Intimacy And Aging: The Importance Of Touch For Seniors

Touch is an important part of life. Our well-being is often facilitated by compassionate human contact. However, our modern world overwhelmingly imbues touch with sexual connotations. As such, we have marginalized platonic touch in our daily lives. In this article, we will explore the importance of touch for seniors.

Woman Receiving a Facial Massage

The Importance Of Touch For Seniors

Nurturing touch is crucial to human survival. A 1962 Yale University study supports this important truth. Researchers discovered that touch-starved children suffered more developmental delays than those who received adequate adult attention. Touch-starved children struggle to adjust, even after they are placed with caring foster families. For seniors, touch can play a pivotal part in their well-being.

The Healing Power Of Touch 

Seniors often struggle to adapt to the challenges of aging. Many feel consigned to a life of loneliness because of their physical and mental impairments. They refrain from social contact and gradually become isolated from others. However, this can negatively affect their well-being.

Seniors need to know that they are loved. Studies show that hugging increases oxytocin levels in our bodies. This, in turn, reduces stress and boosts our immune systems. Hugging also lowers cortisol levels, making seniors less susceptible to heart disease and various infections.

How Touch Helps Seniors Stay Healthy

There are many ways seniors can receive their daily doses of healing touch. For example, they can indulge in spa treatments such as therapeutic massages, facials, pedicures, and manicures.

Massages have been shown to ease aches and pains. They also help improve our posture, balance, and circulation. Seniors who get regular massages often experience a greater sense of well-being. They see undeniably stark physical improvements and sleep better at night. A 2008 study shows that massage can decrease agitated behaviors in dementia patients.

Meanwhile, pedicures are particularly excellent for seniors with diabetes and circulatory issues.

As can be seen, touch is an essential part of human survival. We have the power to change the lives of our seniors. It is also important to remember, however, that even platonic touch requires consent. Therefore, we should do everything possible to ensure that our loved ones never feel violated. Touch should be pleasant, enjoyable, and uplifting.

David York Agency Understands The Importance Of Touch For Seniors

For more about how touch can make a difference in the lives of seniors, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

If you need more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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Seniors And Pain Management: The Importance Of A Supportive Network

Although aches and pains are a natural part of aging, chronic pain can lower one’s quality of life. Today, many people rely on opioids to manage their pain. There’s a downside, however: patients can become addicted to their painkillers. The CDC reports that prescription opioids are now involved in 66.4% of drug overdose fatalities. Meanwhile, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 115 people die daily in the United States from opioid overdoses. In this article, we’re going to focus on seniors and pain management and how a supportive network can help secure their well-being.

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Working With Your Doctor For Pain Management

Seniors must have regular checkups. However, a candid conversation about prescription drug usage is equally important. Below, we list some key questions to ask a doctor or healthcare practitioner during appointments.

  • What is the dosage and the duration of medication? Will it be short term or long term?
  • What is the alternative if the prescribed dosage isn’t enough?
  • How often can the medication be safely taken?
  • Are there any side effects to watch out for?
  • How will the medication interact with other substances if taken together?
  • What are other options for pain relief?

Although many seniors have a firm grasp of pain management, others are not so fortunate. The latter may particularly appreciate the support of a loved one or trusted friend during doctors’ visits. In any case, every effort should be made to help seniors overcome their fears and challenges.

How A Strong Supportive Network Can Help

If you’re a loved one or friend who is helping a senior with prescription pain management, here are some additional questions to ask:

  • How often can the medication be refilled?
  • Are there any resources available to caregivers who are helping their loved ones with pain management?
  • How can one help a loved one who is abusing prescription pain medication?
  • What can one do to encourage reluctant seniors to take their medication?
  • How can one help seniors prevent pain medication abuse or overdose?

It’s also important to realize that there are affordable professional resources to help caregivers.

We emphatically stress that pain should not rob anyone of comfort or stability in life. Seniors can enjoy an improved quality of life with a little teamwork and education. In short, pain management can be easily integrated into the daily routine of life.

David York Agency Can Help

For more tips about seniors and pain management, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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3 Exercises to Soothe Caregiver Stress

Caregiving is an inarguably stressful career. Spending most of your time and energy dedicated to someone else’s wellbeing is noble, but it’s not always easy. Stress tends to build, unnoticed, so remember to unwind and take a few moments for yourself. Even if your next day off seems miles away, there are plenty of recommended exercises to soothe caregiver stress. So, shake off the stress and give yourself the gift of these simple, mindful exercises.

