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By Sila Melika, 2:38 am on March 1, 2017

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and the Caregiving Demands  Caring for an aging parent is a complex task, but when dementia is part of the picture, it becomes even more difficult. Cognitive and behavioral changes may occur unpredictably, and parents may resist care. If you are the caregiver for a loved one who suffers…

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By Sila Melika, 2:27 am on January 3, 2017

Being the primary caregiver for an elderly family member is complicated at best. There are medications and appointments to track, meals to plan, cognitive issues to address, and personal hygiene to attend to. Family members who are not involved in the senior’s day-to-day care may be supportive or resentful. They may interfere or offer help. Complicated family dynamics can add pressure and anxiety to already overwhelmed caregivers. There is no absolute way to appease distant family members. The best thing a caregiver can do is to consistently communicate with key family members in order to provide a window of understanding into the complexities and uncertainties of caring for an aging…

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Calcium Supplements
Calcium Supplements
By Sila Melika, 2:23 am on December 5, 2016

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that postmenopausal women stop taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D because there is very little evidence to support the theory that taking these supplements prevents fractures in healthy women. Additionally, researchers have found that calcium supplements can cause heart damage.  While calcium was once believed to help protect the cardiovascular system, studies conducted at the University of Auckland found that taking vitamin D and calcium supplements raised the likelihood of having a heart attack by more than 50 percent. The researcher reanalyzed the data and found that women were at a 24 percent higher risk of a heart attack when taking calcium…

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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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Foods Good for Eyes and Brain
Foods Good for Eyes and Brain
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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