Posts Tagged by Alzheimer’s
|April 12, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Top Products|
Wandering is a very dangerous possibility for people who are autistic or suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Autistic Adults often have what is commonly referred to as “a one track mind.” They get one thought or need in their head, and they go. They do not always communicate their wants or needs or thoughts to a caregiver and wander away – often times from their own home. Alzheimer’s or dementia patients wander because they become confused by their surroundings and want to “go home”. In both cases, wandering away from care is dangerous and scary for you and them.
Wandering away from home can be prevented. Placing an alarmed floor mat in front of an outside door can immediately alert the caregiver to someone leaving, or entering, a home. The AliMed Nonslip Floor Alarm Mat with a Remote Alarm comes in four different colors, allowing you to find the perfect one for your home decor! The sensor pad is guaranteed for up to 6 months, but you can inexpensively replace the the pad without purchasing a new mat and alarm. It’s an easy, conspicuous way to monitor a caree without distracting you from your daily tasks unless needed.
|January 25, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Aging, Top Products|
Aging brings new challenges. These challenges can often present themselves in the form of aches and pains. Bending down, walking up stairs, sitting in a car or even getting dressed can be harder and harder as our bones and joints become less willing to do what we ask them too. The hips and knee joints, tendons and muscles often show the signs of aging the most. They even make simple tasks like sitting down to go to the bathroom a painful experience.
Adding height to your toilet is a simple answer when the pain of sitting down and getting up can be too much to bear. There are so many toilet safety aids that can be purchased to give height to the toilet or assist in getting up and sitting down. A vast majority of them would sit on the top of the toilet seat. For many people, this can be embarrassing. No one wants to admit they are getting old, and they definitely do not want have a seat riser sitting on their toilet when guests come to their home. So how do you raise the toilet and still maintain dignity? The Toilevator.
The Toilevator is our most popular toilet riser. It’s dignified way to raise a toilet, making it easier to sit down and stand up without a “neon sign” sitting on the toilet seat. It will boost any toilet, elongated or standard, by 3.5 inches. It is made from a sturdy composite plastic that blends in beautifully with any bathroom. It comes in an off-white, but it can easily be painted to match any decore – from pearl white to pale pink. This raises the toilet and the dignity of your loved one. Best of all – it comes with EVERY component needed for installation. Although it can be installed easily, we do recommend scheduling an installation appointment with a professional plumber.
EasierLiving’s Caregiver Experts recommend the Toilevator for anyone who experiences pain or balance difficulty while sitting down or getting up from the toilet. This can be a result of several conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, hip or knee replacement surgery, arthritis and general degeneration of aging.
You can purchase the Toilevator on EasierLiving.com for the low price of $79.95. Ground shipping is a standard rate of $9.99, but expedited shipping is subject to increased fees. You can call us at 1-855-493-9856, chat with us through our chat feature on the website, email us at email@example.com or just place your order! This is a NON-RETURNABLE product – so we recommend you read the spec sheets and measure your toilet before purchasing.
|December 18, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease|
Creating a safe environment for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is critical, especially if you care for your loved one in your home. As your loved one moves through the stages of the Alzheimer’s Disease, the needs for heightened safety throughout the home. From the tool shed in the back yard to the hair straightener in the bathroom, potential injuries for your loved one live everywhere in your home. Alzheimer’s often times can keep someone from rationalizing what is safe and what is unsafe. The key is to be prepared, vigilant and willing to adapt.
4 Tips to Keeping a Loved One Safe at Home
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Whether in the bathroom, living room or kitchen, appliances can pose a threat to your loved one’s safety. Keep appliances like razors, hair straighteners, heated blankets and blenders in cabinets, drawers and closets when not in use. This can limit the curiosity of your loved one in anything can is potentially harmful.
- Lock it Up. Utilize locking systems on tool sheds outside, tool boxes in your garage and cabinets and closets with appliances. Anything that could potentially put your loved one in danger should be stored safely. You can do this with traditional locks, child locks or padlocks. Keep the keys, along with your car keys, in a safe place away from every day living areas.
- Collect the Clutter. Keep random objects out of your loved one’s reach by keeping the clutter out of the main living areas. The more simple your house is decorated, the less danger your loved one will be in. This could also include securing your interior decorations – such as area rugs or top weight lamps. Keep the pathways free from tables and decorations, to minimize falling hazards. Also shy from adding new elements to your home – your loved one will need normalcy to stay calm.
- Create Contrast! Adding bright, contrasting colors will help to keep a loved one with Alzheimer’s calm. Sometimes, people with the disease can interpret large dark areas as large holes. By keeping bedding, sitting areas and frequented rooms bright and contrasting, your loved one will be more apt to enter and be more content there. Caregivers may want to refrain from wearing a lot of black or dark browns. This will help your loved one communicate positively with you!
|November 22, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
As of now, The National Institute of Health says that there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that your diet can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Many researchers believe, however, that the food you eat can help save your memory and keep your brain healthy.
5 Foods that May Keep Your Brain Healthy
- Oil-based salad dressings. This is high vitamin E, which helps protect nerve cells, which starts to die in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.
- Fish. Docosahexaenoic acid in fish is important for the normal functioning of nerve cells in the brain.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. For example, a half-cup of cooked spinach has 25% of your daily vitamin E intake!
