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Encouraging an Aging Loved One to Utilize Technology
Encouraging an Aging Loved One to Utilize Technology
By Monica Cordero, 8:58 pm on April 2, 2014

Technology is bringing families and friends closer together through enhanced communication that can be utilized by people of all ages and abilities. While younger generations tend to embrace new forms of technology without a thought, older adults may need some encouragement to take advantage of the many ways in which they can connect with their loved ones. Commonly Used Communication Technology As a leading provider of live-in care in Naples, we believe technology can be a great way to combat isolation among seniors and many forms of technology can act as learning and entertainment platforms. Seniors should explore the different…

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Preventing Depression in Stroke Patients
Preventing Depression in Stroke Patients
By Monica Cordero, 9:05 pm on March 26, 2014

Depression often follows a stroke due to changes that have occurred in the brain. Stroke survivors who have experienced a significant change in their lifestyle may also be prone to feelings of sadness or loss that can transition into depression. Although depression is common among stroke survivors, there are many things that can be done to promote better emotional well-being through the recovery period. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one who has recently suffered from a stroke, learn more about professional and specialized stroke care in Naples before you continue reading. Get Outside If your…

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3 Habits of Happy Caregivers
3 Habits of Happy Caregivers
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…

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Top 4 Challenges Associated with Alzheimer’s Care
Top 4 Challenges Associated with Alzheimer’s Care
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…

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When is it Time to Manage a Loved One’s Finances?
When is it Time to Manage a Loved One’s Finances?
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…

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The Real Costs of Hiring a Private Caregiver
The Real Costs of Hiring a Private Caregiver
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…

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Getting Dressed with Parkinson's
Getting Dressed with Parkinson's
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…

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The Healing Power of Touch
The Healing Power of Touch
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…

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Importance of Breakfast for Seniors
Importance of Breakfast for Seniors
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…

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Myths about Exercising and Aging
Myths about Exercising and Aging
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…

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