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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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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on May 2, 2014

The aging process affects all areas of the body, yet many older adults are surprised at the effects that getting older can have on their five senses. While everyone expects some mild hearing or vision loss, severe changes in one’s senses can impact their quality of life and safety. Here is a guide to the changes seniors can anticipate for each of the five senses, along with the importance of implementing strategies to preserve sensory abilities for as long as possible. Vision – There are numerous health conditions that can impact one’s vision, and this makes regular eye exams especially important for senior adults. Age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma are the main causes of vision loss for seniors, yet these conditions tend to start out slowly. Prompt treatment can…

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By Marius Butas, 6:37 pm on April 25, 2014

They say you never make friends like those you made in school. Progressively, our circle of friends becomes smaller in adulthood while our responsibilities increase. Social activities are set aside, and we lose touch. By the time we are senior citizens, we may be surprised at how isolated we are. If this describes you or an aging loved one, once you recognize it, don’t let things stand as they are. Human beings need social interaction to avoid becoming stagnant. Isolation can lead to increased loneliness and depression and decreased health. Maybe it has been too long since you put yourself out there, and you don’t know where to start. The best thing to do in this case is to take the time to think about your favorite activities and pastimes….

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By Marius Butas, 7:17 pm on April 18, 2014

One of the nicest things people can do for each other is to listen with intention. As a leading provider of home care, Mesa Home Care Assistance have found that family caregivers who master this are able to enhance their relationship with the aging parent or loved one under their care. So what exactly is it? Listening with intention refers to your intent to understand what you are hearing. Some people are naturally good listeners; others learn the technique. The good news is that anyone can learn to be an active, caring listener. First, you need a self-inventory of your current listening habits as a caregiver and in your life outside of caregiving. When in a conversation, do you find that you hurriedly fire your response into the first available…

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By Marius Butas, 11:20 pm on April 11, 2014

While some seniors take to their wheelchair as though it is an extension of their body, others may find their new wheels to be bulky and unwieldy. Caregivers also may require an adjustment period during which they learn how to safely maneuver the wheelchair throughout a senior’s daily routine. If you are new to using a wheelchair, then these expert tips from Home Care Assistance of Mesa will help you navigate like a pro. Encourage Proper Posture – Wheelchairs have a center of balance that must be maintained to ensure senior’s stay seated in the chair, and making sure the senior sits in the correct posture will help you to push them correctly. Use the appropriate type of seat cushion for seniors who may feel pressure or pain from sitting…

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By Marius Butas, 11:44 pm on April 4, 2014

It’s important to adopt healthy living practices throughout life. However, with age, healthy habits become even more significant to overall health and wellness. Because the elderly may become more susceptible to diseases, infections, colds and advanced conditions, implementing the right strategies can ensure a strengthened immune system for optimal health and longevity. At Home Care Assistance of Mesa, we stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle in our revolutionary approach to care, also known as the Balanced Care Method™. Promoting senior care with a heavy focus on balance and moderation, we wanted to share a few ways for seniors to boost overall health and strengthen the immune system: Eat Healthy – Senior diets are often missing variety. A combination of vegetables, fruits, vitamins D, C, and E and whole-grains are…

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By Marius Butas, 7:54 pm on March 28, 2014

The degenerative nature of Parkinson’s disease can leave seniors and older adults unmotivated when they are unable to complete or become fearful of completing certain activities of daily living. As a leading provider of Mesa Parkinson’s care, we understand these feelings and strongly believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle plays a large role in helping Parkinson’s patients maintain independence and abilities, while enhancing overall mood. Here are some key diet and exercise tips that can help aging seniors with Parkinson’s. Diet Tips Save high protein food for later in the day. Levodopa, a common drug prescribed for Parkinson’s, contains an amino acid and fights other proteins the body is trying to absorb. A high protein meal could affect how efficiently the medication works. Choose carbohydrates and vegetables for lunch and…

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By Marius Butas, 7:06 pm on March 25, 2014

There comes a time when families must address their aging loved ones’ need for assistance at home, allowing them to live out their remaining years safely and comfortably. Although having an open and honest conversation with your aging loved one about senior care is the best way to ensure the appropriate level of care is provided, the topic is often met with resistance by seniors. As a trusted Mesa live-in care provider, we strongly encourage families to sit down and talk with their aging parents, but understand that it is not always an easy task. Some seniors may feel threatened, fearful of losing their independence or dignity. We suggest that families look out for warning signs that may indicate an additional need for help at home. This is an easy…

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By Marius Butas, 5:21 pm on March 17, 2014

Many family members focus on managing medications and attending to physical needs when it comes to ensuring the safety of their elderly loved ones. However, emotional challenges can post just as much of a risk for a senior who lives alone. By recognizing and identifying the common emotional challenges that seniors often face with living alone, you can ensure that your aging parents, grandparents or loved ones enjoy a high quality of life and have a solid support system to rely on. As a leading provider of live-in care in Mesa, we thought it was important to educate families about the top 3 emotional challenges encountered by seniors who live alone: Fear – Fear is a common feeling among seniors and older adults. The idea of no longer being able…

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