Archives for Alzheimer’s Disease

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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Holiday Gift Guide for Seniors

As you begin your Christmas shopping list, don’t forget about getting something for that special someone. Whether they are your senior next-door neighbor, your parents, or the family members you hardly see. As you go down the list, items might get harder and harder to think of. It may be difficult to find something that they don’t already own, but don’t fret! We here at Freedom Home Care have compiled a holiday gift guide for seniors that they’ll love! Whether they love to spend time outdoors in the garden or sitting on the porch, or they’re on the hunt looking
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It’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month!

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time set aside to honor the millions of men and women who live with Alzheimer’s. As five million Americans live with the brain disorder, it’s imperative that time is spent finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, while working toward its treatment and prevention. Alzheimer’s Awareness Month helps to bring awareness to this disorder while offering ongoing support to those who are affected by the disease. What is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is a progressive, and unfortunately irreversible, brain disorder that slowly erodes a person’s memory, thinking, and mental processing abilities. Even the most seemingly mundane and simplest
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The Benefits of Reading for Seniors

With National “Read A Book Day” approaching in early September, what better time to learn about the benefits of reading for seniors than now! As a homecare agency, we know just how important it is to maintain your best possible physical and mental health. Find out the benefits of reading from us here at Freedom Home Care!   The first benefit of reading regularly is that it will help enhance memory skills. While reading on a regular basis, it can be very critical to the short-term recall of events that happen each day. Think of it as a mini-workout. Each time
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Let’s Talk Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Every June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month in the United States. This is a time for people of all ages to raise awareness and join in on the fight against this disease. To increase awareness, we at Freedom Home Care have provided some ways to get involved for all ages.   Let’s start with something for everyone. The first thing you can do to get involved is to maintain 67 seconds of silence. Every 67 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and showing some silence will help recognize just how frequent this disease is.   Wearing purple is
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Can Dementia Come and Go?

Can Dementia Come and Go? That is often something that goes through a lot of people’s minds when they are dealing with or have a family member diagnosed with dementia. At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we have asked some experts and are here to share what they have to say about dementia coming and going.   One morning your loved one is lost and not sure who you are greeting them. The next morning they greet you with a smile and are enjoying the daily newspaper. Could it be that their dementia has gone away and they
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5 Books on Caring for Aging Parents and Grandparents

The National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP estimated that about 34.2 million Americans have provided care to an adult 50 or older. The Alzheimer’s Association found that approximately 15.7 million adult family caregivers have cared for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s. Caring for aging parents, grandparents, family or friends is becoming a common experience. Many of us find reading stories from other caregivers helpful to understand and prepare for care-giving duties. Below are a couple books that depict the challenges of caring for seniors. “The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias,
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How to Stimulate Someone Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

  As a home care agency we know that having a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease is not easy. This progressive disease eventually begins to wear down your body’s senses, and you then need something known as sensory stimulation to help maintain those functions. By doing so, you will notice a way to improve a loved one’s life without the use of medication.   You are in luck! We at Freedom Home Care have found some great activities that’ll help your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia stay engaged and positively benefit them. Try any of these activities
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5 Myths About Alzheimer's Disease

  There are a number of reasons why Alzheimer’s is one of the most destructive diseases of the aged. It causes brain cells to break down and eventually die. It takes away a person’s independence, their memories and their livelihood. As it progresses, Alzheimer’s only gets worse. It leaves no survivors. Now that we understand what Alzheimer’s is let’s talk a little bit about what it isn’t. Freedom Home Care provides a list of common myths and misconceptions below. Only Seniors Develop Alzheimer’s According to alz.org, about 5.5 million people over 65 are suffering from Alzheimer’s while roughly 200,000 people
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Childrens' Books Teach Kids About Alzheimer's

Understanding Alzheimer’s is difficult for most adults. And explaining a complex disease like dementia to a child, can be even more of a challenge. That challenge is magnified when the loved the one suffering from Alzheimer’s as a grandparent. Children have fond memories of grandmothers and grandfathers. Traveling back-and forth to their homes for the holidays, times spent cooking or fishing together – even listening to familiar stories passed down through the generations. When family members branch out and begin their own lives, grandparents are often the glue that holds everyone together. They also seem to hold a special place
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