Parkinson’s awareness month

April is Parkinson’s awareness month. In simplest terms, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a central nervous system disorder than can affect movement, often involving tremors. These tremors can be exhibit themselves in outer extremities such as legs
and arms, or internally such as one’s larynx impacting their ability to swallow.

Though many are aware of the term Parkinson’s, few know early signs of Parkinson’s.

The Parkinson’s Foundation lists 10 early signs of “PD” Parkinson’s Dementia.
1. Tremors
2. Small Handwriting
3. Loss of smell
4. Trouble sleeping
5. Trouble moving or walking
6. Constipation
7. A soft of low voice
8. Masked face
9. Dizziness or fainting
10. Stooping or Hunching Over

A symptom of Parkinson’s that can be easily overlooked is dysphagia, which is a swallow impairment. Tremors present in the larynx impact the safety of the swallow mechanism increasing the individual’s risk of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration is when a foreign particle, such as a liquid or food, enters past the vocal folds of the trachea and into the powerhouses of our body: our lungs. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) are the healthcare practitioners that will work within the interdisciplinary team to provide diagnosis and treatment for dysphagia.
There are 3 types of dysphagia:

1. Oral Dysphagia: swallow impairment that occurs inside of the oral cavity. Impairments generally are impaired mastication, or chewing, of food, and/or decreased propulsion of the food or liquid bolus resulting in oral residue.

2. Pharyngeal Dysphagia: swallow impairment that occurs in the pharynx which can result poor transit of the bolus to the esophagus or decreased coordination of pharyngeal elements resulting in aspiration.

3. Esophageal Dysphagia: impairment in the esophagus where bolus does not transmit to stomach area. A referral to a GI specialist is needed.

An individual can experience dysphagia in multiple phases of the swallow. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms in swallowing or early signs of Parkinson’s, consult with your Doctor who can make the appropriate referrals. As Parkinson’s progresses, more assistance may be required to support you in your activities of daily living such as meal prep, housekeeping, and medication reminders. If this is you, contact Perfect Solutions for Seniors, a senior in home company, with a Speech Language Pathologist leading the staff in best communication and assistive practices for their senior clients.

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Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol is a large part of many cultures. From celebrations to mourning, alcohol will make an appearance. What many may fail to take in consideration is as we age our tolerance for alcohol changes. Our tolerance for alcohol may decrease as we age secondary to the following:

  1. Less muscle to absorb alcohol
  2. Increased time to absorb alcohol
  3. Decreased water in the body

Alcoholism does not stop once you hit a certain age. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug dependence cites that up to 11% of elderly hospital admissions are because of drug or alcohol related issues.  This rate is similar to the rate of elderly being admitted for cardiac arrest.

Also, as we age the prevalence of the number of medications one is on is increased. Medication interactions with alcohol increase the likelihood of acute episodes or even hospitalizations.

Furthermore, interactions as well as prolonged use of alcohol can lead to dementia. Alcohol induced dementia impacts memory, learning, and other higher level cognitive skills. Symptoms may include:

  1. Repetition of same story or questions with no recollection of asking prior
  2. Confusion
  3. Loss of muscle coordination
  4. One may appear poorly nourished

A certain type of syndrome, Korsakoff Syndrome, is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse and abuse. Korsakoff is a chronic memory disorder caused by a severe deficiency of thiamine (B-1).  An individual with Korsakoff syndrome may exhibit within normal limits of social skills and other cognitive skills but suffer from memory gaps.  They can have an extensive conversation with someone or confabulate information because they may actually believe the information they presented, but once the conversation is over, they will have no recollection.

The Alzheimer’s Association, cites available data that 25% of those who develop Korsakoff Syndrome eventually recover, almost 50% improve but do not completely recover, and the other 25% do not recover. In order to recover it is vital to abstain from alcohol.

It is important to note, alcohol induced dementia occurs after a prolonged period of extensive alcohol use.  If you are or your family members are noticing changes mentioned above, speak with your Doctor. If you are having difficulty recalling what is said in Doctor Appointments or need assistance getting to your appointments, Perfect Solutions for Seniors, a senior in home care agency, will be happy to help!

