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By Pete Lane, 8:48 pm on January 13, 2014

At Home Care Assistance, we stress the importance of routine doctor visits for our senior clients! Seniors who see their doctor on a regular basis are able to receive routine screenings to monitor health and wellness and can reduce their risk for health problems and advanced illness. While a doctor appointment is beneficial to older adults, they can sometimes be met with nervousness. Seniors often experience a range of emotions from fear of a painful procedure to simply being anxious about meeting a new physician. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one, here are a few tips that can help your loved one prepare for their doctor appointment. This way, they can get the most out of their upcoming visit without having to deal with unnecessary…

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By Pete Lane, 6:31 pm on January 6, 2014

Sundown syndrome is a collection of symptoms that is marked by increased agitation and confusion in dementia patients during the early evening hours. Although the behaviors associated with sundowning can be challenging for seniors and their caregivers, it can be helpful to understand why the condition occurs so that strategies can be implemented to ease the symptoms. Here is a guide to understanding sundowning along with some helpful tips for soothing dementia patients as the sun goes down. Possible Causes Research is still being conducted to identify the underlying cause of sundowning; however, it is currently believed that disruptions within a person’s brain may disrupt their circadian rhythms. This may be the result of changing chemicals within the brain that involves increasing levels of enzymes associated with anxiety in the…

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By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on December 30, 2013

There are only a few weeks left until 2014 which means that many people are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions. While we sometimes don’t follow through with every resolution that we set for ourselves, the New Year brings the opportunity to make a few simple modifications that for senior adults, could turn into healthy and beneficial lifestyle changes. Check out these 3 resolutions that any senior can start, either as the clock strikes midnight or as soon as tomorrow! Eat a healthy, well balanced diet. One of the keys to aging gracefully and avoiding illness is to eat healthy. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to start eating healthier, focusing on leafy green vegetables, vibrant fruits and whole grains. Making small changes can go a long…

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By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on December 23, 2013

The time following a stroke is challenging in many ways. While many seniors suffer from a decline in motor function, speech and in some cases, cognitive functioning, it is of the utmost importance to continue following a healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of a second stroke. The following are some tips for family members on how to help aging loved ones maintain a healthy lifestyle during the recovery and rehabilitation period. Blood Pressure – High blood pressure is one of the largest contributing factors to strokes, so it is important for family caregivers to closely monitor the blood pressure levels of their aging loved one. This may involve taking certain medications, but it also has a lot to do with one’s diet and lifestyle. In addition to routine…

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By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on December 16, 2013

Alzheimer’s is a disease that can have a dramatic impact on individuals as well as their families. While there is still much that needs to be learned about this condition, certain natural supplements and treatments show promise in helping to prevent it. Home Care Assistance of Centennial offers a few natural and safe measures that are good for the brain and may also delay or prevent symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Consume Healthy Fats – Consuming more Omega-3 fatty acids has many health benefits, and these extend to the brain. There is evidence that people who consume fatty fish or who take fish oil supplements are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Some good sources of fish include tuna, mackerel and wild salmon. Eat a Mediterranean Diet – There is no precise formula…

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By Pete Lane, 10:37 pm on December 11, 2013

You’ve got to go to work and you just don’t know if your mother will stay put. Maybe you noticed the house needed cleaning and are concerned about your aging loved one’s abilities to perform daily tasks. Perhaps you live in another state and over the holidays, realized your parents might need extra care at home. Whatever the reason, you need a way to monitor your loved one without stepping on their toes. Reach Out and Call – We often forget the impact a simple phone call can have. Aging parents and loved ones always welcome a cheerful hello and regular communications are a great way to make sure things are all right. Setting up a time to call during the day or week provides you with reassurance, without being…

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By Pete Lane, 9:07 pm on November 26, 2013

The winter season brings along family gatherings and holiday celebrations, creating a merry time of year. However, the winter months also bring along chilly temperatures, rain and snowfall. As a home health care provider, we believe it is important for Centennial residents, especially seniors, to prepare their homes for winter! Those who prepare for the elements early can save money, frustration and stress, and can rest assured they’ll be safe and cozy this holiday season. Here are a few easy ways to prevent a winter disaster at home: Clean your gutters. Gutters can fill with leaves and dirt in the autumn and cause problems in the winter if they aren’t cleaned out. There are tools that easily attach to hoses and will spray all the debris out of gutters. This…

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By Pete Lane, 9:21 pm on November 18, 2013

Did you know that pets can enhance the quality of life for senior adults? The cuddly creatures aren’t just fun to have around, owning an animal like a dog or cat can provide companionship and a sense of purpose for older adults who may be facing issues such as depression or loneliness. In fact, studies show that seniors who own pets are typically healthier, happier and have enhanced mood! As a provider of home health care in Centennial, we talk to many families who have elderly loved ones that live alone and spend extended periods of time indoors. Overtime, this type of lifestyle can be devastating on a senior’s health and wellness. Buying or adopting a pet for your aging loved one can reintroduce structure and focus in their lives,…

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By Pete Lane, 6:07 pm on November 11, 2013

Festive lights, family members and a 30-foot tall Christmas tree… what more could you ask for? On Saturday, November 23, Centennial Center Park is going to be decked out in holiday décor for the city’s annual holiday tree lighting event. Along with being surrounded by the beautifully decorated park, attendees can expect performances by local school choral groups, a special visit from Santa and holiday goodies. All of these events will take place from 3 pm to 6 pm and are a great excuse to get your entire family together, including any aging loved ones who might not get out as often as they used to. Socializing and being amongst caring family and friends is important for aging adults. Multiple studies have shown that maintaining a social network, especially one…

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By Pete Lane, 10:32 pm on November 4, 2013

Although caring for an aging loved one with Parkinson’s can be a rewarding experience, the progressive nature of the disease is often difficult and emotional for family caregivers to watch. To ensure the highest level of quality care, it is important that those who care for seniors with Parkinson’s are prepared for the symptoms of the disease, its various stages, and understand how professional assistance and support can help in reducing the burden of care. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, stiff muscles and weakness, each creating a variety of challenges. Family caregivers need to be aware of the physical difficulties that may arise as seniors become frustrated when activities of daily living become difficult to complete. Walking – As your elderly loved one finds it more difficult to…

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