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Tips to Care for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease

If you have just recently learned that your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you are probably wondering: What comes next? This can be a new, scary chapter for your senior and family facing many unknowns. While this disease has no known cure, hope is never lost. Below, you can learn several actionable steps to take to provide your senior with the best care.

Learn, Learn, Learn

One thing to know is that you can never know enough. Start this process by educating yourself as much as possible about Parkinson’s Disease. Learn how it will begin to affect your senior and what will happen next. Now, share your new knowledge with your senior’s friends and family members.

Take Time and Practice Patience

Having patience with your senior is now more important than ever. Keep in mind that these new changes may be an especially frustrating time for your senior as well. As their body and mind changes, you will find that it may take them longer to perform once-simple tasks, such as eating a meal. Be patient and plan for any extra time they need.

Support Your Senior Loved One

Be sure to show your senior that they are not alone in facing this new chapter in their life. Exercises that focus on balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility will become increasingly important as Parkinson’s Disease affects their movements. Stay active with your senior and let them know you are by their side throughout this.

Know That You Have Resources

Much like your senior, you should also know that you do not have to go through this by yourself. Being a caregiver comes with its own unique set of challenges, and you’re going to need some time to yourself every now and then. Plan to take time away whenever you need to so you can recharge and come back to your senior feeling refreshed and prepared.

Caring for your senior loved one with Parkinson’s Disease comes with many emotions and new obstacles for the whole family. We want you to know you are not alone. Home Care Assistance of Carmel is here for you! Feel free to give one of our friendly Care Managers a call today and schedule your consultation.

Senior New Year

How to Help Your Senior Plan for the New Year

Most of us are thrilled to see 2020 on its way out and welcome a fresh start in the new year. 2021 is an excellent time to create new goals and get excited about healthier opportunities – especially for seniors! What better time to implement a better quality of life? All over the world, people set resolutions every new year. But the problem is following through with them. Read through our 5 tips below and learn how you can set your senior up for success!

Make Healthy Living Goals

Daily exercise, whether mild or moderate, is both safe and healthy for seniors! Regular physical activity can help prevent various health conditions and provide a host of other benefits. These include weight control, strengthening muscles and bones, and improving your senior’s mood and outlook.

Meet New People

One of your senior’s 2021 goals should be to increase their social interaction and meet new people, whether it is in-person or virtually. There are many ways to accomplish this, but one of the best is to help them find a way to volunteer and give back to their community. This allows them to interact with like-minded seniors, help them feel happier, and live a more purpose-driven life.

Challenge the Brain Regularly

One of the best ways to keep the mind active and stimulated is to learn something new! Did you know that seniors are the fastest-growing segment of computer users? It’s true and for good reason. Seniors keep their brains moving by learning to use technology and how to virtually communicate with others.

Get Plenty of Rest

Your senior needs to focus on getting a good night’s rest in the new year. If they are having trouble sleeping, now is the perfect time to evaluate the proper solutions to help them get better sleep and improve their health.

Be Conscious of Overall Health

A senior’s body and health changes often, so keeping up with these changes should be a priority. Have them schedule their annual wellness visit with their doctor to stay proactive about their well-being.

If you are ready to create a plan for 2021 with your senior loved one but would like some guidance, please give our caregivers a call here at Home Care Assistance Carmel and schedule your consultation.