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Gender Differences of Nutrition and Aging

We all age differently. A contributor to this is our gender. As we age we are also at increased risk for under-nutrition. Females are markedly at risk for undernutrition than males. Undernutrition increases one’s risk for:

1. Depression
2. Lower cognitive ability
3. Lower physical ability
4. Increased diagnosed diseases.

A way to combat this undernutrition is to eat with others. A Nutrition and Health Survey from Taiwan cited that when older men ate with others they were more likely to have higher meat and vegetable intakes and greater dietary quality than those who ate alone. It concluded that eating with others was an independent survival factor in older men. Providing a social aspect during meal time not only the increased quality of life but overall survival. Under nutrition may also occur because as we age it becomes more difficult to perform tasks such as meal planning, grocery trips, and cooking. If one is already not intaking adequate nutrition than the higher level cognitive tasks of meal planning and prepping may prove too much for them. This is where Perfect Solutions for Seniors can help. We understand the importance of good nutrition for the overall quality of life. Our caregiver’s and CNA’s will work with you to help you organize your meals, meal prep for you and even cook your meals.

 Call for a free in home consultation.

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Drug Nutrient Reactions and the Eldery

Drug Nutrient Reactions and the Eldery

What is it?

A drug nutrient reaction simply put a reaction between a medicine and one or more nutrients ( vitamins and minerals). These can either be nutrients present in the food we eat, or additional supplementation.

One of the most well known drug nutrient reaction is foods high in Vitamin K ( such as any greens, kale etc) should not be eaten when a person is on blood thinners. These foods ( broccoli, spinach etc.) can impact the affects of blood thinners.

There is also drug nutrient depletion that can occur. When a person has long term use of a medication it can affect that person’s ability to maintain within normal limits nutrient levels.

Take for example, diuretics can cause potassium levels to be low in the body.

How can someone combat this?

It is imperative when having a new medication prescribed that you inform your doctor of all medications that you are taking as well as vitamin supplementation.  Ask what the long term effects are of the medication. If you are an inpatient at a hospital, ask to speak with the pharmacist prior to discharge, to be fully educated on any medication use, administration and effects.

If you or your loved one are overwhelmed with this process, call us! Our Certified Nursing Assistants can assist you with recalling when to take your medication, as well as accompany you to Dr. Appts, take notes/logs and communicate that information to family.

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Diabetes and the Elderly

Diabetes and The Elderly

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25% of adults 65 and older, have diabetes. At times symptoms of diabetes are over looked in Seniors, because they are grouped into symptoms of “normal aging”.

Two types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes – Is when a person cannot produce insulin. This type can affect adults as well as children.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes – Is when a person’s body becomes insulin resistant. This is the more common type

It is vital to have your blood sugar level checked regularly to assess if you are  pre-diabetic. This is when sugar levels are elevated but no so elevated to qualify for Diabetic diagnosis.

If you are pre-diabetic, to decrease your risk of becoming Diabetic a life style change will need to be initiated. Exercise and eating a healthy diet will decrease your risk of diabetes.

Need assistance with controlling your diabetes, or medication reminders?

Perfect Solutions for Seniors can help with that! If you require medication assistance, your RN will come to you to develop a plan of care and a qualified CNA will assist you with the rest!

Free in home consultation as always. It’s our Family taking Care of Yours!

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Are you asking the right questions when looking for a Home Care Agency ?

If you are looking for a great home care agency who can assist your loved one in their home or yourself, DO NOT just look at price.  There are other things to consider before making an important decision. Your little bit of effort or queries not just give you complete peace of mind, but it also makes sure that yourself or loved ones will have decreased likelihood of issues with the chosen home care company. So, without wasting more time, lets jump into questions that you need to ask your potential home care agency!

First question that you need to ask without any hesitation is “Is the company in question providing a criminal records check to all  CNA’s  and HHA’s?”.  You want to ask specifically if they are Level II background check, which is more in-depth and requires fingerprinting. If your home care is not cross-checking their home carers profile, then it will not just harm them but also can be threatening to the life of your loved ones. At PSFS, all our CNA’s and HHA’s are Level II background checked, and if not employed for more than three months, we will provide background check and fingerprints again. This increases the safety of our clients as well as providing respectable individuals in their home.

As yourself or loved ones may spend most of their time in home, it is your responsibility to confirm the number of services or amenities provided by the home care. Read their brochure and if possible, cross-check all the services by visiting their office or asking to speak to their administrator. Here at PSFS, our administrator is always accessible via her own personal cell phone number.

Ask what kind of assisted services they provide outside of home, such as transportation to Doctor appointments or grocery shopping, do they assist with transferring to a highly rated senior community? etc. Included in our services at PSFS are all the above and more!

Lastly, request an in- home consultation. This should ALWAYS be FREE. This is an opportunity not only for the company to interview you as their potential client, but for you to INTERVIEW THEM.

