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Can DNA Markers Predict Your Biological Age?

By Home Care Assistance, 5:30 am on June 6, 2018

How understanding your biological age can help promote healthy longevity Tick, tock, tick tock … our own biological clocks keep ticking no matter what we do. Many have searched in vain for an answer to be younger (Juan Ponce de León once tried to find the Fountain of Youth …) or, at least, look younger (many of Hollywood’s actors and actresses have undergone expensive plastic surgery to remove wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around their eyes). However, there seems to be no proven way to stop aging. While we continue to struggle accepting that reality, would the next best thing to stopping aging be being able to predict how old we can become? Knowing when one’s …

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How One Protein Could Erase All Damage Caused By Alzheimer’s

By Home Care Assistance, 6:48 pm on May 30, 2018

Wonder how researchers study Alzheimer’s? New stem cell research brings the hope of a future where the risk for Alzheimer’s has been eliminated. Learn more about the most recent research in this article: What if you could have one little protein changed in one of your genes and no longer have to live with the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease? Is it really possible? Can it be true? There seems to be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Researchers at the Gladstone Institute have been able to erase memory loss damage caused by Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Well… at least in the lab working with cells. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? How Research is Combating …

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7 Tips for Healthy Living

By Home Care Assistance, 3:30 pm on May 17, 2018

Here are some basic tips to overall health.  Hope you enjoy the video

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Jane Fonda’s Surprising Secrets to Living Longer and Better

By Home Care Assistance, 10:18 am on May 8, 2018

Advice on how to age well and achieve healthy longevity Anyone who saw Jane Fonda present the award for Best Actor at the Academy Awards earlier this year will agree she looks fabulous for her age. If you missed the award show, you can catch her with Lily Tomlin on the Netflix series called “Grace and Frankie” to see what we mean. This Oscar-winning actress and activist looks terrific for an 80-year old, and I’d say she clocks at least 20 years younger. Yes, some cosmetic surgery was involved but, as she’ll admit, it was worth it (and she didn’t have it done until she was 72). 1 And yes, perhaps it’s because, as those of us …

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Can Fasting Help Fend Off Parkinson’s Disease?

By Home Care Assistance, 9:17 pm on April 29, 2018

What we know about intermittent fasting and its impact on Parkinson’s You’ve probably heard that fasting can cleanse your body and improve your health. But did you know it might dampen the effects of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s? A promising study led by Dr. Mark Mattson of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reveals how intermittent fasting — controlling caloric intake a couple of times per week — pushes our brains to perform in healthier ways. 1 According to Mattson’s work, lab experiments involving fasting can enhance neural connections in the hippocampus. 2 They can also prevent neurons from attracting a protein called amyloid plaques, which is very common among patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As Dr. …

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The Top Three Reasons For Falls and How to Prevent Them

By Home Care Assistance, 4:13 pm on March 11, 2018

Falls are very dangerous for seniors. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that most fractures among older adults are caused by falls and that they are the leading cause of hospitalizations. Preventing falls is one of the most important steps that can be taken to protect the health of seniors. Here are the top three reasons why seniors fall and how to implement the best fall prevention strategies.  1. Medication side effects: Seventy-two percent of people over the age of 55 take at least one prescription medication. More than 20% are taking four or more drugs and many of them create a fall hazard. Researchers have now created a category called “fall-risk-increasing drugs” in order to study the problem and …

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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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