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Seniors Have Options for Managing Chronic Pain

Seniors Have Options for Managing Chronic Pain

It is one thing to manage pain when you're still young. But, what options do today's seniors having in controlling chronic pain caused by medical conditions like arthritis? According to recent research, traditional pain management using opioids may not be as effective as once thought. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended this year that doctors stop prescribing opioids like tramadol (Ultram), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and oxycodone (Oxycontin) for chronic pain management outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. What is Chronic Pain? Generally speaking, chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing following an underlying disease or medical condition, injury, medical treatment, or unknown cause. Although the prevalence of chronic pain varies, it is clear that the number of Americans suffering with chronic pain is substantial. In fact, health car...

September 15, 2016

How Dangerous is Zika Virus for Older Adults?

How Dangerous is Zika Virus for Older Adults?

With ten mosquito-borne cases of Zika virus identified this past weekend, Governor Rick Scott has asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to activate an emergency response effort in South Florida. Previous cases of the Zika virus were believed to have come from travelers who were bitten abroad. The Florida Department of Health now believes that more than a dozen cases may have been contracted directly from mosquito bites. Health officials have been going door-to-door in the Wynwood Art District of Dade County collecting samples in a proactive effort to reduce the likelihood of a major outbreak of the disease. Many people infected with the disease do not notice symptoms, which can include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes and headache. As is true with many diseases, there is however, added concern for those identified as high risk including pregnant women (or those trying to get pregnant), infants, small children, the elderly and anyone with compromised ...

August 1, 2016

What is Non Medical Home Care?

What is Non Medical Home Care?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today's older Americans are enjoying longer lives and better physical function than did previous generations. In fact, the latest data indicates that 46.2 million in our country are 65 years or older. Between two income families, kids and other commitments, it is unreasonable for most adults to take on the responsibilities of being a daytime companion and still maintain a life of their own. Relying on non-medical home care from a professional provider is a sensible alternative to ensure someone aging at home receives the help and support they need while affording you the time you need. The decision to "age in place" is a common occurrence nowadays but, as most senior family members grow older, some activities associated with daily living can become a challenge. Non-medical home care is a host of services offered by All At Home Care that helps those in need by assisting with one or more tasks. When everyday act...

July 8, 2016

Walkers Linked to Higher Risk of At Home Falls

Walkers Linked to Higher Risk of At Home Falls

Have you ever seen an older person dragging their walker along? Walking aids can help seniors function independently, but older adults are often poorly trained in the proper use and function of walkers. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 47,000 seniors are treated in emergency rooms every year for walker and cane-related injuries. A six year study concluded that people were six times more likely to be injured in a fall while using a walker as compared to cane-related falls. Falls involving older women accounted for 75% of the study's walker-related injuries. The majority of falls associated with walkers and canes happen in the home while the senior family member is moving about. Since so many elderly family members rely on walkers and other aids to remain active, the CDC offers the following suggestions: Better Training - It is believed that many adults receive little to no training in the safe use of assistive devices...

June 1, 2016

May Is American Stroke Month

May Is American Stroke Month

If you think you or someone else may be having a stroke, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association wants you to know what to do. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to area of the brain is interrupted or reduced. Since this deprives the brain of nutrients and oxygen, brain cells begin to die. In fact, nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute that a stroke goes untreated. When dealing with a stroke, time is a crucial element as early treatment with clot buster medications can minimize brain damage and potentially save someone's life. One of the major risk factors for having a stroke is age. Once you've reached age 55, you are at a higher risk of stroke. Generally speaking, men have a higher risk than women, but women are more likely to die from a stroke. Health factors that increase the risk of having a stroke include: obesity, lack of physical activity, a family history of stroke, cigarette smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and use of illicit ...