3 Stress Relief Exercises for Caregivers

1. Meditation

Meditation doesn’t require a burbling brook, incense, or a soft pillow. Those things are nice, but they’re props to help you get to a better mental state. Meditation is simply a way to ground yourself, becoming more aware of your mood, your thoughts, and even your body. As little as ten minutes of meditating can help you focus and refresh. Start your day with a meditation session to set your frame of mind, and end the day with another session to sweep out the day’s worries.

2. Yoga

Yoga often conjures images of dimly lit studios and wind chimes, but again, those specifics are just props. With little more than a series of stretches, poses, and breathing techniques, yoga can change your state of mind. Whether you want to take a half hour class before or after work or take a five-minute stretch break to re-center yourself, yoga can work wonders on how you cope with stress.

3. Walking

While caregivers spend a lot of time on their feet, a pleasant stroll can do a lot to overcome stress. The combination of fresh air, the motion of your body, and the ability to let your mind wander can make a mid-day walk just the thing for undoing your stress knots. (Especially if you need a change of scenery.)

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For more tips and exercises to soothe caregiver stress, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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Caregiver Stress: Fighting Severe Consequences

Caregivers Have Their Limits

Many caregivers who experience caregiver stress try to keep going despite emotional and physical fatigue. They often put their patients before themselves, allowing their stress to grow and manifest in poor health.

caregiver holding senior patient's hands and comforting her. experiencing caregiver stress

It’s important to note that this avoidance is not necessarily sustainable. While the selflessness of caregivers is commendable, their dismissal of self-care could lead to severe consequences.

Driven to Care

There are some caregivers who feel personally driven by their work and believe they can handle the stress. They are typically very compassionate individuals who live by helping others. They might hope that their empathy for others is enough to push them to do nearly anything.

However, being in this state will eventually take a toll on both physical and emotional health. It’s estimated that one-third of caregivers will put others first, even while struggling with personal health problems.

Caregiver Stress can Lead to Self-Destructive Behavior

Stressed caregivers are more likely to develop problems with substance abuse and alcoholism. These are health issues in their own right, but they can also lead to additional health problems.

Caregivers will often run errands for others, a task that might be impossible or actively dangerous if they’re suffering from drug problems themselves.

It’s also true that caregivers are more likely to commit suicide than workers in other fields. Caregivers are ill-equipped to diagnose or manage their own stress and unprepared to combat escalating mental health issues.

Mounting pressures, avoidance, and relying on the help of pills are all ways which could lead a good caregiver down a path of self-destruction.

Refusing to Ignore Problems

Caregivers don’t ignore the problems their patients’ experience, so why should they ignore there own? They should seek treatment for the real problems that have presented themselves while trying to address the underlying problem of caregiver stress.

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For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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Caregiver Health: Anytime Stress Management

Happiness significantly improves the quality of our lives. Therefore, it is no surprise that there is a distinct connection between caregiver happiness and patient satisfaction. There are many solutions to the common problem of caregiver stress, including classes on positive thinking and even pharmaceuticals. Of course, not all marketed suggestions for caregiver stress management are safe and effective. However, producing endorphins naturally is easy. Read on to gain helpful insights into creating your own happiness and de-stressing after a draining shift.

caregiver stress

Aromatherapy

Uplifting scents can drastically improve your mood and release endorphins. Lavender and vanilla – whether applied to the skin or released into the air – are particularly good at improving mood and energy levels. These smells target the areas in your brain that are tied to stress and anxiety. Most of these uplifting and anti-depressant scents are found in nature, so a simple stroll is great way to raise your endorphins. Even fresh-cut grass triggers the production of these happy chemicals, so don’t exclude your own front yard in the search for a peaceful place to recharge. If your patient happens to be sensitive to certain smells, perfumes, or aromas, be considerate and avoid this particular method.

Social Interaction

Healthy and positive human interaction also leads to more endorphins. Laughing, talking, and interacting with friends and family releases a hefty boost of happiness. This reduces overall stress levels by reinforcing social connections. Smiling at others is a great practice that improves your mood by “tricking” your brain into thinking you’re happy. Dancing, karaoke, and bowling are all examples of group activities that promote happy feelings for everyone involved. If you’re feeling low, simply give your best “cheerleader” a call and get a healthy dose of good feelings.

