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    Helping a Senior Cope with Depression and Anxiety

    Last updated 5 days ago

    There’s a myth that depression and anxiety are normal parts of aging, but in reality, there’s no good reason for seniors to live with depression. Having depression and anxiety is not normal, and help is available for seniors facing these issues. This video explains more.

    Seniors are often wary of speaking up about their depression, so keep an eye out for warning signs, like becoming withdrawn or experiencing a decline in personal hygiene. Forgetfulness can also be a symptom of depression in seniors. If your senior loved one seems depressed or anxious, encourage him or her to discuss symptoms with a doctor. Depression medication can help.

    Companionship care from Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can help battle the loneliness that can plague seniors and lead to depression. Learn more about our home care services by calling (267) 415-4047.

    Tips for Assisting an Aging Loved One with Daily Activities

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Even independent seniors may need help from time to time. However, your older friends or family member may be reluctant to acknowledge that he requires assistance. You can help your loved one and let him retain his independence by first talking to him about his needs. Once you both have identified an area where your help could be of use, such as mowing the lawn or shopping for groceries, you can set up a schedule that allows you to help as needed in a reliable and convenient way. You might also want to discuss potential home care services, as some seniors might feel more comfortable asking for help from a care professional rather than a friend or family member.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers provides Langhorne and Jenkintown families with the help they need when an aging family member requires at-home assistance. To learn how we can keep your loved one safe and independent at home, call (267) 415-4047. You can also go to our website for additional details on our senior care options.

    How Loneliness Can Be a Serious Health Risk for Seniors

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Older age can set several major life changes into motion. Many elderly individuals retire from their careers, and some seniors may also experience medical conditions that limit their mobility. Both instances can make it more difficult for older people to interact with others or leave their homes. Recent research now indicates that the feeling of loneliness caused by these changes can lead to serious health risks. Continue reading to find out more.

    Physical Complications
    Though loneliness may begin as an emotion, it can eventually impact physical wellbeing. Studies show that the sensation of being lonely may negatively influence cardiovascular function. In particular, loneliness can bring on high blood pressure. This condition is associated with cardiovascular disease, the most prevalent health problem in the United States. High blood pressure can weaken the arterial walls and contribute to more severe heart and vascular concerns, such as heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. These medical events can make it even more challenging for seniors to maintain social connections, as they can lead to disability.

    Cognitive Side Effects
    Depression is a form of mental illness that can happen to anyone of any age. However, older individuals are often at an increased risk for this condition because of their high incidence of loneliness. This problem can complicate the issue of loneliness as well. In many cases, depression makes it difficult for sufferers to engage with others, and they may instead prefer to stay home. Some depressed individuals might also rely on medications or alcohol to alleviate their negative emotions. These responses to loneliness and depression can heighten the risk of other health dangers, including drug addiction and a propensity to self-harm.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can see to it that your loved one gets the social stimulation she needs for a healthy senior life. Our friendly and experienced home care associates can offer the chance for your friend or family member to get out of the house and interact with others in meaningful ways. Call our Jenkintown office today at (267) 415-4047 for more information.

    Coping with the Different Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Alzheimer’s disease progressively takes away the health and independence of those it affects. For family caregivers, this can mean an increasingly significant investment of time, finances, and emotional resources to look after the needs of their loved ones. With information and preparation, though, loved ones can better understand how Alzheimer’s disease progresses and what they can do to make life safe and comfortable for those who suffer from it. Here are a few ways to help a person with Alzheimer’s disease cope with its different stages.

    Early Stage
    Early stage Alzheimer’s is the ideal period for patients and their families to talk about how to cope with this disease. Loved ones may want to discuss how to manage financial resources and address growing care needs. During this time, Alzheimer’s disease patients may have instances of memory loss or confusion, but they generally can make decisions regarding their care and future needs with a lucid mind.

    Middle Stage
    If they have not yet done so, loved ones may want to consider their home care service options once a family member has moved into the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease. At this stage, affected individuals may experience more frequent physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges. Some people may find it difficult to attend to their daily needs, including bathing and dressing themselves. Others may forget how to drive to familiar destinations, such as work or home, so having a cellular phone on hand can be important. Due to their decreasing capabilities, many Alzheimer’s patients experience emotional outbursts as well.  Family members should not hold these outbursts against their loved ones.

    End Stage
    During end stage Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers should have comprehensive assistance, as the demands of patients can be great. This condition eventually impacts bodily functions, including the ability to swallow and control bowel movements. Family caregivers may require around-the-clock help to ensure the wellbeing of an Alzheimer’s patient. Home care services can prove integral to helping family members look after their loved ones and allowing them to attend to other professional and personal obligations.

    Would you like more information on Alzheimer’s care options? If so, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047. Our associates would be happy to answer your questions about our senior care services for the greater Jenkintown and Langhorne communities.

    Caring for an Aging Parent as a Family

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Are you and your siblings struggling to care for your elderly parents? This video provides tips on how to work together effectively to support an aging parent’s health and wellbeing.

    When siblings live far apart from each other, home care for parents can be a challenge. However, siblings can more easily handle the needs of their parents when they divide the responsibilities. For instance, let one sibling handle all accounting matters while another researches potential home care services. Most importantly, keep the lines of communication open. Talk with your siblings about their feelings and be sure to ask for help when you need it, too.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers offers support for adult children who act as caregivers. Call us today at (267) 415-4047 for information on our home care services for Langhorne and Jenkintown residents.

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