Researchers Consider C19 Might Lead to Dementia

Despite the fact that COVID-19 have been affecting younger adults, new studies are suggesting that the 60 and over community is experiencing brain issues long after their initial infection.

“Not being able to see grandchildren, get to the gym or social activities took a heavy toll on both patients and their caregivers, she [Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston] said. People with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers should take frequent walks outside, as weather permits, she said, to provide stimulation, social interaction and a bit of a break.”


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Top 5 Strategies for Dealing w/ Clingy Seniors

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AgingCare.com states, “When a senior is so clingy that it’s interfering with your caregiving tasks, day-to-day responsibilities in your own life, and critical me-time, it must be addressed before caregiver burnout sets in. The best way to approach this dilemma is to determine the underlying cause(s) of their clingy behavior. There are a few common reasons why older adults tend to demand constant assistance, attention or companionship, and there are different strategies for addressing each. Peruse the following five dynamics to see which one best describes your predicament and how to remedy it.”

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GoFundMe for Home Health Care Needs

Juliet Bernstein is a prime example of how badly the American healthcare system fails so many! Bernstein, who is 108, had to launch a gofundme to raise capital for her home care needs.

“A retired schoolteacher who is physically frail but mentally sharp, Bernstein, who was born before the first world war, hopes to remain in the modest Massachusetts home where she retired, receiving help to cook, clean and bathe.

“I saw it was being done for someone whose child was very sick,” Bernstein, a longtime civic activist, told the Boston Globe. “So I said, ‘I’m not going to go to a nursing home. I’m remaining here.’”

Bernstein has raised more than $100,000 so far, an impressive figure that still may be spent down quickly, given the realities of the American healthcare system. Bernstein’s home care is not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid assistance. She cannot afford private insurance for long-term help, living on her modest pension and social security.”

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Honoring BIPOC Mental Health

This is originally published on Mental Health America’s site, and is written by Minaa B. with Respect Your Struggle

Trigger Warning: Content discussed addresses suicide and suicidal thoughts.

For more than twenty years of my life I struggled with major depression and suicide ideation. Thought after thought, I was consumed with the idea of death and sadness and how to eliminate myself from the rest of the world. I grew tired of carrying my burdens, and when my back could no longer stand up straight from the weight of my pain that I carried in silence – I attempted suicide.

The cuts on my wrists were indicators that this brown girl was not okay. I hid myself. Learning how to be bold and brave about my struggles was a behavior that I was never taught. Instead, I was constantly reminded through television, music, the church and conversations, that weak-minded people don’t get far in life. The stigmas of society told me that black women didn’t complain – they pushed through. Black women didn’t get tired – they worked hard. And black people don’t struggle with depression – we pray. Then carry on.

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Fact! Weight Loss Improves Lung Function

During a 20-year study, researchers tracked over 3600 adults, ranging in age from 20 – 44 years old. Each had their lung function, body weight measured at each stage (beginning, middle, end).

2/3 gained weight, which led to their lung functions worsening. This is believed to be because of increased inflammation and pounds. However, those who experienced obesity as a young adult, had improved lung functions as they lost more than 1/2 pound a year!

VA Geriatric & Extended Care

A trained person who comes to a Veteran’s home to provide personal services, helping them to care from themselves with daily routines and activities – is called a homemaker and/or home health aide! These professionals are not nurses, however they are supervised and report to a registered nurse who guides them in caring for the Veterans.

Check out this video from VA.gov which shares information about Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care!

The Value of Skilled Nursing Care

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What is skilled nursing care? AgingCare.com says, “Skilled nursing care is a high level of medical care that must be provided by licensed health professionals, such as registered nurses (RNs) and physical, speech, and occupational therapists. These services can be necessary over the short term for rehabilitation from an illness or injury, or they may be required over the long term for patients who need a high level of care on a frequent or constant basis due to a chronic medical condition. Examples of skilled nursing services include wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, injections, catheter care, physical therapy, and monitoring of vital signs and medical equipment. Skilled nursing care provided in any setting for any duration must be ordered by a doctor to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA or private health insurance.”

Today, seniors are opt-in to age safely in their homes, especially since it’s familiar to them. A Better Alternative Nursing Agency provides licensed professionals who are dedicated to keeping your loved ones safe, healthy and comfortable – in their own homes. These short-term skilled care is provided by Medicare, some private health insurances, VA and long-term care insurances. A Better Alternative Nursing Agency allows seniors the leisure to receive medical treatment, while remaining independent within the comfort of their own home.

What Is Home Care?

1800homecare.com states that home care ” enables people who have special needs (such as people with a disability, people with chronic illnesses, or older people) to recover from illness or injury, or just maintain a sense of independence as they age while living in their homes.” 

A Better Alternative Nursing Agency, Inc. provides a range of services, including:

Skilled Nursing

  • Assessments
  • Case Monitor
  • Nursing Advocacy
  • Medication Review
  • Care Plan Development
  • Teaching of Patients and Families
  • Pain Management
  • Ventilator Care
  • Wound Care
  • Diabetic Monitoring
  • And More…

Companion Care

  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Meal Preparation
  • Letter Writing
  • Appointment Setup
  • Medication Reminder
  • Pet and Plant Care

Personal Care

  • Bathing
  • Incontinence Care
  • Hygiene/Grooming
  • And More…

When your heart is at home, we aim to keep you there!