Holiday Activities That Help with Dementia Symptoms

For many people, the holidays are a joyful time of year. But for people with dementia, their families, and their caregivers, the holidays can pose special challenges. How can family members and home caregivers ensure that seniors with Alzheimer's or similar conditions feel loved and included during the holiday season? Dementia is a catch-all term for diseases of the brain that impair memory, decision-making skills, and language skills. It is progressive, meaning that it can get worse over time, but not better. People with this condition may have difficulty taking care of everyday chores, having conversations, and remembering things that recently happened. This can be frustrating, confusing,

10 Reasons Why Dogs Are a Senior's Best Friend

The benefits of dogs for seniors are hard to overstate. A canine companion can make senior living easier, happier, and more comfortable, and taking care of a pet can have a real, tangible impact on certain debilitation conditions, like dementia or arthritis. Unlike the more restrictive senior living situation of a nursing home or other care facility, home care is by nature much more flexible when it comes to keeping pets. Indeed, many home caregivers encourage seniors to adopt a pet, recognizing the huge positive benefits of dogs for seniors and incorporating those animals into their care practice. The home caregiver can even help to take care of the dog, if the owner has become less able, s

Home Care Services to Help Seniors Prepare for Cold Weather

Cold weather poses some unique safety concerns for seniors. During the winter months, seniors are at increased risk of getting hypothermia, and snowy or icy conditions can make them more likely to slip and fall. The chill in the air can increase the symptoms of arthritis and chronic disorders. The short, dark days of winter can also contribute to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), especially for seniors who have trouble getting out of the house and socializing. Northern California gets its share of gloomy, chilly weather during the winter, so it's important for seniors, their home caregivers, and their family members to understand the risks and create a safe senior living environment. Here a

Healthy Thanksgiving Habits for Senior Living

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and for many families across the United States, that means it's almost time to have a big get-together. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, togetherness, and, of course, a feast. And while it's great to indulge a little while celebrating together, it's important for seniors, as well as their families and caregivers, to keep health and well-being in mind, too. Here are some senior living tips for having a healthy Thanksgiving this year: 1. Cook a healthy meal at home. Cooking a big Thanksgiving meal can be stressful. You've got to decide on a menu, figure out who's bringing what, and juggle different jobs in the kitchen so all the food is ready

5 Surprising Benefits of Being a Home Caregiver

Are you interested in working in the healthcare field? Do you love interacting with other people and making a difference in their lives? If so, you might want to consider becoming a home caregiver. Working as a home caregiver lets you help other people in a very real way, improving their quality of life as well as your own. If you work in the field of home care, you'll be visiting people in their own houses instead of caring for them in a hospital, clinic, or other facility. Home caregivers are often tasked with many different responsibilities, depending on the needs of their individual clients. Some clients just need company and assistance with housekeeping or meal preparation. Some clients

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