The American Cancer Society provides a health tip to patients with terminal illnesses - take the time each day for personal care because research shows when you look good, you feel better. I think we all have probably always known this as everyone feels a little better when they are dressed up and ready to head out to a party.
Doctors usually urge seniors to stay active and engaged each day and this is a reminder to Caregivers to make sure to assist loved ones and clients to shower daily, dress in clean clothes, put on makeup and style their hair.
It is also essential for seniors to get some form of exercise each day, as long as thier doctor approves. If able, a special treat of a massage, manicure and pedicure also does wonders to make a person feel better.
Caregivers can even arrange for these services to be performed in the home if a senior is unable to go out. Call your local salon or massage spa and ask for referrals to massage therapists and cosmetologists who visit the home - many do.
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The world's oldest woman, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, died on Friday, January 2nd, at the age of 115 years and 114 days. Maria de Jesus, of Portugal, died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. She started the day with breakfast and then went to the hospital for swelling, her daughter said (and she did not elaborate beyond that so the exact details for cause of death or unknown).
The Gerontology Research Group at the University of California, Los Angeles, tracks supercentenarians and verifies birth dates through birth certificates and other documents. Now the oldest person status falls to American Gertrude Baines, a 114-year-old daughter of former slaves who still has a very good memory and is healthy except for arthritis in her left knee. She was proud to vote for Barack Obama and lives in a nursing home in Los Angeles.
Researchers say that definitely for these seniors healthy aging is in their genes - they chose parents who also lived long lives.
It is kind of cool to think that living to be 100 is no longer all that big of an accomplishment. However, this means savings must last longer, along with good health and presents new challenges for health care and government, primarily making sure we have enough caregivers and enough money for the aging population!
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Caregivers often monitor the medications of those they care for, and doctors typically prescribe vitamins to go along with the medications for seniors. So what about making sure Caregivers are taking the right vitamins?
As more and more research has shown which vitamins are best for certain conditions, learning about the proper vitamin supplements at any age can lead to healthy aging. Caregivers, especially, deal with lots of stress and proper nutrition, supplemented with vitamins, can be beneficial to avoiding a breakdown in the immune system.
Depending on your family history, you may want to find vitamin supplements for memory, bone and vision loss. Talk to your doctor about what vitamin combination would be best for you based on the latest research.
One example is the results of a study from Johns Hopkins University which suggested that vitamins C and E taken together may slow down the progress of Alzheimer's disease. While the study does not prove that vitamins C or E prevent Alzheimer's and more research would be needed to come to that conclusion, this is one of many studies which medical doctors use to guide their individual prescriptions for vitamins.
And, since Caregivers are already monitoring medications, it is easy to take their own vitamins at the same time. Find out what vitamins are right for you as you take time to take care of the Caregiver!
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