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Seniors walking season has started with the beginning of fall on September 22nd, 2017. One of the advantages of living in Arizona is the great afternoons during fall. Seniors in the Valley are planning to start their afternoon walks, and there are many reasons why we should encourage this activity.
Walking at least 30 minutes a day have numerous benefits. According to several researches done by prestigious universities such as Harvard, and organizations like the American Medical Association, seniors should incorporate physical activities during their daily routines to improve their health and to continue performing basic tasks for years to come. Tasks such as eating, bathing, showering, dressing, or using the toilet without assistance may become difficult if seniors live a sedentary life.
At AlwaysOn Healthcare we have taken the time to gather some information for you, we believe that information gives power to our clients and their families, our main goal is to provide our members with tools to live a happy-healthy life.
These are some links you can follow to read more about the subject:
Consult with a doctor prior initiating any physical activity, then look for a safe route and if possible speak with other people that may want to join. It is not necessary to start doing 30 minutes a day, you can start small and begin by walking outside your home, take a few steps out and once you feel a bit tired, return back home. Little by little the walks will last longer.
Benefits of walking during the golden years:
Shores up your bones.
Walking leads to a longer healthier life
Supports your joints
Walking increases energy
Blood circulation increases the ability to heal.
Walking slows mental decline on seniors
Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk
Is life preventing you from helping your loved ones? Call us, we are here to walk with you during this path. Caring personnel will be there to fill in for you, email us or call and for a limited time we will give you a complimentary 20 hours of free service, free home assessment.
We’re so excited to announce that AlwaysOn Healthcare has been distinguished as an Arizona Home Care Provider of Choice during the 2015 Best of Home Care Awards from Home Care Pulse®!
The Home Care Provider of Choice Award is a highly respected award, only granted to top-ranking home care agencies, based on client satisfaction scores independently collected by Home Care Pulse® – the leading quality assurance firm for home care.
As a Best of Home Care award-winner, AlwaysOn Healthcare takes great pride in being selected, as this award serves as a testament to the high level of quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care that we provide. (more…)
AlwaysOn Healthcare broke out the balloons and food as we kicked off 2015 with a Caregiver Celebration to honor all of our wonderful caregivers and CNA employees – held at our corporate office in Peoria, Arizona on January 20th.
AlwaysOn Caregivers Recognized For Short-Notice Responsiveness & Excellence of Client Care
During our January 20th Caregiver Celebration, AlwaysOn caregivers were acknowledged for all the wonderful dedication and high-quality care they provided to AlwaysOn home care clients in 2014.
AlwaysOn caregivers were particularly recognized for two major contributions – excellent client care and response to short notice calls when they were asked to assist clients in need – both of which make AlwaysOn Healthcare Arizona’s best home care provider.
Overall, the AlwaysOn Caregiver Celebration was a smashing success! It was particularly spectacular to see so many of our caregivers come together in one evening to celebrate the combined hard work and dedication we all share as we provide the high-quality home care services that AlwaysOn Healthcare is known for throughout the Phoenix metro valley.
“Happy New Year!” The end of another Earth orbit around the Sun – marking the beginning of a new journey into another year – full of possibilities and opportunities to evaluate your past goals and either re-commit or create some new goals!
How to Make New Year Resolutions Stick: Be Realistic & Obtainable
When making New Years resolutions – as with any goal you create – it’s important to remember to take baby steps and make your goals as realistic and obtainable as possible.
It’s much easier for you to ask your mind to accept and act on smaller modifications, rather than try to make giant leaps in changing our behavior, and simply expect it to “stick”. For example, if you haven’t been exercising regularly, it’s best not to set a goal to run the Boston Marathon this coming April. But what if, instead, you simply make the goal, “move more”? Seems like a pretty obtainable, realistic thing to do, doesn’t it? Because the goal is achievable, it’s approachable and our minds will likely accepting the idea of nice, easy walk for ten or fifteen minutes a day.
With this in mind, we would like to share 5 achievable New Year Resolutions for seniors – that we hope will have a positive impact on your senior lifestyle, in 2015. (more…)
The holiday season is such a great time of joy and celebration – sharing time with loved ones & showing appreciation for friends and family.
One of the lovely ways we show our appreciation and gratitude during the holiday season is gift giving. So this week on the AlwaysOn Healthcare blog, we’re sharing great gift ideas for seniors and caregivers to help inspire you on what to give this holiday season.
Gifts for Seniors You Love
Gifts for seniors to help them remember things.
As we get older, it’s hard to keep on top of daily life and these gifts can help a senior you love stay on top of their day to day activities such as medication reminders or important upcoming events.
