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Homecare Advantages

 

There are many advantages to home care, are you aware of them?

 

The biggest advantage of in-home care for seniors; it allows older adults to age in place and avoid making the move to an institution. At home, seniors feel most comfortable with the environment they are comfortable with. The significant factor of receiving care at home depends on the level of need by a person.

 

Benefits of Home Care


In-home care gives families the confidence and peace knowing their aging loved ones are comfortable at home and receiving professional, compassionate, and personalized care.

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July UV Safety Month

 

It’s no surprise that UV Safety Month is in July – a month filled with hot days, summer vacations and plenty of outdoor activities.

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.


Despite ongoing awareness efforts around sun safety, a million cases of skin cancer are still diagnosed every year. One in five Americans will get skin cancer during their lifetime, and it’s the second-most diagnosed form of cancer in 15 to 29-year-olds. When detected early, skin cancer has a 98% survival rate.

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June is Aphasia Awareness Month

What is aphasia?


Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Individuals who experience damage to the right side of the brain may have additional difficulties beyond speech and language issues. Aphasia may cause difficulties in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, but does not affect intelligence. 


What causes aphasia? 


Aphasia is most often caused by stroke. However, any disease or damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia. These include brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurological disorders. 


What are some signs or symptoms of aphasia?

 

Difficulty producing language:

  • Have trouble coming up with the words they want to say
  • Substitute the intended word with another word that may be related in meaning to the target
  • Use made-up words
  • Have difficulty putting words together to form sentences
  •  String together made-up words and real words fluently but without making sense

Difficulty understanding language:

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Stroke Awareness Month

 

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and so we wanted to summarize a few key facts about stroke in one convenient spot!

 

Read on and spread the word – everyone should know stroke warning signs, the life-altering effects of stroke, and what kind of treatment stroke survivors can do to regain control of their lives!

 

What is a stroke?

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Melanoma Awareness Month

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

 

Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, gender or age. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. These facts may be alarming, but because skin cancer is mainly a behavioral disease, it is highly preventable.


About 86 percent of melanoma and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. That’s why embracing proper sun protection is critical all year-round. The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.


Follow these Prevention Guidelines to stay sun-safe:

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition and after Alzheimer's is the second most common disease in the United States.

 

Neurodegenerative is a term which refers to a progressive loss of nerve cells and/or their function. Neurodegeneration from Parkinson's disease can give rise to a wide spectrum of symptoms; symptoms can vary widely between people in terms of their type and severity.

 

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:

  • difficulties with balance, swallowing, chewing and speaking
  • tremor
  • slowness
  • constipation
  • sleep disruption
  • constipation
  • psychological issues including problems with cognition, anxiety and depression

One of the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson's disease is tremor in which the body makes involuntary quivering movements. As the disease progresses, symptoms can worsen. For example, over time a person may not be able to move, speak or swallow. This can often arise 4-8 years after the initial onset of Parkinson's disease. The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown and there are no known successful treatments which can delay or stop its progression.

 

How can you help?

  1.  Reach out to someone with Parkinson’s. If you know someone in your family, social circle or community with Parkinson’s, consider reaching out to them.
  2.  Educate yourself and others. This disease is not limited to the tremor that mostly defines the general public’s understanding of the disease. What is less known is the pervasiveness of Parkinson’s, how it causes everything from mood disorder such as depression and anxiety, dementia, urinary incontinence, constipation, swallowing difficulties, pain and sleep disorders to name but a few.
  3.  Raise money for research. Consider supporting fundraising events for Parkinson’s disease or raise money on your own accord. It takes a significant amount of money for a drug to make it from the lab to the pharmacy shelf.
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Elderly insomnia

 

Did you know insomnia is present at all ages and affects more people than you think?

 

What is insomnia?


Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by a difficulty of falling asleep and/or staying asleep. An insomniac will experience these occurrences at least 3 times a week.


There are two stages of insomnia:

  • Acute insomnia
  • Chronic insomnia

Acute insomnia is when these symptoms last less than a month. Chronic insomnia is when the symptomes persist more than a month.
Insomnia affects the quality and the quantity of sleep. This causes daytime sleepiness and fatigue. If this persists, feelings of irritability, anxiety or depression may occur.

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Some Of The Most Common Cancers Can Be Prevented

Did you know that approximately one-third of cases of the most common cancers in the U.S. could be prevented by eating healthy, being active, and staying lean? 

That's an estimated 374,000 cases of cancer in the United States that would never happen. 

Corewood’s 3 Guidelines for Cancer Prevention can help you focus on what’s most important.

  • Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.
  • Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.
  • Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat. You already know that limiting high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you try to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help support your body against cancer? 

Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more. Remember: Every day – in any way. That means you don’t need a gym membership – you just need to get your heart pumping. Being physically active for a total of least 30 minutes a day -- whether you’re walking, cleaning, dancing or hiking. Doing these activities will lower your risk for cancer.

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Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

What is Heart Disease?


It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. A heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Heart disease is one of several cardiovascular diseases, which are diseases of the heart and blood vessel system. Other cardiovascular diseases include stroke, high blood pressure, angina (chest pain), and rheumatic heart disease.

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National Glaucoma Awareness month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness month.

This is an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma is called the “sneak thief of sight” due to having no noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Vision loss progresses at such a gradual rate that individuals affected by the condition are often unaware of it until their sight is compromised.

Currently, glaucoma is not a curable disease and most damage caused by the disease cannot be reversed. However, there are existing treatments that can slow the progression of the disease for most patients. Some of these treatments include:

  • Prescription eyedrops – decrease eye pressure and improve eye fluid drainage.
  • Oral medications – Common medication is carbonic anhydrase inhibitor
  • Laser Surgery – Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, Laser Peripheral Iridotomy, Cycloablation
  • Filtering Surgery – Also known as a trabeculectomy, small opening created in the white of the eye to remove part of the trabecular meshwork.
  • Drainage Tubes – small tubes inserted into the eye to assist with draining excess fluid.
  • Electrocautery – minimally invasive procedure used to remove tissue from the travecular meshwork.
  • Emerging Therapies – new drugs, surgical procedures and devices
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The holiday season is a joyous time for most to share the delights of family life and friendships.

Unfortunately, many older adults may find the holidays hectic, confusing, and even depressing, depending on their mental or physical conditions.

With all the “hustle and bustle” of the season, remember to be sensitive and loving. It is always best to plan for these occasions.

The good news is that everyone can help to make sure your loved ones enjoy the holidays by doing the following:

1. Take a stroll down memory lane. Many seniors enjoy speaking to their families about their previous experiences and memories. Younger family members and friends love to hear about how grandmother/grandfather lived her/his life “when I was your age.”. We suggest using pictures, videos, and even music to help stimulate their memories and share their experiences.

  • For example – Create a collage of old photos in a Memory Book. This is a great activity for the family and gets everyone involved. Bring over some joyous Holiday music and have fun singing along.
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