The Top Traits of In-Home Caregivers

The list of benefits associated with in-home senior care for the aging population is a long one, but the bottom line is that seniors simply live longer, happier and more fulfilled lives when they re able to remain in the comfort of their homes. Of course, the key to making it all work is the dedication and service of in-home caregivers. But not all caregivers are the same – as is the case with any other profession, some people are just better suited for it than others. Are you considering in-home senior care for your loved one? Be sure to look for the following essential caregiver traits when you evaluate your options! Enthusiasm and Love The most successful people at any job are the ones who truly love their work. This is especially true when it comes to senior caregivers. Take a look at Always Best Care s Caregiver of the Year, Quandra Conner – she excels at her work, and impacts the lives of her clients in a hugely positive way. It s all because she loves what she does, and she


Nutrition Tips for Seniors to Live Longer – and Healthier – Lives

“You are what you eat.” That saying is just as true for seniors as it is for growing children, but seniors don t always make the best choices when it comes to nutrition. For many older individuals, the work that goes into preparing healthy meals is sacrificed in favor of convenience, which often leads to less healthy choices. Thankfully, there are some things seniors and caregivers can do to ensure a nutritious diet without breaking the bank or cutting into quality time. Better Snacks Seniors have different appetites than younger individuals, which means that they often “graze” throughout the day instead of eating large meals. Unfortunately, the snack foods that older folks have easiest access to are not always the most healthy. One solution is to switch out the chips and candy with nuts. Want motivation? A recent study concluded that people aged 55-90 who eat nuts regularly had a 39 percent lower risk of premature death. Better Meals at Home People who cook at home five times

Seniors and Mental Fitness – Keeping the Brain Sharp in the Golden Years

Making sure seniors stay physically active is important, but ensuring mental fitness among the aging population is just as crucial. Cognitive impairment affects as much as 25% of individuals over the age of 70, while more than five million people in the United States alone suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Cures for cognitive impairment and dementia have yet to be discovered, which means that effective forms of prevention are extraordinarily valuable. Thankfully, seniors can keep their minds sharp as they age – and avoid mental impairment – by exercising the brain! Here are some tips for seniors to maintain their neural pathways and continue to produce healthy, new brain cells as they age: Keep Learning We live in the information age, which is wonderful when it comes to the opportunities seniors now have to challenge their brains. Staying current with the use of technology and communication tools like email, texting and social media helps the aging population