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The Feelings Associated with Caregiver Burnout
The Feelings Associated with Caregiver Burnout
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…

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5 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for Family Caregivers
5 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for Family Caregivers
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…

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Tips for Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
Tips for Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on December 15, 2014

More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. While there is currently no cure, recent trends in the care and prevention of Alzheimer’s suggest that eating right, getting regular exercise and staying mentally active may play a key role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Today, the Jefferson County Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to examine just how helpful these activities are for seniors and older adults! Promote a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle At least six brain-healthy lifestyle components are considered important when it comes to…

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Long-Term Planning for Parkinson's Care
Long-Term Planning for Parkinson's Care
By Cherie Coe, 9:35 pm on December 8, 2014

Making long-term provisions for a senior family member with Parkinson’s is one of the most important things that you can do. There are several vital considerations that must be made as part of this process. As mobility and other basic functions start to decline, your loved one will need to appoint power of attorney to a trusted family member for the management of finances and a living trust. It will also be necessary to have an agent in charge medical care. Different Options in Long-Term Care Long-term care can many many things. Some aging adults will enter into nursing homes…

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Good News about Pneumonia for Seniors
Good News about Pneumonia for Seniors
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on November 24, 2014

Pneumonia is one of the most serious infections in elderly adults. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there is 1 fatality for every 20 seniors that contract pneumonia, leaving the illness (combined with influenza) to be the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, the new Pneumococcal Vaccine is shown to be approximately 85% effective in preventing cases of pneumonia from turning into the fatal Pneumococcal Disease. Before sharing more information about the vaccine, Jefferson County Home Care Assistance presents a bit of information about Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be…

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Brain Boosting Activities for Seniors and Older Adults
Brain Boosting Activities for Seniors and Older Adults
By Cherie Coe, 5:41 pm on November 17, 2014

As we age, it becomes harder and harder to think clearly and process information in the right way. Rather than lamenting this fact, steps can be taken to fight and improve the mental powers of the aging population. Here are a few fun and engaging activities, recommended by the Jefferson County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. Try Sudoku – This Japanese number game has gained popularity in the last few years and is a great way to boost brain power. Studies have shown that Sudoku improves thought processes and concentration, as well as memory. Playing a game each…

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Finding Support for Family Caregivers
Finding Support for Family Caregivers
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on November 10, 2014

Taking on the role of caregiver for an aging family member or loved one can be an extremely rewarding experience. However, there are many cases when an aging loved one’s complex care needs make caregiving a stressful and emotional job that can impact your health as a caregiver. Fortunately, there is support available – both in the ways of physical and emotional support. Here is a brief overview of some of the available resources for family caregivers: Local Support Sometimes, allowing someone to take a bit of the burden from you can be just what you need to ensure quality…

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Aging in Place for Seniors with Dementia
Aging in Place for Seniors with Dementia
By Cherie Coe, 1:09 am on November 3, 2014

Aging in place, the process of safely living in one’s own home and community, often seems like a far reach for those who suffer from dementia. Families of seniors with dementia often feel as though moving their loved one into a nursing home or facility is the only option, especially as the disease progresses. This is false! With today’s wide variety of support services, aging in place is entirely possible, even for those who are living with memory-related conditions such as dementia. Alternatives to Nursing Home Placement In addition to family caregiving, there are two main alternatives that the family…

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Senior Health Risks: The Importance of Avoiding a Sedentary Lifestyle
Senior Health Risks: The Importance of Avoiding a Sedentary Lifestyle
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on October 27, 2014

The older you get, the harder it might be to exert yourself like you did when you were young. Going out and getting active might sound challenging and even intimidating. However, daily exercise doesn’t have to consist of extreme weight lifting or hours of running. It’s just important to keep your body moving, to avoid both physical and mental atrophy. At Jefferson County Home Care Assistance, daily exercise is a key component of our balanced approach to care. We understand that there are a lot of health risks associated with leading a sedentary lifestyle and encourage our clients to get…

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The Components of a Balanced & Nutritious Senior Diet
The Components of a Balanced & Nutritious Senior Diet
By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on October 20, 2014

Thanks to breakthroughs in medical research and increased knowledge of how nutrition affects our health, today’s seniors are living longer and better lives than at any other time in human history. However, some seniors are still unaware of how big of a role nutrition can play in their overall health. At Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County, CO, healthy and nutritious diets are an important component in our Balanced Care Method. When our caregivers assist with meal preparation, they focus on the following food groups, which have been show to help boost health, wellness and even mood for seniors: Whole…

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