5 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Active

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Staying active throughout our senior years is one of the keys to maintaining quality of life, avoiding or easing the symptoms of chronic disease and aging, and maintaining independence. Without activity, the body starts to deteriorate and normal body functions become sluggish.

While we all know how important exercise is for seniors, we also know it’s not easy to do, especially when you feel run down because you haven’t been exercising. Here are 5 tips to help seniors stay active while enjoying it:

Make it Non-Negotiable

The first of the five tips to help seniors stay active is to make it a given. We know we are going to brush our teeth in the morning, and no matter how much we may not like doing it, we always make sure we do it. Exercise needs to be as non-negotiable as that, otherwise it is far too easy to push it off, and push it off, and push it off.

Start Small & Gear Up

One way to ensure failure where exercise is concerned is to start too big. If you haven’t been exercising regularly and then you work out for 40 minutes all of a sudden, you will be in pain the next 3 days and that will be all she wrote. Instead, start out really slow. Take a 10-minute walk, for example, or do 5 minutes of yoga stretches to start. Then, increase your exercise time and intensity over time. This allows your body to adjust, and since it is easier, you won’t find that you talk yourself out of exercising as easily.

Integrate It Into Your Life

One of the best tips to help seniors stay active is simply to lead a more active life so that exercise is naturally integrated into your everyday life. For example, you could do more housework consistently, which is great exercise. You could do more gardening this year. You could walk to the local store instead of driving. You could get a dog and take him or her for daily walks. The more you make activity a normal part of your life, the less time you have to set aside and talk yourself into exercising.

Socialize Your Exercise

If integrating activity into your life isn’t working for you, try socializing your exercise. Take weekly walks with a friend or family member, or play with your grand kids. Go shopping with a friend and walk the mall. Join a gardening club or take a yoga class. If it’s fun, you’ll want to do it.

Try Exercises That Are Well-Suited For Seniors

Seniors should engage in low intensity exercises that will support bone and muscle strength, heart and lung health, and flexibility and balance. Try a combination of walking, yoga, swimming and tai chi, all of which are well suited for seniors age 65 and up (consult your physician before starting an exercise routine).

We hope these tips to help seniors stay active have inspired you and helped you realize that it is more possible than you may have thought. Learn more wellness tips here.

Importance of Elderly Safety and Non-Medical Home Care

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The wide array of duties that a home care aide performs can mean that sometimes he or she will come across safety concerns. As a home care franchise owner, it is important for you or your manager to devise and implement policies and procedures necessary for the safety of both the field staff and the clients of your home care business. Careful employee assessment is necessary to ensure that your field staff is qualified and capable of dealing with any safety issues which may arise, and careful patient assessment procedures should be employed to ensure that the client is receiving the level of care he or she requires. Here are some safety considerations our non-medical home caregiver  may encounter.

Personal Safety 

Non-medical home caregiver must first protect themselves before they can adequately care for others. This includes being trained in proper body mechanics to safely move and lift patients without injury to themselves or the patient. Home aides must wear proper clothing and shoes, and should be provided with gloves and masks. They should be cautious in unfamiliar neighborhoods and when working late at night.

Patient Health Issues 

Aides who are responsible for helping with medication management must ensure each patient receives the correct medications on time. They also must protect their patients from common home injuries, like falls and burns, so any spills must be cleaned up and careful monitoring of any electrical or flammable appliances must be observed. If an aide suspects that a patient is experiencing more serious health problems than he or she is trained to handle, the health problems should be reported to the patient’s family or primary medical professionals. Confidentiality is especially important when discussing a patient’s health information must never be communicated to anyone who isn’t authorized to receive it.

By devising and implementing appropriate safety policies and procedures, you can reduce the chances of accidents or problems in your home care business. Properly trained employees and a good management and support team are vital to keeping your business running smoothly and safely.

To Know more about Naamcare Non-medical Service

Are you interested in learning more about what safety and non medical home care entails and how it can help your senior loved one live a richer, more independent life at home, for more information and to schedule your consultation with one of our care experts. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Simple Strategies to Improve Nutrition in Elderly People

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I have long been concerned about the nutritional adequacy of the diets of most of our senior citizens whether resident in their own homes or in various forms of care. Very often, when left to their own devices many older people cannot be bothered to prepare proper meals and many of them fall into a toast and tea or coffee regime: they do what is easiest without recognizing or realizing the longer term consequences of this behaviour. They often become seriously under nourished. Many do not maintain an adequate intake of fluids,  particularly water, sometimes due to fear of incontinence or of inability to get to the toilet in time, even when they have dementia. Dehydration may cause brain shrinkage, headaches, memory loss and an inability to think clearly and logically. It can also cause serious kidney malfunction.

