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Activities for Patients with Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but it is very serious. The disease can cause serious problems, among which is memory loss.

Memory loss may start as mild forgetfulness, but usually the disease worsens over years. What can be done to keep patients with Alzheimer’s happy and active?

Activities and hobbies that your loved ones liked in the past will be really helpful. Help them to continue staying busy with the things they like.

Doctors agree that such activities help to stir memories, lessen the irritability that the disease may bring, develop emotional connections and help to self-express. What is more important, all these activities should be meaningful, not just usual activities to fill the time. You also need to keep in mind that Alzheimer’s disease affects not only memory, but also behavior and senses. Be careful with choosing activities for your loved ones!

If we talk about the suggested activities, doctors suggest:

  • Play music and sing sons
  • Engage you loved ones in doing arts and craft
  • Clean around the house
  • Read books and newspapers together with your loved ones
  • Cook and bake together
  • Play with puzzles
  • Enjoy watching family videos

Always remember that every person should be approached differently. Be supportive and flexible. If your loved one doesn’t want to be engaged in any kind of activities – take a break and try later.

Keep in mind that with seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the result is not so important as the process. Enjoy the process of an activity together with your loved ones!

What Incontinence Products to Choose?

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For many people, buying incontinence supplies can be really confusing. It doesn’t matter whether you buy for yourself or for your loved ones. It’s not a secret that people of different ages can suffer from incontinence problems. If you have faced this problem, this article is for you, below you will find several important tips on how to choose the right products.

First of all, there are two types of briefs: cloth and disposable. Disposable pads are the most popular because they are more convenient. They are also recommended to people who have skin problems, because cloth pads worsen skin problems.

The next step is to decide what style you prefer. There are usual “pad” style and pull-ups. Pull-ups is a kind of underwear. They are good for those seniors who still lead an active life. Usual adult briefs are recommended for seniors who stay most of the time at home or are bed-bound. It seems to us that usual pads are more for those who have lost the ability to move, and caregivers help people to change them. For all the rest seniors, pull-ups are fine.
While choosing an incontinence product, please, consider the absorbency level. If your loved one drinks a lot or is diabetic choose more absorbent supplies.

Quality of the product plays an important role either, but we are lucky to have a great choice. Research, try and change brands if needed. When you find the ones you like, stick to the brand and buy when you see the discount.

We really hope that these tips will help you to choose the incontinence products that will work perfectly for your loved ones and make their lives easier.

Sleep Tips for Elderly People

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Sleep is one of the most important factors not only for seniors, but also for younger people. It is very important for normal physical and mental functioning of an organism. Lack of sleep brings fatigue and a bunch of different health problems. For seniors it is very important to sleep on average 7.5 hours per night, but many of elderly people suffer from insomnia.
There are several things that can improve the quality and the ability of sleep that is vital for seniors.

1.    Sun Yourself. Excessive sunshine increases the risk of skin cancer development, but sunbathing in moderation can bring only positive effect. Sunlight helps the body to produce vitamin D. This vitamin is known for keeping the bones strong.

2.    Create an environment that ideal for healthy sleeping. Keep the room cool and dark. The bedroom should be used only for sleeping; it should be associated with rest.

3.    Control senior’s napping time. It should interfere with the sleeping at night. All naps should take place early in the afternoon, not in the evening. At the same time naps should be short, not more than 40-45 minutes.

4.    Do not drink a lot of liquids before going to bed. Seniors go to the restroom at night more often than younger people.  You can control this process by limiting the intake of liquids.

5.    Do not consume caffeine in the second part of the day. The same should be said about alcohol, no alcohol before going to bed.

6.    Bedtime routine as in the childhood. It is very important for seniors to have a routine before going to bed. Half an hour is enough to prepare your mind and body.

Day View Adult Family Home provides qualified and affordable services for seniors. Our trained crew understands the importance of a good night’s sleep and we work to create positive sleeping environment for seniors. Our residents receive the rest they need.

What an Adult Family Home Should Offer?

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There are so many choices when it comes for choosing a special place for your aging parent. Day View Adult Family Home has been helping families by providing care to your loved ones.
Our todays’ conversation will be about the possibilities a high-standard adult family home should provide. First of all, daily life in such a home should be full of socialization and care. The facility should have all the amenities that make daily activities easier.
Breakfast is the beginning of the day and it’s good if it is served in a dining hall where residents can communicate and enjoy time together. Morning activities that follow breakfast should be of different kinds: outdoor activities, indoor games, reading, watching TV together with friends of alone in the apartment.
We encourage our residents to have walks outside; such outdoor exercises keep your loved ones in good mood and in physical form. Some adult family homes provide such services as taking its residents shopping or to the hair salon, to the bank, etc.
If any help is needed professional staff should immediately assist. An excellent adult family home provides care 24/7 and it doesn’t matter what kind of care is needed. Professionals should be here to help your loved ones.
The middle of the day starts with nutritious lunch. Several words should be said about food that is served. All the meals for seniors should be filled with vitamins, nutrients, give energy and strength for the whole day.
During the second part of the day many residents choose to visit their family and friends. We encourage them to do it, because it is very important to stay connected and not isolated. Socialization, by the way, helps to combat many diseases.
Those who choose to stay can have an afternoon nap or to enjoy their hobby.
Quality homes plan different meetings, invite speakers, interesting people or conduct different kinds of events. The life at a professional adult family home is not boring and full of events.
Usually evening is a family time. Family members come to visit their relatives and spend time with them, we encourage them to stay for dinner and talk to their loved ones. If you have any questions or propositions, we’d love to hear from you. Our goal at Day View Adult Family Home is to make your living here as comfortable as possible.