Food and Supplements

For some, the taste of a wholesome, home-cooked meal is enough to pick up their spirits. Yes, there is a connection! Endorphins are released when you eat foods like chocolate or mashed potatoes (commonly referred to as “comfort food”). Also, spices can improve your mood. Cayenne peppers, for example, contain the mood booster capsaicin – a chemical that triggers pain receptors that release endorphins into the body. You can also take supplements to balance your blood sugar and well-being.

Eating a regular, healthy diet with appropriate mealtimes and snacks can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. Ingesting an herbal boost like ginseng is also a great way to keep you energized and positive.

Exercise

This option is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way of producing endorphins. Exercise stimulates the muscles, elevates the heart rate, and releases all the feel-good chemicals your body needs to get (and stay) happy. Though random bouts of calisthenics might seem odd, you can literally try this technique anywhere. Your health and mind will both benefit from this natural technique, leaving your body in better overall condition. To gain a small boost on-the-go, try squats, lunges, jumping jacks, or cherry-pickers (none of which require you to lay on the ground, lift weights, etc.) when you’re on lunch or dinner break.

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For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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Preparing To Age In Place

Many seniors prefer to age in place during their retirement years. As such, it’s important to prepare for this eventuality. According to an AARP survey, 87% of people 65 years and older prefer to stay in their current homes. So, if your loved one is on the cusp of her twilight years, take time to begin a conversation about aging in place. At David York, we understand that accepting sudden changes can be difficult. However, putting a plan in place now serves to empower your loved one, protecting his dignity, security, and peace of mind. Below are some tips to help a loved one prepare to age in place confidently.

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Don’t Wait To Discuss Driving Privileges

Seniors consider this a touchy subject. Many bristle at the prospect of giving up the car keys. Undoubtedly, driving is equated with independence, and the feeling of freedom is greatly treasured. So, it’s important to communicate compassionately with your loved one. Express your concerns gently, and see if you can establish alternative means of getting to doctors’ appointments and performing the necessary activities of daily living (ADL).

Make Home Safety A Top Priority

Even if your loved one is feeling great, encourage her to set up a plan with her doctor for maintaining long-term safety at home. Discuss the possibility of home modifications to address mobility challenges, and take steps to help her establish a strong social support network.

It’s Possible To Age In Place And Stay Healthy

It’s important to begin a discussion about physical needs now, even if your loved one is in relatively good health. Have your family member talk with her doctor about dietary needs, personal habits, and exercise plans. In particular, discuss the possibility of rehab care or in-home assistance in the event of an illness or unexpected injury.

Help Your Loved One Maintain Good Mental Health 

It’s difficult to talk about mental health. Many seniors fear admitting any weakness in this area. However, beginning the discussion now can be a helpful experience. So, encourage your senior to share his ideas. Listen to what he has to say, and assure him that mental challenges need not define his identity. Next, try to get him involved in activities that protect his mental health. Suggest social events with friends, adult education classes, or weekly exercise regimes.

With a plan to age in place, seniors can be confident that their needs will be taken care of.

At David York, we understand the importance of securing your loved one’s future. For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance your family needs. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

6 Ways To Keep Our Aging Brains Active

We all know that mental functions decline as we age. However, cognitive decline need not be an inevitable aspect of getting older. Below, we discuss six ways to keep our aging brains active.

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Mental Stimulation

Research shows that mental activity stimulates new connections between nerve cells. It may also help generate new brain cells and guard against cell deterioration. In short, keeping the mind active is one way to retain cognitive function as we age. Mentally-stimulating activities include:

  • Reading.
  • Solving crossword puzzles.
  • Crafting.
  • Painting.
  • Woodworking.
  • Learning a new skill.

Physical Activity

Exercising is another way to keep our brains active. This is because physical movement stimulates blood vessels and directs oxygen-rich blood to the brain region responsible for conscious thought. Exercising also generates the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between synapses. As a result, our brains work more efficiently.

Exercise is definitely one way to keep our aging brains active. It also lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, balances blood sugar, and reduces mental stress.

