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Depression Seniors and Health Issues

How Does Depression Arise in Senior Citizens?

Almost everyone experiences some level of sadness throughout their life. However, depression should not be a regular or common occurrence for anyone. It also shouldn’t go on for a long time either. If this is happening for your elderly loved one, they may need companion care at home services and other help to break free from the depression. There are some ways to recognize if your elderly loved one is feeling depressed. If these things are noticed, be sure you step up to get your elderly loved one the help they need.

Moderate to Severe Sadness or Anxiety

Two of the symptoms of depression that your elderly loved one might experience are sadness or anxiety. Sure, everyone experiences these two feelings from time to time. However, when they become a regular thing or they are moderate to severe, it could signify depression. If you or a home care provider notice these things in your elderly loved one, you should take the time to talk to them about it. Hopefully, they will open up and let you know what is going on. Then, you and companion care at home providers can help them to feel better.

Low Energy or Chronic Fatigue

Your elderly loved one may also experience low energy or chronic fatigue if they are depressed. Depression takes a toll on the body and the mind which is why these symptoms may arise. When you talk to your elderly loved one, how do they sound? Are they talking less than usual? Do they miss phone calls due to taking a longer nap than normal? When you visit, is your elderly loved one just resting on the couch because they can’t seem to get up? If this is the case, your elderly loved one might be depressed.

No Pleasure in Hobbies

Have you noticed your elderly loved one has no pleasure in their hobbies recently? For example, if your elderly loved one used to crochet or put puzzles together, but hasn’t done any of that recently, they might be experiencing depression. Maybe, they feel alone and don’t want to do these hobbies on their own anymore. If that is the case, you can hire companion care at home providers to take part in these hobbies with your elderly loved one. It may also just help your elderly loved one to have someone around when they are doing these activities.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways that depression may arise in senior citizens. If you start to notice symptoms of depression in your elderly loved one, don’t ignore it. Talk to your elderly loved one to see what you can do to help them. Maybe, if you hired companion care at home providers they could help your elderly loved one to break free of the depression, as well.

Source
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/older-adults-and-depression

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Senior Safety Winter Safety

How to Help Seniors Battle The Bitter Winter Air

Winter is here, and your seniors or loved ones will start getting very cold even in the house. Certain conditions can restrict the blood flow, making a senior feel colder in the winter, or they may have medications that make them feel colder than the average person. As a person ages, the fat under the skin becomes thinner, making seniors feel cold easier. It will be essential to find ways to keep them warm.

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Healthy Habits Skin Care

4 Most Common Skincare Mistakes Seniors Make

Skincare is very important for seniors because the condition of a senior’s skin can reveal some types of health problems. Skin problems like infections can also make existing health problems worse. November is National Healthy Skin Month so it’s the perfect time for seniors to reevaluate their skin care routine and make some improvements. If your senior loved one has been having trouble with their skin or you have noticed that your senior parent has flaky dry skin they may be making one of these four common mistakes:

Showers That Are Too Hot

When seniors take showers that are too hot it can cause their skin to become dry and flaky, especially if they shower often. During the winter seniors may enjoy a hot shower to stay warm but showers should always be lukewarm to prevent skin problems. If your senor loved one really prefers hot showers then the showers shouldn’t last longer than about ten minutes so that the hot water doesn’t dry out their skin. A 24-hour home care provider who helps your senior loved one with personal care can also make sure they don’t stay in the shower too long.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

Seniors need to wear sunscreen every day. Even if they aren’t planning on going outside they need to have sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Senior skin is much more susceptible to damage from UV rays given off by the sun and seniors can have their skin damaged by the sun even if they are indoors. Your senior loved one’s home care provider should be helping them put on sunscreen safely every morning.

Not Moisturizing Daily

It’s also important for seniors to moisturize daily, and not just to moisturize their faces. Legs, arms, elbows, and the rest of the body can develop skin conditions that will cause rashes, infections, and other skin problems. Seniors should always moisturize their entire body after a shower or bath and then they should also be moisturizing daily when they get up and when they go to sleep. During the winter it can help to have a humidifier running in the bedroom or the living room, wherever your senior loved one spends the most time. A humidifier will help keep your senior loved one’s skin from drying out.

