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By Monica Cordero, 4:30 pm on March 19, 2014

A caregiver’s daily life will have its share of ups and downs, and some days are harder than others to strike that perfect balance. For this reason, every caregiver should know that their personal happiness will be reflected in the care they provide their loved one. Whether you are new to caregiving or need a refresher on how to boost your emotional well-being, Naples Home Care Assistance presents the most effective habits of a happy caregiver, helping to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle Before a person can take care of another, they must stay in shape physically. The happiest caregivers know that they must get daily exercise, eat nutritious meals and get the right amount of sleep each night. Additionally, it is important to make sure…

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By Monica Cordero, 4:24 pm on March 12, 2014

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can leave family members with a lot of questions ranging from their loved one’s current needs to future abilities and what to expect. To ensure that your loved one enjoys the highest level of quality of care as the disease progresses, it’s important to understand the challenges that you will face as a caregiver. Although the progression of the disease can differ from patient to patient, the following 4 challenges are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s home care. Misunderstanding Personality Changes – Changes in personality are among the toughest challenges that family members encounter. Hearing a loved one speak out of character, act out, or snap at a loved one can make it difficult for the caregiver to remain calm. It is important for caregivers to understand that…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:01 pm on February 26, 2014

Age comes with many challenges including forgetfulness and memory loss. While this can make certain activities of daily living difficult, it can have a severe impact on financial matters. As the Naples live-in care specialists, we understand that finances are often a sensitive subject to discuss, especially between adult children and their aging parents, and have provided a few tips on having “the talk.” There are many events which may indicate an elderly loved one needs help with finances such as an accumulation of bills, electricity being shut off or expired vehicle registration tags. You’ll need to step in if any of these events occur, however the best plan is to be prepared. You don’t want to wait until tragedy strikes to learn about your parent’s poor financial state. Sit…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:01 pm on February 19, 2014

When your parent or loved one needs extra care, a home care worker can be the perfect choice. They can provide you with the extra assistance you need without the high cost of a nursing home. While it’s tempting to hire a private, unlicensed caregiver who offers a lower hourly rate, there are other potential costs that should be taken into account. Before you decide between a caregiver from a Florida-licensed agency and an individual that lives right around the corner, here is some information you should consider. The Protection of a License A licensed caregiver typically costs a little more because they’ve invested in proper training and are registered with the state. If they commit a crime against a client, such as any type of abuse or exploitation, they…

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By Monica Cordero, 5:41 pm on February 12, 2014

While Parkinson’s patients must face a handful of new challenges, especially as the disease progresses, one of the most common issues arise when getting dressed. Symptoms such as uncontrollable tremors, spasms, and rigidness or stiffness of the muscles make activities that require dexterity like buttoning shirts and tying shoelaces increasingly difficult if not impossible to perform. Fortunately, there are creative strategies and resources that can make this daily activity less stressful for you and your elderly loved one with Parkinson’s. The following paragraphs include information to ensure quality Parkinson’s care at home; however if you provide care for an aging loved one with Parkinson’s and need assistance as their needs evolve, learn more about in-home Parkinson’s care in Naples before you continue reading. If your loved one experiences tremors or…

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By Monica Cordero, 11:31 pm on February 7, 2014

We have all experienced the power of touch in some fashion. Some have benefited from the comfort that a hug provides, and others have sensed immense support from a hand on the shoulder. From the cradle to the grave, human beings value touch, and many caregivers and healthcare professionals would go so far as to say that we cannot live without it. The geriatric years of life are a time when frequent touching no longer occurs for many individuals. These individuals might have lost their spouses or close friends, live in a facility far from family and loved ones or reside miles away from adult children and grandchildren. Physical and cognitive impairments sometimes decrease a senior’s ability to leave home, and this can reduce opportunities for daily interaction with others….

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By Monica Cordero, 10:46 pm on January 29, 2014

Skipping breakfast is not a great idea at any age; however, senior adults are at greater risk for serious issues such as malnutrition and fatigue when they skip this important daily meal. A healthy breakfast can help to regulate metabolism and appetite while providing a boost of energy that can help seniors to function throughout their day. Home Care Assistance of Naples presents several other reasons for seniors to eat a healthy breakfast, along with some simple options for preparing a nutritious morning meal. Benefits of Eating Breakfast As a person ages, their metabolism slows which can make it harder to maintain a normal weight and can interfere with the body’s absorption of vital nutrients. If a person regularly skips meals and does not absorb the nutrition they need from…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:15 pm on January 22, 2014

People often joke about being too old to do certain things, but you never outgrow the need to exercise. Unfortunately, many people are discouraged from exercising because of certain myths regarding exercise and aging. And with the New Year in full swing, we thought it was time seniors and their families knew the truth about exercising with age and why it’s so important. Myth 1: The Decline of Old Age is Inevitable It’s true that the human body declines with age, but that doesn’t mean that exercise won’t help. In fact, there are people in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s who are still lifting weights and running marathons. There is a wealth of evidence showing that regular exercise improves physical health, can aid in memory and even reduce the…

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By Monica Cordero, 7:06 pm on January 15, 2014

Eating a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways for senior adults to reduce the risk of stroke. In addition to getting regular exercise, eating a diet that is low in fat, salt and unnecessary additives can help to reduce blood pressure and improve circulation. Want to know which foods are the best for senior stroke prevention? Check out the following list provided by Home Care Assistance! If you have an aging loved one who has recently suffered from a stroke, click here for information about specialty in-home stroke care services. Lean Meats – Those who are on a diet designed to reduce cholesterol are often wary of eating meat; however, seniors need the protein and iron provided by eating meat each day. To get the benefits without…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:20 pm on January 8, 2014

A ground-breaking 2003 study conducted by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that dancing improved cognitive abilities in seniors over the age of 75 and significantly reduced the risk for developing dementia. The 21-year-long study looked at a variety of pastimes, from doing crossword puzzles to playing golf. Dancing showed the greatest risk reduction in dementia out of all of the activities. How Dancing Helps Prevent Dementia Human brains access stored information through neural pathways. Sometimes the data is accessed through a single synapse; sometimes the brain creates multiple paths to the same information. As people age, some brain cells and synapses weaken or die. The accepted theory is that people who participate in activities that require different ways of thinking develop alternative pathways…

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