Senior Health

Windsor-Essex In-Home Care: What We Now Know About Cancer Prevention

Windsor-Essex In-Home Care: What We Now Know About Cancer Prevention Each year since 1999, we have achieved a decline in cancer-related deaths, an encouraging trend which is poised to carry on as experts learn more and more about the causes of cancer, cancer prevention and the development of new and better treatment options. Nonetheless, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in Canada – making it important to continue to push forward with persistence to find a cure. Here is what we have observed up to now: Diet makes a difference. Although a diet abundant in antioxidants can help minimize cell damage (and protect against cancer), a recently available research study showed that in some cases, cancers reap the benefits of a nutrient-rich diet, leading to hastened metastasis. As a result, the advice is to avoid antioxidant supplements except when your physician prescribes them. Get your antioxidants from fruits, veggies, and beans instead, as the added molecules in whole food has an impact. On top of that, a connection is suspected between sugary…

How Seniors with Chronic Health Conditions Are Being Empowered to Take Control

How Seniors with Chronic Health Conditions Are Being Empowered to Take Control On the subject of chronic health conditions, seniors are the experts, hands down, with nearly 3 out of 4 seniors impacted by several conditions that are ongoing, call for long-term medical attention, and put limitations on activities. With the continuous barrage of bloodwork and other exams, doctors’ appointments and procedures, and medications, managing chronic diseases takes both a physical and emotional toll, and may very quickly become daunting. Dr. Mary Tinetti, chief of geriatrics and internist at Yale School of Medicine, said, “Once you get three, four, or five and six diseases, several things happen: Number one, almost guaranteed, trying to get one of these diseases under control is going to make one of the other diseases worse. Number two: The more we ask people to do, the more overwhelmed they get and the less they are likely to do.”  For these reasons, Dr. Tinetti has established the Patient Priorities Care approach, with the goal to lessen the burden of treatment by…

Providing Senior Care in the Home for a Loved One? Prevent Injuries with These Tips!

Providing Senior Care in the Home for a Loved One? Prevent Injuries with These Tips! Even though the ultimate goal is to increase health and safety for the aging adults they love, family caregivers, unfortunately, typically end up diminishing their own health in the process. The truth is, an incredible 94% of caregivers in a recently available study conducted by Ohio State University documented musculoskeletal pain in more than one part of their body – and 66% revealed that this pain is affecting their quality of life. And know that a “family caregiver” can be anyone in the family who helps out another person with daily activities.  At Amy’s Helping Hands, we know firsthand the amount of lifting, bending, and weight-bearing required in satisfying the care needs of a senior loved one, which is why each of our professional caregivers is well-trained in methods that safeguard both themselves as well as the loved one for whom they are providing senior care in the home. Injuries might result from even the most mundane of tasks that require more physical strength than…

Save Your Health! Flu and Pneumonia Tips

Save Your Health! Flu and Pneumonia Tips As we grow older, our immune system naturally weakens, making it particularly important for seniors to take steps to prevent illnesses such as the flu and pneumonia. The tips in our FREE Save Your Health Flu and Pneumonia Tip Sheet can help! Learn prevention tips, signs to watch for that might indicate the flu versus a cold, signs to watch for that might indicate pneumonia and tips on knowing when to call the doctor. To download this helpful resource, simply complete this short form, and you’ll receive instant access to our Save Your Health Flu and Pneumonia Tip Sheet. For additional resources on senior health or to hire a professional in-home companion to help with medication reminders, light housekeeping and homemade, warm meals, contact Amy’s Helping Hands at 519-915-4370.

Windsor-Essex Care Management: How Low Blood Sugar Could Negatively Impact Senior Diabetics.

Windsor-Essex Care Management: How Low Blood Sugar Could Negatively Impact Senior Diabetics. The most up-to-date recommendations from the Endocrine Society about the elderly and diabetes are surprising, to say the least: lower blood sugar isn’t necessarily best. And for people who’ve been keeping a regimen of finger pricks, insulin injections, and careful monitoring of food consumed, this alteration might be rather tough to swallow. Known as de-intensification, geriatricians are now frequently taking the approach with the elderly that the advantages to be acquired by aiming for exact blood sugar control are not outweighing the health risks inherent with the aging process and illness. When A1c and glucose levels are held at really low levels in the elderly, it might possibly lead to a greater occurrence of hypoglycemia.  With as many as one out of three seniors currently diagnosed with diabetes, these new guidelines are positioned to have an astounding effect on the treatment and management of the disease for older adults, requiring a shift in mindset for most.  And not surprisingly,…

Dehydration in Seniors

Dehydration in Seniors As summer temperatures and humidity soar, warm weather has the ability to increase the risk of dehydration. Not enough fluids can pose a serious health problem for anyone, but older adults are at particular risk. Why Seniors Are at Risk There are a few reasons why older adults are more susceptible to fluid and electrolyte imbalances. With age, our body’s ability to conserve water is reduced. This can make it more difficult to adapt to things like fluctuating temperatures. Additionally, the sense of thirst diminishes with age. By the time someone actually feels thirsty, essential fluids could already be extremely low. Certain medical conditions and medications can affect a senior’s ability to retain fluids. Individuals with dementia may forget to eat and drink, and in more advanced stages may have difficulty swallowing. Drugs like diuretics, antihistamines, laxatives, antipsychotics and corticosteroids can cause frequent urination that depletes water and electrolytes. Furthermore,…

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