4 Reasons Knitting’s Perfect for Seniors & Caregivers

Knitting is enjoying a surge in popularity amongst both seniors and the people who take care of them, who often find they both can benefit from this underrated act of creativity. Knitting has been shown to lower both stress hormones like cortisol and overall blood pressure. It also is a fairly rare example of an activity vigorous enough to exercise and strengthen joints but not vigorous enough to strain arthritic ones. As an activity that requires thought, movement and frequently a social element, knitting also helps fight cognitive decline.

Key Takeaways:

  • 8 out of 10 people with depression who knit claim that it helps life their mood.
  • Knitting also boosts one's physical health, helping lower blood pressure, strengthening your heart and holding off arthritis.
  • Additionally, knitting has also been found to decelerate mental decline in its participants.

"One reason for knitting’s newfound popularity is its impact on knitters’ well-being. Younger knitters have discovered that yarn and needles are the perfect pick-me-up — something older knitters have known for years."

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July 12th, 2018|Comments Off on 4 Reasons Knitting’s Perfect for Seniors & Caregivers

How do you spot Elder Abuse in Assisted Care?

Elderly abuse in assisted living facilities is an unfortunate reality, but there are some things you can do to help prevent this sort of thing happening to your loved one. Do your research: check on the reviews, tour the facility and talk to the residents/families. Check with the State Department of nursing for filed complaints.Next is easier said than done, which is to visit loved ones regularly. Let your loved ones know it is ok to tell you what is going on in their lives. Last, be aware. Look for signs of abuse both physically and emotionally as well as financial. It never hurts to take a quick sweep of the room and make sure all the loved ones belongings are accounted for.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be sure to keep an eye out for sudden weight loss or isolation and withdrawing as these are signs of abuse.
  • Dehydration and malnutrition are two tell-tale signs of elder abuse when it comes to physical symptoms.
  • It is important that you immediately report any suspicions of abuse so that you can save the family members of others as well.

"If you’re aging family member is placed in an assisted living or nursing home, the first step to take to prevent abuse is to be proactive by checking on your loved one regularly."

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July 9th, 2018|Comments Off on How do you spot Elder Abuse in Assisted Care?

Participate in National Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Senior Care in Paradise Valley AZ: Millions of seniors in the United States are aging in their homes without a spouse or family member living with them. While there are financial advantages to this type of arrangement, one of the biggest drawbacks is the increased isolation that many elderly adults feel.
July 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Participate in National Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Dementia: the Joy of Living an Improvisational Life

Around the world, medical professionals and patients have turned to the performing arts as a new form of treatment for dementia. The act of improvisation can help a dementia patient feel connected to the world while providing unbridled happiness. Similarly, caregivers can find great comfort and limit strong feelings of frustration when caring for dementia patients by using improvisation skills to better understand their loved one's needs. Improvisational can help not only how caregivers see patients but how patients see themselves.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sometimes it is beneficial to learn ways to communicate with infants as oftentimes this is the level of cognitive development that patients are at.
  • There are many ways to interpret babbling instead of just presuming that the patient is upset or in pain.
  • Encourage your family member to communicate, imitate and play while you are visiting them.

"Across the globe, practitioners, caregivers and patients are embracing play, performance and the arts."

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July 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Dementia: the Joy of Living an Improvisational Life

Is Your House Alzheimer’s-Proofed?

There are some practical and useful steps that you, as a care-giver, may want to implement should you find yourself caring for an aging loved-one with Alzheimer's. For example, a medic-alert bracelet is a good idea, letting anyone know that this person has a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. By doing so, your loved one is also registered with local low enforcement to better ensure they get safely home.

Around the home, specifically, there are concerns too. Make sure lighting is adequate. Prevent falls by moving unneeded area rugs, and stowing electrical cords. Covering outlets is a good idea. You may want to install motion detectors. Also, invest in some good locks and discourage unwanted visitors with a no solicitors sign.

Key Takeaways:

  • If your loved one has Alzheimer's disease, install motion detectors in the house, probably the ones with video capabilities as an extra pair of eyes.
  • People with Alzheimer's disease can be victims of telephone exploitation, so have other family members pick up the phone.
  • Hazardous materials should be out of the reach of someone with Alzheimer's disease as well as password locking electronics and internet access.

"The MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program is available for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who may wander off, in which case the registered bracelet will have personalized information like emergency contacts and health history."

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July 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Is Your House Alzheimer’s-Proofed?