Archives for dementia

How the Changing of Seasons Affect Seniors

Seniors who are afflicted with dementia are more prone to being affected by seasonal changes. If you or a loved one are currently suffering from dementia, you know just how important it is to keep a routine schedule. When schedules are disrupted by the seasons it can be difficult to adjust. Your home care agency has more information on why this might happen. Read more below!   How Might Sundowning Work?   When seasons switch over, you start to see less and less sunlight during the day. An increased amount of darkness, like in winter, can cause confusion and irrational
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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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All About Dementia

Dementia as common as it may occur often goes misinterpreted. At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we are here to provide you with some answers to questions you might have. Find out all about dementia here.   Dementia is a progressive brain syndrome that affects someone’s memory, thinking, emotion, and behavior. Because dementia affects major body functions, it is the leading cause of disability amongst older people.   Dementia may be experienced differently depending on the person affected because each case is dealt in its own way. With over 100 forms of dementia, it is normal for some
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Caregiver Tips for Traveling with a Loved One with Dementia

Has a loved one been diagnosed with dementia? Living with dementia may require some adjustments and will mean taking extra precautions in order to ensure your loved one stays safe and continues to enjoy the lifestyle they love. Freedom Home Care has put together the following tips for caregivers and family members who are planning travel for someone with dementia: Decide if Travel is Appropriate Be sure to consider if travel is appropriate. It is important for seniors with dementia to have the opportunity to visit family and other loved ones, but gauging if it is appropriate is important in
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Technology for Dementia

  As a home care agency or those of you who are familiar with Dementia, you know it is not easy to watch your loved ones suffer from this disease. You often wonder if it is safe for them to live alone, or how much longer can they live alone.   You know that with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia that as the progression advances so do the risks. At Freedom Home Care, we believe that for people suffering with these diseases, doing daily routines and activities can help go a long way with your loved ones feeling comfortable.   With
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Preparing a Loved One with Dementia for Surgery

Life can be difficult for patients who live with dementia. Many times they suffer from conditions such as depression, short attention span, difficulty concentrating and planning and memory loss and confusion. And the possibility of having to undergo surgery, can be a traumatic experience – worsening some of the symptoms your loved one may already be experiencing. It’s normal for families to be apprehensive about the effects of anesthesia on seniors with the disease. They may fear that the drugs administered prior to surgery may cause or exacerbate memory loss and changes in behavior. What’s important to understand is that
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GPS Devices to Help with Dementia and Aging

Wandering is becoming an increasing problem in the U.S. Statistics say that between 60 and 70 percent of loved ones with Alzheimer’s will wander off at some point in their illness. In dementia patients, changes in the brain occur that cause the urge to wander. As, they begin to roam about, Alzheimer’s sufferers look for people, places or things that might be familiar to them – behavior that has a tendency to increase the longer they suffer from cognitive decline. Sadly, many older adults with the disease who wander off become disoriented, can’t remember their name or address and never
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Is There A Link Between Diabetes and Dementia?

Living with a chronic illness can present its own set of challenges. But when conditions like diabetes are linked to dementia, the importance of finding the connection between the two becomes even greater. For every American aged 65 and older, regardless of whether they receive in-home care services, there are almost eight people who have Alzheimer’s disease. That number increases after age 85 to one in two people. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, more than 29 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes, while 86 million adults were identified as pre-diabetic. In a study
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Is It Alzheimer's?

There is still so much to know and understand about Alzheimer’s. One thing experts are sure about is that it is a steadily progressive disease that often rears its head before symptoms begin. While almost 40 percent of all dementia patients can point to genes as playing a significant part in their diagnosis most cases, scientists say, occur with no family history or genetic predisposition. FHC searched and found new research stating that in dementia patients, the deterioration of the brain is linked to an abnormal build-up of protein. This accumulation of proteins is said to cause “frontotemporal degeneration.” What
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