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.

Guest Blog: Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma cancer is a rare and very serious disease caused typically by long-time, long-ago occupational exposure to asbestos.

It strikes mostly seniors, often turning a well-planned retirement upside down for patients and their families.

Although there is no definitive cure, recent treatment advances and better diagnostics have allowed mesothelioma specialists to take a more curative approach if the cancer is caught before it has metastasized.

Mesothelioma is no longer viewed as the death sentence it was a decade ago. Surgeries have become more advanced; chemotherapy drugs are more personalized; and radiation is more precise.

Gene therapy, immunotherapy and a variety of clinical trials with the latest advances in medicine are available to provide hope where once there was none.

“When hope is part of the equation, anything is possible,” said mesothelioma specialist and thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker, director of the Lung Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine. “I remain optimistic that we can put together the right combination of patients and treatments to effect a cure.”

A Rare, Aggressive Cancer

Mesothelioma is diagnosed in only 3,000 people annually in the United States – compared to 220,000 with lung cancer – and usually after the age 60, primarily because of a long latency period (20-50 years) between asbestos exposure and obvious symptoms.

It begins with the inhalation or ingestion of the toxic asbestos fibers. They can become lodged in the membrane around the lungs or the abdomen, cause inflammation and eventually scarring, which can lead to a myriad of serious problems, including asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma cancer.

Pleural mesothelioma, which starts in the thoracic cavity, is the most common. Peritoneal mesothelioma, in the abdominal cavity, is responsible for 25 percent of the cases and typically comes with a better prognosis.

Because this cancer is rare, it’s vital to find a specialist who treats it regularly and understands its intricacies. Many doctors, including some oncologists, rarely see it, taking a more nihilistic approach to treatment.

A specialist can devise a personalized, multidisciplinary approach that may extend survival time considerably.

While the majority of patients live less than 18 months after diagnosis, and many receive only palliative care, some patients today are living three, four or five years beyond their life expectancies with the latest treatments.

Early symptoms will include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest discomfort, muscle soreness and a lingering dry cough. As the cancer progresses, those problems will intensify.

Advice for Patients and Families

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with this crippling cancer, some advice to follow:

  • Find a specialty center. This will improve greatly your odds of surviving.
  • Explore clinical trials. This is where you will find the latest, cutting-edge therapies.
  • Stay engaged. Don’t try to fight this alone. Lean on family and friends, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Be active. Force yourself to exercise daily. Get up and walk, even when treatments wear you down.
  • Join a support group specifically for mesothelioma. Other patients and families can become a wealth of information. It will take away the feeling of isolation.

Always remember to be aggressive in your approach to treatment. Ask for second opinions and get answers. Discuss various treatment options with your doctors.

For many patients, the power of prayer is crucial to their survival. Don’t discount it.

Also remind yourself to eat well and learn what foods feed the cancer, and what foods the cancer doesn’t like.

Above all, surround yourself with positive people.

Tim Povtak is a content writer for The Mesothelioma Center and Asbestos.com, an informational source for mesothelioma patients and families.

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