Social Isolation and Ways to Stop It

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First of all, we need to realize that loneliness and isolation has a negative impact on health.

Recent researches and studies have shown that social isolation of elderly people has directly connected to health problems and earlier death. 59% of adults at the age of 60 and older, who consider themselves to be lonely, show significant disabilities to carry out everyday activities.

Another study that can be found in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry states the fact that elderly people who suffer from isolation and loneliness double the chances for developing dementia within three years.

Some other researches have shown the connection of loneliness with early death. Social isolation and loneliness are strong predictors for an early death, strong as alcoholism and smoking. All these results should be taken seriously and the life of seniors should be changed, they should stay connected and be socially active.

What are the ways of helping your aging parents to overcome these problems and ease the sense of loneliness and isolation?

One of the possibilities is to move into an adult family home with lots of possibilities for communication.

Social isolation can be also caused by transportation difficulties. You need to resolve this problem for your aging parents. There are different transportation options provided in most cities, you just need to contact a local agency on aging, who will provide all the needed information.

Different activities and classes can be a good answer to loneliness. Local libraries, colleges, community centers provide numerous classes, clubs, social activities, etc. it would be great if you take these classes together with your loved ones.

If you’ve noticed more serious problems than just loneliness, it’s time to talk to the doctor and at the same time it’s time to join a support group. These support groups provide important information, as well as encouragement and understanding.

Is it Dementia or Depression?

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It’s not a secret that dementia is one of the most misdiagnosed diseases. If you see that your elderly parent begins to forget or has real problems concentrating, may be your loved one suffers from dementia? Or it can be usual depression?

To tell you the truth, it is very easy to diagnose these diseases wrongly. Both have very similar symptoms: sleep problems, loss of appetite, weight loss, difficulties with concentration, loss of interest, people become irritable and have problems remembering things.

As well as there are similarities between diseases, there are differences between them. Depression, for example, causes loss of energy and suicidal thoughts; and dementia can cause problems with organizing things, speech problems and incontinence.

People who suffer from dementia seem very unreachable, but there are several ways that help to unlock their hearts and emotions.

Very often such people make statements that are not correct and your reaction is very important. First of all, it’s better to be silent than start correcting. If you are silent, there is no tension between you and your parent. Your loved one feels secure and not frustrated. If you choose to correct, be ready to cope with anger and grief that were trigged by your correction. It’s much better to say something neutral or change the topic asking a question.

It is also very important to remember about the 5-minute rule. Caregivers and doctors know that people who suffer from dementia have short memory. If your parent refuses doing something, stay calm and wait for a little bit, then return with the same question. Usually their reaction is changed. Very often 5-minute rule helps to keep stress on a low level.

If you have questions or problems with taking care about your parents, Day View Adult Home in Renton will gladly help you. Contact us and our professional team will resolve your problem.

Healthy Food for Seniors

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Healthy eating is important for everybody, but especially for kids and seniors. Every elderly person has different nutritional issues and needs, but there is a list of the products that are considered to be the best healthy food for elderly people. If you like products from our list consult your doctor and talk to him about the possibility of changing the diet.

Products that improve brain functioning and memory:

Salmon: Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are good not only for your brain, but also for your heart.

Canola oil: Cook using canola oil and increase your daily intake of omega-3.

Avocado: avocado contains a lot of healthy fatty acids that are good for your memory.

Eggs: Choline that is found in eggs, is a type of Vitamin B and it is perfect for increasing you memory.

Almonds: Almonds do not only give you energy, but they also contain choline useful for the brain.

Products for your bone health:

Fortified milk: Only milk that is fortified with Vitamin D should be used by elderly people.

Cottage cheese: Doctors say that cottage cheese contains 156 – 318 mg of calcium.

Kale: Kale doesn’t only contain calcium that is good for your bones, but it is also rich in Vitamin K.

Collards: Experiments show that just half of a cup of collards contains 20% of your recommended daily value of calcium.

Foods for better digestion:

Beets: Nutritionists agree that red beets help constipation symptoms.

Cod liver oil: This oil is rich in Vitamin D and Vitamin A that are good for the digestive tract.