Handy list pads are great ways to remember things and you can place them in great spots, and with them being magnetic you can place these in areas where your elderly loved one will remember – like the refrigerator door.
Large Print Photo Calendars
Large print calendars are great for daily event reminders of things such as doctors appointments or holiday get-to-gethers. You can even custom print your calendars with family photos to make this gift extra special.
Pill & Medication Reminders
These range from in home medication reminder services such as those from AlwaysOn Healthcare to pillboxes with alarms and timers that will provide medication reminders in person or by phone or e-mail.
By the time a person reaches age 70, they will be taking about 12 medications.
The Gift of Music: A Great Gift Idea For Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
This is a gift that’s more than just fun; it borders on the miraculous. Recent research has shown that listening to music has many positive, sometimes astounding, effects on Alzheimer patients.
Music & Memory
Research has shown that listening to their favorite music has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s patients, sometimes “reawakening” their inner selves and allowing them to connect with family members.
In fact, there’s a new program called Music & Memory, which brings the gift of music to seniors living in long-term care facilities. This program started giving Alzheimer’s patients iPods to listen to, and the results are incredible as many Alzheimer’s patients “come alive” – singing, smiling, moving to the music, and even re-engaging with their loved ones.
There’s a great documentary film about the Music & Memory program called Alive Inside, that is an inspiring movie to watch – it’s amazing to see the clear change in the seniors they feature in this film.
You can give this same gift to someone you love with Alzheimer’s by getting them an iPod or other portable digital music device loaded with their favorite songs.
Gifts for Caregivers
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be physically and emotionally draining. So, if you ask the typical caregiver what he or she needs most, [three items tend to top the list: money, time, and stress relief.] , and nearly 10 million caring for someone with this disease
Respite care from AlwaysOn Home Care in Phoenix is short-term in home care (3 hours or more if you need), that allows some time-off for your family caregiver to attend to their extra holiday chores and take some time off to relax and simply enjoy the family gatherings this holiday season. While your non-medical in-home caregiver’s top priority is to attend to the needs of your ill or elderly loved one, they can also help with household cleaning and chores to take the stress off your regular family caregiver this holiday season.
A Tip on Tipping Your AlwaysOn Home Caregiver a Tip or Bonus.
Tipping is a pretty common practice for the older generations, but we have a tip for tipping your paid caregiver. If you’d like to give your AlwaysOn Home Caregiver a financial bonus or tip this year as a gift – you are welcome to, but please do so by contacting our Main Phoenix Office Location, as we track all financial transactions between our clients and our caregivers for accurate record keeping and safety for those with memory care issues.
The Holiday Season Can Be Stressful – Let AlwaysOn Help with Our Home Care Companion Services, Transportation Services & Respite Care!
Elderly Companion Care
Holiday shopping can be hard, stressful or even depressing when you’re elderly and all alone.
AlwaysOn Home Care provides elderly companion care that can help you beat away the blues.
Not only can our certified caregivers keep you or your loved one in good spirits and good company, but our caregivers can help you clean around the house to prepare for holiday company in your home or help you with other chores around the home and holidays like wrapping gifts.
Because the Phoenix valley is so spread out, it can be hard to get to around Phoenix during the holidays, especially without adequate transportation due to age, driving abilities, location or access to public transit options.
Thankfully, AlwaysOn Healthcare provides transportation as part of our Phoenix home care services. So, if you need assistance getting around Phoenix to do your holiday shopping or to see loved ones this holiday season, AlwaysOn’s Transportation services can help you get around Phoenix safely as your personal driver.
Respite care from AlwaysOn Home Care in Phoenix is short-term in-home care (as little as 3 hours) – this short-term home healthcare service lets your normal family or unpaid caregiver get some much needed time off during the hectic holiday season.
Remember – taking time for yourself, isn’t selfish – it’s healthy!
Simply taking a few hours can help reduce your stress, strengthen family bonds, and allow you to reconnect with those you love and care for regularly.
The holiday season is suppose to be “Merry & Bright”… but for some of us – the holiday season is something we dread rather than something that brings us delight.
After all your friends & family are gone… what then?
The holiday season can be especially hard on those of us who have lost our fair share of loved ones over the years or live far away from those we love. And, unfortunately – living a long life, usually includes missing your fair share of those people you loved – either far away or after death.
Did You Know?
58% of people over 65 believe depression is “normal” as you age
Perhaps holiday depression is due to unresolved lost we feel about the times we “wish” or “regret” we had with those people and that conflict especially if your loved one has “passed on” – making the ability to “make up for” or to “enjoy again” with them present is simply not possible.
