Should Caregivers get a flu vaccine?

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Older adults are one of the groups that are more susceptible to getting the flu.  Therefore, as a caregiver of the elderly you should protect yourself from the illness as well by getting a yearly flu vaccine. You don’t want to be a carrier only to realize that you made one of your clients ill when you passed the flu on to them.

Population most impacted by the flu:

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of those who die from influenza are age 65 and older.

Flu season in the U.S. starts as early as October and can last through late May.  A vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Each year, several flu vaccination options are available for the general population and help to protect against the most common viruses for the upcoming season.

What the flu shot protects against:

The CDC said that traditional flu vaccines protect against influenza A strains H1N1 and H3N2 and influenza B. There are also vaccines that can protect against four strains of the flu virus.  They also, include the same viruses as the traditional vaccine as well as an additional B virus.

Anyone who is age 6 months and older as well as age 65 and older is recommended to get inoculated against the flu.  The more people who are vaccinated the less likely it is to spread throughout the community.

A Mouthful of Health Issues-Oral Health

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When it comes to elderly health, the focus is usually on things such as the heart and the mind.  Just as important is the health of your mouth.  Taking care of elderly teeth and gums is very important. Senior dental problems can be common. It is important to recognize that oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body.   These issues need to be taken seriously.

Health problems a dental exam can show:

A dental exam can uncover a whole host of health problems. These problems can include: heart or liver disease, diet deficiencies, anemia, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and even some autoimmune diseases.

Why dental problems affect the entire body:

Studies show a correlation between gum disease and heart disease. People with periodontal disease can face double the risk of fatal heart disease. Periodontal disease is also associated with higher rates of stroke in some studies. In certain cases, a tooth infection has the potential to cause an infection of the heart’s inner lining or the heart valves. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream and damage heart tissue or lodge in the valves.

The problem could be so damaging that it could destroy the heart valves. There are many other diseases that can affect oral health. One example is diabetes. Diabetes inhibits healing. If a diabetic senior has gum disease, it may take quite a bit longer to treat the condition because of poor healing time.

How to Prevent:

Doctors and Dentists are trained to look for overall health problems when taking care of elderly patients. They will encourage behaviors that will promote a healthy body from head to toe.  Therefore, regular doctor and dentist visits are very important.

Incontinence causes, Men and Women

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Incontinence

More than 13 million people in the US, both male and female, experience incontinence?

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Dementia Helped with Therapy Dogs

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Therapy Dogs for Dementia Patients

Therapy Dogs for the Elderly

Dogs and pets of all kinds have become increasingly common in the treatment of individuals with dementia related disorders.

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

-George Eliot

The kind of obstacles faced by those with dementia include apathy, irritability, restlessness, depression, and difficulty engaging in social activities.  These obstacles often bring on the risk of loneliness and isolation. Patients will avoid social situations if they experience anxiety.

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Social Isolation Among Elderly Population Increasing

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Social isolation among elderly

Silver Tree Home Care would like to raise awareness about social isolation among our elderly population. Have you noticed the distant look in mom or dad’s eyes? Have you noticed them sleeping more? Are they less interested in getting out of the house?

Imagine being confined to a wheel chair day-in and day-out.

Maybe your vision is impaired so it’s not safe for you to drive any more. Maybe you can not breath rhythmically and can’t even make it to your car without gasping for air. You desperately want to go see your friends, go to have your hair done or eat out. Instead, you sit in your house, in your chair, watching television and eating tv dinners because there is no one to take you. How would that make you feel? I’m sure you would become depressed very quickly. Due to this, these are are all things that add up and contribute to social isolation among elderly. Here are some ways to prevent this and encourage more social interation. (more…)

Muhammad Ali’s Long Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

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Muhammad Ali’s Fight with Parkinson’s Disease

Muhammad Ali won many battles in the boxing ring. His battle with Parkinson’s Disease ended on June 3, 2016 after fighting Parkinsons for thirty two years. He bravely waged a public battle against the disease when he discovered he had the disease at the young age of forty two. Facing cameras over and over again, Ali played a crucial role in raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

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Valentine’s Day

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Love

Valentine’s Day for some is not about chocolates, hearts and flowers. Notice I left out love. Just because the person you love has passed on, does not mean you no longer have love in your hearts. Valentine’s day for some can be a painstaking reminder that the one you love is no longer with you.

