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    Coping with the Different Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 4 months 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 (215) 885-9140. 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 4 months 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 (215) 885-9140 for information on our home care services for Langhorne and Jenkintown residents.

    Recognizing and Addressing Signs of Depression in an Older Adult

    Last updated 5 months 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 (215) 885-9140. 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 5 months 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 (215) 885-9140. 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 5 months 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 (215) 885-9140 or visit our website for more information.

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