Senior Home Care Blog - The Lowcountry

Common Challenges Caregivers of Dementia Patients Face

If you’ve ever been a caretaker for a senior family member, you already know how difficult it can be. The toll it can take emotionally and physically can be daunting if you aren’t prepared. Let’s look at some of the most common issues associated with being a full-time caregiver and what you can do about it. Remember, knowledge equals power!

Risk Factors for Strokes Among Seniors

As the fourth leading cause of death in America, stroke statistics are frightening to say the least. Someone will die from a stroke every five minutes. So, it pays to know more about stroke, how it happens, who is at risk, and what to do should one occur. If you are a senior, or a caregiver for a senior loved one, you need to know the facts on strokes!

Memory Loss: When to Be Concerned

Have you ever heard the phrase, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Many seniors start worrying that they are losing memory and cognitive thinking skills as they age, and many of them think it just comes with growing older. To some degree, that can be true, but how do you know the difference between normal memory loss from aging and a cognitive decline such as dementia? Read on…

How Sandwich Generation Caregivers Can Relieve Stress

It’s stressful enough being a caregiver for an aging parent, but when you are also in the “sandwich generation,” things can be even harder. The sandwich generation refers to adults caring for senior parents as well as children young enough to still be in the home. Here are some helpful tips for easing the stress of caring for two different generations.

How to Defuse Anger in a Senior with Alzheimer's

If you are a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, you already know that it can be difficult for them to appropriately express anger. So, what to do when that anger seems to be spewed at you? Read on.

What to Eat and Not to Eat with Parkinson's Disease

You’ve probably heard of Parkinson’s Disease or know someone who suffers with it. It is a progressive disease that affects the central nervous system, making movement, balance and muscle control become very difficult. Over time, it can cause total loss of control over certain body functions. Although there is no cure, there are many treatments to help manage the disease. One such option involves nutrition. Keep reading to learn what seniors with Parkinson’s should be eating.

Helping Seniors Have Healthy Skin

As we age, our skin becomes thinner, less elastic and transparent, making bones and veins more visible. If you’ve had years of sun exposure, the aging process on your skin will be even more pronounced. Seniors often deal with skin problems as a result of aging. Here are just a few of the things to watch out for:

Lowering the Risk of Heart Disease Among Seniors

Did you know that heart disease kills more people than any other condition in the United States? While there can be genetic risk factors that increase your odds of developing heart disease, most often it is brought on by lifestyle choices that can be corrected. With one in four people dying from heart disease, it’s time to learn just what does put seniors at risk!

Healthy Food for Thought: How Nutrition Affects Seniors

Never has there been a time when we are more conscious about what we eat, our overall health, and how food affects us. There is no question that aging can be significantly impacted by the foods we eat, and as older adults approach their senior years, it will become clear that food choices will impact BMI (body mass index) and the measurement of the waist. Both things can put as at risk for many diseases when not kept at healthy levels. Learn more:

Caring for Someone with Dementia

Dementia is a condition that happens in the brain and is often marked by memory loss and confusion. It affects mostly seniors and can make normal tasks difficult to perform as it progresses. Here are some tips for those who are caring for a senior adult with dementia:

How Dance Can Improve the Lives of Seniors

Did you know that seniors can actually overcome many challenges of aging simply by dancing? It’s true! While we might not think of dance as something elderly people like to do, you might be surprised if you just ask them! Beyond the great physical benefits, here are some ways that dance can improve the quality of life for your older adult!

Is a TIA a Warning Sign of Stroke or Vascular Dementia?

Have you ever heard of a TIA? It is an abbreviation for “transient ischemic attack” that refers to having a “mini-stroke.” If the older adult in your life suddenly seems out of sorts or acts in a bizarre way, they may be experiencing a mini-stroke. They’re more common than you think. It would be very wise to know the signs and symptoms, and what to do if it happens. Let’s look deeper….

Managing High Blood Pressure in Seniors

If a senior loved one in your life is dealing with high blood pressure, you may be wondering how to manage it properly. It all starts with making sure they have regular checkups by their doctor so it can be diagnosed quickly. Here are a few tips that will help manage it as much as possible.

