobility. Continue reading “Electrode Implants Could Be the Missing Link to Recovery After a Stroke” »

Aid for Sundown Syndrome Helps Seniors & Caregivers Sleep Well

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Elyse
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Aid for Sundown Syndrome Helps Seniors & Caregivers Sleep WellFor people caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer’s, as the day comes to a close, the caregiving stress can intensify. A common experience in dementia called sundown syndrome, or sundowning, is when seniors become fearful, restless and agitated during the evening hours. This can be stressful for all involved. Frustrations worsen as family members try to keep the older adult relaxed and safe, while trying to get some rest themselves. Continue reading “Aid for Sundown Syndrome Helps Seniors & Caregivers Sleep Well” »

Overcoming Senior Food and Nutrition Challenges

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by Elyse
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Senior Food and Nutrition With all the busyness in our lives, how many times do we grab a cup of coffee and a bagel on our harried way to work, stopping for junk food on the way home to avoid the extra task of having to cook? Younger adults with a high metabolism, optimum muscle strength, and less chronic health issues can get away more easily with short-term poor eating habits; but not so for the elderly. Continue reading “Overcoming Senior Food and Nutrition Challenges” »

Creating a Heart Healthy Diet: Can It Safely Involve Saturated Fat?

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Core Cubed
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Creating a Heart Healthy DietIt’s tough to make the right choices for a healthy diet when recommendations seem to constantly be changing. The initial recommendation was that saturated fats found in items such as butter, red meat and fried food were unhealthy, but later research indicated that there wasn’t enough proof that people who gave up or reduced the amount of these items considerably improved their heart health – and therefore, we were given the go ahead to choose butter over margarine yet again.

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Senior Care Tip: Questions to Ask After a Heart Attack

Posted on: January 14th, 2017 by Core Cubed
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Senior CareSometime this year, someone you love may experience a heart attack. How will this change your lives? What information will you need to know? How can you help? The many questions of how your everyday lives will be changed can be overwhelming. As with anything, the best defense is a good offense, and, for senior care providers, being prepared now can (literally!) save you a great deal of heartache down the road.

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Are Pill Organizers a Hidden Danger for Seniors?

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by Core Cubed
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Care for Seniors AltantaBecause seniors typically take anywhere from 15 to 18 different prescriptions on any given day, it isn’t hard to see how errors and skipped doses can occur, but were you aware of the health risks that happen because of those missed or incorrect doses? Family caregivers providing personal care in Atlanta and throughout the country have been searching for solutions to help senior loved ones stay on track with medications. That is where the pill organizer comes into play: such an easy thing to place the correct meds within the appropriate slots for every day. Problem fixed, right?

Shockingly, research points to a significantly different outcome. Aging adults used to taking medications straight from the original packaging who changed to a pill organizer were bombarded with medical issues, including falls, hypoglycemia, and in one case, an individual unable to get out of the tub until eventually a rescue 12 hours later.

The analysis included 29 mature adults over age 75 who were not working with pill organizers and were, accidentally, not taking their prescriptions as directed by their medical doctors. For two months, half of the seniors began using a pill organizer, while the other half continued taking their prescriptions as they always had.

Interestingly, it was the seniors who had begun to use pill organizers (who hadn’t previously used them) who were the ones to experience health concerns. The speculation behind these stunning results stems from the notion that the seniors were omitting doses or taking their prescriptions incorrectly prior to using the pill organizer, and were getting negative effects from taking full doses of their prescription drugs.

Lead researcher Dr. Debi Bhattacharya stresses the need for people getting ready to move to a pill organizer to first discuss with their physician or pharmacist the correct dosage amounts. And she makes clear, “People who are already using a pill organizer without any ill effects should not stop using it as they do seem to help some patients take their medication as prescribed. It’s the switching stage which appears to be the danger.”

Atlanta Home Care Partners provides dedicated in home care services including personal care in Atlanta and can assist with medication reminders to confirm aging adults take prescriptions when they’re supposed to, provide transportation to pick up prescriptions, and note any negative effects from medications that should be reported to the physician immediately. Give us a call at (404) 228-0103 to learn more about the vital in home care services that can help keep your senior loved one safe and healthy.