We are participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

End of Alzheimer’s starts with me!

River Oaks Homecare is participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday Nov. 11, 2017.

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This is  the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Donate or Join our team here: Team River Oaks Homecare

Health & Wellness for Seniors: Family Caregivers.

 

 

Now is the perfect time to start a healthy lifestyle.

Caregivers can help seniors maintain health with proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle habits.

Nutrition:

It is extremely important for Seniors to practice good nutrition. Poor nutrition affects not only the body, but also the mind, energy levels, and can also lead to other health issues. The more caregivers know about nutrition for seniors, the better they will be able to care for them.

Vitamins/Supplements:

  • Fiber.
  • Potassium for blood pressure and to help avoid fatigue and depression.
  • Healthy fats to lower chances of heart disease.
  • Vitamin B12 for energy and brain function.
  • Vitamin D and Calcium for bone health.

Healthy Eating after 50:

  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Protein.
  • Grains.
  • Dairy.
  • Oil.
  • Sugar & Solid fats.
  • Eat fish 2x per week.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Limit caffeine & Alchohol intake.

Help Seniors become more active:

  • Find something they enjoy.
  • Make sure it is geared to their fitness level.
  • Start at a level they can manage and work their way up slowly.
  • Do exercises at home with them.  You can  watch online or rent videos at the library and modify as necessary.

Benefits Of Exercise in older age:

  • Increases Mental Capacity.
  • Prevents Diseases
  • Improves Healing
  • Increases Balance

Sample Weekly exercise routine for seniors can be found in the full article here: Health and Wellness for Seniors

Credit: ClearCare.

7 Habits Every Senior Should have.

Seniors can change their lifestyle and start practicing these 7  healthy habits immediately:

7 Habits for Seniors

  1. Focus on Prevention – Seniors can be proactive in their health by getting regular checkups. Having regular doctor appointments to check things like cholesterol, heart problems, blood pressure and more can alert seniors of problems early on and make them more manageable.
  2. Get Social – Doing activities with others and being social can help senior’s mental and physical health.
  3. Keep your mind sharp – Doing mental activities that stimulate the brain will help ward off decline in mental health and keep senior’s mind sharp.
  4. Be physically active – Mobility can be more difficult with age, but it’s important for seniors to continue to exercise as they age. Regular exercise can help improve balance, flexibility, is good for your heart, and can help improve balance, flexibility, is good for your heart, and can even improve the health of people who are frail or have age-related diseases.
  5. Pay attention to eyes and ears – Getting annual eye exams and biannual dental exams can help seniors’ overall health.
  6. Make healthy food choices – Making healthy food choices is important at any age. As people age, making healthy choices become increasingly important. Eating well can help maintain good bone health, wealth, and can reduce the risk of stroke, heart diseases and diabetes.
  7. Manage Medicines – As people age, they often find themselves on more and more medications. Caregivers can regularly go over medications with physicians to find out any drug interactions.

Download the full document here: 7 Habits for Seniors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer. Read more from the link below :

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html

 

Culled up from the American Cancer Society Website (https://www.cancer.org/)

Our Care Transition Service

Our Care transition service

Our Care transition service ensures your loved ones are well received back home from hospitals and nursing homes. Why is it important to have our caregivers in place for this? The answer is simply to reduce hospital readmissions for our loved ones. We don’t want them going back on re-admissions again and being treated for the same thing. It also eases out stress within the family in general, knowing fully well you don’t have to worry brings peace of mind.  

Our main goal is to achieve a 100% recovery with our clients by making sure that the plan of care is followed, medication reminders are in place, preventing falls, and also ensuring that scheduled appointments with primary care physician visits are not missed.

If you or someone you love can benefit from our care transitions services (A family member can be employed to take care of you or your loved one), please give us a call at 267-755-7500.