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How to Remodel Your Home for Longevity & Design

By Home Care Assistance, 4:53 pm on February 17, 2018

Design a beautiful home and set yourself up for successful aging Most people prefer to age in place.  If you have a beautiful home that you love, why leave it? Yet common features in many homes – steep stairs, “classic” plumbing fixtures, even hardwood floors – can actually make life less comfortable, or sometimes even dangerous, as we get older. Fortunately, we now have many attractive home decor options that are also age-friendly. If you’re remodeling a home, incorporate one of these options to avoid any hassle, additional spending or accidents! Age-Friendly Bathrooms The combination of water and tile makes a bathroom an inherently hazardous place, even more so for someone with weakened balance, vision, or …

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5 Flu Myths, Debunked

By Home Care Assistance, 11:38 am on January 21, 2018

There’s a lot of confusion around how to avoid getting the flu. Does the flu shot protect people from this dangerous virus? Are there different strains of the virus? Can you get the flu more than once each winter? What can you do to avoid getting the flu? Let’s cover five common flu myths and set the record straight: Flu Myths 1: You’ll Get The Flu If You Go Out In Cold Weather Without A Coat Or If You Stay Outside In Winter While It’s Raining And Wet. The flu virus is transmitted from person to person. It has nothing to do with cold weatheror failing to dress appropriately for frigid temperatures. The CDC reports that you …

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How to Live a Long Life

By Home Care Assistance, 9:07 pm on December 17, 2017

Research on Those Living to 110 May Provide Clues to How Genetics Impact Long Life There are many theories on why some people live to an extraordinary age and why they do so in remarkably good health. The secret to long life? Maybe we should look at the oldest people alive and see what we find. The famous chef and cookbook author, Julia Child, when asked the secret to her longevity said, “red meat and gin.” 1 She only lived to 91. Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts who lived to be 113, claimed that her longevity was due to “morning walks and chocolate”.2 Not unlike Jeanne Calment of Arles, France who ate two pounds of chocolate every week. Of course, …

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How to Manage Holiday Stress & Dementia Caregiving

By Home Care Assistance, 9:50 pm on December 3, 2017

Ways caregivers can approach the holidays when their loved one has dementia Providing dementia care is mentally, physically and emotionally challenging. Coupled with the stress to plan, shop, decorate and prepare for the holidays, caregivers often feel overwhelmed as they learn how to care for a parent with dementia. Keep these stress-busters in mind as you meticulously plan and prepare to hang stockings and make things merry and bright while providing care to a parent with dementia. No Two Days are the Same Every case of dementia is as unique as the person living with the disease. And caregivers are just as individual.1 What might work with one person, may not work with another in …

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How Nutritional Needs Change for Seniors and What You Can Eat For Good Health

By Home Care Assistance, 2:00 pm on November 19, 2017

The Secret to Eating Well for Healthy Longevity Nutrition is a never-ending concern since what you eat impacts the quality of your life whether you are a child, adult or senior. Food is vital to life. You know it is important to “eat right” but as you age it can become harder to know which foods are good for you. Nutritional needs change for seniors. Even the taste, smell and texture of food can change making it hard to eat for good health. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy in your golden years though! Good nutrition is delicious and satisfying. You might even find that the foods recommended for good health are ones you …

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How Aging Research Will Reshape Our Lives

By Home Care Assistance, 5:43 pm on November 5, 2017

New research into the science of genomics may influence how we age, our capacity to build brain health and the likelihood of healthy longevity Aging research has shown that longevity is indeed a heritable trait, estimated to be about 20 to 30 percent genetic. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to follow in your parents or grandparents’ footsteps. There are many things you can do even if your personal leaf isn’t part of the family tree with longevity and/or optimum brain health. New research published in June 2017 in Nature, says the maximum human lifespan could jump to 125 years 1. “Several variables play a role in healthy longevity, including social community, exercise, and a sense of …

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Why Perfectionism Causes Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 4:30 pm on October 15, 2017

If you’re a caregiver and a perfectionist, you may be facing an uphill battle. Caregiving is a demanding job and it’s critical to accept that not everything will be perfect. As a caregiver, there are many things you cannot control and at the end of the day the most important thing to do is to let go of chasing perfection and simply aim to do your best. This piece will review the negative effects perfectionism has on caregiving. The Right Mindset to Prevent Caregiver Burnout Throughout our entire lives, people, maybe even the person you’re caring for, have told us that “nobody’s perfect.” That phrase applies to caregiving more than pretty much any other situation …

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6 Ways to Help Seniors Stay Physically Active as They Age

By Home Care Assistance, 9:08 pm on September 10, 2017

As we age, remaining physically active can become more difficult and exercise seems as though it takes a greater toll on our bodies. In fact, those are precisely the reasons as to why it’s so important for seniors to continue exercising. There are tons of benefits in staying physically active as you age 1, from reduced blood pressure to lower stress levels and diminished symptoms of anxiety and depression. The amount of benefits from exercise can go on and on. Below are some great ways to promote healthy aging through physical activity. Starting Out Low-Level Physical Activity It may not seem like much, but even walking around the house can make a huge difference in heart …

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How Dementia Caregivers can Help Overcome the Grief of a Loved One’s Decline

By Home Care Assistance, 4:12 pm on August 27, 2017

Grieving can be a highly personal and complicated experience when a loved one is faced with dementia. Caring for a loved one with dementia, unfortunately, involves watching your loved one slowly decline. This process can be frustrating because, although you want to do everything you can to slow the progression of the disease or stop the disease from spreading, there is nothing you can do. Learn to be in the moment with your loved one and cherish each moment you have with him or her. The journey of caring for someone with dementia is a difficult one, and the grieving process will be different for each person. Those who have lost someone to dementia will …

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How to Reduce Compassion Fatigue and Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 6:50 pm on August 6, 2017

Physical, emotional and mental exhaustion can signal dangerous levels of stress for caregivers Compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout share many of the same symptoms and causes. Both can be caused by sustained exposure to suffering, the stress of caregiving and watching a loved one decline steadily. Those who care for loved ones with dementia can’t slow the progression of the disease and that causes extreme levels of stress. The inability to detach oneself from the situation can lead to levels of stress that result in both compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout. To lessen levels of stress here is more information about what steps you should be taking to improve your overall mental and physical health. …

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