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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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By Annette Bratcher, 1:36 am on December 6, 2013

The doctor’s appointment ran late; your boss is angry, your loved one is upset because you were slightly snappish, and your spouse is wondering where dinner is. Can you say stressed? At Home Care Assistance, we understand that juggling care for an aging loved one with home and family responsibilities is not always an easy task. This is why we’ve created a short list of relaxation ideas that can help overwhelmed caregivers unwind. Take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a class, a good book or a movie on your own, you are worth it! It is important that caregivers take time to tend to their own needs so they can relax and provide the highest level of care to their aging loved ones. Look into hourly home care for…

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By Annette Bratcher, 10:00 am on November 29, 2013

Blended families face unique challenges when it comes to providing quality senior care. Differences in values, communication styles and daily routines are a few of the main issues that family members may face when making arrangements for their loved one’s care. While it may be hard to set these differences aside, it is important to remember that everyone’s main goal is to make sure their elder loved one’s physical and emotional needs are met. Here are a few tips for blended families that can help everyone come to an agreement on how to provide the right type of care to their elderly loved one. Identify the Elder’s Needs All personal differences aside, the first thing a blended family needs to focus on is identifying the elder’s needs. For most families,…

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By Annette Bratcher, 9:33 pm on November 26, 2013

If you provide care for an aging parent or are hosting this year’s holiday celebrations, have you considered preparing a senior friendly Thanksgiving dinner? While we don’t want you to scrap traditional family recipes or delicious sweet treats, there are a few things that you can keep in mind to keep your holiday meal healthy and satisfying for your entire family, including your aging loved ones! Consider Health Conditions Before you begin preparing your Thanksgiving dinner, take into consideration any health problems or ailments your aging loved one might have. If high blood pressure, diabetes or heart conditions are a problem, make sure there are healthy alternatives to your maybe, not-so-healthy courses. This is also a good time to consider any medications your aging loved one might be taking. There…

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By Annette Bratcher, 8:54 pm on November 18, 2013

Did you know that more than 20 percent of the adult population in the United States provides care for an elderly or disabled adult? According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), around 15 percent of those caregivers are aged 65 years or older! If you have an aging parent who is caring for a spouse at home, it is important to understand how the role of caregiver may be affecting their health and overall quality of life. Studies show that when elderly men or women become primary caregivers for their spouses, they are more likely to incur stress-related diseases and are at higher risk for premature death. If you are an adult child of ailing parents, it is crucial to watch for signs that indicate a caregiving…

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By Annette Bratcher, 10:06 pm on November 7, 2013

The upcoming holidays give family members the chance to put their busy lives on pause and come together to enjoy each other’s company. For adult children, holiday gatherings offer opportunities to check on the health and safety of aging parents as well. Here are five signs that can indicate Mom or Dad is struggling with everyday activities. Weight Loss or Changes in Eating Habits Sudden weight loss can be a sign of serious underlying conditions, including depression, dementia and even cancer. Seniors can also lose weight when conditions like failing eyesight, arthritis or flagging energy makes it difficult to purchase and prepare food. Changes in Appearance or Hygiene Changes in hygiene and appearance can indicate physical impairments like poor dental health, vision or dexterity, but can be indicators of more…

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