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Here you will find helpful tips, loving advice, and useful information to make caring for an aging loved one a bit easier.


Senior Home Health Care Agency: Benefits of Including Music in Daily Activities

If you want to help improve the quality of life of older adults, think about including music in a senior’s daily list of activities.

Want to Encourage Seniors to Stay Active? Combine Fun Activities and Take a Journal and Camera Along

If you want to encourage older adults to stay active, try combining some fun activities into one daily outing.

Home Health Care: Taking Charge of Health Before and After Retirement

Inactivity impacts our overall health. But what happens after retirement? Buying a new fancy recliner is only going to provide short time relaxation for our senior loved ones.

Preparing for Hurricane Season Should be at Top of To-Do List for Seniors and Family Caregivers

As the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, family caregivers can help vulnerable seniors develop an emergency plan, form a support network, and update emergency kits. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Those who are not prepared, have a month to make some necessary preparations before the first Atlantic storms appear.

Orlando Senior Home Health Care: Dementia Research News and Headlines for February 2015

This cold February weather has encouraged us to stay indoors more and focus on some interesting dementia research studies along with films about early-onset Alzheimer’s. The current movie ‘Still Alice’ has piqued our interest in learning more about this rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s. I recently saw an HBO Alzheimer’s Project video about the DeMoe family. Five of the six brothers and sisters carry one of the genetic mutations that cause the inherited, early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In the video, I observed the emotional toll it has taken on the one sibling who did not inherit the gene. The video is available on the Alzheimer’s Association website. According to the website, the DeMoe family partnered with “…the University of Pittsburgh doctors to understand the course of early-onset Alzheimer's.”

Senior Home Health Care: Research Shows Seniors Benefit From Physical Activity

Research shows time and time again that the benefits of physical activity are long-lasting and impactful. The disadvantages, of, not exercising, have become more evident in recently published studies. In fact, in a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the lack of exercise is strongly associated with a higher occurrence of hospitalizations, development of diseases and death. The association between the lack of physical activity and adverse health outcomes is even higher in individuals who exercise the least, according to a ScienceDaily article about the recent study. According to this article, scientists were able to analyze the outcomes of 14 cardiovascular and diabetes disease studies, along with 14 cancer studies and various all-cause mortality studies. The senior author of the study is Dr. David Alter, Associate Professor of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. Aviroop Biswas, a Ph.D. candidate, was the lead author and is a researcher at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network.

Orlando In-Home Care Agency: New Year’s Resolutions Can Help Improve Social Interaction and Physical Wellness

When people think about the New Year, they often think about the prospect of undertaking resolutions that provide personal benefits. What can families do to help a senior create a list of resolutions? Families can help their loved ones write a list of resolutions that focus on improving physical wellness and social interaction.

Thankful for What We Have Learned this Year: Being Educated Makes for a Better Caregiver

Thanksgiving is about saying thanks for actions that make us better individuals. Often, during Thanksgiving, we find a way to give thanks for what we have learned. In the home health care communities, employees and caregivers are thankful for the opportunity of knowing how to care better for patients, regardless of age and illness. The more caregivers know, the better they can help those in need. There are two learning opportunities we are thankful for this year; the research about the benefits of making modifiable lifestyle changes and learning more about Lewy Body dementia.

Orlando In-Home Health Care Agency: Helping Improve a Senior’s Sleeping Environment

As people age they tend to sleep less. Often, some people are under the impression that seven to eight hours of sleep is the prescribed length of time they should sleep. Unfortunately, many forget that quality of sleep time is the other must-have part of productive sleep. Getting up at night two or three times often limits quality of sleep, regardless of when the person goes to bed. Not getting enough sleep causes a heavy toll on cognitive and physical well-being of seniors, their loved ones and family caregivers.

October is Time for Seniors to Visit Central Florida’s Parks and Trails

October is here, and it is time to lace up, take to the trails and stir up the dirt paths once again. Fall months are some of the best months for seniors to go out and enjoy the outdoors. The Central Florida heat is a tad more merciful for older walkers and runners in October and November.

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