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Exercises for Elderly with Arthritis
Exercises for Elderly with Arthritis
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on March 16, 2015

As counterproductive as it may seem, research suggests that regular exercise can help people with arthritis minimize joint pain and retain their flexibility. In fact, regular exercise can actually reduce pain by preventing muscles and tendons that support the joints from becoming weaker with lack of use. On an emotional level, exercise releases so-called “feel good” hormones that can help people with arthritis maintain a positive attitude. If you have or care for an aging parent or loved one with arthritis, consider the following tips from trusted Denver home care agency, Home Care Assistance. They’ll help your loved one manage new exercises safely, even when their arthritis symptoms persist. Encourage…

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How to Save Retirement Savings
How to Save Retirement Savings
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on March 9, 2015

Seniors often save for decades to build their retirement funds, so it only makes sense to spend them wisely and make them last. Home Care Assistance of Denver presents three tips to help your loved ones get more out of their retirement savings. Hold Off on Social Security – If your parent or loved one has saved a substantial nest egg, then they may be able to retire without relying on their Social Security benefits – at first. If they wait until retirement age, which is age 66, they’ll get 100% of their benefits. However, if they can wait until age 70, they’ll get a 35% increase. In fact, at…

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How to Make Elderly Exercise Fun
How to Make Elderly Exercise Fun
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on February 23, 2015

Recent studies have found that engaging in regular exercise can lengthen the lifespan of seniors by five or more years. Unfortunately, more often than not, limited mobility and other health issues often deter many older adults from engaging in regular activity. If you are concerned about a senior loved one’s physical health, know that healthful exercise is a possibility for almost any senior. At Home Care Assistance of Denver, daily exercise is a part of our approach to care, the Balanced Care Method, and our caregivers continually strive to make exercise an activity that is not only beneficial physically, but emotionally as well. By focusing on the fun and exciting…

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Benefits of Consistent Alzheimers Caregivers
Benefits of Consistent Alzheimers Caregivers
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on February 16, 2015

With the senior population continuing to grow at a rapid pace, more and more families are facing Alzheimer’s diagnoses of aging loved ones, and the subsequent process of how to provide the senior with the highest level of quality care throughout the progression of the disease. Should families leave their loved one at designated assisted living facilities or should they instead bring in a professional Denver caregiver? Typically, assisted living facilities for those with Alzheimer’s have several work shifts with helpers being rotated to another shift or patient throughout the day. This often lends itself to having more confusion for a patient already burdened by the changing clarity of his…

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Okinawan Longevity Secrets
Okinawan Longevity Secrets
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on February 9, 2015

Statistics show residents of Okinawa, an Island in Japan, are known as some of the longest-lived people in the world. Average life expectancy in Okinawa is over eighty years, and residents enjoy a low prevalence of age-related diseases. In fact, for every 100,000 people, there are 34 centenarians! At Home Care Assistance of Denver, we have used the wisdom of the Okinawan people as a foundation for our own approach to care, the Balanced Care Method. Each of our professional and compassionate caregivers are trained in this method, and incorporate lessons borrowed from the Okinawan diet and lifestyle to help promote health, happiness and quality of life for the clients…

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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
By Andy Ratana, 5:39 pm on February 2, 2015

February is recognized as American Heart Month, a national campaign put on by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and other heart-related conditions. In honor of American Heart Month, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Denver, wanted to share information about the steps that seniors and older adults can take to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. The following lifestyle changes can represent the first steps that seniors can take this month to promote heart-health after the age of 60: Stay Physical – It is important for older adults to remain as active as possible on a daily basis in order to…

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Foods that Improve Senior Bone Health
Foods that Improve Senior Bone Health
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on January 26, 2015

The risk of bone depletion is an issue that most seniors face as they age. Along with being the symptom of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, weak or brittle bones can be a risk factor for falls, the leading cause of disability among seniors in the United States. As a leading provider of Denver home care, we’re always looking to share important information about senior health and wellness with our clients and their caregivers, and bone health is a topic that should not be overlooked. To help promote strong bones in your loved one, consider adding the following delicious, vitamin and mineral-packed foods to his or her daily diet. Yogurt…

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Easy Exercises for Seniors
Easy Exercises for Seniors
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on January 19, 2015

It is no secret that older adults have less physical stamina than individuals who are in their 20s and 30s. That said, there is no reason to let nature take its course and let the body’s abilities naturally decline with age. There are many ways that older adults can maintain physical strength that can help protect their health and mental acuity. The following are a few of our favorite senior exercises at Home Care Assistance of Denver. Walking – Taking regular walks is an activity that most seniors can participate in every day. Walking is a good cardiovascular exercise that can be done almost anywhere and involves almost no special…

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Best Vitamins for Seniors
Best Vitamins for Seniors
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on January 12, 2015

At Denver Home Care Assistance, we often help seniors manage their diets, meaning our caregivers assist with grocery shopping and nutritious meal preparation. While our caregivers know how to prepare delicious and well-balanced meals, seniors often experience a decrease in appetite when they age. This means that it is more important than ever for seniors to make sure that they are receiving the proper nutrients in order to support their health. If enough of the essential vitamins are not adequately supplied in the diet, an older adult’s physician may recommend supplements. Following are some key vitamins that are crucial to the proper functioning of body systems and that may help…

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Home Care Benefits
Home Care Benefits
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on January 5, 2015

As seniors enter their golden years, self-care abilities tend to decrease, making it more difficult for them to remain independent. When families realize a senior loved one may no longer be able to manage his or her daily activities, they must find a way to help their loved one maintain a safe home environment, without hampering independence or quality of life. Home care in Denver is a viable solution for many families that is practical, economical and often the first choice for most seniors. Home care: Postpones or Prevents Placement – Being placed in a nursing home can often make an older individual feel depressed and out of control of…

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