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By Beth Brown, 4:46 pm on March 19, 2014

As we grow older, our bones become more brittle, thus increasing one’s risk for falls and other injuries. Studies report that falls are among the leading cause of disability in older adults, along with other detrimental side effects such as hip fractures and broken bones. In addition to the immediate injuries that occur from a fall, a senior who falls often requires a trip to the emergency room and a subsequent hospital stay. Surgeries and extended bed-rest further pose risks to seniors, one of the most common risks being infections. Because the immune system of elderly adults is not as strong as that of their younger counterparts, even the smallest infection can be extremely dangerous to a senior’s overall health. As a leading provider of post-hospital care in Palm Beach…

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By Beth Brown, 8:59 pm on March 18, 2014

Anyone who pays attention to recent trends in health and nutrition has undoubtedly noticed an emphasis on whole foods and superfoods. The term “superfoods” can be confusing to some, since it suggests that certain foods are a magic bullet for restoring health and reversing disease. While no one food can do exactly that, certain foods are prized for their multiple health benefits. At Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County, we believe that seniors who wish to improve their health through holistic nutrition have as much to gain as anyone else! In fact, seniors can expect to feel better and reduce their risk for chronic health conditions by enjoying the following 5 superfoods on a regular basis: Soy. Seniors with high cholesterol are advised to consume soy products such as…

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By Beth Brown, 11:51 pm on March 5, 2014

Information is power when it comes to providing care to a loved one after a stroke. Although it is normal to feel overwhelmed by a stroke survivor’s growing dependency, many concerns can be alleviated by asking a patient’s medical team the following questions. This way, you can pinpoint what types of care will benefit the stroke survivor. How can another stroke be prevented? After a stroke, lifestyle changes may be included in a person’s treatment plan that are designed to help prevent a stroke recurrence. These changes may include eliminating unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, dietary modifications and an exercise plan tailored to the patient’s physical abilities. Are time constraints, family obligations or physical distance preventing you from helping a loved one after a stroke? Learn more about stroke care…

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By Beth Brown, 6:18 pm on February 26, 2014

Numerous clinical studies show that regular exercise not only helps seniors improve their current physical and emotional health but significantly reduces their risk for developing dementia, cardiovascular disease and cancer down the line. Many seniors don’t realize, however, how critical physical activity is to reducing their risk of falls, which pose a significant threat to an older adult’s health and independence. Fortunately, there have never been more opportunities to reduce falling risks than there are today. A Clear Need for Fall Prevention As a premier provider of home care in Palm Beach, FL, we believe it is important that all senior adults, as well as their families and caregivers understand the risk that falls pose. Falls are the leading cause of injury and disability among older adults. According to the…

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By Beth Brown, 8:32 pm on February 19, 2014

When you have an aging loved one living alone, you want to make sure that they’re safe and well cared for. Unfortunately, when it comes to household accidents and medical emergencies, it’s usually not about if, but when. Do you have a plan in place for if your mother or father suddenly needs to go to the hospital? What if they experience a fall while you’re at work – what are you going to do? At Palm Beach Home Care Assistance, safety is one of our highest priorities and we wanted to offer family caregivers a few valuable tips for creating an emergency care plan. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to avoid the stress of scrambling at the last minute. Set up Power of Attorney and Medical…

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By Beth Brown, 5:24 pm on February 13, 2014

More than half of Parkinson’s patients report that they have experienced varying degrees of pain and discomfort and research indicates that even in the early stages of the disease, seniors with Parkinson’s experience more pain for longer periods than those without the disease. Unfortunately, according to the National Institutes for Health (NIH), pain related to Parkinson’s is frequently under-treated. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s, the complex symptoms that arise as the disease progresses can be difficult to manage. Learn more about specialty Palm Beach Parkinson’s care for respite and assistance, and continue reading for information about Parkinson’s pain and how to help your aging loved one find relief. Discomfort and pain in Parkinson’s patients tends to fall into five categories: Musculoskeletal Pain….

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By Beth Brown, 10:58 pm on January 29, 2014

Although a certain amount of memory loss may occur as a normal part of aging, forgetfulness to dementia is very different. If you think your elderly parent, grandparent or loved one may have dementia, it is important to speak with their primary care physician as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnosis any problems and can provide advice as to how to move forward. To learn more about care for senior with dementia, click here and continue reading to find out the key differences between memory loss associated with aging and the onset of a more serious illness such as dementia. Memory Loss in Normal Aging Although every person ages differently and uniquely, loss of memory is the biggest complaint of people who are growing older. An inability…

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By Beth Brown, 6:30 pm on January 22, 2014

Your heart is responsible for just about everything that gives your body life – from the transportation of oxygen throughout the body to how well your immune system fights illness. That being said, why wouldn’t you want to protect your heart? At Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach, we know that heart health is important at any age, and wanted to outline some of the best ways for seniors to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke through heart healthy living! Check out these tips from senior health experts: Remain Active – The American Heart Association, (AHA) recommends regular physical activity for all individuals as a way to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Taking a walk with a…

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By Beth Brown, 7:11 pm on January 20, 2014

Long distance family caregivers face a unique challenge as they try to coordinate care and communicate with doctors from hundreds or thousands of miles away. However, technology is changing the face of caregiving and making easier for families who don’t live in the same town to stay connected. From networking sites to one-of-a-kind smart homes, it is possible to ensure a high-quality of care even if you live several states apart. Online Communities Social networking can now be put to use coordinating care. These systems are replacing old-fashioned phone trees and improving communication between distant caregivers, local Palm Beach home care agencies, and other family members. Users can use private online communities to share important information, including sensitive financial data and the results from the latest doctor’s appointment. Smart Homes…

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