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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:

Battling Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Diabetes can be life-threatening if not managed properly. With today’s technology and medical advancements, it is easy to forget what a serious condition this can be, but it is possible to live a completely healthy and normal life!

Signs Your Senior Loved One Needs Assistance

Everyone wants to be independent and healthy as long as possible, and most seniors fear to be a burden to their loved ones above all else. If your older adult is showing signs of needing more care and assistance to have a full life, it’s best to approach it slowly and transition gradually. Read on to discover our tips and suggestions about easing your loved one into assisted living.

Tips for Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease changes everything for a person. Taking care of someone with the disease can be difficult and stressful. This article will give you some helpful tips for coping with the caretaking skills required to help the loved one stay as independent as possible for as long as possible!

How to Be the Best Caregiver You Can Be

If caregiving is new to you, it’s normal to feel some anxiety about your new position and what it may require of you. This article will give you the skinny on what you need to know to be the best caregiver you can be!

Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

You might have heard the term “aging in place.” It refers to the elderly, dementia, and Alzheimer’s patients aging at home for as long as possible. But how do you make sure that you as a caregiver survive this task and get the rest you need as well? Read on!

How to Reduce the Symptoms of Sundowning

Alzheimer’s Disease has a component that might be familiar for caretakers and their loved ones—it’s called sundowning, and it’s the increased level of confusion that tends to happen in the later part of the day. You may notice that they become more agitated as the evening wears on, and confusion increases. It happens more often as the disease advances, but there are things you can do to lessen the effects. Here are some tips….

Tips for Helping Aging Parents Stay Independent

For seniors all over the country, their main desire as they grow older is to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can. Their independence is incredibly valuable to them, so it’s important to know the signs to look for that may indicate they might need some extra help. Here are some signs to look for if you are concerned about their well-being living alone.

Tips to Keep Seniors Hydrated

For many seniors, the warm summer months are favored over winter, due to achiness and pain associated with colder temperatures. While summer brings warmer days and more activities outdoors, it also brings the danger of dehydration. It’s easy for any of us to become dehydrated, but it can be especially dangerous for seniors. Here’s why…

Avoiding Family Feuds over Power of Attorney

Deciding who will have Power of Attorney can affect family dynamics for years to come. That person will oversee major decisions, both medical and financial. Even if your parents plan ahead while they are fit and healthy, it can still cause problems in the family dynamic if not handled carefully.

Preventing Falls in Seniors

Many things can cause falls in Seniors and none of them are fun. The good news is that with a few tips and preventative actions, you can help the senior in your life to avoid becoming injured from a fall. Let’s look at a few simple things you can do to create a fall-proof environment for the senior loved one in your life.

Tips for Coping with Repetitive Questions from Alzheimer’s Patients

Have you ever noticed that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s often repeat things? It’s natural to have tons of grace for the same questions being asked for a short while, but you can easily run out of patience as the disease progresses. So, what to do? Here are some tips that will help!

Outdoor Activities Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy

Getting out of the house to enjoy some outdoor activities with the senior in your life is easier than you might think. Spring has sprung in most areas of the country and any doctor will tell you that getting outdoors is good for all of us, especially after a long winter! Sunshine carries significant vitamins and other benefits that affect mood, balance and overall health. Want to know more?

5 Superfoods Seniors Will Love

Superfoods have gotten rather trendy lately. As we have learned more about them and all their benefits, it’s become increasingly clear how important it is for seniors to have superfoods in their diets. If you are a caregiver, here are several superfoods you should know about!

How Alternative Sweeteners Can Help Alzheimer’s

It is now known that sugar has a serious impact on Alzheimer’s Disease, so if you know or care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, now is the time to help them cut sugar out of their diet because their overall health depends on it! Let’s look at some tips and info that will help you stay aware of the sugar your household is consuming and what you can do about it. There are many myths revolving around the great sugar debate, so we will now break down some of the more known ones.

Tips for Reducing Agitation in Seniors with Dementia

Sensitivity to the surroundings around them is one of the main issues among seniors who struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In order to soothe agitation and lessen difficult behaviors, it’s important to create a calm and relaxing environment. Here are 5 ways to help create a calm environment for the older adult in your family.

