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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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Dementia Eating and Drinking
Dementia Eating and Drinking
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Dementia impacts a senior or older adult’s ability to perform simple daily tasks, including the activities of eating and drinking. To help ensure that family caregivers are able to promote optimal health for their loved ones, Home Care Assistance of North Houston presents some of the most common ways dementia can impact eating and drinking, and what caregivers can do to help their loved one overcome the issue. Issue 1: Skipping Meals Out of Forgetfulness In the early stages of the disease, your loved one may simply forget to eat. One of the best ways to combat this is to create a regular routine that your loved one can easily…

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Common Senior Health Concerns
Common Senior Health Concerns
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While the aging process affects individuals differently, there are certain health conditions that are more common among the elder population. The following is a list of the top five top health concerns for seniors and older adults, presented by North Houston Home Care Assistance: Arthritis – Arthritis is the most common health condition affecting seniors today. Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as OA, is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by inflammation in the joints that results from a breakdown of the cartilage that rests between the joints. It mostly affects the weight bearing joints such as knees, hips, and spine, often causing pain and limited mobility. While osteoarthritis…

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Parkinsons Warning Signs
Parkinsons Warning Signs
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Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that is caused by a decrease in the body’s level of dopamine. It can progress very slowly, and may not be diagnosed for many years after it begins. Because there is no definitive testing for the disease, physicians make diagnoses based on observing symptoms and reviewing the patient’s history. Therefore, knowing the early warning signs of Parkinson’s and if your aging loved one exhibited any symptoms in the past can help ensure proper diagnosis and treatment to promote a higher quality of life. The North Houston Parkinson’s care specialists at Home Care Assistance offer information on some of the most common, and early signs…

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Brain Boosting Foods for Seniors
Brain Boosting Foods for Seniors
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Many seniors worry about the possibility of age-related memory loss as they get older, but there are many proactive habits that can be formed to fight dementia and other conditions that affect cognitive function. Incorporating brain-boosting foods into the diet is one of the easiest ways that seniors can work to keep their minds sharp. That said, here are a few of the best brain boosting foods for seniors, presented by the North Houston dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance. Whole Grains When choosing bread, cereal and rice at the supermarket, selecting whole grain varieties as opposed to white and bleached versions is better for brain health. The brain…

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Top Vaccines for Elderly
Top Vaccines for Elderly
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People older than 60 tend to have immune systems that are more vulnerable to pathogens, and as a result, they often become ill more quickly and severely than their younger counterparts. As a leading North Houston home care provider, we encourage seniors to attend regular doctors appointments and get the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making sure to receive the following key vaccines can help seniors stay healthy and avoid complications from common illnesses. Flu Vaccine – Older people who contract the flu can become seriously ill, and it is important for them to get a flu vaccine before the outbreaks start in the fall…

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Heart Healthy Recipe for Elderly
Heart Healthy Recipe for Elderly
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February is American Heart Month, a campaign devoted to increasing awareness about heart disease and its risks. In honor of this wonderful campaign, Home Care Assistance of North Houston, TX wanted to share one of our favorite heart healthy senior recipes, stuffed sweet potatoes. Enjoying a heart healthy diet rich in vibrant fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to regulate heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease. Doctors also recommend decreasing the amount of meat consumed, as animal products contain saturated fats that can lead to clogged arteries. The following recipe for healthy stuffed sweet potatoes is not only meatless, it does double duty for…

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Information about Elder Bone Health
Information about Elder Bone Health
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Maintaining good bone health is a major concern for seniors and older adults. Osteoporosis is a looming threat, and fractures and injuries heal more slowly in bones that are brittle and unhealthy. Furthermore, the leading cause of disability among seniors, falling, is often the result of weak or brittle bones. If you provide home care for a senior parent or loved, learning about general bone health and how to preserve it can help to ensure his or her safety as they age. The following are a few important things to know about senior bone health. Bone Density Testing The bone density test is an excellent screening tool that is used to…

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How to Live an Active Senior Lifestyle
How to Live an Active Senior Lifestyle
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A senior is no longer viewed as the grandmother knitting in her rocking chair or the grandfather smoking his pipe on the front porch. The older adult of today is leading a more active and healthy lifestyle that is purposeful. At Home Care Assistance of North Houston, daily physical activity is a vital component of our balanced approach to care and we encourage all of our senior clients to participate in as much exercise as physically possible. Here are just a few of the reasons why seniors should strive to live an active lifestyle: Fills the Vital Need of Social Connections – Many seniors retire with high expectations that include…

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Best Foods for Elderly Health
Best Foods for Elderly Health
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Choosing nutrient-dense foods is vital to maintaining a healthy senior diet. Often, older adults experience a decrease in appetite, so it is essential that the foods in their daily diet are good sources of essential vitamins and minerals. At Home Care Assistance of North Houston we emphasize the importance of a healthy diet for our senior clients. In fact, nutritious and well-balanced meals are a key component in our revolutionary Balanced Care Method™ and we wanted to share the following – our five top picks for nutritious (and delicious) foods that all senior diets should have: Dairy Products – Osteoporosis and brittle bones are major concerns among the elderly population….

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