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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Doctor for Your Parent in Naples, FL
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Doctor for Your Parent in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on October 2, 2018

As your senior loved one ages, having access to a good primary care physician becomes more important than ever. When something goes wrong with your loved one’s health, the primary care doctor is among the first people to help. Since the physician will act as a go-to person for your parent, you need to find someone whom you both trust. Here are five traits to look for when choosing a…

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Various Stages of Alzheimer's Disease in Naples, FL
Various Stages of Alzheimer's Disease in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on September 18, 2018

Originally, practitioners believed Alzheimer’s had three phases. However, a more comprehensive analysis was offered by Dr. Barry Reisberg from New York University. He determined the disease process has as many as seven different phases. Here are the seven stages of Alzheimer’s you should know. First Stage During the first stage, some biological abnormalities start to develop in the brain. However, individuals may not exhibit any visible symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease…

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Medication Management Tips for Older Adults in Naples, FL
Medication Management Tips for Older Adults in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on September 4, 2018

Medication management requires seniors and their caregivers to work together to prevent serious mishaps. Older adults can use the following tips to ensure they take their medicines on time and in the correct dose. Stick to the Same Pharmacy Seniors should let their doctors know about all of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, mix-ups can still happen, and pharmacies serve as an additional defense against dangerous drug interactions. When…

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5 Signs Your Parent Should Quit Driving in Naples, FL
5 Signs Your Parent Should Quit Driving in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on August 21, 2018

Driving is one of the many symbols of independence, but there comes a point when seniors may no longer be safe operating a vehicle on public roads. Here are a few signs your senior loved one should stop driving. 1. Unexplainable Damage to the Car Older adults are often hesitant to mention they have difficulty driving. Whether this is due to their sense of pride or the fear their keys…

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Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day with a Loved One in Naples, FL
Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day with a Loved One in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on August 7, 2018

National Senior Citizens Day gives you the opportunity to honor your elderly loved one and participate in intergenerational activities. Check with local organizations to see if they are hosting community events for seniors. You can also consider the following activities to honor, praise, and uplift your loved one on National Senior Citizens Day. Create a Book of Poetry Ask your loved one to write a poem about what National Senior…

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Impact of Stress on Alzheimer's-Related Behaviors in Naples, FL
Impact of Stress on Alzheimer's-Related Behaviors in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on July 17, 2018

It doesn’t matter whether a senior has Alzheimer’s or a broken arm, heightened stress levels don’t speed up the healing process. When it comes to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, stress may exacerbate the symptoms of the condition. Here are a few things you need to know about stress and its impact on Alzheimer’s-related behaviors. The Physical Impact of Stress  When stress levels are high, the body responds by producing corticosteroids,…

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6 Ways Caregivers Can Take a Break This Summer in Naples, FL
6 Ways Caregivers Can Take a Break This Summer in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on July 3, 2018

The summer often brings a sense of renewal, and family caregivers can use their downtime to refresh themselves. As you prepare for the upcoming summer months, consider engaging in the following activities to make the most of your time.  1. Focus on Personal Development  As a caregiver, you likely spend some of your time helping your loved one increase his or her cognitive abilities. However, your own personal development also…

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Top Dos & Don'ts of Hip Replacement Surgery in Naples, FL
Top Dos & Don'ts of Hip Replacement Surgery in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on June 19, 2018

Hip replacement surgery is an increasingly common procedure for older adults. To make sure the surgery goes well, seniors and their caregivers need to be prepared for every step of the process. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of hip replacement surgery.  Do: Find a Supportive Caregiver  For most seniors, family caregivers are an essential part of the hip replacement surgery process. If you aren’t a daily part…

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8 Ways to Manage Sundowning in Seniors in Naples, FL
8 Ways to Manage Sundowning in Seniors in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on June 5, 2018

The symptoms of dementia often worsen as the day turns into night. One of the most common of these symptoms is sundowning, and seniors who experience this syndrome may get aggressive, wander around, or become upset in the evening. Caregivers who want to reduce the severity of sundowning should consider the following tips.  1. Keep the Surroundings Calm  For some seniors, sundowning seems to occur because the home gets busier…

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How to Prep Your Senior Parent's Home for Summer in Naples, FL
How to Prep Your Senior Parent's Home for Summer in Naples, FL
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on May 22, 2018

Even in the comfort of home, your aging loved one still needs to be careful during the hottest months of the year. Sitting in a warm house for long periods can cause dehydration and result in a wide variety of health complications. Here are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your loved one’s home for the summer season.  Have the HVAC System Serviced Many seniors avoid turning…

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