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Examining the Risk of Depression in Alzheimer's Patients

Depression has become a common occurrence in today’s society, and it can affect those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. No matter the cause of the depression, Alzheimer’s patients may be at risk for a steeper decline in their Alzheimer’s diagnosis if they have depression. This depression may affect many factors of a patient’s life, including their home care, their relationships, and their physical health.

As you can see in the video, depression in Alzheimer’s patients was found to increase the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Patients with depression were noted with lower cognitive and reduced memory function over the course of the six-year study.

Keep your loved ones healthy and free of depression during this trying time by calling Home Helpers at (215) 334-2600. With specialized home care, our Friendly Visit Program, and our Flexi-Rest Program, you and your loved ones can receive the personal care in Philadelphia that you all need.

Myths About Memory Decline in Seniors

There are many health myths that continually plague the happiness of families and the senior adults in their lives. Some of these myths may even damage a person’s personal care and wellbeing.

Myth #1: Older people will always suffer from memory loss.

Memory loss can occur in anyone, but it is not an inevitability for seniors. Not every senior is guaranteed to have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia by a certain age or at all. Though Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic among the population, older people should never expect to get it. Stay positive and maintain a regimen in physical and mental activities to combat possible memory loss.

Myth #2: Memory loss only occurs because of age and poor brain function.

Many young adults and seniors may believe they are not at risk for memory loss until they reach a certain age. This is a common misconception. Poor nutrition and dehydration can significantly affect memory loss either permanently or temporarily. When your body is not receiving the nutrients it needs, the brain may respond with slow or fuzzy thoughts, dizziness, and other impaired cognitive functions.

Myth #3: Seniors should relax their brains and bodies often.

When adults reach a certain age, their children or grandchildren may be tempted to let their poor diets, lack of exercise, or bad habits slide because “they should enjoy life while they can.” These poor habits can actually cause seniors to decline even quicker, though. With regular exercise—even walking is a suitable exercise—and a healthy diet, seniors can retain their memories, their cognitive function, and their physical health for a long time.

Trust the personal care staff at Home Helpers to give you the facts about the seniors in your life. We strive to make our clients comfortable whether it is through our Friendly Visit Program, RN Assist program, or our Total Care Plan in Philadelphia. Please call us at (215) 334-2600 to learn how we can help.

Tips for Supporting Your Out-of-Town Aging Parents

Living out of town from your parents may not seem complicated until you realize they are aging and may need in-home elderly care. Though this may be a trying time in your life, keep these helpful tips in mind to take the best care of your parents and yourself.

Tip #1: Educate Yourself

No matter your distance—across town or across the country—you must educate yourself to the resources available for you and your aging parents. These services might include a Friendly Visit Program where a qualified helper comes in to perform simple cleaning duties or make grocery trips. Other services might be more hands-on with a Total Care Plan that covers every milestone that might occur during your parents’ later years. Look out for services needed in the moment but also services your parents may need in the future.

Tip #2: Communicate Regularly

When you are a long-distance caregiver, you may find yourself feeling left out of the loop, at times. Combat this feeling by remaining in communication with your parents, their caregivers, and any family that might be checking in on them. This is essential to maintain the correct information about your parents’ health and wellbeing, so that you can make informed decisions when you need to.

Tip #3: Ask for Help

Never be afraid to seek support for yourself. You may feel confused and lost, at times, as your parents get older and continue to require care. Remain open with your family and friends. Ask your parents’ personal care specialists for resources that can help you deal with the emotional factors of this time. You may also find online forums or in-person groups that can help you cope with the changes happening with your parents.

Whether you live down the street or in another city, you can trust your aging parents with Home Helpers. We strive to deliver comprehensive and personal care in Philadelphia to all of our seniors as if they were our own parents. Please call (215) 334-2600 or visit us online to learn more information.

The Role of an RN in Your Home Assessment

Taking the step to include home care into your senior loved one’s life can be a difficult decision to make. Home Helpers strives to make this transition as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and loved one. If you’re unsure if home care is the right choice, then you may benefit from our RN Assist service.

When you decide to work with Home Helpers, you’ll receive an on-site evaluation to begin the home care service. For this process, you can opt to include our RN Assist feature, which includes professional assessment and recommendations from a qualified registered nurse. The RN will evaluate your senior’s current level of independence and will assess any safety concerns in the home.

If you need assistance with providing care for your senior loved one, Home Helpers may be able to help. We offer several programs for in-home elderly care in Philadelphia that may benefit you and your loved one. To learn more about RN Assist or care check systems, call us today at (215) 334-2600.

Alzheimer's Disease and Sleeping Pills

Caring for an individual who suffers from memory loss can be a significant challenge. If you provide home care for a senior loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may be interested in learning about the possible link between this disease and sleeping pills.

Watch this video to find out more about the research regarding this possible connection. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are calming and affect the central nervous system. In a study that looked at individuals who took these medications for three months or longer, it was found that they had nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Caregiving can be a rewarding but challenging responsibility. If you could use assistance with providing personal care for your senior loved one, call Home Helpers today at (215) 334-2600. We offer rapid care responses, care check systems, and services for specialized home care in Philadelphia.

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