Socializing With Friends

In 2007, Kaiser Permanente researcher Valerie Crooks published the results of a four-year study involving 2,200 women. Cooks found that women who enjoyed daily social contact had a considerably lower risk of developing dementia.

Meanwhile, Robert Wilson studied a group of 80-year-old patients at Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He found that lonely people had a higher likelihood of developing dementia. Both studies show that building social connections can be an effective means of keeping our aging brains healthy.

Writing For Pleasure

An additional way to get mental stimulation is to write. The act of writing improves our cognitive performance. Certainly, writing need not be an ordeal. You can begin by jotting down your thoughts in a daily journal. If you feel a little adventurous, you can try writing poetry or even a short story. The key is to write consistently.

Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is a vital part of maintaining your brain’s health as you age. A study performed by the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore showed that the less older adults slept, the faster their brains aged. In other words, getting enough sleep helps preserve brain function.

University of Exeter psychologist Dr. Nicolas Dumay found that adequate sleep almost doubles our memory recall abilities. So, getting enough shuteye is one way to keep our aging brains active.

Eating a Balanced Diet

Good nutrition may also improve brain health. For example, foods with antioxidants can neutralize harmful free radicals. You can get these antioxidants by eating fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and spices.

Some researchers even advise a traditional Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, fruits, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. On such a diet, you will eat moderate amounts of fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy, plus small portions of red meat, processed foods, and desserts. This diet also strongly emphasizes plant-based foods and healthy fats from oily fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

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For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance you need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

The Top 5 Tech Gadgets For Seniors

Experts describe it as a crisis of epic proportions. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that those 65 and older will outnumber children by 2035. This means that, by 2035, nearly every country in the world will grapple with the most transformational change in the history of mankind. In light of this, it’s imperative that we do all that’s necessary to meet the needs of our aging population. Below, we discuss the top tech gadgets for seniors and their contribution to the well-being of this important demographic.

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Echo Show

The next iteration of Amazon’s Echo is the Echo Show. This smart device makes it easier for aging parents to stay in contact with family members. The Echo Show uses Alexa’s audio and video capabilities to facilitate communication. Seniors can use the app in a number of ways. They can watch weather updates, news flash briefings, and Amazon videos. They can also make shopping lists and stream music from Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn.

MedMinder

MedMinder is a pill dispenser that allows seniors to organize their medication by days of the week. The dispenser is equipped with both visual and auditory alerts to remind the user to take his or her medication. If the medication isn’t taken, MedMinder lets caregivers know via a phone call or text. The compartments can be locked as well so that the pills are only taken at specified times. This smart pill dispenser is perfect for seniors who are at greater risk for forgetting prescription dosages and times.

LumiLux

Seniors appreciate the LumiLux Advanced 16-color Sensor Light for night-time bathroom visits. All in all, it’s very helpful during times of decreased visibility. The LumiLux has a light that attaches to the rim of the toilet. It’s activated when the LumiLux detects body heat. Additionally, the light comes with a lifetime warranty. The LumiLux offers a display of 16 LED colors; users can either choose one or a combination of colors.

Esky Key Finder

The Esky Key Finder is a wireless system that tracks items. The user attaches receivers to the items they want to track, such as keys, glasses, or cell phones. If the item is lost, the base unit will contact the receiver. In turn, the receiver will beep and light up. This gadget is perfect for seniors with memory issues. It’s unquestionably a useful tool. The key finder’s radio frequencies can penetrate through walls and floors. So, seniors can locate missing items quickly and easily.

LetroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine

Seniors often suffer from insomnia or disrupted sleep. So, the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise machine is a particularly useful tool. It drowns out disruptive noises and creates soothing, ambient sounds.

The LetroFan offers seniors 10 types of white, pink, and brown noises as well as 10 fan sounds. So, how do pink and brown noises differ from white noise? As a matter of fact, the LetroFan website explains the key differences clearly. Seniors who have trouble sleeping will undoubtedly appreciate this innovative device.

For questions about how the right tools can make a difference in your senior’s life, contact us. At David York, we are focused on supporting you as you navigate life’s challenges.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

How Advancements In Hearing Technology Can Improve Quality Of Life

It’s a challenge to live with hearing limitations. Normal activities suddenly become stressful, chaotic, and fatiguing. Many who suffer from hearing loss feel helpless. They rely on hearing aids, but often find them unequal to life’s challenges. Meanwhile, others reject their use altogether. According to the National Institute on Deafness, only about 1 in 5 people who need hearing aids actually wears one. Yet, there is hope. Recent advancements in hearing technology are making a difference.

