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By Beth Brown, 9:35 pm on May 14, 2014

Obesity has been a growing problem within the United States, and in recent years, nationwide statistics have shown that obesity is especially prevalent among the senior and elderly population. In fact, a 2010 study indicated that nearly 70% of elderly adults are considered either overweight or obese. As a leading provider of Palm Beach home care County, we believe that education is key in helping to reduce this problem, and have put together some important information about elderly obesity for seniors and their families. Increased Risk for Advanced Illness Obesity is listed as one of the primary risk factors for cardiovascular related diseases. When overweight, the body, more specifically the heart, is required to work harder. As a result, the senior may suffer from increased blood pressure and is at…

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By Beth Brown, 8:00 am on May 7, 2014

Grieving the death of a loved one is ranked among one of the most stressful life events, regardless of age. However, seniors may have more difficulty during the grieving process than their younger counterparts. It isn’t uncommon for seniors to experience a higher level of apathy and depression, which often has a direct impact on their quality-of-life. Although you may be grieving yourself, there are a few things that you can do to assist your loved one during this trying time. Combat Feelings of Isolation According to the Institute on Aging, feelings of isolation can occur as seniors face the reality that individuals who have been a major part of their lives for years and in some cases decades, begin to perish. As they lose close friends and family members,…

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By Beth Brown, 8:00 am on April 30, 2014

Declining vision is unfortunately a problem that most seniors do not deal with until it is too late and their vision has already been compromised. As a leading provider of home care Palm Beach seniors and families trust, we wanted to share some of the natural ways that seniors can improve their eyesight. Not only can the following changes play a role in preventing age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and dry eye, they can actively help seniors (and their younger counterparts) maintain optimal vision as they age. Modify your diet A diet that provides the proper vitamins and nutrients is one of the best ways to enhance vision and maintain good eye health. Leafy greens and vegetables including sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin have been shown to…

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By Beth Brown, 5:03 pm on April 23, 2014

While the outward face of Parkinson’s disease is limited movement as a result of stiff muscles and tremors, many patients experience a spectrum of cognitive problems ranging from confusion and anxiety to dementia and depression. When facing these behaviors, consistency and routine are vital in keeping your aging loved one grounded in their surroundings, compliant in daily care, and engaged in therapy activities. As a leading provider of Parkinson’s home care in Palm Beach County, we wanted to share a typical day in the life of a Parkinson’s caregiver. This outline can help inexperienced family caregivers with what to expect, helping them to provide the proper level of care at home. Caregivers should take the time to carefully assess the senior’s abilities upon waking up. Because some days are more…

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By Beth Brown, 6:47 pm on April 16, 2014

The signs of depression are not always evident to families. Sure, almost everyone knows that withdrawn behaviors and lack of interest in once favorite pastimes are general warning signs of depression; however not all seniors will exhibit such behaviors. As a matter of fact, there are a handful of symptoms that point to depression that are not as easy to detect, or are often overlooked because they are attributed to the normal aging process. If you think your aging loved one may be suffering from depression, check for these less-than-obvious depression warning signs, presented by the Palm Beach home care County Senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. An Increase in Physical Symptoms A lot of caregivers may assume that an increase in physical pain and suffering is generally expected…

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By Beth Brown, 6:39 pm on April 9, 2014

Routine doctor visits are extremely important for seniors to ensure overall health and to reduce the risk for advanced conditions in the future. In addition to attending scheduled appointments, it is important that seniors do everything they can to get the most out of their visit. As a leading provider of Palm Beach home careCounty medical professionals trust, we wanted to share a list of the top 3 things that all seniors should bring with them to doctor appointments. Trusted companion Going to the doctor, even if only for a routine check-up, can sometimes be nerve wracking for a senior. Bringing someone you trust can help alleviate fears and concerns, and they can also help record important information told to you by the doctor. If you feel uncomfortable going with…

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By Beth Brown, 9:19 pm on April 2, 2014

Overlooking early symptoms of Alzheimer’s is easy to do. Because many senior citizens experience some degree of memory loss as they age, it’s not uncommon for family members and friends to disregard these momentary lapses as nothing more than routine or expected. However, for about one-third of these senior citizens, this memory impairment will turn into Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive degeneration of the brain that causes a person’s memory, speech and comprehension to deteriorate. If you are concerned about the cognitive function of an aging parent or loved one, learn more about Alzheimer’s care in Palm Beach County and continue reading to find out more about the early symptoms of the disease. The more you educate yourself on the topic, the better you will be able to identify symptoms as…

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By Beth Brown, 9:40 pm on March 26, 2014

Caregiver stress is a common concern among those who provide long term care to an aging or ill loved one that can lead to burnout if it continues for too long. While caregiving has many rewards, it can also lead to physical and emotional strain that can affect every aspect of a caregiver’s life. As a leading provider of Palm Beach hom care County, we understand that for many caregivers, it is hard to admit when assisting with a loved one’s routine has become overwhelming. However, recognizing the signs of caregiver stress can allow a person to find healthy ways to renew their well-being so that they can provide quality care to their loved one. When caregiver stress occurs, it is important to understand that it is simply a physical…

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By Beth Brown, 4:46 pm on March 19, 2014

As we grow older, our bones become more brittle, thus increasing one’s risk for falls and other injuries. Studies report that falls are among the leading cause of disability in older adults, along with other detrimental side effects such as hip fractures and broken bones. In addition to the immediate injuries that occur from a fall, a senior who falls often requires a trip to the emergency room and a subsequent hospital stay. Surgeries and extended bed-rest further pose risks to seniors, one of the most common risks being infections. Because the immune system of elderly adults is not as strong as that of their younger counterparts, even the smallest infection can be extremely dangerous to a senior’s overall health. As a leading provider of post-hospital care in Palm Beach…

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By Beth Brown, 8:59 pm on March 18, 2014

Anyone who pays attention to recent trends in health and nutrition has undoubtedly noticed an emphasis on whole foods and superfoods. The term “superfoods” can be confusing to some, since it suggests that certain foods are a magic bullet for restoring health and reversing disease. While no one food can do exactly that, certain foods are prized for their multiple health benefits. At Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County, we believe that seniors who wish to improve their health through holistic nutrition have as much to gain as anyone else! In fact, seniors can expect to feel better and reduce their risk for chronic health conditions by enjoying the following 5 superfoods on a regular basis: Soy Seniors with high cholesterol are advised to consume soy products such as…

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