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7 Simple Home Remedies for Upset Stomach in Sacramento, CA
7 Simple Home Remedies for Upset Stomach in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on July 5, 2016

Some seniors experience an upset stomach due to illness, medical conditions, or even medications they’re taking. Family caregivers in Sacramento, CA, can help their senior loved ones reduce nausea and feel better by having them try one or more of these handy at-home remedies for sour or upset stomach. 1. Heating Pad Warmth and heat have many healing properties including alleviating an upset stomach. The heat from the pad will help increase blood circulation in the abdomen and aid with digestion. Heat will also help to relieve any cramping of the abdominal muscles.  2. Ginger Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help ease an upset stomach. Ginger also aids…

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4 Easy Eye Exercises for Seniors in Sacramento, CA
4 Easy Eye Exercises for Seniors in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on June 28, 2016

Daily exercise is known to improve senior health, but what about your loved one’s vision? There are numerous eye exercises that Sacramento home caregivers can encourage seniors to perform daily that can prevent vision loss. By strengthening the eye muscles, visual acuity and strength can improve. Take a look at some of these simple exercises seniors can try right at home.  1. Palm the Eyes This is a great exercise to relax the eye muscles and reduce tension. It is best for seniors to sit comfortably in a chair with elbows propped up on a desk. Have your loved one gently place palm of the hands over the eyes without…

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Oral Hygiene Tips For Elderly
Oral Hygiene Tips For Elderly
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on June 21, 2016

As seniors age, they may forget to take care of their teeth or have trouble traveling to the dentist. However, a live-in Sacramento, CA, caregiver can be a huge help in aiding a senior with dental hygiene. If you are taking care of an elderly loved one, make sure they are following these simple guidelines. How to Help Seniors Brush Teeth Brushing is the most basic way to clean the mouth and should be done twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Teeth should be brushed with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities and dentures should be brushed with a special denture paste that will not scratch their…

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Remembering the Life of Muhammad Ali and His Struggle with Parkinson's in Sacramento, CA
Remembering the Life of Muhammad Ali and His Struggle with Parkinson's in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on June 14, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s bravery in the ring is undisputed but millions of seniors and Sacramento respite caregivers will also remember his courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Doctors still don’t know what causes Parkinson’s, but they do know that its progression varies from person to person. Symptoms range from slowed motor function and tremors to muscle pain and anxiety. Ali started showing symptoms of Parkinson’s about three years prior to his official diagnosis in 1984. Although the disease took its toll on his mobility, he approached life with dignity and grace and brought awareness to millions about this disease. Ali was also among one of the first famous figures to speak out…

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Delicious Frozen Treats for Seniors to Enjoy in Sacramento, CA
Delicious Frozen Treats for Seniors to Enjoy in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on June 7, 2016

Frozen treats remain a popular summer dessert for many families. There is no reason why seniors cannot indulge from time to time, especially when the treats are homemade and healthy. Here are a few simple recipes Sacramento at-home caregivers can prepare for their loved ones. Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Ingredients: Four large sliced and frozen bananas Four cups of strawberries Two tablespoons of sugar or Stevia powder Sprinkle the sweetener over the strawberries in a bowl and combine. Microwave the mixture at 30-second intervals until the berries soften and the sweetener dissolves. Add the berry mixture and the banana slices to the blender. Puree until you get a creamy consistency. Serve…

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Low-Maintenance Roses to Plant with Seniors in Sacramento, CA
Low-Maintenance Roses to Plant with Seniors in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on May 31, 2016

June 12th is celebrated throughout the United States as National Red Rose Day. The holiday provides the chance to admire the historic flower in all of its fragrant glory. The timing is appropriate as the bushes are typically blooming during this month in particular. Though the origin of the holiday is not certain, many believe that Australia was responsible for influencing the commemoration. The country from down under holds a similar celebration for an entire week. In honor of these flowers, seniors and their Sacramento senior care providers might consider planting a low-maintenance version of the plant.  Drift Roses Drift roses are a combination of full-size and miniature roses. The…

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What Causes Senior Impotence in Sacramento, CA
What Causes Senior Impotence in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on May 24, 2016

Statistics indicate that the majority of men experience impotence at some time during their life. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study reports that 52 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 live with some type of erectile dysfunction (ED). The rate increases to 70 percent for men aged 70 or older. However, older men do not have to accept the problem as a normal part of aging. Hourly Sacramento caregivers can help their senior loved ones by maintaining an open dialogue, discovering the underlying cause, and seeking medical treatment. Impotence Causes There are many reasons that are not age related that can lead to ED.  Cardiovascular disorders that…

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How Does Anemia Affect Seniors in Sacramento, CA?
How Does Anemia Affect Seniors in Sacramento, CA?
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on May 17, 2016

Anemia is a common condition for seniors, affecting nearly 45 percent of the elderly population. While it is often viewed as an inevitable condition that occurs with age, in nearly 80 percent of cases a cause can be found and treatment suggested. If you’re a live-in caregiver in Sacramento and you suspect your loved one has anemia, it is important to see their doctor.  Signs and Symptoms of Anemia Anemia is a condition in which the body does not transport enough oxygen-rich blood. It can manifest as a lower than normal level of red blood cells or a deficiency of hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen, in the red blood…

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How Senior Couples Can Maintain a Sexual Spark in Sacramento, CA
How Senior Couples Can Maintain a Sexual Spark in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on May 10, 2016

Maintaining a satisfying sex life can be difficult as we age. Sex can take the back burner to the pressures of daily life, and physical and emotional changes brought about by the aging process can decrease libido and sexual health. However, seniors and their Sacramento home caregivers know that a fulfilling sex life is a critical component of a relationship at any age and should be a realistic expectation for seniors.  Sex and Aging Sex can be difficult for seniors. Many health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia can make sex uncomfortable and decrease sexual desire. Erectile dysfunction is a concern for many men, and hormonal…

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How a New Breathing Device Will Diagnose Asthma Early in Sacramento, CA
How a New Breathing Device Will Diagnose Asthma Early in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on April 26, 2016

Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes many seniors to have difficulty breathing and can lead to other medical complications that Sacramento live-in caregivers may not be equipped to handle without help. Though asthma is treatable, it sometimes goes unnoticed until a senior has already spent years struggling to breathe properly. Scientists from the University of Surrey have used innovative 3D printing technology to create a device that can diagnose respiratory conditions as soon as they develop. Dr. David Birch and Dr. Paul Nathan worked together to create what they are calling a Sneezometer. This device is actually an extremely sensitive spirometer that measures lung capacity, and it is so…

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