5 Tips for Living Longer and Feeling Healthier

Short of discovering the legendary fountain of youth, there is no clear shortcut to living longer and feeling healthier. While creating a healthy, happy life requires some effort, the good news is that there are clear steps people can employ in their day to day lives that result in a healthy lifestyle. The following five tips for living longer and feeling healthier are steps that people of any age can incorporate into their lives. You’re never too young or too old to start living healthy! Enjoy Moderate Exercise Exercise is important for maintaining a long and healthy life, but not all forms of exercise are best for the human body. If you push it too hard you can actually end up doing mo

Role Reversal and Caring for Elderly Parents

For the first time in generations, we’re adding a new phase to family growth. While we in the West have traditionally seen family life as a top-down cycle, with parents giving priority to children, who give way to grandchildren, and so on, we’re now increasingly faced with the challenges of caring for our elderly parents. For many people this is unfamiliar territory. As a society, we haven’t yet developed familiar modes or scripts to fall back on, and we’re often left feeling as though we’re forging ahead blindly. The role reversal, from being cared-for to caregiving, can be particularly difficult. For those needing senior care, it can be troubling to accept a loss of independence. When ch

Top Reasons Why People Have Home Caregivers

Living alone can be dangerous for seniors due to aging, illness, or injury. Seniors often find themselves struggling while living alone or feeling like a burden to their families who take care of them. When your loved ones are getting older or develop an illness that requires more help, there are usually three choices: Family looking after seniors Moving to an assisted living facility Employing a home caregiver In a recent survey, 90% of seniors indicated they prefer home caregiving. It’s often a difficult decision to make with many variables to take into account. 10 Reasons to Get a Home Caregiver Here are some of the top reasons why seniors and their families prefer home caregiving

7 Creative Approaches to Dementia Care

About 47.5 million people are living with dementia worldwide, and this number is expected to triple by 2050. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, and while there is no cure for dementia, creative approaches can help to manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease. The good news is that treatment for dementia has advanced over the past few decades. Caregivers do a great job focusing on basic caregiving needs, like food, hygiene, and physical therapy. These primary needs are important and due to time and financial constraints, it’s not always possible for caregivers to give more than those basic needs. That said, there are some creative approaches home caregivers

The Importance of Home Caregivers

Home caregivers are in a strange place socially and emotionally; they do so much for the people in their care, including forming bonds that can be as strong as those between family members, and yet they are employees. Due to the intimate and personal nature of home caregiving, you see the employee/client boundary get crossed a lot. This is one of the main factors that highlights home caregiving as a very special type of employment. Recently, the caregiving staff at Alegre Home Care was treated to a caregiver appreciation luncheon by the son of one of our clients. Doug DeSoto wanted to honor the recent passing of his parents and the caregivers who attended to them during their final years.

5 Ways to Improve Memory and Cognitive Function with Exercise

Everyone worries about their memory and the state of their cognitive health from time to time, but what can you do to be proactive about it? According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2016 Facts & Figures, 1 in 9 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease and an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's in 2016. More women than men have Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, as almost two-thirds of Americans with these disorders are women. One of the earliest warning signs of Alzheimer's is the experience of worsening memory loss or more frequent confusion. However, occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met does not apply. Cognitive d

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