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Although shaking and tremors are the most commonly recognized signs of Parkinson’s disease, there are other identifiable warning signs that may be recognizable in the early stages of the disease. As a leading provider of Denton senior home care, we know that early intervention with advanced conditions like Parkinson’s can help to preserve and prolong quality of life and wanted to share a few of the most common, yet overlooked warning signs of Parkinson’s. Handwriting Changes – In the early stages of Parkinson’s, you may notice that the letters that your aging loved one writes are smaller and closer together than they used to be. You may also notice changes in the shape of the letters, with each letter generally…

When we eat, we often don’t focus on the process of eating – biting, chewing and swallowing. However, as a person ages, the activity of eating which was once second nature, becomes more difficult and can even make food difficult or dangerous to eat. Additionally, the older mouth tends to be very dry as salivary production decreases with age. Some medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, antihistamines, and diuretics may also slow the production of saliva. Reduced saliva also makes food difficult to swallow, causing a choking hazard. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one, it’s important to be aware of the most common choking hazards for seniors, shared by Denton home care experts, some of…

Most seniors have heard of the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” As most adages go, it may seem a bit difficult to believe. However, an increasing numbers of studies show that eating an apple five days a week can do much to improve a variety of aspects of health while also reducing the chance of several diseases. So today, Home Care Assistance of Denton County is going to provide some surprisingly healthy facts about apples! The majority of health benefits come from apples’ high levels of fiber. The pectin in apples is loaded with soluble fiber, meaning that it attracts water and makes you feel full. In this way, it can be a great way to…

The recent outbreak of Ebola has many people concerned about if the disease will spread throughout the United States. Fortunately, Ebola is currently not a high risk threat to the American people. While there has been one death here in Texas due to the Ebola virus, the victim had recently been to Africa. The only confirmed case since is of one of the nurses who was helping with the care of the patient who passed away. She is currently being treated and her vitals and health have been reported as stable. As a leading provider of Denton home care, we understand that there is still some panic among the population, especially in regards to older adults contracting the disease. Experts…

As a leading provider of Denton home care, we’ve worked with countless seniors throughout the state and have found that concerns about growing older can sometimes make seniors so fearful of the future that they stop pursuing the good things in life. Instead of enjoying their golden years, they might stay at home fretting over things they can’t change. If this sounds like your aging parent or loved one, you can help them get back in the swing of things by encouraging them to put aside their fears and have a little fun at home and in their community. Explore Volunteering Opportunities Few activities offer as many opportunities for fun as volunteering, and it’s easier than you might think to…

Previously, Type I diabetes was called juvenile diabetes, which becomes awkward when someone suffering from the condition is fifty, sixty, seventy, or older. Nevertheless, since insulin was first synthesized in the 1920s, generations of Type I diabetics have been able to live with the condition well into their senior years. However, despite this and perhaps because of the wealth of information about Type II or adult-onset diabetes, Type I remains poorly understood, especially when it comes to older diabetics. Here are four facts to shed some light on the issue, presented by the Denton County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance: Insulin therapy is not optional. For a Type I diabetic, insulin injections or a pump are necessary. Simply put,…

For home care, Denton family members may involve overseeing daily chores or personal care, it’s also important to help your loved ones understand how to take better care of themselves physically. Below are five reasons for why seniors should commit to staying active in their golden years, presented by Home Care Assistance: Staying on the bright side. With age, seniors are more at risk for depression, specifically “vascular depression” which is caused by interrupted blood flow in the brain that can cause damage to nerve pathways that control mood. While there may also be underlying factors for depression, doctors claim that regular exercise can reduce overall risk. Seniors who remain active enjoy meaningful recreation and are provided with opportunities to…

With no test available to definitively diagnose Parkinson’s in patients exhibiting common symptoms, the disease can pose considerable concern for families of aging loved ones. And because Parkinson’s symptoms mimic those of other advanced conditions, it can be extremely difficult for professionals to diagnosis Parkinson’s conclusively. If you are concerned that your aging parent or loved one has Parkinson’s, Denton Home Care Assistance is going to share the general steps of the diagnostic process. This will help you understand what to expect and can better allow you to prepare emotionally. When your loved one’s doctor suspects that he or she is showing signs of Parkinson’s, they will likely refer your loved one to a specialist in the field to further…

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and fragile, leaving those living with the condition at higher risk of fractures which can be painful and a source for short and long-term disability. While osteoporosis affects both men and women, there are specific considerations that each gender group should bear in mind. As a leading provider of senior home care in Denton County, we wanted to share some information about osteoporosis so that seniors and their caregivers can take the necessary steps to ensure safety and comfort. The more informed you are about this common bone condition, the better chance for helping your loved one stay independent and enjoy a higher quality of life. Special Considerations for Women Women…

The first playground in Texas designed especially for seniors opened on August 14th in Carbide Park in the city of LaMarque, TX. Sponsored by the Galveston County Parks and Senior Services departments, the “Motion Wellness System” is intended to help older adults improve their balance, coordination, flexibility and core strength. Although LaMarque is quite a ways from us here in Midland, we wanted to share what we found out about this unique playground and what it could mean for the future of seniors in Texas, as well as in the United States. At Home Care Assistance of Denton County, we’re all about educating our readers, seniors and their families! Senior playgrounds have been growing in popularity in Europe and Asia…