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By Jeff Hill, 12:00 am on January 18, 2014

Parkinson’s disease is known to restrict a person’s movement due to symptoms that can include muscle and joint stiffness as well as tremors. While these symptoms can be uncomfortable, exercise can help to reduce the challenges experienced by seniors with Parkinson’s by improving balance and restoring strength and flexibility. If you have an aging loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s click here to learn more about in-home Parkinson’s care and continue reading for some of our favorite exercises that can help promote independence and confidence. Facial Exercises A person’s facial muscles are one of the most overlooked groups when it comes to strength training and toning. Parkinson’s patients benefit from strengthening the muscles that help them to chew, swallow and speak. Facial exercises can be performed by incorporating fun…

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By Jeff Hill, 11:53 pm on January 13, 2014

As you age, your body changes. Your tastes, style and eating habits will all shift drastically as you move from one stage of your life to the next. While you could eat just about anything when you were younger, you may have to modify your diet in your golden years to ensure optimal health. To help make sure you haven’t picked up any inaccurate nutrition knowledge along the way, Home Care Assistance of Phoenix lists the top 3 senior nutrition myths and why they’re simply not true! 1. You can eat whatever you want. After years of always being told to eat your vegetables, now is the time to eat whatever your heart desires! While this certainly sounds good, it’s an attitude that can lead to serious health problems. Making…

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By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on December 27, 2013

After a stroke, routine tasks that were once simple to accomplish may be more challenging. Depending upon the severity of one’s stroke, a person may experience muscle weakness, paralysis and other lingering effects that can interfere with their daily activities. Family caregivers will undergo changes in their routine as they assist their loved one with daily tasks and find new ways to cope with the challenges. Do you need help caring for an aging loved one who has just suffered a stroke? Read more about specialty stroke care for seniors in Phoenix and see how on-one-one assistance could benefit your aging loved one. Additionally, here are some effective strategies to help caregivers and their loved ones ease their adjustment to life after a stroke: Simplify Daily Routines Following a stroke,…

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By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on December 20, 2013

At Home Care Assistance of Phoenix, we always encourage our senior clients to exercise! Exercising is an activity that offers many additional benefits including opportunities for social interaction, enhanced mood, improved sleep at night and a lower risk of falls and injuries. However, in addition to the previously mentioned benefits, multiple scientific studies have confirmed that physical exercise helps ward off the development of Alzheimer’s and can also offer a variety benefits to those who have already been diagnosed with the disease. Exercising During the Early and Middle Stage of Alzheimer’s A 2013 study published in the International Journal of General Medicine found that physical activity helped slow cognitive decline in patients with mild to moderate dementia. The findings validate a University of Maryland study that found that mildly impaired…

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By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on December 20, 2013

The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, but they can prove lonely for aging adults who may no longer be in contact with old friends, have suffered the loss of companions, or who live far from their relatives. For many seniors, what was once a time of active gatherings and constant activity becomes a time which may include isolation and depression. With a little planning, however, you can help your aging parent or loved one deal with the loneliness of the holidays. Deck the Halls You don’t have to break out all the decorations to enjoy the holidays, but it’s important to bring out a few decorations to get in the spirit. Put out a small tree on a table along with a few of your aging…

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By Jeff Hill, 5:25 pm on December 12, 2013

The day-to-day responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one are often so time consuming that the health of the caregiver is often pushed to the back burner. To deliver quality care, however, it’s critical for the caregiver to recognize that they need to take remedial steps when emotional, behavioral or physical problems arise. The following signs can indicate that the strain of caregiving is becoming too much. Physical Symptoms Caregiving is a physically demanding job that can cause feelings of weakness, fatigue and exhaustion. A lack of adequate restful sleep is a leading cause of caregiver stress. Because finding the time to exercise and eat properly can be challenging, a general deterioration of good health can occur. Caregivers may also fail to take proper care of themselves when they…

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By Jeff Hill, 9:42 pm on January 18, 2013

With age, seniors become more susceptible to chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia and suffer from severe memory loss.  Although there are no known cures for these diseases, there are ways seniors can actively keep their brain fit to help prevent early onset of the disease and reduce the risk entirely.  Whether you get help from friends and family or from a Phoenix senior care provider, the following are simple ways you can keep your aging brain fit. The first way to keep an aging brain fit is exercise.  While exercise has been known to prevent many types of diseases including heart disease and cancer, a senior who exercises regularly can also decrease their chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Studies show that exercise is the single best way…

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By Jeff Hill, 12:19 am on January 17, 2013

Between work, family and other life demands, keeping up with your elderly loved one’s health can be difficult.  When visiting, take note of the following signs that could indicate your parent is experiencing health problems.  By observing these symptoms early, you can help ensure your elderly loved one receives the at-home care they need to maintain their quality of life. Mood changes: While some changes in mood are expected with age, if your kind, socially outgoing parent suddenly becomes withdrawn and easily angered, it could be a sign of a more complex problem.  If you notice their behavior seems out of the ordinary, encourage your parent to seek professional assistance to help them overcome the issue. Change in weight or eating habits: If you notice your parent has experienced a…

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By Jeff Hill, 12:14 am on January 17, 2013

Do you have an elderly loved one who is no longer able to perform tasks of daily living? Have you noticed changes in dress, mood and/or eating habits in this individual? If so then it may be time to call Phoenix Home Care Assistance. With Home Care Assistance, one receives a highly qualified and compassionate caregiver who can assist with all tasks of daily living. The services our caregivers provide include, but are not limited to, cooking, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, transportation, errand runs, exercise and medication reminders. Phoenix Caregivers are dedicated to the wellbeing of their clients and go above and beyond in provided support. Home Care Assistance makes it a priority to rigorously screen every potential caregiver. We administer an elite caregiver screening exam and training program…

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By Jeff Hill, 9:55 pm on July 7, 2012

We’ve heard the phrase, “There’s no place like home.” But when seniors are faced with health problems that interfere with living at home the concept of “home” can suddenly change. That concept does not have to change. It is important to remember and respect why seniors want to stay at home. First, there really is no place like home. It is a comfortable place. It is familiar with it’s comfortable chairs, TVs that are easy to operate, and a bed that seems custom made. Second, home is a place of sentimental value. Special events have happened there. Holidays have been spent there. It is a gathering place for family and friends. Third, it represents independent living and that brings a great deal of peace and comfort. If you or a loved…

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