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How to Care for Post-Stroke Seniors
How to Care for Post-Stroke Seniors
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

Stroke recovery can vary from person to person, but there are a few methods of post-stroke care that can help any senior no matter the severity of the stroke. The senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance offer these tips on how to effectively care for your elderly loved one after he or she has a stroke. Enlist Professional Help In addition to a physician, your loved one may need the help of a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and/or a home health aide. Initially, inpatient rehabilitation may be needed as well. Contact your local…

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Memory Games for Seniors with Alzheimer's
Memory Games for Seniors with Alzheimer's
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

Memory loss is mild in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but the loss can increase over time, preventing seniors with the disease from participating in their favorite pastimes. Brain-stimulating activities can offer seniors with Alzheimer’s a better quality of life by helping them recollect information. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, the staff at Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers suggests these 4 games to help stimulate memory. 1. Bingo Large bingo cards with high-contrast colors and shapes can help boost your loved one’s skills if he or she faces cognitive or visual challenges. The social aspect of this…

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Maintaining a Positive Outlook as a Caregiver
Maintaining a Positive Outlook as a Caregiver
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

Even though caring for your loved one can be rewarding, there may be times when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to restore a sense of balance to your life. However, there are plenty of ways to keep a positive attitude. The senior care professionals at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance offer these helpful tips on how you can stay positive during caregiving. Practice Gratitude Finding ways to be grateful can be a simple yet effective way to maintain a positive attitude while caring for your loved one. This involves spending time each day thinking about everything you’re thankful for….

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Foods to Eat to for a Healthy Senior Immune System
Foods to Eat to for a Healthy Senior Immune System
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

The food your senior loved one consumes can have a significant impact on his or her health in either direction, so it is important to focus on eating food that can have a positive impact. The senior care professionals at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance suggest these foods known to boost immune system health.  Yogurt Yogurt contains probiotics that can help improve your senior loved one’s digestion and enhance his or her immune system. Yogurt is also loaded with vitamin D, which can help ward off the flu and colds. Make sure to read the labels and stay away from…

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Mitigate Seniors' Feelings of Isolation
Mitigate Seniors' Feelings of Isolation
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

It is common for seniors who live alone to experience feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression. If your elderly loved one experiences these negative emotions, it’s important to take steps to help him or her feel happier. To help ensure you can promote your senior loved one’s sense of wellbeing, the senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance share four strategies for mitigating seniors’ feelings of isolation. 1. Provide Reliable Transportation A lack of reliable transportation is a main reason for many seniors’ feelings of isolation, leaving them unable to leave the home. Have family members or a part-time…

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Healthy Seafood Dishes for Elders
Healthy Seafood Dishes for Elders
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

One of the biggest factors in predicting longevity is diet. If you’re concerned that your elderly loved one isn’t eating right, encouraging him or her to begin regularly incorporating seafood into his or her meal plan may be a good first step. From the senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, here are scrumptious and nutritious ways to include fish in your loved one’s diet. 1. Baked Salmon Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great addition to your senior loved one’s diet. For an easy way to incorporate this fish into your…

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Learn Parkinson's Non-Motor Signs
Learn Parkinson's Non-Motor Signs
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

Though the primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are easy to see, there are a handful of non-motor symptoms that may affect seniors. If your senior loved one has Parkinson’s, he or she may be experiencing some or all of these hidden symptoms. To help ensure you are able to recognize and seek treatment for your loved one’s non-motor symptoms, Fort Myers Home Care Assistance discusses five of the less obvious symptoms of the disease.  1. Fatigue or Trouble Sleeping Because sleeping can become difficult for seniors with Parkinson’s as a result of nightmares, sleep apnea, and frequent waking to urinate, they may also…

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How to Avoid Arthritis in Seniors
How to Avoid Arthritis in Seniors
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

While research shows that osteoarthritis is genetic, arthritis symptoms don’t typically appear without certain triggers. If you’re concerned that your elderly loved one may develop arthritis, promoting healthy habits may help him or her avoid those triggers. Read on for several lifestyle factors that Fort Myers home care experts suggest can help your loved one delay or avoid arthritis. 1. Promote Weight Loss As extra weight causes stress on your loved one’s body, being overweight can lead to arthritic joints. However, even small weight loss can help reduce bone and joint pressure that cause arthritis. To help jumpstart your loved one’s…

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Best Hobbies for Seniors
Best Hobbies for Seniors
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

As seniors sometimes find themselves with more free time than before, they may find it difficult to find enjoyable ways to spend their days. Help your elderly loved one find a way to get engaged and keep active by suggesting a new hobby. Read on for four fun activities that seniors may find interesting, presented by a leading provider of senior care in Fort Myers. 1. Gardening Gardening is a positive way for seniors to feel productive and in control. As with caring for a pet, tending to flowers and other plants can give your loved one a sense of…

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Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's
By Monica Cordero, 9:00 am on

As Alzheimer’s disease affects one in three seniors, it is important for loved ones to know about and recognize Alzheimer’s symptoms. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, being familiar with the condition can help you prepare to provide appropriate care. Presented by Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, here are three of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. 1. Memory Loss Memory loss is a well-known symptom of Alzheimer’s. Memory challenges, including difficulty remembering recent events and forgetting conversations, are often the earliest symptom of the disease. If your loved one experiences this kind of memory loss,…

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