July 29, 2011

ADULT DAY CARE SERVICES SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE STRESS LEVELS OF FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF OLDER ADULTS WITH DEMENTIA

Filed under: senior living guide,Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 10:24 am

In the first known study to clearly demonstrate that Adult Day Services (ADS) is effective in helping reduce stress on family caregivers, Penn State researchers have determined stress is reduced by an average of 66% in caregivers who use adult day care services.

Steven Zarit, PhD, professor and head, department of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State, a noted researcher, headed up the team effort.  The team used daily self-reports of subjective distress and health symptoms from care-related and non-care stressors paired with biomarkers obtained from caregiver’s saliva samples provided at scheduled times during each day. Assays were obtained for 3 key biomarkers with implications for health: cortisol, alpha-amylase and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S). Cortisol is a hormone produced by stress.

The team evaluated the cortisol levels of 150 caregivers who began the use of adult day services. The researchers reported their results online in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences 10.1093/geronb/gbr030 June 2011.

l Family caregivers experienced 66% less care-related stress on days that their relative used ADS compared to days they did not use ADS.

l Caregivers reported that their relative appeared more alert and easier to manage after spending the day at an ADS program and that their relative benefited from the stimulation and social interactions at the programs.

l ADS use improved sleep and behavior in participants which related to positive changes in well-being among their family caregivers.

“One way of alleviating that stress is through the use of an adult day care center, which allows them a predictable break from caregiving responsibilities…The changes we have seen are as large as you’d get with medication, but with no side effects,” Zarit added

Phone: 804-426-6315

Email: lphillippo@circlecenterads.org

Research Contact:  Elia Femia, PhD or Stephen Zarit, PhD

Penn State College of Health & Human Development

Phone: 814- 865-5260

Email: exk12@psu.edu

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July 22, 2011

Palliative Care & the DMHC Difference

Filed under: home health care — seniorlivingguide @ 11:28 am

 

Palliative care physicians lead an integrated team of healthcare professionals whose prime mission is the alleviation of pain and distressing symptoms, whether or not a cure for the disease is possible. For decades, the palliative care team was only available to patients in the hospital. Doctors Making Housecalls now brings this enormously valuable service home to patients who need it.

Palliative care is formally defined by the World Health Organization as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”

People sometimes confuse “hospice” and “palliative care.” They are actually quite different. While both disciplines strive to alleviate pain and empower the patient to lead as active and fulfilling a life as possible, hospice care is reserved for those with a prognosis of only six months or less to live. Palliative care is for patients of all ages, and at any disease stage, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or terminal.

Common adult conditions that utilize non-hospice palliative care are cancer, kidney disease, dementia, diabetes, and stroke, to name a few. Children with birth defects, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and many other conditions also benefit from palliative care

Palliative medicine not only treats the patients with the disease, it also helps the patient’s family and caregivers, be they family or friends, bear the burden of the illness and its symptoms. Addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of the healing process is an integral part of palliative care treatment. A key benefit of the palliative care approach is that the doctor will take the time to discuss and clarify the goals of care with the patient and loved ones, to ensure that everyone understands the reasons behind each treatment decision that is made.

Perhaps the most important feature of palliative care is that it works! One recent example: A 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that lung cancer patients who received palliative care early in their treatment had a better quality of life, suffered less depression, and lived more than two months longer than those who received standard oncologic care.

Most Palliative Medicine specialists work in hospitals, but DMHC’s palliative care team comes to your home or business. If you are in pain, nauseated, or just plain exhausted, you do not have to summon up the resources to drive to an office or sit in a waiting room. DMHC will come to you. You will receive the expert attention and compassionate care characteristic of all DMHC services.

It’s what we do…because it’s what our patients want.

www.doctorsmakinghousecalls.com

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July 14, 2011

Project N.O.W. (Nurturing Our World)

Filed under: senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 4:09 pm

Project N.O.W.’s (Nurturing Our World) 50+ and Better Senior Activity Center is free and open to the public.  Located at 55 Tidemill Lane, in Hampton, VA

Contact Betty Hester at 826-3127 for more information

WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER YOU:

  • Various Exercise Programs 3-4 times a week
  • Limited Mobility and Strengthening Exercises
  • Free Medical Transportation for Seniors (Standing in the Gap)
  • Yearly Celebration of Grandparents
  • Informative Lectures & Resources
  • Social Gatherings
  • Healthy Eating Classes
  • 50+ Outings – Dance, Dinner, Theatre, Lectures, etc.
  • Toys for Tots & Easter Basket Give-a-ways for youth
  • Adopt-A-Family for Christmas
  • Monthly Potluck BINGO & Lunch

and So much more

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July 8, 2011

Staying Independent – Home Safety Tips

Filed under: home health care,senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 2:58 pm

Question:  I just returned home from a hospital stay for a recent fall. Thankfully I did not break any bones. My biggest fear is breaking a hip and having to leave my home.  What can I do to make my home safer?

Answer: You are wise to plan ahead to prevent another fall!  Here are some tips:

Main Living Areas: Remove throw rugs, sovaldi cords or clutter in the walkways.  Install night lights in the hallways and bathrooms. Replace any worn or torn carpet and broken railings near steps.

Bathroom: Install grab bars on the walls, advice near the toilet and shower.  Use a shower chair so you can sit while bathing.  Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees F. to avoid burns.

Kitchen: Set utensils and food at a comfortable height to avoid reaching or standing on a stool. Look for sharp corner counters or tables which can be padded.

Your physician can also order a home safety evaluation for you.

You also may want to consider having in-home assistance with some of the daily tasks so that you can reserve your energy for the more enjoyable things in life.  A home care company such as Comfort Keepers may be your answer.  Comfort Keepers provides assistance in your own home to those needing a little extra help.

Mark Sheets, sales Greater Richmond Area Comfort Keepers owner.  For more information go to www.comfortkeepers.com or call 750-1123.

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July 1, 2011

100 Testimonials and Growing: My Medicare Planner

Filed under: Medicare — seniorlivingguide @ 6:39 am

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The maze of Medicare plans is more complicated today than ever before. My Medicare Planner takes the guesswork out of choosing a Medicare plan. As your Advisor we can guide you through the Medicare process and help you choose the plan that is right for you.

We are independent advisors not captured agents. A “captured agent” can only offer the company he or she is contractually bound to offer. Simply put they will always steer you to the products of that company. We believe one shoe does not fit everyone. Consequently we know that by handling multiple companies we insure that our clients get the best coverage at the lowest cost.

We call this Freedom of Choice all in one location with more Medicare Insurance companies than anyone else. This guarantees that you will have the best plan at the best premium.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER – We actually run all you prescriptions through Medicare’s Plan Finder & put the report in your hands and then enroll you in the best plan. Read what Esther Koch, seek a noted gerontologist, cialis sale says about the Medicare’s Plan Finder on our website.

Tom Chamouris, owner of My Medicare Planner, is passionate about protecting senior citizens and providing straight answers to their questions.  With 20 plus years of experience Tom’s  unique ability to analyze the needs of each client, results in savings of hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars annually to his client.

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