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At-Home Exercises for Seniors
At-Home Exercises for Seniors
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

A regular exercise program, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may reduce many of the common age-related health issues facing older adults, including reducing the risk of falls and broken bones, improving cardiovascular and respiratory health, and even boosting mental acuity. At Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, regular daily exercise is an important component of our Balanced Care Method, and all of our caregivers encourage their clients to incorporate as much exercise as safely and comfortably possible into each day. And the best part? Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn’t have to involve going to the gym….

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Discussing Alzheimers with Children
Discussing Alzheimers with Children
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Alzheimer’s Disease can take a toll on the whole family, not just the person with the diagnosis. Seeing someone you love go through the physical and emotional changes related to the disease is difficult to witness. This can be especially difficult for young children who may have fears about the changes they see happening to someone they love. If you are a parent and provide Fort Myers home care for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to begin a conversation with your children about the condition and what your parent or loved one will be going…

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Caregivers and Insomnia
Caregivers and Insomnia
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Hello, beloved family caregivers! Do you have difficulty sleeping? Rest assured, you’re not alone. A study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving found that 87% of caregivers experience insomnia. In this article, Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of home care in Fort Myers, shares what predisposes caregivers to insomnia and a few strategies to help you obtain sweet sleep. The Nature of Insomnia Symptoms of insomnia include: Difficulty falling or staying asleep Awakening too early Excessive daytime sleepiness Not feeling well-rested after sleeping Irritability, anxiety, or depression Difficulty focusing on tasks Memory lapses Increased errors or accidents Tension…

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Heart Healthy Activities for Seniors
Heart Healthy Activities for Seniors
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Valentine’s makes February a month about the love you have for the people dear to you, but it’s also American Heart month, an opportunity love yourself, too. Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States, and people aged 65 and older are at especially high risk. In men and women between ages 60 and 79, roughly 70 percent are estimated to have heart disease. Fortunately, you can help prevent disease by engaging in these simple activities to celebrate American Heart Month. Walking Walking is one of the most natural forms of exercise, and it’s something…

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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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