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    How to Deal with Loose Dentures

    Last updated 3 days ago

    A recent poll found that about two-thirds of female denture wearers were concerned that their dentures would become loose and slip while in a public setting. If you’re a senior who shared that same worry, then be sure to check out the great tips for keeping your dentures in place featured in this video. One of the first suggestions that the featured dental expert has to share is to always use the right adhesive as well as the right amount of adhesive.

    To prevent both top and bottom dentures from slipping, dab three drops of adhesive half of an inch apart onto them before placing them in your mouth. If jaw bone deterioration leads to your dentures being too big over time, then visit a dentist to begin the process of getting new, better-fitting dentures.

    Obtaining better-fitting dentures is just one of the many tasks that the in-home caretakers at Home Helpers can assist you with. To find out what services our business offers to seniors like yourself, please call us at (855) 241-4724 or visit us online.

    How Seniors Can Battle Insomnia

    Last updated 10 days ago

    While sleep is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it doesn't always come easy for older adults. In order to avoid health risks associated with insufficient or poor quality sleep, it's important that home care service staff explore different strategies for improving sleep for their senior clients. Let's take a closer look at how you can deal with chronic insomnia.

    Address Any Underlying Medical Conditions

    The first step for any senior to take is to address any underlying medical conditions that could be interfering with his or her sleep. Some conditions that are more likely to cause sleeping problems for older adults include respiratory diseases like asthma, side effects from medication use, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.

    Improve the Sleep Environment

    After addressing any present medical conditions, seniors and their elderly care assistants should work to enhance the environment inside of the bedroom. An environment that is conducive to sleeping is one that is calming, painted in cool tones, and free from any items that could cause stress such as computers or work-related items.

    Avoid a Sedentary Lifestyle

    Another important step for seniors to take in order to avoid insomnia is to remain active throughout the day. A sedentary lifestyle can make it hard for a person to ever feel sleepy. Just a few hours of exercise each week can improve the body's metabolism and lead to more regular sleeping habits.

    Get Plenty of Sunlight

    Finally, it may come as a surprise for many seniors to learn that not getting enough sunlight each week could actually interfere with their quality of sleep. Exposure to sunlight regulates a person's melatonin levels, which allow him or her to sleep and wake at appropriate times of the day. Seniors should try to get a minimum of two hours of sunlight each day.

    Here at Home Helpers, our friendly and knowledgeable senior assistance caretakers are familiar with conditions like insomnia and are trained in helping clients to overcome it. We are committed to consistently providing the highest quality senior care possible. To learn more about what sets our home care service apart from the rest, call us at (855) 241-4724.

     

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    Last updated 11 days ago

    Your Eye Health After 60: Age-Related Vision Changes

    Last updated 17 days ago

    As we age, it is not uncommon for our eyesight to undergo some major changes. If you're a senior who is already noticing signs of vision changes, then be sure to share these changes and any vision-related concerns you may have with your home care service professionals. Here is everything you need to know about your eye health after 60.

    Blindness Caused by Advanced Diabetes

    If you are diabetic, then it is extremely important that you consult with a doctor and talk to your senior care team about your vision. Diabetes can frequently lead to near-blindness and even total blindness due to a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This condition affects both eyes and is characterized by leakage of fluids and cloudy vision.

    Optic Nerve Damage and Glaucoma

    Another eye condition that you may be concerned about is glaucoma, which is actually the name of a group of various eye diseases. These diseases are all caused by the optic nerve becoming damaged, which eventually leads to blurry vision and vision loss, when left untreated.

    Itchy, Dry Eyes

    While dry eyes may not seem like as big of a concern as some previously mentioned vision conditions, it can have a very negative impact on senior health. If you are experiencing dry eyes, then talk to your in home care nurse about purchasing artificial tears that you can use to help lubricate the eye.

    Frustrating and Debilitating Cataracts

    Has your sight become more cloudy as of lately? If so, then don't hesitate to talk to your doctor about the possibility of cataracts disrupting your vision. Cataracts are an age-related condition that can develop in one or both eyes. These bothersome growths on the lens typically cause images to be more dull and muted in color and fuzzy in general.

    If you are a senior who is experiencing vision problems, then be sure to talk to your Home Helpers professionals about seeking medical attention. Our in-home care team always puts the needs of our elderly care clients at the forefront of their work. Call (855) 241-4724 to learn more about our senior care services.

    Causes of Depression in Seniors

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Depression is a significant problem among the elderly. Unfortunately, most seniors avoid reaching out for help. There are many potential causes and risk factors of depression among seniors, including being diagnosed with diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. Some medications may even increase the risk of depression, particularly when combined with other medications.

    Seniors may harbor a fear of death. They have likely suffered through the losses of close friends and family members, including spouses and partners. The lack of social contact is a common cause of depression. Seniors may have trouble getting out of the house on their own and medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s may lead to social withdrawal. For these seniors, it can be particularly beneficial to work with a senior caregiver from a home care service. Senior caregivers not only help ensure the safety and health of the elderly, they also provide critical companionship.

    There’s no need for your senior loved one to suffer a lack of social contact. Arrange for assistance with a compassionate senior caregiver through Home Helpers by calling (855) 241-4724.

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