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Pioneer Home Care Health Updates Common Age-Related Eye Diseases : A large portion of the baby boomer population is beginning to get older and develop age-related eye diseases. Millions are already struggling with an eye disease and about 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts while another 2.5 million suffer from glaucoma. It isn't uncommon for eye diseases to seemingly appear out of nowhere, so if you or your loved one develop one of these inconvenient conditions, Pioneer Home Care in-home senior care can provide help. Cataracts are the most common eye disease and, unfortunately, there is no cure. The only way to effectively treat cataracts is surgery. After an individual turns 40, clumps of protein can form in the lens of the eye and cause a cloudy look, leading to loss of vision that glasses and eyewear cannot correct. Glaucoma is another common age-related eye condition and the risk increases for those over age 45. Those who have a family history of the disease, are nearsighted or farsighted, have diabetes, get migraines or have low blood pressure are at even greater risk. Treatment for glaucoma includes using eye drops to lower pressure and surgery is sometimes used to create a better flow of fluid out of the eye. People between the ages of 40 and 54 should have an eye exam every 2 to 4 years while those ages 55 and up should schedule those annually or every two to three years. PIONEER HOME CARE Pioneer Home Care is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home assessment.
Pioneer Homecare Health Talk Topic: Flu Influenza, more commonly known as flu is a contagious respiratory disease. If taken for granted, it can lead to serious complications, hospitalization and even death. Widespread influenza occurs every year and the season it happens is unpredictable. Many factors contribute on the timing, severity and duration of the disease including which type of flu strain viruses are spreading and the number of people who are susceptible to it. Millions of people each year who get flu suffer from fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches and fatigue. Everyone is at risk for influenza, especially school age children. Anyone can get the flu but children are more likely pose greater risk for serious flu-related complications like pneumonia that can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Pioneer HomeCare Health Tips: High Blood Pressure and Management People with high blood pressure are more likely to suffer heart diseases. High blood pressure is also dubbed as a “silent killer” because it sometimes has no initial symptoms.
Aging and the Dangers of Loneliness : There are many physical, emotional, and psychological factors affecting the quality of health in seniors. Aging comes with a variety of physical problems. To alleviate these challenges, seniors often move to nursing homes or have in-home care to help them with their ailments and day-to-day activities. A senior’s mental health can seriously impact their physical well-being and loneliness can play a big part in that. Seniors often experience feelings of loneliness and depression that have a severe negative impact on their health. The Indian Psychological Association reported that an estimated 12 million Indians, aged 65 and older, live alone. Unfortunately, the likelihood that many seniors are living without a spouse, significant other, or children is alarming when you consider the fact that this is where most social interaction comes from. Our number of social connections becomes increasingly smaller as we age. Some reasons for this include: 1. Retirement from the workforce 2. Death of friends & family 3. Lack of physical ability 4. Loss of driving privileges 5. Poor health When a person’s social interaction becomes limited, loneliness and depression can become overwhelming. Loneliness affects us emotionally, but can also affect us neurologically. Cognitive decline and the risk of developing dementia has been linked to perceived loneliness, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that both social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality. They also report that illnesses and conditions such as chronic lung disease, arthritis, impaired mobility, and depression can be attributed to social isolation. This puts a big spotlight on the importance of identifying and dealing with loneliness early. We know that depression only worsens social isolation and in turn keeps people from participating in social events, being active, and being of service – all of which can seriously diminish the feelings of loneliness. It’s important for aging adults and the people that care for them to understand how loneliness can affect a person 65 or older, and how to prevent that emotional and physical wear. Ways To Reduce Effects Of Loneliness: Seniors can immediately begin to feel overall improvement in their emotional state and quality of life by increasing social involvement and there are several ways that can happen. Volunteering – being of service and being involved in the community are two ways that people can find social interaction. Helping people in hospitals, community care centers, and children’s programs are great ways for older citizens to find appreciation and feel a sense of involvement. Community Activities – community activities like farmer’s markets, support