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By Julie Friend, 8:05 am on October 15, 2018

It’s normal for an independent adult to initially discard the idea of a caregiver in the home, but eventually, the reality cannot be denied when additional help is necessary. Fortunately, once an older adult understands the advantages of senior care, he or she is more agreeable or open to the idea. Aging adults feel safer in their homes with a…

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By Julie Friend, 11:57 am on September 18, 2018

Caregivers Make Routine a Priority Predictable routines are typically best for everyone, but older adults thrive on a daily habit. Regular schedules help remind older adults of what’s next in the day, bringing a sense of security to them. Dementia sufferers especially need the structure and routine from a caregiver. Structured Routines Provide Feelings of Wellbeing Structured routines for meal…

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By Julie Friend, 10:34 am on September 5, 2018

Mental confusion and irrational emotions can be indications of both delirium and dementia, which makes it all too easy to mix up the two illnesses with each other. Nonetheless, they are two distinctly different medical issues, it’s vitally important that medical staff and caregivers understand the differences. Delirium can be life-threatening. It often affects elderly patients and is a frequent…

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By Julie Friend, 8:28 am on August 30, 2018

Staying active is important. Regardless of age, regular physical activity is required for balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. Exercise also reduces the risk of chronic disease. We can all improve our physical health and vitality by increasing activity levels.  Begin slowly and gradually increase by frequency and intensity. Walking is Always Available Walking is available for every age and ability,…

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By Julie Friend, 9:17 am on August 8, 2018

Will Your Parents Make Healthy Changes? Of course, you’re occasionally worried about your aging parents, but especially so if you think they need some healthy lifestyle changes. You may have noticed that they’re not getting as much activity anymore, have limited social interaction, or aren’t nourishing themselves with regular meals. You love and care about them. You want to help…

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By Julie Friend, 12:47 pm on July 26, 2018

What is caregiver burnout or syndrome? Can it be prevented? Work-related stress that leads to burnout is often studied and talked about, but there hasn’t been enough research to specifically address caregiver burnout, and it may be more than just stressful. It may actually damage the brain, as well. Caregiver Burnout Why would you be concerned about stress from caring…

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By Julie Friend, 3:42 pm on July 14, 2018

“We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful.” —Richard Watts When it comes to long life, happiness and vitality, have you considered how important love and connection might be? Imagine if a physician prescribed this: “Keep immersed in a community filled with people you love by continuously making new friendships, while maintaining old friendships, too. Remember to always…

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Older gentlemen getting his heart checked by his family doctor in Knoxville, TN
Older gentlemen getting his heart checked by his family doctor in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 11:57 am on June 30, 2018

A healthy lifestyle typically goes hand in hand with a healthy heart, and it’s good to know that even small lifestyle improvements can potentially increase your heart health. With a staggering 17,000,000 deaths worldwide annually from heart disease, it’s sad that up to 80% of these untimely deaths could actually be prevented. Heart disease is often silent and sneaks up unnoticed…

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How Caregiver Stress Can Impact a Senior's Wellbeing in Knoxville, TN
How Caregiver Stress Can Impact a Senior's Wellbeing in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on May 30, 2018

Stress can disrupt a caregiver’s life and also affect his or her elderly loved one’s wellbeing. Caregivers need to find ways to manage their stress levels instead of bringing the negative vibes into their loved one’s home. Here are some of the ways the stress family caregivers experience affects the wellbeing of their loved ones.  Induces Panic  Your loved one…

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7 Healthy Goals to Set in the Senior Years in Knoxville, TN
7 Healthy Goals to Set in the Senior Years in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on May 16, 2018

Seniors should make the most of their retirement years. To ensure post-retirement life is fulfilling, older adults should set goals that keep them active, social, and healthy. Here are seven goals sure to inspire senior citizens.  1. Exercise for 30 Minutes a Few Times a Week To stay physically healthy, seniors need to incorporate exercise into their weekly schedules. Regardless…

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