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By Monica Cordero, 5:41 pm on February 12, 2014

While Parkinson’s patients must face a handful of new challenges, especially as the disease progresses, one of the most common issues arise when getting dressed. Symptoms such as uncontrollable tremors, spasms, and rigidness or stiffness of the muscles make activities that require dexterity like buttoning shirts and tying shoelaces increasingly difficult if not impossible to perform. Fortunately, there are creative strategies and resources that can make this daily activity less stressful for you and your elderly loved one with Parkinson’s. The following paragraphs include information to ensure quality Parkinson’s care at home; however if you provide care for an aging loved one with Parkinson’s and need assistance as their needs evolve, learn more about in-home Parkinson’s care in Naples before you continue reading. If your loved one experiences tremors or…

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By Monica Cordero, 11:31 pm on February 7, 2014

We have all experienced the power of touch in some fashion. Some have benefited from the comfort that a hug provides, and others have sensed immense support from a hand on the shoulder. From the cradle to the grave, human beings value touch, and many caregivers and healthcare professionals would go so far as to say that we cannot live without it. The geriatric years of life are a time when frequent touching no longer occurs for many individuals. These individuals might have lost their spouses or close friends, live in a facility far from family and loved ones or reside miles away from adult children and grandchildren. Physical and cognitive impairments sometimes decrease a senior’s ability to leave home, and this can reduce opportunities for daily interaction with others….

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By Monica Cordero, 10:46 pm on January 29, 2014

Skipping breakfast is not a great idea at any age; however, senior adults are at greater risk for serious issues such as malnutrition and fatigue when they skip this important daily meal. A healthy breakfast can help to regulate metabolism and appetite while providing a boost of energy that can help seniors to function throughout their day. Home Care Assistance of Naples presents several other reasons for seniors to eat a healthy breakfast, along with some simple options for preparing a nutritious morning meal. Benefits of Eating Breakfast As a person ages, their metabolism slows which can make it harder to maintain a normal weight and can interfere with the body’s absorption of vital nutrients. If a person regularly skips meals and does not absorb the nutrition they need from…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:15 pm on January 22, 2014

People often joke about being too old to do certain things, but you never outgrow the need to exercise. Unfortunately, many people are discouraged from exercising because of certain myths regarding exercise and aging. And with the New Year in full swing, we thought it was time seniors and their families knew the truth about exercising with age and why it’s so important. Myth 1: The Decline of Old Age is Inevitable It’s true that the human body declines with age, but that doesn’t mean that exercise won’t help. In fact, there are people in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s who are still lifting weights and running marathons. There is a wealth of evidence showing that regular exercise improves physical health, can aid in memory and even reduce the…

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By Monica Cordero, 7:06 pm on January 15, 2014

Eating a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways for senior adults to reduce the risk of stroke. In addition to getting regular exercise, eating a diet that is low in fat, salt and unnecessary additives can help to reduce blood pressure and improve circulation. Want to know which foods are the best for senior stroke prevention? Check out the following list provided by Home Care Assistance! If you have an aging loved one who has recently suffered from a stroke, click here for information about specialty in-home stroke care services. Lean Meats – Those who are on a diet designed to reduce cholesterol are often wary of eating meat; however, seniors need the protein and iron provided by eating meat each day. To get the benefits without…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:20 pm on January 8, 2014

A ground-breaking 2003 study conducted by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that dancing improved cognitive abilities in seniors over the age of 75 and significantly reduced the risk for developing dementia. The 21-year-long study looked at a variety of pastimes, from doing crossword puzzles to playing golf. Dancing showed the greatest risk reduction in dementia out of all of the activities. How Dancing Helps Prevent Dementia Human brains access stored information through neural pathways. Sometimes the data is accessed through a single synapse; sometimes the brain creates multiple paths to the same information. As people age, some brain cells and synapses weaken or die. The accepted theory is that people who participate in activities that require different ways of thinking develop alternative pathways…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on January 1, 2014

Although your aging loved one may know that regular exercise is necessary for staying healthy, they may find it hard to stay motivated. Chronic pain, joint stiffness and other physical ailments may make exercise uncomfortable for some aging adults. Others may struggle with a lack of interest in their exercise routine. Whatever the reason, Home Care Assistance Naples offers the most effective ways to encourage your aging one to overcome these motivational challenges, allowing them to get the exercise they need to maintain optimal health. Consider Classes for Aging Adults Adding a social element to your parent or loved one’s exercise routine can alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression. Local gyms and senior centers often hold group classes, designed specifically for older adults, focusing on exercises that match abilities and…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on December 25, 2013

At Home Care Assistance of Naples, we are committed to providing the highest level of care to our clients, and that means staying up to date with what’s going on in the senior care industry! If you have an aging parent, grandparent or loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, here is some information about the latest advancements in Alzheimer’s care. Currently, there are five FDA approved medications to treat Alzheimer’s; however none can reverse the symptoms of the disease. Scientists have been searching for a way to both treat disease and stop the progression of brain cell damage, and recent news points to the idea that a handful of treatments currently being tested may have the potential to do just that. A promising new drug on the horizon…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on December 18, 2013

We talk to many families who are concerned about an aging parent living at home independently. Over the years, they’ve watched as daily tasks become more difficult to complete and they notice that their aging loved one doesn’t get out or socialize as much as they used to. Fortunately, there is an option that allows a senior to remain independent in the comfort of home, while receiving the assistance they need: a professional companion caregiver. The greatest benefit of a companion is the individualized attention. A caregiver can offer adult conversation, sharing stories and discussing hobbies or current events. This is a great way to keep a senior’s mind sharp and to promote cognitive functioning to combat age related conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Word games and puzzles are…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:40 pm on December 11, 2013

The right foods can improve your health, make you stronger and even improve your memory! Although many seniors know the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, they don’t always know which specific foods to focus on. To help guide seniors in the right direction, we created a list of some of the top grocery store items that seniors should stock in their pantry to promote positive health and wellness. Enjoy the Leafy Greens Turnip greens, spinach, kale and broccoli are all great sources of fiber, and they’re also known for protecting cognitive function. If your or an aging loved one are concerned about losing your memory, these vegetables should be at the top of your grocery list! Has your aging parent or grandparent been diagnosed with…

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