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Focusing on 3 additionas to your diet can make a significant difference in the long run. Add the three below changes to your diet to improve your fight against dementia and other memory declines.
1) Vitamin D: Remember to eat more fish! According to the Alzheimer’s Research Center vitamin D deficiency significantly increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s not surprising to find a “D” deficiency in older as well as younger adults. The best ways to improve vitamin D intake is to eat fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines.
2) Studies have shown that most vitamin E-rich foods, such as walnuts, almonds and olive oil, had a reduced Alzheimer’s risk. Vitamin E may trap free radicals that can damage brain cells. Healthy snacking on nuts rather than chips can make a significant difference.
3) Lastly a lesser known Vitamin: Anthocyanins. "Recent research from Tufts University found that the antioxidant anthocyanin, found in blueberries, can protect brain cells and boost communication between brain neurons." Supposedly consuming two or more half-cup servings of blueberries or strawberries per week had a slower rate of memory decline than those who didn’t eat the berries.
Elderly patients many times neglect themselves. The NYTimes wrote a fantastic article related to this subject:
"The man was living alone with his two dogs, in a remote area outside San Antonio, when someone called the Texas state hotline to report that a supposed friend was financially exploiting him. So the state adult protective services agency sent a caseworker to the man’s home.
She found an 86-year-old Vietnam veteran in a dirty, cluttered house full of empty liquor bottles. His legs swollen by chronic cellulitis, he could barely walk, so he used a scooter.
He missed doctor’s appointments. He had the medications he needed for cellulitis and diabetes, but didn’t take them. Though he had a functioning toilet, he preferred to urinate into plastic gallon jugs. He didn’t clean up after his dogs. He wasn’t eating well.
This behavior pointed to an underrecognized problem called self-neglect. It accounts for more calls to adult protective services agencies nationwide than any other form of elder abuse."
The article continues to show how a patient can deteriorate in a short time. After Adult Protective Services forced him to accept help, things took a turn.
"Grudgingly, he allowed the agency to set up a thorough housecleaning, to start sending a home care aide and to arrange for Meals on Wheels.
But on a follow-up visit a month later, the caseworker found her client markedly deteriorated. His swollen legs now oozed. He’d become personally filthy and was ranting incoherently. She returned with an ambulance and a doctor who determined that the client lacked the capacity to make medical decisions.
Off he went to a San Antonio hospital, under an emergency court order. The caseworker locked up the house and kenneled the dogs.
“Family members get fed up and don’t want to get involved,” said Courtney Reynolds, a research analyst at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. “They attribute it to a character issue, like stubbornness, instead of a decline in the person’s ability to manage.”
Families are often reluctant to get involved and find their parents or grandparents incredibly stubborn. It is critical for family members to stay involved and push necessary services to ensure the health and safety of family members.
Feel free to read the entire article at the below link:
Millions of people across the U.S. are caring for their elderly parents. Providing that care can be vital as well as expensive: The out-of-pocket expenses can run over $100k on average in families in which an elderly person has long-term care needs.
However, there are a few tax breaks might help. These aren’t the only ones that might be available, but some common ones we have seen.
You might be able to claim all or part of an exemption of up to $4,050 if your adjusted gross income was less than $436,300 (for joint filers) or $384,000 (for single filers) in the 2017 tax year.
If you paid for someone to take care of your parent so you could work or actively look for work, you might qualify for a credit that generally runs 20% to 35% of up to $3,000 of adult day care and similar costs. Tax credits directly reduce the amount of tax you owe, giving you a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability. A tax credit valued at $1,000, for instance, lowers your tax bill by $1,000.
Another tool is: The IRS will exclude up to $5,000 of your pay that you have your employer divert to a dependent care FSA account, which means you avoid paying taxes on that money.
If you paid for Mom’s hospital stay or footed the bill for expensive medical or dental care and weren’t reimbursed by insurance or other programs, you might be bale to deduct the cost.
In general, you can deduct qualified medical expenses that are more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.
Caring for loved ones can be difficult and put a strain on families expenses. Utilize all the tools at your disposal.
"Long Term Care" refers to individuals that need help with an illnesses/condition that require daily assistance over an extended period of time. The type of help needed can range from assistance with simple activities (such as bathing, dressing and eating) to skilled care that's provided by nurses, therapists or other professionals.
Employer-based health coverage and Medicare will not pay for daily, extended care services. To help cover potential long-term care expenses, some people choose to buy long-term care insurance.
"Benefit triggers" are the conditions that must occur before you start receiving your benefits. Most companies look to your inability to perform certain "activities of daily living" (ADLs) to figure out when you can start to receive benefits. Elder Care Homecare can help ensure patients and families understand these needs.
Generally, benefits begin when you need help with two or three ADLs. You should be sure your policy includes bathing in the list of benefit triggers because this is often the first task that becomes impossible to do alone.
Pay close attention to what the policy uses as a trigger for paying benefits if you develop a cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's disease. This is because a person with Alzheimer's may be physically able to perform activities but is no longer capable of doing them without help. There are Mental-function tests are commonly substituted.
