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Chair Exercises for Seniors
Chair Exercises for Seniors
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Seniors who follow a regular exercise regimen experience increased energy levels and decrease their risk of falling. However, seniors with injuries or other physical limitations may be hesitant to exercise. If that sounds like your senior loved one, encourage him or her to complete a series of exercises while seated in a chair. Chair exercises offer the benefits of traditional exercise, like strength and flexibility, without putting unnecessary strain on the body. Once your senior loved one’s physician gives the OK, Chandler senior home care experts suggest trying the following 6 moves. 1. Shoulder Rolls Shrug shoulders up, rotate them back, then down and around front to complete one roll….

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Helping Seniors Age in Place
Helping Seniors Age in Place
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Aging in place gives seniors the chance to live out their golden years in comfortable and familiar surroundings. It also helps aging adults maintain a sense of autonomy and gives them control over their daily routine. As a leading provider of Chandler home care, we’ve found six things seniors aging in place count on the most. 1. A Fail-Proof Medication Management System Medication management is one of the foremost concerns among people with elderly loved ones who’ve opted to age in place. Forgotten doses and accidental overdoses are potential problems that can have major consequences. Caregivers can provide medication reminders, however unless your loved one has 24-hour live-in care, there is…

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Coconut-Oil-for-Better-Artery-Health
Coconut-Oil-for-Better-Artery-Health
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Restoring or maintaining a healthy heart is important for everyone, but especially seniors. Fortunately, there is a wide range of foods that help keep arteries strong, clear and healthy. Unclogging or maintaining clear arteries helps to lower blood pressure and works to reduce inflammation. Check out these five foods that can easily be incorporated into your senior loved one’s diet, furnished by the Chandler stroke care experts at Home Care Assistance. 1. Chia Seeds  help regulate blood pressure, reduce LDL while increasing HDL and reduce triglycerides. They are concentrated sources of antioxidants, and packed with protein and nutrients to regulate energy levels. Chia seeds can be used in smoothies, turned into an…

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How Seniors Can Spend Tax Return
How Seniors Can Spend Tax Return
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Tax season may have left many seniors with a sizeable return this year. Although your senior loved one may be tempted to splurge on a vacation, those who are living on a fixed income are better off spending it wisely. If your elderly loved one received a tax return this year, consider these useful suggestions from Home Care Assistance of Chandler for utilizing these funds that will have a positive impact on your future. Pay Down Debt Senior adults who still owe a mortgage, car payments, or student loans will find it most beneficial to put their refund toward paying down debt. Not only will this help to lower the…

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Parkinsons Communication Tips
Parkinsons Communication Tips
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and with the month in full-force, we want to use this blog to address a common issue affecting seniors with Parkinson’s. If you have a loved one who receives Parkinson’s home care in Chandler, then you likely understand the challenges they face on a daily basis. However, perhaps none of these challenges are as frustrating as the inability to communicate with friends and family. Here, you will learn the causes behind communication issues and what you can do to help your elderly loved one. Causes of Speech Issues There are a number of reasons why a senior with Parkinson’s may have trouble communicating. These include…

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App that Helps Prevent Senior Alzheimers
App that Helps Prevent Senior Alzheimers
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Although it sounds too good to be true, a new app called Folding@Home is aiding in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Whether you provide Alzheimer’s home care in Chandler for a senior loved one or just want to stay abreast on the latest Alzheimer’s research, read on to learn more about this game-changing app. Folding@Home is a computer program once reserved for desktop operating systems. Then, in 2007, Dr. Vijay Pande, professor of chemistry at Stanford University in California, partnered with Sony to bring Folding@Home to smartphones via the Google Play store. Following the 2015 Xperia beta release, Folding@Home will be available for all Android 4.4 and above operating systems. The…

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Food that Improves Elderly Mood
Food that Improves Elderly Mood
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke care in Chandler, we know all to well what a vital role nutrition plays in overall senior health and wellbeing, affecting both physical and mental health. Seniors sometimes report low moods or symptoms of mild depression, but are hesitant to treat these symptoms with medication. If you’re senior loved one has been feeling a little down, or simply needs a pick-me-up, you may be surprised to realize that there are a number of foods that may help boost his or her mood naturally. Fish Oily fish and seafood, such as salmon, tuna, and mussels, offer important omega-3s that are not naturally…

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Lewy Body Dementia Information, Alzheimer's Research
Lewy Body Dementia Information, Alzheimer's Research
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Most family caregivers are aware that dementia is a health concern a senior loved one may face one day. However, many families are unaware that there are many different types of dementia, and, Lewy body dementia is the second leading type behind Alzheimer’s. Chandler Home Care Assistance provides family caregivers with basic information on what LBD is, the symptoms, and treatment. What is LBD? LBD is a progressive form of dementia caused by an abnormal accumulation of microscopic protein deposits in the brain. These deposits cause a slow deterioration process, which manifests itself through a series of symptoms that are distinctly associated with Lewy body dementia. The characteristics of LBD…

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Healthy Snacks for Elderly
Healthy Snacks for Elderly
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Just because your senior loved one has diabetes or needs to eat a diet low in fat and sugar doesn’t mean he or she can’t enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. This easy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at Chandler Home Care Assistance, and you’ll see why when you and your elderly relative try it. To calm cravings, prevent blood sugar spikes, and promote an overall healthy diet, give this recipe a try–it works great for dessert or even an extra-sweet breakfast! Ingredients 2 cups strawberries 1 cup blueberries 2 cups green grapes 1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla…

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Keeping Seniors Connected with Family
Keeping Seniors Connected with Family
By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

As a leading provider of home care, Chandler families can trust, we know time is essential in connecting with your senior loved ones, especially those who you may not see on a regular basis. Still, a lack of time combined with generational gaps can unfortunately limit these connections. Sometimes, people simply don’t know how to connect to the seniors in their lives. Consider these easy tips to stay connected and strengthen your relationships. Bring Out the Photo Album Perusing old photo albums is a great way for you and your senior loved one to spend time together. It gives you an opportunity to learn more about your family history and…

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