5 Ways to Ease the Symptoms of Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for diseases that cause the loss of cognitive abilities. The disease can be stressful and frightening, both for someone experiencing it and for their caregivers. Unfortunately, dementia is far from rare. One in every 14 people over the age of 65 will develop some form of dementia, and people over the age of 80 have a one in six chance of developing it. This is why it’s important for people with dementia, their family members, and their home caregivers to understand how to ease the symptoms of dementia. Dementia is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time. There is currently no cure. It is caused by the death of cells in the brain, or by other damage

Best Home Care Tips for Making Halloween Safe and Fun

Are you enjoying the Halloween season? Halloween isn't just for kids! Home caregivers and seniors can enjoy this spooky holiday, as well. But some seniors may need extra company or help this time of year. Halloween can be scary, especially for seniors who have dementia or who live alone. These home care tips will help make Halloween full of treats and absent of tricks for seniors and home caregivers alike. 1. Put up festive — but non-scary — decorations. Decorations are a great way to celebrate the holidays and the changing seasons. For seniors who enjoy being creative, making Halloween decorations can also be a fun art project. Art projects have the additional benefit of improving cognitive

The Importance of Preventing Loneliness in Seniors

Loneliness is a menace. There are plenty of well-known health threats that seniors face, such as heart disease, dementia, and cancer, but the dangers of loneliness are often overlooked or ignored. This is a major problem, because loneliness in seniors can be just as dangerous as any disease. The numbers don't lie; loneliness and social isolation are major predictors of poor health later in life. Seniors who don't get enough social contact are at increased risk for developing a wide variety of health problems, from cardiovascular disease to insomnia. Loneliness is also strongly linked with depression. All in all, a socially isolated lifestyle has been shown to be more dangerous than smoking f

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