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By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on November 28, 2019

Seniors with Parkinson’s disease do best when they’re surrounded with care and support from families and friends. As a caregiver, you benefit from being able to spend more time with your senior loved one. While many days will be wonderful, you must also prepare for the times that will be challenging. These six strategies can help you get your loved…

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Diet for a Senior with Alzheimer’s in Portland, ME
Diet for a Senior with Alzheimer’s in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on November 14, 2019

For those with Alzheimer’s, consuming a healthy diet is important for both the body and the brain. A nutritious diet is positively linked to cognitive functioning, and certain meal plans can slow the progression of the disease. Here’s an example of a healthy meal plan for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Foods Consistent with Chewing & Swallowing Abilities If your senior loved…

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Tips for Using Communication Boards with Seniors During Stroke Recovery in Portland, ME
Tips for Using Communication Boards with Seniors During Stroke Recovery in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on October 31, 2019

A communication board is meant to serve as a visual representation of language that’s normally spoken. It’s an important stroke recovery tool for older adults who are unable to verbally communicate. While the ability to verbalize thoughts, wants, and needs may return at some point, a communication board can allow your senior loved one to express him or herself in…

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Strategies for Managing Aggression in a Loved One with Alzheimer’s in Portland, ME
Strategies for Managing Aggression in a Loved One with Alzheimer’s in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on October 17, 2019

Some seniors with Alzheimer’s enter an aggressive stage of the disease. This is normal in terms of what’s expected with this type of dementia, even in older adults who have been kind, gentle, and nonviolent most of their lives. Aggression can be a bit unsettling for any caregiver, but there are some things you can do to handle this type…

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How Respite Care Is Beneficial for Aging Parents in Portland, ME
How Respite Care Is Beneficial for Aging Parents in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on September 26, 2019

One family caregiver cannot possibly care for an older loved one 24/7 without assistance. Family members can pitch in to help. However, in-home respite care is another possibility. There are many benefits to hiring a respite caregiver. 1. High-Quality Care The staff members employed by home care agencies have the special training and experience needed to care for seniors living…

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How Long It Takes To Recover From Stroke in Portland, ME
How Long It Takes To Recover From Stroke in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on September 12, 2019

Stroke recovery is different for each survivor. Recovery time is affected by the severity of the stroke and how soon the senior receives treatment. Other factors that impact recovery time include whether the stroke survivor has access to rehabilitation and support for a healthy lifestyle that can prevent subsequent strokes. Timelines for Stroke Recovery Vary When a person has a…

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Activities That Can Be Therapeutic for Seniors Who Have Parkinson’s in Portland, ME
Activities That Can Be Therapeutic for Seniors Who Have Parkinson’s in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on August 29, 2019

The stiffness and involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease can make many common activities more difficult. However, therapy can be an invaluable tool for seniors with Parkinson’s. It can help them find ways to overcome difficulties and compensate for the changes they encounter. In addition to standard physical therapy sessions, your senior loved one with Parkinson’s might benefit from some…

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Alzheimer’s Signs & Symptoms in Portland, ME
Alzheimer’s Signs & Symptoms in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on August 15, 2019

While there isn’t a permanent cure for Alzheimer’s disease, doctors can do quite a bit to minimize and delay some of the worst symptoms of this condition as long as a senior is diagnosed early on. For this reason, it’s important for family caregivers to familiarize themselves with a few of the most common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Memory…

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What Are the 2019 Rates of Rehospitalization in Portland, ME
What Are the 2019 Rates of Rehospitalization in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on July 25, 2019

With the growing aging population, it’s no wonder hospital readmission rates have become a major concern in recent years. After all, seniors over the age of 65 make up the bulk of people readmitted to the hospital. Currently, many healthcare organizations are conducting research to find out what can be done to enhance the quality of care for everyone who…

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Stimulating Activities for Older Adults with Dementia in Portland, ME
Stimulating Activities for Older Adults with Dementia in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on July 11, 2019

Living an unengaged life is bad for seniors with dementia because it increases the risk of depression, among other health issues. You need to find purposeful ways to keep your senior loved one active and socially engaged. Below you’ll find meaningful activities for a loved one with dementia. 1. Baking Getting your loved one into the kitchen and baking favorite…

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