Seniors: Be Aware of Driving & Medication Side Effects

Most people equate driving with freedom. This freedom – in the form of a driver’s license – is usually obtained in the late teen years with no real specific end. Driving is a complicated task that requires extreme focus and agility and sometimes various medications that seniors are taking can interfere with their ability to drive safely.

Seniors between the ages of 65 and 79 take over 27 prescriptions every single year, and taking just five prescriptions in a day can have a huge negative impact on driving ability. Over the counter medications often come with warning labels, and prescriptions do as well. Keep an open dialogue going with your pharmacist so that they can clearly tell you about any side effects that might hinder your driving ability.

How is driving impacted by daily medications?

  • Seniors may experience a slower than normal reaction time when they take certain medications.
  • Seniors may experience an increase in drowsiness
  • Seniors might have trouble with becoming easily distracted or trouble with concentrating
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Excitability – making reactions unpredictable

Medications that can impair driving ability

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Allergy medications (the ones that cause drowsiness)
  • Sleeping pills
  • Anti-anxiety meds
  • Anti-depressants
  • Pain relievers
  • Certain OTC drugs
  • Certain herbal supplements
  • Diet pills
  • Stimulants

Consider Alternatives to Driving Yourself

While it’s nice to be able to get in your own car and drive yourself to wherever you need to go, if you must take certain medications that are causing you to have troublesome side effects, there are other options available for you. Consider:

  • Getting rides from family and friends
  • Use the public transportation system
  • Look into senior care services that are available to you
  • Ubers and other taxi services

The best first step is to list all of the medications (including vitamins and OTC products) so that you can share the list with your pharmacist or doctor. From there, they will be able to help you decide on possible alternate medications and any other options you might have.

Do you live in the Raleigh area? Are you curious about elder care in Cary or about how to get free referrals for assisted living in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner or Johnston County? Call the Always Best Care Raleigh location today at 919-724-4297 to set up a free consultation. They look forward to hearing from you.


Don’t Be Fooled by These Food Substitutes

Most of us want to be healthier because we know it will lead to increased immunity, less risk of disease (lowered inflammation), and ultimately an increase in overall quality of life. So, we switch out certain foods for other foods, in the hopes that we are reducing calories, reducing trans-fat intake, and being healthier. However, most foods that we think to swap in for bad ones are just as unhealthy as the original foods. Here is a short list:

  • Swapping Out: Potato Chips/ Swapping In: Pretzels. It might seem like pretzels are the healthier choice because they aren’t fried in oil like chips, however, calorically they are nearly exactly the same. A better swap? Stove popped popcorn – but don’t drench it in melted butter and handfuls of salt!
  • Swapping Out: Dark Chocolate/ Swapping In: Fat-free Candy. Don’t be fooled by the “fat free” label – just because something doesn’t have fat, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have calories. A small bit of dark chocolate will satisfy most sweet-tooth cravings, and also offers a number of proven health benefits.
  • Swapping Out: Soda/ Swapping In: Vitamin Drink. Anything with the word “vitamin” in the label automatically gives it a healthier “feel,” right? Sure it does. However, both soda and Vitamin Water are loaded with sugar. Try plain water instead with a wedge of lemon or lime.
  • Swapping Out: Sandwiches/ Swapping in: Energy Bars. Again, the word “energy” gets people abuzz and thinking that what they are eating has got to be healthy. But, the truth of the matter is, energy bars are generally loaded with added sugar and more calories than anyone’s diet allows.
  • Swapping Out: White Bread/ Swapping In: Wheat Bread. If the wheat bread you are buying isn’t 100% whole wheat bread, you’re just replacing one unhealthy bread for another. Read the label to be sure.

Always Best Care has been providing in-home senior care and assisted living referrals to seniors all over the United States and Canada for the past 20 years. If you live in the Raleigh, NC area and are interested in getting information about Cary assisted living options or in-home care in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Garner, call the Always Best Care Raleigh location today at 919-724-4297 or email them at to set up a free consultation.

Why Seniors are at High Risk of Developing a Gambling Addiction

Over the past couple of decades casinos have morphed into what they have become today – a place that makes people feel comfortable through discounts, a variety of options, free drinks, free meals, and for seniors, even free transportation and surroundings that are highly conducive to easy wheelchair navigation. Gambling at casinos is a big draw for many people, and seniors are not immune because they might want to supplement their retirement income, they enjoy being out with other people, they enjoy the thrill of small pot winnings (that happen much more often than landing the big win), and more.