Part 2 - Tips for Discussing the Aging Process with Your Parents

A lot of friction can happen when a family must watch their parents age. The old phrase, “age gracefully” doesn’t always seem so graceful, especially when it refers to those we love most. Communication skills are vital to any relationship! Last week we looked at tips for discussing the aging process with your elderly parents. Here are even more great tips for caregivers and family members to have a meaningful conversation with aging parents.

Helping Seniors Have Good Health Through Good Nutrition

As a society, we have never been more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet to preserve our health and live longer. This is also true of seniors today! Just like children have certain dietary needs, seniors and older adults do too. Our bodies and metabolism slow as we age, making it easier to eat fewer calories. Fewer calories, however, does not mean less nutrition! Let’s look at the role nutrition plays as we age….

Tips for Hiring a Transportation Caregiver for Your Senior

Seniors have a variety of needs that require transportation that is reliable and safe. If the day has come when your older loved one can no longer drive themselves safely, you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Family or friends may not always be available, so it’s helpful to have other options on the table. Here are a few tips to help you hire a caregiver who can transport the senior in your life.

How Pet Ownership Can Make Seniors Happier

Pets not only fills the need to nurture and take care of something, but they can also improve our health! Did you know that the benefits of owning a pet goes far beyond companionship? It’s true! Studies have been done that proves how a pet lowers blood pressure and heart rate, lowers the risk of heart disease and stress, and even prevents depression. If you or your senior loved one is considering a pet, think about the following pros and cons:

How Caregivers Can Overcome Winter Challenges

Ice, snow and other winter weather is difficult for everyone, but when you are a caregiver it can take even more challenges. Doctor’s appointments, social activities, church, grocery store runs….all of this can be far more difficult in the winter months. There’s no doubt that falling is a huge risk for seniors, but they are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Here are some fantastic tips to keep your senior safe from falls:

Encouraging Seniors to Remain Independent

If you are caring for seniors, you already know how important it is to protect their sense of pride and respect. You want to encourage them to stay active and stay independent. But how? Read on.

Should My Elderly Relative Join a Dance Class?

Senior dance classes are an excellent way for elderly adults to get some exercise and boost their social life at the same time. From Zumba and salsa to ballroom dance and ballet, senior dance classes are both fun and challenging.

Should You Care for Your Parent if You Have the Flu?

Flu season is upon us and this year it is particularly dangerous. This means that people of all age groups are at risk of contracting the illness and suffering the potentially serious consequences as a result of it.

When is it Time to Take Over Money Management

At some point, family caregivers reach a point in time when they realize that their elderly loved one is no longer capable to handle their own finances. As tough as the conversation may be, they really must discuss money matters with their aging relative.

Handling Winter Storms While Caring for a Senior Loved One

Almost every part of the United States can be struck by a winter storm. While some may just bring a little snow or ice, there are severe storms that can last for several days and cause numerous problems like traffic accidents, power outages and a slowdown of community services

Tips for Helping Your Senior Manage Their Heart Failure

Heart failure impacts approximately 5 million people throughout the United States. This diagnosis might sound truly terrifying, as though it means that the heart has stopped, will stop imminently, or will no longer be able to work.

How Can Your Senior Help to Forestall Memory Problems?

Memory can be a huge concern for aging adults as they grow older. Age-related memory loss doesn't have to be something that plagues your senior, though. Engaging in an healthy lifestyle overall can make a huge difference.

Tips for Helping Your Senior Cope with Post-Holiday Blues

The holidays take a tremendous amount of preparation and bring with it massive excitement. For weeks you are filled with the joy of the season and the anticipation of the fun that is coming. All too soon, however, the holidays have come and gone and the season is over.

Know the Truth About These Stroke Myths

Most people know at least something about stroke. They probably even know someone who has had a stroke. It’s an all too common condition. In fact, about 795,000 people are affected by stroke each year.

Tips for Helping Your Senior Cope with Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease can be one of the most challenging effects of diabetes. A leading cause of vision loss and blindness, these diseases can cause a variety of difficulties for your parent, including diminished mental and emotional health, and decreased independence.

