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5 Benefits to Living With Caregiver Assistance
By Tom Lee, 9:11 am on October 15, 2018

Someone needing senior care may initially object to receiving assistance until he or she learns more and understands the many advantages that home assistance can offer. Living with assistance offers additional personal safety, as well as more social opportunities. Both of these benefits are extremely important to the health and welfare of an aging adult needing care. Here are 5 reasons to consider a caregiver for yourself or a loved one when senior care is needed: Living with assistance offers additional safety. Older adults eventually have increased safety and health risks as they age. The increased possibility of falls, strokes,…

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5 Benefits to Living With Caregiver Assistance
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By Tom Lee, 12:58 pm on September 25, 2018

You may have heard the expression, “Humans are creatures of habit.” Predictable routines reduce stress for all of us, but especially for the elderly. Consistency helps older adults remember what’s coming next and it can bring a sense of comfort and security. When an elderly person has dementia, habits and routines are even more important. Benefits of a Predictable Routine A caregiver who structures time for eating, bathing and dressing will provide feelings of safety to the senior cared for. The older adult may even sleep better with predictable sleep and wake up times. For those afflicted with Alzheimer’s or…

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How To Tell The Difference Between Delirium and Dementia
By Tom Lee, 12:47 pm on September 7, 2018

Both delirium and dementia can create cognitive confusion and emotional distress, making these two illnesses often confused with each other. They are different, however, and it’s vital for caregivers, medical, and emergency staff to recognize and understand differing symptoms. Delirium is an especially serious and commonplace problem for the elderly and the most common complication of hospital admission for older persons. What is delirium? Delirium can be defined as an acute state of mind, displaying confusion and disrupted attention, disordered speech and sometimes hallucinations. It can only be diagnosed by clinical observation of behaviors. If you think your family member,…

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Keep Active While Aging in Burlington, VT
By Stacy Lee, 9:06 am on August 29, 2018

Keeping active is vitally important to our wellbeing. Physical activities and exercise help improve balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. Additionally, workouts may decrease pain from arthritis and lessen the chances of chronic diseases, like diabetes. Seniors can boost their physical health, regardless of age! Activity Goals Healthcare experts usually recommend at least 150 minutes of exercise each week for aging adults, as long as they start slowly and work up to the goal, gradually increasing frequency and intensity. Do A Little Whenever You Can Ride a stationary bicycle or walk on the treadmill while watching your favorite TV shows. In…

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By Tom Lee, 10:09 am on August 8, 2018

“My Mother Won’t Listen to Me!” Have you ever found yourself commenting how Mom’s not getting enough activity lately, neglecting her diet, or leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen sink for days? It may seem like your opinion doesn’t matter and it’s falling on deaf ears. So, can you help Mom or Dad create a healthier habit? The answer is…maybe. But, anyone can learn a few persuasion techniques. For one thing, if you want her to listen to you, ditch your lecture and try a simple conversation instead. Why are Habits Difficult to Change? The word “habit” is defined in…

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By Tom Lee, 2:14 pm on July 26, 2018

Is it possible to help someone, even when they don’t want your help? Is there a way that your aging parent can graciously accept your help, yet still keep their pride and sense of dignity? What if a parent is just too difficult? Well-meaning family caregivers often ask these types of questions. Try not to take it personally if you find yourself feeling trapped in a power struggle. Understandably, parents sometimes resist offers of help. There are VALID REASONS for aging parents to resist or refuse help, such as: Tradition. Sometimes parents simply decline help out of habit. Since they…

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Positive Senior doing Yoga in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 9:04 am on July 16, 2018

For most of us, running a marathon (that’s 26.2 miles) wouldn’t be on our “To-Do” list. For 82-year-old Ginette Bedard, of Howard Beach, Queens has not only crossed this off her list, she has done it more than once! She was 69 years old before she started running seriously, and she’s been able to continually participate in the marathon, as a result of diligence in training – running on average 3 hours a day and maintaining a healthy positive attitude. Smiling is proved to help with more than physical health; a person’s positive outlooks on aging impact brain function, too. Recently…

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Elderly man getting his heart checked out by a doctor in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 11:28 am on June 30, 2018

  The foundation of a healthy life is a strong and healthy heart. Making improvements toward a healthy lifestyle increases your chances of keeping a healthier heart. There are over 17,000,000 deaths worldwide as a result of heart disease, but as many as 80% of those untimely deaths could have been prevented. Sadly, symptoms of heart disease can sometimes sneak up and it’s not noticed until the damage has already been realized. A heart attack and the symptoms of heart disease can quickly change the best-laid plans for your future. Rather than fretting about the likelihood of your unhealthy heart, take…

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Elderly man getting his heart checked out by a doctor in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 1:16 pm on June 14, 2018

Some of us would like to blame our reduced energy on the fact that we are aging, but if we take an honest look around us at other older adults, we must admit that it’s not just “because I’m old!” We all eventually think about ourselves getting older and whether we can do it with grace and ease. Our thoughts may be triggered by the notice of our body’s changes that we were able to ignore or brush aside at one time. Then one day when our denial finally crumbles, we know for sure we have to take some time to…

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By Tom Lee, 11:35 am on May 31, 2018

“We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful.” —Richard Watts How important do you think love and connection are to your vitality? Imagine if your doctor gave you a prescription for good health as simple as, “Surround yourself with people you love. Make new friendships. Keep old friendships. Be sure to make time for family and those you love.” Research shows that it may actually be that simple, in fact. Relationships and your level of connectivity have a direct correlation to your longevity. Relationships are paramount to a well-lived life. People who are active in their community make…

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