Over the past decade a new fad diet has been popping up near daily on social media and in stores with little to no scientific research to back up their claims. Read more about several diets with scientific evidence based research that experts claim supports brain health and have even been found to help manage neurological conditions.Read More
Over 60% of seniors have been admitted to hospitals due to pneumonia at least once after the age of 65. Researches, Jorge Perez San Juan, Lisandra Rodriguez Hernandez, Timothy L. Wiemken, Robert R. Kelley, Rafael Fernandez-Botran, Martin Gnoni, Paula Peyrani, Madhavi J. Rane, Forest W. Arnold, Julio A. Ramirez, Silvia Uriarte, and Jose Bordon, associated with the University of Louisville found that “advanced age is an independent risk factor for mortality.” They continued by saying, “human aging is associated with a gradual decrease of immune function.” Because of the increased susceptibility due to conditions like diabetes, dementia, stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, changes in lung capacity, and increased exposure to disease in community settings seniors are at greater risk for pneumonia. UofL Physician Practices say to watch for symptoms like fever, cough, and chill. In Elderly symptoms like confusion, weakness and delirium are more common. Ask your doctor about what types of pneumonia can be prevented using a pneumococcal vaccine.Read More
Due to the changes seen in aging skin our ability to heal and resist disease diminishes. This leads to increased skin infections in elderly populations. Skin infections commonly seen are These include pressure ulcers, shingles, fungal or bacterial foot infections, cellulitis. Even drug-resistant infections like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) unfortunately common. MRSA can be life threatening. Any infection can be life threatening if left untreated so stay alert to any unusual lesions, skin itching or pain. Seek treatment if your loved one is in discomfort and watch for low grade fevers. Many of these skin infections are treatable. The shingles infection can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Call today to learn how to ward off many of the skin infections by practicing good hygiene such as regular bathing schedules and proper hand washing.Read More
Top 3 Most Common Infections seen in Elderly
#1. Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly
UTI, or Urinary tract infections, are the most common bacterial infection found in older adults, Charles M. Kodner, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky reported in the American Family Physician Journal. 2010 Sep 15;82(6):638-643. Kodner and Emily K. Thomas Gupton, DO, MPH, Primary Care Medical Center, Murray, Kentucky went on to explain that, “recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in women and associated with considerable morbidity and health care use. The clinical features, diagnostic testing, and causative organisms are often similar to those of single cases of UTI, although there are additional treatment strategies and prevention measures to consider with recurrent UTIs.” It is important that Caregivers ensure their loved ones drink plenty of water, as this has been found to help prevent UTIs.
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1. Clear out all of the clutter first: Before you start cleaning the house you should start by separating all the items your elderly relative wants to keep, and place them in a different pile than the things you are discarding. Often Seniors feel they need to keep many items that they will in all likelihood they do not need. A good rule of thumb is if they do not have a example of the last time they had a use for that item in the past 3 years then it is a good item to donate to their local charity of choice.
2. Within Reach: While cleaning, organize the refrigerator and pantry. Be sure to discard all expired food. This is a great time to discuss with the Senior relocating items for ease of reach. It is important to do this because when seniors are living independently someone cannot always be there to help them out; instead, keep things in easy reach for them to access with no hesitation.
3. Check safety devices: A Senior’s home should not only be clean, but it has to be safe as well. Final step before finishing up this spring clean should be to check the working status of the fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and alarm systems.
While you are spring cleaning, this is a great time to consider installing an emergency response system. Utilizing a local company to provide this service has many benefits over large chains. Call us today and we can arrange for s local senior specialist to come out and install this much needed safety net for your loved one. It allows you to get assistance quickly if your loved one has fallen or in case of other emergencies.