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What is Dementia?

As we grow older, we all become more forgetful. But forgetfulness and dementia are not one and the same. Dementia is a disorder of the mental processes caused by disease or injury, and its diagnosis can be a scary thing for an adult living at home to contemplate. Living well with dementia is possible despite its effects on memory, the ability to think clearly, problem-solving, and language. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s. But dementia can also begin after a singular or series of strokes, this is called vascular dementia. Dementia can develop as a gradual, almost insignificant problem – like forgetfulness. But this can steadily grow into an issue that affects day-to-day function and living. Mood and behaviour can also change. ...continue reading "Living Well with Dementia at Home"

If you’re an elderly or infirm person living at home, we at Cherish Care know falls can be a constant concern. Falls can result in broken bones, head injuries, hip fractures, or even death. Bone density is lost as we grow older, so any fall can be serious. When you are elderly or in ill health, your balance may be compromised and put you at greater risk. And whilst a person is off their feet recovering from a fall, they are less mobile and more susceptible to illness. However, preventing falls is possible if we take steps to avoid them. ...continue reading "Preventing Falls in Adults Living at Home"

loneliness

For some, having some time by themselves may seem like a refreshing change, but when you are an adult living alone at home, perpetual loneliness can get you down. We all need human contact at least some of the time. We at Cherish Care know that being an adult living alone can feel isolating, and if you are in ill health, that isolation can become even more evident. ...continue reading "Loneliness in Adults Living Alone at Home"

healthy eatingA healthy diet for an older adult is essential; eating well can improve our mental agility, affect our energy levels and even our emotional state. However, energy requirements decrease with advancing years. This is due to a reduction in muscle and an increase in fat as we age, meaning that our metabolism falls. What’s more, we generally become less active as we age. Therefore, our diets must alter as we grow older. But that doesn’t mean healthy eating needs to be about ‘dieting’. Rather, we need to concentrate on eating ‘well’. ...continue reading "Healthy eating for older adults living at home"