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Physical activity is necessary to live a longer life. Everybody knows that exercise is healthy. Walking is a great way to help the body stay healthy. Researchers determined that 100 steps per minute were adequate enough to achieve the benefits that come from moderate intensity activity.

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Numerous ideas and options help improve mental health. Above all, the strongest options involve interacting with other people. Caregivers encourage those they care for to talk about family, friends, or even people in their neighborhood. The discussion helps them feel connected to the outside world.

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Heart health is a vital part of healthy aging and healthy living. These simple tips will help improve and/or maintain a healthy heart!

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It’s important to understand what “caregiver burnout” looks like and learn how to prevent it from happening. Caregivers can take care of themselves and those that depend on them without over-straining themselves, but they need to be mindful of warning signs and have a plan to prevent burnout.

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Winter is an incredible opportunity to curl up with a great book, read a magazine or watch a movie with the family. We're building Family Resources so you can exactly those things while you beat the winter chill indoors.

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When she was young, Joan never liked being told what to do. Now, at 84, she adamantly refuses all requests to take a shower. She didn’t seem to notice the body odor or stringy hair that were so off-putting to friends and family.

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Many people become less active as they age. It can sometimes be hard to maintain the same level of physical activity you’re used to as your body gets older. But even small amounts of exercise can make big improvements on your health and well-being as you age.

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It is never too late to reinvent yourself, whether it be your career, health or passion. Since September is Healthy Aging Month, it’s the perfect time to get started on a new you.

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A new study now suggests an association between healthy eating and better brain function. Check out the study below to learn about how you can protect your aging brain just by changing what you eat!

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As we age, the likelihood of developing cataracts increases. Cataracts are one of the most common vision problems in the U.S. and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

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After a lifetime of working for someone else, retiring seniors have the opportunity to pursue their passions, instead of a paycheck, by volunteering. And, all that good will may be good for the body, too.

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When the temperatures rise during the summer, a potentially deadly danger lurks in the very medications many seniors take to stay healthy. Did you know a combination of the heat and the side effects from certain medications can put seniors in danger?

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When it comes to elderly health, the focus is usually on things such as the heart and the mind, but what about the mouth? Taking care of elderly teeth and gums is just as important. Senior dental problems can be common.

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Eating too much sugar can put seniors at risk for a variety of health problems, and most of the sugar they consume is hidden in foods they may eat every day.

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1 in 4 people over age 60 have diabetes. A look at how one senior’s handling his diabetes diagnosis, and some warning signs of the disease to be aware of.

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What is Sundowner’s Syndrome ? How does this form of Alzheimer’s Disease impact the sufferer and the family responsible for his/her care.  

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There is a new push to make sure seniors get immunized for devastating diseases like pneumonia, shingles, and whooping cough. Caregivers can play a vital role in making sure seniors get these important shots.

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Whether healthy or unhealthy, Baby Boomers will live longer and will need someone to take care of them.  That burden will fall to the family unless professional caregivers step in to help.

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There are so many different diets today catering to many different people depending on their goals. The MIND diet focuses on eating “brain healthy” foods, like berries and green vegetables.

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The good news is we’re living longer. Medical advances have improved the odds of surviving conditions like heart disease and cancer. But as the population ages, a lot of us will develop Alzheimer’s. By 2025, more than 7 million Americans are expected to have the disease. Despite all the research, there is no cure.

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Handling grief can be difficult, but you can help your clients through it.

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February is American Heart Month, which serves as a great reminder that keeping your heart healthy is extremely important.

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There's a popular anonymous quote that says, "The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out."

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Staying healthy over the holidays is hard for anyone to do, with all of the delicious food begging to be eaten and the cold weather keeping people indoors and a little more inactive.

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Providing home care for seniors takes a lot of organization and patience, and there are now smart phone apps that can make staying organized as a caregiver much easier.

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Providers of elderly home care services are in charge of a variety of aspects of their clients' days, including feeding them three healthy meals.

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As a provider of senior care services, you may be wondering what foods can help your clients live healthier lives.

