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The Effects of Alzheimer’s on the Senior Brain
The Effects of Alzheimer’s on the Senior Brain
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 5, 2014

Unlike typical dementia that develops naturally as individuals age, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific disease process that targets the tissues of the brain. The presence of specific cerebral changes is the hallmark for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. If you have an aging parent or loved one that has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or you are currently providing Fairfield Alzheimer’s care, learning how Alzheimer’s effects the brain can help you provide the highest level of care for your loved one. Abnormal Structures Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s have been found to have an exceedingly large number of structures in the brain…

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Why Malnourishment Goes Undetected in Senior Health Screenings
Why Malnourishment Goes Undetected in Senior Health Screenings
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on November 28, 2014

The image of impoverished people in faraway lands who are malnourished is a staple of every ad for donations to overseas charities, but the problem is much closer to home than many realize and most notably afflicts the elderly in shockingly high numbers. A recent study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that 60 percent of elderly patients that were screened in the emergency room were malnourished. An even higher percentage, 77 percent, said they hadn’t been diagnosed before. Reasons for this problem can stem from the person being down or depressed about their possible increasing infirmities, difficulty in…

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Advice for Sons Caring for an Elderly Parent
Advice for Sons Caring for an Elderly Parent
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on November 21, 2014

Although most people assume that women most often care for elderly parents, an increasing number of men are providing assistance to meet the needs of their elders. In fact, some studies report that as many as 40% of family caregivers are men, a large increase that has slowly risen in the past decade. While not all men may find caregiving difficult, some say that the process is easier for women as there is a natural inclination to provide support and care. To help those who may be unsure of how to go about caring for a parent at home, here…

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Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress & Burnout
Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress & Burnout
By Erik Gans, 6:02 pm on November 14, 2014

One metaphor for the family caregiver is a juggler. Often, caregivers have their own families to care for, in addition to an elderly parent. They may also work outside the home. So a caregiver is juggling all these responsibilities at once. A caregiver is a master multi-tasker. While multi-tasking is a great skill to have, when you take on too much, you can become overwhelmed and your health can be impacted negatively. To help you avoid this stressed-out state, Fairfield Home Care Assistance is going to present some of the warning signs of caregiver stress so that you can identify…

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The Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet for Seniors
The Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet for Seniors
By Erik Gans, 5:59 pm on November 7, 2014

With our busy lifestyles, we do not always have the time to prepare healthy meals. Instead, we grab whatever we can from the nearest fast-food establishment as we head back to the office for a meeting. As long as we eat something, we feel content and energized; the last thing on our minds would be how the food was prepared. However, as a leading provider of in-home senior care in Fairfield, we know that good habits start early. Even though we may be able to get away with eating anything that comes our way now, we put ourselves in danger…

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7 Easy Ways Seniors Can Stay Fit
7 Easy Ways Seniors Can Stay Fit
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on October 31, 2014

At Home Care Assistance of Fairfield, we emphasize the importance of regular daily exercise for seniors in our unique approach to care, The Balanced Care Method™ because we understand the importance of an active lifestyle for seniors. In fact, seniors and older adults who participate in regular exercise often feel more energetic, stay independent for longer and suffer from less pain and fewer illnesses. And the best part? Exercising isn’t hard to do! Take a look at these simple ways that seniors can stay fit: Stroll. Since it can be done anywhere, walking ranks as a top choice for exercise…

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The Difference Between Type I and Type II Diabetes
The Difference Between Type I and Type II Diabetes
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on October 24, 2014

Diabetes has become a national health concern in recent years as more and more people, especially middle-aged and older adults, are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes. At the same time, about 5% of all adult diabetics have Type I diabetes, a condition diagnosed in youth, but lasting throughout the lifespan. Despite differing in many important ways, Type I and type II diabetes are often confused. To help seniors and families clarify the difference between them, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care in Fairfield presents a few facts about each of the diseases. Age of Onset…

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Top Tips for Managing Parkinson's Tremors
Top Tips for Managing Parkinson's Tremors
By Erik Gans, 7:52 pm on October 17, 2014

At Home Care Assistance, we believe that with the proper support from friends, family and professional caregivers in Fairfield, those living with Parkinson’s can continue to live in the comfort of home, safely and with dignity. Symptoms such as tremors can be controlled and even minimized, allowing patients to continue with a majority of daily activities and routines in the early and mid-stages of the disease. If you provide care for a spouse or an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s, Home Care Assistance of Fairfield, CT offers some valuable tips for how to effectively control tremors from Parkinson’s:…

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Is Constipation Just a Part of Old Age?
Is Constipation Just a Part of Old Age?
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on October 10, 2014

The topic of constipation is rarely discussed, which is why myths have risen about the topic – one of which, being that constipation is just part of old age. While constipation occurs more frequently among the aging population, there are often reasonable explanations such as the natural slowing of the digestive track with age or as a side effect of medications. If you provide home care in Fairfield for an aging parent, grandparent or loved one and believe they may be suffering from constipation, here are a couple steps to take which can help facilitate digestion naturally: Enhance the Diet…

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Who Benefits From 24 Hour Live-In Care?
Who Benefits From 24 Hour Live-In Care?
By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on September 26, 2014

Many members of today’s sandwich generation, those individuals responsible for caring not only for one or both aging parents but also for their own children, often feel overwhelmed. These feelings can be further magnified when a senior’s care needs change dramatically as the result of physical or cognitive decline. When family caregivers become stress and overwhelmed, it’s important to know that help is available. Fairfield live-in care is a service that provides respite to family caregivers and high quality care to their loved ones on an around the clock basis. With the help of a live-in caregiver, seniors can continue…

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