Autumn is in full effect for most of our country. We see it in the changing landscape, from falling leaves to farmers bringing in the harvest.
As seasons change, you may also notice a change in your elderly clients’ mood showing up as irritability, continued sadness, changes to sleep patterns, problems with memory or concentration or loss of appetite. While many mistake these changes as a normal part of aging, they may actually be caused by depression.
Many primary care physicians overlook depression symptoms in older adults because they are focused on treating chronic disease. Depression is a serious medical condition that requires treatment.
Seniors with depression have higher overall healthcare costs – as much as 50% more than those without depression.
If you are interested in controlling healthcare costs and improving client care, continue reading.. Read More
We know that sometimes just getting an elder to eat can be a challenge. They may tell their caregiver they are not hungry, or food just doesn’t appeal to them. Research has confirmed time and again that good nutrition can improve chronic conditions and increase an elder’s vitality.
Trouble chewing or swallowing, side effects of medication, chronic disease and even loneliness can all contribute to poor appetite. No matter the cause, eating poorly leads to weight and muscle loss, decreased strength and mobility and a greater risk of falls or entering the hospital. Read More
There are many things we can do as caregivers to protect our elderly clients – covering coughs, washing hands and getting our own flu vaccine. But we often overlook one thing – an elder’s own immune system. It is true that the immune system in older adults is slower to recognize and rid the body of germs. But a slower immune system can still do its part in protecting against the flu and other viruses. Here are a few simple tips for immune support. Read More
No matter one’s culture or religious practices, special meals are almost always part of a holiday tradition. Here are some tips for using mealtime as an opportunity to create comfort and joy and help elders to get nutrition that is vital to their health and well-being. Read More