Not Using Senior Friendly Skin Products

Senior skin is very different from the skin that your senior parent had when they were younger. That means that using the same products that they were using 20 years ago won’t really be as effective as they used to. Seniors need to be using moisturizers and skin care products that are designed to work with the unique properties of senior skin. Lotions should be oil based and not water based so that they will trap in moisture. Seniors also need to use eye creams that are created specifically for mature skin and they should be applying that twice a day in the morning and at night.

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Alzheimer's and Dementia Dementia Care at Home

What Does Redirection Look Like with Someone Who Has Dementia?

People who have dementia may not have the mental capacity to control all their thoughts. For instance, if your elderly loved one has dementia, they will likely get occupied with one specific thought and not be able to let it go easily. An example might be that they are insistent that they need to go visit a friend (who they actually haven’t seen in decades). You aren’t going to be able to convince them they don’t really know that person anymore because they truly believe they do.

In instances where your elderly loved one is insistent on something, you and the in-home care providers may want to try redirection. What does redirection look like with someone who has dementia?

Look Into Their Environment

If your elderly loved one is insistent that they need or want to do something, but it isn’t possible, you may want to change their thoughts on this. While that may not be possible, there could be something in their environment that is triggering them to feel the way they are.

In-Homecare in Portage MI
In-Homecare in Portage MI

You or a senior care provider should take some time to look into your elderly loved one’s environment. Maybe, they pulled out an old photo album and saw their best friend from years ago. Since their brain doesn’t work as well as it used to due to the dementia, they may believe they are still friends with that person. If you can get their focus redirected on something else, then you can put the photo album away. That could help your elderly loved one to calm down.

Reasoning Won’t Work

If your elderly loved one has dementia and they are stuck on something, understanding that reasoning won’t work is the first step to getting past the situation.

Instead of trying to reason with your elderly loved one, you can try redirecting them. For example, in the friend story above, you could try telling your elderly loved one that they can see their in-home care provider (somebody they get along with). If you can get someone over to their house that they connect with, it could take their mind off wanting to see their “friend”.

Have Them Do Something With You

If your elderly loved one is still stuck on something, you might be able to redirect them by saying that you will do an activity with them. Sometimes, by saying “let’s do this together”, instead of saying “I need you to do this”, can make all the difference. If you can’t do something with your elderly loved one at that time, maybe you can have an in-home care provider do an activity with them.

Conclusion

These are some of the examples of how redirection might look with someone who has dementia. If your elderly loved one is focused on one thing and can’t seem to let it go, hopefully, these redirection tips will help.

Sources
https://www.alz.org/media/Documents/alzheimers-dementia-related-behaviors-ts.pdf

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Chronic Pain Seniors and Health Issues

The Best Exercises For Seniors With Chronic Pain

Movement is one of the best ways to manage chronic pain, and there are a lot of seniors who are living with this condition. Some studies estimate that 75% of seniors or more live with pain most of the time. Medications can help alleviate some of the pain, but those medications can have side effects. They can also interact with some of the medications that your senior loved one is already taking. Movement helps seniors by minimizing or getting rid of senior pain. But what exercise can seniors do if they’re already in pain? There are actually quite a few exercises that are great for seniors who have chronic pain:

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a martial art that is done very slowly with precise movements that are designed to increase flexibility and strength. It’s a great exercise for seniors because of the pace and because of the many benefits it offers. If you look you may be able to find a Tai Chi class offered a local senior’s center or find a local group that practices in a park or outdoors. Talk to your senior loved one to see if they’d be interested in this fun activity.

Walking

Walking is really one of the best things that seniors can do for good health. It’s easy to do. It doesn’t require a lot of equipment. And almost anyone can do it. The benefits of walking are substantial and one of those benefits is less pain. If you can’t walk with your senior loved one most days a senior home care provider can take your senior out walking each day to make sure that your parent is getting the activity they need to feel better.