May 11, 2016

In-Home Wound Care Makes Life A Lot Easier

In-Home Wound Care Makes Life A Lot Easier

Seniors often find it hard to care for themselves. Reduced mobility combined with increasing forgetfulness can make it difficult for a senior to maintain personal hygiene, keep the house clean, cook, remember to take prescription medication and more. Given this fact, it is clear that a senior who has one or more wounds will need assistance in caring for these wounds to ensure prompt recovery and reduce the chances of contracting an infection. While there are assisted living facilities, senior day care centers and other places where senior citizens can receive quality care, most seniors prefer the comfort of home over an unfamiliar environment. That is where a home health care facility such as All At Home Care comes in. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by providing the home healthcare services you need, when you need them. Our home health care services can provide not only wound care but also care for other health conditions. This makes it possible for us to w...

April 12, 2016

Medicare Coverage for At Home Healthcare

Medicare Coverage for At Home Healthcare

Seniors who need part or full time care after discharge from a hospital can now receive at-home care without having to worry about who is going to pick up the tab. Anyone who has Medicare Part A and/or Part B coverage is eligible for compensation for at-home care expenses, including skilled nursing care, the cost of medical materials used in the home, therapy services and/or counseling. Are You Eligible? There are a number of requirements you must meet in order to qualify for Medicare coverage for at-home care. First of all, you must be under the care of a doctor who will regularly review your case and the services you are receiving. The doctor must certify that you are homebound and need continual care from a nurse and/or therapist. Furthermore, the agency providing at-home health care services must have Medicare certification. What About Other Expenses? Medicare provides separate compensation to cover the cost of doctor visits and/or the purchase of durable medical equipment t...

March 17, 2016

Technology Can Make Senior Living Easier

Technology Can Make Senior Living Easier

There's a commercial that makes light of seniors looking to their grandchildren when they have a question about their technical or electronic devices. Although there is supposed to be humor in the ad, for many seniors this is a major truth in their lives. The need to learn about and embrace new forms of technology in our lives has been present since the most basic "tech", such as fire and the wheel were first discovered. Today, technology is more complicated and has developed much faster in this century than in any of the previous ones. Many people with grandchildren are turning to this newer generation to decipher how today's technology works. More than 43% of seniors will go to their grandchildren if they have a question about their cell phone or computer, compared to 37% who turn to their own kids. Seniors Embrace Technology Some tend to assume that seniors are bound to be less than proficient with technology, and will not catch on. Although some like the old fashion...

February 19, 2016

Should Seniors Avoid Drinking Coffee?

Should Seniors Avoid Drinking Coffee?

Every morning, you roll out of bed and head straight to your kitchen. Before doing anything else, you start preparing yourself a steaming mug of coffee. After drinking this amazing beverage every day for the past twenty-five years, you can’t imagine your life without it. However, if you’re a senior, or the caregiver of one, you might be concerned about coffee’s effects on the body, both good and bad. You may even wonder if seniors should avoid drinking coffee altogether. Benefits from Antioxidants Coffee is packed with health benefiting antioxidants. These substances are believed to play a major role on the quality of a person’s life. Antioxidants might be able to: Improve your immune system Enhance your physical appearance Increase your energy levels Boost your mental acuteness Improve your flexibility All of these perceived benefits of antioxidants are crucial to the quality of life seniors lead. Besides antioxidants, coffee consists of the mine...

February 12, 2016

Dementia Risk May Be Linked to Cynical Distrust

Dementia Risk May Be Linked to Cynical Distrust

Did you know that seniors with a cynical distrust of others may be at an increased risk of developing dementia? An elder's state of mind may be an indicator of their future state of mind. Doctors have always suspected that negative emotions, such as depression or pessimism were possibly damaging to long-term mental health. But, according to a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, late-life cynical distrust may be associated with higher mortality as well as an increased risk of senility. In the latest research on cynicism, seniors with high levels of distrust were 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia. Older people who maintain a strong sense of community and stay involved socially seem to be rewarded with a better mental outlook when compared with those who belief is that most people are only out for themselves. Researchers believe that seniors who are optimistic and enjoy company of others are likely better equipped to maintain strong feelings of happiness ...

January 19, 2016

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