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How Elderly Can Start Exercising
How Elderly Can Start Exercising
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on March 26, 2015

Seniors who are interested in starting an exercise program of any type should never jump into a new routine, as there can be adverse effects when proper precautions are not taken. So how can seniors start working out safely? Shown below are step-by-step instructions for creating a personalized senior exercise program, presented by trusted San Antonio home care agency, Home Care Assistance. Step 1 – Get a Physical Examination Prior to starting (or even considering) a new exercise routine, it is important for seniors to meet with their doctors in order to determine whether or not they are physically healthy enough for certain activities. It is a good idea to…

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Ways to Promote Senior Memory
Ways to Promote Senior Memory
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on March 19, 2015

Studies have shown that as people age, it becomes more difficult to recall both short and long-term memories. However, for older adults, adhering to the phrase “use it or lose it” can help to boost memory in the aging brain, keeping it as active as possible. The below five suggestions from our San Antonio caregivers are great ways for seniors to keep the brain healthy in the golden years. Practice Memory Tricks – Seniors (or their caregivers) who notice that their memories are not at 100 percent can use any number of memory tricks. These include things such as leaving sticky notes around the house, using the alarms to set…

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Selecting and Sizing Elderly Canes
Selecting and Sizing Elderly Canes
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on March 12, 2015

Changes in mobility are a common part of aging, and many seniors and older adults will find themselves needing additional support in order to safely navigate their home, and to and from leisure activities. Along with in-home support from a professional caregiver, the following are some of the most common canes that may be recommended to your loved one by his or her doctor. Types of Canes A cane is helpful in the case of arthritis, mild balance difficulty, and leg or foot injury. There are five basic types of canes. They can be made of wood or metal, however metal is preferable because it offers adjustable levels to ensure…

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Common Senior Health Issues
Common Senior Health Issues
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on March 5, 2015

It’s natural to be concerned about your loved one’s health and wellness as they age, but truth is, your loved one will likely experience challenges and changes in abilities that are out of your control. That said, there are a few things that you can do to help promote a loved one’s physical and emotional health. San Antonio Home Care Assistance shares the most common senior-related health issues and what you can do to help delay or prevent their associated symptoms. Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones begin to weaken and become thin, which brings about an increasing concern for fractures and breaks. While osteoporosis is…

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Legal Planning for Dementia Patients
Legal Planning for Dementia Patients
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on February 26, 2015

After your parent or aging relative has been diagnosed with dementia, you must figure out all of the legalities involved in their care, both now and for the long-term. You want your loved one to have as much of a say as possible regarding their health care, ensuring that their wishes are carried out even when they are unable to make clear decisions independently. Although this is a sensitive topic, it will be important to look into and discuss the following legal matters with your loved one. Living Will It will be important to talk to your loved one about finalizing a living will. The will makes their intentions clear…

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Oral Care and Senior Health
Oral Care and Senior Health
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on February 19, 2015

Good oral hygiene is important for all seniors because many factors that come into play as people age can make them more susceptible to dental problems. It is essential that older adults continue to schedule regular dental checkups in order to catch oral health issues as they arise. If your aging parent or loved one is unable to drive or does not have access to public transportation, make sure they are provided with the assistance needed to attend regular dental checkups, whether you drive them yourself or hire a caregiver for San Antonio hourly care to provide reliable transportation and accompaniment. Dentists will be able to identify oral care issues…

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Alzheimers Life Expectancy
Alzheimers Life Expectancy
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on February 12, 2015

Your parent was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The initial shock is starting to wear off, but you still have many questions. As a leading San Antonio Alzheimer’s care provider, we work with many families who are experiencing a wide range of emotions after a loved one’s diagnosis, and have found that one of the first questions asked is about future and quality of life. Your family is likely wondering how many years your dear father or mother can live with the disease. The average person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s lives anywhere from eight to ten years after they find out they have it. There are extreme cases where patients…

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Recipes for Senior Heart Health
Recipes for Senior Heart Health
By Sara Marrow, 11:56 pm on February 5, 2015

Heart health is important for everyone, especially seniors. By following a heart-healthy diet plan, seniors can reduce their risk of developing heart disease and live long and vibrant lives. In honor of American Heart Month, San Antonio Home Care Assistance wanted to share one of our favorite delicious and nutritious recipes that helps protect the heart, Overnight Oats. Overnight Oats is an extremely healthy and simple make-ahead recipe; great for breakfast or for a midday snack. As this dish sits in the refrigerator overnight, the oats and chia seeds absorb the liquid and become a nice soft texture, an added bonus for seniors with dental issues. Ingredients 1/3 cup milk ¼ cup…

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Supporting a Parkinsons Patient
Supporting a Parkinsons Patient
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on January 29, 2015

After a Parkinson’s diagnosis, your aging parent or loved one will likely be experiencing a range of emotions. He or she may be frightened by the diagnosis, may become depressed or even withdrawn. Although these emotions exist, you can still provide support and encouragement to help him or her better accept the news, and prepare for the changes that will take place. As a top provider of San Antonio home care, we understand how difficult it can be for seniors to adjust to life after learning about a chronic illness. We wanted to share some advice and insight into the situation, so that families can provide their loved one with…

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Start a Senior Exercise Plan
Start a Senior Exercise Plan
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on January 22, 2015

Active seniors can enjoy increased mood, balance, higher levels of energy and fewer health issues among other things. Starting an exercise plan for an aging adult, however, requires a significant amount of preparation. It is important to choose exercises and activities that are right for the individual and to be cognizant of his or her current state of health. As a leading provider of home care, San Antonio families can turn to, we assist seniors with a wide variety of activities including daily exercise. In fact, regular activity is an important component of our revolutionary approach to care, The Balanced Care Method. Because of this, we want to empower our clients…

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