Swimming

Swimming, like walking, is one of the most recommended exercises for seniors. Swimming is a low impact cardio activity that won’t hurt your senior loved one’s knees or feet because there’s no impact. A senior home care provider can help your senior loved one get to the gym or the public pool for swimming laps or for senior water aerobics classes that are paced perfect for seniors who are trying to stay fit.

Strength Training

Strength training is an activity that more benefits for seniors than people realize. Strength training is something that seniors can do at home but it’s a good workout. It will help seniors hang onto the muscle that they have and increase their strength. More strength means more freedom of movement. And that means less chronic pain for seniors.

Yoga

Yoga movements that are adapted for seniors can also help seniors build strength and maintain flexibility. Often senior centers and other places that hold events for seniors have yoga classes that are specifically designed with the needs of seniors in mind. Senior yoga classes can also help seniors manage stress and learn to meditate. Reducing stress can help reduce chronic pain so taking a yoga class could have multiple benefits for your senior loved one.

Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/exercises-to-reduce-chronic-pain

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Activity Ideas Social Seniors

Outdoor Activities To Do With Your Senior

Before winter hits, it will be important to help your senior get outside to enjoy some activities before it gets bitter. You can do fun things to help get your beloved senior moving around and enjoying the fresh air. Fall is here, and there will be events you can choose from as long as your senior dresses appropriately for the weather.

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Benefits of Home Care Home Care

Questions To Get To Know Your Senior

It can be super nerve-wracking for a senior to have personal care at home but also necessary. It will be the job of the caregiver to get to know the senior but also develop a care plan. A lot of responsibilities are thrust upon a caregivers shoulders. Many people don’t know this but it can be unnerving for the caregiver too. There are some questions to help break the ice and allow the caregiver to get to know the senior but also allow the senior to get to know the new person in their home.

It can be crucial to give the caregiver enough time with the senior and vice versa. This time will allow them to get to know each other on a personal level and have a connection that is not fabricated.

If you are unsure how to help your seniors get to know their new personal care at home provider, you may gather a few ideas here. Get the ball rolling by sitting with both of them and asking and answering important questions. This will help you feel comfortable too.

Questions To Ask The Senior

It’s going to be important to have a source of communication with a senior. This will help a family understand what needs work and what is going okay. It will also help the caregiver feel comfortable working in a home and with a person. Here are some good questions to ask the seniors for the family and caregiver to get to know them better.

Do You Feel Like You Need Personal Care At Home?

This is one of the best questions to get the ball rolling. It will open up a way for the seniors to share their thoughts. Is this a good idea? Are they open to the idea of having help around the home? If you are unsure if your senior needs help, just ask them. This is one of the best questions to truly get to know the seniors you love and start providing support.

What Activities Are Keeping You Busy?

As people age, the activities and hobbies they do might drastically differ from when they are younger. Knowing what they like to do for fun allows their family to enjoy the activities with them. It will enable the new caregiver to learn a little bit more about who the senior is. When caregivers run the store, they can also pick up new supplies for the seniors’ hobbies.

Do You Have Any Health Concerns We Can Help With?

Most people tend to be private about their health concerns or doctor’s visits. This can leave a family feeling in the dark about the health of a loved one and concern. Asking a senior about their health is important to understand what might be bothering them or affecting them. Personal care at home can also help relay information to the family and stay connected. There are so many ways caregivers can help with an aging loved one it is time to look into it. Start by asking these questions.

If you are considering personal care at home in Paw Paw, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!

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Company News Fresh Perspective Home Care

AUGUST 2021 FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

Congratulations to our newest Caregivers. Welcome to the Fresh Perspective Home Care Team!

