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Dealing with the Risk of Anxiety in Alzheimer's Patients

Most people associate Alzheimer’s disease with memory loss, but not as many people know that Alzheimer’s patients may suffer from a number of behavioral symptoms as well. Irritability, depression, agitation, and anxiety are all common for individuals with Alzheimer’s and can pose a number of challenges for both the individual as well as family members and those who provide personal care. Anxiety in particular can cause a number of complications for Alzheimer’s patients, especially in the early stages of the disease. To best know how to handle symptoms of anxiety in Alzheimer’s patients, it is important to know what actions can be taken to minimize anxiety and outbursts. Continue reading for more information.

Recognizing Symptoms of Anxiety

It is quite common for Alzheimer’s patients to have anxiety. This can cause individuals to have moments of panic, outbursts, and the need to fixate on specific details in certain situations. Anxiety can be triggered by a number of things, including a change in environment, changes with caregivers, and the stress of dealing with such an aggressive disease. Patients with Alzheimer’s can become noticeably agitated when dealing with anxiety.

Managing Anxiety

During moments of anxiety, there are steps that can be taken to diffuse the situation. It is important to remain calm. Getting upset, raising your voice, or becoming confrontational will only exacerbate the situation for the patient. Remaining calm and providing a stable, soothing environment can help make the situation less foreign and uncomfortable, therefore minimizing the feelings of anxiousness.

Preventing Anxiety

While it is likely not possible to remove all triggers for anxiety, creating a peaceful environment can help prevent anxiety and outbursts. Recognizing triggers, such as certain noises or visual cues, so that they can be avoided is helpful. By removing triggers, there is less to become anxious about.

At Home Helpers, we know how difficult it can be to navigate all the behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s—we are here to help. With rapid care responses and our care check system, we are leaders of home care in Philadelphia. Learn more by calling (215) 334-2600.

A Look at Wintertime Depression in Seniors

With cold weather and more hours of darkness than light, winter blues can be hard to avoid. For many people, wintertime depression can affect mood, behavior, and enjoyment of holidays and gatherings. Many seniors are affected by wintertime depression, often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). With specialized home care, depression can be managed, but it is important to have an understanding of how seasonal depression affects seniors. Continue reading to learn more about how seniors are impacted by depression during the winter as well as what can be done to overcome depression.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and how does it affect seniors?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) goes by many names: seasonal depression, wintertime depression, and winter blues. While this mood disorder can affect anyone, it is especially prevalent in seniors. Depression can be amplified with chronic conditions or health issues that are common among seniors. It can also be spurred on by the loss of a friend, isolation, lack of exercise, memory loss, and major lifestyle changes—all common occurrences for seniors. The symptoms of seasonal depression in seniors may not be easy to notice right away, especially symptoms like weight loss and loss of appetite, which could represent other problems.

How can you overcome seasonal depression?

For seniors, it is sometimes harder to get outside during the winter. However, going outside and having exposure to sunlight can help minimize the symptoms of seasonal depression. In addition to getting outside, there are other activities that can help with depression. Exercise produces endorphins that can balance out serotonin deficits that cause feelings of depression. Whether it is a walk outside or a few laps around a shopping mall, movement can help relieve symptoms of depression. Engaging in social activities and volunteering are also great ways for seniors to avoid letting seasonal depression affect daily life.

With in-home elderly care, trained caregivers from Home Helpers are able to implement a total care plan to engage seniors during the winter. Our friendly visit program in Philadelphia provides social in-home visits. Call (215) 334-2600 to find out more.

A Home Helpers caregiver's quick thinking saved a local man from choking.

MEDIA , PA – On Tuesday, January 26th, Tenneh Robinson, a caregiver with the Home Helpers Media office was just going about her normal routine when she noticed her client appeared to be choking and was in respiratory distress. Tenneh reacted quickly, pulled her client from his wheelchair and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver dislodging the food particle blocking the client’s airway.

By the time the local police and EMS arrived, the client was alert. “My dad seems fine now and we are most grateful!” said the client’s daughter. In addition, an officer from the Tredyffrin Police Department commended Robinson for the phenomenal job she did helping her client.

“Our caregivers are trained to respond to a wide range of situations such as this, but Tennah kicked into high-gear and thankfully we had a positive outcome”, said Tom Carroll, President of Home Helpers Media.

Winter Activity Ideas for Seniors

Some seniors find it difficult to maintain their activity schedule during the winter months. However, with the help of in-home elderly care, the following ideas will keep them going strong through those cold days.

Playing Card Games

From Rummy to Crazy Eights, there are so many card games that can be exciting and mentally stimulating. Playing a card game is also a great way to socialize and lift the spirits during those dreary winter days. With our friendly visit program, we can offer companionship and home care for seniors.

Reading Books

Many publishers now offer books in large text for those who need a little extra help seeing the words. Reading is a great way to keep the mind engaged while allowing the body to rest. Your local library is sure to have some copies of large textbooks. Through a friendly visit program, a trip to the library would be a great way to transition your loved one into in-home elderly care.

Listening to Audio

If reading has become too difficult, consider checking out some audio books from the local library. Also, listening to music can be extremely beneficial to seniors. Even some light dancing can prove to be a wonderful way to lift the spirits. If organizing a music gathering seems overwhelming, take advantage of a flexi-rest program while you get some well-deserved rest. One of our home care specialists can keep your loved one company while you take care of yourself.

Creating Art

Making art is therapeutic in many ways. Physically, it helps maintain dexterity and fine motor skills. Mentally, the benefits are numerous. It provides a means of communicating with caregivers. Furthermore, it allows self-expression and processing during a time in life where seniors tend to feel a loss of control.

Regardless of what winter activity suits your loved one best, Home Helpers is here to lend a hand. Call us today at (215) 334-2600 to talk to someone about how we can help. We are committed to providing exceptional senior care and in-home elderly care in the Philadelphia area.

A Closer Look at Dementia with Lewy Body

If your loved one has been diagnosed with a dementia disorder, it is important to seek the support of specialized home care. Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of dementia. In some cases, it is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s.

Watch this video about Lewy body dementia to better understand what to expect as the disorder progresses. Although changes happen gradually, this is a progressive disorder that will eventually require a total care plan. A good way to introduce someone with Lewy body into a specialized home care situation is through a friendly visit program.

Has someone in your life recently been diagnosed with a disorder such as Lewy body dementia? If so, contact the compassionate team at Home Helpers today at (215) 334-2600 to hear about care options such as specialized home care in the Philadelphia area.

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