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By Pete Lane, 5:47 pm on February 24, 2014

From the time a person first earns their driver’s license in their teens, driving represents independence that also comes with the responsibility of making sure others stay safe. However, there sometimes comes a time when a senior adult may no longer be able to operate a motor vehicle safely on the road. For this reason, a senior driving assessment should be conducted regularly to help senior adults and their families determine if a person still has the necessary skills to continue driving safely on public roads. As a leading provider of live-in home care in Centennial, we wanted to provide what should be covered when performing a senior driving assessment: Current Physical Health Seniors with vision loss, a history of seizures and those who take medication that affects driving ability…

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By Pete Lane, 6:50 pm on February 17, 2014

At Centennial Home Care Assistance, we’re always looking to share new information about senior health and wellness with our clients and couldn’t pass this one up! According to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, seniors who consumed green tea daily experienced more mental sharpness, significant weight loss and remained self-sufficient longer. Although researchers noted that a healthy lifestyle is vital for overall health, seniors who drank the hot beverage each day showed significant health benefits that were not related to standard tea or coffee. So why green tea? Green tea contains high amounts of natural occurring caffeine that heightens alertness, boosts mood and improves memory. According to a study that contained thousands of participants, researchers believe that the antioxidants in green tea play a role in…

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By Pete Lane, 5:40 pm on February 10, 2014

Music has long been a popular source of entertainment that is known to promote relaxation and stress-relief. Today, evidence gathered from research is also starting to show that music can enhance Alzheimer’s care by stimulating a person’s cognition and memory. Not only is music a wonderful way to help loved one’s with Alzheimer’s recall favorite memories, but families can also use music to provide opportunities for social interaction. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s, click here for information about specialty in-home care in South Suburban Denver, and continue reading and find out how to use music as an effective tool for managing symptoms of the disease. Use Music to Ease Transitions – Alzheimer’s patients in the later stages of the disease often rely…

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By Pete Lane, 10:30 pm on February 3, 2014

After deciding that 24 hour care is the best option for an aging loved one, finding the right agency is the next step. This process is often overwhelming, stressful and emotional as families must cope with their loved one’s increased dependency and care needs. Although challenging, finding a quality, compassionate and devoted care agency will be instrumental in helping your loved one maintain their independence and quality of life at home. Don’t know where to start? Here are some important questions that families should ask when interviewing home care agencies in Centennial, CO. Services Provided – There are several questions about the type and level of services that should be asked. What services are included in live-in care? What services are not included? Is there specific care for seniors with…

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By Pete Lane, 5:58 pm on January 27, 2014

At Centennial Home Care Assistance, we work with many seniors who have discovered that they no longer require such a large home or apartment for daily living. For this reason, many senior adults choose to downsize and move to a residence that requires less upkeep while allowing them to save money. If your aging parent has decided to move to a smaller residence, they will most likely need help moving and finalizing all paperwork and financial agreements. Here is how to help your aging parent with the move: Start with Storage Areas For many senior adults, the moving process is accompanied by sorting through many sentimental items which can make it hard to organize, pack and de-clutter. Begin in storage areas, such as closets and garages, and put out a…

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By Pete Lane, 7:37 pm on January 20, 2014

Regular exercise is critical for maintaining good physical, emotional and mental health, even when an aging loved one is bedridden due to injury or illness. Without exercise, the muscles of a bed-bound patient can atrophy, bones can weaken and bed sores can become a debilitating problem. Fortunately, bedridden seniors or those receiving care after a hospital stay can still perform a series of simple exercises to improve their health and cognitive function, as well as their range of motion, strength and endurance. Hand Exercises Spread fingers apart as wide as possible, and then close your hand into a tight fist. Touch your thumb to the tip of each finger. Repeat on the other hand. Flex your hand back from the wrist, and then fold your hand forward as far as…

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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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