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Reasons to Learn CPR

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 28, 2018 1:54:24 PM

iStock_24140155_womancollapseEmergencies cannot be predicted.  Would you know what to do if someone collapsed suddenly in front of you? The most common cause of death world wide is due to cardiovascular diseases. Being trained in CPR can be invaluable.  CPR techniques can help save someone who has suffered a heart attack and a number of other emergency situations. 

Four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home.   Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing,  CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs ensuring a better chance for full recovery.  

CPR is not a method of restarting the heart, CPR is used to return the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body to delay brain damage.  CPR consists of chest compressions at a rate of 120 beats per minute performed with the heel of the hand on the center of the chest 2 and a half inches deep into the chest. Repeat the action quickly, at least 120 times a minute.  Don't stop doing CPR until emergency services arrive at the scene! Current studies have shown that people may have a better chance of surviving with normal brain function when CPR is continued up to 38 minutes or longer.  

Less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.  We can't control everything that will happen to those around us but we can do everything possible to be ready to help in case an emergency occurs.  

If you are still working on resolutions for the new year, add CPR training to your list!  Easy Living Services is a nationally accredited training center currently offering American Heart Association's "Heartsaver" curriculum in a fun, relaxed environment.   AHA CPR/1st Aid and Basic Life support is the number one training course for Healthcare Providers.  Our classes are expertly tailored to meet the needs of diverse participants including individuals, business groups, day care works, and health and fitness instructors.  Contact us today to learn more about flexible and convenient training solutions for your or your organization. 

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Topics: senior safety, home safety, cpr, first aid, Heart Attack, Emergency, Cardiac Arrest

Hoarding and Seniors: Is it Just Clutter?

Posted by Jill Troman on Jan 20, 2014 10:21:00 AM

senior hoardingThe TV show, "Hoarders" is a fascinating glimpse into a world most of us can not fathom.  Cameras take us into the homes of hoarders; cluttered with debris, trash and seemingly useless items.  We watch as mental health workers and organizational specialists work to clear the mess and help the individual to let go of their "stuff". Often, the individual with hoarding issues is an older person.

What causes this behavior and how can a loved one intervene?

In one research study published in 2001 by Steketee and Kim, a link was acknowedged  between elders and hoarding, noting that 40% of hoarding complaints to local health departments involved senior residences. Hoarding is more than just an organizational problem or an eye sore.  It can inhibit the senior's ability to take care of basic hygiene needs, prepare/store food and pose a general health and safety hazard. A recent U.S. study, for instance, found that 45% of older hoarders could not use their refrigerators, 42% could not use their kitchen sink or bathtub and 10% could not even use their toilet.  Not surprisingly, many seniors with hoarding behaviors become socially isolated.   Embarrassed and ashamed of their surroundings, they often stop inviting house guests.  These issues can pose grave health consequences for anyone, and especially a senior citizen.

What are the primary causes of senior hoarding behaviors? 

  • Memory Problems--With memory of past experiences becoming hazy, a hoarder may gather and keep objects as reminders or as a substitute for memory.  

  • Emotional Attachment to Possessions--Hoarders can develop extreme attachment to their belongings and view them as an extension of self. Objects can come to represent security and safety.  Throwing items away can be a terrifying prospect.  Additionally, the hoarder finds purpose in controlling and "managing" their possessions and tremendous guilt in discarding anything.  

  • Compensation for Loss-- All seniors are faced with losses as they age; loss of family & friends, physical or cognitive impairments that reduce independence, and sale of home.  Acquiring and keeping objects can serve as an expression of grief or a coping mechanism.  

  • Isolation--Elderly hoarders tend to live alone and without an adequate support system.  Hoarding can become a way for an isolated senior to comfort himself with objects when family or friends are absent from his everyday life. 

  • Trauma--The current generation of seniors lived through a number of traumatic world events including the Great Depression, World War II, and the Holocaust.  These events undoubtedly instilled the value of living frugally, saving, and intolerance of wasteful behaviors. These values and actions were prudent when facing the intense events of their generation.  However, the same behaviors can become obsessive and unhealthy with age and possibly lead to hoarding behaviors. 

 Is Your Loved One at Risk?

What behaviors or characteristics might indicate that your senior loved one might be at risk for developing a hoarding problem?  Watch for the following:

  • Mail and bills are piling up at home. 

  • Difficulty walking safely through the home due to clutter.

  • Frustration trying to stay or organized or make decisions. 

  • Difficulty handling their daily activities. 

  • Expired food in the refrigerator and pantry.

  • Closets and drawers that are jammed packed and disorganized.

  • Compulsive shopping.

  • Difficulty deciding whether to discard items.

  • Significant health episode like stroke, dementia.

  • Loneliness and lack of support network.

Look for an upcoming blog post which will tackle the complexities of helping a senior with hoarding tendencies. Learn intervention strategies and where to go for outside help, if necessary. 

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Topics: senior care, senior safety, senior hoarding, hoarding among seniors