How Seniors Benefit from Pet Therapy

How Seniors Benefit from Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is one of the long used treatments for taking control over a range of health problems, depression and mood disorders particularly. But just how effective could it be to renew your health? Mental health challenges, namely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), end of life trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease have been proven to be coped with using pet therapy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also marked the use of animals to reduce the feeling of loneliness, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. How Seniors Benefit from Pet Therapy Pet therapy can be given in another form, which is called animal-assisted

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3 Senior Activities that Improve Balance & Prevent Falls

3 Senior Activities that Improve Balance & Prevent Falls

Falls are a major concern for seniors and elderly care providers alike. Declining strength, coordination, mobility, and visibility all increase seniors’ risk of falling. Meanwhile, poor bone strength can increase the risk of severe fractures. Together, these risk factors have made falls the number one cause of accidental death among Americans over the age of sixty-five. The good news is that it’s possible to lower that risk. Both medical and elderly care professionals recommend a number of fall prevention strategies that can help seniors and family caregivers lower elderly adults’ risk of falling. One of the best ways to do

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Preparing for a Natural Disaster as a Caregiver

Preparing for a Natural Disaster as a Caregiver

The day-to-day challenges of being a caregiver are monumental as it is, but in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster they can be multiplied. For a caregiver, being prepared for a natural disaster like a tornado, earthquake or hurricane involves more than just canned food and bottled water – it requires an understanding of the emotional and behavioral needs of their loved one. Preparing for a Natural Disaster as a Caregiver While nobody ever wants to be faced with a natural disaster, the following tips are an important resource to what to do should the unexpected happen. Decrease Anxiety:  Limit

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How Home Care Can Help 6 Common Physical Difficulties

How Home Care Can Help 6 Common Physical Difficulties

Growing older almost always comes with physical difficulties. When those challenges arise, many seniors lean on non-medical home care providers. Caregivers help seniors live more comfortably, manage existing conditions, and limit the risk of injury or illness related to their physical concerns. How Home Care Can Help 6 Common Physical Difficulties At Visiting Angels, our home care providers, regularly assist seniors with physical disabilities, challenges, and concerns. Below, we’ve listed six of the most common physical difficulties faced by seniors, along with how home care can help. Lack of Mobility Poor mobility in seniors can be caused by loss of muscle

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How to Be a Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent

How to Be a Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent

If you have an aging parent, it’s normal to be worried about their health.  Moreover, if you recently stepped into the role of the caregiver for a parent with a health issue, you’ve also become their health advocate–whether you realize it or not. It’s important to take your role for your parent seriously. Here are 5 ways you can be the best health advocate for your senior. 5 Tips to Being an Awesome Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent 1. Prepare for Appointments When you have an aging parent, you’ll want to prepare for doctor’s appointments ahead of time. How to Be

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Veteran Home Care Options

Veteran Home Care Options

Finding Veteran Home Care Through Your Local VA Hospital There are more than 20 million American veterans living today. Many of our nation’s veterans are senior-aged, and many more are living with difficulties that make it tough to live independently. For these individuals, veteran home care assistance and support can be invaluable — but it’s not always affordable when paid out of pocket. Veteran Home Care Options If you’re a veteran in need of a helping hand around the home, you should consider contacting your local VA hospital. Veterans Affairs will cover a range of medical and non-medical home services, including

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How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

The research speaks for itself -- learning new skills and keeping the brain active are among the tools with the best chance of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Ongoing social connectivity and cognitive exercises are some of the pillars of Nexus at Silverado, a specially designed program that uses clinical findings to help slow the progression of dementia. One of the newest and most recent programs to be put into action is the American Sign Language program at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community. How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia? The inspiration for the program came

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What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care

What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care

Moving away from home and into a care facility can be a jarring experience for seniors. While moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home is sometimes the only option, studies* have found that these moves can have a damaging effect on the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of seniors. What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care It’s little surprise then that nearly 90% of seniors reported to the AARP* that they wished to age-in-place for as long as possible. That’s true even in situations where seniors require professional in-home care to live at home safely and

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Addressing Drug or Alcohol Abuse as a Live-In Caregiver

The Greatest Fears in Grief

How to Talk About Drug or Alcohol Abuse as a Live-in Caregiver and What to Look Out For When you’re a live-in caregiver, your No. 1 priority should be the health, safety and well-being of the person you’re caring for. Given the rising tide of prescription drug and alcohol abuse among today’s seniors, that entails knowing the signs of drug and alcohol abuse—and being able to talk about a potential problem with drugs or alcohol when you have suspicions. Addressing Drug or Alcohol Abuse as a Live-In Caregiver Substance Abuse and the Elderly Substance abuse by elderly Americans—particularly of alcohol and

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