Life is full of stressors, and high levels of stress have been linked to a number of health concerns, particularly for the heart. The good news, however, is that taking steps today to reduce and better manage the stress in your life can help protect your heart and improve your overall quality of life. THE MEDICAL TEAM offers the following tips: Stay connected. Sharing life with others is so crucial for older adults who may find themselves spending a lot of time alone. When family and friends live at a distance, seniors can utilize technology, such as Skype, to recreate the feeling of a face-to-face visit. And although it may seem like a lost art, writing letters and cards is still a great way to stay in touch as well. But nothing can replace in-person contact. Help seniors stay … [Read more...] about Working Toward a Stress-Free Heart
As we kick off the New Year and resolve to make lifestyle changes to improve our health, one of the top resolutions on our list should be to steer clear of coming down with the flu – particularly for seniors, who are more susceptible to complications from the flu. At THE MEDICAL TEAM, our goal is to help seniors remain as healthy and well as possible, especially during flu season. Keep these flu facts and prevention strategies in mind: Is it the flu, or just a cold? While flu and cold symptoms share a lot of similarities initially – running and stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, fatigue – flu symptoms escalate to include fever that can last for several days, muscle aches, worsening cough and shortness of breath. The flu can also lead to more serious health concerns such as pneumonia and … [Read more...] about Helping Seniors Stay Flu Free
Many of us feel a bit more sluggish during the shorter days of winter, and older adults are no exception. One possible cause is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can mimic depression and other mental health conditions, but can also be effectively treated once accurately diagnosed. Symptoms of SAD can vary widely, and may include low energy, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, feelings of hopelessness, sleeping problems, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating. If you notice these or other concerning signs in an older adult, the first step is to schedule an appointment with the physician, who can diagnose or rule out seasonal affective disorder. If SAD is indeed affecting the senior, treatment options can include light therapy, psychotherapy/counseling, … [Read more...] about Conquer Winter Blues with Companion Care
Although each person experiences Alzheimer’s disease uniquely, the disease typically progresses through three main stages, and each stage brings with it different challenges to address in order to provide the best level of care. Understanding these stages, and where a senior falls within the continuum, can help in delivering the most appropriate therapeutic approach. THE MEDICAL TEAM’s Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care team offers these details on what to expect in each stage, and suggests appropriate activities to help seniors reach their highest potential. Stage 1 (Mild): In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, mild forgetfulness and misplacing items is common. It can become challenging for the senior to recall names of new acquaintances, to plan out tasks, and to remember recently … [Read more...] about Therapeutic Activities for Each Stage of Alzheimer’s
The holiday season truly feels like a wonderful time of the year for so many people, but for some older adults it can bring about feelings of wistfulness and loneliness. Loss of loved ones, physical challenges, and remembrances of seasons past can dampen the holiday spirit for seniors. Fortunately, we can all help brighten the lives of our older loved ones. THE MEDICAL TEAM’s in-home senior care experts offer the following suggestions to bring joy to this year’s winter holidays for seniors in your life: Host a decorating party at the senior’s home. It can be difficult for a senior who lives alone to manage holiday decorating. At the start of the holiday season, bring family and friends together at the older person’s home. Coordinate a potluck lunch or order in a festive holiday … [Read more...] about Helping Older Adults Beat the Winter Holiday Blues
Holidays are a wonderful time of family togetherness, filled with joyful surprises, delicious meals and treats, and a chance to strengthen family ties. However, a number of factors can interfere with a picture-perfect holiday season for seniors. Families often live at a distance from one another, and travel can be difficult due to finances, health factors, the needs of young children, and more. Of course, no one wants an older adult to spend the holidays alone. One solution to help seniors enjoy the holiday season is engaging the services of a professional in-home care provider, such as THE MEDICAL TEAM. Here’s why: We serve as partners in care. We work in tandem with families to ensure that each senior’s lifestyle is upheld as he or she wishes. We truly listen to what’s important to … [Read more...] about Alone for the Holidays? Not with THE MEDICAL TEAM!