Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.4 million Americans, or one in eight senior Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With the disease becoming increasingly prevalent among seniors, more families are in need of assistance in caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Home care companies can provide this assistance and make a significant difference in seniors’ lives.
According to AARP, Alzheimer’s is not an inevitable disease for every senior. The organization offers many suggestions on how seniors can help prevent or fight the onset of the disease. Keeping the mind and body active and fit can reduce, delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, dementia and other illnesses among seniors.
Among other things, the AARP recommends:
Home care companies in Calgary can help seniors perform these recommended activities to improve or maintain their health. Caregivers, like those at Comfort Keepers, can ensure that seniors remain physically active regardless of their level of physical fitness and flexibility.
Whether it’s a walk in the park, the neighborhood or a store, caregivers can help ensure that seniors get out and about to stay active. Caregivers can also assist seniors with gardening, cooking and other daily tasks that contribute to their overall health and well-being.
When it comes to keeping the mind sharp, caregivers can help with this, too. In addition to offering companionship, care providers will engage in activities and pastimes with seniors that keep their minds active, such as games, puzzles, writing, reading and more. They’ll also assist with and encourage seniors to learn new skills and activities to keep their minds sharp and to enjoy all that life has to offer.
Diet plays a role in a senior’s mental and physical health. Healthy foods provide seniors with the energy and nutrients they need to stay physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. Caregivers can ensure that seniors are eating a healthy diet and receiving proper nutrition. Along with grocery shopping, caregivers can assist with meal preparation and ensuring that seniors eat regularly.
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