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7 Fun Summer Activities for Elderly

Summer is a great time for family-friendly and elderly-friendly activities. It's a time for spending time together and it doesn't have to break the bank! Here are some summer activities that are sure to be exciting for everyone (and not too draining). Most of these activities can be done in an air-conditioned room or are shorter-term commitments.

  1. Go to a show. Sometimes it's nice to take your loved ones out to a play, something out of the ordinary where you can dress up and make a night of it. With the night summer temperatures being pretty mild, it's nice to stay inside for an evening and enjoy something a little different. Prepare ahead of time by looking at your local playhouses for performances and shows.
  2. Do something creative together. It can be as simple as putting together scrapbooks or organizing family photos together as Easy Living mentions, or listening to audio books, CDs or live music. Learning something together can be fun! Take an art or painting class on weeknight
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5 ways to save memories for the elderly

If you've seen 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, you know that memory for some people can be a tricky thing.

If you have a parent you are losing to Alzheimer's, you know firsthand. Here are some tips for keeping the memories of your loved one, new and old, for the future.

  1. Use what you have at your fingertips.

Your phone can be a great way to keep and store memories of and with your loved ones. Start by creating a shared drive online where the whole family can see what's been uploaded, whether pictures or videos. Then, if you want to get a little more advanced, you can add other storage options using applications or online platforms.

Common photo sharing tools include Drop box, Flickr, iCloud Photo Stream and Google+ Photos. The Verge rated these as some of the best photo apps for keeping memories in the cloud.

Other options from PC Mag that are specifically for sharing memories include Smile box, Picaboo, Mix book and Shutter fly.

  1. Keep photo albums/scra
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5 Ways for Elderly to Enjoy Beach Days

Beach days can be the best days. Time with family and friends can be invaluable. But watching the heat while hitting the coastline can be a struggle if not prepared well and can have tragic consequences. So, the next time you look to spend some time in the ocean or placing your feet in the sand, consider those summer rays and prepare accordingly.

  1. Sun shading is vital. 

When bringing your towels, chairs and other items to the beach, don't forget an umbrella, tent or sun shade. Even those hats with extra brimming can be helpful. Sunscreen is essential.

One of the best ways to avoid direct sunlight or extreme heat is to plan activities during times when it is cooler outside. Easy Living Inc. recommends non-peak hours, so check your local weather forecast and plan ahead of time.

  1. Dress appropriately.

When in doubt, wear light layers. It's always best to cover up your skin to avoid too much heat. Sunglasses and hats are always a necessity. Loose-fitting clothing that are natur

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Summer Heat Safety Tips

Whether your staffs is helping seniors in their own home or in a community care setting, rising temperatures can increase the risk of dehydration. Here are some tips and resources to help you ensure that seniors stay hydrated this summer.

Encourage staff to offer water frequently - Avoid sugary options and create flavoured waters and beverage stations throughout your community.

If outdoors - make sure staffs encourage hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Make sure your seniors are dressed appropriately with lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Seniors may not compensate for heat stress efficiently - and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature. Cool showers are a good way to help them cool off and feel refreshed. Cool washcloths may be offered as a way to cool off.

Making fresh lemonade and hand held fans can be a fun activity for everyone!

Summer Heat Safety Tips

  1. Train you staff to recognize symptoms of heat related stress. Click here to learn mo
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Deciding on elderly antipsychotics: should you or shouldn't you?

by allseasonshomecare7 months ago

A new study published in WebMD found that managing difficult patients instead of using antipsychotic medications could have better results.

According to the report and the study's author at the University of New South Wales in Australia, drugs like Risperdal, Abilify, Seroquel and others are approved to treat psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but they are also used to calm aggression in seniors from dementia.

This study suggests that through training nursing staff to focus on resolving issues instead of medicating to reduce the risk of falls and deaths associated with the use of powerful antipsychotics. In this case, of 156 patients at 24 nursing homes who regularly took antipsychotics and were older than 60, 135 were taken off the drug and 76 percent were still not using them after 12 months.

