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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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Movies about Dementia and Alzheimer's
Movies about Dementia and Alzheimer's
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on August 27, 2015

Sometimes one of the most important things to remember if you provide dementia or Alzheimer’s home care is that you are not alone. Watching movies that deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia in thoughtful and engaging ways may sometimes provide comfort or help you think through the challenges of providing home care for an aging parent. Below are a handful of movies offering that kind of cathartic and thoughtful viewing experience. Iron Lady (2011) The iconic Meryl Streep plays the also-iconic Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister to Great Britain. Through dialogues…

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Recover Mobility After a Stroke
Recover Mobility After a Stroke
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on August 20, 2015

Many stroke survivors have limited mobility and some struggle to get back on their feet and walk. There are certain kinds of exercises, however, proven effective in retraining the body to stand and take that first step. If you provide post-stroke care in Rhode Island for a senior loved one, here are a few types of training to consider. 1. Core Training The core is the center of the body from which nearly all movements originate. These complex set of muscles need to be strengthened after a stroke to help survivors…

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Learn How to Better Control Difficult Dementia Behavior
Learn How to Better Control Difficult Dementia Behavior
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on August 13, 2015

If you provide home care for a senior loved one with dementia, you’ve likely encountered some challenging behaviors. Although it’s easy to feel frustrated or even defeated, here are a few things you can try. Repetition Flare-ups can take the form of repeating a question or action. It’s usually a sign of insecurity, so look for the emotion behind the repetition. If your senior loved one is frightened, try to reassure them. If they’re fidgeting, give them something purposeful to do, such as watering plants or setting the table. Restlessness…

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Learn to Balance Work and Caregiving
Learn to Balance Work and Caregiving
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on August 6, 2015

Finding the right balance between caregiving and work can be a challenge, especially when this means juggling multiple roles that may conflict with each other. Missed meetings, forgotten deadlines and feelings of guilt can all add up to serious stress at the end of the day. While finding balance may seem impossible, there are ways to manage your responsibilities without losing your job or your mind. Be Upfront with Your Manager Start by making sure your manager is aware of your caregiving responsibilities. Not only will this explain any changes…

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Tips for Preventing Multiple Sclerosis
Tips for Preventing Multiple Sclerosis
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on July 30, 2015

Multiple sclerosis is one of those diseases most people don’t associate with the senior population since most people are diagnosed before 50. In reality, there’s still a small percentage of people who are diagnosed with MS in their golden years. It’s not uncommon for concerned or curious family members to ask Rhode Island senior care providers about the causes, symptoms, or treatments for various diseases. So today, we’ve decided to use this blog to explore the causes, or lack there of, of multiple sclerosis. Although researchers have narrowed down how…

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Informative Books for Dementia Caregivers
Informative Books for Dementia Caregivers
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on July 23, 2015

As a leading provider of Rhode Island Alzheimer’s care, the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance knows firsthand that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia comes with many unique challenges, and caregivers need support and care, too. The following books can give you new ways to manage the challenges of caring for a loved one with memory loss as well as insight into the disease itself. When Your Loved One Has Dementia Joy A. Glenner et al. This short book discusses the importance of communication with…

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Negative Effects of Prescribed Medication
Negative Effects of Prescribed Medication
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on July 16, 2015

Your senior loved one may require certain medications to keep his or her health in tiptop shape. Though intake of more than one type of medication is normal for this age group, the side effects and risks of each medication should always be taken into consideration, as there is always the possibility of a sensitive reaction. Here are a few side effects presented by Home Care Assistance of Rhode Island to watch for if your elderly relative is taking any of these commonly prescribed medications. Atrovent Often prescribed for seniors…

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