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25th Annual Salute to Seniors Event is coming to Colorado May 31st
25th Annual Salute to Seniors Event is coming to Colorado May 31st
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on May 26, 2014

The Annual Salute to Seniors event is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Denver, Colorado this month. This event promises to be educational, fun and a great experience for senior adults and their families. Hosted by the Colorado Gerontological Society, the Annual Salute to Seniors is the largest senior-focused event in the state and best of all, admission is free. Here are just a few of the activities you can enjoy at this year’s event: Live bands featuring music from the 1960s and 1970s 1960s era car show and an old time music room Bingo throughout the day Tons of prizes,…

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Signs Back Pain May Be Serious
Signs Back Pain May Be Serious
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on May 19, 2014

Back pain is a common physical condition that can occur at any age with varying levels of severity. Due to the prevalence of back pain in the senior population, it can sometimes be difficult to determine when it has become serious enough to warrant further investigation. For this reason, seniors and their loved ones should be aware of the following signs that back pain may be a symptom of a serious health condition. Pain Occurring with Other Symptoms – Senior adults can expect a few aches and pains in response to an increase in their normal daily activity. However, anytime…

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8 Things You Didn't Know about Alzheimer's Disease
8 Things You Didn't Know about Alzheimer's Disease
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on May 12, 2014

Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis leaves families feeling a range of emotions, and above all, leaves them curious about what comes next. While many families know the common symptoms associated with this type of memory loss such as increased forgetfulness and confusion, there are other symptoms that family members be unaware of. To help ensure that the highest level of quality care is provided to your aging parent or loved one after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, here are eight things you might not (but need to) know about the degenerative disease. As the disease progresses, seniors are unable to perform physical tasks…

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5 Tips for Senior Crossword Puzzle Beginners
5 Tips for Senior Crossword Puzzle Beginners
By Pete Lane, 8:43 pm on May 5, 2014

Crossword puzzles have many cognitive benefits for seniors who can enjoy an engaging word game while boosting their memory. Yet, those who are new to completing crosswords may need some help getting started. These 4 tips from Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO will help to keep the game fun and stimulating while easing the frustrations most commonly encountered by beginners. Use a Pencil – It may seem fun to use multicolored pens or markers on a crossword puzzle, but even the smallest of mistakes can lead to an incomplete puzzle. In the beginning, use a pencil so that guesses…

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The Truth about Shingles
The Truth about Shingles
By Pete Lane, 8:14 pm on April 21, 2014

Did you know that almost 1 out of every 3 Americans will develop shingles during their lifetime? Considering that a majority of shingles sufferers are over the age of 60, it is clear why it is important to understand what shingles is and how it can be contracted. As a leading provider of elder care in Centennial, we wanted to answer a few questions about shingles and the effects this condition can have on the health and wellness of seniors and older adults. What is shingles? Caused by the varicella herpes zoster virus. After a person has had chickenpox, the…

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Senior Fears: Avoiding the Doctor
Senior Fears: Avoiding the Doctor
By Pete Lane, 7:20 pm on April 14, 2014

Children rarely want to visit the doctor. Some even dread the trip, making excuses on why they shouldn’t have to go. As a caregiver to an aging loved one, you may begin to notice that your parent or grandparent is starting to exhibit the same behaviors, and is likely doing so because of the same reasons you once did as a child: fear. As a provider of senior home care in Centennial, we know that fear of the unknown can be particularly difficult for the elderly to cope with, making it easy to understand how a senior could easily develop…

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How to Find Humor in Caregiving
How to Find Humor in Caregiving
By Pete Lane, 6:02 pm on April 7, 2014

Bob Hope once said, “I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” At Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO, we find Hope’s words to be true, especially when it comes to caregiving. While caregiving can be a rewarding experience, especially when the caregiver is tending to an aging parent or loved one, it is often a task that is accompanied by responsibilities that place a great burden and stress on the individual providing care. And, if caregivers aren’t careful, this stress can lead to poor health, increased agitation and…

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4 Things Seniors Need to Know About New Medications
4 Things Seniors Need to Know About New Medications
By Pete Lane, 5:42 pm on April 1, 2014

Senior adults are often prescribed new medications to help manage their health conditions. While these medications are essential for maintaining good health, they can sometimes be dangerous if they are taken incorrectly. Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO presents the top four things a senior should understand about every new medication they add to their treatment plan. Intended Purpose Some medications may be prescribed for more than one purpose. A senior should always know exactly why they are taking a medication and what the desired effect should be for their treatment so that they are more likely to be compliant….

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Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking for Elder Abuse
Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking for Elder Abuse
By Pete Lane, 4:55 pm on March 24, 2014

As a provider of home care Centennial families trust, we wanted to take the time to share some insight about long-distance caregiving and elder abuse. We understand that caring for a senior loved one from a distance poses many challenges, and it is common to be concerned about the possibility of elder abuse. Senior adults are among the most vulnerable members of the population and may not always be able to defend themselves against scams or abuse. Although you may be living far away, it is reassuring to know that you can still keep a watchful eye by adding these…

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Communication Aids for Stroke Survivors
Communication Aids for Stroke Survivors
By Pete Lane, 9:38 pm on March 17, 2014

If you have an elderly loved one who has suffered from a stroke that has impaired their communication skills, it is important to find alternative ways for them to effectively express their needs and desires. While the time following a stroke is often challenging, stressful and frustrating for the patient, there are communication aids made specifically to help stroke survivors communicate on their own terms, helping them to live life as independently as possible.  Learn more about professional Centennial stroke care and continue reading to learn about some of the top communication aids to help stroke survivors regain communication skills….

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