Additionally there are generally qualifying periods. Many policies require families to utilize services prior to policies activation for 30, 60, 90 day periods. This is critical for families to know in advance.
For more information or help utilizing your policy, feel free to reach out to the Elder Care Homecare team.
Depending on the type of care your parent needs, there are factors you need to consider. So if you’re considering hiring an in-home caregiver here are four common mistakes you should avoid.
Putting it off. There is a lot of evidence that shows using a professional caregiver improves the psychological well-being of nonprofessional caregivers (home health care, adult day care, adult programs). Studies in publications like the Journal of Aging and Health have found that people often seek professional caregivers to alleviate stress and depression that results from taking care of a loved one around the clock.
Not vetting the caregiver or agency. This process can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if a friend or family member recommended a caregiver. But this is a big decision. Do not make caregivers a "commodity". The caregiver will be spending an extraordinary amount of time with your loved one. Ensure it is the right fit and the agency provides the support you need.
Not keeping everyone in the loop. If you have been taking care of a loved one, and you have siblings who are too busy, lazy or unfocused to help, it'll probably fall to you to hire a professional caregiver. But once you find a contender for your parent's caregiving needs, ask your siblings to sit in on the interview process, which may help you avoid contentious issues later.
Not staying involved. It's important to periodically ask your mom or dad how things are going with the caregiver in case needs aren't being met. Consistent oversight is critical to ensure you and your family are happy with the care that is being provided.
Companies are constantly trying to connect patients with care providers in a cost effective way. Pairing Nurses, Social works and Doctors with their patients remotely is the next trend.
While ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have certainly become common across the in-home care industry, the next trend is becoming "the on-demand" in-home care services. Giving power to care providers to control their schedules.
There are two exciting apps we found that can improve Home Health Care. First, applications such as Axxess or Optimal Care Coordinators pair nurses and social workers in the field with local needs. Nurses are able to identify clients that meet their schedule and ensure they are qualified to handle the patients needs. Secondly, telehealth services are becoming a great focus in the industry. Using digital health tools and telehealth platforms to better care for patients after they leave the hospital is critical. Technologies enable organizations to proactively monitor home care patients and provide in-the moment interventions that can make the difference between patients staying at home or being transferred to the hospital.
These technologies can not only help patients receive improved care, but also reduce the cost of health care to the system. Hopefully the industry will continue moving in this direction to improve care.
Doctors and medical professional are constantly trying to stop hospital re-admissions and cut costs. But they continue to leave out that patients also prefer to have better care and faster recoveries. Reducing pain and going back to the Hospital should be avoided at all costs. Focusing on helping the patients and encouraging them to use a variety of platforms/solutions can hopefully help improve their recovery or care.
Makers of mobile apps continue to build platforms to gather data and improve care broadly. They claim that they can boost patient engagement and help hold down healthcare costs. Below see a few of our recommended Apps:
Generally, people try to avoid going to the doctor as often as possible. No one can say they have fun or enjoy check ups. The whole process can discourage individuals. First you go to his/her office and you have to sit there - for who knows how long - reading years-old magazines or scrolling through old emails on your phone. Finally once the Doctor is ready to see you, you are led to another room and made to wait. Again. This does not even include the actual check-up! It is no wonder people don’t like going!
So even though it can be an inconvenience, it is important to have regular checkups with your doctor. Here’s why:
1) Never under estimate the power of prevention. Preventing a health issue is always better than having to find a treatment or cure for one.
2) Regular Doctor visits is your first line of defense to prevent health issues. When you see your doctor there are a variety of screenings they can perform
3) Constant dialogue with your doctor is critical. This allows them to know what your typical numbers are (blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and any other testing they might do for you). Having a baseline of information as you go for a checkup year in and year out, your doctor can see your history and will easily be able to determine even the slightest changes.
4) Lastly, there are also the health costs to consider around yearly physicals. This argument is not helpful. Imagine what you will need to be spending if you have something major – medically speaking – go wrong. The costs to deal with a health issue, the days - weeks off from work, or the terrible feelings, will far outweigh the small price for regular checkups with your doctor.
No matter how you choose to look at regular or yearly checkups, they can make a positive difference in your future health and well-being.
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Occupational Therapy Tips for Seniors
If a senior you love is preparing to begin occupational therapy, there are steps you can take to ensure the best possible outcome. Those include:
Driving can become a serious challenge for seniors as they age in place due to injury, disability or fear of getting behind the wheel. Rideshare services, such as Uber, Lyft of Gett can support seniors in their transportation needs. This allows them to travel safely and securely without an problems. Senior are always hesitant of new technology or new forms of transportation, but as many young individuals know, rideshare services are great.
There are unique challenges and needs of the elder population and utilizing every tool to enhance their independence and reduce isolation is important. At Elder Care we recommend Rideshare services as a cost effective solution for many families in need for transportation services.
