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Stop Eating “Lazy Foods” and Get More Energy

By Home Care Assistance, 7:06 pm on August 2, 2018

Are you eating the same foods you always did, but feel as if you are dragging through the day? Food gives your body energy, but some foods sap energy and make you feel tired. These are the “lazy foods” we all love to eat. We get a quick boost of energy but end up feeling tired. How Does Your Metabolism Change After 50? Your metabolism converts food into energy, but three factors change with age: Physical Activity: When you move throughout the day you burn energy. Reduced physical activity is the biggest factor that can change your metabolism. Muscle: The more muscle you have the more energy you burn. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue. Muscle …

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Millennial Caregivers, Here’s My Advice to You

By Home Care Assistance, 8:47 am on July 20, 2018

In my first semester of college I received the phone call. Mom had a hemorrhagic stroke, was in critical condition, and was being airlifted to Seattle for treatment. Before we hung up, the doctor asked how old I was. He sounded relieved when I told him that I was 18. He needed me to consent to an emergency brain surgery. The possible complications sounded terrifying, but without the surgery my mom wouldn’t survive. I consented to the operation, not knowing that it would be the first of many decisions I would have to make on my mom’s behalf. That doctor was the first of dozens that I would speak to about my mom’s health. The …

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15 Minutes Alone as a Caregiver: Protecting Your Own Time

By Home Care Assistance, 7:34 pm on July 10, 2018

Tips for Self-Care That Require a Quarter-Hour…or Less! A caregiver’s world revolves around unending demands. These demands may drain you emotionally, mentally and physically. But the biggest drag is on your time. How big? For many caregivers, just enjoying 15 minutes alone is an unimaginable luxury. After all, you are your loved one’s eyes and ears. They depend on you to be their “voice” and interpret the world for them. Many people living with dementia have lost their sense of time, so if you are away for 15 minutes, they feel abandoned for an entire day. This dependency means they may want you around – and in sight – 24/7. 15 Minutes to Refresh Let’s …

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How Nutrition Impacts and Influences our Brain Longevity

By Home Care Assistance, 8:45 am on June 14, 2018

Evidence-based lifestyle changes to improve your brain health Nutrition is the cornerstone to your health. Without the proper fuel, your brain and your body will suffer. But when you think about eating healthy are you thinking about losing weight and looking good? That is often part of healthy eating but it is more important to think about eating for your brain health. Maria Shriver, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, is quoted in the LA Times saying, “We have all become so obsessed with our bodies that we have forgotten to take care of our brains.”1 Unfortunately, when you eat a diet that is only focused on making your body look better, your brain suffers. …

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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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