Monday, 23 November 2015
A lot of elderly people in Roswell, GA who have diabetes find self-care rather challenging. Fortunately, professionals such as Home watch Care Givers of North Atlanta can be trusted to provide the level of care people with diabetes need. Here are some of the things these experts can address. Dietary Needs The primary concern in home health care for diabetes sufferers is the patient’s ability to meet dietary requirements as well as manage blood sugar levels. Diabetes limits the body’s ability to convert sugar into energy for cellular use. This results in high blood sugar, which can be damaging to the eyes and kidneys. Such a condition can even result in heart disease and prove fatal.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
You've managed to stave off a host of infections all these years, so you take your immune system for granted-that is, until you succumb to all manner of germs and viruses in your surroundings. If you or someone close to you is particularly vulnerable to infection as a result of a weakened immune system, then you might want to consider professional home health care that takes every patient's fragile condition into account.
Saturday, 21 November 2015
As people get older, they become more at risk of degenerative disorders with long trajectories, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). In Dunwoody, GA, around 18 percent of the population are at least age 60, which is the mean age of PD onset. This means that at least 18 percent of the city are already at risk. Young onset PD also happens, however, albeit rarely. It may begin between the ages of 20 and 50, and this age group accounts for around 54 percent of the city’s population. Medical scientists have yet to discover a cure for PD, but many methods of treatment and management of the condition are already being used, from medications to home care. While research continues on potential prevention and cure, people who have PD can improve their quality of life with these methods.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Retired dentist Dr. Richard Edelstein is one of about 5.3 million Americans currently stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, though his is a special case of sorts. Living with his wife Phyllis in their Long Island home, Dr. Edelstein’s dementia gradually progressed to something far more disturbing in specific terms. Mrs. Edelstein started to notice that her husband was becoming more negative about a lot of things, even routine ones. There was also a time when he tried to strike his caregiver, and when he lunged towards the TV as if he wanted to beat up the bad guy in a show they were watching. All of these situations explicitly indicate that the patient is experiencing Alzheimer’s aggression, which is one of the toughest things to understand in dementia patients.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
In Roswell, GA, 7.5 percent of the population is composed of people age 65 and older, a number that’s expected to rise in the next few years. Unfortunately, this means a growing number of persons who are more vulnerable to dementia. These people would greatly benefit from professional home health care. The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as a general term used for describing a wide array of symptoms of mental ability decline. Dementia is distinct from memory issues that come with aging, and the main difference is in the severity of the decline. In dementia cases, the deterioration brings with it significant changes in behavior and personality. For a case to be classified as dementia, there should be considerable impairment in two or more of these core mental functions: memory, communication and language, ability to focus, visual perception, and reasoning and judgment.
Saturday, 10 October 2015
The number of people around the world suffering from dementia is now over 46 million, according to The World Alzheimer Report, published by King’s College of London and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Time cites the report, emphasizing that the number is a dramatic increase from the estimated 35 million who were afflicted with the disease in 2009. Researchers warn that if no medical breakthrough happens for the prevention or cure of Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the number could double in 20 years.
Friday, 9 October 2015
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S, with 52.5 million adults estimated to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The 2013 statistics for the state of Georgia show roughly 1,814,000 adults with arthritis; and a whopping 843,000 of them report to being severely limited by the disease. Living with arthritis could present many difficulties with even the simplest day-to-day activities. Home care professionals can help elderly patients cope with the illness and better manage their condition.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country, ranking even higher than heart disease and cancer. Treatment for Alzheimer’s focuses mostly on maintaining mental function since it is what the disease attacks. As this involves day-to-day activities, it is important to give an afflicted person the attention and caring he or she may need at any time. Admittedly, it can be difficult for you or any other family member to provide the needed care yourself, but you can rely on professional caregivers. With the right approach, home health care providers can help improve an Alzheimer’s patient’s quality of life.
