Moving from your home can be difficult at the best of times. If you add to that a feeling that you’ve had to give up your independence, this can be especially tough for many people to accept. The idea of going into an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be frightening, even to the point that some parents may try to extract promises from their children that they’ll never be placed in a facility. [Read more…]
As our parents age, they may need help to complete tasks or participate in activities they once took for granted. But, just like most things, the kind of help they need and how much help they need differs from person to person. The trick is finding that balance – so they will accept the help, they’re safe, and you worry less. [Read more…]
Genetic mutations often get a bad rap, but they may actually help advance research for disease prevention. For example, a genetic mutation led to a devastating epidemic of early onset Alzheimer’s disease within Doug Whitney’s family. However, at 65 years of age, Doug himself has thus far miraculously avoided the fate of so many of his relatives, most of whom began showing Alzheimer’s symptoms in their 40s and died by their mid 50s. Now, doctors want to know how Doug was able to resist his own gene mutation and if his resistance might shed light on how to develop drugs that might help others resist the effects of Alzheimer’s. [Read more…]
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that robs individuals of their precious memories. However, some very exciting Alzheimer’s research has recently come out of Stanford University that may point to a way to help prevent the onset of the disease. Research on mice has revealed that the reason nerve cells die off in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s may be due to another class of brain cells – microglia – not pulling their weight. [Read more…]
It’s February, and we’ve all got candy hearts on the brain, but have you thought about your own heart recently? The heart is a powerful muscle, but it needs regular care to stay that way. Heart disease is a leading killer of American women, with nearly 400,000 dying of the disease each year. This statistic is scary, but there is good news – heart disease can be prevented! But first, women must get serious about heart health. [Read more…]
Our daily lives are full of stressors – work, family, maintaining a house, etc. And for many of us, there is the added stress of providing care for a loved one. With the Silver Tsunami on its way, many more employees will find themselves taking on the role of family caregiver and the stress that goes along with it. Long-term exposure to stress can cause some serious health issues, and it is important for family caregivers to look out for:
- A rise in blood pressure
- Increased susceptibility to illness
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
Caring for an aging loved one is a full-time job. Unfortunately, most family caregivers already have full-time jobs and families of their own to care for as well. What these individuals need is an employer-provided care assistance plan to help them balance work and their caregiving duties. [Read more…]
The number of households providing care for an elderly loved one is on the rise, with many stressed full-time employees having to leave work in order to provide full-time care for a family member. Is family caregiving affecting your business? Here are a few questions to help you determine that:
- Do you have employees who are arriving to work late or having to leave early to attend to family caregiving issues?
- Are your employees taking unpaid leaves of absence or using personal or sick days to provide care to family members?
- Have any of your employees refused relocation or work-related travel or refused new assignments, stating family caregiving issues as the reason?
- Has an employee left your company to provide full-time care for a family member?
Studies report that roughly 29% of people in the workplace are involved in the care of an ill, disabled or aging family member or friend, with the need for family caregivers increasing each year. Individuals who take on the care of a family member essentially have the stress of two full-time jobs on their shoulders – their career and providing care. This increase in stress has caused many family care providers to have to change jobs or quit working altogether to meet the demands of caregiving. [Read more…]
An unexpected hospitalization or a planned surgery have one thing in common: when coming home, it is hard to know at what level you will function and how long it will take to resume normal activities. North Home Healthcare of Houston, TX can provide the comfort and security needed to settle in stress-free, and to focus on recuperation or rehabilitation. Whether for a few days or longer term, having someone available who understands transitional care and the specific care requirements will allow more time to focus on healing and regaining normalcy. [Read more…]