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Senior Women and Heart Disease
Senior Women and Heart Disease
By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on February 2, 2015

As a leading provider of senior care in Douglas County, we wanted to honor American Heart Month, a campaign put on by the American Heart Association, devoted to spreading awareness about heart disease. While this yearly February campaign highlights the importance of knowing one’s risk for heart disease and the modifiable factors that can promote a heart healthy lifestyle (which we’ll discuss later), there is special emphasis on the topic of women and heart disease. Did you know that more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer? In fact, one in three women die of heart disease…

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Are Supplements Safe for Seniors
Are Supplements Safe for Seniors
By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on January 26, 2015

Did you know that approximately half of all seniors over age 65 take a daily multivitamin along with other various supplements? While many seniors feel the need to add supplements to their diet as they age, recent research suggests that it may not be necessary.  As a leading provider of senior home care in Douglas County, we wanted to share some information about how to add the right vitamins to a senior’s diet, in the right way. Vitamins in the Diet Many vitamins and minerals that are taken in supplement form never reach the bloodstream and are eliminated by the…

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Post-Stroke Swallowing Problems
Post-Stroke Swallowing Problems
By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on January 19, 2015

Over 40 percent of those who have suffered a stroke will also experience difficulty swallowing, a condition known as dysphagia. This can make it difficult to consume enough nutrients and vitamins throughout the day, as well as take prescribed medications. Although it can take several years to improve the ability to swallow, Home Care Assistance of Douglas County shares a few steps that family caregivers can take to take to help their loved one’s condition improve with time and ensure safety while eating. Talk with a Professional One of the first things that should be done is to schedule an…

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In-Hospital Care for Seniors
In-Hospital Care for Seniors
By Jonathan Wells, 7:03 pm on January 12, 2015

Hospital stays are stressful. Not only are you concerned about your loved one’s health and wellness, your loved one is in a strange environment with regular interruptions, and quite frequently, the facilities can be noisy. Fortunately, the following tips can help increase quality of life during this period for your aging parent, grandparent or loved one. Firstly, you may be concerned about privacy. Although many hospitals utilize private rooms, some facilities still use shared areas, especially in critical care units. However, communication can help in this situation. Be sure to request that curtains are drawn whenever possible. And remember, confidentiality…

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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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