Recognizing Vitamin D Deficiency in Seniors During Winter

Seniors, like all of us, need all the essential vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. During the winter months, Vitamin D is often depleted due to lack of sunlight and time outdoors. This problem can be even more compounded because vitamin D is not found naturally in many foods like other nutrients are. For aging adults whose bodies don’t absorb vitamins as easily, it’s even more important.

How Regular Exercise Can Protect the Aging Hearts of Seniors

We all know that exercise is super important for our health, but did you ever stop to think about the heart benefits as we grow older? It’s especially true of seniors. Even mild to moderate exercise in seniors can help them prevent stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. It can also lower cholesterol levels and even help eliminate type 2 diabetes. Here are some other benefits for seniors who get regular exercise:

Keeping Seniors with Alzheimer’s Active and Engaged in Life

We have pretty much been told nowadays that Alzheimer’s reduces people down to nothing more than a shell of what they used to be. Family and caretakers often feel they have to just stand by and watch their loved one slip away. The good news is that there ARE things you can do to help your senior loved one have a better quality of life by staying engaged and active! Follow the ideas in this article to help your senior loved one feel valued and secure.

Managing Arthritis Naturally During Winter

When it comes to arthritis, older adults and seniors are among the hardest hit. As the weather gets colder, pain from arthritis increases and natural ways to combat this disease are sought after. There are many prescription medications that can help ease the symptoms of arthritis, but many of them come with unpleasant side effects that can be tough to endure. However, there ARE natural remedies to help ease arthritis pain! Read on.

Hearing Loss and Its Impact on Independence

Studies show that as older adults age, hearing loss is common, along with some type of decline in cognitive health. In fact, seniors with hearing loss will experience cognitive decline nearly 40% faster that those without. The bottom line is, by taking active steps to prevent hearing loss as early as possible, you may also be protecting your independence as you age.

Seasonal Affective Disorder - What is It?

Millions of seniors are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder every year, causing depression and sadness that is tough to shake. Here are the things you should watch for if you’re concerned a senior loved one may be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Dealing with Anxiety in Seniors

We all get a little anxious at times. That just comes with being human! But what about senior adults? Do they deal with more anxiety than usual? How do you help them work through their anxiety? Read on.

5 Tips for Ringing in the New Year with Seniors

Christmas has passed and now 2019 is upon us! This means more parties and more celebrating for most of us. However, if you have a senior loved one, late night parties aren’t exactly an easy thing to endure. New Year’s Eve often includes staying up late and partying hard, but there are many wonderful activities that allow for a grand time with the seniors in your life, that don’t include staying up half the night. Read on for our tips!

How to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays

Holiday time can be tough for many of us, especially seniors. There are a variety of reasons that make this a difficult time for many people. Seniors often feel anxious about needing assistance or being a burden. They may fear they won’t hear well and can’t enjoy the conversation around them. Whatever the case, we have some tips to help the seniors in your life enjoy the festivities!

Preparing Your Home to Host Senior Loved Ones During the Holidays

Holidays can be a crazy for time for many of us, especially if you are hosting family members. Perhaps you remember everyone gathering at your parents’ house when you were growing up, and now the mantle of responsibility falls on you—how do you prepare for hosting elderly relatives? We have some tips!

What NOT to Say to Your Aging Parents

As we become adults, the tables begin turning as our parents start aging, and in some cases, we even become caretakers for parents who begin having cognitive impairments like dementia or Alzheimer’s. It can be tough on everybody when seniors know they have memory loss and can’t do anything about it. Even though they may seem checked out, it’s SO important to be careful of what we say around them. Here are a few tips to help you remember what NOT to say to your aging parents.

Tips on Hiring Home Care for the Aging Senior in Your Life

If you have found yourself needing to think more carefully about the plan of care for aging parents, you already know that you need help, facts, options and support. It’s not always an easy transition to consider hiring care for the senior in your life. Here are some tips.