Prunes: they are rich in fiber, which helps to digest.

Turnips: Turnips is another source of good dietary fiber.

Foods for the better eyesight:

Lutein: All foods that contain lutein are good for your eyesight; this is kale, spinach, etc.

Garlic: Garlic is a great source of sulfur that helps in production of glutathione, antioxidant for your eyes.

Onions: Onions are also rich in glutathione.

Fish Oil: Fish oil helps to preserve your precious eyesight. It can be found in flax seed, walnuts, salmon, mackerel, etc.

Eldercare Tips: What to Do When Aging Parents Fall?

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Our todays conversation will touch a very serious problem. First of all, let’s look at the numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% – 30% of aging people who fall suffer such injuries as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These traumas can lead to very serious diseases as well as to the disability to live independently.

It also happens that people who often fall develop a fear of falling. It can result in the limitation of activities and movements.

There are several pieces of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

·    Encourage you loved ones to exercise on a regular basis. Fitness experts recommend such exercises that help to improve balance and leg strength.

·    Contact your aging parents’ doctor and make sure that none of the prescribed medicines cause drowsiness or dizziness.

·    Have their eyes checked regularly, at least once a year. Make sure they use correct eyeglasses.

·    If your parents still leave independently at home, make their homes safe. Experts say that it is important to reduce tripping hazards, it is important to have extra light and extra equipment such as grab bars in the shower and the toilet.

·    Make sure your parents drink a lot of liquid during the day. Dehydration can also lead to falls.

What’s Better for Your Loved Ones: Assisted Living or Home Care?

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For everybody of us, admitting that we or our loved ones can no longer take care of ourselves will be very difficult and harmful. We cherish our freedom and independence and it becomes very hard to allow someone to help us take care of ourselves, dress, take bath, etc.
When you feel that this time has come for you or for your loved ones, it is important to understand what kind of help and care will suit you best. Most senior people prefer staying in their house, but you need to think wisely before letting them to do so.
Experts in this field recommend asking several questions before making any kind of a decision.
1. Do you or your loved ones live alone?
2. What are your desires concerning your future life?
3. Is your house safe? Is there anything that should be improved?
4. Do you know someone who can move and live with your loved one?
5. Is it possible for your family to hire a caregiver who will come and keep your loved one safe?
6. Can they prepare regular meals for them?
7. Do they need to be reminded about medication?
8. Do they want to continue to lead an active life and to be socially included?

Answers to these questions will allow you to understand the situation and will help to clearly see the ways out of this difficult life situation.
Keep in mind that the best way to make a decision is to include your loved ones in this process. This should be their desire and their initiative. Be prepared that your loved ones may choose to stay at home, but this decision may lead to more serious problems (physical and mental diseases).

Try to explain to your loved ones that assisted living is not a nightmare for them, but this is a adult family home that gives the opportunity for seniors to be socially included, to be taken care of on a regular basis, etc.

Please, don’t rush with your decision. Make sure you will find mutual compromise with your loved ones.
If you have any questions concerning adult family homes, our experts will gladly answer them. Don’t hesitate! For more information contact Day View Adult Family Home!

Elderly Depression

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Numerous life changes, such as retirement, health problems and limited mobility lead to elderly depression. Elderly depression is considered to be a serious problem that can cause other health diseases.
How can we help our loved ones to come back to life and to enjoying it in a full sense?
Firstly, let’s understand what leads to depression at this age?
One of the main reasons why people are depressed at this age is loneliness. People do not feel that they are needed. Most of them don’t want to be burdens and they do not want to ask for help, though the help is needed.
Isolation and loneliness, disability to physically function on the same level, disability to stay active and to do things and attend the activities they liked. Lots of reasons to feel depressed at their age.
What can be done in order to make elderly people’s life easier, happier and free of depression?
One of the answers is adult family homes. People who work there are trained to watch for causes of elderly depression including loneliness, physical disability, health and cognitive problems, sociability, etc.
At the same time depression can be caused by medication, especially improper usage of the medicine such as painkillers, sleeping peels, calcium blockers, tranquilizers, beta-blockers, high cholesterol medications. Employees from adult family homes will surely monitor medication process to ensure that elderly depression isn’t caused by medication process.
What are the signs and symptoms of elderly depression?
There are numerous symptoms and signs, but the most obvious among them are sleep problems, weight loss, alcohol and medication usage, fatigue, loss of interest in life, social isolation and suicidal thoughts.
Social isolation and loneliness are the main reasons for elderly depression. That’s why our trained employees at Day View Adult Family Home make sure that your loved ones receive not only care, but are included into social life. At the same time, we are here to help your elderly loved ones to control medication and eating process, exercises and social activities.
If you have any questions concerning elderly depression, please call us and our professionals will gladly help you. Elderly depression affects health and wellness of your loved ones, but we are here to help you.