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By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on November 24, 2014

When an aging parent or loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he or she will begin a new journey that is often filled with change and uncertainty. The changes that are occurring within their own bodies and minds can be frightening, without having to sacrifice the familiar place they call home. If you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s and are considering your options for long-term care, consider home care in Douglas County, CO. Allowing your loved one to age in place will not only help to minimize feelings of anxiety and agitation thanks to a familiar and comfortable environment, it will also keep them closest to all of the people they cherish and love. Here are a couple other benefits of aging in place with Alzheimer’s….

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By Jonathan Wells, 5:29 pm on November 17, 2014

What’s something that’s great for the fall season and is also healthy for seniors? Butternut squash and sweet potato soup! At Douglas County Home Care Assistance we’re always looking for great new recipes to share with our seniors and clients because we know the positive impact that a healthy diet can have on overall health. The various vegetables and spices of this recipe not only pack a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients, this particular soup is easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients. What You’ll Need Half a butternut squash, seeded and cut into cubes 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes 4 cups of low-salt vegetable broth Half a cup of potato flakes for thickener A dash of cinnamon A dash of nutmeg A…

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By Jonathan Wells, 5:07 pm on November 10, 2014

Physical exercise provides a host of benefits to people of all ages, and it is the secret to a higher quality of life for seniors. Seniors’ lives can be extended, enhanced and enriched through regular exercise. And the best part, exercise doesn’t have to take place at a gym or fitness center! Walking, cycling, gardening and dancing are excellent forms of exercise for seniors and older adults. If you do not already enjoy regular exercise, consider the following five reasons why you might want to begin exercising, presented by Home Care Assistance of Douglas County, CO: Health– Exercise is the best preventive medicine. Research continues to show the proven preventive power of physical exercise. Cardiovascular and weight training exercises can forestall the onset of many diseases such as heart disease,…

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By Jonathan Wells, 5:06 pm on November 3, 2014

Affecting about one percent of the population in the 55 to 65-year age group, Parkinson’s disease is a condition where the brain stops making a chemical called dopamine that’s responsible for movement. Since early symptoms can be confused with other conditions common among older adults, it’s important for seniors and their loved ones to pay attention to possible signs of the disease. Here are a few of the most easy to detect warning signs of Parkinson’s, presented by Douglas County Home Care Assistance. Tremors or Shaking Initial shaking or trembling tends to be barely noticeable. These involuntary muscle contractions could occur in the fingers, on the hand or on the face (especially the chin or lips). Symptoms could extend to a shaking of the legs when sitting down, especially when there’s…

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By Jonathan Wells, 6:16 pm on October 27, 2014

As a family caregiver, it can be hard to admit when you need help from outside. You want to give back to your aging parent or loved one, caring for them as they once did for you. However, even as a dedicated and loving family member, you may also have a sinking feeling that caring for your loved one has become more than you can handle on your own. Signs that you may need professional help include but are not limited to the following: Physical pain and injury. This one is perhaps the most obvious. Once you’ve strained your back while giving a bath or changing your loved one’s linens out from under them, there’s no question that you need help because you can no longer perform these routine care…

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By Jonathan Wells, 6:03 pm on October 20, 2014

A healthy diet is essential at any age, but is extremely important for seniors and older adults. As we age, the body becomes less efficient, and it’s tough to get the nutrition we need. At Douglas County Home Care Assistance, we believe nutrition is a key component to successful and healthy aging and wanted to share five indispensible foods that can help seniors obtain the vitamins and minerals needed for longevity and overall wellness. Eggs – These little powerhouses pack some serious B12, which is one of the body’s most important vitamins. B12 keeps red blood cells healthy, however absorbing the vitamin gets more difficult with age. By incorporating eggs into a daily diet, seniors can boost B12 levels, while also obtaining a handful of other essential vitamins such as…

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By Jonathan Wells, 10:54 pm on October 13, 2014

With age, seniors and older adults are at a higher risk for cardiovascular conditions ranging from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart attack and heart disease. While there is no way to guarantee that a senior will not suffer from one of these conditions, there are management strategies and lifestyle change that can be made to significantly reduce risk. Today, Home Care Assistance of Douglas County offers three easy ways to promote a heart healthy senior lifestyle: Kick bad habits, one at a time. Dramatic lifestyle changes are often difficult for seniors and older adults because they require the individual to stop doing something they have likely done for years, if not decades. Seniors looking to obtain a heart healthy lifestyle should try to kick bad habits one…

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By Jonathan Wells, 10:51 pm on October 6, 2014

When an aging parent, grandparent or loved one needs additional help with daily activities, there are many care options available which can range from moving in with family members to relocating to an assisted living facility. However, in recent years, home care has become extremely popular, allowing seniors to receive the high level of care they need and deserve, without having to sacrifice the familiar comforts of home. If you are considering home care in Douglas County for an aging loved one, read over the answers to a few commonly asked questions about home care to help determine if this senior care options is the best choice for your loved one and your family. What is home care? Home care is non-medical care and assistance for seniors in the comfort…

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