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By Julie Friend, 1:20 pm on December 11, 2018

Certainly, you’ve misplaced your keys once or twice. Everyone makes this mistake from time to time. Also, you’ve probably met someone and forgotten his or her name within just a moment. This shouldn’t cause worry because these are normal memory problems that people deal with on occasion. Areas of concern are memory loss affecting daily activities like missing appointments or…

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Benefits of In Home Care vs. Nursing Homes in Knoxville, TN
Benefits of In Home Care vs. Nursing Homes in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 10:03 am on November 26, 2018

Benefits of In Home Care vs. Nursing Homes As much as anyone would like to deny the aging progress, eventually there may come a time for needed assistance. Sometimes it’s needed because of recovery from injury or surgery. Sometimes the family has noticed the need or learns of the diagnosis of dementia. And sometimes, it could be the normal process…

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Home care provider helping older woman with eating after a stroke in Knoxville, TN
Home care provider helping older woman with eating after a stroke in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:48 am on November 7, 2018

Providing Nutritional Help to Someone in Stroke Care Patients requiring stroke care often have difficulty with meals. It may difficult to chew or swallow, or it might be too hard to get food up to their mouth. The person who has suffered a stroke may not even remember to eat if his or her memory has been affected. Always ask…

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Older man reading credit card information over the phone in Knoxville, TN
Older man reading credit card information over the phone in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 8:44 am on October 23, 2018

Scammers often prey upon the elderly because they’re likely to be kind and generous. Unfortunately, money scams occur over the phone, by email, and in person. Family with older loved ones need to be cautious.  Seniors are usually on a fixed income and money scams are costly to their future freedoms and security. When older adults experience a financial disaster,…

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Older woman sitting in living room with a senior home care specialist in Knoxville, TN
Older woman sitting in living room with a senior home care specialist in Knoxville, TN
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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Home care provider with a smiling patient in Knoxville, TN
Home care provider with a smiling patient in Knoxville, TN
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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Son holding older mother's hand while talking to a senior care specialist about delirium and dementia services in Knoxville, TN
Son holding older mother's hand while talking to a senior care specialist about delirium and dementia services in Knoxville, TN
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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Home caregiver helping an older woman with yoga outside in Knoxville, TN
Home caregiver helping an older woman with yoga outside in Knoxville, TN
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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Daughter holding smiling older mother in Knoxville, TN
Daughter holding smiling older mother in Knoxville, TN
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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Stressed nurse in low lighting in Knoxville, TN
Stressed nurse in low lighting in Knoxville, TN
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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