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Knowing the Signs of Gluten Intolerance in Rhode Island
Knowing the Signs of Gluten Intolerance in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on February 5, 2016

Gluten is a type of protein that is commonly found in wheat and other grains, but some people’s bodies do not react well to gluten as it causes a variety of uncomfortable conditions. While many people might be gluten sensitive, only a few are truly gluten intolerant. Caregivers in Rhode Island explain some of the most common signs of gluten intolerance. Digestive Issues The most common issue with gluten is that a person’s gastrointestinal system cannot properly digest it. People who are gluten intolerant often experience gas, bloating, and abdominal…

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Delicious Dishes for Vegetarian Seniors in Rhode Island
Delicious Dishes for Vegetarian Seniors in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on January 29, 2016

A vegetarian diet can greatly benefit seniors because it’s naturally rich in essential minerals and vitamins that will leave them looking and feeling wonderful. For seniors who need new ideas for veggie meals, Rhode Island home care providers can recommend four vegetarian dishes that won’t disappoint. Veggie Burrito A vegetarian burrito is easy for seniors to make and it’s very nutritious. They can make it with refried beans, chopped lettuce, vegan sour cream, grilled vegetables and chopped tomatoes. A senior could also make their burritos with kale instead of lettuce….

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Telltale Signs of a Senior Eating Disorder in Rhode Island
Telltale Signs of a Senior Eating Disorder in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on January 22, 2016

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating are usually associated with younger people. However, eating disorders can also affect the elderly. Providers of live-in care in Rhode Island hope families will pay attention to the following signs that indicate the presence of a senior eating disorder. Changes in Weight This may be the most obvious sign of an eating disorder. If there are significant changes in weight, either a loss or gain, this could signal a problem. If your loved one simply cannot make his or her own…

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How to Tell if Your Loved One Is the Target of Elder Abuse in Rhode Island
How to Tell if Your Loved One Is the Target of Elder Abuse in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on January 15, 2016

A disturbing trend that has recently come to light is the occurrence of elder abuse in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and even live-in and part-time care in Rhode Island from hired caregivers. Family caregivers should be aware of the warning signs of elder abuse, such as the examples listed below, in order to help protect their senior loved ones. Frequent Bruises or Injuries Injuries, even those that don’t seem serious, should not be a normal occurrence. If your senior loved one has inexplicable injuries or bruises, especially in multiple…

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How Ultrasounds Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Alzheimer's in South Jersey, NJ
How Ultrasounds Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Alzheimer's in South Jersey, NJ
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on January 8, 2016

Researchers now understand that there are three major characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease. Within the brain of an individual with Alzheimer’s, there is an accumulation of amyloid-B protein fragments that clump together and form plaques. Tau proteins in neurons cause the nerve cells to become entangled, and both of these features cause cell damage while interfering with the normal communication between neurons. Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia, and researchers from Columbia University found a possible means of alleviating one of the problems associated with Alzheimer’s.  caregivers explain how…

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Notable Charities that Benefit Seniors in Rhode Island
Notable Charities that Benefit Seniors in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on December 25, 2015

During this time of year that focuses on giving, many people choose to donate to charity. The elderly are a particular demographic that can greatly benefit from charity because they often live on small incomes and may have health concerns to address. If you are interested in helping others this year, you will be pleased to know that there are many excellent charities that support seniors. Here are a few recommended by Rhode Island Home Care Assistance. National Council on Aging The NCOA is an extremely beneficial charity that helped…

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The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Rhode Island Seniors with Arthritis
The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Rhode Island Seniors with Arthritis
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on December 18, 2015

Hydrotherapy is a treatment that can help seniors who have arthritis ease joint pain. The difference between swimming and hydrotherapy is that it involves doing a series of special exercises in a warm-water pool. The exercises can be adjusted to a senior’s needs, symptoms and range of movement. Rhode Island live-in home care providers explain the benefits of hydrotherapy and how it helps seniors with arthritis. When seniors use hydrotherapy treatments, it will benefit them no matter how many of their joints are affected or what type of arthritis they have,…

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Exciting Christmas Traditions Seniors in Rhode Island Can Enjoy
Exciting Christmas Traditions Seniors in Rhode Island Can Enjoy
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on December 11, 2015

When planning which old and new traditions to share with your family this year, be sure to include some your senior loved one can enjoy. Traditions can help seniors feel connected with family and make the holiday season more fun and enjoyable for them. Rhode Island hourly care providers can suggest a few holiday traditions to cherish with your senior loved one for years to come. Make Favorite Dishes When you plan the menu this year for your family’s holiday dinner, sit down and ask your loved one about favorite…

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Festive Christmas Fun for Seniors in Rhode Island
Festive Christmas Fun for Seniors in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on December 4, 2015

The holiday season can be a difficult time for senior citizens if they are unable to take part in the festivities. However, there are plenty of things that family caregivers in Rhode Island can do with their senior loved ones to share in the spirit of the season. To help your loved one indulge in the holiday spirit this Christmas, try one or all of these fun yuletide activities. Decorate Christmas Cookies This is an activity that can be done while seated, which makes it a perfect option for wheelchair-bound…

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How Seniors with Dementia Benefit from Scrapbooking in Rhode Island
How Seniors with Dementia Benefit from Scrapbooking in Rhode Island
By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on November 27, 2015

Working on a scrapbook with your loved one can be fun at any age, but it can have extra health benefits for your elderly loved one, especially if he or she has dementia. Rhode Island hourly care providers explain the benefits of scrapbooking for seniors with dementia and encourage families to participate in these projects with their loved ones. Helps Preserve Memories For elderly loved ones, it may be difficult to recall memories they would like to hold onto or share with you. Sorting through old photographs, swatches of fabric,…

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