Managing Cognitive Changes Due to MS

Many people don’t realize that multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the cognitive abilities of those who suffer from the disease. Simply put, cognition is a person’s ability to think and perform higher functions that involve the brain.

Five Surprising Things Your Mom Gains by Hiring a Caregiver

You've been weighing the pros and cons of bringing caregivers into your mom's home. She needs the help, but the thought of having a stranger caring for her scares you. Here are five of the surprising things she gains with the help of a caregiver.

How is Gout Treated?

Gout is a kind of arthritis that affects men more often than women. It causes sudden severe pain that comes on suddenly and may be accompanied by joint pain and swelling. Fortunately, gout can be treated.

The Caregiving Dilemma

Are you (or someone you know) caring for your aging parents while working and running your own busy household? Learn about Rose, her dilemma, and the solution that Home Helpers of Wayland provides.

Helping Protect Your Senior from Illness This Cold and Flu Season

There are many reasons that elderly adults tend to be more vulnerable to illness and infection than younger people, including weaker immune systems and the likelihood of suffering from existing health complications. Use these tips to help protect your senior parent from illness this cold and flu season.

Deborah Lynn’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s with Her Mother

On Saturday, November 4th, the MetroWest Alzheimer’s Partnership and the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter will host Deborah Lynn Strafuss, a poet and author of “On Angels Wings: A Journey Through Alzheimer’s with My Mother.”

Does Your Parent Have Fall Allergies?

The fall brings a whole new host of allergens that can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. If your parent seems under the weather, it may not be a cold or the flu, it could be allergies.

Home Helpers of Wayland – Caregiver of the Month Spotlight

Our September caregiver of the month spotlight goes to Fatima Haire. Fatima is from Paris, France, and has worked for Home Helpers for over six years. For the last five years, she has cared exclusively for a lovely, elderly woman that has recently transitioned to needing 24-hour care.

Would You Recognize a Heart Attack?

The symptoms of a heart attack can be different from one person to the next. Some people have subtle symptoms while others experience severe pain.

Keeping Dementia Patients Safe

Although a family caregiver needs to take some precautions to make their senior loved one's home safer, safety precautions take on added meaning when the senior has dementia.

Keeping Seniors with Dementia Safe at Home

While home safety for a senior loved one is always an important topic for a family caregiver, safety precautions take on added meaning and complications when the senior has dementia.

Is Dry Mouth Serious in the Elderly?

While anyone can get dry mouth, it is especially prevalent in the elderly. If you are a family caregiver, you’ll want to find out whether or not your aging loved one is suffering with dry mouth. Dry mouth is more than feeling thirsty, it’s a medical condition where the mouth makes little to no saliva.

Help Seniors Stay Safe on Evening Walks

Many seniors enjoy evening walks in the summer months, because the cooler temperatures as the sun goes down makes it more pleasant to be outdoors. However, there are some definite things that can go wrong on an evening walk with an elderly loved one.

What is a Heart Attack?

Hearing that a loved one has had a heart attack is frightening. Unfortunately, heart attacks are more common than anyone would like them to be.

The Veteran’s Administration Respite Care Benefit Q&A with Patty Lieber, Social Worker for the Veteran’s Administration

Patty Lieber is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) for the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and Homeless Veteran’s Clinic. She also covers VA outpatient services in Boston-area towns including Framingham. We caught up with Patty recently to help the community learn how veterans and their families can benefit from this little-known care program.

Type 2 Diabetes Complications in the Elderly

According to many studies, one in four Americans over the age of 65 have Type 2 diabetes. This type is often caused by being overweight, and by not taking proper care of one’s health.

4 Ways Home Care Can Help Parkinson’s Sufferers

Parkinson’s disease affects everything from one’s mental capabilities to one’s ability to move. It is a condition marked by tremors, stiffness, and other symptoms that limit one’s mobility, and it can be very difficult to live with on your own.

Do You Know the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C can be caused by many things, including exposure to infected blood, an unsterile tattoo needle, and blood transfusions. It is most common in people who were born between 1945 and 1965, but a definitive explanation for this is not yet known.

