Can Physical Therapy Benefit Older Adults?
Physical therapy is usually one of the first treatments for people who have an injury or chronic illness. That said, it’s generally believed to be an option for younger people, not senior adults. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Physical therapy is an effective way to address many conditions associated with old age, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, incontinence, arthritis and cancer pain.
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How Is Home Care Different From Custodial Care?
Today more than ever, seniors prefer living in their homes and preserving their independence. However, many seniors cannot stay by themselves following a surgical procedure or hospitalization. To give older adults the comfort they desire while tending to their needs, caregivers must recognize which services are best.
Home health care and custodial care are two options for older adults in need of at-home support. These services are different and involve...
5 Ways Occupational Therapy Can Help Older Adults
Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of treatment that helps individuals with physical or mental limitations. OT can help people in all age groups, though the techniques and procedures change based on the age of the person and their disability. For example, an OT practitioner working with a young child might help them develop cognitive skills. An OT practitioner working with a senior might help them discover new ways of doing day-to-day tasks.
Is Hearing Loss a Normal Part of Aging?
As you grow older, there are many changes that the body goes through. One of them may be hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is gradual hearing loss that occurs with age. Nearly 1 in 2 adults over age 65 experience some degree of hearing loss. As common as it is, hearing loss can affect your quality of life. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your hearing and make life easier.
Why Hearing Loss Happens with Age
Late Life Depression
Depression is not a normal part of aging. However, it is common for older adults to experience depression, which confuses people into thinking it is normal. Roughly 6 million Americans aged 65 and older are affected by depression, but only 10% receive treatment.
If you’re concerned about your loved one, it’s important to speak with a medical professional such as your loved one’s primary care doctor, or a psychologist or psychiatrist. Other possible causes for your...
What Is The Purpose of Home Health Care
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be provided in the comfort of your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Services may be delivered by a skilled nurse, physical, occupational, speech therapist and social workers.
The main objectives of home health care are to:
Who Qualifies for Medicare Home Care?
If your loved one could benefit from home health care, you may be wondering how they can qualify for these services? The purpose of home health care is to help patients and families function safely, and or recover in the home, rather than the hospital or rehab center. Home health care can assist with new or worsening symptoms, or help in recovering from a recent surgery or a long-standing chronic illness such as CHF, COPD or diabetes.
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Why It’s Important for Seniors to Stay Hydrated?
More than 60% of the body is made up of water. To keep our bodies functioning properly, they need to be hydrated throughout the day. However, because the adult body loses more than eight ounces of water through normal activity, it’s difficult to replace this water and have enough to stay hydrated.
The elderly are most at risk for dehydration. In fact, it’s one of the most common causes for hospitalization in seniors 65 and older. Knowing how important...