Saturday, 5 September 2015
Many people can easily proclaim to be in sound health and are always working toward remaining healthy. Due to the current lifestyle and types of food of modern individuals, however, certain conditions may emerge and take these individuals by surprise. One of the illnesses that often comes out when it’s not expected is cancer. Certain cancers could prove to be debilitating faster than others, and it’s important to determine how a patient will be able to cope in a home-based setting while managing the sickness. Residents of Roswell, GA may be familiar with home health care for cancer patients, since its county, Fulton, has been identified in a National Cancer Institute report as one with very high incidence of the illness - 3,906 cases a year, on average – although this has started to decline slightly.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Parkinson’s disease is a central nervous system disorder that mainly affects a person’s motor skills, making it difficult for him or her to control movement. Being afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease puts the person in a situation wherein he can no longer take care of himself fully, especially since the ailment is a degenerative one and could lead to more serious conditions and illnesses, such as dementia, behavioral problems, and depression. If you have a loved one with Parkinson’s in the house, these are a few things you can do to help her survive every day. Make sure the patient gets personalized care. Many healthcare practitioners agree that a custom care program is needed for dealing with Parkinson’s patients, as each patient reacts to the illness differently. In addition, the speed at which body controls deteriorate for each person also vary, so you can’t expect the progress of the disease to be the same for your loved one as that of other patients.
Is sleep a key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease? A recent study by Dr. Matthew Walker of the University of California, Berkeley found that it may be a missing link in preventing the disease. In his research, Dr. Walker identified that poor or interrupted sleep increases a person’s risk to develop the progressive condition. Previous experiments have also found that sleep and memory performance are linked by something in the body called beta-amyloid. This protein primarily does the damage to the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s. Lack of sleep causes buildup of amyloid, and deposits of the protein may also prevent long, deep sleep, which means the protein buildup essentially forms a vicious cycle of poor sleep quality and toxic effects to cognitive function.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
If your spouse gets sick with a serious condition, like Alzheimer's or any other forms of Dementia, or disabled after an accident or medical emergency, should you get home care for them, or will you take the role of a full-time caregiver? It’s different when it’s your spouse in question. The issue of getting caregivers for a sick or elderly person usually concerns adult children deciding for their parents. However, it is also a consideration for some women and men whose spouse has been afflicted by an illness or a disability. Of course, a son or daughter who has had a good relationship with his/her parents would also find the decision challenging, but there are unique implications if you’re deciding about your wife or husband.
Thursday, 23 July 2015
The arrangement pretty much varies from case to case, as even with the same kind of condition, an individual or family may still have different needs. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) points out that the services may be provided by medical professionals (e.g. nurses and physicians), health aides, or home care aides. In Roswell, GA, providers of such home health services, like Homewatch CareGivers of North Atlanta, give personalized care. They evaluate each situation carefully, discussing details with the client to form a customized care plan, using the needs and preferences of each client as the basis.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Your beloved parents – they took care of you when you were a child. To return the favor, you want to take care of them in their later years. Be warned, though, that when it comes to caring for the elderly, situations vary from case to case and some may have it more difficult than others. A common experience with elderly care is memory loss. It may be a natural part of aging, but it can also be indicative of a more serious condition. One of the possible conditions is Alzheimer’s disease. The only way to be certain if your parents are suffering from Alzheimer’s is to have a doctor’s diagnosis, but memory loss alone isn’t a sure sign of the condition. To tell if you really need to set an appointment with the doctor—and perhaps start making arrangements for home health care—you must know the early signs of Alzheimer’s.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, about one million people are affected by Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. alone, with 60,000 more getting diagnosed each year. Many of these people need to be cared for by professionals on a daily basis. Dunwoody, GA home care professionals have a big role in the treatment of the elderly who live with Parkinson’s disease. Since they are with the patient most of the time, they see the signs of the treatment’s success first hand. Therefore, it is only right to be picky about your caregiver. Reputable home care agencies in the region like Homewatch CareGivers of North Atlanta can be your partners in caring for your loved ones.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
One of the most common symptoms of dementia is memory loss. Often, people with this degenerative disease have trouble remembering to pay the bills, tend to misplace important items, and often get lost. To maintain their quality of life, patients with progressive conditions of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease need to engage in activities that would stimulate their mind and memory. Seniors with dementia need to have a home health care plan specifically tailored to their needs. This way, they can participate in activities that are enjoyable and engaging at the same time. Home care agencies like Homewatch Caregivers in Alpharetta, GA can help you.