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When is it Time for Extra Help?

The AARP Assessment for Senior Caregiving The American Association of Retired Persons, more commonly known as AARP, is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping prepare all people to live their best life post retirement. AARP advocates for things like better Social Security and equitable and affordable healthcare while providing trustworthy information to seniors across the country. Recently, the organization released an assessment guide to help people decide when they might need care and to what extent. Join our team of dedicated caregivers as we summarize their tools and share the [...]

At-Home Exercises for Seniors

Improving Day-to-Day Function Through Simple Exercises Depending on your location, getting in basic physical activity regularly can be difficult. This is true even more so for seniors. There can be several obstacles for older adults to get the exercise they need to maintain strength - from changes in weather to lack of accessible fitness spaces, and beyond. The Science of Movement According to Ann Phelps, D.P.T., a physical therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy in Chicago, “while some movement is always better than none, there are certain foundational exercises that [...]

Happier @ Home – Important Statistics on Aging and In-Home Care to Consider as You Plan for the Future

Planning for Care It’s never too early to create a care plan. Whether you are looking to find accommodations for an aging loved one or you want to know your own options, it’s important to plan ahead. At ameriCARE, we’ve put together some important statistics regarding aging, the need for care, and what you can expect as you plan. Who Needs Care? The number of people aging into the assisted care range is growing exponentially. It’s likely that you are either part of this group, or will be responsible [...]

Tips on Postoperative Home Care in San Francisco

Many patients rightly fear surgery because it is an uncharted territory for them. Many also worry about the potential risks and complications associated with the surgical procedure. Patients and their loved ones take time to prepare for surgery and gain information about the procedure and required medications. They also learn about preoperative tests and how to arrange for postoperative (or after surgery) care. What remains unknown to many patients is that postoperative care contains many risks. These risks need mitigation; otherwise, post-surgery care can present serious challenges that patients may not [...]

Prepping Your Home for Aging in Place

Making Your Home More Accessible for Your Future Needs According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, one in five Americans will be older than 65 in less than 20 years. That’s almost 80 million people. According to surveys, most of these people will want to remain in their current homes for as long as possible. (Harvard, 2017) This poses a unique challenge, however, as most homes are not equipped to handle limited mobility. The Joint Center projects that by 2035, 17 million older households will include at [...]

Summer Safety for Aging Adults

As temperatures are hitting record highs in many of our service areas, we wanted to share some resources about summer safety for aging adults. It’s easy to get swept up in the sun, sand, and fun, but higher temperatures also mean greater risk for things like heat stroke. Join the experts at ameriCARE as we share important information on how to stay safe, stay active, and stay healthy in the summer months. Beating the Heat – Learn the Warning Signs for Heat Stroke Did you know that seniors [...]

Complications from Alzheimer’s Disease

Understanding the Extent of Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes brain cells to die and the brain to shrink. It is the number one cause of dementia – which manifests as a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that affect a person’s ability to function independently. (Mayo Clinic) While Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder, it can lead to additional physical complications as it progresses. Join the ameriCARE team as we review the latest information from the team at AlzheimersDisease.net, a leading resource for [...]

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – A Resource Guide from ameriCARE’s In-Home Care Experts

Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month? We know, it seems like there’s a month for everything, but this one is especially important for our clients. Throughout the year, we connect many clients with dedicated, experienced in-home care professionals that provide much-needed support for Alzheimer’s and other diseases that affect the brain. The goal of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is to help people learn about and spread awareness for the disease and to share their stories and we’re here to help. Learn More About Alzheimer’s & [...]

Understanding Arthritis Pain, Causes, and Management

While pain is an unpleasant sensation, it plays a vital role in the body’s defense system. Without pain, we wouldn’t know if we have been injured, are sick, or if we have a life-threatening illness. Pain, however, can occur without an obvious cause or can be a symptom of chronic disease such as Arthritis. What Causes Pain? Pain can result from two different mechanisms known as Nociceptive or Neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is caused by a stimulus and is the major cause of acute pain which can last from a [...]

What Can Home Care Specialists Do For Me in San Francisco?

Loss of independence is common among San Francisco's senior population and that’s where home care specialists can help. As individuals transition from middle age to old age, they often experience various challenges brought about by the natural effects of aging, making independent living more complicated than it once was. These difficulties range from impaired mobility, health conditions such as hearing loss, cataracts, osteoarthritis, and social isolation to loneliness, ageism, and financial security. Many seniors feel discouraged when they lose their independence since they have lived their whole lives independently, making decisions, [...]