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here are many health awareness months in September, and Healthy Aging Month is one of them.

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As a provider of elderly home care services, you may find that your clients are becoming unstable and lose their balance easier.

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The difference between sunburn and sun poisoning and how to protect seniors.

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As a provider of senior care services, it's imperative that you're prepared for an emergency.

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Water exercise is an excellent option for seniors because it removes any risk of falling and getting hurt.

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Loss of cognitive function and memory can happen as people age, especially if they suffer from an illness such as dementia or Alzheimer's.

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It's important to take precautions before spending time in the sun.

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Music therapy can help seniors at risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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A study recently published in the journal Circulation found that individuals in their 60s and 70s who participate in physical activity such as walking on a regular basis have the healthiest hearts.

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Senior care services can assist older adults with grocery shopping and meal preparation if they need to lose weight.

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Just because your hair may be a little gray and your joints a little creaky, it doesn't mean you have to give up the activities you love later in life.

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People who had mentally challenging jobs when they were part of the workforce have a lower chance of suffering mental decline while on the job and after retiring, according a study recently published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

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Proper nutrition is important at any age, but for seniors it can play an even bigger role in overall health. Including the right foods in an older adult's diet is a critical aspect of senior care.

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While eating ill-prepared or old food is not recommended for anyone, it's of greater importance that seniors, especially those with chronic illnesses, avoid these choices as they are at an increased risk of food poisoning when compared to the younger population.

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It's easy to see why anxiety can transfer from caregiver to their loved one. Those being cared for can pick up on the moods of their caregiver, which can lead to a host of greater health issues. As such, it's important for family caregivers to find effective ways to reduce their stress levels, not only for their well-being but for their loved ones as well.

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Nutritious meals are important for keeping seniors healthy, and focusing on meal preparation can be a great way to eat well. As we age, our metabolic rates slow and many older people are not consuming foods and beverages that contain sufficient nutrients. This can lead to chronic fatigue, depression and a weakened immune system. Take a look at these quick tips for eating better and increasing your quality of life as you age.

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A large portion of the baby boomer population is beginning to get older and develop age-related eye diseases. Millions are already struggling with an eye disease and about 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts while another 2.5 million suffer from glaucoma. 

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Whether caused by a car accident, injury or fall, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can carry a wide variety of side effects. The impact of TBI can vary greatly from person to person as well. While one may experience difficulties understanding language, another may encounter side effects that necessitate in-home care. But wherever a TBI victim falls on the spectrum, it's important for their family to recognize the potential challenges they may face.

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Older adults need to pay more attention to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and other factors that can increase the risk of heart disease. An excellent way to keep these health issues in check is to alter a diet, which senior care services can assist patients with through grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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A recent study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that seniors who sit for extended periods of time each day are more likely to be disabled, regardless of how much time they spend being active.

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Unfortunately the risk of falling increases as people age, and during the winter when snow and ice make everything slick, the chances of slipping get even higher.

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When people dine, they often either rush through their meals or take their time with it. According to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating slower can help people consume less calories and feel full faster, and it can increase energy.

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A new study published in The American Journal of Cardiology found cardiologists overlooked memory issues in almost 50 percent of elderly heart patients.

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Whole grains are an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and senior care servicescan ensure that patients get the recommended amount by assisting with grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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A recent study published in the journal Physical Biology found that a new medical test looking for rare cells in the blood could predict which patients are at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack.

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According to new research, individuals who have worsening glaucoma in only one eye are more likely to sleep with the affected side of their head facing down, and investigators noted that internal pressure is affected by the position of the eye.

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Recent research at the Mayo Clinic has uncovered a stronger link to Alzheimer's and a history of concussions, according to published results recently shared in Neurology.

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system that afflicts more than 10 million Americans, and brings on symptoms that include chronic pain, stiffness and cognitive issues.

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Herbs such as rosemary and spearmint may help to fight off Alzheimer's by improving learning and memory, according to a study conducted by professionals at Saint Louis University. The enhanced extracts made from special antioxidants in these herbs can reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.

