Understanding How Exercise Can Help Parkinson’s Symptoms

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A senior finishes working out after learning how exercise can help Parkinson’s symptoms.

Exercise can help Parkinson’s symptoms, and so can we!

Exercise is vitally important for all of us, but in particular, researchers are now finding out how much exercise can help Parkinson’s symptoms. Several studies are exposing direct links between physical activity and Parkinson’s, such as the largest clinical study up to now, in which patients who exercised no less than 2½ hours per week realized a higher overall wellbeing than those who refrained from physical exercise. And that’s just the beginning.

Parkinson’s symptoms begin when there is a loss in the brain cells that make dopamine. Researchers believe that exercise enables the mind to restore lost connections, form new ones, and continue maintaining those that are in place. Additional studies also show:

  • There were gains discovered in stride length, balance, and gait speed following treadmill exercise – after as little as just one single session, and enduring for a number of weeks afterwards.
  • Motor function and coordination were enhanced in those who pedaled faster on a stationary bike – once more, with results lasting for weeks after the study concluded.
  • Notable improvements in the normalcy of movement were discovered in individuals with Parkinson’s who maintained a consistent exercise program in comparison to those who did not.

A point to note is that these improvements seen were contingent upon the consistency of the exercise. The clinical tests revealed that any protective benefits achieved were discontinued when the amount and intensity of exercise were reduced or were implemented for only a short span of time. The required criteria for sustainable results appear to be just like those required to help those who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke: intensity, specificity, difficulty, and complexity.

Scientists are working to learn more about how exercise can help Parkinson’s symptoms and the precise reasoning behind it. For the time being, if someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it is certainly beneficial to consult with their primary care physician for a recommended exercise routine.

For support with safe, dependable transportation and accompaniment to a doctor’s appointment or workout program, or encouragement and motivation to take part in a regular exercise regimen at home, call San Diego Home Caregivers at (619) 487-9000. Our professional in-home care services are available to improve overall wellbeing for those with Parkinson’s disease or any other condition of aging throughout San Diego, La Jolla, Point Loma, and the surrounding areas. Reach out to us online to learn more.

Get Continuous Care with 24-Hour Care for Seniors

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A woman smiles with her caregiver as she receives 24-hour care for seniors.

Learn more about 24-hour care for seniors and discover if it is right for your loved one.

Navigating the evolving needs of a loved one can be a journey filled with considerations and decisions. There was a time when Mom’s care requirements were a few days a week, for just a few hours each day. As her needs shifted, the idea of having a caregiver more consistently became apparent, with you offering care on weekends. Now, the realization dawns that Mom would benefit from someone present around the clock to ensure her needs are met and to handle any unforeseen emergencies. Read more

Explore the Benefits of Live-In Care

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A senior man gets help from his caregiver in the morning, one of the benefits of live-in care.

Discover the benefits of live-in care and how a caregiver’s presence during all hours of the day brings peace of mind.

As aging loved ones progress through life, their evolving needs prompt a reassessment of the most effective care model for them. Initially, their care journey might involve a home caregiver assisting with morning routines and meals. However, as time unfolds, a few hours of assistance each day may prove insufficient. Challenges may arise in the later hours or even the middle of the night, signaling the need for more comprehensive care. Read more

Tips for Discussing Aging Parent Care During Holiday Visits

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A senior woman enjoys a holiday meal with her family. Many adult children find it necessary to discuss aging parent care during holiday visits.

Observing changes in your parents’ health during a holiday visit? Approach the conversation about aging parent care with sensitivity and compassion.

Returning home for the holidays can be a heartwarming experience, filled with the joy of family gatherings and shared memories. However, for many adult children, it can also be a time of sobering realization – a moment when they observe subtle changes in the health and well-being of their aging parents. These changes may go unnoticed throughout the year, making the holiday season a reality check for the need to address potential aging parent care requirements. Read more

Navigating Holiday Blues: A Guide to Supporting Seniors Facing Seasonal Affective Disorder

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An elderly man looks out the window with a sad expression on his face. Seniors facing seasonal affective disorder need extra support this time of year.

Learn how to best support seniors facing seasonal affective disorder with our expert tips.

The holiday season is often regarded as a time of joy and togetherness, but for some, the colder months bring more than just festive cheer. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of clinical depression, can cast a shadow over the holidays, especially affecting seniors who may find themselves reminiscing about past celebrations with loved ones who are no longer present. Read more

Understanding Behaviors Caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury

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An animated man investigates behaviors caused by a traumatic brain injury in someone's head.

