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Top 5 Signs of Malnourishment in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
Top 5 Signs of Malnourishment in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on July 20, 2018

Side effects of medications, lack of interest in food, limited income, changes in tastes, diet restrictions, dementia, depression, and lack of mobility are just a few of the reasons seniors are at risk for malnutrition. Luckily, a little intervention from family members can prevent seniors from becoming malnourished. If you’re caring for an elderly parent, here are a few signs of malnourishment to look for.   1. Weight Loss  If…

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How to Promote Independence in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
How to Promote Independence in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on July 6, 2018

When caregivers notice their senior loved ones have difficulty with daily activities, it can be tempting to step in and complete the task. However, family caregivers should encourage their loved ones to be independent. Here are a few simple ways to help seniors maintain their independence.   Find Productive Activities  When seniors feel productive, they’re more likely to be emotionally and mentally healthy. While your loved one may be constrained…

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Things to Do If Your Friend Is a Family Caregiver in Bethlehem, PA
Things to Do If Your Friend Is a Family Caregiver in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on June 22, 2018

When you’re on the outside looking in, it can be difficult to understand the role of a caregiver. If you have a friend who is caring for an elderly parent, you probably know why his or her parent needs assistance. However, you might not understand how hard your friend works or the emotional toll it takes to provide care for an aging loved one. Here are a few things you…

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8 Essential Aspects of Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s in Bethlehem, PA
8 Essential Aspects of Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on June 8, 2018

Taking care of a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease comes with certain challenges, especially in terms of safety and emotional wellbeing. If you’re providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, consider the following tips to make your job easier.  1. Provide Daily Stimulation  Alzheimer’s disease has a negative impact on cognitive function, which lowers quality of life and makes caregiving even more challenging. Provide daily stimulation to…

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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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