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    Why Seniors Experience Appetite Changes and How You Can Help

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Is your elderly loved one pushing back his plate more quickly and frequently than he has in the past? Are you noticing changes in his weight or energy due to his lack of appetite? Your loved one requires vitamins, nutrients, and calories to maintain his wellbeing, but with the aging process comes changes to the sense of taste that may negatively impact health.

    Loss of Taste Sensation
    Like other cells in the body, the taste buds go through a continual process of death, renewal, and growth. However, older age can slow down this process. As a result, your loved one may not experience taste sensations as strongly as a younger person. If he cannot taste or enjoy his food, he may not want to eat as much or as often as he once did.

    Attention to Presentation
    Before you sit down to eat a meal, how do you evaluate it? For many people, the way a dish looks contributes as much to their anticipation of eating it as how it smells or how they know it should taste. By taking the time to create an attractive meal, you can encourage your loved one to eat more of it. Appealing presentation depends on several factors. For instance, when you serve a meal, present it on a nice plate or in a pretty bowl. You may also want to place a vase of flowers or row of candles on your dining room table to create a relaxing environment at mealtime.

    Creativity with Ingredients
    Once your loved one begins his meal, it is important that he receive enough incentive to finish it. You can heighten his meal enjoyment by using ingredients with visual appeal. Finding ways to increase the flavor of each meal can make your loved one more inclined to want more of it as well. You can enhance the taste appeal of your meals with the inclusion of herbs and spices.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers provides meal preparation services for individuals in Langhorne and Jenkintown. Call us today at (267) 415-4047 to learn more about our home care services. Our website also provides a comprehensive explanation of the assisted living options we can offer your loved one.

    Signs You're Experiencing Caregiver Burnout

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Caring for a loved one can be a greatly fulfilling experience. It can also demand a considerable amount of time, energy, and emotional reserve. If you provide caregiving services for a loved one, it is important that you make your own wellbeing a regular priority. Consider the following signs of caregiver burnout. If you recognize any of these signs, you may want to consult home care services for the health of both you and your loved one.

    Your Physical Health Declines
    A busy schedule can take its toll on wellness. When you must attend to the needs of your loved one, you may not have the time to prepare nutritious meals, exercise, or sleep eight hours a night. If you cannot maintain healthy lifestyle habits, your wellbeing can suffer. You may notice at first that you often catch colds or other minor illnesses. The longer you continue to look after the needs of your loved one while ignoring your own, though, the more likely that you will experience serious physical health ailments.

    Your Schedule Centers On Caregiving
    When was the last time you had coffee with a friend? When did you last catch a movie at the theater? If your daily schedule provides no outlet for your personal needs and interests, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. As important as it is to provide your loved one with reliable care, you must create balance in your life by scheduling time for other activities.

    Your Emotional State Suffers
    Everyone suffers on occasion from frustration, fear, anger, or sadness. If you experience these feelings on a daily basis, though, they may be signs of caregiver burnout. Your emotional health is as essential to wellness as your physical health. When you consistently suffer from negative emotions, you may be at risk for depression or an anxiety disorder. Your emotional state can also influence the quality of your relationship with your loved one. To preserve your emotional wellbeing, seek outside help when you experience caregiver burnout.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers understands the considerable responsibility of being a caregiver to a loved one. That is why we over a wide range of assisted living services to help alleviate the strain that this role may produce. Call our Jenkintown office today at (267) 415-4047 to learn more about our senior care options. 

    A Brief Look at the Risk of Thyroid Disease in Seniors

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Does your elderly loved one frequently complain of achy limbs or exhaustion? Have you noticed changes in his appearance, such as weight gain? If so, he may be suffering from hypothyroidism. This condition can affect anyone at any age, but studies indicate that it impacts seniors more than other age demographics. What are often assumed to be normal characteristics of aging may actually result from a deficiency in thyroid hormone production. Seniors are also at risk from overproduction of the thyroid hormone. When this occurs, those with hyperthyroidism may also become chronically tired. They may exhibit problems with focus as well, which many people might attribute to older age. To make sure that your loved one does not suffer from a treatable thyroid issue, have him see a physician for a comprehensive medical evaluation.

    Do your loved one’s health needs demand constant supervision? Then let Jenkintown Comfort Keepers be there to watch over his wellbeing and safety when you cannot be at home. Call (267) 415-4047 to speak with a representative about our assisted living options for those in Jenkintown and the surrounding communities. 

    Smart Ways for Seniors to Get Exercise

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Physical activity is an essential part of health at any age. This video details ways that seniors can keep moving well into older age.

    One of the most beneficial types of activity is walking. Seniors can go for a solitary stroll in their neighborhood or park, or they can make it a group event with friends. Another great way to combine activity and social engagement is by taking dance classes. Dancing is another form of aerobic exercise that can increase cardiovascular fitness and improve bone strength. Seniors with hip or knee issues can still get in their workouts with water activities such as swimming and water aerobics.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can help you look after the health of your elderly loved one. For more information on our home care services for Langhorne and Jenkintown residents, call (267) 415-4047.

    The Risk of Depression in Seniors

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Clinical depression is a significant medical illness. Depression often co-occurs with other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Because older adults are more prone to these conditions, it is important to be aware of the heightened risk of depression in this population.

    This video explains that although depression affects many seniors, it is not a natural part of the aging process. The effects of depression can be devastating for both seniors and their families. Seeking medical help or religious counseling can help to address feelings of depression and restore quality of life.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we offer both companionship and care to the elderly and disabled throughout Jenkintown and Langhorne. Please call us today at (267) 415-4047 to find out more about our in-home caregiving services and options. You can find more important information about senior health on our website.

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