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New Year Events for Elders in McKinney, TX
New Year Events for Elders in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on December 15, 2016

Seniors with dementia can enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities if their Allen dementia caregivers put in a little time and thought into creating activities that the senior will enjoy. Make sure to focus on the individual’s abilities and rather than what they incapable of doing anymore. Choose activities that are likely to interest them and stimulate their minds like the activities below.  Build a Time Capsule Building a time capsule can be a fun New Year’s Eve activity for seniors and their dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers in Allen, TX. Start by getting a shoebox-sized plastic container at your favorite store. A few days ahead of time, ask everyone that will…

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5 Outstanding Senior Comedians to Remember in McKinney, TX
5 Outstanding Senior Comedians to Remember in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on December 8, 2016

Many seniors have drawn inspiration to keep working until very late in life from comedians they have seen on television, stage and the big screen. Additionally, many McKinney home care professionals believe that seniors benefit emotionally from laughter. If your senior needs a little inspiration to keep active, then share these stories with him or her. 1. Red Skelton Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton may be best remembered for his role as the host of the Red Skelton Show, which aired from 1951 to 1971. His opening monologues, which often lapsed into character sketches, were dearly loved. Red started working when he was just 10 years old in a traveling medicine…

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Managing Frustration in Dementia Caregivers in McKinney, TX
Managing Frustration in Dementia Caregivers in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on November 24, 2016

Many Allen dementia caregivers find the task to be extremely frustrating at times. Since scientists do not have a cure to stop this debilitating disease, many caregivers are left with negative thoughts that only fuel their frustrations. These thoughts can ruin the way that the caregiver views themselves, their loved one and the world around them. If you are a dementia caregiver, then use the TIC-TOC technique to banish negative thoughts from your life.  Identifying the TIC TIC stands for Task-Interfering Cognitions, or what we refer to as negative thoughts. These thoughts often interfere with the caregiver’s ability to feel positive about the world around them. One common TIC is…

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Ways to Take Care of an Incontinent Senior in McKinney, TX
Ways to Take Care of an Incontinent Senior in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on November 17, 2016

Caring for an incontinent senior can be one of the most challenging things that a family member or McKinney home care provider may have to do during their lives. It is often uncomfortable for both the senior and the caregiver. The following advice may help make things a little easier. Talk Openly If the senior does not require McKinney Alzheimer’s or dementia care, then talk to him or her about how you are feeling. Give your loved one plenty of space to express his or her own emotions too. It often helps to start these conversations in front of a caring primary care physician or a counselor. A check-up sometimes…

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Creating Centerpieces for Thanksgiving with Your Elderly Loved One in McKinney, TX
Creating Centerpieces for Thanksgiving with Your Elderly Loved One in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on November 10, 2016

While you may have to do all the Thanksgiving cooking this year, allowing a senior to make a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece may be a great addition to your feast. Scientists know arts and crafts help stop depression, boosts mental agility and keeps stress at bay. Allen, TX, home care providers encourage seniors to create centerpieces with their loved ones in order make lasting memories and stay mentally active. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Reader’s Digest Pilgrim Boy Seniors can easily create a Reader’s Digest pilgrim boy or girl. This craft is very inexpensive for those who are living on a tight budget. Start with two Reader’s…

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How Vitamin D Can Be Obtained for the Elderly During the Winter in McKinney, TX
How Vitamin D Can Be Obtained for the Elderly During the Winter in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on November 3, 2016

People over the age of 50 are more likely to experience a vitamin D deficiency. With age, seniors slowly lose the ability effectively to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. The kidneys also play a major role in activating the synthesized vitamin D. This ability is also compromised with age. Many seniors have fewer opportunities to get outside and enjoy the sun, especially during the winter months. This further decreases vitamin D levels. A deficiency in vitamin D can contribute to muscle weakness, hip fractures, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Vitamin D also plays a role in the absorption and utilization of calcium. Vitamin D levels influences immune health, too….

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List of the Best Leading Alzheimer's Specialist in Allen, TX
List of the Best Leading Alzheimer's Specialist in Allen, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on October 27, 2016

Alzheimer’s caregivers in Allen, TX, need all the help they can get when it comes to looking after their senior loved ones. Below is a list of four of the leading Alzheimer’s experts in Allen, Texas. Dr. William Woodfin  Dr. William Woodfin offers his medical services at Woodfin Neurological Clinic in McKinney, Texas, and is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine. As one of the top neurologists in the local area, he has over 20 years of experience and is board certified. Dr. Woodfin offers a high level of care while treating patients after they’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by creating a treatment plan that will alleviate the…

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The Benefits of Listening to Music for Seniors with Arthritis in McKinney, TX
The Benefits of Listening to Music for Seniors with Arthritis in McKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on October 20, 2016

Many scientific studies revealed that listening to music is more than just a pleasant pastime. McKinney live-in caregivers believe that the activity can also enhance personal health. The latest research indicates that music can also serve as a means of pain management for seniors that have arthritis.  Brain Response Researcher Robert Zatorre from McGill University explains that listening to appealing music stimulates the pleasure center of the brain, which comes to life when we eat a rewarding meal or engage in an enjoyable activity. When that area of the brain becomes triggered, cells release the feel good hormone dopamine along with pain relieving endorphins. This is one way that music…

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5 Books Family Caregivers Should Read in Allen, TX
5 Books Family Caregivers Should Read in Allen, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on October 13, 2016

Being a family caregiver can be rewarding, but it is also wrought with challenges. Allen caregivers often forget about their own health while focusing on caring for their senior loved ones. If you’re caring for a loved one, these books can be an invaluable resource, remind you to take a moment for yourself, show you that you are not alone and guide you towards resources you may need in order to provide the best possible care for your loved one. 1. When the Voiceless Sing by Christine Sotmary This book is a compilation of stories and experiences from other family caregivers. This book will show you that you are not…

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How To Know When Elders Need In-Home Care in MicKinney, TX
How To Know When Elders Need In-Home Care in MicKinney, TX
By Matthew Princiotto, 9:00 am on October 6, 2016

As your elderly loved one ages, he or she may face challenges that make it difficult to live alone. Though it may be unpleasant to bring up the necessity for assistance, McKinney home care providers can help seniors retain a sense of independence while still giving them the care they need. Here are a few signs that it may be time for your family to start looking into hiring an in-home care provider for your elderly loved one. Decrease in Personal Hygiene When your senior loved one becomes incapable of regularly showering, dressing, eating, and grooming due to physical or mental illness or injury, it is time for him or…

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