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Man Selecting Pill
Man Selecting Pill
By Sila Melika, 1:55 am on December 5, 2016

There is no doubt that Hinsdale Alzheimer’s caregivers hope for a miracle cure for the loved ones they care for. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Biogen announced recently that their Aducanumab drug might help reduce the amount of amyloid plaque that clumps together in the brains of those diagnosed with this debilitating cognitive disease. Before caregivers consult a local doctor about this medication, be aware that it will be many years before it is available commercially. While the results from this latest drug look promising, Hinsdale dementia caregivers must remember that the testing phase is still early. Although participants who took the drug for 12 months showed no signs of plaque in their…

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A Centerpiece for Thanksgiving
A Centerpiece for Thanksgiving
By Sila Melika, 1:53 am on December 5, 2016

One of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating, which is why Hinsdale, IL, in-home care providers recommend making something with seniors this year. There are so many crafty Thanksgiving centerpieces that you can make with your loved one. Making them together encourages your loved one to be part of the festive atmosphere and you will both enjoy the bonding time. The following centerpiece ideas were carefully chosen based on ease and cost. Gourd Candleholders There are so many different miniature gourds at stores this time of year. They also happen to make the perfect tea candleholders. Start by measuring the candle and drawing that size circle on…

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Traveling Backpack and Supplies
Traveling Backpack and Supplies
By Sila Melika, 1:50 am on December 5, 2016

Just two days after losing her husband, Miss Norma, a 90-year-old Michigan native, was told that she had a mass in her uterus that was likely cancer. After the doctor carefully explained her options, the 101-pound woman looked the young doctor in the eye and told him that she was hitting the road. Below is her story that has captivated and inspired both seniors and their at-home Hinsdale, IL, caregivers. Accompanied by her son and daughter-in-law, the woman spent the last 14 months of her life traveling on an amazing cross-country road trip. In fact, she traveled more than 13,000 miles before she finally passed away in early October. The…

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Senior Woman Drinking Tea
Senior Woman Drinking Tea
By Sila Melika, 1:46 am on December 5, 2016

When migraines affect your senior loved one, you may be hesitant to reach for the ibuprofen or aspirin. In fact, many Chicago senior home care providers believe that tea is a helpful natural alternative to over-the-counter medications. Below is a list of teas that are most effective for soothing migraines. 1. Lime Tree Tea Lime tree tea is a common natural remedy for headaches that has sedative properties. It is also credited for its ability to ease anxiety and tension throughout the body. Its anti-inflammatory properties alleviate pressure to reduce the pain of tension or sinus headaches. 2. Ginger Root Make a cup of ginger root tea for your loved…

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Elderly With Granddaughter
Elderly With Granddaughter
By Sila Melika, 1:44 am on December 5, 2016

Halloween is drawing near, but does your senior loved one have a costume in mind? Instead of buying an expensive, over-used costume from the store, Chicago elderly care providers recommend that seniors make their own costumes this year. Below are a few crafty DIY options you can make with your loved one. Cerial Killer Make your loved one’s neighbors and friends laugh by dressing him or her up as a Cerial killer, which only requires a few materials to create a memorable costume. You’ll need to staple a box of Cheerios, Rice Krispies, or Trix to your loved one’s t-shirt and add fake blood that drips out onto the fabric…

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Elderly Couple
Elderly Couple
By Sila Melika, 12:55 am on December 5, 2016

There is a virtual laundry list of vitamins and micronutrients that have been found to preserve our vision and support eye health as we grow older. Chief among these are omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins A, C and E, zinc, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients have been found to help prevent cataracts and could also combat age-related macular degeneration as well as help prevent light-induced damage to the retina. Although many supplements contain all of the above ingredients, many Chicago in-home care agencies believe that the following seven foods are more beneficial in terms of eye health. 1. Kale Kale is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin and…

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Elderly Couple
Elderly Couple
By Sila Melika, 12:54 am on December 5, 2016

When it comes time for seniors to retire, they don’t always know what to do with their spare time. Fortunately, Chicago in-home care providers have a few creative suggestions that will help seniors make the most of their retirement. Write a Book Wordsmiths should make it a goal to write a book on a subject that they’re skilled in or have studied for several years to offer their expertise on topics like starting a business or cooking. They can even consider writing a fictional book and creating an exciting storyline for hungry readers to devour. After completing the project, seniors can hire an editor and look for a publisher that…

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Elderly Couple
Elderly Couple
By Sila Melika, 12:52 am on December 5, 2016

There’s no denying that staying active keeps seniors healthy both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities that can provide opportunities for seniors to interact, learn new skills, sample local food, and stay active in Chicago. Here are a few ideas suggested by Chicago senior care agencies. 1. Farmers Markets Seniors can find a wide selection of fresh fruits and veggies from the many local farmers markets that take place throughout the year. Some of the popular ones that will still be serving up locally grown goodies this fall include: Daley Plaza Farmers Market When: Thursdays through October 27, 7am-3pm Where: Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Street Admission:…

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Kidney Stone on Screen
Kidney Stone on Screen
By Sila Melika, 12:45 am on December 5, 2016

It’s no secret that kidney stones are a common problem among the elderly. They occur when hard deposits of minerals and acid salts clump inside concentrated urine and result in serious pain when they are passed. Following are a few ways live-in Chicago caregivers recommend seniors reduce their risk of kidney stones. Limit Protein Intake Calcium oxalates are the most common types of kidney stones. Calcium is a mineral that is found in a wide variety of food and beverages that people consume on a daily basis. Oxalates are compounds that make up most protein that is derived from animal sources such as red meat and fish fillets. Dairy products…

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Senior Woman Volunteering
Senior Woman Volunteering
By Sila Melika, 12:44 am on December 5, 2016

It’s generally assumed that senior citizens are much more mellow and compassionate than young adults. In a recent experiment at the University of Oregon, a study was done to determine the extent to which aging can increase altruism. The staff and students at this institution simply wanted to find out if people truly become more caring with age. The finding may be surprising for seniors, families and Chicago home caregivers. Psychology professor Ulrich Mayr took a leading role in the experiment. He was assisted by one of his students who sought to get a doctorate certification. They agreed that from a scientific point of view, altruism could be measured to…

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