HOW TO IMPROVE SENIOR SLEEP PATTERNS
Sleep deprivation and other sleep issues can impact senior health significantly. Learn how to improve sleep patterns for seniors. An average of 71/2 to 9 hours of sleep each night is considered healthy for most adults. Seniors are often unable to sleep this much due to a variety of sleep-related problems. During sleep awareness month, learn what can be done to help seniors establish healthy sleep patterns.
*Sleep Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation.
Unfortunately, changes in sleep patterns are a normal part of aging. Many seniors have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. In some cases, the challenge is due to a sleeping disorder or the side effect of a medication. However, sleep disturbance in the aging is often just the result of reduced REM sleep. In other words, seniors tend to be lighter sleepers. They wake up more often due to noise, aches, movement, the need to use the bathroom, etc.
SLEEP TIPS FOR THE SENIORS
To make the most out of sleep, seniors can use these simple tips:
1. Be Mindful Stress, worry, and negative thought patterns can disrupt sleep—even if seniors try to “think positively” right before bed. Since sleep deprivation affects mental health and vice versa, it is important to encourage seniors to develop a healthy response to stress at all hours.
2. Exercise Regularly Physical activity can help the body sleep. Regular exercise also offers health benefits that positively impact sleep, like lower blood pressure, stress relief, and improved breathing.
3. Form a Bedtime Routine Many habits can influence sleep for better or for worse. Lying in bed during the day can disrupt sleep patterns. Watching television or screen time on the phone at night can also delay sleep. Encourage seniors to establish a bedtime routine that includes doing something quiet and relaxing for an hour.
4. Eat and Drink for Better Sleep Sometimes seniors drink alcohol before bed because it makes them sleepy. However, alcohol tends to wake people up in the middle of the night and reduce REM sleep cycles. Food does the same. Seniors should avoid eating food or drinking alcohol for 2-3 hours before bedtime. (Better Health While Aging)
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Entrusting Your Aging Parent to Someone Else’s Care is a Big Decision
How do you know who the right caregiver is? There are a few steps you can take to help make your selection confidently. 57% of seniors over age 70 do not find it very easy to live alone. Many need assistance with some daily tasks. If your parent is one of them and plans to age in place, it’s time to hire a caregiver. There are several steps to take to ensure your loved one receives the best care.
First Steps to Take When Hiring a Caregiver
1. Understand Your Loved One’s Needs The first thing you need to know is the kind of care your parent needs, and how often. Home care caregivers offer assistance with non-medical activities like bathing, cooking, transportation, or companionship. Create a list of specific activities your parent needs help with.
2. Assess Your Financial Options and Resources Your finances may affect your caregiver options. Work out a budget for caregiving. Many nonprofit and governmental programs offer financial assistance for the care of the elderly as well.
3. Choose an Agency Many families use a home care agency because of the added security, accountability, and convenience. Consider factors such as how long the agency has been in business, their procedures for documenting and monitoring care, and how they train and hire caregivers.
4. Compile Your Requirements The final step to take before beginning your caregiver search is compiling your requirements. If possible, create a list together with your your loved one who will be receiving care. Include preferences about the caregiver’s gender, age, availability, and more. Mark non-negotiables, like that the caregiver speak a particular language, or have a driver’s license. Use this list to screen potential private caregivers or give it to the agency you select.
For more information on ways to seek the BEST Caregiver, read our article https://www.wayshomecare.com/find-the-right-caregiver-for-your-elderly-parent. Your next step is to call us at: 424-702-5222, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so excited to announcement that WAYS Home Care & Health Agency, LLC (WAYS) is a community-based service that provides important assistance to supplement the efforts of family caregivers, friends, neighbors, and in some cases, home health aides. Our services assist our clients and allow them to remain safe and independent in their own homes.
Our Caregivers are available for as few as four hours per visit or up to as many as 24-hours a day. And they can help with a wide range of activities including companionship, meal planning, preparation and clean-up, light housekeeping, laundry, errands, shopping as well as transportation to and from appointments and events. WAYS can also assist with personal care needs and provide medication and exercise reminders.
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Amongst celebrating Black History Month, Valentines, and even watching the Super Bowl, February is also American Heart Month. In this month’s newsletter, WAYS discusses matters of the “heart” amongst our seniors.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, especially among seniors, it is important for caregivers to know the facts. 17.3 million deaths each year are caused by heart disease. Seniors are especially prone to cardiovascular complications.
In 1964, more than half of American deaths were the result of cardiovascular disease. Although this percentage has decreased, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. Every February is designated as American Heart Month by the federal government to encourage individuals to learn about, prevent, and address heart problems. Since seniors are especially at risk, it is important that caregivers understand heart disease states The American Heart Association.
Types of Heart Health Problems
There are a wide variety of heart health problems. Cardiovascular disease is a term used to broadly describe the plethora of problems that can impair the cardiovascular system. Specific cardiac issues include, but are not limited to:
• Diabetes • Hypertension • High Cholesterol • Cardiomyopathy • Arrhythmia • Valve Problems • Pericarditis • Stroke • Heart Attack • Heart Failure
While some of these conditions are manageable, others can be fatal if they are not handled properly. It is vital for seniors and caregivers to learn the signs of heart problems.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 EVERYONE!
It’s Thyroid Awareness Month.
For many people reaching their golden years, researchers have shown that symptoms such as fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and sleeplessness can make attempts at enjoying retirement difficult. Many seniors attribute these symptoms to the process of aging and simply choose to live with these complaints quietly, while others see their doctors for these complaints, who may also attribute these symptoms to aging.
WAYS Home Care & Health Agency, LLC has kick off the New Year by providing information that can help you better understand Thyroid disease, and how to recognize the symptoms earlier.
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