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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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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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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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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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Alzheimer Blog - Perfect Solutions for Seniors Sarasota

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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