- Avocados. They are rich in both vitamin E and vitamin C—and are associated with a lower risk ofdeveloping Alzheimer’s.
- Berries. The latest research from the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston found that blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries could help stop age-related cognitive decline.
|November 13, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
Eating is a common problem for someone suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. Your loved one may be overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or have difficulty using eating utensils. Here are some tips to help make mealtimes easier for your loved one with Alzheimer’s:
- Serve meals in a quiet place away from the television. Avoid placing many items on the table and do your best to the table setting simple. It is important to limit distractions as best as you can.
- Serve only one or two foods at a time in order to avoid confusion or overwhelming your loved one with Alzheimer’s. For example, serve mashed potatoes followed by meat.
- Be flexible to food preferences and remember that a person with dementia may suddenly change their food preferences orreject foods that they previously enjoyed.
- Give your loved one sufficient time to eat. Be patient, and know that it could take them an hour or more to finish their food.
- Eat together and make meals a social event that everyone will look forward to. Research shows that people eat better when they are in the company of others.
- Change the color of the plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Research shows: red dining ware can increase food and beverage intake of people with Alzheimer’s.
|September 26, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
Dementia is defined as a chronic disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning, but this doesn’t mean that you should freak out if you start losing your keys more often. If you think you might have dementia, at least two of these functions will be significantly impaired:
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
Many times, these symptoms will start out slowly and progressively get worse. If you do have these symptoms, seek professional evaluation right away. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments.
|August 29, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease, Prepare for Care|
Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips at a Glance
Stages of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Expert Caregiver Tips
|Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3:No Impairment
Very Mild Cognitive Decline
Mild Cognitive Decline
|Stage 4:Moderate Cognitive Decline||
|Stage 5:Moderately Severe Cognitive Decline||
|Stage 6 and Stage 7:Severe Cognitive Decline
Very Severe Cognitive Decline
|August 28, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease, Wellness|
As more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers and caregivers are finding more ways to slow the progress of the disease and even the onset. Most recently, researchers have found that strength and resistance training “was particularly beneficial for improving the cognitive abilities of older adults.” In the study, 86 women between the ages of 70 and 80 showed better brain activity during the 6 weeks of exercise regimens. The clear question is, how do you exercise safely at an older age? We recommend you visit a personal trainer, or work with physical therapists to set a strategy for yourself or your loved one. It’s important to stay active even as we grow older for various reasons – just add brain activity to the list!
|August 24, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease|
New Use for Existing Drug for HIV
As The Easierliving Blog recently reported, the FDA has approved a drug to help prevent HIV from spreading to sexually active partners. Before that doctors were prescribing medication to patients with HIV to combat the virus’ symptoms. New research into one of those drugs, Egrifta, may have found a benefit to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
The drug targets the brain’s pituitary gland to stimulate the release of human growth hormone. In a recent study published in Archives of Neurology suggests that it may slow memory loss in people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. WebMD reports the results: ”‘Their expected decline was cut in half,’ says researcher Laura D. Baker, PhD, a psychiatrist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.”
Find a full report on the study here.
|August 7, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease, Prepare for Care|
In this stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, your loved one will begin to show signs of a more aggressive cognitive decline. A careful clinical interview will be able to diagnose the disease. As your loved one progresses through this stage, you will see more evident behavior of memory loss and need to direct care. For instance, you might see a decline in remembering recent holidays, events or trips. Your loved one may make mistakes recalling the day, month or even season. You may find they use a winter coat in the summer or shorts in the snow. These are overt indicators that a doctors visit is necessary.
Although your loved one will generally be able to live independently, common daily tasks will be more challenging for them. Personal finances will need more attention from someone else. Your loved one will find it harder to write checks at the correct amount, recall important due dates for monthly bills or have a lack of understanding of their own budget. It is a good time in the disease, while your loved one is aware of their memory decline, to add a power of attorney to their financial accounts to avoid elderly financial fraud from other family members or strangers. Also, make a chart to keep track of their bills to monitor if they are being paid on time or at all.
Tasks that your loved one generally manages with ease – like walking the dog or cooking the meals – will become a challenge or forgotten all together. You’ll find they won’t be able to have a successful trip to the grocery store or pharmacy alone. They will most likely forget the important items and purchase unnecessary, out of place items instead. Even ordering food at a restaurant will become stressful and nearly impossible for them to do alone. To ensure your loved one is maintaining a healthy way of life, you will need to begin to care for them on a more day-to-day level. An excellent option to lessen the burden on you is to put colorful, large-print labels on bottles and appliances for your loved one to read and comprehend. This is great for temperatures on faucets and medications and food.
Most importantly, you may see a drastic change in their mood. It is common for people with Alzheimer’s Disease to experience withdrawal, what psychiatrists refer to as a flattening affect. It will seem as though your loved one is devoid of emotion as they begin to cope with their diagnosis and symptoms. They will feel more lost in the world they think they should know, and as a caregiver it will be challenging. You will need to add their lives into your already busy one as well as watch someone you hold most dear slowly decline. It’s more important than ever for you to find a support group to communicate and lean on other caregivers like yourself. This will be step one in avoiding caregiver burnout and being “just F.I.N.E.”