How to Prevent Aphasia in the Elderly

Aphasia makes reading, writing, and speaking challenging for a senior. The condition usually occurs when the part of the brain affecting language is damaged. Aphasia is often the result of a stroke, though there are many other potential causes. Kitchener senior care experts suggest taking these steps to reduce your loved one’s chances of developing aphasia.

Follow a Healthy Lifestyle

Chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes can lead to aphasia. Encourage your loved one to eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to lower his or her risk of chronic degenerative diseases. By exercising and staying active, your loved one can boost blood flow to the brain, allowing more nutrients to reach it. Even a small amount of exercise each week is enough to enhance cognitive function and prevent aphasia.

Stay Mentally Active

Brain stimulation and activity helps increase the flow of blood to your loved one’s brain and reduces the odds of developing conditions associated with aphasia, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. Here are some activities your loved one can do to keep his or her brain active and challenged:

  • Reading a book
  • Writing
  • Taking adult education courses
  • Learning to play an instrument

Prevent Falls and Head Injuries

Severe blows to the head could cause damage to one or more of the language areas of the brain, leading to aphasia. Because seniors are more likely to experience falls, the chances of your loved one experiencing a head injury can increase with age, which also increases the odds of being affected by aphasia. To prevent your loved one from falling, you can take the following steps:

  • Remove clutter in the home
  • Have his or her vision checked on a regular basis
  • Add grab bars and rails around the home
  • Remove rugs and throws
  • Clear pathways in the home
  • Increase lighting throughout the house
  • Encourage him or her to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise

Reduce the Risk of Strokes

Strokes are the leading cause of aphasia among seniors. When a senior experiences a stroke on the left side of the brain, the risks of developing aphasia increase. To prevent a stroke, your senior loved one needs to maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels, follow a healthy diet, exercise, quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and eliminate stress. Reduce your loved one’s odds of developing aphasia by reducing the risk of stroke.

Help your loved take preventive action for conditions like aphasia by reaching out to Home Care Assistance at (519) 954-2111. We provide dedicated live-in and hourly caregivers who can encourage your loved one to maintain a healthy diet and stay alert. In addition to being experts in KW at-home care, we also provide specialized post-stroke and dementia care Kitchener families can count on. Call a Care Manager to discuss a customized care plan to meet your loved one’s individual care needs.

5 Older Adults Who Crave Adrenaline

Just because your senior loved one is getting a little older doesn’t mean he or she has to stop seeking out thrills and having fun. Waterloo, ON, at-home care experts have put together a list of 5 adrenaline junkies over the age of 60 who prove it’s possible to get a great rush during any stage of life.

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

At the age of 68, the former Terminator and governor of California still loves to hit the gym and lift weights. He has stated in interviews that he loves the feeling he gets from the pump after lifting heavy weights. His age doesn’t stop him from lifting hard during his workout sessions.

2. Tan Kok Sing

Tan Kok Sing became interested in extreme sports much later in life than most people who pursue this interest. At the age of 71, Sing decided to go skydiving for the first time. Now 90 years old, he has recently made history by becoming the oldest man in Singapore to skydive.

3. Neal Unger

Unger never understood why so many people would quit skateboarding during their 20s. Now in his 60s, his love for skateboarding has never waned, and his skills have been showcased all over the Internet. Unger even starred in a music video for The Moth & The Flame’s hit song “Young & Unafraid.”

4. Yuichiro Miura

Climbing Mount Everest is an impressive feat at any age. It is even more impressive for someone to climb Everest 3 times, all after the age of 70, which is exactly what Yuichiro Miura accomplished. Miura pledges he will climb again for his fourth time when he turns 90.

5. Liang Yuxiang

Though seniors are often thought of as bad drivers, Liang Yuxiang defies this stereotype by drifting around corners in racecars. Yuxiang has also become famous on the Internet for his incredible physique. It’s not everyday you get to see a 61-year-old man in such great shape posing on top of some of the fastest racecars in the world.