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The health care industry underwent some major changes in 2013, and the upcoming year appears to have a number of transitions on the horizon as well. The Washington Post recently summarized a list from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that posited a number of top care initiatives for 2014, and for at-home senior care, a few will be more pressing than others.

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AARP said that it's becoming common knowledge that organic food and produce is a healthier option because it has fewer pesticides. However, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, organic milk actually has more healthy fatty acids than milk from more conventional farms.

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There are a number of superfoods out there for your loved one to eat in order to help them live a longer, healthier life.

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Tongue twisters are funny to say and can create an entertaining moment when the words get messed up. As it turns out, they may also help with continued successful brain function in older adults.

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Most medications must be taken daily, but the instructions don't always specify what time of day is the best to take them.

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Older adults who suffer from debilitating headaches, such as chronic migraines, could benefit from senior care services to assist with the tasks of daily living as well as help with taking the right dosage of medications when they are experiencing an episode.

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If you want to stay healthy, what you put in your body plays a major role. Aside from getting plenty of water and exercise, you can add some immunity-boosting foods to your diet. 

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Now that the weather is turning colder, the snow and ice will follow. Unfortunately, icy conditions increase the risk of older adults slipping and falling, and possibly suffering a concussion.

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A new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that the average lifespan of an American is 1 year lower than the international average. According to the Washington Post, Americans can expect to live for 78.7 years, 8 years longer than in 1970. 

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The Senate passed the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will give the Food and Drug Administration more power when it comes to policing drug compounding pharmacies, the New York Times reported.

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A four-month study found that individuals with Alzheimer's disease can increase brain function by singing songs from hit musicals, The Guardian reported.

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Back pain doesn't have to be an inevitable part of aging.

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During the month of November, the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations work to spread the word about National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently completed a study on the possibility of a connection between lack of sleep and Alzheimer's disease

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If you want to add whole grains to your diet, consider these six choices to give you optimum health benefits and possibly even reduce your risk of cancer. 

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After suffering an injury or medical condition, some patients are prescribed music therapy. This form of rehabilitation uses music to help individuals socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally or developmentally. 

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It's important to make your health a priority, especially as you age. Being older makes you more susceptible to illnesses that could require senior care services. Staying strong mentally and physically and eating a well-balanced diet are crucial. 

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The latest Global AgeWatch Index by the United Nations Population Fund determined the best and worst countries in the world for the elderly. According to the study, the U.S. is No. 8 in the world for the well-being of aging adults.

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Having an older relative who is perpetually in a bad mood and resistant to assistance is one of the greatest challenges facing family caregivers. It may seem impossible to improve his or her mental well-being, but recognizing what could be the root source of his or her poor attitude could help make the caregiving process a bit easier, and also improve overall health.

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Although 62 has long been seen as the normal retirement age, there are several reasons why 70 might be even better. 

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Caring for an elderly family member can undoubtedly be a stressful undertaking. There are many responsibilities that fall on caregivers' shoulders, and having to see a parent or grandparent battle a chronic illness can take its toll as well. The combination of stressors can lead to caregiver burnout or depression, but there are ways to prevent those conditions.

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Bone and Joint Health National Awareness week is an annual global event held from October 12 through 20. The activities of this event include attention to disorders such as arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. 

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It could be due to a chronic illness, an injury or a fall within the home, but there comes a time when many adult children recognize that their elderly parent needs senior care. While it may be easy to recognize their need for assistance around the house, choosing the right professional caregiver can be difficult, but there are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Women who suffer from stress during middle age may have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, Bloomberg reported. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden published the results of a study that spanned nearly 40 years and found that psychological stress is associated with a 21 percent greater risk of developing the disease. 

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Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage have become more mainstream in many different disciplines, and that includes cancer treatment. A growing number of doctors are offering such therapies to cancer patients in addition to more conventional treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy, according to NBC Nightly News.

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Doctors recommend anyone who is 6 months or older get a flu shot, even older adults. Since the flu evolves every year and different strains are more prominent than others, an annual vaccination is best. As fall marks the start of flu season, Americans are encouraged to get protected early. 