Do you know the possible behaviors caused by a traumatic brain injury?

There’s no organ more essential or complex than the brain. It dictates any and everything that goes on with the body. It operates in the background, keeping us alive, and, in the foreground as the home of our cognizance. That is why, naturally, when someone suffers from a traumatic brain injury, there is so much concern.

At San Diego Home Caregivers, we believe that learning about the possible behaviors caused by a traumatic brain injury in relation to the location in the brain where the damage occurred can help families better understand and make more informed decisions about their loved one’s care.

  • Occipital Lobe: The occipital lobe controls our sense of sight. The effects of an occipital lobe injury might include vision problems, such as blurred vision or blind spots, hallucinations, visual illusions, the inability to recognize the movement of an object, or problems with reading and writing.
  • Cerebellum: Our coordination, movement, and balance are controlled by the cerebellum. A cerebellum injury may cause an individual to lose the ability to do things that require coordination, such as walking, talking, or reaching out to grab something. It can also cause tremors, dizziness, and/or slurred speech.
  • Temporal Lobe: Our language comprehension, memory, hearing, learning, and sequencing are all controlled by the temporal lobe. It lets us recognize faces and generates feelings. The effects of a temporal lobe injury can include problems with key functions as well as changes in sexual behavior, persistent talking (specifically with right lobe damage) and increased aggression.
  • Parietal Lobe: We can thank our parietal lobe for our comprehension of language, sense of touch, spatial awareness, visual perceptions, and sense of time. When this area of the brain is injured, people may encounter difficulty reading, the inability to draw or name items, challenges with distinguishing right from left, difficulty with math, and an unawareness of or neglect of certain body parts. They will also commonly have problems with hand-eye coordination.
  • Brain Stem: The brain stem controls the basic mechanisms of life, including heart rate, respiration, digestion, and blood pressure. It is the home of the startle response and reflex emotions, wake and sleep cycles, and our ability to sneeze, cough, vomit, and swallow. Brain stem damage can lead to problems with all of these basic mechanisms, including impacting speech, due to a diminished capacity for breathing.
  • Frontal Lobe: The frontal lobe is home to a person’s personality, intelligence, and emotions. It is the region of the brain that controls concentration, makes judgments, and solves problems. It also controls body movement, including writing and speech. The effects of a frontal lobe injury can include changes and/or problems with the core functions controlled by the frontal lobe in addition to more subtle manifestations of the core functionality, such as a lack of inhibition, an impaired sense of smell, vision loss, persistence of a single thought, and mood swings.

Despite how many intricate parts make up the brain, it functions as a whole. Challenges with behaviors or functions can cascade, as can accomplishments gained through rehabilitation. If you have a loved one with a traumatic brain injury and could use help with caregiving due to the behavioral or physiological effects of the person’s trauma, San Diego Home Caregivers can help.

Contact our in-home caregiving team to schedule your free care consultation online or at (619) 487-9000 to learn more about our services in San Diego, La Jolla, North County, and the surrounding areas.

Transforming a Senior’s Life with the Help of a Home Care Agency

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Senior couple at home focusing on angry man

The help of a quality home care agency like ours can help your senior loved one thrive and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Even though many older adults adapt smoothly when a new caregiver comes into the home, and enjoy a higher quality of life, there are some older adults who may still feel threatened. At San Diego Home Caregivers, we’re sensitive to the feelings of each individual we serve, and are experienced in helping to ease worries and restore peace.

A senior who feels the need to convince their family that hiring a home care agency is simply not needed may employ one of these common tactics:

  1. Arguing. Aggravations at being perceived as incapable of self-care may display as an increase in arguments, even over relatively minor issues. It’s important to recognize the underlying sense that the person needs to prove their ability to remain in control and in charge.
  2. Distancing from loved ones. The individual may show irritation through becoming standoffish and declining necessary support from family members. For example, an adult child who usually accompanies the person to medical appointments may now be prohibited by the person from going into the exam room.
  3. Concealing activities. If an agreement has been made for the person to restrict driving, for example, they may continue to drive when no one is around. Another example is refusing to adhere to a diabetic diet, eating unhealthily in private.
  4. Making dangerous choices. A senior who is encouraged to rest and allow someone else to handle a task that may now be unsafe, such as climbing a ladder to replace a lightbulb, may do just the opposite. In this way, they’re showing that they are still capable of activities such as this, but it could cause a fall and serious injury.

How Can I Help a Loved One Thrive With Home Care Services?

