One of the leading conditions for seniors to experience is Alzheimer’s or dementia. Alz.com reports that Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, with over 5 million Americans living with the disease (and that number is rising). The treatment of Dementia can be tricky and its symptoms and side effects can be complex. Particularly, challenging behavioral problems can arise in patients with mid-to-late stage dementia. Feelings such as anger, confusion, fear, paranoia, and sadness, which are often common in those suffering from the disease, can often escalate to aggressive or even violent actions. Here we will share some common situations and what you should and should not do if they arise while you are caring for your loved one.
Our Director, Patrick Philbrick, on the air last weekend trying to get the word out about the Veteran’s Aide & Attendance benefits. If you, or someone you know, served in the military and need additional help at home, this benefit can provide desperately needed funds to help with fall prevention, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping and medication reminders.
The beginning of September marks the official start of World Alzheimer’s Month! This month is an international campaign organized by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September. The goal of the month-long campaign is to generate and increase awareness of Dementia and to challenge the stigma that is often associated with the disease. World Alzheimer’s Month 2018 will be the 7th year of the campaign, which was initially launched in 2012. Additionally, September 21st is the official World Alzheimer’s Day.
This is the most dangerous and cheapest route for your patients to take but sometimes is the best option. When patients call me at Harmony Home Care and can’t afford to private pay a home care agency, I suggest they do the hiring themselves. Then, I educate them on the duties they will be taking on and vendors that can help them.
Although winter often gets a bad rap for posing health risks for seniors as we see spikes in flu season, pneumonia, colds, and other illnesses, the summer months can create a whole slew of issues for aging citizens as well. Hot weather is dangerous to anyone in general, but seniors have an increased risk of its threat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are extremely common in older adults. A study from the University of Chicago Medical Center reports that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the US were attributed to those over the age of 65.
Many Sacramento residents are caring for their aging family members or loved ones on a daily basis while trying to maintain their own everyday lives, hold down jobs, care for their own immediate family, and find time for other responsibilities and hobbies. This is no easy task, but people often do it so their older loved ones can still live in their homes and remain comfortable.
According to JDRF.org, Type 1 diabetes is defined as “an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.” This disease can affect everyone from children to seniors and onset can occur at any age. Each year about 40,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the United States.
Cancer research, testing, and vaccinations are being created and worked on by doctors and medical professionals daily. Recently, researchers at Stanford University developed a promising new cancer “vaccine” that they originally tested on mice. The vaccine cured up to 97% of tumors in the tested mice. Later this year, the researchers will test the vaccine in about 35 humans who are diagnosed with lymphoma.
For seniors, technology often has a negative connotation. As more and more technological advances have been released in recent years, the learning curve has only increased. Often times, technology and seniors using it has a negative connotation. However, there are exceptions to that rule. In fact, researchers have recently begun exploring how virtual reality can be used to help seniors live and cope with diseases or other health problems. They found a variety of differing results for many different conditions.
It is no secret that heart disease is a prevalent threat that is becoming increasingly more common in Americans – particularly older ones. In fact, an estimated 85.6 million American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular diseases. Of this number, 43.7 million are estimated to be over sixty years of age. Although, those statistics may seem daunting there are things that can be pinpointed to contributing to the cause of the disease. One of the things that are often discussed and speculated upon in connection with heart related is this: Can someone die from a broken heart?