What You Should Know About Air Quality Awareness

Homecare in Lincoln MA: This is Air Quality Awareness Week. This weeklong observance is designed to bring awareness to the issues of air pollution and poor air quality, and to help people make choices that will reduce air pollution and protect their health and well-being.

Helping Your Parent Prevent a Stroke

According to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. There are definitive steps you can help your parent take that may not ensure, but will definitely increase, their chances of making it through their later years without experiencing the debilitating effects of a stroke.

Are You Having a Difficult Time Sleeping at Night?

If you're not getting enough sleep, your days as a family caregiver are likely to feel incredibly long and difficult. Figuring out what's keeping you from sleeping can be the key.

Home Care: A Legacy of Support

A legacy can be a powerful force to leave behind and when a person has reached a point in their life when they can no longer manage their own basic care at home safely, relying on an aide or family members for help may be essential.

When an Aging Parent Has Emphysema

Emphysema makes breathing more difficult, and for adult children of seniors with emphysema, this can be scary. Here are a few tips for caring with a senior with emphysema.

Home Safety Tips for Seniors with Low Vision

As your parent gets older, one of the first changes they may notice is the fact that their eyesight is not what it used to be. Chances are low vision is to blame for your loved one’s eyesight problems, and they are not alone.

Exercise Tips for Those with Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis in those over 65 years of age. It is so common that one in two adults will develop osteoarthritis of the knee.

Tips for Avoiding Some Myths about Pneumonia

For aging adults who are coping with a lower immune system than younger adults, this is a time when they are at increased risk of a potentially fatal lung infection known as pneumonia.

Helping a Senior with Alzheimer’s Keep Up with Their Personal Care Tasks

One of the greatest challenges that you will face as a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is coping with Alzheimer’s disease is the responsibility to balance ensuring that their needs are managed properly and their need for independence and autonomy. Use these tips to help your senior with Alzheimer’s disease keep up with their personal care task.

How Older Adults can Prevent Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is not a condition anyone wants to have, especially because it can happen out of nowhere and with very little warning. However, bladder training may be the help your loved one needs to get better control over their bladder.

How to Eat Better as a Family Caregiver

Family caregivers are on the go a lot and that can often mean that they make food choices that aren't so great for them while also trying to help their elderly loved ones eat better. Try some of these tips to improve your own eating habits.

Music and the Art of Caregiving

Consider turning off the television and turning on the music. It’s good for both you and your parent.

The Risks Associated with Isolation for Your Aging Parent

As a family caregiver you know that some of the risks that your aging parent faces are obvious, such as the potential for falls, low vision, hearing loss, cognitive decline, and the possibility of suffering certain medical conditions and complications.

5 Myths About Seniors and Exercising

Even with all of the benefits physical activities have to offer, some elders are reluctant to do them. Here are five myths to exercising that have been debunked.

Coping with Your Own Emotions on National Grief Awareness Day

August 30 is National Grief Awareness Day. This is a day that is ideal for you to focus in on the grief that you are working through and learn productive, beneficial ways to cope with this grief so that you can continue to care for your loved one in the way that they deserve.

ICYMI: (Video) Compassion, Not Money, Drives Home-Care Aides

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -– Malrissa Perkins, a home-care worker in Boston, talks about her routine and the physical and emotional hardships that come with America's fastest-growing job. The 21-year old spends each weekday morning waking, washing and feeding Alan Smith. Parkinson's disease and a brain injury have left the 81-year old unable to care for himself. (Source: Bloomberg)

Home Helpers Home Care of Metro West Boston Helps Serve Meals with United Way in Framingham

Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham Serves Over 50 Hot Meals on June 30th, thanks to volunteers and the United Way of Tri-County team. United Way’s Barbara LaGrenade, the Volunteer Center Director and Mark Bush, the Operations Director and their team, together with volunteers, serve free hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:00PM-7:30PM at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham, MA.

Benefits of Owning an Aquarium for Seniors

Aquariums can be a lot of fun to look at for people of all ages, from the brightly colored fish to the fun décor that is lined up on the bottom of the tank. As interesting as they are to look at, did you know they also provide several health benefits?

Why All Elders Need to Eat a Healthy Diet

If your elderly parent is in need of senior care due to a health problem, changing their diet could make a huge difference in how they feel and look.

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