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By Andy Ratana, 9:00 am on June 15, 2015

It is common for seniors with mid-to-late stage dementia to present challenging behaviors including aggressive outbursts. To the dementia caregiver, it may appear these outbursts occur for no reason, when, in fact, the aggression is usually triggered by the senior’s confusion, frustration, and fear. The following are some helpful tips…

By Andy Ratana, 9:00 am on June 8, 2015

TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, may have some benefits for seniors who are struggling with clinical depression. However, research studies about the effectiveness of TMS are mixed. Read on to learn more about what this therapy entails and whether it’s safe for your senior loved one.  What is TMS? With…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on May 25, 2015

Salt is a main ingredient in many prepackaged foods to help preserve shelf life, while adding flavor. Yet, doctors recommend that most seniors limit their intake of salt to reduce the risk for heart conditions, high blood pressure, and other age-related health issues. While breaking the salt habit can be…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on May 18, 2015

For thousands of years, meditation has been practiced by people and cultures around the world. While commonly associated with esoteric and spiritual movements, meditation has some very real benefits, especially for older adults. At Denver Home Care Assistance, we take a holistic approach to care, promoting the physical, emotional, and…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on May 11, 2015

A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that establishes what a person wants done in regard to their mental health if they should become disabled and unable to make a decision for themselves. A PAD can also establish another person as a representative who can make decisions for…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on May 4, 2015

Has your family recently found out that a parent or loved one might have Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease can be difficult to accurately diagnosis, often because its symptoms, which vary widely from person to person, mimic those of so many other diseases. Compounding this issue is the fact there is…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on April 27, 2015

Seniors are often prescribed hearing aids, but never follow through with the purchase because they feel the devices are unaffordable. Not only does the cost for hearing aids range from $1,600 to $3,500 for more high-end models, you must also factor in the cost for batteries which could be as…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on April 20, 2015

The aging population is at highest risk for age-related illness and disease, meaning an effective medical appointment can mean the difference between identifying a senior’s condition while it’s still treatable and allowing it to become life threatening. If you are concerned about an aging parent or loved one’s health, below…

By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on April 13, 2015

It’s painful to learn that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, and even more painful if you don’t have the first idea of how to care for him or her. In spite of the hurt you are feeling now, there are a few steps you can take to learn about…