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Fiber Rich Foods for Elderly
Fiber Rich Foods for Elderly
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When thinking about the components of a healthy diet, many people overlook the importance of fiber. Fiber is known to lower cholesterol levels, control diabetes, and get rid of harmful toxins from the body. However, as people start to experience age-related changes in their gastrointestinal tract, the body has more trouble absorbing important nutrients such as fiber, leading to digestive issues such as constipation. How can this issue be solved? By adding more foods high in fiber! Wheat and Grains At Home Care Assistance of North Houston, our professional caregivers often prepare meals for their senior clients and increase the amount of fiber in each meal by serving high-fiber foods…

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Support for Terminally Ill Older Adults
Support for Terminally Ill Older Adults
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A senior loved one’s terminal diagnosis is undoubtedly one of the hardest things your family must face. As difficult and emotional of a time as this will be for you, your siblings, and relatives, you must provide your loved one with unwavering support so he or she can enjoy feelings of safety and comfort. Our North Houston palliative caregivers share some of the best ways you can be there for your loved one during this difficult time. Emotional Support A loved one may or may not want to talk, and you may not know what to say that will help them, but we always encourage families to do their best…

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Purpose and Life Quality Link for Seniors
Purpose and Life Quality Link for Seniors
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At Home Care Assistance of North Houston, we know that finding things that give our lives direction and meaning helps us maintain a positive outlook and often has various health benefits, especially as we age. In fact, studies show that seniors who live with a sense of purpose lead healthier lives, thereby increasing their overall quality of life. Purpose and Cognitive Functioning Recently the New York Times and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation reported on a study conducted by neuropsychologists at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago. The study showed that participants, senior adults, who were more optimistic enjoyed increased life quality and overall wellbeing. The study followed…

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Consistent Dementia Care
Consistent Dementia Care
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When an aging parent or loved one is diagnosed with dementia, families must prepare for care needs both now and in the future. In addition to legal preparations such as establishing a living will and trust, families will also need to think about long-term care and how to best meet their loved one’s needs as he or she goes through the various stages of dementia. There are many options when it comes to care for seniors with dementia, ranging from care at nursing facilities to care in the home. While the location of care will vary depending on your loved one’s individual needs, it’s important to provide a high level…

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Walker Guide for Elderly
Walker Guide for Elderly
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For seniors who have trouble with mobility, a doctor or primary care physician may recommend a walker to help facilitate forward movement. A walker that has been fitted to a senior correctly can help to promote balance and stability and reduce fall risk, allowing him or her to stay as independent as possible. If your aging loved one has been prescribed a walker, Home Care Assistance of North Houston shares what you need to know about the mobility aid. There are three basic types of walkers which include: Standard Walker– A standard walker has two handles for the senior to hold onto, which are flanked by four legs. This type…

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Choosing Alzheimers Medical Alert Systems
Choosing Alzheimers Medical Alert Systems
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To help limit the number of risks for seniors with Alzheimer’s – who live independently or receive assistance from family members and part-time caregivers – a medical alert system may be the right choice. These systems can be hooked up to a home’s land or mobile telephone line, allowing seniors to alert an emergency call center in the case of a fall, injury or other accident. Profile of a Reliable System If you are considering a medical alert system to promote better Alzheimer’s care in North Houston, the following are valuable features that distinguish a reliable system. In fact, many services are of special benefit for the senior with Alzheimer’s….

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Senior Scam Warning Signs
Senior Scam Warning Signs
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There are many ways that your aging loved one may find him or herself mixed up in a financial scam ranging from identity theft to phishing scams. Unfortunately, many seniors either do not realize that they are being scammed, or are too embarrassed to admit it if they discover a hoax, and they will compensate their lifestyle and finances to cover the truth. If you are concerned about the safety or the financial wellbeing of an aging parent or loved one, knowing the signs that indicate he or she may be the victim of a financial scam will help you get him or her out of the situation. Here are…

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Post-Stroke Speech Therapy Exercises
Post-Stroke Speech Therapy Exercises
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Normal daily activities can afford wonderful opportunities to practice communications skills. If your aging parent or loved one has recently experienced a stroke and has aphasia or similar symptoms, there are simple ways to add speech therapy into his or her regular routine. The North Houston stroke caregivers from Home Care Assistance share a few favorite at-home speech therapy exercises: Ask your loved one to help make grocery lists. A routine activity such as preparing a shopping list is a good opportunity to practice communication skills and word recall. Avoid yes or no questions as it can be difficult to tell if your loved one is understanding what you’re saying…

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Causes of Caregiver Stress
Causes of Caregiver Stress
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Becoming the caregiver for an aging parent or loved one can be both challenging and rewarding. If you are fulfilling this honorable role for a parent or elderly relative at this time, you may be under an enormous amount of stress. While many causes of caregiver stress such as physical exhaustion and financial burdens are discussed often, the following 4 reasons for caregiver stress are also important, yet aren’t always talked about. Loneliness – Many people associate loneliness with constantly being by oneself. However, a person can experience loneliness while in the midst of a large group of people. Family caregivers often feel lonely even though they may spend most…

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Limited Mobility Exercises for Elderly
Limited Mobility Exercises for Elderly
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While one’s senior years can be full of fun, joy and positive experiences, they can also be more challenging in some ways. One challenge that many older adults encounter is finding ways to get and stay active with limited mobility due to an injury, illness, or the natural aging process. At North Houston Home Care Assistance, we provide in-home care to promote daily activity, independence and quality of life for our senior clients, and believe that limited mobility should not be seen as an excuse not to exercise, but a motivator. Exercise is extremely important in helping seniors maintain physical and emotional wellbeing, and simply knowing where to start can…

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