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The Important Roles of Professional Caregivers

As November welcomes Thanksgiving, it also marks another important yearly milestone – National Homecare and Hospice Month. Among the many reasons to be thankful this year, one of our greatest is for the caregivers, hospice nurses, and therapists that care for the elderly and those living with illness or injury. In fact, professional caregivers contribute immensely to the quality of life of patients and their families. Every year, over five million Americans receive compassionate, high-quality care from home. Those advancing in age prefer in-home care – a recent poll shows that [...]

By |2018-11-13T16:26:47+00:00November 13th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on The Important Roles of Professional Caregivers

Transform Your Health Through Social Engagement

Social interaction with others is an important human need and unfortunately, as we age, the opportunities for social engagement may diminish due to various reasons including separation, death of a loved one, or mobility challenges. Isolated seniors, especially, may feel alienated as a result of fewer meaningful interactions with others. This kind of prolonged isolation not only wears on a person’s emotions, it can also affect physiological functions such as the immune system. Social engagement for seniors is important for many reasons – join us as we explore the complexities of [...]

By |2018-10-25T09:22:46+00:00October 25th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Transform Your Health Through Social Engagement

How Can Seniors Stay Sharp Mentally?

Declining cognitive function is often associated with advanced aging - whether caused by disease or the aging process itself. Fortunately, your mental function is not always at the mercy of time, as there are many lifestyle choices you or your loved one can make to improve brain health! A lot of what goes on within our body can be influenced by our interactions with the environment around us. Most seniors would benefit from an active lifestyle, however, with age, most become more sedentary and end up missing out on the benefits [...]

By |2018-10-11T14:15:03+00:00October 11th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on How Can Seniors Stay Sharp Mentally?

How Can Seniors Overcome Tooth Loss?

Teeth weaken with age and while they are protected by very strong enamel, progressive wear due to use can leave your teeth vulnerable to damage. An analysis by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that about 27% of seniors are completely edentulous, meaning they have lost all their teeth. The data is clear - good dental care among seniors is crucial for preventing tooth loss. How Can Tooth Loss Occur? Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but general causes include the process of gum [...]

By |2018-10-11T14:00:13+00:00September 27th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on How Can Seniors Overcome Tooth Loss?

Can Oral Health Affect Your Heart Health?

Maintaining a healthy heart is a no-brainer! Eating the right foods, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight are things most of us know we should be doing to keep our cardiovascular systems in check. But did you know that oral health can positively or negatively affect your heart? While seniors typically take long-term heart health seriously, relatively little attention is paid to oral health unless there is a specific dental problem. According to recent research, dental care and hygiene not only help you maintain strong and healthy teeth but may also [...]

By |2018-09-18T15:43:29+00:00September 13th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Can Oral Health Affect Your Heart Health?

What’s for Dinner?

As you age, your need for food and even desire for food may wane. Seniors typically can’t eat as much as they used to and may also lose interest in preparing food. A balanced diet can help you stay energized, maintain a healthy weight and prevent or slow down chronic health conditions. But the challenge lies in preparing and eating nutritious food. In this article, we introduce some healthy recipes for seniors. These recipes are easy to cook and can be applied to breakfast, main dishes, and desserts. [...]

By |2018-08-31T14:51:22+00:00August 31st, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on What’s for Dinner?

6 Healthy Nutrition Tips for Seniors

Eating the right food is important as you age. Younger people can typically ignore their body’s nutritional needs without suffering immediate consequence. Older adults don’t have this flexibility because their body requires adequate and timely nutritional supplies. In this article, we discuss some tips to maintain a healthy nutrition and weight in seniors. 1. Regular Fluid Intake Water is an essential food nutrient! If you are like most people, you drink water when thirsty or after eating certain foods. You need to drink more fluid to stay hydrated. Failure to [...]

By |2018-08-16T13:45:37+00:00August 16th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on 6 Healthy Nutrition Tips for Seniors

10 Summer Activities for Seniors

Summer is in full swing! For many people, it is time to go out and enjoy fun activities with family and friends. Physical activities aid in healthy aging and seniors can benefit greatly by adding more activities into their daily routine. Why Summer Activities for Seniors? More Sunlight: This allows the body to make more Vitamin D which helps bone, brain and muscle function. Socialization: Interacting with others helps to lessen the feeling of isolation and loneliness that is associated with a long-term indoor stay. Fresh Air: Fresh air is [...]

By |2018-07-31T10:43:54+00:00July 31st, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on 10 Summer Activities for Seniors

How Dehydration Can Damage Seniors’ Health

Especially during the summer months, dehydration is a common condition in seniors that can lead to serious health issues if not properly handled.  Whether you are considering your own health or taking care of a loved one, getting informed about dehydration will help you better manage the condition.   Why are seniors at higher risk of dehydration? Body water decreases with aging. Dehydration sets in when you don’t drink enough water due to sickness, preoccupation or lack of access. Other causes include: Health conditions that reduce senior’s ability to adapt to [...]

By |2018-07-16T13:02:57+00:00July 16th, 2018|Elderly Care|Comments Off on How Dehydration Can Damage Seniors’ Health

The Importance of Indepedence

On Independence Day, many of us get together to celebrate the independence our country gained in July of 1776 from Great Britain.  Independence is multi-faceted and at Americare Main Line, we work with seniors who are fighting to keep their own personal independence. The freedom to still drive or live in their much-loved family home. We tend to take our independence for granted, that it’s a given. But, as we age, we can start to lose our independence. It can happen in many ways. From losing the mobility to perform once easy [...]

By |2019-02-26T09:56:16+00:00July 4th, 2018|Main Line|Comments Off on The Importance of Indepedence
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