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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Dementia in Seniors with home care services

Dementia & Behaviors in Seniors

With Dementia, we may often see behaviors in an individual, secondary to that individuals frustration or inability to communicate effectively. There are often triggers of these behaviors.

Below is a helpful chart to assist you in recognizing what those triggers may be.

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Trigger Description What to Do?

Too hot or too cold?

Use bathroom?

Thirsty or hungry?

Check comfort – re position, assess skin temperature and remove sweater if hot add if cold.

Show toilet for visual cue, ask if has to toilet using words that they recognize (Pee, Poop, make water, BM, etc).

Show a snack or beverage when offering it.


Person may isolate self when world is overwhelming.

Verbal outbursts- cursing, crying, screaming.

Shadow staff as fear being alone.

Provide one on one. Reassure them.

Let him/her shadow. It will not be for a long time.

Make sure you are providing body language that is welcoming such as smiling.


Doing anything with too many steps.

Doing something unfamiliar.

Break tasks into small steps to match ability of the person.

Steps will need to become even smaller as the person declines in cognition.

When introducing a new task try to couple it with something familiar and slowly introduce the new part.


Difficulty expressing wants, thoughts, and needs.

Unable to understand others.

Help the person find the word to express their thoughts.

Provide them with two clear choices State a direction, wait for a response.

If person does not understand, add pictures.

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Normal VS Abnormal Memory Lapses - PSFS Homecare

Normal vs Abnormal Cognitive Episodes in Seniors.

All too often, individuals above a certain age may have incidents of memory lapses or other cognitive episodes that may leave them wondering “Is this normal?” “Am I getting dementia?”. Here are some guidelines to distinguish between normal vs. abnormal memory impairment:



Forgetting momentarily where something was placed (i.e. keys) or where one was going.

Increased forgetfulness where you cannot perform tasks of daily living safely such as cooking (i.e. leaving stove on while not cooking, or placing a kitchen towel on an open flame.

Delay recall of recent events, but eventually will recall.

Amnesia, no recall of recent events even the day prior.

Needing more time to learn new tasks or information.

Not able to learn new tasks or information.

Experiencing “tip of the tongue” phenomenon, and word retrieval will eventually come through.

Having difficulty expressing thoughts secondary to poor word retrieval and stringing a cohesive sentence together. Experiencing “aphasia”- a language disorder affecting a person’s ability to communicate.

Information summarized from:

If your memory incidents are frequent and interrupting your daily life, as well as quality of life, talk to your general practitioner about your concerns.–more


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What is Dysphagia Caregivers & CNA's - PSFS Homecare

What is Dysphagia Caregivers and CNA’s?

Dysphagia, What is it?

Simply put it is a swallowing impairment. Many Seniors may be experiencing issues with swallowing but are not aware of the signs and symptoms such as:

1. Consistent cough or throat clearing when eating or drinking

2. Low grade fever

3. Oral retention of food after the swallow

Our lovely administrator, Francesca, a geriatric Speech therapist educates our caregivers and CNA’s signs to look for in our clients with dysphagia so we can make appropriate referrals to their primary physicians.

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Vitamins and Supplements may help dementia patients - PSFS Senior Homecare

Vitamins May Actually Help Prevent Dementia

When you or someone you love has Dementia, you may be open to any and all possible ways to treat it and to keep from worsening. At the present moment there is no cure, and a limited number of medications for this progressive disease. Some may look to what vitamins and supplements can do.

New research shows that certain vitamins may actually help prevent dementia or slow down the progression. Below are a few “super-vitamins” :

  1. Vitamin B1
  2. Vitamin E
  3. Phosphatidylserine
  4. Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid
  5. Zinc
  6. Curcumin
  7. Omega-3 fatty acids
  8. Coenzyme-Q10

New preliminary evidence suggests that the brain can change for the better with the use of natural remedies. Research informs us that the change will take years, not weeks or months, to see the beneficial effects with a natural approach due to the fact the brain takes a longer time to heal than any other organ.

Aside from these top natural remedies, please be aware that severe imbalances in various hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, insulin, thyroid, pituitary and several others) can have profound effects on brain aging. As well as chronic stress, your personal genetics or family history, and the amount of time you exercise and have restorative sleep.

 For all these or any other brain aging concerns, see a natural health care practitioner or your primary doctor to discuss further, and of course before implementing a new regimen of vitamins and/or supplements.

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CNA Senior home care Perfect Solutions for Seniors

New Home-Care Medicare Advantage Plan Benefits

Starting in 2019, the Medicare Advantage Plan will now include a “Non-skilled in-home caregiver services and will be allowed as a supplemental home care benefit”.  Under the new definition, the agency will allow supplemental benefits if they compensate for physical impairments, diminish the impact of injuries or health conditions, reducing avoidable emergency room utilization.  Having a CNA or home caregiver assisting in daily activities is beneficial at reducing hospitalizations and allowing seniors to stay and recover in their homes. In 2019 a plan will now assist in covering these expenses.

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