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Resolve to be Better

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Be Grateful

Instead of making resolutions we will never keep, why not just resolve to be better than you were last week, last year or even yesterday. Every year we make New Year’s resolutions that we are never going to stick with. (more…)

Foods Seniors Should’nt Eat To Prevent Illness

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Foods Seniors Should’nt Eat

Seniors are at risk of having foodborne illnesses. There are certain foods seniors should’nt eat to prevent illness. The immune system and other organs are not as quick to recognize harmful bacteria that can cause infection. As we age, stomach acid decreases. Stomach acid is fundamental to reducing bacteria in our intestines. To help seniors reduce the risk of illness, avoid the following foods.  (more…)

Annual Stroke Extravaganza Tasting Event

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stroke taste broad pic Annual Stroke Extravaganza Tasting Event took Louisville by storm.

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Communicating with Elderly Patients

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Communicating with Elderly Clients

Especially when your role flips from being their child or relative, to being their caregiver. Here are some ways to smooth that transition and ease any tension that might exist. Not all of these techniques will work. Everyone is different and has different responses. However, you will never see improvements if you don’t take the first step.

Below you will find tips on how to communicate in the most effective ways.

 

 

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Caregiver Tips to Taking Care of Yourself

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Some of us are guilty of neglecting our needs to care for our loved ones. We expend a lot of effort to keep up with the needs of the one we are caring for. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will wear yourself out. If that happens, then who will take care of your loved one?

I know some of you are shaking your heads. When do you have time in the day to care for yourself? Try following these simple tweaks to your daily routine and you’ll start seeing some differences in the way you feel. (more…)

Sleep disorders for Seniors

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Beautiful elderly woman lying in the bed

Sleep disorders are a significant source of concern, especially with our seniors.

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Sundowner’s Syndrome

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SundownersSundowner’s syndrome symptoms are a mystery to medical science. For a caregiver, it can be down-right frustrating! Irritability, moodiness and/or anxiety during the evening hours, there are ways to get through this time without a meltdown. In this article we’ve included some helpful ways to soothe these events. (more…)

Eight Myths regarding Senior Nutrition

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You Are What You Eat

Senior Nutrition needs are different for seniors. Here are eight myths that are commonly accepted as truths for the senior community but have been disproved. How many times growing up did we hear that each time we were reaching for a chocolatey delicious snack? It is well known that “eating right” can improve                                                                                       your life. Exactly what is “eating right”?  (more…)

Five Tips to Fall Prevention

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Fall Prevention

Fall prevention is important. Every 14 seconds, a senior has a fall related injury. Here are five tips to preventing falls.

1. The first of our five tips to fall prevention is to review medications with Pharmacist and/or Doctor to ensure side effects aren’t causing you to fall. Read directions carefully and take medications as directed. (more…)

5 Ways to Communicate With Elderly Parents

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elderly couple walking with dogTension can result in families when caregiving needs begin for elderly parents. Family member’s roles can suddenly become redefined. This also includes financial, emotional, and social issues as well.

Here are five communication techniques to  help you cope better with family relationships when the role of caregiving begins in the family. (more…)

Twelve Ways to show Caregiver Appreciation

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November is National Family Caregiver Month. Caregiver appreciation is much needed for family caregivers who provide emotional support, help with activities of daily living, and other services when needed. The care provided by caregivers can last for a short time or years. (more…)

Caregiving and fighting like a Champ, Lonnie and Muhammad Ali

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muhammadMany years ago, while working as a waitress at Alexander’s Restaurant, I had the opportunity to serve Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie. They were seated briefly in the cocktail lounge while waiting for their dinner table. I was working in the lounge and was so excited to have the “Champ” seated in my section. I was way too shy and felt I would be intruding by asking for an autograph, so I didn’t, although I was dying to get one. (more…)

Twelve Tips to Choosing the Best Home Care Agency

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Have you recently begun seeing signs of your aging parent needing more assistance at home? Here are some questions to help you start the process so you can choose the Best home care agency.

 

1. What are the qualifications and experience of the agency?

The owner is a Certified Senior Advisor and Qualified Dementia Specialist. Visit here for more information on qualifications and experience. Silver Tree Home is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Home Care Association of America. (more…)