The Benefits of In-Home Eldercare

Families of seniors utilizing in-home eldercare can enjoy stress relief, cost relief, and peace of mind about their family members. This infographic has more information about in-home care and its benefits for seniors and their families.

The Elderly & Technology

Senior citizens have unique day-to-day needs that modern technology could help solve. However, many seniors are unaware of these potential benefits. Digital devices can help seniors with staying active, keeping in touch with friends and family, and daily medical needs. In order to solve the problem, we should ensure that we understand senior’s concerns with technology.

University of South Florida Health Call for Participants

People with dementia often get up at night, turning on appliances, opening doors, even wandering away. Lack of sleep is a common problem for the 15 million caregivers who live with a dementia patient. Chronic stress by itself is a risk factor for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart attacks and stroke. “But there are other things at play,” said Meredeth Rowe, a professor at the USF College of Nursing. “That’s why we are trying to untangle this caregiver stress. Stress alone doesn’t have this effect. We’re looking at vigilance and sleep.” Rowe is the lead investigator on a federally funded study of sleep loss in caregivers. We are currently recruiting caregivers for an NIH-funded study that tests interventions intended to improve dementia caregiver sleep and overall health. Our researchers have over 20 years of NIH-funded research that focuses specifically on helping caregivers of persons with dementia. Our goal in this study is to test interventions that improve the sleep and overall health of dementia caregivers. “Caregivers don’t have to leave home or their loved one in order to participate,” she said. “We want to know if the monitoring system improves (caregiver) sleep, and if so, if that improves their biomarkers for heart disease.” Meredeth Rowe RN, PhD is the study principal investigator and has had many funded caregivers studies from National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration.

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