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Approaches to Lowering COVID-19 Danger for Seniors in Arkansas, AR
Approaches to Lowering COVID-19 Danger for Seniors in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on April 16, 2020

All age groups can contract coronavirus. However, it’s more dangerous for the elderly due to their weakened immune systems and higher risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, renal failure, and cancer. Below are some precautions family caregivers can take to reduce their senior loved ones’ risk of coronavirus. 1. Limit Daily Interactions Many nursing homes are seeing an increased spread of coronavirus among senior residents, in part due to the presence of part-time staffers. These individuals often work in different medical facilities and have a higher risk of coming into contact with the virus. Part-time employees may be asymptomatic…

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Behavior Changes Commonly Seen in Aging Adults with Dementia in Arkansas, AR
Behavior Changes Commonly Seen in Aging Adults with Dementia in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on March 26, 2020

Dementia is a progressive condition that can alter the way people think, feel, and act. It’s common for older adults living with the condition to lash out verbally at their loved ones. In some cases, the confrontations are physical. Below are some of the behavioral changes seniors with dementia often experience and what family caregivers can do to address each issue. Repetitiveness When aging adults are nervous and anxious, dementia can increase the risk of repetitive behaviors. They may find it challenging to make sense of their surroundings. For example, if your loved one forgets who your children are, he…

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Solutions for the 8 Most Common Problems Family Caregivers Face in Arkansas, AR
Solutions for the 8 Most Common Problems Family Caregivers Face in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on March 12, 2020

Caring for a senior loved one can strengthen your bond, but it also comes with many challenges. You need to develop a routine that suits you and your elderly parent and try to prepare for the unexpected. Take a look at some common problems for family caregivers and tips for solving each issue. 1. No Training Most caregivers step into the role with no knowledge or training. Speak with your loved one’s doctor, social worker, and other professionals to learn more about the role and how to provide high-quality care. A professional home caregiver can be a wonderful source of…

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Vision Issues for Aging Adults in Arkansas, AR
Vision Issues for Aging Adults in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on February 27, 2020

Three out of every five seniors 65 and older have some type of vision problem, according to American Family Physician. This doesn’t automatically mean your aging loved one will have eye-related issues. However, knowing more about common vision problems in seniors can give you a better idea of what to pay attention to when caring for your loved one. Glaucoma Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that affects the optic nerve. It typically develops due to fluid buildup in the front portion of the eye and has the potential to result in vision loss and blindness. The most effective form…

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Terrific Advantages of Aging in Arkansas, AR
Terrific Advantages of Aging in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on February 13, 2020

Aging is often viewed from the perspective of people who are worried about its disadvantages, but there are many positive things about getting older. While seniors can’t turn back time, they can at least shift their perspective by remembering these wonderful things about becoming a member of the senior population. 1. Taking Advantage of New Technology for Healthy Living The days of seniors putting their lives on the back burner are over. Today’s seniors are living longer and more active lives than older adults did in the past. Seniors also have several options for boosting their health and quality of…

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Most Common Injuries Among Seniors in Arkansas, AR
Most Common Injuries Among Seniors in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on January 30, 2020

For seniors, injuries are often more severe than what they might have experienced when they were younger. Older adults are also more likely to be injured due to new health issues such as weakened bones and thinner skin. Once seniors experience a major injury, they typically need someone to provide attentive care to avoid complications. Here are six of the most common injuries in the elderly along with some tips to prevent them from happening. 1. Injuries from Car Accidents Seniors are at higher risk for having a car accident due to changes in their abilities, such as vision and…

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Causes Seniors Have Weaker Immune Systems in Arkansas, AR
Causes Seniors Have Weaker Immune Systems in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on January 16, 2020

A robust immune system can protect your elderly parent against illness. However, older adults are more prone to various issues such as infections due to weakened immune systems. Continue reading to learn what causes seniors to have weak immune systems and what can be done to address each issue. Health Conditions Seniors living with conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, and diabetes are at higher risk for poor immune functioning, making them more susceptible to health problems. Encourage your loved one to adopt healthy lifestyle choices that can boost his or her immune system and lead to a better quality…

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Exercise Safety Guidelines for Aging Adults in Arkansas, AR
Exercise Safety Guidelines for Aging Adults in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on December 26, 2019

Boosting heart health, reducing joint pain, maintaining muscle strength and flexibility, and enhancing immune system functions and mental clarity are just some of the many well-documented benefits associated with regular exercise for seniors. However, it’s just as important for older adults to be safe as they exercise so they can avoid unintentional and potentially serious injuries. If you’re caring for an aging loved one, help him or her exercise safely by sharing the following tips. Get Doctor Approval Getting approval from a doctor is especially important for seniors who may just be getting back into a regular exercise routine. In…

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5 of the Best Social Activities for Seniors [Infographic]
5 of the Best Social Activities for Seniors [Infographic]
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on December 19, 2019

Socialization is important for all adults, and it becomes even more vital with age. However, some seniors need fresh ideas to inspire them to get out of the house and be more social. The friendly and dedicated staff at Conway Home Care Assistance have put together an infographic detailing some of the best social activities to try in the golden years. If your senior loved one needs social companionship at home, consider hiring an in-home caregiver. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

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Diminished Appetite Causes in Older Adults in Arkansas, AR
Diminished Appetite Causes in Older Adults in Arkansas, AR
By Kyle McDaniel, 9:00 am on December 12, 2019

Good nutrition is an important part of healthy aging. If your senior loved one loses his or her appetite, nutritional deficiencies can quickly develop if he or she fails to eat enough nutrient-dense foods. Here are some reasons your loved one may lose his or her appetite and what you can do about it. 1. Medication Side Effects Certain medications, such as antibiotics, pain relievers, and blood pressure medications, can cause gastrointestinal problems and subsequent appetite loss. If your loved one isn’t able to tolerate the side effects of his or her medication, talk to the doctor, who may lower…

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