If you are caring for someone living with Alzheimer's disease, you know that as the disease progresses your loved one's ability to manage daily tasks will decline. Consider some of the following for practical tips to help him or her maintain a sense of independence and dignity as he or she becomes dependent on you and other family members or caregivers.

Some age-related memory loss is normal, like forgetting where you put your keys or getting so caught up in playing with or spending time with your loved ones you forget your coffee someplace. As we age, our minds and bodies will inevitably change as the years go by. But what if you're suddenly forgetting how to get home from being out after a couple of hours, when you've lived there for decades? That's not normal and may warrant further investigation by a doctor or specialist in memory care. 

 

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or other dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are many warning signs and symptoms, although some may occur sooner or later than others. If you notice any of them affecting you or your aging loved one, don't ignore them and bring them up to a doctor next time you or your loved one has their check up. 

 

Mountain Home Care in Asheville can help you figure out where to begin if any of the following symptoms are noticed. Our experiences caregivers know memory care, and with their patience and dedication to our clients, we can help you or your aging loved one with anything from running errands, household chores or meal preparation, as well as companionship and personal care needs. 

June thru August tend to be the hottest months of the year in the United States. The southeast especially can get very hot and humid this time of year, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses in seniors. Just this past week, we had record high temps throughout the nation, making it dangerous for anyone and anything in it's path. 

 

Seniors are the most at-risk population of heat illnesses and contributing factors related to heat illnesses. Much of the time seniors have underlying health conditions, take medications, or have cognitive decline that can cause them not to feel as thirsty or hot, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, causing them to forget to drink enough water and keep themselves cool.

 

Symptoms of heat related illnesses can vary from sweating, to fainting, headaches, nausea, and in the worst cases, high body temperature and heat stroke. Symptoms depend on the severity of heat illness, and in the case of seniors who may be cognitively impaired, the chances of them being able to let you know they are having these types of symptoms are lower than someone who may be healthier.

 

As your loved one gets older, you may be considering hiring an in-home caregiver to avoid assisted living, so your loved one can remain in an environment where they are most comfortable, surrounded by the house and familiarity of possessions they cherish while they’re safe and healthy.

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month?!

 

It may come as no surprise, as many areas in the U.S. are beginning to see warmer weather this time of year.

 

One of the best hobbies for seniors is gardening. Whether you like sprucing up your flower beds, planting seeds for a veggie patch, or you’d rather stick to indoor plants, gardening can be a great way to stay active, healthy, and maintain a sense of purpose as a senior.

 

If you’re worried you don’t quite have a green thumb, no problem! Below is a list of some of the hardiest plants to grow, no matter where you choose to grow them!