Archive for December, 2012

December 28th is National Chocolate Day, and a Little Bit Might Help Seniors.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

 

December 28th has been decreed as “National Chocolate Day,” which is pretty “sweet” in our opinion. But we at Alliance Home Health Care know that after the holidays, one may be a little presumptuous about picking up some “junk food.”

But did you know that studies have actually shown that eating a little bit of chocolate every day may, in fact, be good for senior’s heart and health?

In fact, a recent study of 100,000 people performed by the University of Cambridge found a 37% decrease in heart disease amongst participants that reported eating the most chocolate, compared to those that reported eating the least amount.

Dr. Shereen Jegtvig, of Nutrition.about.com attributes the benefits to the fact that natural compounds in chocolate are high in antioxidant properties, antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals in the body that can lead to heart disease and stroke. She also stresses that because the properties are high in chocolate, that one doesn’t need to “pig out” on the sweet treat to get the heart healthy benefits.

It’s important to note though, that as much as chocolate has its benefits for seniors, that it is also high in fat and sugar, and consuming too much of it could lead to weight gain and other health problems that can outweigh the benefits.

At Alliance, we know that those in the senior care and at home health care industry realize that staying happy and healthy is essential to providing the best at home care we can. In turn, we know a happier senior is a healthier senior. So why not take this day to indulge yourself in a little bit of this happy candy, and toast it to your health.

 

 

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At Home, Senior Care, and Caregiver News: Three Tips for Preparing For Winter Weather

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Winter is here, and all the good that comes with it. But in addition to picturesque scenery, comfy times indoors, and hot chocolate and fireplaces, winter weather also brings extreme cold temperatures, lack of transportation, and potential dangers for seniors.

But preparing your friends and loved ones early for the cold days ahead can assure a safe and enjoyable winter weather season.

Below are our top three tips for helping seniors enjoy the season:

Provide companionship and avoid “cabin fever”:

For seniors, winter weather means the possibility for your friends and loved ones spending long periods of time at home. Long periods at home can lead to anxiety and depression, which is why is it important to spend time talking on the phone or, if you’re able, at the home of your friend or loved one. Letting them know they’re not alone, and that you are there for them when they need you, can provide the comfort they need to feel safe at home.

Stock up on food and water:

Severe winter weather can strike at anytime. Make sure you heed local warnings and watches provided by the news and prepare and plan for the worst. Always remember that even a little snow can be a potential hazard to those with limited mobility. Early planning and preparation is critical in making sure that if severe weather does occur, your friends and loved ones are prepared to spend some time indoors.

Eliminate fall hazards:

Keeping your friends and loved one’s homes in clean order and safe from potential fall hazards is always a good idea, but absolutely necessary during the winter weather. A fall during a bad snowstorm could mean hours, or even days, before help can be available. If you need help spotting potential dangers at home for seniors, look up your local Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, they are specially trained to recognize potential dangers for seniors and provide you with options for making their home safe.

Also, if you are able, another good piece of advice is to handle the “slippery” work for a senior. Meaning, take in the mail, handle the garbage, and shovel the driveway. Do everything you can to assure a friend or loved one does not have to put themselves in danger.

Be sure to always remember that our Alliance Care Advisors are here to help. If you are an out of town caregiver, and have a friend or loved one in the Indianapolis area, it’s important to know you have options. Our Care Advisors are here, 24/7, to not only offer advice for senior and at home care, but to provide you with options for providing your friends or loved ones with companionship or skilled medical nursing in case of a winter storm. Knowing you have a trusted friend in the Indianapolis area, with the proper training necessary to assist a friend or loved in need, could give you the peace of mind you need this winter to enjoy all the good things the season to offer.



 

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