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    Your Eye Health After 60: Age-Related Vision Changes

    Last updated 2 months 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 3 months 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.

    Foods That Boost Brain Health

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Brain health is often a significant concern for seniors, particularly those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Research suggests that certain foods can help support brain health, such as those that are high in essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids may support brain health by improving brain volume, reducing blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and reducing serum triglyceride levels. Some great sources of essential fatty acids are wild salmon, tuna, flaxseed, and avocados.

    Watch this video for more information on supporting brain health with a carefully planned diet. This doctor explains why antioxidants are important for brain function and which foods are high in antioxidants.

    Does a senior in your family need help with meal preparation and other daily tasks? Families can call Home Helpers, an insured home care service, at (855) 241-4724 to arrange for in-home care for their loved ones. We also offer specialized senior care to those with Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions.

    Coping with Stress as a Caregiver

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Assuming the role of a family caregiver involves many changes, including changing family dynamics, increased demands on your time, and usually, an increased level of stress. Because of the constant stress, family members who are serving as senior caregivers are more likely to suffer from severe emotional challenges and poor physical health. These challenges are only likely to become more evident as your senior loved one progressively requires more help. Senior caregivers often advise family members to seek help well before they suffer from caregiver burnout.

    Consider Respite Care

    Family caregivers can get the resources they need to cope with stress by working with a home care service that offers respite care. Respite care is a type of program in which a professional senior caregiver visits your loved one at predetermined times to provide temporary or short-term care. Home care services are highly flexible. You can schedule respite care on an occasional or regular basis, according to your unique needs.

    Renew Your Mindset

    One of the many sources of stress for family caregivers is the feeling of losing control. You may be worried about your loved one’s failing health and you may experience anxiety when you consider the future. Try to work toward acceptance. That is, accept that you cannot control everything, but that you can manage your reactions to situations. You can also focus on the rewarding aspects of caregiving and other positive influences in your life.

    Enjoy Favorite Activities

    While your elderly loved one is being looked after by a professional senior caregiver, use the time to nurture your emotional health. You deserve some time to relax and enjoy your favorite activities. By taking a walk in the park with a friend, watching a movie with the kids, or simply pampering yourself with a day at the spa, you can return to your caregiving duties more refreshed. You’ll likely find that giving yourself breaks enables you to provide better care for your loved one.

    When you need affordable, flexible respite care for your loved one, look no further than the Home Helpers Flexi-Rest Program. You can easily add more of our home care services later, when your loved one needs an increased level of care. Families throughout the Philadelphia area can learn more about in-home care on our website or by calling us at (855) 241-4724.

    Examining the Healing Powers of Pets for Seniors

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Seniors often suffer from social withdrawal and loneliness, especially when they live alone at home without a senior caregiver. While working with a home care service can significantly help your elderly loved one, you might also consider suggesting that he or she acquire a pet. Taking care of an animal with the help of a senior caregiver is an incredibly enriching experience for your elderly loved one.

    Understanding the Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation

    For seniors, cognitive stimulation on a regular basis is a must. It helps to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and it improves quality of life. Senior caregivers often provide cognitive stimulation by encouraging seniors to engage in social activities, such as playing Scrabble. However, pets can provide cognitive stimulation for your loved one during the senior caregiver’s off-duty hours. For example, your loved one may wish to read books and articles on the particular type or breed of animal, and learn how to take better care of him or her. Your loved one may even enjoy interacting with the veterinarian. Wellness visits for the animal may provide a welcome change of pace for seniors accustomed to seemingly endless rounds of doctor’s visits.

    Enjoying Constant Companionship

    With a pet in the home, your senior will never be alone. The unconditional love and companionship of an animal can help seniors stave off depression and loneliness. And since animals live only in the present—without worry for the future—your loved one may find his or her own fear of the future diminished. Plus, the companionship of an animal has been shown to have incredible healing powers. Pet owners have been shown to have reduced blood pressure, lessened anxiety, improved dopamine levels, and an overall sense of well-being.

    For more than a decade, Home Helpers has been providing customized, flexible senior care plans for families in the Philadelphia area. Whether your loved one needs companionship care or specialty care for medical conditions, our highly trained senior caregivers are here for you. If you have any questions about our home care services, give us a call at (855) 241-4724 or fill out the simple contact form on our website.

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