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5 Tips for Managing Senior Arthritis

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on July 23, 2015
Learn about Arthritis in Elders

Though there are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common among seniors. Characterized by worn cartilage that leads to joint pain, this type of arthritis can affect areas throughout the body, including the hands, neck, lower back, knees, and feet. If your elderly loved one has osteoarthritis, read on for arthritis management tips from the Grosse Pointe senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. 1. Weight Loss Since extra weight can lead to increased joint stress, weight loss can help obese and overweight seniors reduce joint pain and stiffness. For seniors who are a normal weight, avoiding weight gain can also help prevent future joint problems. To help your loved one avoid weight …

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Learn about Arthritis in Elders

Four Myths About Seniors with Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on July 9, 2015
Misconceptions about Seniors with Dementia

A common condition affecting more than three million seniors in the U.S. each year, dementia is often misunderstood. If you have an elderly loved one who may be experiencing the symptoms of dementia, it’s important to get the facts about this condition. To help clarify some common misunderstandings about the disorder, Home Care Assistance of Grosse Pointe presents four of the most pervasive dementia myths. 1. Confusion and memory loss are a normal part of aging. Despite the common perception that confusion and memory loss happen to all seniors as they age, these kinds of cognitive challenges are not a natural part of the aging process. Although occasional confusion or forgetfulness are nothing to worry …

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Misconceptions about Seniors with Dementia

Fatigue-Fighting Food Groups for Older Adults

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on June 18, 2015
Fatigue Fighting Senior Foods

Fatigue is a common side effect of aging and many adults battle this stubborn lack of energy as they enter their golden years. Along with ensuring a good night’s rest, slight modifications to the diet can fuel the body and boost overall energy. Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of senior home care in Grosse Pointe, shares a few food groups to focus on when preparing meals for a senior parent or loved one. Complex Carbohydrates – Complex carbohydrates provide energy that is used by the body gradually so that seniors can enjoy a steady level of energy throughout the day as they complete their daily activities. Complex carbohydrates are inclusive of whole grains and …

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Fatigue Fighting Senior Foods

Home Modifications for Aging in Place

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on June 5, 2015
Aging in Place Home Modifications

As the baby boomer generation is entering the golden years, many are choosing to age in place, in the comfort of home, instead of retiring to a nursing home or outside care facility. The question that remains is can your senior loved one stay safe and independent at home? At Home Care Assistance of Grosse Pointe, we believe the answer to this question is yes, especially when the following home modifications are made. Bathroom Modifications Placing non-skid bathmats in the bathroom and installing a sturdy handlebar next to the toilet and inside the shower is a helpful modification for seniors who complete most of their tasks independently. Such modifications can promote balance and reduce the …

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Aging in Place Home Modifications

How Diet Can Increase Elderly Dementia Risk

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on May 21, 2015
Diet and Dementia Risk

While we are all aware that our diet has a direct impact on our physical wellbeing, studies show being overweight can also impact our mental health and increase the risk of dementia. A healthy diet may protect our brains, allowing us to maintain memory and cognitive ability well into our senior years. Further, the longer we consume a healthy diet, the better our brain health will be over the long term. As a leading provider of senior care in Grosse Pointe, we’d like to share the following from a recent study on the connection between diet and dementia. The Study A recent study by the National Institute on Aging, the Swedish Research Councils, and the …

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Diet and Dementia Risk

3 Common Types of Arthritis in Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on May 7, 2015
Types of Senior Arthritis

When considering age-related health conditions that could affect a senior loved one, arthritis isn’t at the top of the list (or even on it). However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 49.7 percent of adults older than age 65 have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, but a few are far more common than the others. As a leading provider of home care in Grosse Pointe, we’d like to honor Arthritis Awareness Month with this short but comprehensive guide to the three most popular types of arthritis. 1. Osteoarthritis  Osteoarthritis is the most common type, affecting about 33 million Americans. Also known as …

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Types of Senior Arthritis

Understanding How Parkinson’s Affects Senior Couples

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on April 23, 2015
Parkinsons Effect on Elderly Couples

Although many seniors with Parkinson’s disease are able to manage symptoms with success, PD can certainly take its toll on a marriage no matter how strong its foundation. If you provide in-home Parkinson’s care in Grosse Pointe for an aging parent or other elderly loved one, it is important to recognize the effects the disease can take on a relationship and find some creative solutions for combating those effects. The Effects of Parkinson’s Disease on a Marriage Although the person who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease often bears the brunt of the physical and emotional challenges, there are effects on couples that do not go unnoticed. These often include: Stress over unpredictable factors and the …

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Parkinsons Effect on Elderly Couples

How Grief Manifests in Elderly

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on April 9, 2015
Grief and Senior Adults

Grief is a natural response to a significant loss in life, and your senior loved one may be dealing with various forms of loss on a continuous basis, including the loss of friends or family members, as well as personal health and independence. Such losses can make seniors sick—literally. Family caregivers in Grosse Pointe should be on the lookout for these common physical signs of grief. Depression Depression is understandably the most common side effect of grief. In seniors, however, the situation can be more serious because this age group is already prone to depression. You can tell a senior is more than “just sad” if he or she loses interest in everyday activities, has …

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Grief and Senior Adults

5 Easy Ways for Elderly to Save Post-Retirement

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on March 19, 2015
Post-Retirement Savings Tips

Being a retired senior means learning to live on a smaller budget. But, being over 65 also means your senior loved one is now eligible for a full spectrum of discounts and ways to stretch his or her budget while still being able to save after retirement. Here are five easy ways to cut costs and save more, brought to you by the Grosse Pointe senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. 1. Check with Financial Institutions Call your senior loved one’s bank and ask about promotions for those 65 and older. Most banks offer free checking and savings accounts to seniors. This means no monthly maintenance fees and no charge for reordering checks. Some …

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Post-Retirement Savings Tips

A Delish Tilapia Recipe Seniors Will Love

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on March 5, 2015
Healthy Fish Recipe for Seniors

Cooking fish might seem tricky, but you don’t need to be a trained chef to make this easy recipe, a favorite at Grosse Pointe Home Care Assistance. Baked in a pouch with a savory vegetable medley, the fish is guaranteed to come out flaky, tender, and flavorful. And, the foil pouches also mean no mess to clean up when the cooking’s done. Try serving with a loaf of crusty French bread for a mouth-watering meal your senior loved one will love. Ingredients 1/2 lbs fresh green beans 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 2 large tomatoes, chopped 2 tablespoons drained capers 1/3 cup green olives, quartered 4 fresh or …

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Healthy Fish Recipe for Seniors