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Respite Care

Respite Care

Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their senior loved ones so they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite care.

Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief in a licensed residential facility to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement outside the home. Respite also provides a positive experience for the person receiving care.

Respite provides a break for the family caregiver, which may prove beneficial to her health. A majority of family caregivers report fair or poor health, with one or more chronic conditions, or a disability.

Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellbeing, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect.

 

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Live a longer, healthier life: one simple thing you can do

Live a longer, healthier life: one simple thing you can do

Live a longer healthier life

It’s the development of the simplest habits that have the greatest impact on our long-term health. Exercising, eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and rituals to eliminate stress are recognized as key routines that we should practice to optimize our chances to live a long, healthy life.

But there is one health routine that is often neglected that may have the greatest impact of all.

Brushing your teeth. In a new book, author Angie Stone enumerates five causes of death that are promoted by periodontal disease, which in turn is a product of poor oral hygiene:

Heart Disease

Research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of the development of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible. The development of periodontal disease can also worsen existing heart conditions.

Stroke

Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.

Diabetes

People with diabetes and periodontal disease may have more trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetic patients with healthy gums. This appears to be a two-way street. Those with periodontal disease are more likely to develop diabetes.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Research has shown those with periodontal disease have a 60 percent higher likelihood of developing COPD than those without periodontal disease.

Dementia

Oral bacteria in the mouth due to poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue deterioration.

 

The author’s main focus is on nursing home residents, who are most often dependent on others to keep their teeth clean, but there’s a valuable lesson here for all seniors.

“The elderly have increased risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, COPD, aspiration pneumonia, and thrush. The lack of adequate oral care increases these risks significantly,” says Stone.

The culprit is oropharyngeal bacteria. These bacteria can be controlled through daily brushing and between-the-teeth cleaning. But poor dental habits can lead to this bacteria “wreaking havoc,” and leading to serious illness or premature death.

Stone says the greatest risk of dying from dirty teeth comes when the bacteria in the mouth get aspirated into the lungs and the person contracts aspiration pneumonia.

It’s not too late to develop better oral hygiene habits and improve your chances of living a longer, healthier life. And it all starts with brushing your teeth — and a trip to the dentist.

 

 

ARTICLE FROM WWW.SENIORLIVING.COM

https://www.seniorliving.com/article/live-longer-healthier-life-one-simple-thing-you-can-do