Senior woman holding smartphone in hands and exploring new technology

Better Sound Quality

The telephone often diminishes the sound quality and volume of a person’s voice. It also prevents the speaker from using non-verbal cues to facilitate communication. As a result, many avoid telephone conversations altogether and become increasingly isolated from society. Amplified phones offer a variety of features that can help. In-line amplifiers can increase sound by up to 40 decibels. Equally important, they also allow tone control, so that voices are pitched at accessible ranges.

Portable amplifiers are particularly useful. They can attach to phone headsets and increase sound by 30 decibels. Users can also adjust built-in volume controls to improve sound reception.

Meanwhile, many cell phones employ telecoil technology to eliminate background noises that interfere with sound quality. So, those who suffer from hearing loss can use them confidently.

Improved Viewing Experience

Today, many DVDs carry subtitles and closed captioning. Most importantly, hard of hearing moviegoers now have access to a variety of closed captioning technologies at cinemas.

Certainly, these technologies have made an important difference. People with disabilities report that closed captions have enriched their viewing experience. Now they can better understand rapid dialogue and a diversity of accents.

Increased Quality Of Life

A hearable is a wireless mini-computer that significantly improves a wearer’s ability to hear. Many hearables can monitor vital signs, track personal movements, and communicate with smart devices. Users particularly like the fact that they are largely invisible. They report increased feelings of well-being from their use.

As can be seen, people with hearing impairments need no longer suffer in silence.

At David York, we’re focused on improving the lives of your loved ones. For more information about the many ways we do this, contact us. We’ll work with you to provide individualized, compassionate care for your loved one.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

The Top 4 Hearing Aid Smartphone Apps For Seniors

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 30% of seniors between 65 and 74 years of age have hearing loss. Meanwhile, nearly half of seniors 75 years and older have difficulty hearing. Seniors with hearing problems often feel isolated from society. For example, they cannot enjoy popular forms of entertainment such as concerts, movies, and plays. They may even find chatting with friends and family a humiliating experience. However, there is hope. There are now hearing aid smartphone apps that do a phenomenal job at helping seniors hear better.

Below, we discuss four of them.

Senior man using mobile phone with hearing aid apps

Decibel Sensor Apps 

These apps are environmental sensor apps that monitor potentially damaging sounds. All decibel sensor apps do not have the same capabilities, however. While some can only monitor basic volume levels, others will provide more detailed sound information. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) reports that only 14 of 192 iPhone and Android apps provide accurate sound monitoring. According to the study, some of the best decibel sensor apps are SPLnFFT, SoundMeter, and NoiSee.

Hearing Screening Apps

These apps can tell you whether you need the services of an audiologist. The most basic versions play tones and ask whether you can identify them. Meanwhile, other versions can play several different frequencies at various volumes. These apps are markedly superior; they mimic professional hearing tests. However, they should never serve as a replacement for a formal hearing exam. The most popular hearing screening apps are uHear, Sound Check, and Play It Down.

Amplifier Apps

These apps work in conjunction with earbuds or headphones to amplify sounds in your environment. Another key point is that they can also amplify the sounds your tablet or smartphone’s microphone picks up. Some of the more advanced apps allow you to choose whether to amplify nearby or distant sounds. Meanwhile, others can eliminate or minimize background noise. The most popular amplifier apps include HearYouNow, BioAid, and Hearing Aid With Replay.

Hearing Aid Controller Apps

These apps are made by hearing aid companies to help you adjust your hearing aid right from your smartphone. In fact, the latest hearing aid technology facilitates a wireless connection between your hearing aid and smartphone. So, you no longer need a Bluetooth streaming device to connect both. The most popular hearing aid controller apps are ReSound Smart, ReSound Control, and TruLink.

As can be seen, these hearing aid smartphone apps can change the lives of seniors who are hearing impaired. However, it’s also important to remember that these apps can only monitor or enhance hearing. They can never take the place of a professional audiology exam.

At David York, our goal is to support you as you focus on the most important things in life. For a helping hand or for more information about how a visiting or live-in healthcare provider can help, contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions and to discuss options with you.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn