Home Care for Osteoporosis

Home Care for Osteoporosis

As we grow older, bone health becomes increasingly important. That’s especially true for seniors coping with osteoporosis and those at high risk of developing it. If you provide home care for a family member who is dealing with osteoporosis, it’s important that you know how to manage the difficulties and risks of this condition. Home Care for Osteoporosis To help, the team at Visiting Angels has put together this short guide to home care for osteoporosis. In it, we’ve included many of the same guidelines that our professional caregivers follow when caring for seniors with osteoporosis. We hope you’ll find this

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How can you Live a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle and Why is it Important?

In recent years a major recurring theme has taken center stage in scientific research on the human brain: The lifestyle a person leads plays a major factor in how the brain ages and can directly affect the arc of memory-impairing diseases. From diet and exercise to stress management and social interaction, there are very few parts of a person’s lifestyle that don’t affect how their brain will age. Though the level of detail provided by these studies can vary greatly, there has never been a better understanding of how the lifestyle choices a person can make to increase their chances

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Personal Story about Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinsons

Seeing What is Not There Is it possible to see what is not there? For people with Parkinson’s disease, the answer may be yes! It is estimated that nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s disease may experience hallucinations, or seeing things that others do not, or delusions, which are fixed, false beliefs over the course of their disease. Over time, it can be hard for some to understand what is real and what is not. Dan Sees the World and More Dan M., 61, spent his life serving his community. He was stationed all over the United States and

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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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What Kind of Doctor Treats Dementia?

What Kind of Doctor Treats Dementia?

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-Gkh4UxKc[/embed] Though many primary care physicians are able to make an initial diagnosis of dementia and provide basic care for memory-impairing diseases, working with a specialist in brain disorders and taking advantage of the physician’s more extensive experience is a necessity for more thorough treatment. According to Dr. Piero G. Antuono, Silverado Brookfield Medical Director, those seeking the most thorough treatment and care of dementia are best served by consulting doctors with formal training and experience in geriatrics, neurology or psychiatry. What Kind of Doctor Treats Dementia? Geriatrician A geriatric physician is a doctor that specializes in working with older

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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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How a Massage Chair Helped My Osteoarthritis

How a Massage Chair Helped My Osteoarthritis

Touching Testimonial about the Perfect Chair PC-LiVE I have Osteoarthritis in my spine, hips, knees, and ankles. I have had a spinal fusion (ACDF) of C3-C7 in my cervical spine. I am in constant pain in my neck, upper and lower back. I also have pain and muscle spasms in my shoulders and between my shoulder blades. Also, pain in my knees and ankles from the degeneration from osteoarthritis. Very few things decrease that pain. Norco and muscle relaxers help when it’s at its worst, but I don’t take either regularly. I just choose to deal with chronic pain. How

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Managing Diabetes in Older Adults

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults as a Caregiver If you provide care for an older family member, there’s a good chance you need to help them manage diabetes or their risk of becoming diabetic. More than 29 million Americans are diabetics, and another 86 million are at risk of developing diabetes due to high blood sugar. Diabetes is especially common in older adults – more than a quarter of American seniors are currently managing diabetes. Managing Diabetes in Older Adults The good news for caregivers is that by educating yourself on diabetes, you can play an active role in managing your

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How Fast Does Alzheimer's Progress?

How Fast Does Alzheimer's Progress?

It’s important to note that progression of the disease can vary from one person to another.  This depends on many variables, from the time symptoms were first noticed, along with the patient’s preexisting medical history, or even how the disease is managed.  Therefore, it is crucial to work with a physician experienced with Alzheimer’s, in order to cope and manage appropriately once this disease is diagnosed. How Fast Does Alzheimer's Progress? According to Dr. David Stern, Medical Director at Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community, symptoms of Alzheimer’s start early and can typically go unnoticed.  Generally speaking, there are two years between

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