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How to Honor an Older Adult's End-of-Life Wishes in Portland, ME
How to Honor an Older Adult's End-of-Life Wishes in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on August 16, 2018

An aging loved one’s last stages of life can be difficult for family caregivers to manage. It’s best to prepare questions for your loved one ahead of time and put his or her needs above your wants. Here are a few tips to help you respect your elderly parent’s end-of-life wishes. 1. Develop a Good Approach The outcome of an…

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How to Prevent Dementia-Related Wandering in Portland Maine, ME
How to Prevent Dementia-Related Wandering in Portland Maine, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on July 26, 2018

One of the most common symptoms of dementia is disorientation. When seniors with dementia feel overwhelmed or confused, they tend to wander off and end up getting lost. Here are a few ways caregivers can prevent dementia-related wandering. Identify the Cause Before you implement high-tech safety measures to prevent wandering, consider whether your senior loved one’s tendency to roam has…

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5 Reasons Consistent Caregivers Are Crucial for Seniors in Portland, ME
5 Reasons Consistent Caregivers Are Crucial for Seniors in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on July 12, 2018

Many seniors respond well to continuity, and they feel safe when their environment, schedule, and caregiver are the same every day. Consistency is especially important for seniors with memory loss. Here are five reasons consistent caregivers are essential for older adults. 1. Provides Comfort  The world can be a confusing place for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia….

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6 Fun Leisure Activities for Seniors in Portland Maine
6 Fun Leisure Activities for Seniors in Portland Maine
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on June 28, 2018

There are a variety of exciting activities older adults can engage in to keep their bodies strong and minds sharp. Whether it’s creating art or exploring the outdoors with friends and family, doing favorite activities can boost their overall wellbeing. For seniors who need leisure activity ideas, here are six choices to consider.  1. Birdwatching  Birding can include sitting in…

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Risks of Leading a Sedentary Life in the Golden Years in Portland, ME
Risks of Leading a Sedentary Life in the Golden Years in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on June 14, 2018

People of all ages should strive to lead active lifestyles, as exercise is good for physical, mental, and emotional health. For seniors, staying active is especially important. A sedentary lifestyle can exacerbate existing health issues and lead to new ones. Here are a few risks of living a sedentary life.  Arthritis  Arthritis is a common health issue among aging adults….

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How to Care for a Senior Parent without Limiting Independence in Portland, ME
How to Care for a Senior Parent without Limiting Independence in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on May 31, 2018

When your aging loved one needs help, your natural instinct may be to offer assistance. However, you may also worry about giving your loved one so much help that he or she begins to rely on your assistance all the time. As you step into your new role, use the following strategies to provide care without sacrificing your loved one’s…

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6 Foods That Boost Immunity in Aging Adults in Portland, ME
6 Foods That Boost Immunity in Aging Adults in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on May 17, 2018

The immune system is responsible for protecting the body from foreign viruses, bacteria, and toxins. As your senior loved one ages, the ability of his or her immune system to protect the body against foreign invaders may begin to decrease due to medical conditions, medications, and the natural effects of aging. Consider adding the following healthy foods to your loved…

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How to Promote Independence in Seniors in Portland Maine
How to Promote Independence in Seniors in Portland Maine
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on April 26, 2018

Independence is important for remaining active and maintaining overall health in the golden years. You can help your elderly loved one maintain a sense of independence by adopting the following strategies. Prevent Falls at Home Your aging loved one’s independence is threatened the moment he or she experiences a fall that results in serious injuries. However, active seniors are more…

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6 Reasons Seniors Should Do Tai Chi in Portland, ME
6 Reasons Seniors Should Do Tai Chi in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on April 12, 2018

Medical technology offers much in the way of medicines and treatments. However, science has also discovered that many centuries-old practices can also boost health and wellbeing. The ancient practice of tai chi is one of the many exercises that provide several benefits to senior citizens.  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight Participating in 30 minutes of tai chi can burn up…

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6 Tips on Alleviating Caregiving-Related Stress in Portland Maine, ME
6 Tips on Alleviating Caregiving-Related Stress in Portland Maine, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on March 29, 2018

The physical and emotional strain of caregiving can be stressful for family caregivers. When caregiving-related stress is not managed properly, it can lead to burnout and other serious health issues. Here are some tips family caregivers can use to manage stress caused by caregiving.  1. Ask for Help  Leaning on others doesn’t mean you lack the knowledge and ability to…

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