Can Exercise Help Overcome the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease?

Healthy Senior Man in GYMThe results of remaining physically active throughout aging are considerable, but for those with Parkinson’s, it could truly be a game-changer in the progression of the disease. Several recent studies are showing direct links between regular exercise for seniors and Parkinson’s, such as the largest clinical study to date, for which patients who exercised at least 2½ hours per week attained a greater total well-being than those who refrained from physical exercise. And that is only the beginning. [Read more…]

The Top Foods to Avoid for a Kidney Friendly Diet

Senior Woman Eating Healthy SaladAs the saying goes, we are what we eat, and for people with kidney disease, it is even more vital that an appropriate nutrition plan be observed to lessen symptoms, such as swelling, pain, nausea and more, and to perhaps even slow down the progression of the disease. Regency Home Care recommends the following dietary considerations (after approval by the physician) to ensure a kidney friendly diet: [Read more…]

Best Tips for Seniors Living with Kidney Disease

Itching. Hiccups. Loss of appetite. Sleep problems. These are just some of the seemingly innocuous indicators that could mean kidney disease. And with as many as 20 million people in America diagnosed with the disease, and many more not yet diagnosed, it’s crucial to bring any troublesome signs to the attention of the doctor. [Read more…]

Be Sure to Check for These Red Flags During Holiday Visits with Aging Parents

Smiling Mature nurse embracing senior woman and holding a Christmas gift while sitting on the sofa.Living far apart makes it tough to go visit our aging parents as often as we would wish, but over the holidays, families make a more concerted effort to enjoy quality time together – making it the optimal occasion to assess an older adult’s safety and wellbeing. There are lots of red flags that can’t be witnessed in weekly telephone conversations, e-mails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family is all together during the holiday season. [Read more…]

COPD at Home: How Pure Is Your Air?

She's enjoying the beautiful dayIf you happen to be caring for a senior loved one who struggles with COPD, you certainly are familiar with the fact that outdoor air pollution can aggravate symptoms. However, did you realize that low air quality in the home can also be troublesome? Purifying the air in the senior’s home can help everyone breathe easier and be more comfortable. [Read more…]

The Most Common Elderly Medication Errors and How to Avoid Them

Medication ErrorsWe all recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard alarming stories about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either due to an issue with the health care provider or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the correct medication — the danger of non-adherence. [Read more…]

Dementia Treatment In Your Back Pocket

Nowadays, music is more obtainable than ever before. For individuals who carry smartphones or tablets with them every place they go, thousands – if not millions of songs – are just several touches or finger swipes away. If you provide care for a senior individual, your smartphone can become one of the most useful tools in your possession in helping an elderly person thrive by awakening his or her emotional wellbeing with music. This widely circulated video recording from the Alive Inside documentary shows just how tremendously powerful music can be as a form of dementia treatment and to help older adults with restricted abilities. [Read more…]

Alzheimer’s and Personal Care Battles: Tips from Regency’s Atlanta Caregivers

Atlanta CaregiversAssisting someone with personal care needs, such as bathing, getting dressed and using the bathroom, can cause some feelings of discomfort. It’s difficult to set aside modesty and allow someone to help with basic tasks when you’re at your most vulnerable. And there are times when seniors, most notably those with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, become terribly anxious while receiving this needed help, to the point that a battle can erupt.

What exactly triggers these outbursts varies from person to person, but some of the more common reasons are: [Read more…]

How to Avoid Costly Hospital Readmissions

Reducing readmissions is a hot topic today, both for hospitals that are under the threat of costly fines, and the patients who naturally want to avoid another trip to the hospital. With as many as 20% of Medicare patients being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days – over 2½ million seniors – and similar rates for Medicaid and private insurance patients, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

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