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    Recognizing and Addressing Signs of Depression in an Older Adult

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Though depression can plague anyone at almost any age, seniors face a unique set of challenges later in life that can lead to an increased risk of depression. Keep reading to learn more about the signs of depression and how you can help care for seniors struggling with depression.

    Identifying the Signs
    In older adults, signs of depression may include sadness, fatigue, weight loss or diminished appetite, and sleep disturbances. It is also important to note that some seniors may not experience sadness with depression. In these instances, they may simply experience a lack of energy or motivation. Seniors suffering from depression may also complain of physical aches and pains, such as arthritis pain and worsening headaches.  Additionally, irritability, slowed speech, memory problems, skipping meals, and neglecting personal hygiene are also symptoms of depression in older adults.

    Pinpointing Causes
    Natural life changes that occur as people age often increase a senior’s risk of becoming depressed.  Recent losses, including the loss of a spouse or partner or the deaths of family members or friends, can trigger depression. Other common causes of depression among elderly individuals include loneliness, anxiety over death, and health complications, including chronic pain, illness, and disability.

    Offering Help
    If your loved one is suffering from depression, there are several key things you can do to help. Offer emotional support and an impartial, listening ear. Help your loved one find a good doctor and support him or her in seeking proper medical treatment. Plan social outings and activities to help ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation. Be vigilant of suicide warning signs and seek immediate help if you believe your loved one is contemplating taking his or her own life.

    If your loved one is suffering from depression and could benefit from companionship or assistance with personal care and medications, please call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047. Our compassionate caregivers are committed to providing exceptional personalized care for seniors. You can also visit our website to learn more about our range of in-home care services and expert staff members.

    Senior Hydration Tips for Summer

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Summertime typically means sunny skies, warmer weather, and an increased risk of fluid loss due to sweating and heat. These factors all make proper hydration essential. For seniors experiencing memory issues, difficulties with self-care, or medical complications, staying hydrated can pose additional challenges. Because dehydration can quickly result in life-threatening consequences for seniors, it is critical to make hydration a priority during the summer months.

    The key to staying hydrated is to be proactive and to frequently consume small amounts of water throughout the day instead of letting thirst dictate your need for a drink. Though water is usually the best option for hydration, juice, soda, and other beverages are all fluids that contribute to an individual’s daily requirement. Fluids can even be obtained through foods such as soups, popsicles, fruits, and vegetables.

    If your loved one lives in the Jenkintown area and could benefit from individualized, in-home care, contact Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047. Our compassionate caregivers are trained in a range of services, from companionship and transportation to personal care, and are committed to supporting and promoting an independent lifestyle for seniors.    

    Common Fraud Scams Targeting Seniors

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Falling prey to a fraud scam can result in unwanted products, substantial losses of money, and a great deal of stress. Senior citizens are an especially popular target for fraudulent activity because scam artists rely on memory challenges, politeness, and susceptibility to products that promise to improve health as ways to take advantage of seniors. Below, you can learn about several popular types of fraud and how you can help protect yourself or your loved one from becoming a victim of a scam.

    Fake Anti-Aging Products
    Seniors are a popular target for a host of anti-aging product scams promising to promote youthfulness and health. “Breakthrough” products that claim to cure illnesses, dietary or nutritional supplements, and medicines that are supposed to have no side effects are all potential scams. To avoid falling prey to an anti-aging scam, research products thoroughly before purchasing them and consult the Better Business Bureau to find out if other customers filed complaints.

    Telemarketing Scams
    Typical telemarketing scams involve offers of free prizes or inexpensive vacations or health products. If there are other charges, such as postage and handling, associated with a “free” offer, then it may be a scam. Requests for money, credit card numbers, or bank information should also raise red flags. To avoid becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud, avoid making purchases from unfamiliar companies. Refrain from giving out your personal information to unknown businesses and obtain salespeople’s names and business numbers so you can verify their information.

    Health Care Fraud
    Seniors are also a popular target of health care fraud. Allegedly free medical equipment or fake or irrelevant tests administered to senior citizens at health clubs or shopping malls may be later billed to insurance or Medicare. To protect yourself from health care fraud, never sign blank insurance forms and keep accurate records of your medical appointments.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we provide a range of in-home care services tailored to each senior’s unique needs. Our caregivers are committed to promoting independent living. From meal preparation and light housekeeping to personal grooming and bathing assistance, Jenkintown Comfort Keepers offers compassionate and quality service. Call us today at (267) 415-4047 or visit our website for more information.

    Not All Seniors Need Nursing Home Care

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Some people believe that when senior citizens reach a certain age or are no longer able to care for themselves completely independently, they should be moved to a nursing home. However, not all seniors need nursing homes. For those who are still primarily self-sufficient and do not have any major health concerns, assisted living programs that allow seniors to remain in their homes can be a much more appealing option for both the older individuals and their family members. To learn more about why not all seniors need nursing home care, be sure to watch this video.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we believe in supporting seniors in maintaining an independent lifestyle. With personalized services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is committed to providing high-quality senior care in the comfort of one’s own home. For more information about our in-home care services, call us today at (267) 415-4047. 

    Caring for Elderly Parents

    Last updated 1 month ago

    As anyone who has elderly parents knows, finding adequate care for seniors can be a challenge. Individuals are now living longer than ever before, and many people believe that, in many ways, elder care is the new child care. Watch this video clip to learn more about modern senior care and how you can care for your elderly parents.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers believes that companionship is sometimes just as important as personal care for seniors. We offer in-home care services like meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, and 24-hour care. If you are looking for assisted living services, we are experienced with that as well. Call us at (267) 415-4047 or browse our website for more information about how Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can help your family.

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