­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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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ( ALS )

ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease ( baseball’s “Iron Horse”), is a progressive neurogenerative disease impacting the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. When these motor neurons die, the brain’s ability to initiate and control those muscles are lost. Two types of ALS are:

  1. Sporadic- most common form
  2. Familial-the disease is inherited

The Mayo Clinic cites these early signs of ALS:

  1. Difficulty walking or doing your normal daily activities
  2. Tripping and falling
  3. Weakness in your leg, feet or ankles
  4. Hand weakness or clumsiness
  5. Slurred speech or trouble swallowing
  6. Muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue
  7. Difficulty holding your head up or keeping good posture

If you are experiencing any of these please make an appointment with you Doctor. If you have difficulty completing tasks of daily living, call us today for a free consultation. We can assist you with all of your wants and needs to help you lead a fulfilling life!

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Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) Stroke in Seniors

Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) Stroke in Seniors

One neurological disorder that can occur is a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or commonly known as a stroke. A stroke can occur at any age, but the risk increases over the age of 65. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early action is key. Here are some signs and symptoms to look for if you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke:

  1. Numbness on side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion
  3. Sudden trouble with vision
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of dizziness
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The CDC recommends to act F.A.S.T. and utilize the following simple test;

1. F-Face-Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

2. A-Arms-Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

3. S-Speech-Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

4. T-Time- If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.

At Perfect Solutions for Seniors, we recommend to have a list of all your doctor’s information on your refrigerator, so your family can have it readily accessible. www.cdc.gov

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Parkinson’s Dementia in Seniors

Parkinson’s Dementia in Seniors

In simplest terms, Parkinson’s Dementia in Seniors “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.

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

If you or a loved one is experiencing these please schedule an appointment with your Doctor. For further information on Parkinson’s please visit Parkinson.org

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Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors

According to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2018, 5.7 million Americans are living with AD. By 2050 that number is expected to rise to 14 million. “AD” Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors was first described in 1906, but it was not recognized as a common cause of dementia till 70 years later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define “AD” Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors “as a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.” Age is the best known risk factor for AD, at this time.

10 Signs and Symptoms of “AD” Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life

  • Challenges in planning or solving problems

  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, or work or at leisure

  • Confusion with time and place

  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

  • New problems with words in speaking or writing

  • Misplacing things and losing ability to retrace steps

  • Decreased or poor judgement

  • Withdrawal from work or social activities

  • Changes in mood or personality

If you notice these signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Remember, Dementia is NOT a normal part of the aging process.

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Peripheral Neuropathy in Seniors

Peripheral Neuropathy in Seniors

Peripheral Neuropathy is a nerve disorder causing numbness stemming from your peripheral nerves. This could cause numbness or weakness usually in arms and feet. PN is separated into two different categories.

Common symptoms of sensory neuropathy include:

• Tingling.
• Numbness, especially in the hands and feet.
• Changes in sensation — Some people feel severe pain, especially at night, and some are unable to feel pain, pressure, temperature, or touch.
• Loss of coordination.
• Loss of reflexes.
• Burning sensation.
• Feeling that you are wearing socks or gloves when you are not.

Common symptoms of motor Neuropathy include:

• Muscle weakness.
• Difficulty walking or moving your arms or legs.
• Muscle twitching.
• Cramps.
• Spasms.
• Loss of muscle control.
• Loss of muscle tone.
• Loss of dexterity.
• Falling.
• Inability to move a part of the body.

PN could impact walking and other abilities that may affect your quality of life. If you or someone you know needs assistance in your home with activities of daily living, personal care or travel to Dr. appointments, call us!

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Neurological Disorders and Aging in Seniors - Homecare Sarasota Blog

Neurological Disorders and Aging in Seniors

As we age, changes occur in our bodies. There are things we can noticeably see, such as hair color, but changes are occurring within the body as well.

Our brain and central nervous system are experiencing changes as well, this is why a person is more likely to suffer a neurological issue over the age of 65.

Here are some of the most common neurological disorders that affect seniors and may require senior home-care:

  1. Stroke or medical known as a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)- this occurs when a part of the blood supply to the brain is being blocked, such as a clot.
  2. Neuropathy- nerve disorder causing numbness
  3. Alzheimer’s Disease- progressive diseases that destroys the cells in the brain
  4. Parkinson’s Disease- a chronic and progressive movement disorder
  5. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis- (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is progressive disease affecting motor neurons and causes deterioration of a muscle’s function. Any of these affects a person’s quality of life and they may need assistance in their homes.

Here, at Perfect Solutions for Seniors, we provide a free in-home consultation and work within your budget for 24 hour or as needed senior home-care in Sarasota. We do not want a person’s financial income to hinder care.

 

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Christmas Activities for Seniors

Christmas Activities for Seniors

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Christmas week is upon us. Here is a list of activities to engage your Senior during the Holiday Season.

  1. Watch an old time Christmas movie. White Christmas with Bing Crosby will surely bring back wonderful memories. Remember to put volume on a little bit louder, and check their hearing aids to ensure they are working properly.

  2. Wrap Presents! While they are assisting you with wrapping, ask them questions about their favorite Christmas memory, and lead them down memory lane.

  3. Go see Christmas lights! Nothing brings out more joy then beautiful Christmas lights twinkling. Google Christmas lights in your area, and it will guide you to the best spots. Some neighborhoods even have contests to see who can have the best lights. Can you spot the winner?

  4. Have a warm cup of tea with them, gather the kids around and read classic Christmas Stories. Our favorite is “ A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Creating Memories is the best part of the season. Enjoy with your loved ones, live in the moment, and cherish life.

    Happy Holidays, from our Family to Yours!

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