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December 10, 2020

Fighting the Flu

Help protect you and your clients from the flu. Various strains of seasonal flu and Covid-19 are striking people of all ages. Don’t forget to get your flu shot.

Consider the following safety and prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with warm water, rub both front and back of hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which helps spread disease.
  • Practice other good health habits such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

For more information, log on to the official CDC website.

December 9, 2020

Seniors will benefit from planning at the holidays

The holidays represent a wonderful time for families to begin preparing for the future needs of their senior loved ones. Extended families are together, first, and it’s often during those times of family celebrations that they begin to see the needs of their senior loved ones. Following are tips to share with your clients to help them get their loved ones started planning.

1. Discuss a senior’s wishes. You’ll need to know what an older loved one wants before beginning the planning process. If families are having trouble getting the conversation started, they can go to www.4070talk.com for tips.

2. Help seniors assess their health. You can tell a lot about senior’s future needs by determining where they are today physically, emotionally, and mentally. Seek an assessment from a doctor or geriatric care manager.

3. Include siblings. To maintain family harmony, make sure that siblings and other important family members or friends are included. It will help alleviate stress for all involved.

Did you know that more than four of 10 adult children (44 percent) would like their parents to live with them if they could no longer care for themselves, but only 17 percent of seniors would opt to live with their children? That’s according to a recent online survey conducted for Home Instead Senior Care.

For more information and tips, go to www.stagesofseniorcare.com and be sure to let your clients know about this important resource as well

October 19, 2020

Easy DIY Pumpkin Centerpieces

The beautiful colors of autumn are showcased in pumpkin centerpieces that are easy to make and a special addition to any client’s table. There are various ways to make these lovely fall decorations with the last real flowers from a summer garden, artificial flowers, or potted plants.

First, buy a pumpkin the size that best suits the table or space that you’re decorating. Wash and dry the exterior of the pumpkin, then carve a hole in the center much like you were making a jack-o-lantern. Scoop out the inside leaving the rind intact. If possible, allow the pumpkin to dry for two hours to prevent mold. You can place fresh flowers in a tumble or you can fill it with water and set that into the pumpkin. Or press a piece of floral foam into the pumpkin and arrange real or artificial flowers in the foam. If you use real flowers, you’ll want to fill the pumpkin about two-thirds full of water.

If you’d like to display a potted plant, place marbles or small pebbles in the bottom of the pumpkin. Then puncture a hole in the bottom of a plant’s foil wrapper so the water can drain onto the stones when you set the plant into the pumpkin.

September 10, 2020

Using Proper Body Mechanics as a Caregiver

These are a few tips on body mechanics that Caregivers should remember:

  • Maintain your normal spinal curves
  • Use your legs to lift
  • Bend your knees when lifting
  • Ask for help when moving objects (not more than 25 lbs.)
  • Push objects instead of pulling
  • Use a steady stool to reach supplies in high places
  • Move your feet, rather than twisting your neck and back
  • Exercise regularly after checking with your doctor
October 1, 2019

Signs of Senior Depression

Aging comes with its own set of unique mental and physical challenges. Depression is a common disease among adults over the age of 65. Although common, it is not a normal part of the aging process. Depression is a mood disorder that results from a chemical imbalance in the brain. For seniors, depression is often misdiagnosed, overlooked, or attributed to other medical conditions or medications.

These are a few risk factors that may increase depression in seniors:

  • Female
  • Social withdrawals and lack of supportive social circle
  • Relocation from home environment
  • Stressful life events such as the death of a spouse, divorce, medical event, etc.
  • Drastic weight changes
  • Extreme changes in sleep pattern
  • Inactivity
  • Chronic pain or poor health

Here are some common signs of senior depression:

  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness that last more than two weeks
  • A sense of worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in things they once enjoyed
  • Increase in irritability, anxiety, and restlessness
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Changes in appetite
  • Substance abuse, including drinking, smoking and using more drugs than prescribed

An important point to remember is that clinical depression can be treated. If left untreated, depression in seniors will result in a poor quality of life, substance abuse, increased mortality, and possibly suicide. If you or someone in your life develops some of these signs of depression the first step is to seek medical help from a physician or mental health professional.

Signs of Senior Depression