The truth is, no one wants to feel as though they are not able to meet their own day-to-day needs, or that they are in a state of decline. It’s very important to validate the important role the senior continues to play in our lives, and let them know often that they are both valued and needed. Several ways to accomplish this include:

  • Enlist the person’s help in meaningful tasks.
  • Reminisce about ways the senior has affected your life.
  • Ask the senior for advice.
  • Spend plenty of time listening to and engaging in conversations with the senior.

A professional caregiver from San Diego Home Caregivers will understand the many emotions older adults experience and the ways in which those emotions may present. All of our caregivers are trained and experienced in helping promote a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in life.

Get in touch with our home care agency at (619) 487-9000 for more tips and resources to pave the way to a smoother journey through aging! We offer a complimentary in-home meeting to answer any questions you have and to develop a care plan to address the particular needs of a senior you love in San Diego, La Mesa, La Jolla, Carlsbad, or other nearby areas. For a full list of the communities we serve in California, please visit our Communities Served page.

The ABC’s of Caring for the Heart for Older Adults

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Go back to the basics of caring for the heart using these simple guidelines.

Almost half of all Americans have one of the three key risk factors of heart disease: high blood pressure, smoking, and high LDL cholesterol. Too many people make poor lifestyle decisions every day that adversely impact their heart. Excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, and physical inactivity are just a few things that can do permanent damage. It’s easy to forget to put into practice the fundamental ways of caring for the heart, but it’s one of the most important things to remember. Go back to the basics and look after your heart with the following guidelines: Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior After a Heart Attack or Stroke

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Help promote healing when caring for a senior after a heart attack or stroke with these helpful tips.

When a loved one experiences a stroke or heart attack, you will likely want to focus on a list of actions that can be taken to ensure that the damaged heart heals and the individual’s lifestyle choices that contributed to the heart attack are changed. San Diego Home Caregivers often receives calls from families looking for a list of actionable items – to-do lists for care and heart health. In a scenario fraught with chaos, lists give family caregivers a sense of control. They are the handbook for a caregiver’s new reality, helping them know what they can do to promote healing and keep another heart attack from taking place. Read more

Prioritizing Making Time for Self-Care as a Caregiver During the Holidays

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Making time for self-care as a caregiver may seem impossible during the holidays, but these tips can help!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! However, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who is providing care for an older loved one, the upcoming holidays may seem more like the most overwhelming time of the year. Finding time for yourself may have dropped to the very bottom of your to-do checklist, but the aging care professionals at San Diego Home Caregivers would like to encourage you to rethink and reprioritize caring for yourself! Self-care as a caregiver is important to help you and the person you care for during the holidays and throughout the year.

What Are Some Ways to Practice Self-Care as a Caregiver?

Taking care of yourself permits you to take better care of your loved ones. San Diego Home Caregivers, a leading provider of home care in La Mesa, CA and the surrounding areas, shares five simple recommendations that can help:

  1. Eat right
    When you’re stressed out, you may have the inclination to eat too much. When you’re fatigued, it’s easy to choose whatever is handy; fast food, tea and toast, cheese doodles and a soft drink. You need healthy food to perform well.
  2. Get regular exercise
    Physical exercise is the original “feel good” tonic. It helps you sleep better and wake up rejuvenated and ready to face another arduous day. Regular exercise elevates both your mental and physical wellbeing, keeping your mind alert and body fine-tuned and energetic.
  3. Get enough sleep
    This might be easier said than done, particularly if you’re caring for a person who tends to wander during the evening. Still, most people need to have six to eight hours of sleep each night to maintain good health. Catch up with brief naps if necessary, or call San Diego Home Caregivers for evening caregiver support.
  4. Take time out for yourself
    Regardless of whether you’re caring for a parent, spouse, or other family member or friend, you need time for yourself. You need time to enjoy outside interests, to see other people, and to find a means to take a break from the constant strain of caregiving. It’s easy to let friendships lag when you have important things to do, but friends can support you through some tough times, just by being there. San Diego Home Caregivers’ respite care services can help family caregivers take the break they need during the holidays and all through the year.
  5. Join a support group
    It’s common to feel isolated in your role as a caregiver. That’s why it’s important to talk to others, specifically other caregivers. They will know what you’re up against, they’ll comprehend where you’re coming from, and they may even have some great advice.

Need some time to take care of your holiday to-do list? Contact the dedicated care providers at San Diego Home Caregivers. We can provide the attention and care your loved one needs while providing you with the time you need to accomplish your to-dos and take a little time for yourself. Call us today at (619) 487-9000 to learn more about our home care in La Mesa, CA and the surrounding areas.