There are some incredibly inspiring senior volunteers in the running to win up to $5,500 for their favorite volunteer organization! We will announce the state and national winners of the Salute to Senior ServiceSM Contest in June.
At a Live Chat last month, Alzheimer's expert David Troxel shared practical advice about handling hygiene activities for someone with Alzheimer's. See what difficult situations family caregivers were struggling with and what David suggested to help.
On paper, it seems simple. Diabetes management is as easy as ABC: A1C test, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But in practice, as you may know, keeping those measures of good diabetes management in check is actually much more challenging and complicated for patients, especially older adults. Here are tips and resources you can recommend to older patients to help them overcome barriers to good diabetes management.
Study Shows Diabetes Increases Depression A study from the University of Florida revealed that older adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression. This is the first study to evaluate diabetes as a risk factor for depression, and researchers discovered a number of key factors that may help explain the connection. Read more about this study's findings.
In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander shares tips for older adults to help properly manage their diabetes through a combination of healthy living and assistance from their health care team. Share this video with your patients and their families to reinforce your care guidance and help them avoid complications.
Medicare Drug Costs to Be Reduced for Seniors, U.S. Says The elderly and disabled enrolled in Medicare will generally pay less for drugs next year and insurers that offer plans with extra benefits will see taxpayer subsidies reduced because of record low spending growth. In the long term, it means that some of the dire concerns about the future sustainability of Medicare are somewhat relieved...Read more
Invite your diabetes patients to participate in this community and join in yourself to both learn and help educate. Visit one of the following message boards from the American Diabetes Association.
Adults Living with Type 1 "I've been a diabetic for almost a year and my main problem is controlling my intake with food. Any suggestions?"
Adults Living with Type 2 "Why would my numbers drop after I eat?"
Recently Diagnosed "My glucose level has basically leveled off around 170. I feel just fine but how concerned should I really be if things remain constant like this?"
I Love Someone with Diabetes "My mother-in-law has Type 2 Diabetes and dementia. She has had some wide fluctuations in her sugar levels, but she cannot tell us when she's not feeling well. What other signs should we look for?"
Caring for seniors is a labor of love that requires a special person with just the right touch. The Home Instead Senior Care® network is looking for dedicated CAREGiversSM who share its passion for caregiving to provide non-medical in-home care assistance to seniors. Learn more about what it takes to become a CAREGiver at www.heartofacaregiver.com.
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.