At Perfect Solutions for Seniors, we pride ourselves as being one of the most reputable family owned home-care company in Florida. We are currently available in the 3 locations Sarasota, Tampa, & Palm Harbor.

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Senior Home Health Care

Introduction to Perfect Solutions Homecare

If you are not able to take care of your parents, please consider Perfect Solutions Homecare to assist you in caring for them. We of the best ones in the area serving several counties. We privately-owned as well as family owned. We employ healthcare professionals who abide to provide world-class love and care to elders.

Perfect Solutions for Seniors is primarily known for the care of elders with Alzheimer disease, but we are not just limited to just that. You will be glad to know that we work closely with attorneys, families, financial institutions, health care providers, and other community organizations so that we can provide the best senior home care services without any issues.

Want to know more about the best home health care?

Perfect Solutions for Seniors is one of the most noted names in Florida that is known for its transparency and high-quality services. If you are thinking about in-home care givers and CNA’s, then know that we are highly trained and educated if employed by Perfect Solutions. Our CNA’s are trained to handle all kinds of situations, including music therapy in their care, providing nutritious meals, and activities that maintain cognitive functioning.

Services that are exclusively provided by Perfect Solutions for Seniors are a Plan of Care established by a Registered Nurse (RN) and followed through by Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), dressing guidance, medication reminders, appointment transportation, travel companions, daily assistance, laundry and linens, geriatric care management and more. No case is too small or too big. Perfect Solutions for Seniors excels in 24/7 care for a client, where our package includes a consistent team of staff, in-home Dementia Training and recommendations by a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Speech Language Pathologist with a expertise in Geriatrics, and more.

 

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­Nutrition and Aging

As we age, our needs change. Physically, emotionally, and mentally we are needing different things to satiate us. What most often gets overlooked is that nutritionally our needs change as well.

As we age, our resting metabolic rate declines, which can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for chronic illnesses. At the same time, we are losing lean muscle mass. So what can you do to decrease this?

Harvard Medical School cites these recommendations

  1. Increase your physical activity
  2. Begin resistance training to strengthen muscles, add muscle mass and overall increase your metabolic rate
  3. Improve your diet. Add whole grains, fruit and vegetables, lean protein such as white fish, and non-fat or low-fat dairy
  4. Enjoy your favorite foods! But in Moderation!

For some, this may be a big lifestyle change, but small steps lead to great rewards. Start by walking around the block once a day, or add a vegetable to one meal a day.

Need assistance with meal planning, cooking or other activities daily living?

Perfect Solutions for Seniors is the premier provider in Sarasota, Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties. We provide free in-home consultations to fully understand what your needs and concerns are. We are family and privately owned. We know family because that is who we are!

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Source: health.harvard.edu

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Normal Cognitive Aging

Things change. With that even our bodies are changing. Our brains change, which can impact our ability to care for ourselves, form or keep relationships, or impact our work. Though things change it is important to know what changes our within the “normal” range. Though a majority of these cognitive changes may occur after the age of 65, Dementia is NOT a normal part of aging.

Areas that may NOT be affected as we age:

Intelligence: knowledge accumulated over time remains stable with age

Memory: Long term memory remains relatively preserved in old age. Short term memory is more vulnerable to aging.

Attention: Simple focused attention tasks is preserved in older age.

Language: Vocabulary is preserved as we age

Reasoning: Traditional ways of approaching situations are maintained in older persons

As we age all cognitive abilities are intact but we may need a longer time to process things, such as a problem we have never encountered before in our lifetime, but we can still figure it out!

So though things are changing, these are your Golden Years! You may have to figure out HOW the “new you” will accomplish things but you will succeed. Remember, if you need assistance, ask for help!

As always, PSFS, is only a phone call away. It’s our Family Taking Care of Yours!

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Seizures and Elderly

Seizures or medical term, epilepsy, is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
3 Types of Seizures that can occur in the elderly and their symptoms are as follows :
Simple Partial Seizures
• Jamais vu ( familiar things suddenly become unfamiliar
• Trembling that moves up one side of the body
• Déjà vu
• Out of body experiences
• Sudden shifts in mood
• Unexplained anger or fear
• Disturbed speech
Complex Partial Seizures
• Lip smacking
• Lack of response to others
• Repeated phrases
• Senseless, clumsy movements
• Disrobing
• Being briefly unaware of danger or pain
Generalized Seizures
• Brief staring
• Sudden muscle contractions
• Sudden falls
• Convulsions
Here at PSFS, we gladly will attend all your Dr. appointments and become a liaison for you and your family if they cannot attend. As always, its our family taking care of yours.
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