Though some of these activities may be too extreme for your loved one, it’s important to engage in some level of physical activity on a regular basis. At Home Care Assistance, our expertly trained caregivers can assist your loved one with exercise and encourage him or her to lead a healthier life in a variety of other ways. To learn more about the live-in and respite care Waterloo, ON, seniors rely on, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (519) 954-2111 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Latest Advancements in Diabetes Care

If you are providing Kitchener elderly care for a loved one who has diabetes, advances in treatment can greatly enhance his or her quality of life while also easing your burden and giving you greater peace of mind. Here are some recent advances in diabetes care you and your loved one might want to look into.

The SmartMat

Designed by enterprising university students, the SmartMat is a temperature-sensing mat that alerts diabetics to potential foot problems that could lead to amputation. Seniors with diabetes are especially vulnerable to poor circulation. This mat lets them know if one foot is colder than the other, which is one way to discover issues with lower extremity circulation. Hopefully, this development will lead to fewer diabetes-related amputations.

Mindful Eating

Mindfulness is a current trend that works well with helping seniors follow dietary guidelines designed to control their diabetes. The basic concept is to find ways to help your loved one become more aware of his or her food choices and how these choices impact his or her blood-sugar levels and overall health. These methods may include keeping a food journal or talking to a nutritionist who specializes in mindful eating.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

This technology is especially useful for newly diagnosed senior diabetics or those with poor control over their blood-sugar levels. CGM works through an implanted sensor that tracks blood sugar continuously in real time without the need to remember to test, which allows Kitchener caregivers to see more easily when levels spike or drop dangerously low. In addition, the information gathered can be invaluable to help physicians develop the best possible therapeutic regimen.

Innovative Medications

One of the more impressive new diabetic medications is Jardiance, which helps the kidneys clear excess glucose more efficiently, lowering blood-sugar levels. This medication is especially great for seniors because it is generally taken only once per day, making it easier to remember and dose properly. Jardiance also offers added health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular complications like heart attack or stroke, and it is becoming highly recommended as a treatment for older adults with diabetes.

Managing diabetes can be challenging without assistance. If your loved one needs additional support while living with diabetes, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can cook nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, assist with exercise, and help with a wide variety of other daily tasks. For more information on the part-time and 24-hour care Kitchener, ON, families trust, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (519) 954-2111 and find out how in-home care in KW can enhance your loved one’s quality of life.

5 Ideal Hobbies for Elderly People with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s impairs the memory, but there are activities seniors can do each day to help maintain a small part of the memory and cognitive skills often lost during various stages of the disease. Waterloo Alzheimer’s care professionals identify 5 hobbies seniors with Alzheimer’s can try.

1. Puzzles

Crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles are ways to keep seniors focused on words and puzzle pieces. Make sure the words in crossword puzzles or word searches are easy for your loved one to see. You can also create a large crossword or wordsearch on the wall with giant letters for better visibility. Your loved one can attempt jigsaw puzzles with fewer pieces, such as those for children, or those with large pieces.

2. Painting

Some seniors enjoy expressing themselves with colors. Painting can be a fun way for your loved one to draw what he or she is thinking. Get a canvas, paintbrushes, and oil or watercolors for your loved one and let him or her express some creativity.

3. Gardening

Gardening is a repetitive activity, which is something many people with Alzheimer’s need. Your loved one can plant herbs in a small area of the home, tending to them as he or she would a larger garden. If you are at home regularly, consider taking your loved one outside to help with a larger garden. Your loved one could use a pail to water the plants or gather herbs that are ready to be picked.

4. Scavenger Hunts

Give your loved one a list of items to find in a grocery store or a small retail store. Provide pictures of what to look for in the hunt. This activity will keep your loved one’s mind occupied and thinking about the present.

5. Videos and Pictures

Create a scrapbook with pictures of the family. Talk about old times, special people, and events in your loved one’s life. Sometimes, seeing pictures and videos can trigger good memories instead of sad ones.

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, consider hiring a caregiver to help him or her manage the symptoms. At KW Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are trained to provide in-home care Waterloo families can count on. We provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s and dementia care services, and our caregivers can help boost your loved one’s cognitive function, delay memory loss, and promote independence with the help of our revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method. Call (519) 954-2111 today to find out more about our care plans that can be customized to meet your loved one’s unique needs.