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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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How to Avoid Senior Heat Stroke
How to Avoid Senior Heat Stroke
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Senior adults are more prone to heat related illnesses during the summer months because their bodies do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature. Because heat stroke is a serious condition, caused when body temperature does not regulate itself properly, Home Care Assistance in Fort Myers, FL wanted to provide families with advice for how to keep their loved ones cool in the summer months to avoid heat stroke. 1. Use Fans and Air Conditioning An older adult is at risk of a heat stroke when their body temperature rises to above 106 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside of…

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Healthy Summer Recipes for Elderly
Healthy Summer Recipes for Elderly
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Healthy eating is important for everyone. Sometimes it’s hard to encourage the elderly to sit down and enjoy a meal. Why? Decreased physical activity reduces appetite. Food loses its appeal as the senses of taste and smell fade away. Many seniors find it hard to chew. Fortunately, the following recipe for easy to prepare Alaskan salmon is a great summer meal that allows friends, relatives, and caregivers to provide seniors with enticing meals packed with nutrition. Ingredients 2 6-oz fresh or frozen Alaskan salmon fillets 2 small russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced Single clove garlic, peeled and minced 8…

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Safe Senior Exercise Modifications
Safe Senior Exercise Modifications
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

Exercise is a primary component of staying healthy well into one’s golden years. However, a person’s flexibility, strength, and agility will begin to decline after the age of 50, and this can pose a few challenges for getting the right types and amount of exercise. To combat these age-related changes, workouts can be modified using these effective strategies from Fort Myers senior home care provider, Home Care Assistance. Choose Low-Impact Cardio Those with health conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis may find that their former favorite exercises, such as running, are no longer comfortable or safe. Alternative exercises, including cycling,…

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Measuring Senior Stroke Severity
Measuring Senior Stroke Severity
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

A stroke can impact a senior’s emotional, physical, and cognitive abilities for the rest of his or her life. If your loved one has experienced a stroke, an assessment can be used to evaluate their abilities, determine the best possible treatment, and help predict future outcomes. Home Care Assistance, a premier Fort Myers stroke care provider, will share information about this assessment. Understanding the NIH Stroke Scale The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is the most widely used tool for evaluating the neurological status of stroke patients, and it can help not only predict brain lesion size but also…

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Subtle Caregiver Stress Symptoms
Subtle Caregiver Stress Symptoms
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

If you’re providing care to an aging parent or loved one, you know the dedication and physical dexterity the job requires, but you may not be aware of the subtle toll on your own health and wellbeing. Obvious symptoms of being stressed as a caregiver include fatigue, isolation, stress, and lack of free time, but other signs are more subtle and disturbing. Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers, FL shares a few signs of caregiver stress that you may not have even noticed: 1. Trouble Sleeping You probably have less time to rest these days, but do you have trouble…

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Why Provide In-Home Dementia Care
Why Provide In-Home Dementia Care
By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on

If your senior parent or loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you might assume that a nursing home is the only care option, but have you considered in-home care? Reliable Fort Myers home care agencies offer seniors a high level of quality care on a one-to-one basis without requiring them to leave the familiar surroundings of home. Check out why more and more families are turning to home care to meet the needs of their loved ones with dementia: 1. Symptom Management Seniors with dementia often experience a wide range of symptoms from behavioral changes to feelings of fear, anxiety,…

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