How to Handle Criticism as a Caregiver

If you are a caregiver for a loved one in your family, you already know that outside opinions and criticisms seem to come with the job. If you find yourself dealing with critical opinions of friends and family, here are a few tips to help you handle it.

Helping Seniors Enjoy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year where family and turkeys converge. The big Thanksgiving get-together is traditionally a time to share a meal, gratitude for the good things in our lives, and just good fellowship with those we love. Many of us are mindful of our diets, including seniors, so how do you help everyone eat healthy at the Thanksgiving feast? Here are a few tips.

Benefits of Physical Activity in Seniors with Dementia

It’s no secret that physical activity is a huge benefit to people of all ages, especially seniors. The hard facts of scientific research show that exercise WILL improve overall health! But, did you know that seniors with dementia are among those who reap huge benefits from physical activity? Read on to learn more…

Helping Seniors Utilize Smart Technology

While it might seem like an impossible task to help the senior in your life learn and embrace new technology, it may just be a life-saving action. Here’s why.

Caring for Senior Parents When Your Siblings Disagree

Disputes among siblings are very common when it comes to providing care for an elderly parent. The good news is that there are ways to handle this situation without tearing the family apart. Read on…

Stress Relief Tips for Busy Caregivers

Being a caregiver is a demanding job and one that requires a lot from you, both psychologically and emotionally. In order to prevent burnout, you need to learn how to take care of yourself as you are taking care of your loved one. Here are some tips to help you de-stress and avoid caregiver burnout.

How to Care for Seniors After Heart Surgery

Helping your senior loved one through surgery can be a daunting task, but also a labor of love. As with anything else that comes with aging in place, post-op recovery takes special planning to ensure the comfort of everyone involved. If you are a caretaker for an older adult, you may find it easy to trust their doctors, but not so much when it comes to trusting yourself. Following, are some of our best tips for caring for your loved one after heart surgery.

Healthy Meals for Seniors

As you begin to move into your senior years, choosing healthy food is a smart thing to do. When you approach the age of 60, your body begins to change, and your metabolism slows down. The food you eat is responsible to provide the nutrients that you need. Use these tips to select better for a healthier you!

What Seniors Should Know About Caffeine

Did you know that drinking caffeine can lower the risk for Alzheimer’s Disease? For many years it has been thought that consuming caffeine has a negative impact on one’s health, but in recent years it’s now becoming clear that drinking coffee in moderate amounts is indeed linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Let’s look at some of the most recent studies concerning drinking caffeine so you can feel better informed!

Recognizing and Preventing Strokes in Seniors

It’s estimated that nearly a million people will have a stroke this year. But here’s the good news: up to 80% of all strokes are preventable! The National Stroke Association and other agencies like it, have dedicated themselves to educating the public about how to recognize the symptoms of stroke, as well as how to prevent them. Scores of deaths could be prevented with this information.

Advice on Aging Gracefully

Depression, worthlessness, and anxiety are some feelings that are often found in seniors as they age. There is no need to allow these feelings to take over your life. When you begin to look at the positive things that come with the process of aging, it will allow you to age gracefully and gain the most from your senior years. Here are a few things that you can to do embrace the aging process:

5 Ways Poor Sleep Can Impact Senior Health

As your aging parent grows older, their immune system becomes more fragile, so sleep is crucial for them to stay healthy. Even though seniors tend to need less sleep in their older years, they should still get at least 6-8 hours of good rest each night. Read on to discover a few of the ways poor sleep can affect your health.

Survival Tips for Caregivers

If you’re a caregiver, you probably already know that it’s a very demanding job, requiring a lot of care and patience. So, how do you cope as a caregiver? Read on….

Keeping the Kitchen Safe for Seniors

Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Unfortunately, kitchens are also the number one place in the home for accidents, especially for seniors. How safe is your kitchen? Read on to find out what to look for to make sure your kitchen or that of your senior loved one is a safe place to be.

