Month: May 2010

Alzheimer’s Care For Late Stage And End-Of-Life

Caring for a loved one in the end stages of Alzheimer's disease can be a very trying and difficult time for family members, friends, and caregivers. While the patient may become increasingly unaware of their mental and physical deterioration, those left tending and supporting the individual are charged with the heartbreaking task of keeping the patient comfortable and secure during their end-of-life struggle with Alzheimer's. Progression of Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease progresses in a rather uncommon fashion. While some patients stricken with the disease seem to follow a steady pattern of decline, others may spend years of slow deterioration of their mental and physical faculties. Regardless of the speed of decline, Alzheimer's care for late stage and end-of-life is a struggle shared by countless caregivers. While the patient's condition advances to the end stage of life, there are many things to consider when planning for appropriate care and support. Alzheimer's disease does not seem to follow a consistent timetable in respect to measuring the length of end-of-life support. Some Alzheimer's patients may enter this last phase of the disease with only days to live, while others may linger on, requiring months of end-stage care. Caregivers, physicians, and family members should develop an outline of the necessary arrangements that must be made on behalf of the patient during this stage of the disease. In general, most Alzheimer's sufferers will require...

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Exercises For Seniors: Types of Exercise, Tips, and Getting Started

Exercise has been shown to be beneficial to people of all age groups. As we age, the benefits of exercise increase and help keep the body and mind healthy. Seniors who exercise are happier, less likely to fall, reduce their chance of getting serious health disease and can more easily perform day to day life activities. Despite the numerous benefits of exercise, many seniors are reluctant to start an exercise program. They worry that they are not healthy enough or that they will fall and get hurt. Almost everyone can do some type of exercise. Even small amounts of exercise can have noticeable positive affects and help seniors live longer and better. Understanding Types of Exercise It is important to understand the different types of exercise and how a person can benefit from them. Exercise can basically be broken down into four categories: endurance, strength, balance and stretching. Each type of exercise focuses on different aspects of a person's life. Some types of exercises work together to bring about the desired health goals. By combining different types of exercise, seniors can develop an effective exercise plan. Endurance exercises work several large muscles groups at a time and increases the flow of oxygenated blood and the body's ability to use it. The most common type of endurance exercise is walking. Other endurance exercises include swimming, hiking and dancing. Endurance exercises...

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