A release from Alzheimer's Society reported that "90 percent of people with dementia experience behavioural and psychological symptoms, such as aggression, agitat

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5 things not to leave home without

by allseasonshomecare8 months ago

As your loved ones age, it's important that you speak with them about what to take with them every time they leave the house. Most of the time, forgetfulness or being in a rush can affect what you bring with you (and it doesn't get easier with age). Much like a pregnancy go-bag, having things prepared ahead of time can help your loved ones avoid making mistakes or getting into a precarious situation. The first step is dedicating a single location for these things so that your loved ones know exactly where to find the things they need (developing a routine for the future). These items are also good carry-ons should you need to get on a flight.

1. Keys and a driver's licenseWhether your loved one can still drive or not, they should never leave home without a house key and some form of identification. This is why a bowl or a drawer works great for storage near the door. Anyone can forget their driver's license in their wallet or a different bag, but if for some reason, they get in an acc

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Music can help elderly with Alzheimer's

by allseasonshomecare9 months ago

 

 

A South Carolina retirement community is using music to help Alzheimer's patients. And it's working, reports NBC News.The Foothills Retirement Community in Easley uses music as a way to sharpen the mind.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America suggests that even in the late stages of Alzheimer's, it can be beneficial, shifting moods, managing stress or agitation, facilitating cognitive function and coordinating motor movement.

Music is their recommendation because the "rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing."

According to the foundation, music links us to our memories and can have a positive response, certain tempos of music can stimulate or sedate and can allow for movement or closeness to loved ones from dancing, rocking, or singing (some form of engagement).

This foundation has a how-to of music therapy for each stage. Check it out here.

A study reported on by Psychology Today indicates that background music - when

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Arrive Ride Services Connects Seniors to Transportation Networks

by allseasonshomecare10 months ago

Arrive Ride Services began dispatching rides at the start of the new year for seniors without smartphones, connecting them to Lyft or Uber on demand.

 

"I was looking for a way for my grandmother to get around that felt as easy as going out into her driveway and getting into her Camry," Arrive Ride Services Co-founder Amy Stice said. "Arrive was created to be that. My grandmother talks to a friendly person on the phone and a ride can pick her up from home in under 10 minutes. Like a lot of her friends, she carries a flip phone, so it's simple for her to call us again to get picked up from her destination."

 

Of Americans over the age of 65, 73 percent don't own smartphones. Thus, this service stands as an intermediary so they can have access to on-demand rides when their loved one cannot make the drive.

 

Arrive Ride Services charges users a $30 sign-up fee and $5 monthly. Each ride costs $3 more than the bill as it comes back from Uber or Lyft. This service also documents favore

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Flu season prevention for the elderly

by allseasonshomecare11 months ago

This flu season has been especially rough.

According to a weekly report from the California Department of Public Health , 202 people have died across California from the flu season of 2017-2018.

Certain portions of the population have better immunity than others. Unfortunately, that leaves young and old more exposed.

Some statistics:

Estimates place between 71 and 85 percent of flu-related deaths occurred in people 65 years and older. The same estimates suggest that between 54 and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occurred among people in that age group.

Nearly 90 percent of the deaths from influenza between 1976 and 2007 occurred in people 65 and older, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

To effectively counteract the flu, here are 10 tips and tricks to keeping the flu at bay through the end of the winter season.

1. Get the flu shot.

The CDC recommends that young and old alike get the flu vaccine by the end of October; but it's never

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Study links elderly brain training to their ability to drive

by allseasonshomecare1 year ago

New research from a study from Pennsylvania State University suggests that older adults who participate in cognitive training are more likely to be driving 10 years later than those who don't.

 

Two training exercises seemed to have the best results: reasoning and divided attention, according to a release from the university. The former had brain teasers that taught problem solving and the latter focused on perception, with individuals being shown objects on a screen and answering questions about what they saw. Memory training was also used, having participants categorize lists of words, such as errands or a grocery list.

 

Those who experienced these two types of training were 49 to 55 percent more likely to still be drivers 10 years after the completion of the study. Those who received additional divided attention training were 70 percent more likely to still be driving at the end of that time. These participants were assessed seven times in 10 years of study.

 

Lesley A. Ross,

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