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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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How to Monitor Your Caffeine Intake

A delicious hot cup of coffee can be a great way to start the day. It can also be great to grab a cup of coffee with friends and chat about anything and everything. However, while coffee can be delicious, and it can give you a jolt of energy, it is important to monitor your caffeine intake. Below, you can learn more about how to do so. Why should you monitor your caffeine intake? Caffeine can be good for your body in many ways, but too much coffee can pose problems for your health and well-being. Someone who has lots
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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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How to Reduce Caregiver Stress This Holiday Season

The holidays are always a nice time, but it is a lot of work to prepare for. For some family caregivers, there are even more things to do for the holidays and it can be really stressful. Follow these tips to reduce stress this holiday season from us at Freedom healthcare.   Focus on What is the Most Meaningful It is hard to create the perfect holiday experience, don’t stress about it. You have to remember the goal isn’t to have a perfect holiday but to experience pure joy and quality time with loved ones. Try to prioritize holiday traditions
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Fall Preventions and Precautions to Take

The start of colder weather makes it a more dangerous time for seniors to get around. In order to help you or a loved one be safe this winter, we have put together some tips and facts on fall prevention. Check them out here at Freedom healthcare.   While it is common for people of all ages to fall, seniors are the ones at the most risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 4 seniors fall at least once a year. If you are over the age of 75, you are 5 times more likely
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Fall Prep for Seniors

Believe it or not, the leaves are already changing color and soon they will be falling off the trees. The beginning of fall brings a new season with everything pumpkin spice and cinnamon. While there are a ton of good things to look forward to, fall comes with some important health tips to keep in mind. At Freedom Homecare Highland Park, we’ve got you covered. As the temperature begins to drop in the next few weeks, you are at an increased risk of contracting a cold or flu virus. Make sure you are washing your hands more frequently so you
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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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Caring for Your Parent When You Are an Only Child

Being an only child doesn’t mean that you have to care for a parent alone. You might at times feel that because you have no siblings you are caring for a parent by yourself and are overwhelmed. Don’t let the burdens of caregiving take a toll on your happiness, we at Freedom Homecare Highland Park are here to help. Below is a list of tips you can use for homecare. Check them out!   Use Available Resources   It is important for only children to use all the resources available to them so that they can create the most effective
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National Senior Citizens Day- How to Celebrate on August 21st

On August 21st, there is a national holiday dedicated to celebrating your favorite seniors in your life- Senior Citizens Day! As a homecare agency, we know just how special seniors are and cannot wait to celebrate. Below are some ways you can join in on celebrating too- check them out here!   Get your loved ones engaged this holiday and throw them a backyard barbecue, dinner, or make the whole day a party in honor of them being awesome. For some, it might be difficult to express just how much you care for them, but throwing them a party ensures
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Tips To Stay Safe During Fireworks Season

Young people aren’t the only ones who enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July. Every year, millions of seniors gather up their lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments to participate in a tradition that has become as American as baseball and apple pie. And whether you’re in New York on New Year’s or in Indiana on Independence Day, being a spectator at a fireworks show can pose some serious hazards without the proper precautions. So, in order to help make this a fun, safe holiday season, Freedom Home Care offers a few tips for you and your older loved one to
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