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A new study by researchers at the University of Northumbria and published in the journal BMJ Open found that older adults are more likely to stick to an exercise plan prescribed by their doctor than younger patients.

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Keeping your brain on top of its game and healthy is important for aging adults. While at-home senior care can help with incorporating the right foods into you or your loved one's diet, it's good to know what foods will benefit the brain.

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If you noticed that you've been feeling down and a little out of it lately, there are things you can do to feel both happier and healthier. Your mood can have a significant impact on your overall health, so it's important to remember that these two really go hand-in-hand. 

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The concept of successful aging can vary considerably from person to person. While some may place an emphasis on staying physically active, others are more concerned with maintaining a high level of mental acuity. Regardless of what older adults value, experts say that their attitude toward aging is what plays the biggest role in determining their quality of life.

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Having a parent who needs Alzheimer's care is challenging. It demands a lot of physical and emotional energy from you and you'll find yourself giving more and more as the disease progresses. As time goes on, it is easy to feel burnt out and frustrated.

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Government officials estimate that almost 70 percent of Americans will require the use of long-term care at some point in their lives, but new findings suggest that many of them are not doing the things they need to ensure they get the care they need should any health issues arise, according to The Associated Press.

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It's no secret that pets can bring joy to a person's life. May is National Pet Month, and scientific evidence proves that having a furry friend can provide more than just happiness.

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Older adults who want to live and maintain healthy lifestyles shouldn't be afraid to ask their doctor or senior care services provider questions. Not only will you or your loved one be more in the know about what you could and should be doing to stay healthy but you'll build a stronger relationship with your physician.

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Because of the many changes that can happen to a man's body as he ages, it's important to ask a doctor or a professional providing home care for seniors any questions about symptoms that are out of the ordinary. 

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According to researchers at Cork University in Ireland, blood pressure drugs may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's and even boost cognitive abilities

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President Obama's Affordable Care Act goes into effect January 1, 2014. The law will expand health care benefits to the 55 million Americans without health coverage. It also increases benefits for those who are underinsured, including seniors.

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With age comes weaker joints and, according to Cooking Light, there are about 21 million adults living with osteoarthritis. This condition includes achy joints and can even cause pain that may leave your loved one unable to get up from the couch.

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It's important for seniors to keep their immune systems in tip-top shape to avoid getting sick. By sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough rest, senior citizens can boost their quality of life and rely less on home care for day-to-day activities. Read below for some easy tips on how to keep your immune system healthy and enjoy more of life's events. 

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The Buddy Program, as it is called, has produced 167 pairs and has benefited both the students and their mentors. For students, they are able to experience the struggles faced by Alzheimer's patients, their families and their caregivers through a weekly meeting where they can talk with them about their experiences or challenges with the disease.

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At some point, travel can become too disorienting or stressful for your loved one, but that doesn't mean that vacationing has to completely come to an end. You and your loved one can share in remembering past trips by recreating the sights or sounds right in the safe and familiar setting of your home.

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Taking good care of teeth never stops being important. However, this can become difficult for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. As the disease progresses, your clients may become more and more forgetful about brushing their teeth and may be resistant to letting their family do it for them.

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In order for your clients to have the best change at survival and recovery after a stroke, it's extremely important to know the signs of one. Being able to identify when your client is having a stroke allows for you to immediately call for help. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, receiving treatment within 60 minutes of the stroke's onset could prevent disability.

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A recent study conducted by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Brain revealed that there are strong connections between cerebrovascular disease and the development of dementia such as Alzheimer's.

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Heart attacks impact about 1 million people every year, and those that survive often face significant lifestyle changes. This is especially true for senior care providers whose patients have suffered a heart attack. The event places a greater emphasis on tailoring care and taking steps to lower the risk of an additional cardiovascular issue.

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An elderly parent's aging process can be difficult for not only you and your siblings, but also for your parent. While you may realize that your parent now needs in-home senior care, it can be difficult for your mom or dad to admit that she or he needs help. 

