Day: April 2, 2016

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  • Education & Resources ·

Vision Problems in Seniors

Eye health is an important component to overall health for an individual of any age. However, once a person reaches the age of 60, it’s even more critical to have regular eye exams, as well as specialized tests and screenings. Most eye diseases common to seniors develop painlessly. When gone undetected for a period of time, the result can be permanent damage, vision impairment and in some cases blindness. Early symptoms of eye diseases can easily be mistaken for normal signs of aging, but they shouldn’t. Research shows that one in three Americans age 65 and older have some type…
  • Education & Resources ·

Understanding Shingles and How it Affects Seniors

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. Typified as a skin disease, shingles is a rash. However, unlike a minor rash that is bothersome and unsightly, shingles causes the individual a significant amount of pain. The rash appears on one side of the body in a band or strip. The early stages of shingles include three key symptoms. First, pain and tingling occurs before the rash actually begins to itch. Then blisters resembling chicken pox begin to appear. It’s important to understand how shingles and chicken pox are related. For anyone that has…
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“VitalStim” Therapy to Help Patients Learn to Swallow

AT Home Care is One of Only Five Home Health Nursing Agencies to Offer “VitalStim” Therapy to Help Patients Learn to Swallow  More than 15 million Americans have moderate to severe difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). In over 50% of the cases, dysphagia is a result of strokes or radiation treatments to treat throat cancer. Parkinson’s disease is another cause of swallowing difficulties. Thankfully, medical technology has developed a device which delivers neuromuscular electronic stimulation, known as Vital Stim, to specific muscles in the neck which acts to jump start them into functioning at an improved level. This non invasive treatment has been approved…
  • Grief ·

Seniors & The Grieving Process

Dealing with loss is a difficult circumstance for a person of any age. However, seniors have the unfortunate experience of being faced with multiple losses in a short period of time. The magnitude of a series of losses can be devastating for a senior. When we think about seniors and grieving, oftentimes we focus on the loss of a spouse. This life-changing event changes what was once a partnership and makes the remainder of life a solo venture. In many cases, death isn’t the only challenging part of the actual loss. Seniors who lose their spouse may also lose financial…
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Non-Medical Tips for Improving Eye Health

Eyesight is one of the senses that we grow so accustomed to that it’s likely the one most taken for granted.  It’s not until faced with a disease that causes a decline in vision, or even blindness, that we realize the importance of preventative eye health.  Once a person reaches the age of 40, regular eye exams are recommended.  Since asymptomatic disorders of eye diseases can easily be mistaken as a normal sign of aging, it’s important that screenings continue into the senior years.  Here are a few non-medical tips for improving eye health… Proper lighting: Increasing the amount of…
  • Education & Resources ·

Elderly Can Combat Skin Aging

Most of us grew up basking in the warmth of the sun throughout the summer, and rarely considered sunscreen on a daily basis when not on the beach or tennis courts.  Today we are well aware that UVA rays speed up aging and cause skin cancer in various degrees.  Interestingly enough, UVA exposure is only one of many causes of skin aging. Accumulated cellular damage in the skin results not only from UV sunlight, but also from smog, toxins, cigarette smoke, x-rays, drugs, and other stressors.  The important thing to know is that some of the effects can be reversed…
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Dietary Impact on Memory Loss

Foods that Fight Memory Loss Forgetfulness and memory loss are normal signs of aging. While there is little we can do to prevent memory loss, diet can play a huge role in maintaining a healthy memory. Just like there are diets to promote a healthy heart, there is a group of foods believed to improve brain function and memory. Although no single food has been proven to prevent memory loss, there are some important diet-related tips that can help maintain healthy memory even as a person ages.Berries and other dark-skinned fruits like plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries are all…
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Advance Directive & DNR Orders

In 1991, The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) was enacted, and enabled people to exercise their right to make decisions about the type and extent of health care they choose to accept or deny when under medical supervision. This applies to care provided in a variety of medical environments including, hospitals, nursing facilities, long-term health institutes and home health agencies that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Virginia law recognizes a patient’s right to consent to treatment, and their right to refuse medical treatment. Advance directives and DNR orders are two important components to a patient’s right to make decisions on receiving…
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Aging Well with Diet and Exercise

A well-balanced diet and adequate physical activity are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle for a person of any age. However, for seniors over 60, this is particularly applicable. In order to age well, it’s said that seniors must practice good lifestyle habits, stay active and eat well. Adhering to nutrition, activity and lifestyle guidelines for their age and physical health can greatly impact their ability to remain healthy with a high quality of life well through their senior years. Every senior is different. Some are fortunate enough to be generally healthy, while others may battle chronic illnesses or mobility…