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Why Seniors Have Weaker Immune Systems in Portland, ME
Why Seniors Have Weaker Immune Systems in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on January 16, 2020

Immune function naturally decreases with age, which makes seniors more susceptible to illnesses. Luckily, there are quite a few steps older adults can take to boost their immune systems and preserve their health. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the reasons the immune system becomes weaker during the aging process and some steps that can be taken…

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Tips to Help Seniors Exercise Safely in Portland, ME
Tips to Help Seniors Exercise Safely in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on December 26, 2019

Exercise is beneficial for people of all ages, especially for seniors who have limited mobility, pain issues, and certain medical conditions. While your senior loved one will enjoy the many benefits of exercise, he or she should follow these safety tips when participating in an exercise program. Start Slowly If your loved one is new to exercise, make sure he…

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By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on December 19, 2019

When winter comes, seniors need to stay indoors more often, but this doesn’t mean they need to stop engaging in activities that boost their overall health. The following infographic offers a few suggestions for indoor activities seniors can do during the cold months of winter. Those who need assistance with fun activities or daily tasks can benefit greatly from professional…

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What are the Causes of Diminished Appetite in Aging Adults in Portland, ME
What are the Causes of Diminished Appetite in Aging Adults in Portland, ME
By Sue Arsenault, 9:00 am on December 12, 2019

Mealtimes can be hectic for family caregivers, especially if their senior loved ones have behavioral problems or reduced motor function that makes chewing and swallowing a challenge. As a caregiver, you need to learn why your loved one has a loss of appetite and develop ways to solve the issues. Below are some of the reasons aging adults tend to…

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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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