How Home Health Care Can Benefit You and Your Loved Ones

There are a lot of scenarios where home care may be warranted. Whether it’s a parent, a child with disabilities or perhaps you yourself need to research options for a long-term condition. Maybe an ailing loved one is going to be moving into your home and you’re wondering if you should hire a home health agency. Here are some of the many benefits to help you know which direction to turn.

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Did you know that seniors need regular exercise, just like the rest of us? It’s true! And one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise is yoga. Read on to learn more about the benefits of yoga for seniors!

Keeping Seniors Healthy Through Friendships

All of us need close friends, no matter how old we are! It is a scientific fact that having a close circle of friends keeps seniors feeling younger, healthier and calmer. Here are a few ideas for expanding your social network during your senior years:

Caregiver New Year's Resolutions

If you're like me, every December you get a ton of free advice about what should be on your list of New Year's resolutions ranging from the obvious to the impossible. Well, here's my list.

Experience the Times of Your Life

The memories will be more vivid and the experience more gratifying if we give the gift our loved ones really want: Our presence.

In Gratitude for Caregivers

November is Family Caregivers Month and that’s as good a reason as any to remind ourselves to show appreciation.

Seniors, Caregivers and the End of Daylight Savings Time

As the end of Daylight Savings Time approaches, some look forward to “getting back” that hour of sleep we lost in the spring. But many of us who care for those experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s have seen how it can worsen the effects of sundowning. Preparing in advance can help your loved one ease into the change and minimize sundowning issues.

Taking Care When a Caregiver Isn’t There

In-home monitoring serves millions of families, allowing seniors to live independently with dignity and offering priceless peace-of-mind to those who love them.

In-Home Support for the Vision Impaired

Caregivers often encounter families with one or more members experiencing a profound loss of vision. October 15 is White Cane Safety Day in the United States, an occasion to celebrate the equality of blind Americans and to affirm our commitment to their right to independence.

Caring Options for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

While we are confident we can find a cure together, we know that for families living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their current situation is a much more pressing consideration. That’s why Home Helpers is so grateful for the caregivers who share their lives with those afflicted with this terrible condition.

Caregivers Respond to Behavior Changes of Loved Ones

In preparation for World Alzheimer’s Day September 21, we’re highlighting some of the unique challenges faced by in-home caregivers supporting those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

What Grandparents Really Want

As professional in-home caregivers and families of those who count on our support, we know how much grandparents treasure their connections to family. But as Grandparents Day approaches, we're thinking about how this translates to the 21st Century.

Senior Citizens Day - August 21

Since the 1930s, American have marked one day in August to celebrate our seniors, the lives they’ve lived and the contributions they continue to make to our communities. Since the 80s, we’ve celebrated on August 21.

Eye Health Beyond Age 60

It’s important that we include regular – at least annual – vision exams in our caring plans. Senior citizens, in particular, should be screened for some specific conditions that affect them disproportionately.

In-Home Care Doesn’t Have to Pre-empt the Family Vacation

Whether it’s young children or an older adult, vacations can be a special kind of challenge for in-home caregivers. Our professional caregivers have noted some activities and attractions you can enjoy with younger and older members of the family, together.

When Home Caregivers Become Navigators

Caring for someone in their home means supporting their independence in many ways, and that usually includes their interaction with health care professionals.

Summer Reading for Those in In-Home Care

This summer, rather than recommending the books we’re reading that might be of interest to other caregivers, we’d like to suggest subjects that will interest our older loved ones.

In Home Care, Every Day Is about Independence

In-home caregivers celebrate independence every day. In fact, perhaps members of no other profession appreciate the importance of personal independence more than those who support the dignity of seniors hoping to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Caregivers Can Protect Elderly Even When They Can’t Be There

In-home caregivers are aware of the potential hazards our loved ones face while we’re with them. But one of the important roles of elder care is to anticipate and address situations that may be safety risks when we’re not there.

Home Caregivers Help Seniors Beat the Heat

With summer upon us, these tips for providing in home care during the hot months will help caregivers and their elderly family members be better prepared.

Father’s Day Technology and Home Care

Gift-giving for seniors aging in place is always going to be complicated, and there’s no single perfect gift for every situation. However we’ve found some of the current technologies remarkably user friendly.

