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Alzheimers Questions for Doctors
Alzheimers Questions for Doctors
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

An aging loved one’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, often resulting in a flood of emotions for both the senior and their family members. For this reason, it’s important to develop a close relationship with your loved one’s doctor by asking questions to help develop a better understanding of how the disease is likely to affect your loved one and your family. While you will need to plan for the future in terms of finances, legal rights and long-term care such as in-home care in Fort Myers, you will also want to become familiar with the disease and…

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Benefits of Senior Exercise
Benefits of Senior Exercise
By Monica Cordero, 5:32 pm on

Older adults who have lived a mostly sedentary life without too many health issues can still benefit from regular exercise. In fact, extensive research involving people in the 50+ age group prove that the number of benefits provided to seniors through exercise is limitless. Even less invigorating activities like an afternoon of gardening or a brisk walk around the block can have noticeable health benefits, so there is little reason for older adults not to at least consider getting a little more active. Increased Cognitive Functioning While it makes sense that exercise is going to be beneficial for just about…

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Floridas Silver Alert Program
Floridas Silver Alert Program
By Monica Cordero, 12:45 am on

Florida’s Silver Alert program can be helpful if you have an aging family member who is at risk for becoming lost or disoriented as the result of Alzheimer’s, dementia or another cognitive condition. This program, recently enacted in 2011, can help to ensure that individuals living with such conditions can be quickly helped if they get lost. At Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, we’re excited to share information about such a valuable program. Thus far, the program has been used in Florida more than the Amber Alert system, and has helped reunite more than countless seniors with their families. The following…

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Strategies for Senior Weight Management
Strategies for Senior Weight Management
By Monica Cordero, 12:31 am on

Weight management is a common problem among seniors and older adults, leaving many grappling with obesity and other health concerns, or confusion regarding how to exercise safely on a regular basis. With that in mind, it’s important for family members of senior adults to learn strategies that can help empower their loved ones to successfully manage their weight. If you have an aging parent or loved one who is struggling with his or her weight, dietary and exercise habits will likely be the first areas of modification. However, prior to making dramatic changes to your loved one’s daily routine, recognize…

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Physically Active Seniors
Physically Active Seniors
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Did you know that more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year? While there are uncontrollable risk factors for stroke such as age, gender, race and family history, there are many things senior’s can do to actively lower overall risk. Today, the Fort Myers home care experts at Home Care Assistance offer some general information on healthy habits that every senior should develop for protection against strokes. 1. Enjoy a well balanced diet One of the first healthy habits seniors should keep as they age is eating a healthy, balanced diet. Foods high in saturated fat and sodium should be…

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Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Anyone who loves food would be happy to know that the holiday season has finally arrived! But just because families are serving pounds of food, doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. At Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, we encourage family caregivers to prepare healthy and delicious options for senior guests to help promote overall health, and offer the following recipe for healthy rice pudding. It’s a great option for dessert that is sure to please everyone in your family, including your senior guests! What You’ll Need 1 ½ cups water ¾ cup uncooked brown rice 1 ½ cups low-fat milk ⅓…

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Happy Senior Couple
Happy Senior Couple
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Keeping an elderly loved one in the home or transferring the individual to an assisted living facility or nursing home is a question that many families are faced with today. Most seniors understandably have strong feelings about spending their twilight years in their own home and under their own terms. Unfortunately, when dementia creeps into seniors’ lives, the reality of staying at home can seem like a challenging task. People who are suffering from dementia often forget where they are or what they are doing in the early stages. It is not uncommon for an older adult to begin cooking…

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Seniors Enjoying Holiday Coffee
Seniors Enjoying Holiday Coffee
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

The holidays are a special time for everyone, young and old. However, it can also be a bittersweet time for aging loved ones who remember spouses or friends who are no longer here, or who can no longer get around to celebrate the season. To ensure that your aging parents, grandparents and loved ones feel included this holiday season, check out the following senior and family-friendly activities from Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers. Light Up the Night Every town has “the neighborhood” with the best lights and decorations. Bundle up your elderly parent or loved one and find the…

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