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Why In-Home Care Is Better than Nursing Homes

June 07, 2016 By Dan Basel

As your parents grow older, it’s natural for you to worry about how they will get along from day to day. This is especially true as they become feebler and more forgetful, as they’re more vulnerable to accidents and injuries. It becomes more evident that they need senior care.


Now as a responsible son or daughter you may want to take care of the problem yourself, but often this isn’t practical or even possible. So what should you do to make sure that your elderly mom or dad gets the elderly care they need?


Traditionally, the solution to this situation is for your elderly loved one to go to a nursing home. But more and more people are now opting for in home care instead. More people have realized that there are more benefits to home care than to have elderly parents live in a nursing home.

Here are some reasons why:

  • You can also be sure that a home caregiver will give your parent the one-on-one attention they need. The focus of the caregiver will always be on your parent. That’s often not true in nursing homes, where in general the seniors outnumber the caregivers. So they may have to “wait their turn” for the attention of the aides.
  • Your parents will also feel more comfortable staying at home than moving to a nursing home. A nursing simply doesn’t feel “right”, no matter how homey the health aides there try to decorate the place. There’s simply no substitute for the comfort of a favorite couch or the view from a favorite corner of the house. Besides, relocating can be very stressful. With in-house care, your parents retain these familiar comforts.

  • Seniors who stay at home tend to live longer than those who live in nursing homes, and studies have confirmed this fact. In addition, those who stay at home tend to be physically and mentally healthier compared to the residents of nursing homes.

  • Home health care also promotes the healing process. Research studies have shown that patients can recuperate and heal faster and much more comfortably when they’re at home, compared to staying in a hospital or a nursing home. There’s also less chance of needing the services of the hospital again when their recovery process is at home.

  • Home health aides can also customize their services and attention to the needs of your elderly parents. So they can tailor what they can do, such as if your parents are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This is in stark contrast to the generic “one size fits all” approach that most caregivers offer in nursing homes. With home care, you’re aware of the fact that not all seniors need the same kind of attention and care.

  • It may turn out that a nursing home is also much more expensive than home care, even if you ask for as much as 8 hours a day of assistance. That’s because nursing homes offer live-in facilities, and they may have other special equipment that can be used for elderly care. But it may mean that you’re paying for equipment and services that your parents don’t really need. 

  • With a home caregiver, your parents can also enjoy the freedom and independence that they’re unwilling to give up. They can set the rules and they can even go out when they want to visit friends and socialize.

    But in nursing homes, this may not be possible. Many nursing homes have restrictive rules. And you may even have to visit your parents only at certain times. At your parents’ home, you can drop by at any time you want. And they can be driven by their caregivers to the supermarket or to the homes of their friends.

  • At home, your parents also enjoy meals that they actually like. Nursing homes may prepare food for large numbers of people, and in some days the food may not be to your parent’s liking. You can also ensure that the food your parents eat are properly prepared, tasty, and nutritious.

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Pregnancy and Alzheimer's

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN
Updated 4:00 PM ET, Wed July 18, 2018

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/18/health/pregnancy-childbirth-alzheimers-study/index.html


(CNN)Women who have given birth five or more times may be 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer's later in life than those who have fewer births, according to a new study of more than 3,500 women in South Korea and Greece. Even women without dementia who had given birth five or more times scored lower on a commonly used cognitive test than those with fewer children.


The study looked only at women older than 60; the average age of the women tested in both countries was 71.
The study also found that women who had experienced one or two incomplete pregnancies were much less likely to develop Alzheimer's than women who had never been pregnant. In fact, women who had an interrupted pregnancy had almost half the risk.   

The 2016 World Alzheimer Report says more than 47 million people around the world are living with dementia, more than the population of Spain. In the United States alone, 5.5 million are currently living with Alzheimer's; 3.4 million of them are women. According to the Alzheimer's Association, women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as they are breast cancer.

 

Alzheimer’s symptoms are anything but normal — here’s what you need to know
Elena Sheppard,Yahoo Lifestyle Mon, Jul 9 8:18 AM EDT
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/alzheimers-symptoms-anything-normal-heres-need-know-121809894.html


Right now, there are an estimated 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. As America’s population ages, that number is predicted to be 14 million by the year 2050. The Alzheimer’s Association states on its website, “Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.”



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Alzheimer's: Aspirin may reduce toxic plaque 
Published Wednesday 4 July 2018


A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that regular intake of low-dose aspirin may prevent Alzheimer's pathology from forming in the brain and protect the memory of those living with this form of dementia.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322353.php

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May 11, 2018 @ 02:02 PM Forbes Magazine

https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhaseltine/2018/05/11/the-silent-epidemic-dementias-global-impact/#41ec5f3c6195


The Silent Epidemic: Dementia's Global Impact

Nearly 50 million people globally are living with dementia. The condition strikes so often, so arbitrarily, and with such little warning that many have dubbed it the Silent Epidemic.

Most of us are familiar with the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. Other common forms of dementia are less known but equally destructive: vascular dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and Lewy body dementia, the form of dementia Robin Williams was diagnosed with after his death.


At an individual level, dementia affects everyone it touches: the person diagnosed, their loved ones, caregivers, family, and friends. At the global level, dementia takes an equally exacting toll. This article is the beginning in a series of articles focused on this devastating condition.


Dementia is a complicated disorder and providing high quality, integrated, and affordable care is a challenge for any country. Because of these challenges, people living with dementia often receive fragmented and uncoordinated care that does not properly address their needs or the needs of friends and family who care for them.    (Visit the link above to read the rest of the article. More is promised to come by the author.)


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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: April 8, 2018
Elderly in U.S. Are Projected to Outnumber Children for First Time Census Bureau predicts milestone will be hit within 17 years
 
By Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy

People over 65 years old would outnumber children by 2035, a first in U.S. history, according to updated projections released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday.

The milestone would be the latest marker of the nation’s aging, which has accelerated with baby boomers’ move into their senior years and recessionary effects on births and immigration over the past decade.


The growing elderly population will also put pressure on lawmakers to shift funding toward programs such as Medicare and Social Security, particularly because elderly Americans vote at high rates, said Kenneth M. Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire.