Last updated 3 months ago
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., but so much is still misunderstood about this progressive condition. It predominantly strikes people over the age of 65, and more than half of those who develop the disease are women. Early signs can be subtle, such as getting lost more frequently or making mistakes when paying bills. Doctors aren’t sure what causes Alzheimer’s, but certain things seem to increase a person’s risk of getting it, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Get the facts you need about Alzheimer’s in this infographic from Jenkintown Comfort Keepers. Our home care services can help alleviate the tremendous burden of caregiving for families with loved ones with this disease. Please share this important information about Alzheimer’s disease with your family and friends.
Last updated 3 months ago
You may be aware of many dangers your elderly parent faces—slip and fall injuries, malnutrition, and dehydration are likely at the top of your list, but what about financial dangers? According to the Securities Exchange Commission, more than 30 percent of reported scams and fraud incidents in 2006 were aimed at seniors. This amounts to more than 5 million reported incidents of scam and fraud targeting seniors. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we are passionate about senior care and have a few tips to help you keep your older parent safe from financial predators.
Talk to Your Parent about Scams
Older parents have numerous decades of life experiences under their belt, but many aren’t prepared to handle modern scams targeted at seniors. Take a minute to talk to your older parent about these scams and what they usually look like. Sometimes, scammers will say there is an important package for a targeted senior. Other times, they may ask for a donation to an important cause or even show up at the front door dressed as a repairman of some sort.
Give Your Parent Suggestions on Staying Safe
Tell your older parents that anyone who is requesting financial information over e-mail, telephone, or in-person should be denied said information. Furthermore, any service person who knocks on the door without a scheduled appointment should be ignored or else treated as highly suspicious.
Ask Your Parent to Be Open about Being Scammed
In many cases, older parents are reluctant to report being the victim of scams, for fear that their ability to take care of themselves will be called into question. Remind your senior loved one that everyone is susceptible to scams, and reporting them can help spread awareness, catch financial predators, and prevent others from being victimized.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers cares about seniors, and wants you to know that we are here to help in any way we can. We offer assisted living, home care, and even companionship services such as meal prep, laundry, and light housekeeping. Visit our website to learn more, and call us at (267) 415-4047 for additional information.
Last updated 4 months ago
Many people have trouble accepting the fact that their parents are getting older. The mere idea of an aging parent can lead to a wide range of difficult emotions, and the effects of old age can be even harder to face. If your parent is starting to struggle with daily tasks, it may be time to assemble your siblings and discuss the possibility of senior home care. Here are a few issues that you, your siblings, and your parent will likely have to deal with:
Fear for a Parent’s Wellbeing
As your parent ages, you may notice signs that she’s having trouble caring for herself. She might wear the same clothes multiple days in a row, leave the kitchen faucet running, or struggle to feed herself. As you notice more clues of your parent’s dementia, you’ll become more concerned for her wellbeing. One way to enhance your parent’s safety and put your mind at ease is to hire a senior home care professional.
Balancing Work and Care
When it becomes clear that your aging parent cannot take care of herself, you may feel inclined to take care of her yourself. This is perfectly fine, of course, but you must be adequately prepared to be a caregiver or else risk becoming overwhelmed. Many people have difficultly balancing their work responsibilities with their caregiving responsibilities. If possible, siblings should try to share the caregiving responsibilities among themselves or hire a professional in-home caregiver.
Loneliness and Depression
If your parent lives alone, you many grow increasingly concerned for her emotional wellbeing. She may feel lonely and depressed at times—especially if you and your siblings have full schedules and can’t visit more than a few times a week. A professional caregiver can help quell you parent’s loneliness and depression by providing friendly companionship.
If you think your aging parent could benefit from having a caregiver, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047. Our in-home care professionals are proud to provide everyday services to help your parents be more comfortable in their older years. Visit our website to learn more.
Last updated 4 months ago
As you get older, you might find that it becomes more difficult to exercise; however, it’s far from impossible. To stay in shape, you just need to familiarize yourself with the right exercises.
In this video, a fitness expert demonstrates three simple core exercises that are ideal for men over 60. One exercise, called the dying cockroach, involves simply lying on your back with your hands and arms in the air. Another exercise involves standing with your legs shoulder-width apart and touching your ankles. Doing these exercises at least once a day is ideal for keeping your abdominal muscles strong and healthy.
If you’re having trouble staying active and performing simple tasks around the house, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047. We’re pleased to provide high-quality senior care for Jenkintown residents.