07/09 – Harley Futrell

7/13 – Shaquilla Searles

Happy Birthday Wishes:

08/02 – Wendy Leach
08/23 – George Miller

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Alzheimer's and Dementia Dementia Care at Home

Four Big Benefits of Routines for Aging Adults with Dementia

Dementia changes how your senior’s brain functions, which can create bigger differences in the rest of her life than she expects. In the past, she might have had a loose set of routines for her day. As her dementia progresses, though, your senior may find that it’s much more important than ever before to have some solid routines that cover all of the bases for her. Here are some reasons that might be more important now than ever before.

Retaining Skills and Functioning

When your elderly family member has routines in place that work for her, her brain and her body are used to those routines and activities. Even if her working memory doesn’t actively recall that it’s time for her to eat, for instance, her body will be ready to eat at consistent mealtimes. But muscle memory helps, too, and routines are good for both building and retaining muscle memory with frequent tasks.

Maintaining Independence for as Long as Possible

Your elderly family member may have dementia, but that doesn’t mean that she wants to lose her independence completely. Routines help her to have ways to continue to be able to do what she can on her own for as long as possible. There may come a point where in-home care providers offer additional assistance or prompts, but she’s still doing as much independently as she can.

Reducing Negative Feelings

There are a lot of feelings that come up as your senior’s cognition changes. In the earlier stages, there may be a lot of frustration or even anger at what’s happening. But later, anxiety is more common. With regular routines, your senior may find that she feels calmer and that she’s better able to manage anxiety and other negative feelings. When those routines are disrupted, you’re more likely to see signs of anxiety.

Makes Life Easier for You as a Caregiver

But routines help you, too. Knowing what happens next allows you to manage your own stress levels. Also, being able to rely on in-home care providers gives you a chance to build your own support routines. All of this can help you to feel more organized and less chaotic during each day.

If you’re finding that it is becoming difficult to know what routines your senior needs, consider working with in-home care. They can help you and your elderly family member to find routines that support her needs.

If you are considering in-home care in Miamisburg, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!

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Family Caregivers Getting Help

Build a Team When Caring for Your Aging Parents

 

Two neighbors were chatting, and one asked the other how she’s been doing after her mom’s stroke. The neighbor often heard the other neighbor leaving for the hospital very early in the morning. She also knew about the care needs of the dad, who had dementia.

The other neighbor admitted she was feeling overwhelmed. As the medical power of attorney, she felt the pressure of making medical decisions, being on-duty at all hours to help her dad, and being present at the hospital.

She wasn’t sure she could keep up. In addition to the dozens of daily to-do tasks, she had to maintain a calm emotional state and be the leaning post for her parents.

Does this sound familiar? When was the last time you looked at your dad’s care needs in terms of your health? If you’re doing everything for your parents and little for yourself, it’s important to change that. It’s time to build your team.

The Goal of a Team

Why is a team critical? Caring for aging parents is emotionally challenging. Even if they’re always cooperative and upbeat, it’s hard seeing your parents’ abilities change. As much as you don’t want to think of them struggling to do things like cooking their meals, driving a car, or doing their own shopping, the day will come when they need help.

With a team in place, you have an emotional support system in place. Whether your other family members are involved or have professional caregivers, you have someone else available to compare notes, vent frustrations, and celebrate unexpected moments.

A team also ensures you have days off when you need them. If you’re the primary family caregiver and wake up feeling sick, you shouldn’t help your parents out. First, you need time to heal. Second, you don’t want to make them sick. They may not bounce back as quickly as you can.

How Do You Build a Team?

Where do you start? Talk to the rest of your family and any close family friends. You want to see if anyone is willing to help out each month. Your brother may have Fridays off and be happy to spend the day doing meal prep for the next week. Your cousin may be willing to pick up your mom and bring her along on grocery shopping day.

Discuss the things your parents cannot do without assistance. If they need medication reminders, that’s a daily task. If they need someone to do the laundry, that’s a weekly task. Create a care schedule that fits their requirements. Plan accordingly from that care schedule.

When you don’t have anyone to help with your parents’ care needs, call a home care agency. You want to have home care aides fill in gaps as needed. This way, your parents never have to go without, and you don’t have to reschedule your pressing appointments and responsibilities to make sure you’re free.

If you are considering home care in Almena, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!