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Lack of Sleep and Dementia
Lack of Sleep and Dementia
By Jonathan Wells, 11:27 pm on January 5, 2015

Sleep is essential for good brain function. During waking hours, toxins and waste products accumulate in the brain, and are then removed during sleep. Chronic lack of sleep may therefore be harmful to brain health because it exposes the brain to chronically high levels of toxins. Today, the Douglas County dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to take a look at this relationship and provide tips for how families can help their aging loved ones enjoy a good night’s rest. Sleep and Alzheimer’s A study published in 2014 found that sleep disturbances at age 70 were linked to…

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By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on December 29, 2014

If you have a loved one who suffers from Parkinson’s, you may want to know more about the feasibility of letting this person age in place. It is important to determine whether or not the individual’s needs can be properly met in the home and thus, the ability to secure adequate help from a Douglas County in-home care service will be heavily dependent upon your family member’s condition. The nature of the home should also play a role in this decision. Requirements Pertaining to the Residential Structure The nature of the home should be optimally suited to the needs and abilities of your loved one. For instance, everything that is necessary for the well-being and care of your loved one should be accessible on the first floor. The house should…

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By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on December 22, 2014

Planning a happy and stress-free holiday is not easy, especially when acting as primary caregiver to an aging loved one. Between juggling caregiving responsibilities and dealing with the expectations and demands of the season, some individuals find themselves nearing burnouts. To help eliminate stress, Home Care Assistance of Douglas County presents a number of helpful tools and resources that can make life much easier for the family caregiver. Check them out! Online Message Boards – The web is a great place for sharing tips and information with fellow caregivers. Caregivers can use online message boards to find the best respite care services in Douglas County, learn more about alternative transportation for aging adults with mobility challenges, and get tips for planning their holiday celebrations. These are also great platforms for…

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By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on December 15, 2014

If you are caring for an aging loved one and find yourself exhausted, you’re not alone. Caregivers work hard and experience a wide range of emotions which can lead to stress and burnout. Today, Douglas County Home Care Assistance presents seven shocking facts about caregiver burnout which illustrate just how common it is, and why so many caregivers experience such feelings. According to an AARP survey, 37 percent of all caregivers caring for someone 50 or over had to reduce their hours at work or quit their job in 2007. The result was an average income loss of $5,531 for the year. Thirty five percent of caregivers can’t find time for themselves and 29% admit to difficulty managing the emotional and physical stresses of caregiving. Caregivers often suffer from physical…

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By Jonathan Wells, 8:48 pm on December 8, 2014

During the natural aging process, seniors encounter a wide range of physical changes and must carefully monitor their health, particularly their bone health. With age, the joints can degenerate, causing friction between them and resulting in pain and discomfort. However, did you know that certain foods could worsen conditions of the joints such as osteoarthritis and arthritis? Today, Home Care Assistance, one of the top home care agencies in Douglas County, is going to provide some information on both conditions and tips for how to minimize associated discomfort through one’s diet. Osteoarthritis Offenders Osteoarthritis is a condition by which the joints degenerate. Cushioning cartilage thins with time, causing joint space narrowing and friction, resulting in joint pain and inflammation. Certain foods can be problematic for some arthritis sufferers.  While dietary…

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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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