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February 17, 2021 Aging In PlaceHome Care 101

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be serious in the elderly and there is some evidence that it might even affect the mood of your loved one.

With proper care, you can prevent UTIs from getting out of hand and wreaking havoc.

In this post, we will talk about how to keep UTIs are bay.

Urinary tract infections in the elderly (how to prevent them)

Wipe from front to back

Remnants of fecal matter tend to contain millions of bacteria that can contribute to urinary tract infections.

When you are wiping (or you are a caregiver who is helping your loved one get clean), wipe from the front of the genitals and back towards the anus.

Don’t bring the toilet paper back towards your genitals.

This simple action keeps the bacteria away from where they could cause an infection.

Avoid holding your urine

If you need to go to the bathroom, please do! Urine that is held in your bladder creates a perfect atmosphere for bacterial growth.

The inconvenience of stopping whatever you are doing to go and pee is worth preventing that UTI that will nag you for months.

Drink plenty of water

Other fluids like cranberry juice, orange juice, hibiscus tea, white/black tea are helpful as well.

Drinking water and increasing your fluid intake in general, allows your body to make more urine.

The urine your body produces will wash out the bacteria that would otherwise hang around and cause an infection.

Drink more cranberry juice (or consume more cranberries)

There is some evidence that drinking cranberry juice or consuming cranberries could help with preventing the recurrence of UTIs.

A study looked at 150 women who had urinary tract infections and the effects of cranberry juice on preventing urinary tract infections. The women were divided into three groups. One group drank cranberry-lingonberry concentrate juice for 6 months. Compared to the control groups,  the researchers found there was a 20% risk reduction in the recurrence of UTIs when the women drank the cranberry-lingonberry concentrate.

Another study found that cranberry juice could disrupt UTI-associated bacterial biofilms.

Take these simple steps to keep UTIs at bay.

 

 


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5 activities you can continue to do even if you’re social distancing

Another wave of COVID-19 rages on.

And perhaps you have not had the chance to see your loved ones in months.

Or if you have, it has been at a distance and with masks on and/or limited contact.

Now that the new vaccines for COVID-19 are slowly being rolled out, there might be relief on the horizon for us.

But until then, we still have to practice social distancing to slow how fast the virus spreads as well as to protect vulnerable, high-risk populations.

In this post, we’ll talk about activities you can still be involved in that will help alleviate the isolation and boredom you may be feeling from having to observe social distancing rules.

5 activities to beat boredom as social distancing continues

Take a walk in nature

There is nothing like getting fresh air by walking through your local park, nature reserve, or a nature trail.

If you live in Southern California, then there is no end of places for you to go and enjoy such.

If you live in the more temperate regions of the country and already have snow, don’t let this stop you! Even a walk through your neighborhood can do so much good.

Host a virtual dinner party

Family cannot come over for a real, in-person dinner party?

You can use video call services to host your very own tech-savvy dinner party with friends and family.

Make sure to set the table and prepare your meal just as you would if people were coming over.

Not only will it provide you with a sense of accomplishment; you will also prepare your body and mind for the social event just like you would if it were in-person.

Host a virtual game night

Just like the idea above, you can host a virtual game night with friends and family over video conferencing software like Zoom.

You can even have all the in-game excitement and arguments! And you will create memories with the people you love.

Go to a drive-in movie

Tired of staying at home?

There are cities around the US that are now throwing it back to the days of drive-in movies.

You don’t have to leave your car.

You can eat all the popcorn you want, and not buy the overpriced one at the cinema!

This is an activity you can share with your loved ones – all of you can drive separately to the movie and share in the outdoor experience.

And in the end, you will derive satisfaction from enjoyed the experience with people you love.

Start a project you’ve been putting off

Whether it is a home improvement project (elders should approach these with care), a knitting project, a painting, or simply a crafting project you’ve been putting off, now is the perfect time to get started on it.

So get to it!

 

I know having to be apart from the people you love is hard.

This virus came and changed our lives for sure.

With the new vaccines, it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Until we are in the clear, however, social distancing and wearing masks will be necessary.

If you’re having a hard time coping, these activities will help take away the boredom of life with social distancing.

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November 13, 2020 Family Caregiver0

What is temporary aphasia? Learn more about it in this post.

Aphasia is a language disorder in which a person may not be able to speak or understand speech.

Sometimes, a person with aphasia will speak but may use the words incorrectly or will have garbled speech that makes no sense.

In this post, I’ll cover what temporary aphasia is in this post, what you should know as a caregiver, and how you can help.

What is temporary aphasia?

Temporary aphasia is also called transient aphasia.

For most people, temporary aphasia will happen after they experience a stroke or when they experience a migraine.

Other health problems that may trigger the condition include:

  • A developing brain tumor
  • A head injury
  • Seizures
  • Brain infection
  • Or a progressive neurological disorder like Alzheimer’s disease

Each of these causes can impact the areas of the brain that control how we speak and understand words.

The good news, however, is that this is a problem that can be easily overcome with speech therapy and the right support.

Signs of aphasia

The following signs may indicate that your loved one is experiencing transient aphasia.

  • Sudden difficulty in getting their words out
  • Trouble understanding the words you or someone else is saying to them
  • Difficulty reading or writing
  • The affected person may speak the wrong words or unintelligible words
  • When asked to write, your loved one may write incorrect words or words that don’t make sense

While these are strong indicators that your loved one is experiencing aphasia, doctors may have to conduct an MRI exam to make a definitive diagnosis.

What can you do as a caregiver?

The first time you observe a loved one experience temporary aphasia, it will be bothersome.

Remember that for your loved one, it is bothersome as well.

Temporary aphasia usually does not require treatment. And in most cases, it may happen once and never again.

However, if the condition recurs, your loved one may need extra medical attention to diagnose and treat the underlying cause.

If your loved one has experienced transient aphasia more than once, you and your loved one can create a card that has their name and describes what temporary aphasia is. This card should also have the number and number of an emergency contact who can be reached in case you are not around.

 

 

 


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