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Can Obesity Increase a Senior's Risk of Cancer in Rhode Island?
Can Obesity Increase a Senior's Risk of Cancer in Rhode Island?
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on November 13, 2015

As people age, their risk of cancer increases significantly as a result of various factors, including weight and BMI. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 34,000 cases of cancer each year are attributed to obesity. Home care providers in Rhode Island want families to understand the relationship between obesity and cancer to help seniors improve life quality and longevity. How Does Obesity Increase the Risk of Cancer? Stored fat cells produce excess levels of estrogen hormones, which are linked to many types of cancer. These fat cells also produce…

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Outreach and Support for Caregivers in Rhode Island
Outreach and Support for Caregivers in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on November 6, 2015

When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the news can be devastating for both the senior and the family members who support him or her. With that in mind, there are a number of resources and outreach programs available for family caregivers of elderly parents with Alzheimer’s disease. Rhode Island Home Care Assistance recommends the following Alzheimer’s support groups for family caregivers. Phone Support For immediate assistance over the phone, family caregivers can reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline or the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center hotline…

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The Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors in Rhode Island
The Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on October 30, 2015

Animals offer companionship and comfort to their owners, but they also provide other therapeutic benefits. Elderly people who are sick, undergoing surgery, or managing depression are perfect candidates for a program known as pet therapy. Doctors, home care providers, and nursing homes may recommend pet therapy to these clients in the hopes of improving their physical, mental, and emotional states. Rhode Island Home Care Assistance can attest to the perks of pet therapy, and we hope the following information will encourage family members to look into the service for their…

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How to Help Seniors Protect Themselves from Skin Cancer in Rhode Island
How to Help Seniors Protect Themselves from Skin Cancer in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on October 23, 2015

It’s especially important for seniors who have already incurred a lifetime of sun damage to protect themselves from skin cancer. Fortunately, there are several effective preventative measures seniors can take against skin cancer. Home Care Assistance, a notable provider of home care in Rhode Island, encourages caregivers and family members to pass on the following tips to their senior loved ones. Use the Right Sunscreen Every time you get sunburned, you increase your chances of skin cancer. Aging skin is thinner and allows more UV light to penetrate, so it’s critical…

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Exercises for Wheelchair Bound Seniors in Rhode Island
Exercises for Wheelchair Bound Seniors in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on October 16, 2015

Seniors with limited mobility can still perform many basic exercises from a wheelchair, and Home Care Assistance of Rhode Island hopes family caregivers will share these modified moves with their senior loved ones. The following exercises can tone and strengthen the muscles of the arms, upper body, abdominal area and legs. Inner Thigh Squeeze With good posture, place a soft ball between the knees. Squeeze the ball by contracting the inner thigh muscles and release slightly, but not all the way, and repeat as many times as needed. Seated Back…

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How to Tell if Your Senior Loved One Has Diabetes in Rhode Island
How to Tell if Your Senior Loved One Has Diabetes in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on October 9, 2015

Everyone is susceptible to diabetes, but the elderly are at a higher risk due to a number of factors. Age, diet, genetic and environmental influences are only some causes of diabetes in seniors, so it’s important to monitor your elderly loved one closely for signs of diabetic disorders. The experienced senior care professionals with Rhode Island Home Care Assistance are here to explain what symptoms to watch for. Symptoms Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have similar symptoms. These can include: Increased thirst Increased urination Unexplained weight loss Feeling…

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Depression in Caregivers of Terminal Parents in Rhode Island
Depression in Caregivers of Terminal Parents in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on September 24, 2015

As a caregiver of a terminal parent or loved one, you may experience signs of depression. The professionals at Rhode Island Home Care Assistance have provided some helpful tips for you to understand, prevent, and manage your experience with depression. Don’t Internalize Your Feelings While caring for a terminally ill loved one, you may try following your daily routine without addressing your personal struggle. Some believe this strategy provides an advantage in terms of caregiving and that ignoring emotional unrest benefits the person who is ill. In reality, when you…

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Helping Senior Loved Ones Quit Smoking
Helping Senior Loved Ones Quit Smoking
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on September 17, 2015

Quitting smoking is hard regardless of age, but it can be particularly challenging for seniors who have relied on lighting up for decades. Here are a few tips to share with your senior loved one that can help him or her put down the cigarettes for good. Smoking Cessation Timeline 20 minutes after quitting – Heart rate returns to a normal level 12 hours – Carbon monoxide level in the blood reverts to normal 2 days – Injured nerve endings begin to regenerate 2 weeks – Withdrawal symptoms are gone 3 months – Walking and…

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Healthy Foods for Seniors 65 and Up
Healthy Foods for Seniors 65 and Up
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on September 10, 2015

Eating is an enjoyable and necessary part of life and mindful eating habits make a big health impact, especially for the elderly. At Rhode Island Home Care Assistance, we know it’s not always easy getting seniors to eat well, but the following general food guidelines for seniors are easy to incorporate and can help improve your loved one’s overall health. Eat Organic Food growing and harvesting has changed significantly with time. It has become paramount to be aware of the negative consequences of pesticides and chemicals on food quality and…

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Helping Seniors Through Parkinson's Disease
Helping Seniors Through Parkinson's Disease
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on September 3, 2015

During treatment for Parkinson’s disease, it is common for seniors to experience times when their medication is not able to effectively control their symptoms. These “off” periods are more likely to occur before the next dose of medication, and seniors may notice decreased ability to control their movements, increased anxiety, and difficulty completing their normal daily routine. As an in-home caregiver, it is important to be aware of these times so that management strategies can be implemented to provide your loved one maximum comfort. Practice Proper Medication Management There are…

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