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By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on August 11, 2014

A Parkinson’s diagnosis can be difficult to cope with, for both the patient and their family. Today, more and more families are deciding to care for their loved ones in the comfort of home, allowing their loved one to maintain their normal routines. As the leading provider of Centennial Parkinson’s care, we wanted to share some of the most common challenges associated with caring for a senior with Parkinson’s. It is important that family caregivers are armed with as much information as possible to ensure quality, safe and effective care at home. Many people are aware of the tremors and balance and coordination issues associated with Parkinson’s. These symptoms occur because the disease prevents the body from producing and using dopamine. However, along with changes in physical abilities come emotional…

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3 Superfoods That Help Seniors Stay Sharp
3 Superfoods That Help Seniors Stay Sharp
By Pete Lane, 4:26 pm on August 4, 2014

The older we get, the more important it is to eat right. Seniors who consume nutritious foods that meet the body’s needs are mentally sharper and more energetic. However, some foods can help you get there faster than others. At Home Care Assistance, a nutritious diet is a key component of our Balanced Care Method™, which is incorporated into each plan of care to promote health and longevity. While there are many options for nutritious foods, we wanted to present our three favorite superfoods that power the brain and boost psychological clarity better than anything else on your plate. Fish…

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What “Age Spots” Say about Senior Health
What “Age Spots” Say about Senior Health
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on July 28, 2014

Seniors may become embarrassed by spotting on the skin, sometimes called age or liver spots. These spots appear as darkened areas that are typically oval or circular in appearance, and are commonly seen on the face and hands of the elderly. Cosmetic issues aside, these spots can also be indicative of a more serious problem. In this post, Home Care Assistance of Centennial will provide seniors and their families with important information about age spots and senior health. What Causes Age Spots? Normal age spots are caused by exposure to the sun over time. While anyone can develop age spots,…

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By Pete Lane, 10:21 pm on July 21, 2014

Staying physically active helps older adults live longer with a better quality of life, but getting seniors up and moving isn’t always easy. The secret to success lies in choosing activities that your loved one will truly enjoy. Not sure which exercises would be most appropriate? Try these four senior-friendly activities, presented by the Centennial elder care experts at Home Care Assistance: Join a Tai Chi Class – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites Tai Chi as a great physical activity for seniors because it focuses on getting in touch with one’s center of balance. The slow and deliberate movements of Tai Chi are performed in a standing position, which make the discipline perfect for older adults of all fitness levels. Get in the Swim of Things…

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Caring for a Loved One with Diabetes
Caring for a Loved One with Diabetes
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on July 14, 2014

Day to day management of diabetes can be difficult for senior adults who require more specialized care than their non-diabetic counterparts. If you provide Centennial home care for a senior loved one with diabetes, the more you understand about how to manage the disease, the more likely you’ll be able to provide safe, effective care. Below are some of the most important things that caregivers of diabetic patients should know. Check Blood Sugar Regularly – This may sound obvious, but one of the most important things you can do for your loved one is to check his or her blood…

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Bathing and the Alzheimer's Patient
Bathing and the Alzheimer's Patient
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on July 7, 2014

As your loved one’s Alzheimer’s progresses, bathing may become the source of frequent conflict if personal care activities are routinely refused. When this conflict arises, instead of tearing out your hair in frustration, try to find the underlying cause of your loved one’s refusal, and work around it if possible. Some common causes for an Alzheimer’s patient’s refusal to bathe and ways to cope with such objections are discussed below. 1. Discomfort – Centennial Alzheimer’s care specialists say that discomfort is a common reason resulting in the refusal to bathe, particularly if the senior is someone who gets cold easily….

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By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on June 23, 2014

According to the American Diabetic Association, as of 2011 there were nearly 25.8 million diabetics in the United States alone. It is a condition which can lead to amputations, kidney failure and blindness, among its more serious complications. A good knowledge of factors that can put a person at risk for the disease is important for both you and your aging loved one. Risk Factors That Cannot Be Controlled There are several risk factors for diabetes which, unfortunately, you and your loved one have no control over. One such risk factor is a family history of the disease. If you are African American, Hispanic or Native American, you also have an increased risk for this condition. Your risk for diabetes will also increase with age. Although you cannot change these…

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UTIs Commonly Result in Behavioral Symptoms for Seniors
UTIs Commonly Result in Behavioral Symptoms for Seniors
By Pete Lane, 11:50 pm on June 16, 2014

According to Centennial senior care experts, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is considered to be one of the most common infections in older adults. While most people portray physical symptoms during a UTI, an elderly person may not develop any bodily symptoms at all. Instead, they most often suffer from behavioral issues such as confusion, delirium, and even hallucinations. The reason for this type of mental change is thought to be caused by the immune system’s lack of proper response to infections. As we age, our body reacts differently when trying to fight a particular bacteria or virus. Because the…

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4 Exercise Habits All Seniors Should Stick With
4 Exercise Habits All Seniors Should Stick With
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on June 9, 2014

Today’s seniors are now more aware than ever of how many benefits can accrue from keeping in good shape. A healthy and active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of numerous diseases, decrease fall risk, and lead to better emotional and mental health. While almost any exercise habit is a good one, here are four in particular that all seniors should stick with. Walk the Walk – Even if it’s just an easy, quarter-mile loop in your favorite neighborhood park or a stroll with your dog around the block, most senior care experts agree that walking is the single best…

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Caregiver Stress: The Impact of Chronic Disease on the Family
Caregiver Stress: The Impact of Chronic Disease on the Family
By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on June 2, 2014

Caring for an ill, aging parent or loved one can be emotionally and physically exhausting for the caregiver. This may be especially so for those that have a career and are also juggling the needs of children and a spouse. The stress of managing multiple roles can seem insurmountable and as a result, can have a dramatic impact on family life. However, providing care for a chronically ill senior does not have to be a negative experience. Here are a few tips to help decrease stress, while improving family life, presented by the Centennial senior care experts at Home Care…

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