As a professional or family caregiver, consistent daily activities are beneficial, but can become mundane and boring. Schedules are important, but you and the person you’re caring for may become less excited about your time together. We recommend 3 approaches:
1) Constantly ask questions. It is important to know the patients or family members interests. Although we may know our loved ones interests extremely well, interests change. They may have seen something on TV or prefer to do something else.
2) Be creative. If there’s an activity your client or family member can no longer do, think about other ways they could participate. For example, if your client loved to go fishing, suggest that they sign up to help teach a fly tying class. With technology today, there are many games on the iPad or systems one can buy to not only keep seniors active, but involved in their interests.
3) Keep in mind the client’s abilities. There could be physical and mental limitations that may cause agitation for your client or loved one when attempting certain activities. Be mindful of these limits and focus on things that they can do comfortably.
Some easy activities we recommend:
Going for walks
Attending sporting events
As we mentioned, seniors are generally not technology proficient, but introducing an iPad and showing them how to use it can help significantly. Games such as Wii, that allow bowling, golf, tennis in the home can also help them participate in activities that might have been difficult with their limitations. Caring for loved ones or clients can be challenging, but there are many ways to improve the quality of care
Many seniors prefer to age in place, but one of the risks is lack of social interactions. Even with a caregiver assisting a loved on, there is still a lack of fun, excitement and connection to peers. Family members living at a distance may feel also add to the difficulty of how to help.
1. Maintain frequent contact. If you're used to calling Mom or Dad on a monthly basis, it's time to increase the frequency. Significant events also require additional contact. If they lost a spouse or can't drive any longer, they need more contact. You don't need any speecific reason, just make it consistent and call often.
2. Visit in person at regularly. Personal interactions are important. Not only is it better than a call because you can see what is going on, it is best for the senior to see you, get a hug from you and feel that you care. If distance and time make this a challenge, consider using video to make contact and stay involved in their life.
3. Check out community resources for elders where your parent lives. Most urban and suburban areas have senior centers with good opportunities to connect and make friends. Various types of entertainment and games are offered throughout the week at these facilities. You can even accompany your loved one to an event, arrange transportation or otherwise facilitate the process. Many centers offer transportation services and a number of other benefits such as yoga, arts and crafts, bingo and many more activities. Committing to making connections with some support may turn a shy/lonely senior into a happier one.
4. For distance caregivers, consider hiring a geriatric care manager to check in on your aging parent at regular intervals. You don't have to have a housebound elder to use a geriatric care manager. These professionals are often nurses or social workers, experienced in matching the elder's needs to community resources for improved socialization. They can find the activities, work out the logistics and go with the elder in your place if you are far away.
5. Consider teaching your loved one to use technology. Connecting with others through facetime and other means can be extremely useful. A computer with a camera is a bridge to anyone in the family. Even an aging parent who has never touched a computer before can learn if willing. If you're not good at teaching, perhaps a kind grandchild will do the job or you can get grandma to attend a first timer's computer class. The effort is so worth it!
Surprisingly, many family members resist in home care. Frequently our aging parents refuse help, despite their desire to remain at home. Mom or Dad often express that outside help is not necessary and that they are capable of managing on their own. Hiring a caregiver is seen by many seniors as a threat to their independence and an invasion of privacy. Please see below for some suggestions on how to approach the subject with your loved ones.
In most homes there is a more independent parent. When both parents live in the home together, it can be beneficial to advise that the other parents will benefit from this additional support (when in truth both will). This can help alleviate some of the distress and influence the decision making process.
Secondly, suggest hiring a caregiver to manage a few household chores and NOT actual hands-on care or personal assistance. This can be seen as minimal help and less threatening to independence. This entrance into the home can expand into other services. The emphasis on the household chores and cooking / food shopping is an easy discussion. Once they see the value add of this caregiver and build a trusting relationship, it will be easy to ensure they get the help they need.
When a parent lives alone or with you, discuss how you need help and assistance in the home for peace of mind. Explain to your parent that it would not only reduce your concerns, but also alleviate some of the tasks you are required to do. An easy suggestion can be a housekeeper to reduce managing daily household chores (cleaning, shopping, meals, and laundry). Many times family members are working caregivers, so suggest that by having a companion stay or assist with these tasks would relieve your of worries.
Seeking help and advice is never a bad thing. Finding a trusted professional that your parents respect may lead to them heading the advice. It might be surprising their willingness to accept the advice of a long time family physician, a former or current home health nurse, or a family friend in the medical field. This individual can be used to sway your parents opinions and relay your concerns.
In many families, your conflicting role as the child and caregiver hinder your well-meaning attempts at helping your parents. The basis for your actions should not be confused by misguided guilt. Therefore, do not take their rebuttals personally or offensively, but rather focus on a necessary means to an end.
Improving our health and reducing the risk of heart disease is extremely important. Adopting healthy habits will keep our loved ones hearts healthy.
Here are a few habits seniors and caregivers should learn:
As our family members age it is always important to support them or encourage them to stay active. Below are 8 best activities we recommend
Whether you care for yourself or have a loved one acting as the primary care giver, it is important to follow these steps to ensure you get the most out of your Doctor's appointments. Being proactive with your health is critical.