Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Medications are a crucial part of life for most seniors, helping them stay healthy and manage chronic conditions. But for all the good they do, medications also represent a risk for older adults. Making mistakes when taking medications can lead to serious — even fatal — consequences. So, it’s important that seniors and family caregivers alike do all that they can to avoid medication mistakes. Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes As America’s choice in non-medical home care, the team at Visiting Angels knows how important it is for seniors and their families to avoid medication mistakes. To help, we’ve listed some

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Losing Sleep? “Pink Noise” Might Be the Answer

Losing Sleep? “Pink Noise” Might Be the Answer

Poor sleep habits are a common problem among elderly adults. Up to 40% of older Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder, which include trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and a range of related problems. Research has shown that sleeping quality worsens as we age, and many older adults pay the price, faced with daily fatigue and an increased risk of health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and memory problems. Losing Sleep? “Pink Noise” Might Be the Answer Medical professionals recommend a range of strategies to seniors who struggle with sleep disorders, including reduced caffeine

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Is it Normal Memory Loss or Dementia?

Is it Normal Memory Loss or Dementia?

We’ve all had it happen – forgetting a person’s name or not being able to find the right word. Maybe you miss an appointment or misplace the TV remote. Some memory loss is only natural with age, but the question is often asked – is this just normal aging, or is it the beginning of something bigger? Is it Normal Memory Loss or Dementia? While minor memory loss is common with aging, it is not inevitable. Dementia, on the other hand, is generally a progressive condition originating in a specific disease or neurological disorder. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of

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Tips Dealing with Knee Problems

Tips Dealing with Knee Problems

How many seniors deal with knee pain and problems? Today in the U.S., joint replacement surgeons perform close to 700,000 knee-replacement surgeries. It the most frequently performed joint-replacement surgeries of our time and by 2030, we can expect that number to grow to 3.5 million. But patients under 60 will account for over 50 percent of the growth. Tips Dealing with Knee Problems I am one who experiences knee problems and avoids stress-related workouts and activities that require running and jumping and a lot of bending. I engage in more moderate activities like walking. But there are a few more that

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Is Arthritis Limiting your Activity?

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of adult pain and disability in the United States.  It is a symptom of more than 150 diseases, symptoms, and rheumatic conditions that includes osteoarthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia.  Most patients overlook the early symptoms of arthritis assuming the pain is a result of over-use. Is Arthritis Limiting your Activity? Osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. It is associated with a wearing down of the cartilage in joints.  Most commonly affecting the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine. Typically, osteoarthritis usually does not affect other joints unless previous injury, excessive

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Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees

Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees

Playing a board game is the perfect way to spend some time with the retirees. The variety of games allows for quality one on one time, as well as group fun with grandkids. Moreover, games are known to improve the health of the brain, which can prove to be a great tool in regard to the memory and logical thinking of seniors. And most importantly, this keeps seniors engaged, which reduces the dangers of senior isolation. Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees Here are the top 10 board games every retiree can enjoy: 1.  Bingo Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees

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Different CBD Methods: Pros and Cons

CBD Products

By now, you may have probably already heard about cannabidiol, better known as CBD. It’s the non-intoxicating cousin of THC that can offer all of the potential benefits of the cannabis plant without any of the high. It comes from industrial hemp, and has recently become federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. That’s great news for people who want to reap the inflammation fighting, sleep regulating, and immune system supporting benefits of CBD. While the variety of CBD products and brands currently on the market means CBD users get a wide option to choose from, it can also

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Getting Good Sleep fights Alzheimers

Getting Good Sleep fights Alzheimers

Recent studies have shown that getting plenty of quality sleep can help prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. It is a well-known fact that sleeping is necessary for proper brain health as it gives the organ an opportunity to rest and recharge. But did you know that while you are sleeping, the brain also processes memories and thoughts from the day? And because Alzheimer’s is a memory loss disease, one can see how the lack of quality sleep might affect your brain negatively. Getting Good Sleep fights Alzheimers  What links sleep and Alzheimer’s disease is a formation of protein

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Why Vision Changes with Age and How to Slow It Down

How Home Care Helps Seniors with Vision Loss or Impairment

While a huge number of today’s population need the help of glasses or contact lenses to improve their sight, it’s almost inevitable that vision will deteriorate with age. It’s estimated that once we reach early-mid 40s, quality of sight will naturally decrease and unless you’re incredibly lucky, it’s likely to happen to almost all of us as we age. However, while this process is considered natural, we’re certainly not doomed to a retirement without sight. There are multiple procedures and treatments that can be done to both prevent and rectify this process, meaning you’ll likely still have sight until the

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