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Tips for Healthy Aging

images (1)There have been numerous studies on what it takes to have a healthy life as we age. Without a doubt there are several areas that run through all of the studies. Here are the top ten that are generally found in all research studies.

  1. Live an Active Life
  2. Eat Healthy Foods
  3. Maintain Good Brain Functioning
  4. Develop Your Relationships
  5. Get Enough Sleep
  6. Decrease the Stress in Your Life
  7. Practice Prevention
  8. Take Charge of Your Health

To find out more about each of these follow our Facebook and Blogs for the month of September. September is Healthy Aging Month.

Keep Kidneys Healthy To Prevent Mental Decline

A recent study found an association between loss of kidney function and declines in memory and reasoning. The study suggests that maintaining health kidneys may be one way to protect against cognitive decline. Often kidney function problems are not identified until there is a substantial reduction in their function. To protect your kidneys you can help by following these suggestions:

  • Request a urinalysis and blood test when you have regular check-ups.
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • Keep levels of LDL(bad) cholesterol and triglycerides within healthy range
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Reduce your sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day
  • Quit smoking, limit alcohol to 1 drink per day
  • Limit diet sodas
  • Consume lean meat
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Control your weight

Incorporate these into your life and you should experience positive results.

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The Benefits of In-Home Care

As individuals age, they often need a bit more help with their day-to-day activities. The question then becomes whether or not that individual should continue to live at home (this can be either in a house or an independent living situation) or move into a more structured community like an Assisted Living. In-home care is a great option for many people in order to stay independent and has many benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows:

1.  Older individuals who live at home are able to maintain a level of freedom that would not be possible in a long-term care facility. For many, this freedom is synonymous with maintaining dignity, which is something many individuals fear loosing as they age. Similarly, those who receive in-home care can come and go as they please – for whatever reason. They can also choose their own meal times and do whatever they want whenever they want to – it’s all up to them.

2. In-home care allows the individual to stay physically close to the things they love. Their prized possessions do not have to be condensed and stored as they move into a single room. Being able to keep these items readily available is important because they often have sentimental value and are tied to countless memories. Individuals are able to keep any pets they may have if they live at home. Studies have shown that people with pets tend to be less stressed, which can lead to a longer lifespan.

3. Visiting hours are not restricted at home, so friends and family can visit on a time schedule that works for them. This lack of restriction often leads to more frequent visits, which helps individuals stay connected to their families. In a long-term care facility family members often  feel that their love one is getting help and enough socialization that they don’t need to visit as much.

4. In-home care can help the individual maintain better health. In places where many people live together, such as a long-term care facility, illness spreads very quickly and if one person gets sick, others get sick. At home, sick guests can be asked to postpone their visit until they are well.

5. With in-home care, the person does not have to deal with the emotional stress of adding multiple new elements into their lives. They will not have to adapt to a new routine in a new place, surrounded by new people.

6. Long-term care facilities can be very expensive and, in some cases, far away from other family members’ homes, especially in less populated areas. In many cases, the individual has already paid off their mortgage, which can substantially reduce the cost of caregiving at home. The stressors related to the actual moving process are also eliminated.

7. And last but not least, many older persons who live at home are simply happier. For most, the comforts of home truly are priceless.

It is now easier than ever for older persons to live at home. There are many services that are both simple to use and affordable. In-home care products and services, such as security systems make living at home a viable option, and in many cases enable you to honor your loved one’s wishes to remain in their home.

To learn more about our Eugene respite care services and the communities we serve, contact New Horizons In-Home Care at 541-687-8851 in Eugene, 541-752-9059 in Corvallis, 503-400-3000 in Salem, and 541-997-8115 in Florence.

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Part Two

In our previous post, we discussed five of the ten warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. This week we will address the remaining five symptoms. Remember: if any of these symptoms are familiar to you or a loved one, please contact a doctor!

  1. Poor judgment: Many people with Alzheimer’s experience changes in their decision-making ability. They may make poor financial decisions, and their decreased ability to make good judgments may also bleed into their personal hygiene and grooming habits.
  2. Misplaced belongings: Alzheimer’s disease may cause a person to place items in unusual places. When these belongings become lost, it can be challenging for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s to retrace their steps and recover the object. As the disease progresses, they may begin to frequently accuse others of stealing.
  3. Difficulty performing daily tasks: For people with Alzheimer’s, daily tasks can become difficult to carry out. They may become lost driving to a familiar location or they may forget how to do something they’ve always known how to do, like playing their favorite board game.
  4. Pervasive memory loss: Perhaps the most telltale sign of all, pervasive memory loss is an overwhelming and apparent red flag of Alzheimer’s. Forgetting recently learned information or important dates are common signs of significant and disruptive memory loss.
  5. Trouble with processing spatial relationships and images: A common sign of Alzheimer’s disease, difficulty in judging distances, reading, and interpreting color and contrast can interfere with daily activities such as driving.

If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your symptoms, in-home care may be the right treatment option for you. Contact us at 541-687-8851 for a free care assessment from one of our Nurse Case Managers at New Horizons!

 

Disclaimer About Medical Information:

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes and is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care. If you have persistent health problems or if you have further questions, please consult your health care provider.

 

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Part One

There are ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s; in this blog post we’ll cover five of them (in no particular order). In our next blog post, we will discuss the remaining five symptoms. Any individual can struggle with these signs and symptoms to varying degrees, and no single individual’s experience of symptoms is the same as another’s. If you recognize any of the following symptoms, please consider seeing a doctor.

  1. Withdrawal from typical activities: Those with Alzheimer’s often find themselves avoiding hobbies, social activities, sports, and work projects. A person with the disease may not remember how to complete a hobby, or may struggle to keep up with a favorite sports team. These strange changes may also lead to social withdrawal.
  2. Trouble planning and problem solving: Some people with Alzheimer’s experience deterioration in their ability to develop plans and work with numbers. They may have trouble following recipes or keeping track of engagements or work deadlines, for example.
  3. Disorientation with time and place: Memory loss is pervasive and confusing. It’s easy to lose track of time and dates. A person with Alzheimer’s might have trouble recalling what day – or even what season – it is.
  4. Problems with speech and writing: People with Alzheimer’s may struggle to keep track of a conversation; they may get lost in the middle of a sentence and misuse words.
  5. Mood and personality changes: Alzheimer’s disease can lead to mood and personality changes such as suspicion, depression, fear, and anxiety. Someone with Alzheimer’s may find himself or herself getting upset easily, especially when outside of their comfort zone.

Stay tuned for our upcoming post to learn about the remaining five signs of Alzheimer’s disease! If you are interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to manage its symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at New Horizons In-Home Care.

 

Disclaimer About Medical Information:

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes and is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care. If you have persistent health problems or if you have further questions, please consult your health care provider.

 

http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp

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