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By Annette Bratcher, 5:28 pm on February 20, 2014

The winter season is often accompanied by cooler temperatures, rain and even snow which can make it difficult for seniors to get outside and stay active. And with February recognized nationally as Heart Health Month, we couldn’t help but offer a list of easy ways to stay active outdoors. The following activities will help keep your joints loose and your energy levels high! Hit the stairs. If you live in a multi-story home, walking up and down the stairs provides a great workout, helping increase muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Don’t be afraid to start at a slow pace. Overtime as you build additional strength and endurance, you’ll be able to climb the stairs more quickly. Don’t have stairs? Don’t worry. Find the biggest book in your home (or a…

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By Annette Bratcher, 12:13 am on February 14, 2014

Living with Parkinson’s disease does not mean having to give up one’s independence. In fact, many parts of a person’s daily routine can still be managed by making a few modifications. At Denton Home Care Assistance, we are proud to serve Parkinson’s patients in Denton and Collin County and always promote independence for our clients! That said, we had to share some of our favorite gadgets designed with Parkinson’s patients in mind that will make getting dressed, preparing meals and completing other daily activities a snap. Rocker Knife Cutting meat and chopping vegetables can pose a safety hazard for those who struggle with stiff joints, shaking or muscle weakness. The rocker knife offers a way to overcome these challenges by using a rocking motion to slice through food. This knife…

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By Annette Bratcher, 5:26 pm on February 12, 2014

With the month of February nationally recognized as Heart Health Month, we figured there was no better time than now to share a few ways in which you can help your aging loved one maintain good heart health! As a leading provider of home care in Denton County and the surrounding areas, we wanted to help spread awareness to help improve the lives of seniors and older adults who have heart conditions, as well as those who may be at risk. If your senior parent has ever experienced any type of heart problem, they are probably already feeling stress and anxiety, wondering how to proceed without causing another episode. Offer support and check out these tips for promoting optimal heart health. Follow advice and recommendations from the doctor. Unfortunately, some…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on January 30, 2014

When an aging loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be left feeling confused and overwhelmed. The first step is to be there for your aging loved one and to learn more about Alzheimer’s care. In the midst of a multitude of emotions, taking the necessary steps to make sure your aging parent or spouse is in safe hands is crucial. Even as you’re making plans for 24/7 live-in care and looking at the long-term prognosis, you also need to consider how you’ll handle the finances. Now is the time to start putting financial plans in place to ensure that your loved one’s bills are paid on time, benefits claims are handled, investment decisions can be handled and the tax returns are addressed. When someone is first diagnosed…

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By Annette Bratcher, 7:02 pm on January 23, 2014

Arthritis is a common condition among the elderly, affecting the quality of life for millions of Americans each year. Commonly associated with severe pain that limits mobility, many look to medications to help minimize and alleviate discomfort. However, in addition to prescribed medications, we also wanted to share a few natural remedies that can help alleviate pain safely. Doctors and geriatric care specialists often recommend that seniors with arthritis try to exercise daily. There is a myth that exercise makes arthritis worse by forcing the individual to move the affected joints, however the opposite proves true. Regular movement of the joints actually helps keep them limber and can thus aid in minimizing pain. Exercise also helps seniors maintain a healthy weight, relieving additional strain on the joints and bones. Walking,…

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By Annette Bratcher, 6:27 pm on January 16, 2014

Growing research is showing that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Dutch researchers are finding links between regularly enjoying apples and a decreased risk of stroke. In fact, those who ate more fruits and vegetables in a range of colors had a 52 percent lower occurrence of strokes. Do you have an aging loved one who has recently suffered from a stroke? Learn more about stroke care in Denton and Collin County and provide your aging loved one with the specialty assistance they need from the comfort of home. Apples are a Great Choice – Researchers note that eating 25-grams of white fruits or vegetables a day lowers the risk of stroke significantly. Apples are a top choice because they contain 120 grams on average. However,…

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By Annette Bratcher, 11:26 pm on January 9, 2014

Vision problems are a common concern for senior adults as the chance of experiencing eye-related ailments increases with age. From dry eyes to more serious issues such as macular degeneration, it is important to be proactive in terms of vision protection! So to help ensure optimal vision for our readers, we wanted to share a short list of the top ways to preserve vision with age! Schedule Regular Eye Exams – Although eye exams are important at every age, they become even more critical as a person advances beyond the age of 60. Those who have few vision problems will need to schedule a yearly exam that can help to catch issues, such as glaucoma, early when they are most treatable. Senior adults who have been diagnosed with a vision…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on December 26, 2013

Although family members of Parkinson’s patients expect that their loved ones will find it more difficult to hold heavy items or walk independently, they often don’t realize how many everyday tasks become challenging. For those who provide care for a senior with Parkinson’s, here are a few tips to help making eating and drinking easier, allowing your loved one to maintain their dignity during this difficult time. Provide Extra Fluids – Saliva is normally swallowed automatically, but this cycle becomes disrupted as the disease progresses. Encourage your elderly loved one to drink more fluids to help wash the saliva down. This also aids in digestion and will help improve overall health. Rather than just putting out one cup of water or juice at meal time, include a few drinks and…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on December 19, 2013

When you are the primary provider of care for an aging loved one, it’s hard to see when outside help may be beneficial or required. However, to ensure your personal health and wellness, as well as the quality of care for your aging loved one, it is important to look to outside sources for occasional assistance. Denton Home Care Assistance offers four signs that you may need outside help with your caregiving responsibilities: The situation is no longer safe. When you become so stressed out that you can’t keep up with light housekeeping or repairs, the home environment becomes unsafe for your aging loved one, as well as all family members who reside in the home. When routine chores hinder you from keeping the house in tip-top shape, you need…

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By Annette Bratcher, 12:14 am on December 13, 2013

Caring for a senior with dementia often requires the assistance of caregivers who can tend to your loved one’s needs in your absence. However, dementia symptoms can make the transition to a new caregiver challenging for seniors who may be confused by having a new person brought into their home. Fortunately, you can ease the transition! The following are simple tips that will help your loved one adjust to their new caregiver while allowing them to benefit from quality care. Keep the first few visits brief. If your elderly loved one is resistant to the idea of a new caregiver, it may be best to limit their interaction during the first few visits. Explain to your loved one that a friend will be coming to visit for a few minutes…

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