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By Michael Connors LVN on Mar 6, 2016 4:44:49 PM

7 Signs of type 2 diabetes

7 Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

About 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, or about 9% of the population.

Type 2 diabetes is a result from your body not being able to use the human hormone insulin correctly in your daily life. Insulin is needed for the utilization of glucose (sugar) by your body’s cells via one’s blood. Once in your cells that glucose is used for energy. When you don’t have enough insulin glucose accumulates in the blood instead of being used by the cells. Often type 2 diabetes symptoms are unrecognized or attributed to other causes.

Here are the seven most common signs that may indicate that you have or are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

By Jennifer Jarrett RN on Mar 4, 2016 7:37:00 AM

14 Simple Healthy Meals and Snacks for Elderly Nutrition

As a nurse and a daughter, I strive to give my mom the right kind of nutrition she needs. But recently I noticed my mom wasn’t finishing her meals. In fact, there were times when the caregiver or I would put a meal in front of her and she wouldn’t even touch it. She would make silly excuses, leave the table, and putter off, busying herself with some irrelevant task. When I’d ask her about it, she’d say she just wasn’t hungry, and that food just didn’t appeal to her anymore. Elderly Nutrition can be quite a challenge. Just figuring out why they are not eating right, and then trying to adjust to their changing needs can be quite a challenge.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

By Brandy Wobschall on Feb 29, 2016 7:15:00 PM

10 Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

My Grandma sadly suffered from Alzheimer’s for more than 20 years.  During her final years, her memory and motor skills suffered terribly. We got in the habit, as most people do, of sitting in front of the television and wasting the day away. We had no idea of the importance of activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s. The more she did nothing, the more I felt her slipping away. 

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Topics: Activities for Seniors, Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support

By Laurie Randall LVN on Feb 14, 2016 9:50:18 AM

Help!  Mom is no longer able to cook her meals

Mom is no longer able to cook her meals and she needs help getting dressed every day.  My friend told me she may have to go to a nursing home! I can't bear the thought of that! Do I have options?

This is a very common scenario.  When elders begin requiring assistance, many well meaning friends or family members may recommend a nursing home.  The truth is there are several levels of care to be considered based on your loved one's needs.  Let's explore those options.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By David Grimes BS MA on Feb 11, 2016 5:47:09 PM

When Seniors fear bringing in a Caregiver

Louise and her husband lived in a mobile home park in the country.  They moved there while still in their sixties, but now, in their early 80’s, found everything about their life difficult.  Worse yet, her husband Bruce was becoming easily confused and agitated; so much so that the things he normally loved to do were simply being abandoned.  Burdened with her own medical issues, Louise grew overwhelmed.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Jennifer Jarrett RN on Feb 7, 2016 5:23:21 PM

Managing Senior Diabetes

Senior Diabetes is a significant health risk. As we get older, our risk for type 2 diabetes increases. Among those older than 65, approximately 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women are living with diabetes. In the United States, about 1 out of every 4 people over the age of 60 have diabetes.

In a nutshell, type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels that are caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Feb 6, 2016 8:35:48 PM

15 signs your parents need help at home

Ralph stops by to visit his dad on a pretty regular basis, about twice a month or so. He’s concerned since mom past away a couple of years ago, that his dad might need more help at home. He noticed the house isn’t quite as neat as it used to be, but he dismissed it as just a bachelor’s tendency to let things go a little without a woman in the house. But yet, dad seemed to be getting a little more lethargic as of late; sleeping in more, complaining about just not feeling to well. He even had a bad fall or two, but when Ralph tried to inquire more about it his dad dismissed it as “nothing”.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 20, 2015 5:18:45 PM

Normal Aging? No-It's Dementia!

Is It Dementia or Normal Aging?--Dementia Home Care Assessment

Martha's mom has always been a bit on the difficult side: very opinionated, stubborn, quick to point out flaws. But in the last couple of years it's been getting worse. Her mom has been getting obsessive about certain topics, "beating a dead horse" over and over. She recently got into a heated argument with her caregiver over the definition of "organic". The caregiver was agreeing with her, but Marhta's mom began screaming and escalating the argument, seeming to feel misunderstand and violated. When the family stepped in to defend, mom began attacking them, screaming at the top of her lungs. Only after everyone left the room and returned a few minutes later, did they find mom sobbing to herself. She said "I don't understand why I do that," "Why am I so negative?" , "I don't want to feel this way, what is wrong with me?"

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Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Caregiver Information and Support

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 16, 2015 10:46:34 PM

Stress: Coping With mom

Jackie's mom calls her at least twice a day now. Sometimes it's just to stay in touch, other times she's in tears because she just feels so awful and confused, but more times than not she calls to try to guilt Jackie into coming over. The caregivers she's hired are always awful people that can't be trusted; the house and the daily routine are more than she can handle; that terrible president we have is going to lead us straight to Armageddon; and it always ends the same: "when can you come over and help me again dear?"

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Living with Aging Parents

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 12, 2015 7:41:40 PM

"And Now For Something Completely Different"-Senior Humor

Here are some light-hearted and whimsical memes to brighten your day

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Topics: Harmony Home Care, Caregiver Information and Support