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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on June 26, 2014

The body changes as we age, and maintaining cholesterol levels becomes increasingly important for seniors and older adults. When too much bad cholesterol is introduced into the body, it causes the buildup of dangerous plaques that cause the arteries to harden and narrow which results in poor circulation. If this isn’t enough to convince your loved one to regularly check his or her cholesterol levels, here are 5 additional reasons why this measure is so vital to senior health, presented by Home Care Assistance of Denton County. Decrease Strain on the Heart – When the arteries narrow, this causes the heart muscle to have to pump harder. This can result in an increase in the heart rate which can cause vessel ruptures and arterial blockage. Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on June 19, 2014

How can seniors assure their happiness and satisfaction with life after retirement? Many people look forward to retirement for years, and then find themselves feeling bored and frustrated when they finally reach that long awaited goal. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s never too late to find your passion or chase your dreams. How can you find something to be passionate about later in life? It’s easy! Start by looking back and remembering the things you used to dream about doing, but could never find the time for. Whether it’s finally writing that book, traveling, painting, photography, spending days at the ocean, hiking in the mountains, or simply cooking meals from scratch – you can make those dreams come alive and revitalize your life. Check your local…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on June 12, 2014

Eating a diet that provides adequate nutrition is challenging as you age. The amount of calories a senior needs declines with age, and the body becomes less efficient at absorbing important nutrients. Because it’s important that most calories consumed by seniors be packed with nutritional value, we wanted to share one of our favorite dishes that is tasty, healthy, nutrient dense, and easy to prepare – Quinoa Vegetable Salad. What You’ll Need for this Recipe: 1cup dry quinoa (yields about 3 cups cooked) 1 – 16 oz. package fresh pre-chopped stir fry vegetables (onion, red pepper, mushrooms) ¼ cup pine nuts 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon honey ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. black pepper Put quinoa in a 1 ½ quart saucepan with 2 cups water (or…

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By Annette Bratcher, 9:23 pm on June 5, 2014

Caring for a loved one, especially in your own home, can be a joyful and fulfilling experience. However, it can also be emotionally and physically exhausting, causing conflict for the whole family. While dealing with conflict is always tricky, the following suggestions, provided by the Denton County live-in care specialists at Home Care Assistance, can help to ensure family relations are maintained and that the proper level of care is provided to your aging loved one. Sit down and talk about it. If emotions are running high, try to have a family meeting to sit down and talk about it. This can feel very uncomfortable, but it allows all members of the family to discuss what they are feeling. Verbalizing emotions rather than bottling them up can be extremely therapeutic. When…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on May 22, 2014

During warmer months of the year, many family members may be concerned about increased risk for dehydration for an aging parent or loved one. However, dehydration is a common occurrence year round, and may be heightened by various factors including a change in medications. Because dehydration is especially dangerous for seniors and older adults, we thought we’d share some information about dehydration, its dangers, how to identify it, as well as how to prevent it in the future. Dangers of Dehydration Dehydration in the elderly is associated with several dangers. This can include but is not limited to increased risk for falls, decreased blood pressure and altered mental status. If not corrected, cardiac output can be affected, resulting in vital organs being unable to function properly, and in some cases,…

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By Annette Bratcher, 9:00 am on May 15, 2014

When an aging parent or loved one is struggling with activities of daily living, the causes can be linked to numerous age-related conditions. However, if you notice that an aging loved one is experiencing out of the ordinary symptoms such as excessive shaking or rigid movements, or is complaining of stiffness and additional pain, a more serious condition may be the cause. Parkinson’s Disease, commonly referred to as PD, is a disorder that affects the movement of the body. While symptoms associated with PD often come on gradually, for some individuals, they can occur almost overnight. If your aging parent or loved one is experiencing unusual problems in regards to activities of daily living, it is important to schedule an appointment with their doctor or physician. While diagnosing PD is…

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By Annette Bratcher, 11:44 pm on May 8, 2014

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is crucial for seniors and older adults. High blood pressure is one of the primary causes of stroke and is associated with several health conditions such as coronary heart disease, kidney failure and heart disease, just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, high numbers are not just a normal part of aging and there are several things that the senior can do to take control of blood pressure. Making Changes Within the Diet One of the ways that a senior can improve blood pressure is by making small changes within the diet. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLB), this is often one of the first lines of treatment. Dietary changes include limiting intake of sodium and caffeine, abstaining from…

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By Annette Bratcher, 10:03 pm on May 1, 2014

Many people think that a decrease in activity and a more sedentary lifestyle is inevitable for seniors and older adults. While an advanced condition, frailty or immobility may make activities of daily living more difficult, there are several simple ways that seniors can boost their energy levels and lead more active lifestyles. Here are a few options for easy energy boosters, recommended by Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care, Denton families can rely on. Go for a Walk – Exercising on a regular basis doesn’t mean the activity has to be extremely strenuous. Simple exercises such as walking outdoors, or even indoors at a local mall or shopping center, can give a senior’s body a boost of energy. Walking is known to awaken the body while relaxing…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on April 24, 2014

The term caregiver is used to describe someone who assumes responsibility for the care of those who are no longer able to independently care for themselves. What that definition does not address is the varying levels of care required based on the care recipient’s physical or mental decline. With dementia care specifically, changes in mood, behavior or ability can occur almost overnight, leaving a caregiver unable or unequipped to meet new needs. When this is the case, respite care can be an invaluable lifeline for caregivers. In the early stages of dementia, a caregiver may only have to assist their loved one with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, and for running errands. However, many family members step into their caregiving role with little…

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By Annette Bratcher, 4:39 pm on April 18, 2014

For seniors and elderly, medications can become an important component of life, helping to regulate blood pressure, control pain and manage symptoms of advanced conditions. However, with time, the medications your loved one takes may be changed by their doctor as doses are adjusted or are no longer needed. This can leave you with a cabinet full of unnecessary medications. If this situation sounds familiar, the FDA advises proper disposal of these medications to prevent abuse or contamination. This is especially important for family caregivers who provide dementia or Alzheimer’s care as additional medications in the home can pose an extreme health and safety hazard to seniors who suffer from memory loss or poor judgment. So what are the steps for proper mediation disposal? First, check the label. Some medications…

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