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The brain, like the rest of the body, undergoes certain changes with age. The rate and type of changes that occur is unique to each individual. Understanding the changes your senior loved one is going through can help you determine the best type of care and support needed for health and independence.
People experience a gradual slow-down of cognitive abilities with age. Although this decline in mental abilities occurs at different rates and in different areas for each individual, overall trends do apply. Most people reach their cognitive peak in their early 20s, which remains steady for the next 30 to 40 years. After age 60, there is a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, which often speeds up past the age of 80. These abilities include spatial orientation and reasoning. However, although most cognitive abilities may follow this trend, aspects such as speech and general knowledge increase with time. These abilities only decline in the very late stages of life.
Changes in the Senses
Seniors experience a shift in their ability to sense the world around them. Louder sounds, brighter lights, and firmer touches are often needed to transmit information to the brain. These changes are related to both the brain and the nervous system, which become less sensitive to stimuli over time. Sweet and fruity scents and tastes become the most difficult for seniors to detect, while musky, spicy odors and tastes remain stronger.
Physical Changes in the Brain
The brain shrinks slightly with age, losing water that cannot be replaced by drinking more or moving to a humid location. As the portion of the brain called the hippocampus shrinks, spatial orientation is affected and leads to a wandering, a condition common among seniors.
Many seniors experience natural cognitive changes as they age. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we are here to provide in-home care and assistance to allow seniors to remain safely and comfortably in their own home. Please call (267) 415-4047 or visit our website for more information about us.
Last updated 2 months ago
At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we understand that each of our clients has unique needs and desires. We are dedicated to providing the right level of care through friendly, professional home caregivers who offer seniors the independence to remain at home. As part of our specialized care services, we provide care to those with dementia. Our specially-trained caregivers understand the symptoms of dementia and how to keep your loved one safe, healthy, and happy in their own home. We are also proud to serve veterans and their family members by assisting them in the VA benefits application process and providing in-home care for VA benefits recipients. If your loved one is suffering from a terminal illness, we also provide end-of-life care to ensure you and your loved one have the support and care needed during this time. We will work with medical providers and other professionals, assisting you and your loved one to ensure your family can make the most of this important time together.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is proud to offer in-home senior care services in Jenkintown and Langhorne. You can find out more about our caregivers and the many services we offer by calling (267) 415-4047 or clicking on our website.
Last updated 2 months ago
Throughout life, a healthy and balanced diet is essential to overall health of the body and mind. Malnutrition occurs when the proper balance of nutrients is not gained through the diet. This condition is common among seniors, affecting up to 10% of the senior population. In-home care will ensure that your loved one eats the nutritious diet he needs for more energy and better health.
Causes and Risk Factors of Malnutrition in Seniors
There are many factors that contribute to malnutrition in seniors. Seniors that live alone are less likely to eat regular or balanced meals, particularly if they are not skilled cooks. A senior’s financial situation may also affect his ability to eat a balanced diet—studies have shown that healthy, fresh foods are more expensive and spoil faster than less healthy alternatives. Seniors who eat restrictive diets, whether due to preference or allergies, are also more likely to suffer from malnutrition. Poor oral health or uncomfortable dentures may limit what and when a senior is able to eat. Mobility issues can keep a senior from shopping for food, cooking, or feeding himself. Appetite, thirst, and sensitivity to odors and tastes decrease with age, causing a reduction in the desire to eat and drink.
How In-Home Care can Prevent Malnutrition in Seniors
In-home care is an excellent solution that ensures your senior loved one eats regular and balanced meals. A caregiver provides the assistance needed with shopping, cooking, feeding, and cleanup to lessen the load on your senior loved one. If your loved one suffers from a medical condition such as food allergies or diabetes, a caregiver will work with your doctor to develop and follow a healthy meal plan. A caregiver will also ensure your loved one eats when necessary to prevent malnutrition due to a diminished hunger response.
In-home care offers many valuable benefits for your loved one’s health and happiness. If you’d like to learn more, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers today at (267) 415-4047. You can find more information about senior health and wellness on our blog.
Last updated 2 months ago
Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain, impacting memory, language, and decision-making skills. Studies have shown that interactive caregiving and communication play important roles in stalling the progression of this disease. Knowing how to communicate with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will make this process easier for you and your loved one while helping to maintain dignity and quality of life.
Be Patient and Supportive
A senior experiencing language difficulties related to Alzheimer’s may take extra time to find the words he wants to use. Even if you know what your loved one wants to say, give him the opportunity to say it rather than finishing sentences for him. Be an attentive and supportive listener, offering assistance only when your loved one asks for it. If a loved one uses the wrong word, repeat back his meaning with the right word rather than pointing out the mistake and correcting it.
Distractions such as television, radio, and other noise can make it more difficult for a senior with Alzheimer’s to communicate. Noise and other distractions can also affect your ability to be attentive and understand what your loved one is trying to say. Limit distractions and try to create a quiet, comfortable environment where you both can communicate more easily.
Use Unspoken Communication
If a loved one is having trouble communicating with words, unspoken communication and emotions may be more effective. Pointing, pantomiming, and sometimes writing are all ways to encourage understanding between you and your loved one. Additionally, pay attention to your loved one’s moods and the feelings he expresses. Often these silent cues will tell you more than his words.
Alzheimher’s may change the way a senior loved one lives, but it doesn’t mean he can’t be happy, healthy, and productive. The caregivers at Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can provide your loved one with interactive caregiving and close companionship. Click through our website to learn more about our personalized in-home care services.
Last updated 2 months ago
Millions of Americans suffer from a form of dementia called Alzheimer’s disease. Although your loved one may not look ill, it’s difficult to understand what is truly happening inside the mind of a senior with this condition.
This video shows what life is like with Alzheimer’s disease through an experiment designed to enlighten family members and caregivers. You will see how Alzheimer’s affects a senior’s ability to see, walk, and even think. The challenges faced by seniors suffering from this condition makes it difficult and even impossible to complete many simple everyday tasks.
In-home care provides your loved one with the support, stimulation, and assistance they need to live a healthy and independent life. Contact Jenkintown Comfort Keepers today by calling (267) 415-4047 to learn more about our specialized dementia care services. Click through our website for additional information on our services and caregivers.