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    A Brief Look at the Risk of Thyroid Disease in Seniors

    Last updated 5 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 5 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 6 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.

    3 Ways to Make Your Elderly Loved One's Home Safer

    Last updated 6 months ago

    As the body ages, many aspects of living at home can become hazardous. Today, more seniors than ever before are choosing to remain at home, so understanding common hazards and how to eliminate them is essential to ensuring your loved one is safe. The specialized line of SafetyChoice technology solutions offered by Jenkintown Comfort Keepers can further enhance your loved one’s safety while at home.

    Install Fire Safety Measures
    Seniors are more likely to be injured or killed in a fire than younger adults. Home sprinkler systems can be easily installed in existing houses to provide extra escape time in the event of an emergency. Smoke detectors should be placed on every floor of the home and outside each bedroom. If your loved one is deaf or hard of hearing, there are specialized options to ensure they will be alerted to trouble.

    Add Bathroom Grab Bars
    The bathroom is a particularly hazardous part of the home for seniors. Tiled floors can become slippery, while transferring to toilets, tubs, or showers can compromise balance. Install grip bars in bathrooms to provide added support and prevent falls. Make sure the bars are installed properly and can sustain the full weight of your loved one when needed.

    Address Tripping Hazards
    Trips and falls are a frequent cause of injury in older adults. Clear clutter away from hallways and walking areas and make sure any rugs and mats are securely in place. Remove raised doorway thresholds and tack wires or cords along the base of the wall. Coat floors with nonskid wax and place no-slip mats in front of exterior doors.

    If your loved one has chosen to remain at home, Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is here to offer as much or as little assistance as needed to ensure he is safe, happy, and well. Call us at (267) 415-4047 to find out more about our companionship, transportation, housekeeping, and personal care services in Langhorne, PA. You can find more tips for making sure your loved one is safe at home on our blog.

    Understanding the Importance of Companionship for Seniors

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Everyone experiences feelings of loneliness from time to time, but these feelings can be particularly dangerous for seniors. Studies have shown that seniors who feel lonely are more likely to suffer from illnesses and early death. Jenkintown Comfort Keepers offers in-home care and companionship to help seniors of all ages maintain physical, emotional, and mental health.  

    Loneliness and Poor Health
    Experts have long known there is a link between emotional health and physical health. Feelings of loneliness in seniors have often correlated with a decline in function or early death relative to seniors who enjoy an active and healthy social life. Seniors who experience loneliness are 60% more likely to suffer from lost mobility and 45% more likely to die at a younger age. Physicians believe this connection between loneliness and poor health may be due to the fact that loneliness produces effects similar to stress, which is a well-known risk factor for many diseases. Hormonal changes related to loneliness can weaken the immune system, reducing overall health and increasing susceptibility to illness.

    Seniors and Social Connection
    Seniors often suffer from feelings of loneliness because they lack new and changing social connections. Loneliness can occur even in seniors who live with a partner, spouse, or other family member. Difficulty moving or driving can lead to increased isolation and a reduced social experience in everyday life. It’s important for seniors and their families to find ways to increase social connection to improve mood and physical health. In-home caregivers can provide companionship in addition to helping out with chores around the home. Caregivers can also drive seniors to appointments and social gatherings, providing the means for them to connect to others and form or maintain important friendships.

    Jenkintown Comfort Keepers provides in-home assistance for independent seniors living at home in Jenkintown and Langhorne. You can learn more about our dedicated team of caregivers by calling (267) 415-4047. Visit us on the web to find out more about our products and services, including meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, and laundry.

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