You're Closer to Hunger Than You Think

Feeding America, the national network of food banks and food pantries, notes that almost one in 10 seniors who live alone are food insecure, which is defined as lacking reliable access to nutritious food. Many others may have the financial means to purchase a sufficient amount of healthy foods but lack the resources to go to the grocery or the ability to prepare it properly.

Memorial Day: We Remember with Them

Memorial Day weekend is a time when officially we stop to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their country

Senior Fitness Should Be Fun

With Senior Health and Fitness Day approaching, there are plenty of ideas for how to encourage your older loved ones to take their strength and conditioning seriously.

Maybe the Best Gift for Mother's Day

If you were to ask most moms, they'd probably tell you that the love of their families is the only gift they could ever ask for.

Financial Help for Caregivers of the Sandwich Generation

Sandwich Generation caregivers may find themselves in very stressful circumstances, as they are often saddled with the burden of their own kids as well as aging parents. Here are some creative tips that you may not know:

Is Palliative Care Right for Your Family?

In a nutshell, palliative care has one aim and that is to make life better for both the patient and the caregiver. This article will help you decide if it’s right for your family.

Things to Consider Before Moving Aging Parents Into Your Home

If you have aging parents and the time has come for them not to live by themselves any longer, you will likely need to decide whether or not to move them in with you. Let’s look at some key points to consider when making this decision…

Lowering Blood Pressure with Healthy Foods

With more than 75 million Americans having been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it has become one of the most common health issues among adults. Here are a few nutritious products that can help you bring that pressure down!

How Seniors Can Improve the Quality of Their Sleep

As we age, we are at greater risk for certain diseases, and seniors are especially vulnerable to high blood pressure, kidney disease, strokes and diabetes. That risk increases if they are not getting proper rest. There are many ways to prepare for rest and these tips are especially beneficial for seniors!

The Benefits of Pets for Alzheimer’s Patients

For most people, the sight of a playful dog brings a big smile to their face. Especially those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies show with overwhelming evidence that depression and anxiety are greatly reduced by the presence of pets.

Signs That Your Aging Parents Need Financial Management Help

Unfortunately, it’s a sad reality that aging parents often end up in financial duress. There are many signs that should alert you that something is going on behind the scenes, signaling for intervention. Let’s look at a few….

Understanding the Hidden Costs for Caregivers

It’s vitally important that if you’re planning on becoming a fulltime caregiver to your aging parents, you understand the costs and all that goes into it. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at all these issues.

Helpful Hints for Delivering Bad News to Senior Parents

Delivering bad news is tough, no matter who it is. It’s especially tough when you must deliver it to a family member or senior parents. Our tips can help you know how to talk about negative news with honesty and compassion. Read on for more info….

Letting Go of Guilt and Getting Help With Caregiving

If you can’t remember the last time you got a full night of sleep, had a nice relaxing meal or you have more to-do lists than you can possible manage, this article might just be for you!

5 Tips for Caregivers to Take a Break

If you are a caregiver to an elderly loved one, it’s very important that you learn to take care of yourself as well as your patient. Let’s look at some tips that will help you through not only caring for your loved one, but also for yourself.

Signs Your Elderly Loved One Is Hiding Dementia

It’s important to know the ways that many elderly people might try to hide their symptoms, but it’s even more important that they get the proper help and treatment. Let’s look at some of the following ways they may try to hide dementia:

How Seniors Can Avoid the Hazards of Winter

While we’re all affected by bitter cold, snow and ice, the dangers our seniors are exposed to are very real for those of us who are caregivers, or just concerned family members. But the good news is, with a little planning and preparations, it doesn’t have to be scary time of year.

Why Elderly Ones Need a Daily Routine

Most seniors need structure in their days and begin to feel a bit insecure without it. A daily routine they can count on does wonders in providing a sense of safety against the unknowns. Here are just a few of the ways seniors benefit from a structured daily routine:

Are You Providing Care for an Aging Parent or Loved One?

