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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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Diagnoses that Lead to Rehospitalizations Among Seniors in Cedar Valley, IA
Diagnoses that Lead to Rehospitalizations Among Seniors in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on August 12, 2019

Seniors have a higher risk of being readmitted to the hospital right after a visit than people of any other age. Certain diagnoses make it more likely for seniors to be readmitted because they’re either more difficult to treat or they result in complications more frequently. If your senior loved one has one of the following seven diagnoses, make sure he or she gets the best possible care following a…

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How Education Can Help in Reducing Hospital Readmissions in Cedar Valley, IA
How Education Can Help in Reducing Hospital Readmissions in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on July 22, 2019

Education is a proven way to reduce hospital readmissions. Today, many hospitals are taking education during the discharge process seriously, and it’s reducing the number of seniors who have to go back to the hospital after they’re discharged. Families should look for these types of educational opportunities to make sure there’s no confusion about how to care for a senior loved one when he or she returns home. 1. Identify…

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Ideal Foods for Stroke Recovery in Cedar Valley, IA
Ideal Foods for Stroke Recovery in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on July 8, 2019

It’s important for seniors recovering from strokes to maintain optimal nutrition. Strokes can impair chewing and swallowing functions, which may diminish the appetite. Here are some foods that are helpful during stroke recovery because they reduce the risk for a second stroke, are well tolerated, and are easy to chew and swallow. Sardines Fatty fish such as sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to play a…

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Meal Plan for Aging Adults with Alzheimer's in Cedar Valley, IA
Meal Plan for Aging Adults with Alzheimer's in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on June 24, 2019

The eating habits of seniors with Alzheimer’s can sometimes be tricky. However, to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and ensure their overall health, seniors need to follow a healthy diet. There are many different recommended foods to add to their daily intake that offer neuroprotective properties and nutrients. Meal Considerations Rather than sitting down to three fairly good-sized meals during the day, seniors with Alzheimer’s might be better off eating…

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Definition of Respite Care in Cedar Valley, IA
Definition of Respite Care in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on June 10, 2019

Caring for a senior parent can be a great experience, but it can also be very challenging. During the difficult times, you may need temporary relief, such as respite care. Continue reading to learn what in-home respite care is and how your family can benefit from the service while caring for an aging loved one. What Is Respite Care? Respite is a word that refers to taking breaks from challenges….

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How to Care for Two Elderly Loved Ones in Cedar Valley, IA
How to Care for Two Elderly Loved Ones in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on May 27, 2019

Caring for two senior loved ones at the same time is double the work. Today, many married couples decide to age in place together, which makes it easier to provide care for both of them. Alternatively, you may have two loved ones who live in separate places, requiring you to carefully divide your time between them. These six tips apply to both situations so you can make sure both of…

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