  • Gambling at casinos offers a mental “getaway” from the reality of life which might include health problems, relationship problems, and family problems. People, seniors included, may roam the casino for hours slipping coins into slots and being mesmerized by the bells and whistles (that are there quite strategically).
  • There might be an underlying health issue such as dementia that causes the senior to “lose” themselves inside the casino. There are also certain medications such as dopamine antagonist medications that put seniors at risk of compulsive gambling.
  • It’s now a casino’s job to make their patrons feel loved and missed, and they do this by sending them birthday cards as well as “We miss you!” cards to entice people back inside. Some casinos even have vibrating seats, screen animations, and offer patrons a full sensory encounter that they end up wanting to enjoy again and again.

It’s important to recognize the signs of senior gambling addiction which might include:

  • Is the senior continually asking for loans due to various reasons like they lost their wallet or a discrepancy occurred in their bank account?
  • Is the senior still engaging in other activities they usually enjoy like gardening or hiking?
  • Is there less food in the senior’s refrigerator or pantry than usual?
  • Is the senior taking less care of themselves hygiene-wise?
  • Is the senior visiting the doctor or hospital more often than usual?

If your parent or a senior you know is exhibiting these behaviors, talk with them and contact the National Council on Problem Gambling for more information.

If you live in the Raleigh area and you are interested in receiving information regarding Apex home health care, or other options surrounding in-home care in Raleigh, you can call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 or email them at for more information and to set up a free consultation.

Always Best Care Ranked High for In-Home Care Services in Wake and Johnston Counties

Always Best Care Ranked High for In-Home Care Services in Wake and Johnston Counties

To maintain a high-degree of independence, in-home care services for seniors are becoming more and more popular. By being able to stay in the comfort (and convenience) of the home they’ve known for years, seniors can benefit from in-home care services by getting daily support from the compassionate caregivers at ABC.

Whether they need help three hours a day, or 24 hours a day, the caregivers employed by Always Best Care Senior Services are highly-skilled and well-trained in providing compassionate and helpful care to seniors living at home. While this is a non-medical service, the caregivers of ABC can help the senior in many of the daily tasks to help make the senior’s day more seamless and smooth.

Some of the tasks they can provide support with include helping care of pets, preparing meals, maintaining the senior’s calendar, appointment reminders, watering plants, escorting to various locations and services (including religious), providing interesting and mentally stimulating conversation, and so much more.

If you are looking for in-home care services, or need a recommendation for one of the many assisted living facilities in the country, call Always Best Care Senior Services for a free, no-cost consultation. Their Care Managers are knowledgeable and adept at matching seniors with the right assisted living facility. They get to know the senior’s needs and budget, and make appropriate suggestions based on these factors.

In the business of helping seniors maintain their dignity and independence for twenty years, Always Best Care senior services is proud to offer the most compassionate caregivers in the business. Their caregivers are CPR and First-Aid certified, as well as bonded and insured. They are dedicated to helping their senior clients with a number of everyday tasks to help the senior maintain a high level of dignity and independence. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can obtain a free, no-obligation consultation in Wake and Johnston counties of North Carolina, call (919)724-4297 today.

ABC Provides Assisted Living Recommendation Services in Wake and Johnston counties, NC.

ABC Provides Assisted Living Recommendation Services in Wake and Johnston counties, NC.

In the business of in-home health care services since 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services has provided over 25,000 seniors with dignified care. While their main focus is In-Home care assistance, they also are well-equipped to recommend various assisted living communities to seniors when the time comes for them to make a move from living independently in their home, to a little bit more support in an assisted living environment.

If you are seeking an assisted living community for your loved one, Always Best Care can sit down with you and discuss the senior’s needs and budget to determine the very best location for them. This is a free service that ABC is happy to provide, and, due to ABC’s many years in the industry, they are already familiar with hundreds of the assisted living communities in the United States and are experts at matching seniors with a fitting community.

When it comes to researching assisted living communities, there are a number of questions and ideas to keep in mind.

  • Can seniors choose their own doctors and pharmacies?
  • Are different types and styles of units available?
  • Are all of the rooms private?
  • Are all of the bathrooms private?
  • Does each resident have a written Care Plan?
  • Are there special care units for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Does the senior have any input in their own Care Plan?
  • Are there fire and security systems in place?
  • Are exits well marked?

Whether you have questions regarding safety, personal space, or about the unit itself, Care Managers at Always Best Care can help you find out all of the information you need from any of the 33,000 senior assisted living communities in the country. When it comes time to making a decision regarding assisted living for the senior in your life and you live in Wake, Johnston and Durham counties of NC, call (919) 724-4297 for more information on how you can obtain a free consultation with an expert Care Managers.