March is Sleep Awareness Month. Sleep deprivation and other sleep issues can greatly affect your senior’s health. For most adults, an average of 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night is healthy. However, seniors are often unable to sleep this much due to various sleep-related problems. Therefore, we have put together a few tips to improve senior sleep patterns.
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February is American Heart Month, which is designated to encourage individuals to do the following: learn about, prevent and address heart problems. Since seniors are particularly at risk, it is important that family members and caregivers understand heart disease. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on how to protect your senior’s heart health.
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Unfortunately, age-related decline can happen quickly. In many cases, seniors are great at hiding new and worsening issues. For many families, holiday visits are the only opportunity for them to observe their senior loved ones in person. Therefore, pay close attention to your senior loved one’s physical and mental health, as well as their living situation. When visiting with seniors over the holidays this year, watch for the following warning signs that they may require some extra help at home.
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The holiday season is upon us! Many of us are planning parties, holiday visits and gift shopping. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with those we love as we reflect on the past year and await a new one. However, for many seniors, being happy during the holidays can be a struggle. This is particularly true if they are far away from family members. Fortunately, there are many activities and strategies for giving your beloved senior a sense of holiday joy. We will discuss how to brighten the holidays for your senior.
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November is National Diabetes Month! Diabetes meal planning can help seniors living with the disease prevent it from getting worse while protecting their overall health.
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Hidden home hazards can make your elderly loved one’s life more challenging and put them at greater risk of injury. Low budget home modifications can make a significant difference. Making inexpensive home improvements can increase senior safety and comfort. Our team here at HomeSpark has compiled a checklist of low budget home modifications for seniors and loved one’s to follow!
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Getting outside during the summer time offers many health benefits to seniors in the Bryan/College Station Texas area. According to a Harvard Health study
, time in the sun raises Vitamin D levels and improves moods. For many seniors, a regular mood boost from outdoor activity can significantly enhance quality of life. Keeping health and safety in mind, seniors can enjoy being outdoors during the summer. HomeSpark Care specializes in at-home care giving for seniors. We have created a list of great summer activities that may be of interest to your senior.
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Aging people are people in transition. The loss of family members and friends, a change in living arrangements or finances, retirement, the loss of driving privileges or even the death of a pet are lifestyle transitions that require the entire family’s attention. Ideally, our elders will ask for our help during times like these, but—as family members have learned— this may not happen. In fact, one aging parent might “cover” for the other, or one aging spouse may decline assistance from the other because he or she feels ashamed and powerless. HomeSpark Care has put together a list of factors keep an eye for when determining if your elderly loved one needs help.
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Whether you are young or old, pets can really add to your life. However, pets are extremely beneficial for people as they age. HomeSpark Care will explain some of the many reasons why pets benefit the elderly.
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Pharmacists play a role as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team for an older adult. Their role is critical in improving the patient’s care and life. For older adults, it can be helpful to develop a relationship with a pharmacist and use the same pharmacist regularly. As pharmacists learn about an individual’s unique needs and circumstances, they can help provide consistent care and help prevent drug-related problems.
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