Posts by chris jones

6 Tips to Prevent Dehydration in Seniors

It may come as a surprise to learn that as we get older, our ability to feel the sensation of thirst lessens and our kidneys are not able to conserve water as well. This means that the risk of dehydration increases in seniors, and can commonly lead to hospitalization or more serious health risks. It’s … Continued

8 Tips to Minimize the Behaviors of “Sundowning”

For some people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, the evening hours can bring increased agitation, confusion, and restlessness. Some may even experience hallucinations or energy surges. This unusual evening behavior is commonly known as “sundowning” or “sundown syndrome” and typically occurs as the daylight fades in the late afternoon and early evening. Andrea … Continued

Breathing Life into an Isolated Population

L’Chaim Health and Wellness Center celebrates 20 years Ida had a slight build and a sparkle in her eye. She was smart, full of life, and always looked for the bright side of a situation. At age 83­­­, Ida had Parkinson’s disease and as it progressed, her hands became very shaky. One day, during her … Continued

8 Tips for Better Mornings with Arthritis

Arthritis pain can make mornings difficult to manage. Nighttime inactivity will typically result in pain and stiffness, but small adjustments to your routine can add up to a great deal of relief. Kendra Benisano, RN, BSN, Home Care Supervisor at Seniors At Home, encourages individuals with arthritis to be patient with themselves, especially in the … Continued

When a Senior Can’t Manage Their Personal Affairs, Who Will?

Today, people are living longer and fuller lives more than ever before. And while that is good news, the reality is that there often comes a time when older adults can no longer manage their personal business and finances. When seniors cannot handle daily finances or become more susceptible to financial mistakes, the consequences can … Continued

New and Expanding Social Clubs and Programs Help Older Adults Stay Connected

For many older adults, maintaining an active social life only becomes more difficult with age. Retirement, the death of friends and family, lack of mobility or cognitive abilities can all contribute to feeling lonely. Feeling lonely not only reduces quality of life but can seriously impact physical and mental health. In fact, according to recent … Continued

5 Ways Home Care Can Help You Avoid a Crisis

As we age, it is natural to experience changes in mobility, cognition, and lifestyle. Though many older adults uphold good health well into their later years, at some point nearly all of us will require some assistance—including the 90% of older adults who wish to remain living at home. Unfortunately, it is all too common … Continued

How to Engage a Loved One with Dementia During the Holidays

During the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, family members with dementia are often left out on the sidelines. This can leave them feeling disconnected or disoriented, and can potentially create disruptive behavior. “The holidays can be an especially stressful or lonely time for people who have dementia,” notes Andrea Korsunsky, Director of Seniors At … Continued

Six Ways to Reduce Caregiver Stress During the Holiday Season

While the holiday season is often joyous, it can be stressful, too­. Family members may be visiting from out of town. Calendars may be filling with invitations and events. Add to that the changing demands of caring for an aging loved one, and you may find yourself unable to get to all the items on … Continued

Five Facts You Need to Know about Senior Isolation

Older adults often experience their social worlds shrinking, as retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility make participating in social activities more difficult. For those who become socially isolated or who feel persistently lonely, the consequences can be dire and even life-threatening. Traci Dobronravova, MSW, Director of Seniors At Home, says, … Continued