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Dementia

What is Dementia? Dementia is a progressive and generally irreversible condition of memory impairment. It is often associated with losing your mind and people find that very scary. There is a change in personality, lack of motivation and or loss of emotional control E.g.: disorientation of time, asking repeated questions, loosing things, forgetting, lying, and evading questions. Dementia works in reverse as it often affects the most recent memory and works its way back. The best way to describe Dementia is: imagine a pile of paper (metaphorically being your memory) sitting by an open window. As the wind blows, the top sheets of paper fly away as would the memory. As the disease progresses the pile of paper continues to shrink. How is Dementia and Alzheimer’s different or the same? Dementia is the onset of symptoms and Alzheimer’s is the diagnosis There are over 100 types of dementia and they are often associated with old age and we don’t want to mix natural aging with Dementia Alzheimer’s (the most common) unravelles the brain in reverse order as the brain in a child develops and effects approx 60% Vascular Dementia is caused by multiple mini stokes and effects 20-30% Dementia with Lewy Bodies is when trouble sets with initiating movement and effects approx 15-20% Early Onset Dementia effects under the age of 50 and is brought by diseases such Huntington disease or Korsakoff’s syndrome or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Different stages Early Stage need for supervision in their daily life and are aware of their situation Middle Stage need for daily care and the dementia is more profound...

How to Help Avoid Seniors Isolation

Feeling alone and isolated is very tough for anyone at any age. It is especially tougher for seniors. Seniors Isolation can have serious effects on their health, both mentally and physically. In Nicholas R. Nicholson studies from “A Review of Social Isolation”, he observed that “social isolation has been demonstrated to lead to numerous detrimental health effects in older adults, including increased risk for all-cause mortality, dementia, increase risk for re-hospitalization, and an increased number of falls.” There are many ways you can help your senior. Avoid the risks and complications associated with isolation. Here are a few suggestions that can help.   Avoid Seniors Isolation – Make transportation more accessible When seniors are no longer able to get around for themselves or no longer have access to either public or private transportation; this becomes the largest cause for Seniors Isolation. Seniors need a method of transportation to run errands, visit friends or family, or even attend a community event. They need to be able to just see people or spend some time with them. Ensure they have access to transportation, invest in a mobility assistance device, spend a day with them or figuring out a carpooling method with trusted neighbors or friends. By giving them mobility it will help them maintain social connections, and stay engaged with the world outside their home. Avoid Seniors Isolation – Give them something to take care of Experts have noted that feelings of Seniors Isolation can be avoided by the act of nurturing. Engaging in a hobby or adopting a pet from the local shelter. Pet therapy has been known to lower anxiety and blood pressure;...

Seniors Foot Care results in Happy Feet

Seniors Foot Care is essential for maintaining happy feet! Many of our feet problems are caused by poor foot care, injury caused by shoes, socks/stockings that don’t fit well, illness such as diabetes or poor circulation, and aging. The average person walks more than 10,000 steps every day, which equals to several hundred tons of accumulated force on your feet. Women have about four times as many feet problems as men; high-heeled or narrow shoes are often the reason and genetics can be blamed. Here are some Tips on how to maintain proper Foot Care: Check your feet every day examine your feet/toes every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, bruises and swelling if you have diabetes, consult with your health care team Wash your feet every day wash your feet in warm water daily dry your feet well especially between the toes Keep the skin soft and smooth apply thin coat of moisturizer to top & bottom (not between your toes) Wear shoes and socks at all times avoid walking barefoot wear comfortable shoes that fit well wear soft cotton or wool socks Keep the blood flow to your feet put your feet up when sitting avoid crossing your legs  Get started today; take good of your feet If you are over the age of 65, use the services of a qualified foot care nurse Be good to your feet and they will be good to you. . Contact us today for a Free Nurse Consultation to discuss how our Home Care Services and Seniors Foot Care Services can help you in the comfort of...
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