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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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By Annette Bratcher, 9:08 pm on April 10, 2014

We live in a society where the media often portrays aging as a negative process with seniors cast as frail, weak, forgetful and even depressed. However, this is far from an accurate description! As a leading provider of elderly care, Denton Home Care Assistance is committed to changing the way the way the world ages, and we wanted to take time to debunk some of the top myths about aging. Seniors Have Poor Overall Health The notion that poor health is inevitable as an individual ages is simply not true. While age may increase a person’s risk factor for several conditions, this does not mean that he or she will develop these problems. Seniors and older adults who maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a well balance diet, regular exercise,…

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By Annette Bratcher, 9:01 pm on April 3, 2014

Being a family caregiver is often referred to as a labor of love. Perhaps it’s this descriptive idea that makes you feel guilty when you desire some “me time.” The reality is however, that caring for a family member can be stressful and physically exhausting. And at Flower Mound Home Care Assistance, we stress the idea that there’s no shame in acknowledging that you need some time for yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself so that you can continue providing quality care for your aging parent, grandparent or loved one. Keep in mind that your feelings and emotions affect the care that you provide. For example, when you become stressed, your loved one can sense your stress and when you’re tired, you are likely to get frustrated…

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By Annette Bratcher, 5:34 pm on March 27, 2014

Your aging parent loves to travel. Whether they utilize a wheelchair or walking aid to assist them or have a reliable spouse to accompany them, it is natural to be concerned about their safety while traveling. While you don’t want to limit their activities as they age, there are measures you can take to provide you peace of mind while your elderly parents indulge their desire to explore the world. As a leading provider of Denton home care, serving Denton and Collin counties, we wanted to share some easy ways concerned adult children can help seniors prepare for a trip, ensuring their safety each step of the way. Talk with their doctor or physician. Before leaving for the trip, it is important that your loved one visits with their doctor…

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By Annette Bratcher, 5:07 pm on March 20, 2014

Good nutrition is important at every age, but it becomes even more crucial as we enter our golden years. Filling one’s body with delicious and nourishing food is essential to maintaining good bone health, healthy muscles, strong organ function and efficient cognitive abilities. However, senior’s diets aren’t always balanced and healthy. If you or an aging loved one are looking to make changes to your diet for better health and wellness, that’s great! Just remember that any sudden dietary adjustments or restrictions should first be discussed with a doctor or physician. To help ensure the health and safety of seniors while providing home care, Denton care professionals wanted to share 3 common diet changes that seniors make which can be detrimental to overall health: Reducing caloric intake. When we think…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:24 pm on March 14, 2014

Providing engagement for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s can assist in delaying the progression of the disease, and has even been linked to decreased incidence of depression. Unfortunately, for new and inexperienced caregivers, encouraging a loved one with Alzheimer’s to engage in activities can be difficult. It is important to know that while new activities may be met with resistance, there are a few simple tips that can help make a difference. Sparking the Interest Family caregivers often select activities that offer the most cognitive benefits, hoping to stimulate the mind. However, this may not always be the best approach. Sparking the interest of an Alzheimer’s patient is most easily done by selecting activities that he or she personally enjoyed in the past. If the senior once loved to…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:33 pm on March 6, 2014

You can’t stay with your aging parents at all times, however you want to know that if they need you for an emergency, they will be able to contact you. Cell phones have become increasingly more important in the lives of seniors and older adults, acting as a way to communicate with their loved ones for pleasure and for emergencies. However, which one is right for your aging loved one? Denton Home Care Assistance offers a brief overview of the top phones for seniors There are many types of cell phones on the market today. While smartphones offer a handful of benefits, providing seniors with access to the internet for news and information, games to help stimulate the mind and video chatting to reduce the risk of isolation, not all…

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