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Early diagnosis is often the key to effectively treating most healthy conditions, and new research from the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic found that a simple breath test might be able to accurately diagnose heart disease. While the study is still in its earliest stages, experts are hopeful the results could be a breakthrough in cardiovascular health management.

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Summer is a popular time of the year for family reunions. If you or someone you love is in the early stages of Alzheimer's or receiving in home elder care as the condition progresses, it is important to talk to children about what is happening to their grandparent or other family member before the reunion.

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A study from West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, found that exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) found in items like nonstick cookware, microwave popcorn and food wrappers could cause cardiovascular disease. Those seeking home care for heart conditions should avoid the chemical and limit exposure to items that are high in PFOA.

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Although family history, sex and age are key factors that add to your risk of heart disease, there are easy prevention tips that can delay the onset of this ailment...

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Alzheimer’s care has many different facets. Everything from providing memory boosting activities to making adjustments around the house play a role, and diet can have an impact as well. Coconut oil in particular has attracted a great deal of attention when it comes to managing the condition, as experts have long found it could even treat other diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. 

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Alternative treatments have become popular options for a host of senior health issues. Everything from acupuncture to deep tissue massage has proven to offer effective relief for a number of conditions, and when it comes to heart disease some experts say that yoga may be one of the best choices. 

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When a loved one sustains a traumatic brain injury during a fall or other accident, it can be difficult to know how to best care for them. Researchers have only begun to uncover the basics of brain function, leaving much unknown about this essential organ. This makes any brain injury especially scary for family caregivers and their loved ones. As much as they try to prevent the accidents that lead to brain injuries, they can still happen. Here are the best things to do when brain injuries happen.

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An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and there are a wide variety of treatment methods available. However, one area of therapy that has gone relatively unexplored is alternative treatment, yet some experts say that such treatments can have a significant impact on patients’ recoveries.

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Alternative therapies have become popular among a large part of the population in recent years. Treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, massage and even lifestyle changes have been used to combat myriad medical conditions. Though some may question their effectiveness, the methods may offer benefits when it comes to senior care, especially helping manage heart disease.

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February is recognized as Heart Health Month in the United States, and although it’s important for senior care providers to focus on the cardiovascular well-being of their patients all year, they may want to recommit themselves to doing so this month. Seniors are often at a greater risk for heart issues during the winter months, and there are some steps senior caregivers can take to helping protect them from such incidents. 

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Staying physically active later in life is a cornerstone of healthy aging, and a new study suggests that older adults can reap considerable cognitive benefits. Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand found a distinct correlation between aerobic activity and an improvement in certain areas of brain function.

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Winter presents a number of senior health challenges. Though some are well known, others may be less apparent. Falls and hypothermia are common, but there are certain conditions senior care providers should be on the lookout for. 

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is coming up on April 16. Take this time to evaluate your long-term care plans and create or adjust them to promote your well being, comfort and independence throughout your life. If you work in the healthcare field, encourage your patients and their families to make decisions about their long term care plans. 

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February is a month where our thoughts turn to the heart. While this may automatically be associated with the romance of Valentine’s Day, SYNERGY HomeCare is observing another important cause. The American Heart Association has named February American Heart Month, and SYNERGY HomeCare is excited to celebrate these 29 days of heart health. 

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As a family caregiver, you think beyond your own needs and put the welfare of your loved one above your own. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we commend your daily selflessness, and want to provide you with the tools you need to have a healthy and happy life in 2012.

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An estimated 5 million people have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia today. By 2050, a projected 16 million people will have these diseases. This is a big concern for many people as they age. One of the best ways to prevent memory loss is keep an active mind. Protecting your “Brain Health” is one way to slow down or prevent memory loss.

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At SYNERGY HomeCare, we see many people loving life in middle age and even into their 90’s and 100’s. Age brings wisdom and experience. With a healthy body, the elderly can put a sound mind to good use. Think of the 80 year old woman who can outrun her grandson. Think of Albert Einstein, who, among his many accomplishments was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel when he was 75. 

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Humor is one of the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. 

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By putting our best foot forward now, we can lengthen our stride in the future.

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