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Reasons Older Adults Develop Mobility Issues in Cedar Valley, IA
Reasons Older Adults Develop Mobility Issues in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on January 13, 2020

Reduced mobility is a normal part of the aging process for some older adults, but other issues can prevent seniors from maintaining optimal posture and balance. Family caregivers should learn as much as possible about age-related mobility issues, including what causes them. Below are some of the top reasons aging adults experience limited mobility along with tips for prevention. Heart Problems Older adults with cardiovascular issues such as high blood…

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Amazing New Year's Eve Activities for Aging Adults in Cedar Valley, IA
Amazing New Year's Eve Activities for Aging Adults in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on December 23, 2019

A new year brings new opportunities for seniors, such as strengthening their overall health, building more memories, and maintaining their independence. To end the holiday season and start the year off more productively, your aging loved one should spend New Year’s Eve with friends and family doing purposeful tasks and having fun. Below are some fun things your parent can do to celebrate the new year and the benefits of…

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How Can Older Adult Die from Having Pneumonia in Cedar Valley, IA
How Can Older Adult Die from Having Pneumonia in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on December 9, 2019

The American Thoracic Society reports that approximately a million adults in the United States are hospitalized due to pneumonia each year. Also, out of the 50,000 people who die from this respiratory condition annually, most are 65 and older, which is why we’re going to focus on what you need to know about pneumonia, how it could affect an older loved one you’re caring for, and what can be done…

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Forms of Exercise for Older Adults Stroke Survivors in Cedar Valley, IA
Forms of Exercise for Older Adults Stroke Survivors in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on November 25, 2019

Physical, mental, and social activity can prevent a recurrent stroke, restore fine motor skills, and stimulate the mind. These forms of stimulation can increase the release of endorphins, which lower stress and anxiety and boost brain function. Continue reading to learn what exercises can boost your aging loved one’s cognitive health during stroke recovery. 1. Tongue Rolls Moving the tongue up and down, side to side, and in and out…

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Reasons Why Seniors Are Readmitted to the Hospital within a 30 Days in Cedar Valley, IA
Reasons Why Seniors Are Readmitted to the Hospital within a 30 Days in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on November 11, 2019

It’s essential that seniors and their caregivers take steps to reduce the risk of hospital readmissions. Readmissions can cause financial hardships and scheduling conflicts for caregivers and additional medical, psychological, and financial problems for seniors. Here are some reasons aging adults are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days and how to prevent them. Noncompliance with Treatment Plans Seniors who are noncompliant with their new medications, therapeutic diets, or wound…

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What are the Methods for Avoiding Elderly Hospitalizations in Cedar Valley, IA
What are the Methods for Avoiding Elderly Hospitalizations in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on October 28, 2019

Seniors regain their health in the hospital, and once they’re discharged, they must continue with the recovery process. Poor habits and ineffective treatment can increase the risk of readmissions, which are costly and potentially harmful to a senior’s health. Continue reading to learn how to avoid hospital readmissions and help your aging loved one regain optimal health. 1. Go Over the Discharge Procedures When speaking with the discharge coordinator, ask…

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Effective Tips for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers in Cedar Valley, IA
Effective Tips for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on October 14, 2019

Caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a great way to bond, but the role can also be frustrating and require a lot of patience. Your daily tasks will change as the disease progresses and your loved one’s needs change. Below are tips that can help you treat your loved one and reduce some of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. Don’t Rush Alzheimer’s can negatively affect mobility…

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Activities for Seniors Living with Dementia in Cedar Valley, IA
Activities for Seniors Living with Dementia in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on September 23, 2019

Having a dementia-related condition doesn’t mean no longer being active, vital, and productive. If you have a senior loved one with a condition that includes cognitive impairment, there are plenty of meaningful and stimulating activities you can encourage him or her to enjoy. Below you’ll find six suggestions. 1. Cooking and Baking When cooking and baking, use favorite recipes you know your loved one enjoys. Stick with simple recipes, or…

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Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Overview Loss in Cedar Valley, IA
Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Overview Loss in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on September 9, 2019

More than five million adults in the United States have Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that the disorder is responsible for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease damages neurons and progresses over time. The resulting biological changes are commonly known to affect memory and other brain functions. The symptoms seniors experience are more extensive and severe compared to the changes caused by the normal aging process….

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Tips to Communicate with a Stroke Survivor Who Can't Speak in Cedar Valley, IA
Tips to Communicate with a Stroke Survivor Who Can't Speak in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on August 26, 2019

Once the medical team stabilizes a stroke survivor, rehabilitation begins. Approximately one third of senior stroke survivors lose the ability to speak. Other adults do retain their speaking ability but can’t remember the correct words to express themselves. There are a variety of tools family members might find useful in helping an older loved one regain his or her communication skills. The Written Word If a senior experiences dysarthria following…

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