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Virtual Dementia Tour Ireland

A Look Back at The Virtual Dementia Tour from Right at Home

Last month, Right at Home brought the Virtual Dementia Tour to five locations across Ireland as part of Carers Week 2019.

Growing Awareness of a Senior Epidemic - Loneliness

April is Volunteer Month—a great time to consider the benefits of volunteer service for seniors!

 Make donating your time and talents part of your plan for healthy aging. Almost everyone has something to offer others. Look for new opportunities, or continue a long-time volunteer job. Even if your health condition changes, you can make adaptations to continue your valuable service. "I have arthritis and I can't drive anymore," reports one senior volunteer. "But I still volunteer at my local hospice in assisting with fundraising activities and also in sharing my skill of playing piano for the patients".  " To see their faces light up as I play music to them leaves me feeling uplifted and having had a worthwhile day".

Age Related Changes in Memory

Many people worry about becoming forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about memory and why some kinds of memory problems are serious but others are not.

Bathroom Safety - A Shower Chair or Bath Bench

More than one in three persons over age 65 fall each year at home, often in the bathroom while attempting to shower or bathe. Standing up while showering or attempting to safely climb in and out of the bathtub can be difficult tasks for people with balance and physical limitations. In fact, up to one-third of elders have difficulty getting into or out of a bathtub or shower.

Take a Trip - You'll Live Longer

Travel not only helps you live longer, but also boosts your mood and relieves the built-up pressure of daily stress. Doctors advise that getting away even for 24 hours refreshes the body and renews your motivation to tackle tasks and goals.

Planning For The Future of Our Older Citizens

While it can be troubling to see forgetfulness, lapsed hygiene and other signs of ageing affect your older loved one, the good news is that many elderly are actually relieved their families notice and care. In many cases, the older person can remain independent at home with the support of family members and professional in-home caregivers like Right at Home.

Planning For The Future of Our Older Citizens

While it can be troubling to see forgetfulness, lapsed hygiene and other signs of ageing affect your older loved one, the good news is that many elderly are actually relieved their families notice and care. In many cases, the older person can remain independent at home with the support of family members and professional in-home caregivers like Right at Home.

Five Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The Institute of Public Health’s report Making Diabetes Count (2007) estimated that there were about 143,000 people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Ireland (based on in 2005 figures) and predicted that this number would increase by 37%, to 194,000 people, by 2015.

3 Home Modifications to Help Your Aging Family Members

The fact still remains, however, that certain dangers can be lurking in your home as your body continues to age. In order to ensure the safety of your loved ones, here are some suggested home modifications for aging family members.

Gift Ideas for the Elderly

In an effort to reduce your stress when shopping for your parents or grandparents, Right at Home has put together a brief guide to gift ideas for the elderly. We’ve taken into account budget, lifestyle and interests. After all, the Christmas shouldn’t be about the stress of finding the perfect gift; they should be about the joy you feel when watching someone you love open it.

Positive Ageing Week 2015 enters its teens

In its thirteenth year, Positive Ageing Week 2015 will continue to bring communities together to celebrate ageing and make Ireland the best place to grow old. Organised by Age Action Ireland, Positive Ageing Week marks the UN International Day of Older Persons on October 1st and highlights the positive aspects of ageing, while celebrating the contribution older people have made and continue to make to their communities.

Managing High Blood Pressure With In-Home Care

To most of us, blood pressure is a bit of a mystery! We go to the doctor, the doctor puts a cuff on our arm, inflates it, listens, and jots down a set of numbers. Then we're told that everything is fine—or, if we are getting older, more likely we are told that we have high blood pressure, also called hypertension.

High blood pressure raises the risk of heart-related problems, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and even cancer. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that more than 1,000 deaths each day are related to hypertension. Up to one-third of all American adults have this condition—yet only half of them have it under control. High blood pressure can be managed with a combination of medications and lifestyle choices such as a healthy diet, exercise, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol.

Eurostat - Strongest population growth in Ireland, Luxembourg, Cyprus and the United Kingdom

One person in eight aged 80 or more in 2060 The EU27 population is projected to increase from 501 million on 1 January 2010 to 525 million in 2035, to peak at 526 million around 2040, and thereafter gradually decline to 517 million in 2060. The EU27 population is also projected to continue to grow older, with the share of the population aged 65 years and over rising from 17% in 2010 to 30% in 2060, and those aged 80 and over rising from 5% to 12% over the same period.

Boosting Memory Power With Age

Exercising the brain throughout one's life is scientifically proven to preserve memory into older age.

Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is the state of inadequate or unbalanced nutrition in which the lack of proper nutrients causes adverse effects on the body. In seniors, undernourishment is more common as a person does not eat enough or is unable to process or absorb food correctly. Malnutrition is often prevalent in seniors who live alone and don’t want to bother cooking for one or who have health problems that lead to a lack of taste or appetite. But malnutrition, unfortunately, also occurs in nursing homes and care facilities, even under doctor supervision.

Engaging Seniors in Summer Activities

Summer is the opportune time for seniors to get outdoors and enjoy many of the hobbies and leisure activities they’ve loved through the years. With a few adjustments for mobility and exertion, people over age 65 can enjoy a variety of fun, safe adventures with family and friends.

Study Shows Aerobic Exercise Reverses Memory Loss in Seniors

Promising research reveals that aging is not a one-way street toward a declining body and mind. Instead, exercise is now helping older adults do a U-turn on memory loss. A 2011 report by brain researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cited a year-long study of older adults whose memory center in the brain increased with regular walking exercise.

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