December 10, 2020
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.
October 19, 2020
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
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
February 12, 2019
The classic saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” It’s well known for good reason. A proper first meal can help start your day in a positive direction. More importantly, as we get older, it’s imperative to eat a well-rounded diet. Here are 7 easy breakfast ideas for seniors that are fast, tasty, and easy!
If you’re providing these meals as a senior caregiver, be sure to check food restrictions and recommendations with your senior’s medical team before serving.
Oatmeal and Fresh Fruit
Cook up some oatmeal using quick oats and water. For a creamier consistency, make the oatmeal with milk. Top with fresh seasonal berries (or defrosted frozen berries) and a slight drizzle of honey for sweetness.
Toast a couple of slices of your favorite bread (sourdough and whole wheat work well). Spread fresh avocado on the toast, top with a fried egg and a sprinkle of salt.
Eggs and Toast
Eggs and toast are a breakfast classic both for its simplicity and customizability. Cook a couple of eggs in your preferred way, scrambled, over easy, or poached; it’s up to you! Pair your eggs with a slice or two of toasted and buttered bread for an easy and filling meal.
PB&J Waffle Twist
Try this new twist on breakfast waffles! Heat up a frozen waffle then spread your favorite butter (peanut, sunflower, almond, etc) on top. Spoon a teaspoon of your favorite jelly or jam on top and add a handful of fresh fruit like cut bananas, raspberries, or strawberries for a refreshing burst of flavor.
Mix your favorite plain or vanilla yogurt with toppings like granola, dried fruit, berries, and honey.
For a more savory breakfast, spread hummus on a slice of toast, top with a slice of tomato and sprinkle on some chopped green onions or fresh basil.
Breakfast burritos are another classic breakfast meal. Fill a flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, cooked crumbled breakfast sausage, and your favorite salsa. Add cheese and avocado for an even tastier burrito!