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    A Look at the Risk Factors for Stroke

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, with the risk of experiencing a stroke doubles each decade after a senior reaches the age of 55. Although strokes are a serious concern, many strokes can be prevented. Age and gender are both immutable risk factors—seniors and men are more likely to suffer from a stroke. Controllable risk factors of stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and smoking. You can learn more about the risk factors for stroke by watching this video. 

    Has your senior loved one suffered a stroke, or is he at high risk for one? Familiar Surrounding Home Care offers companionship and care management for seniors in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties. We are available 24/7 for your loved one’s in-home care needs—call (408) 490-9990 or visit our website to learn more.

    Nutritional Tips for Seniors with High Blood Pressure

    Last updated 16 days ago

    High blood pressure is a symptomless disease that affects many seniors. It can also be a risk factor for many serious health conditions, including stroke and heart attack. Fortunately, there are many ways to control or reduce high blood pressure, starting with a healthy diet at home.

    Limit Alcohol

    When consumed in small amounts, alcohol can help to lower blood pressure. Seniors under the age of 65 should limit alcoholic drinks to two per day, while those over 65 should drink only one alcoholic beverage per day. However, seniors who do not already consume alcohol are not encouraged to start, as the health concerns still outweigh the benefits.

    Reduce Sodium

    Sodium intake and blood pressure are closely linked. Medical studies have shown that even small reductions in dietary sodium intake can greatly improve blood pressure. To control high blood pressure, physicians recommend that seniors limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day or less. This can be achieved in many ways: reducing processed food intake, avoiding adding salt to foods, and checking food labels to buy low-sodium options.

    Monitor Caffeine Intake

    Caffeine may have a negative effect on blood pressure in some seniors, although this effect does not appear to be universal. Seniors whose blood pressure is affected by caffeine should reduce the amount of caffeinated beverages they consume. It is still possible to enjoy decaffeinated coffees, teas, and sodas, which will not affect blood pressure.

    If your senior loved one has health-related nutritional needs, Familiar Surrounding Home Care can help. Our caregivers can assist with transportation, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and more to help your loved one manage his weight and control high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. If you’d like further information about our in-home care services in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties, you can reach us via our online contact form or by calling (408) 490-9990 for a free in-home consultation.

    Understanding the Differences Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are both common health concerns for seniors. While these two terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same condition. Understanding the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia can help you ensure your senior loved one receives the specialized care he needs to remain safe at home.


    Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe the loss of memory and cognitive function in seniors. In essence, dementia describes symptoms such as forgetfulness, confusion, language difficulty, trouble solving problems, and more. When dementia is diagnosed, it means that a senior is having memory or cognitive problems severe enough to interfere with the tasks of daily life. However, the term dementia says nothing about the cause of these symptoms. In some cases, dementia can be reduced or even eliminated with proper treatment of the underlying cause. The causes of dementia vary widely, ranging from dietary deficiencies and thyroid problems to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, Alzheimer’s disease is a cause of dementia.

    Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, responsible for up to 80% of cases of dementia in seniors. In the United States today, there are approximately 5.3 million seniors living with this disease. The specific causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not known, although risk factors include age, family history, and cardiovascular health. Over time, Alzheimer’s disease progresses from mild to severe, as more brain cells are affected affect cognitive capacity. This disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, treatments do exist to reduce the severity of symptoms or slow their progression.

    The caregivers at Familiar Surrounding Home Care offer specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care in addition to our other in-home care and companionship services. If you’d like more information about in-home senior care for your loved one in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties, we invite you to call us at (408) 490-9990 or explore the information on our comprehensive website.

    Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in Seniors

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not process insulin properly. Over time, the body builds up a resistance to insulin that can affect its ability to function, leading to serious disease. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes in seniors include chronic fatigue, increased hunger and thirst, and urinating more often than usual. Seniors may also experience blurred vision and pain, tingling, or numbness in the hands and feet. If you are concerned about any symptoms in yourself or a loved one, contact your physician for a checkup as soon as possible. With the right care, type 2 diabetes can be managed to maintain a healthy body and an active lifestyle. 

    At Familiar Surroundings Home Care, we can help you or your loved one manage diabetes through meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation to medical appointments, and a personalized activity program. Contact us today by calling (408) 490-9990 to discuss your in-home care needs in San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Menlo Park. You can find a full list of our senior care services on our website.

    Tips for Living Well with High Blood Pressure

    Last updated 2 months ago

    High blood pressure can put you at risk for cardiovascular disease and other medical concerns. Fortunately, your blood pressure can often be managed with simple lifestyle changes.

    Limiting the amount of sodium and alcohol in your diet can have a positive impact on your blood pressure and your health. Regularly monitoring and recording your blood pressure can tell you whether you need to make bigger changes in your lifestyle. You can learn more about living well with high blood pressure by watching this short video. 

    Familiar Surroundings Home Care offers in-home care services to help seniors manage high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. Our caregivers can help plan and prepare healthy meals, monitor blood pressure, and provide medication reminders. Click through our website or call (408) 490-9990 to find out more about our senior care services in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.


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