The Everyday Home Care LLC blog is dedicated to keeping our client community up-to-date and informed on best wellness and overall aging practices. Our article topics range from home care tips and news, senior safety recommendations, Alzheimer’s and Autism support and more. This free information is designed to increase awareness regarding how important quality home care can be in the lives of seniors and aging adults.
Each year, millions of seniors fall victim to a number of different types of fraud or financial schemes, reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Most often, seniors become subject to technology, romance, impersonation, lottery, home repair or caregiver scams. Although there are thousands of scam attempts targeting seniors each day, there are ways to help educate and protect your loved ones.
There are a number of nonprofit organizations which serve to assist the aging and elderly adult communities. From helping seniors receive necessary support to assisting with education and training and coordinating companionship, these organizations are working to change the lives of so many individuals for the better. Here are five organizations worth learning about.
Each year, the first Monday in May is recognized as “Melanoma Monday,” as May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This national day of observance was established by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to bring about awareness of this deadly type of skin cancer. This is largely due to the organization’s reports that melanoma rates in the United States have been rising rapidly over the past 30 years — doubling from 1982 to 2011.
More than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. The nonprofit organization has reported that Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have risen 16% in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. These increased rates of diagnosis and mortality are reasons for the public to become more aware of the numerous, potential warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, documented by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Technology has become a part of most people‘s lives, including seniors and aging adults. As they navigate computers, tablets and cellphones, people in this age group have begun to rely on apps to help them complete tasks, remember obligations, secure safety and maintain general health and wellness. According to the family-oriented website SeniorLiving.org, here are six of the top applications for older adults:
Founded in 2013 by Yale University student Jacob Cramer, Love For Our Elders was inspired by his endless love for his grandparents. Cramer recalls his wonderful memories of his grandparents, and when his grandfather passed he began volunteering at a local seniors living community to honor him. Some of the community residents would share with Cramer that he was their only visitor.
According to a 2016 United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites was 1 in 54 among 8-year-old children. The report also found ASD diagnoses in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The autism advocacy organization founded in 2005, Autism Speaks, established World Autism Month to focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support.
Over a year has passed since the coronavirus pandemic changed the way families are able to safely interact with their aging or elderly loved ones. The World Health Organization has stressed that older people face a significant risk of developing severe illness if they contract the disease. Yet, as vaccinations increase and restrictions are lifted, many family members have questioned if and when they can safely hug their older loved ones.
Maintaining healthy vision is an important element of overall wellness. To highlight the importance of eye health and vision care, the American Optometric Association (AOA) has named March “Save Your Vision Month.” Founded by members of the AOA in 1927, this annual public health observance is meant to reiterate that everyone deserves comprehensive eye care and remind patients to reschedule any eye care exams, which may have been postponed due to COVID-19.
Caregivers can help care for aging adults and seniors in a number of ways. While family members often choose to become the caregiver of their loved one, hiring a thoroughly trained caregiver can make a vast difference in the quality of home care they receive. This is because professional caregivers are provided with continuous training to ensure optimal safety and support.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone, including seniors and aging adults who receive support from a home care provider. Due to precautions and restrictions, many elements of everyday life have been disrupted causing stress and anxiety. While increased vaccination efforts present a hope of life returning to normal, the need to cope with the stress of the pandemic continues into the immediate future. This article shares ways to help manage the stress associated with COVID-19.
Nutrition is an important element of home care, and since March is National Nutrition Month, this is the perfect month to assess one’s diet and health. This annual campaign was established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to encourage everyone to learn how to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. Everyday Home Care realizes there is no single approach to nutrition and health, so it offers custom wellness services. This year’s these is “Personalize Your Plate.,” and this article shares ways to take action toward achieving this goal and becoming more nutritious.