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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on July 11, 2014

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a serious problem for the elderly, with women and patients who have urinary catheters being particularly at risk. Because many elderly patients do not have traditional symptoms of UTIs such as burning or painful urination, these infections are often untreated until hospitalization with antibiotics is required. There are, however, lifestyles changes you can help your loved one make to help reduce the risk of these serious infections. Improve Hydration – If you only help your loved one make one lifestyle change, this would be the most important to prevent UTIs. Drinking 8 8-ounce glasses of water (or as near to it as you can get) promotes more frequent urination that flushes out the bladder and prevents bacterial growth in the urinary tract. If you provide elderly…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on July 4, 2014

The summer heat can pose a challenge for active seniors who may need to limit their time outdoors during the hottest parts of the day. While it may be necessary to stay inside, there is no reason to let the summer interfere with some family fun. Check out these five ways to keep the entire family engaged while spending time with your aging parent this summer, presented by Home Care Assistance of Mesa. Visit an Indoor Pool – When the temperatures rise, everyone knows that the best way to beat the heat is to take a dive into a swimming pool. This year, let the crowds head outdoors while your family explores nearby indoor swimming areas. Many aquatic and senior citizen centers even have dedicated hours and classes specifically for…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on June 27, 2014

The idea of caring for an aging parent seems like the right solution for many adult children. Providing in-home care for an aging parent in Mesa can serve as an alternative to a long term care center, allow the family to spend time with the senior, and be a very humbling experience. However, caregiving is not always as easy as one may think. The truth is, there is a lot to the caregiver role and it can pose some very unique issues. Whether you are thinking about becoming a caregiver to your aging parent or have recently taken on this role, there are a few truths about caregiving that all families should know about. Read on and find out some of the common issues that arise when taking on the…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on June 20, 2014

Every family caregiver has his or her own style of caregiving and has established a routine that works for both themselves and their aging loved one. However, what happens when others criticize how you provide senior care? How do you deal with outside criticism? If friends and family have strong opinions about your caregiving practices, know that you are not alone. When it comes to home care, Mesa families might face this common problem. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to cope with outside criticism as a caregiver. The first thing to keep in mind is that everyone is looking out for the best interest of your aging loved one. While it may seem unnecessary for someone who is not actively involved in your loved one’s care to provide…

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By Marius Butas, 11:12 pm on June 13, 2014

Injuries are a major concern for seniors and older adult because unlike their younger counterparts, injuries can take longer to heal and when improperly treated, can be the source of more serious complications. Skin tears, fractures and falls are some of the leading injuries among seniors. If you are concerned about the safety of an aging parent or loved one, here are a few helpful things that you can do to help your loved one minimize his or her risk for injuries at home. Pay Attention to Medications – Seniors are often prescribed a variety of medications, whose side effects may increase the risk for injury. For example, a diuretic such as Lasix, can increase the risk of falls when taken at night. The senior may feel a sense of…

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By Marius Butas, 7:15 pm on June 10, 2014

Many different types of technology exist that are suitable for seniors. From tablets and smartphones to assistive listening devices, these technologies can be used to help seniors remain socially active and engaged with the world and everyone around them. Here are a few of our favorites: Tablets – As one ages, completing tasks on a computer can become difficult. Tablets, iPads and other mobile devices are easy for seniors to use because they have touchscreen capabilities. In addition, seniors can adjust text sizes so they can more easily enjoy reading ebooks, listening to music, making connections on social media and other activities. While there is a bit of a learning curve with these devices, Mesa elder care specialists report that seniors who engage in such devices and activities enjoy a higher…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on May 30, 2014

Today, Mesa caregivers are becoming more and more aware of the benefits that the elderly receive from a daily exercise routine. Numerous studies have linked exercise with improvements in quality of life, no matter what the physical limitations that the elder is dealing with. The good news is that you do not have to join a gym or even leave the house to get a good workout. Below are five exercises seniors can do in the comfort of their own homes – and even better – all five can be done even if you experience limited mobility or are wheelchair-bound. Heel lifts. Standing at the sink or sitting in a chair and lifting your heel up and lowering it does not seem like it would offer much of a work-out….

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on May 23, 2014

Before you begin any kind of supplementation, even if it is something as simple as a multivitamin, it is important to discuss this change with your primary care physician. That way, your physician will know all of the medications you are taking and can also warn you of any interactions that could occur with the drugs you are already on. Below are some common supplements to consider for a number of age-related challenges, presented by the trusted Mesa home care provider, Home Care Assistance. Glucosamine This supplement imitates the natural lubrication of young joints and helps to ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis. It can take a month or more of taking this to feel a difference, but many patients report improvement in joint health with regular use. Saw…

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By Marius Butas, 6:10 pm on May 16, 2014

The role reversal that takes place between a parent and their child as they age is often difficult to cope with. The person who always cared for you and made sure your needs were met now needs you to take care of them. The road will inevitably be rocky, however many devoted families step into the role of caregiver without a second thought. As a provider of home care Mesa families trust, we wanted to share a bit of insight into this role reversal so family caregivers know what challenges to expect along the way. In the early stages of caregiving, your loved one may only need minimal help. You can adequately assist with meal preparation, housekeeping and medication reminders and can provide accompaniment to medical appointments and transportation for…

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By Marius Butas, 5:46 pm on May 9, 2014

COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Seniors with COPD will often suffer from several breathing problems, such as shortness-of-breath, a cough that does not seem to go away and they may experience periods of wheezing. Symptoms of COPD also tend to get worse with extremes in temperature. Because more than 23 million American have evidence of impaired lung function that often indicates an under diagnosis of COPD, Home Care Assistance of Mesa thought it was important to share information about the condition and what seniors and their families can do to ensure proper treatment. Testing and Diagnosis If the senior or their family notices any of the previously mentioned symptoms, it is a good idea to get checked out. There…

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