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Potassium Benefits for Senior Adults
Potassium Benefits for Senior Adults
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on February 23, 2015

Potassium is an essential macronutrient that helps support many vital functions in the body. It plays a major role in the synthesis of proteins, supporting the skeletal system, electrolyte balance and the electrical activity in the heart. In fact, a recent study has shown that one of the most important dietary changes that people can make to combat hypertension (a common problem among the aging population) is to decrease sodium intake and increase consumption of potassium. Jefferson County senior care experts recommend that aging adults obtain approximately 4,700 mg of potassium per day in order to maintain healthy body functions….

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Alzheimers Detected on MRI
Alzheimers Detected on MRI
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on February 16, 2015

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which ranks as the fourth most common cause of death in the United States, can be difficult to definitively diagnose. The disease, which is characterized by the progressive onset of dementia, causes an individual to exhibit a number of symptoms ranging from confusion and forgetfulness to changes in mood and behavior. As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care in Jefferson County, we’re always looking to share some of the new and innovative diagnosis and treatment options in regards to memory care. Today, we’re going share some insight into using MRIs to detect Alzheimer’s disease its early stages…

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Purpose and Longevity Link
Purpose and Longevity Link
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on February 9, 2015

Who wants to wake up every morning with nothing to do and no place to go? When adults reach retirement age and beyond, having a sense of purpose is a necessary component to enable them to lead happy, healthy lives. In fact, studies show that being responsible for something outside of oneself has proven to have a positive effect on one’s health, both physical and mental. At Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County, we have a holistic approach to senior home care that not only focuses on a senior’s physical needs, but on his or her social and emotional needs,…

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Ways to Promote Heart Health
Ways to Promote Heart Health
By Cherie Coe, 5:34 pm on February 2, 2015

February isn’t just for lovers. It’s also the time to love your heart because it is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular conditions, including heart disease and high blood pressure, is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While a cardiovascular condition can interfere with work and home life, it is preventable. In honor of American Heart Health Month, Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County offers three simple steps to get your heart, and your aging loved ones’ hearts, on the path to better health this February. Partner Up…

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Elderly Appetite Changes
Elderly Appetite Changes
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on January 26, 2015

Seniors have a natural tendency to experience a decrease in appetite as they age. Because this decrease in appetite can affect a senior’s overall health and wellness, it’s important to identify underlying causes as soon as possible. This way, you can be sure that your aging parent or loved one is getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients on a daily basis. Here are a just a few factors that can influence a senior or older adult’s appetite, presented by Jefferson County Home Care Assistance. Hormonal Causes – Cholesystokinin is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream during…

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Post-Stroke Incontinence
Post-Stroke Incontinence
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on January 19, 2015

Taking care of an aging parent or loved one who recently had a stroke can be a life-changing event. While the side effects of a stroke can range from physical to emotional, one symptom that is often not discussed is the issue of incontinence. While helping a loved one with incontinence related issues may seem overwhelming, with the right support and guidance, you can safely provide stroke care in Jefferson County, while helping to promote dignity and as much independence as possible. Seek Professional Help First, it is very important to seek professional medical advice for a family member with…

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Promoting Elderly Nutrition at Hospital
Promoting Elderly Nutrition at Hospital
By Cherie Coe, 7:19 pm on January 12, 2015

Malnutrition in the hospital setting is a risk for elderly patients, and the consequences can be costly. From suppressing the immune system and delaying healing to increasing both the length of stay and cost of a hospital course, poor dietary intake should be monitored. As your loved one stays in the hospital, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care in Jefferson County, encourages families to stay abreast of aging loved one’s eating habits. Malnutrition comes in two forms – either under or overeating. In the hospital this condition typically presents itself as the former. When sick, patients…

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Depression and Dementia Link
Depression and Dementia Link
By Cherie Coe, 11:33 pm on January 5, 2015

According to a study in the journal Neurology, depression is, at the very least, a risk factor for dementia. The extensive study involved nearly 2,000 participants with an average age of 77 who had no signs of dementia when the study began. At the conclusion of the study, about half of the participants exhibited some memory problems. Today, the Jefferson County dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance will be sharing additional information about this study to help provide insight into the link between depression and dementia. High Levels of Depression Noted before Diagnosis Researchers reported a higher level of…

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By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on December 29, 2014

Being a caregiver for an aging or disabled loved one is a noble but taxing job, and for many, can overtake all other aspects of life. Not everyone is willing to devote themselves to the health of others, and it may become quickly apparent that other family members are not willing to share the responsibility equally, leaving one individual to do most of the work. As a leading provider of home care in Jefferson County, we understand that family caregivers take on many roles when becoming a caregiver. From navigating healthcare documentation and finances to taking care of all the physical and emotional needs of another is a full time job, often leaving the caregiver feeling like there is no time to manage their own life. Because being a caregiver…

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By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on December 22, 2014

This holiday season, recognize the friends and family members who provide care for their loved ones – those who ease burdens and warm hearts all year long – with a thoughtful gift. Regardless of the age, gender, or pastimes of the caregiver, you’re sure to find the right present by asking one simple question, “How can I make this person’s life easier?” The following are some of Jefferson County Home Care Assistance’s favorite holiday gifts for caregivers. While they’re not the most elaborate or expensive, they’re thoughtful and can go a long way in helping a caregiver better manage their (often hectic) day-to-day routines. Gift Cards for Services – Help a friend or family caregiver by purchasing services that are needed around the caregiver’s own home, whether that means lawn…

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