As we age, we often become less active physically and stress levels should diminish all of which reduces our energy intake requirements. A situation which, in combination with a declining digestive system, amplifies the requirement to maintain a nutritionally adequate and balanced diet. This also maintains the immune system, body warmth, energy levels, mental activity and the body’s natural healing and repair functions. Almost conversely, it becomes more critical that as the food quantity diminishes the need for appropriate fundamental quality and adequate nutritional balance increases. To avoid doing the elderly a grave disservice we need to better understand and provide for their nutritional needs taking into account the issues that also arise from their aging metabolisms.

I also believe that it is important for the elderly to remain as physically active as possible in order to maintain bone and muscular strength as well as their balance and blood circulation. Sadly, there are many older men in nursing homes, and elsewhere, who appear to be losing weight and muscle tone through being inadequately fed: quantity and quality wise. There are also increasing numbers of elderly women with open, ulcerated sores on their shins that will not heal: due often to the combined lack of an adequate diet and physical activity regime causing poor blood circulation. They all require quality sources of protein and vegetables in their diets not snacks, convenience foods, bread, cakes and biscuits etc.

The maintenance of good nutritional status in this group is critical. The elderly have the right to enjoy healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. Better nutrition will ensure greater independence for longer, better quality of life, higher immunity, lower mortality and less need to progress to higher, more expensive forms of care.

All human beings need to eat their body weight in quality food per month if they are to maintain body weight and good health. This requirement is inescapable. If there is insufficient food the outcome is loss of weight, malnutrition and a declining immune system leading to poorer quality of life, ill health and reduced life expectancy.

How In-Home Caregivers Handle Seniors with Depression

Caregiving means different things to different people; some need physical care, some need emotional care, and others may need both. Whatever the case, it’s up to the in-home caregiver to provide the care recipient with the care that they need. Depression in seniors can be difficult to deal with, and it requires special attention. If you’d like to learn how to handle caregiving for seniors with depression, keep on reading.

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Get Involved in Treatments

Caregivers should learn about the care plan for their senior with depression and be a part of it. Sticking to their treatment can be tough for seniors, so having someone to encourage them and give them an extra push can’t hurt. Helping them with their treatment will let them know that they’re not alone and that they have your support no matter what.

Watch and Listen for Signs

If your suspect your senior of experiencing depression for the first time or you think they may be relapsing after being on a course of treatment, the best thing to do is take them to the doctor and get a professional opinion. Early stages of depression include consistent sadness or crying, anxiety, agitation and aggression, self-blame, feelings of helplessness, and loss of self-esteem.

Keep Up to Date with Doctor Visits

The best thing to do for your senior with depression is to keep up with their doctor visits. It may be difficult to get them out of bed much less get them out of the house some days, but it’s what’s best for them. Going to all their appointments is important since their doctor may notice things that you haven’t picked up on, which could possibly call for an adjustment in their care plan. Not to mention, the little outing couldn’t hurt.

Exercising Routine

Exercising has been found to reduce the effect of depression—and it doesn’t even have to be intense. Taking occasional walks during the day for 30 to 45 minutes can reduce symptoms in your senior. Work them up to these walks by doing a little bit every day and slowing going for a little bit longer than the day before. Take water and bench breaks often when needed.

Provide Emotional Support

The main thing your elder probably wants from you is to know that you’re there. They may not open up and talk to you about their feelings, but knowing that they have someone who care and that’ll listen to them can help more than you’d imagine. In-home senior caregivers need to remember that patience is key and that exuding emotions like anger and annoyance will affect their senior, whether they say it outright or not.

Get a Second Opinion

Seniors with depression can be a lot to handle, and you don’t have to do it on your own. The caregivers at Naamcare are able to provide additional support to cater to elders with depression and other mental health conditions. Our experienced staff is trained to handle the difficult issues that may arise in situations like these, so you can have peace of mind when you leave your senior their capable hands. If you’d like to learn more about how we can assist you can your family members, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail.