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    How Much Dietary Sodium Do Seniors Need?

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    While salt and sodium are widely thought to be unhealthy, the reality is that a small amount of sodium intake is important in virtually everyone’s daily diet, including seniors. Sodium maintains fluid balance in the body and is essential both for muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction. Too much sodium, however, can contribute to cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Seniors typically have decreased kidney function, which means it is harder for them to remove excess sodium from their bodies. To help prevent health complications, the National Institute on Aging recommends that individuals age 50 and older should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

    At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, nutrition is an essential part of our approach to senior care. If you have an aging parent who requires meal preparation, home care, or other senior care services, call us at (267) 415-4047 or visit our website today to learn more about what we can do to help.

    Handling Family Conflict about Aging Parents

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Family disputes concerning aging parents are more common than you might think. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take before a dispute turns ugly. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we recommend the following tips to handle family conflict efficiently and with dignity.

    Identify and Discuss the Source of the Disagreement
    A wide range of issues typically cause family fights when parents age, but financial and caregiver issues are usually at the root of family disagreements. If an aging parent is handling the finances poorly, it may be time to have a family meeting. If an aging parent is showing symptoms of cognitive impairment, have a family discussion about whether home care is appropriate. Be sure to include both your parents and your siblings or other close family members in these discussions.

    Consider Elder Mediation
    According to Forbes, mediation as a method of solving a dispute has a success rate of between 75 and 80 percent. Mediation usually involves reaching an agreement on issues such as who will provide caregiving, who will be in charge of certain decisions, and who will be the trustee of the family trust. When a family dispute has reached a point where family members are not talking to one another respectfully, seeking mediation services can be a great help.

    Discuss Getting Help for Your Aging Parents
    During family conflict, it can be easy to lose sight of the primary goal at hand, which is to make sure the aging parents are safe and comfortable. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, we offer a range of personal care services, including bathing, grooming, and hygiene assistance, meal prep and feeding, toileting, and transferring and positioning. We even offer companionship services, such as grocery shopping, grooming, live-in services, and 24-hour care. These services can help ease the burden on family caregivers and reduce the likelihood of disputes.

    If your family is in conflict, call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047 to learn about how our senior care services can ensure that your aging parent is taken care of. For more information, give us a call or visit our website today.

    Alzheimer's Disease: Get the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 month 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.

    Comfort Keepers Home Care: Everything You Wanted To Know About Dementia

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    Protecting an Older Parent from Financial Predators

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    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.

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