Archives for Alzheimer’s Disease

Local Halloween Themed Activities for Seniors

Join in the Halloween festivities this year! There are plenty of creative and accessible crafts and activities to do from home or out in the Highland Park area. Halloween Is Just Around the Corner Crafts are a way to celebrate Halloween from home or with friends. Decorate pumpkins, make decorative spider webs, make spiral ghosts, make spooky candles, decorative Halloween garlands. If food is more up your alley, then make a seasonal cider or deviled eggs. An activity to get a group involved is by playing Halloween charades, by sharing scary stories, by making a homemade costume contest, by trick
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place during the month of October every year. It is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Through the spread of awareness then early detection will more likely happen as well as an intentional pooling of resources to fight breast cancer. Ultimately, this is a month dedicated to help uplift women in need. Stay On Top Of Your Health! The past year saw a setback in screenings and early detection, so the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) is rising to the challenge! Rise with them! When breast cancer is
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Freedom Home Care Helps Raise Awareness Of Alzheimer’s Disease Offering Support To Family And Loved Ones

Freedom Home Care is raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and showing their support for the families, loved ones, and care givers of those suffering with the disease. As the only major cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed, and more than five million Americans living with the disease, Freedom Home recognizes that Alzheimer’s does not only affect the patient but also their family, friends and caregivers. “Research shows that one in three seniors dies of Alzheimer’s,” states Sharon Burack, founder and CEO of Freedom Home Care. “It is important for our Freedom family to show our support to
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Are Alzheimer’s and COVID-19 Linked?

With the recent spread of COVID-19, people are starting to ask, is the Alzheimer’s gene tied to a higher risk of getting coronavirus? Our staff at Freedom Home Care has looked into studies discussing it. From the studies that have been conducted, here is what doctors and universities have to say. The APOE ε4 gene variant that gives people a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s has been found to link to COVID-19. A study showed that carrying two copies of the variant, APOE4, could make people two times as likely to develop a severe form of the disease, same which
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Fruits and Veggies May Lower Alzheimer’s

We always hear from doctors and loved ones that we should eat healthy. Eating healthy can help a person avoid sickness and major health problems, and recent evidence suggests that eating healthy can also lower risks of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this below. Eating your fruits and veggies is not just for improved physical health, but healthy eating can also help your cognitive health because it can lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, which means it involves memory loss and cognitive struggles. This type of health issue gets worse over time so that the
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Benefits of Outdoor Spaces for the Elderly

Humans have a connection to the outdoors, and it is no different for the elderly. Outdoor spaces can be extremely beneficial for elderly people, especially those who struggle with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this below. How Outdoor Spaces Help the Elderly The outdoors is said to help many people feel more relaxed and happier. When walking in nature, people feel less stressed, which can boost their mood. Is the same thing true for the elderly? According to the Chicago Botanic Garden, “The keys (and often the greatest challenges) to successful aging are to remain physically active and socially
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Tips to Give Yourself a Calming Environment

  The space around us can have a huge impact on mood, concentration, comfort, and safety. For the elderly, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a calming environment can make a huge difference. An environment that creates a state of calm and relaxation can reduce agitation and confusion. The following are three key things to consider when creating a calming environment for yourself or an elderly person you love. 1. Lighting – Since the elderly often struggle with sight, a well-lit room is essential to creating a calming environment. Provide as much natural light as possible, but when that
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Signs Someone You Love May Have Alzheimer’s

Today almost everyone is directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s. If you don’t know someone personally who has Alzheimer’s, the probability is high that you know someone who knows someone with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s makes up between 60 and 80 percent of the people living with some form of dementia. It is estimated that there are about 5.7 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s in the US. With that number expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, it has never been more important to be able to recognize the signs. 1. Changes in Memory – It’s normal for your loved
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Freedom Home Care’s Medical Staffing Services

You may have seen Freedom Home Care services advertised in the Chicago area. Freedom Home Care Highland Park provides many different in-home senior care services to give those that you love a little bit of extra help. However, you might not know that Freedom Home Care also has medical staffing services. Learn more about these medical staffing services below. Medical Staffing Services The medical staffing service at Freedom Home Care is separate from their other senior-care services. This medical staffing service is to help your hospital or doctor’s office get some extra medical staff if you happen to have a
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