groups, and sports groups are a great way for seniors to make friends and develop connections. For retired individuals, many towns and cities provide opportunity for seniors to connect with younger people to be mentors and sponsors and find fulfillment. Senior Neighborhoods – living in a 55 and older neighborhood with other retirees is a great place to meet new people and build connections. Since these neighborhoods only allow a certain age group to move in, there is less stress for seniors who cannot handle a noisy or busy neighborhood. Companion Home Care - companionship is another option that will improve overall well being. Often companionship is accomplished while participating in the above activities, but venturing out may be too physically demanding. Companion home care can be a great solution in your own home. Stimulating conversation, games, light exercise, even someone to watch TV with can lift spirits and ease loneliness. There are so many ways that seniors can find fulfillment when they don’t have family or friends nearby. Making friends and developing different connections is a great way decrease loneliness and depression and help improve quality of life and health. Remind yourself to get up, get active, and get out there! Life is happening – you just need to reach out to it. Visit www.pioneerhomecare.in to learn more. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
The Mystery of Sundowner's Syndrome : While the cause and cure are unknown, there is hope Just like everyone is different, there are also different forms of Alzheimers. One of the most difficult for loved ones to witness is Sundowner’s Syndrome. The name is a reflection of the confusion symptoms that appear or get worse during the transition between daylight and darkness, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Your loved one may exhibit one or more of these symptoms: rapid mood swings, anger, crying, agitation, pacing, fear, depression, stubbornness, restlessness, and rocking. The more severe symptoms of sundowners syndrome include: hallucinations, hiding things, paranoia, violence, and wandering. In the case of potential wandering, it may be a good idea to have your loved one wear an identification bracelet and install a top door lock to keep them safe during unsupervised sleeping hours. The reason for the timeliness of this disease is a medical mystery. Some doctors believe it could be triggered by a days worth of sensory stimulation or caused by a change of hormones the night brings. Some even think it could be caused by the darkness and the feeling of not being able to see as well after the sun goes down. While there is no cure for this, there are some ways it can be made more manageable: * Let light in Light isn’t only assumed to help reduce the symptoms, but it is also proven to prevent depression. Keep rooms well lit and at bedtime, plug in a night light. *Control noise As you start to wind down after a long day, keep the TV, radio and other noisy distractions at a low volume. You don’t want your loved one to end a day full of stimulation with more stimulation. *Establish a routine Routines may help your loved one feel safe and secure by reducing the level of anxiety he or she feels. Also, keep the busier activities to the morning/afternoon. *Watch the diet Focus on feeding your loved one “brain healthy” food, as suggested in the MIND diet. Have them avoid eating or drinking anything with too much caffeine or sugar – especially later in the day or evening. Many professional caregivers are experienced with the range of symptoms associated with Sundowner’s Syndrome and are trained to deal with them appropriately. If your loved one is suffering from Sundowner’s Syndrome, visit our website @ www.pioneerhomecare.in more about a Pioneer HomeCare caregiver looking after the patient during those restless hours. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home assessment +91 9100 444 991.
Pioneer Home Care Health Updates Green Tea offers seniors some amazing health benefits : Just because your hair may be a little gray and your joints a little creaky, it doesn't mean you have to give up the activities you love later in life. Elderly adults enjoying their golden years sometimes require at-home senior care services to maintain the lifestyle they enjoy, but there are some other all-natural methods to ensure greater health well into the final stages of your long and prosperous life. For example, a daily cup of green tea not only offers some powerful antioxidant protections but also promotes greater overall wellness in a variety of your bodily systems. According to the results of a recent study conducted by scientists from Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, the benefits of green tea are extensive, ranging from greater vascular and heart health to a lower risk of cancer and cognitive disorders. Researchers found that individuals who drank one cup of green tea daily were 20 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who did not. Additionally, these tea-drinking enthusiasts also demonstrated a 32 percent lower risk of cerebral hemorrhaging and were less likely to develop other chronic ailments ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease. PIONEER HOME CARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home assessment +91 9100 444 991.
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