Caregiving is a hard job that can put a strain on marriages, careers and emotional wellness. Those who care for loved ones must be sure to care for themselves, too. Here are some essential suggestions for caregivers:

How to Find a Home Care Helper for Your Aging Parent

The key to choosing the ideal home care agency is knowing the amount of care needed by your mother or father. Listed below are some pointers for selecting a home care agency for your loved one:

Awareness and Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

Winter is upon us and now is the perfect time to for caregivers of seniors, as well as friends and family, to become familiar with the risks of senior falling. Falling can have serious consequences for seniors so it’s vital to learn more about the risks and the potential impacts on their health.

4 Ways to Help Seniors With Alzheimer’s Enjoy the Holidays More

There’s no doubt about it—the holiday season is the busiest of the year and can throw our normal routines into chaos. For seniors who deal with Alzheimer’s, this change of routine can be quite stressful. Here are a few tips to help seniors with Alzheimer’s find the holidays more enjoyable:

Why It Can Be Dangerous for Seniors to Live Alone

A recent study has revealed that isolation and loneliness can shorten a person’s life, so let’s look at some of the dangers of seniors who are living alone and what we can do about it!

Tips on Communicating with a Loved One with Dementia

The usual ways of communicating won’t work with someone with Dementia. A new understanding of how to communicate must be learned. We know it isn’t easy, so we want to cover some tips that will be helpful in connecting with your elderly loved one.

Here are 10 Tips to Keeping the Aging Mind Sharp

When we age, it isn’t just our bodies that change – our mind undergoes changes as well. In fact, the brain size actually gets smaller – sometimes up to 10% smaller. Here’s 10 ways to slow down this process and fight back. We offer you our 10 best tips in this article.

The Elderly Appetite: Causes of Change or Loss and How to Stimulate It

It’s natural that we experience changes in appetite or loss of appetite. However, these can also be signs of malnutrition or other health problems. Seniors might not need as much food as when they were younger, but they still need the right nutrition to keep them as healthy as possible. Learn more.

Elder Care and Role Reversal

No matter how much you think you have planned ahead, the day your aging parent can’t cope on his or her own comes as a shock. You begin to reverse roles: you become the “parent” and your aging parent becomes your “child” as the scope of Mom or Dad’s needs begin to mimic those you had when you were a child. It’s going to change the dynamic of your household. So what level of care will you need to provide?

Why Seniors Need a Living Will

No one wants to talk about end of life issues. Especially if those issues involve a beloved aging senior who isn’t near the end of his life. But no matter how hesitant family members might be to broach the subject, it’s crucial that a living will be discussed and legally documented while your senior is still able to make known his or her wishes for end of life care!

Five Tips to Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life

Life, as are many things, is often not always about quantity so much as it is about quality. Aging seniors often face losses in the quality of their lives well before they face the end of their days. Here are five tips you can use to help improve your aging senior’s quality of life.

Visiting Elderly Parents - Checklist to Track Their Health and Well-Being

At some time, you will find yourself wanting to keep abreast of changes in your elderly parents’ health and well-being. This will require a bit of subtle sleuthing and a lot of observation on your part. You might feel a bit like Sneaky Pete, but it’s for your folks’ good. Here's some tips on what to look for!

Caregiver Employment Opportunities at the AARP Virtual Career Fair

AARP is hosting their next Virtual Career Fair on September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. This live online event provides those 50+ with the opportunity to recharge their job search and connect with local and national employers – all from the comfort of home.

Seniors at Highest Risk of Hospitilization-Related Delirium

It’s important to know about delirium because in older patients, it’s often misdiagnosed as dementia. If that happens, they won’t get the right treatment and could even be sent to a nursing home. Learn more.

Keeping Aging Parents at Home

Many caregivers run themselves ragged trying to keep loved ones, especially seniors, out of assisted living or nursing facilities. Here are some ways to facilitate keeping your aging parents at home.

How to Deal with Denial About Seniors Needing Help

When family members refuse to face the fact that their aging loved one needs help, they can create anger, stress, and frustration for family caregivers. Here’s some techniques that will help.

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