It is true – time does heal the wounds of loss – but I can’t say you won’t miss your loved ones during the holiday – you will (especially if they were really important to you)! But you can CHOOSE how you react to missing them – read on to learn more…
How To “Un-Scrooge or Un-Grinch Yourself” for The Holiday Season
If you choosing to not give up on being merry this the holiday season in lieu of depression – here are some tips – both from personal experience and some great information provided by others.
How Your Holidays Can Still Be Merry for You
(not to mention – those you do get to share this holiday season with)
Celebrate loved ones you miss by remembering GOOD times during the holidays – choose to not go stewing around about the NOT SO GOOD times. Bring out the traditions you can do to remember them and be happy you did get to share the time you DID get while this loved one was with you.- Was there a favorite dish that they would make that you loved? Ask your family to see if anyone has the recipe and make it for your holiday meal.- Or perhaps try decorating a part of your house in a way they would have appreciated.
Don’t skip live, human contact. Loneliness breeds being a hermit and vise versa – break the cycle by getting out and interacting with others in ways that you can enjoy, even if the human contact is brief – it’s better than sulking in bed.
Take time to appreciate those loved ones who are still alive with you today, so you won’t live with the regret that you didn’t take the time to appreciate those you love while you could in the future.
Try smiling at yourself in a mirror. I know it sounds silly, but simply authentically smiling at yourself in the mirror can boost your mood.
Taking Longer Term Steps to Ease Depression’s Icy Hold
The good news about depression is that most cases are highly treatable with a combination of:
Did You Know?
It’s really best to get help, treatment and support – as some people live with depression for ALMOST A DECADE before they really look into treatment.
Not to mention Depression can lead to, be a sign of, or complicate other health issues –
Clinical depression may be triggered by Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, cancer, and even arthritis
Heart attack survivors and congestive heart failure patients have 3-4x greater risk of death within 6 months if depressed
Healthcare costs are 50% higher for depressed seniors than those who aren’t under the affects of depression.
Get Help Through The Holidays
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression – AlwaysOn Home Care can help.
This holiday season – if you’re having trouble as you try to shake the Scrooge or Grinch of Holiday Depression – we hope that you do try to have a merry and bright holiday season with those you love and remembering in celebration those you’ve lost.
November is such a lovely time of year – the weather gets cooler, and Thanksgiving allows us time to enjoy our families as many of us start our holiday season. November is also National Family Caregivers Month, celebrating the America’s approximately 90 million unpaid family, friends and neighbors that provide 80% of the in-home care for the elderly in the United States.
As we take time out this week to celebrate being thankful for our family and loved ones this week, be sure to take the time to share your gratitude with those who take care of the senior generations of your family.
Have a friend, neighbor, or family member taking care of an older loved one? Here are just a few ways you could show your appreciation:
Bake or order and send some tasty goodies for your regular unpaid family caregiver with a nice thank you card.
Purchase special event tickets or a spa day for your regular family caregiver then include these in a touching thank you card.
Family Caregivers Take On a Lot of Stress, Respite Care Can Help!
Caregiving can be a very stressful activity, and everyone needs a break now and again. Respite care gives the caregiver, a much needed a break from caregiving tasks, so they attend to other tasks or spending time with other loved ones. Respite care can help, by providing a new experience or time to relax. It can be for a few hours or several days or weeks depending on your particular respite care needs and interests.
Respite care also gives the elder in care the opportunity to take a break from the daily routine with the opportunity to meet and interact with new, caring individuals.
AlwaysOn provides professional respite care services in Phoenix
AlwaysOn Home Care evaluates your specific needs and creates custom care plans tailored for your unique situation. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can determine the right respite care services for you and your family this holiday season.
September is Healthy Aging Month: Celebrate the Positive Aspects of Age
September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Now in its second decade, Healthy Aging Month seeks to provide inspiration and practical ideas for older adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well being – focusing national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.
“Use September as the motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do if money was no object,” says Worthington. “And try it! Who says you have to do something related to what you studied in school? Who says, you can’t start your own home business later in life, test your physical prowess, or do something wildly different from anything you’ve done before? Only that person you see in the mirror!”
Think it’s too late to “reinvent” yourself? Think again.
According to Carolyn Worthington, the creator of September is Healthy Aging Month and executive director of Healthy Aging®, it’s never too late to find a new healthy snack, habit, or hobby.
10 Senior Health Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month
To help get you started turning over a new leaf later in life, here are some ideas from the editors of Healthy Aging Magazine. Maybe they will inspire you in finding a few things you’d like to introduce to your healthy senior lifestyle.
Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like.
Take some time to think back… What was your best year so far? 30? 40? 60? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. Don’t worry about your age in the mirror, just FEELIT!
Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day.
When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive.
Bonus Senior Health Tip: Smile often. Smiling is contagious, wards off naysayers, and research shows people who smile more often are happier.
Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them and start seeking more positive pals.
As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too.
Bonus Senior Health Tip: Cutback or stop watching police reports and negative news – reducing or cutting these “nothing but negative” communication channels completely can have a seriously positive impact on your worldview outlook.
Walk the Walk – try to consciously walk like a vibrant, healthy person.
Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.
Stand up straight!
You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. Not to mention, your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.
Senior oral care can be your gateway to well-being.
Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being.
Lonely? Stop brooding about having no friends or family visits. Do something about it now. Right this minute.
Pick up the phone, landline or cell, and take the first step by make a call to do one or more of the following:
Volunteer your time to meet new friendly people who care about the things you believe in or that interest you. Like volunteering at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trend.
Take a class! Maybe a senior citizen computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology.
Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee – you can even do this regularly – choosing a new person every week to accompany you as you dine out or to ask them to stop by for a visit.
Take walks around the neighborhood or local park.
Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. If you don’t have time or space for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!
Make Healthy the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, so we thought we’d share some of the great Alzheimer’s awareness information & dementia educational materials available about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?
The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2014 is ‘Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?‘, focusing on ways we may be able to help reduce our risk of developing dementia with brain healthy lifestyles. Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion.
Symptoms of Dementia
Every person is unique and dementia affects people differently – no two people will develop dementia symptoms in exactly the same way. An individual’s personality, general health and social environment are all important factors in determining the impact of dementia.
Dementia symptoms vary between Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other causes include vascular disease, lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia. The most common signs of dementia are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal from work or social activities.
The most common early symptoms of dementia are:
Memory loss – Declining memory, especially short-term memory, is the most common early symptom of dementia.
Difficulty performing familiar tasks – People with dementia often find it hard to complete everyday tasks that are so familiar we usually do not focus on thinking about how to do them.
Problems with language – Occasionally everyone has trouble finding the right word but a person with dementia often forgets simple words or substitutes unusual words, making speech or writing hard to understand.
Disorientation to time and place – We sometimes forget the day of the week or where we are going but people with dementia can become lost in familiar places such as the road they live in, forget where they are or how they got there, and not know how to get back home. A person with dementia may also confuse night and day.
Poor or decreased judgement – People with dementia may dress inappropriately, wearing several layers of clothes on a warm day or very few on a cold day.
Problems with keeping up with regular activities – A person with dementia may find it difficult to follow a conversation or keep up with paying their bills.
Misplacing items – Anyone can temporarily misplace his or her wallet or keys. A person with dementia may put things in unusual places such as an iron in the fridge or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
Changes in mood or behavior – Everyone can become sad or moody from time to time. A person with dementia may become unusually emotional and experience rapid mood swings for no apparent reason or a lack or less emotion than before.
Changes in personality – A person with dementia may seem different from his or her usual self in ways that are difficult to pinpoint. A person may become suspicious, irritable, depressed, apathetic or anxious and agitated especially in situations where memory problems are causing difficulties.
Loss of initiative – At times everyone can become tired of housework, business activities, or social obligations. However a person with dementia may become very passive, sitting in front of the television for hours, sleeping more than usual, or appear to lose interest in hobbies.
A Lack of Dementia Education and Alzheimer’s Awareness Decreases Support and Causes Social Withdraw
Dementia is often hidden away, not spoken about, or ignored at a time when the person living with dementia and their family caregivers are most in need of support within their families, friendship groups and communities.
The social stigma is the consequence of a lack of knowledge about dementia and it can have numerous effects, including:
Dehumanizing of the person with dementia
Strain within families and friendships
A lack of sufficient care for people with dementia and their care givers
A lower rate of diagnosis of dementia
Delayed diagnosis and support
The stigma of dementia is a global problem and it is clear that the less we talk about dementia, the more the stigma will grow. This World Alzheimer’s Month we encourage you to find out more and play your part in reducing the stigma and improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers in your community.
Go Purple on September 21 to Show your Support For Dementia and Alzheimer’s Awareness & Research
Reduce the Risk of Developing Dementia
Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resources: Learning More, Getting Help & Care Giving for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
MUSIC & MEMORY℠, helps elders in care facilities suffering from a wide range of cognitive challenges such as Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.