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Immunizations to Avoid in Elders
Immunizations to Avoid in Elders
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on August 26, 2015

Vaccines can have many benefits for seniors who want to avoid serious illnesses such as the flu and pneumonia. Yet, it is important to know that certain immunizations are no longer helpful or safe for those over a certain age or who have underlying health conditions. Here are a few immunizations for seniors the Palm Desert caregivers at Home Care Assistance recommend giving a second thought. Regular Flu Vaccine Although senior adults should make sure to get their flu shot every year, those over the age of 65 may find that the general flu vaccination no longer generates an immune…

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Elderly-Hands
Elderly-Hands
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on August 19, 2015

If your senior loved one isn’t experiencing adequate relief from current medications or simply wants to supplement his or her current psoriasis treatment, there are a few natural remedies that may help. As a leading provider of home care in Palm Desert, we’ve compiled a few tried and true suggestions. Get a Massage Stress can trigger a psoriasis flare-up. A massage, whether by a professional or a loved one, may reduce psoriasis symptoms. It can also alleviate pain caused by psoriatic arthritis. Learn Yoga Just like massage, yoga can reduce stress that may make psoriasis symptoms worse. As little as…

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Health Benefits of Kefir, Miso, Natto, Kimchi, and Tempeh for Seniors
Health Benefits of Kefir, Miso, Natto, Kimchi, and Tempeh for Seniors
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on August 12, 2015

Although most fermented foods are a required taste, consuming fermented foods offers a wealth of health benefits, especially for seniors. Read on for five of the best fermented foods, present by Palm Desert Home Care Assistance.  1. Kefir Kefir is similar to yogurt, however, it contains more gut-friendly bacteria. Kefir is also full of calcium, which promotes healthy bones and teeth as well as vibrant skin. 2. Miso Miso is a fermented soybean paste found in Japanese cuisine commonly used in soups, marinades, sauces, salad dressing and even as a main dish. Miso promotes strong bones and teeth, helps strengthen…

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Know Where Your Senior Loved One is at All Times With GPS Tracking
Know Where Your Senior Loved One is at All Times With GPS Tracking
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on August 5, 2015

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia cause confusion and disorientation that can sometimes lead to wandering. If you provide home care in Palm Desert for an aging loved one, losing track of him or her is likely one of your greatest fears. Consider one of the following tracking devices that will help you locate your loved one and bring him or her home safely. Freedom Bluewater Security Locator Watch Cost: $599, plus a monthly subscription fee The Freedom Bluewater Security Locator Watch is worn like a wristwatch. Dementia caregivers can use smartphones, computers or tablets to track a senior loved…

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Good Treatments for Parkinson's Disease
Good Treatments for Parkinson's Disease
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on July 29, 2015

Although most seniors who have Parkinson’s follow a routine medication regimen and perhaps some kind of physical therapy schedule, many PD patients are looking into alternative treatments. If you’re senior loved one is interested in finding natural solutions for his or her symptoms, here are a few supplements to consider. As always, the Palm Desert senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance remind family members and caregivers to speak with a loved one’s physician prior to beginning any new treatments. Fish Oil Most of us are familiar with the overall health benefits of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids. However,…

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Stroke Recovery Tips for Elders
Stroke Recovery Tips for Elders
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on July 22, 2015

Recovering from a stroke can be strenuous, and it takes effort and support to get through many of the challenges presented during recovery. If you’re caring for a stroke survivor, here are seven tips you can share with him or her that will help make their recovery more successful. Acceptance Acceptance does not mean giving in or giving up. It simply means allowing things to be as they are at the moment, but at the same time hoping for a better tomorrow. Acceptance is looking forward at what can be rather than looking back at how it was. Your attitude…

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The Rewards of Caregiving
The Rewards of Caregiving
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on July 15, 2015

Caregiving can seem like a thankless job, especially for dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers who see first hand the effects of degenerative brain diseases that impact cognitive functioning, communication skills and personality. There are, however, a number of significant benefits you can gain by shouldering these responsibilities. Recognizing these benefits will help you maintain a positive and upbeat attitude even as new caregiving challenges present themselves. 1. Increased Self-Worth Caregiving can help you develop a heightened sense of value and a greater sense of self-worth. Recognizing that you are important to others can have a very positive impact on how you…

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Health Risks of Taking Sleeping Aids for Seniors
Health Risks of Taking Sleeping Aids for Seniors
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on July 8, 2015

Many elderly individuals struggle with either falling asleep or remaining asleep throughout the night. In general, these sleep issues are recognized as insomnia. To treat insomnia, several types of treatment may be used. The most common treatment is the use of sleep aids. Are Sleep Aids Safe for the Elderly? Currently, if an elderly individual complains of being unable to get to sleep in the evening or unable to stay asleep throughout the night, it is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe a sleep aid to help with the problem. Most sleep aids are safe for adults aged 20-60,…

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How Seniors in Japan are Living Longer
How Seniors in Japan are Living Longer
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on July 6, 2015

Considerable research has been done to determine the factors which enable some adults to live longer, happier and healthier lives than others. While there is no single explanation, there is one place on earth that has been called the ideal place for aging: Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is an island in Japan where the average life expectancy is just over 82 years (almost 78 for men and 86 for women). This is almost 4.5 years longer than the average U.S. lifespan. Okinawans are 3 to 7 times more likely to live to 100 than Americans. As impressive as the long lives…

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Essential Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers
Essential Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on June 25, 2015

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a labor of love, but it can also be a real challenge to meet the complex care needs of someone else while caring for oneself. Palm Desert Alzheimer’s care experts offer the following tips to Alzheimer’s caregivers. Get Acquainted with Local Support Groups Don’t underestimate the power of those around you to uplift you. Often, there are local support groups for family caregivers and even Facebook groups where you can connect with other caregivers nearby who have shared similar experiences and can offer advice or an understanding ear. Do Some Thorough Reading…

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