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How Can Seniors Prevent Restless Legs Syndrome? in Bethlehem, PA
How Can Seniors Prevent Restless Legs Syndrome? in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on May 18, 2018

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable sensations that include aches, crawling, or prickling feelings beneath the skin along with spastic leg movements. Since the disorder usually activates during the night, seniors have difficulty falling or staying asleep. The exact cause of the anomaly remains unknown. However, age, gender, and genetics may play a role. Seniors who want to prevent RLS should consider the following tips.  Stay Active  Older adults who…

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By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on May 11, 2018

At Bethlehem Home Care Assistance, we believe it’s important to keep family caregivers informed about the latest statistics and facts related to senior health and aging in place. From the differences in longevity between genders to the elderly poverty rate, the following infographic covers many of the important concerns for seniors and their families.

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5 Tips for Managing Your Aging Loved One's Finances in Bethlehem, PA
5 Tips for Managing Your Aging Loved One's Finances in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on May 4, 2018

Making good financial decisions is important after retirement when many older adults live on a fixed budget. Use the following five tips to help your senior loved one manage his or her finances. 1. Begin Discussions Early The ideal time to talk to your loved one about finances is while he or she is still capable of making independent decisions. If your parent has not brought up preferences regarding who…

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5 Reasons Seniors Don't Follow Healthy Diets in Bethlehem, PA
5 Reasons Seniors Don't Follow Healthy Diets in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on April 20, 2018

Seniors need to eat healthy foods so they can maintain good overall health. However, it’s common for individuals to make unhealthy meal choices as they grow older. Here are some of the reasons older adults don’t eat healthy meals. 1. Lack of Time  Many seniors view meal prep as a waste of time, and they are more likely to grab quick, unhealthy snacks instead of planning out healthy options. If…

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Tips for Women Who Want to Lower Their Alzheimer's Risk in Bethlehem, PA
Tips for Women Who Want to Lower Their Alzheimer's Risk in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on April 6, 2018

Many people fear Alzheimer’s disease, and they want to know how to prevent it. Alzheimer’s disease cannot be completely prevented, but there are some ways aging women can reduce their chances of developing this medical condition. Exercise as Often as Possible There is evidence to suggest regular moderate exercise can slow Alzheimer’s progression. Women don’t have to be bodybuilders or avid runners to reap these benefits. Even a thirty-minute walk…

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6 Signs Your Parent Might Be Developing Dementia in Bethlehem, PA
6 Signs Your Parent Might Be Developing Dementia in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on March 23, 2018

Dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a wide variety of cognitive disorders ranging from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s disease. While some of the most common symptoms involve memory loss, seniors with dementia can also experience a myriad of physical issues. Here are a few early signs of dementia family caregivers should keep an eye out for.  1. Poor Hygiene Habits Losing interest in personal…

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Essential Tips for Long-Distance Family Caregivers in Bethlehem, PA
Essential Tips for Long-Distance Family Caregivers in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on March 9, 2018

Families today are often spread throughout the country and all over the world. Although the long distance can make caregiving difficult, a little planning goes a long way toward ensuring your senior loved one has what he or she needs. Use the following tips to make long-distance caregiving easier. Define Your Responsibilities As a new long-distance caregiver, you need to identify your loved one’s needs. Work with your loved one’s…

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How to Manage Wandering Caused by Dementia in Bethlehem, PA
How to Manage Wandering Caused by Dementia in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on February 16, 2018

Disorientation is a common symptom of dementia. When seniors with dementia lose their sense of direction, they often wander away. Caregivers can prevent dementia-related wandering by taking the following precautions.  Install Locks Installing locks should prevent your loved one from casually opening the door and walking down the street when you aren’t looking. Many seniors with dementia feel a compulsion to go home, even if they’re already at home, and…

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Top 7 Dangers for Seniors Who Live Alone in Bethelehem, PA
Top 7 Dangers for Seniors Who Live Alone in Bethelehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on February 2, 2018

Living alone may help seniors maintain a sense of independence, but it can also come with some hazards. Not having anyone else in the house may make it difficult for seniors to seek help if anything goes wrong. Seniors who are living by themselves need to be aware of the following potential dangers. 1. Unhygienic Home Taking care of an entire house independently can be challenging, and seniors with limited…

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6 Exercises Seniors Should Avoid Doing in Bethlehem, PA
6 Exercises Seniors Should Avoid Doing in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on January 19, 2018

Engaging in regular exercise is important for seniors. However, not every exercise is suitable for everyone. Some exercises increase the risk of pain and injuries, and they should be avoided at all costs. Here are six exercises seniors simply shouldn’t try.  1. Leg Presses The leg press machine is a fixture at every gym. When using this machine, individuals place their feet on a weighted platform, with their knees bent….

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