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Paying for Senior Hearing Aids
Paying for Senior Hearing Aids
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 much as $150 a year. Fortunately, there are a few options available to help pay for senior hearing aids. Contact Your Loved One’s Insurance Company If your loved one’s doctor has confirmed that a hearing aid is a necessary expense, contact his or her insurance company to see if they will cover all or a portion of the expenses. In…

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Tips for Senior Medical Appointments
Tips for Senior Medical Appointments
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 are some tips from Home Care Assistance of Denver to help make the most of his or her medical appointments. Talk to your loved one before the appointment. People tend to hide inconvenient truths, which includes everything from what they ate last night to how much they weigh. Talk with your loved one and explain that hiding something from their…

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How to Learn More about Alzheimers Disease
How to Learn More about Alzheimers Disease
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 the disease process and turn yourself into a wonderful caregiver and support system for your loved one. Learn about your loved one’s specific needs. You will want to know which stage of the disease process your loved one is in and which treatments are likely to prove the most helpful. You will also want to know if your loved one…

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Colorado Group on Aging
Colorado Group on Aging
By Andy Ratana, 10:00 pm on April 6, 2015

Colorado currently has one of the fastest-growing populations of aging adults in all of the United States. It is estimated that almost one in four of all adults living in Colorado will be age 60 or older in just 15 years. In order to prepare for this remarkable increase in the aging demographic, the Strategic Planning Group on Aging has devised a plan to assist seniors in maintaining easy access to vital resources and acceptable life qualities. As a Colorado home care agency in Denver, we wanted to share information about this new legislation (HB-1033) and how the Strategic Plan on Aging is looking to establish concrete steps that enhance…

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Identifying Senior Stroke
Identifying Senior Stroke
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on March 30, 2015

Strokes can be deadly, and it is important for family members and caregivers to seek help immediately when they suspect that their aging loved ones may be having a stroke. If caught early enough, the damaging effects of a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) can be avoided along with its devastating consequences. Because learning to recognize the signs of a CVA is crucial to avoiding long-term disability, leading Denver stroke care provider, Home Care Assistance, wanted to share some of the warning signs that a senior may be experiencing a stroke. Numbness or Weakness – Experiencing numbness or weakness around the face, in the limbs and especially along one side of…

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Natural Immune System Boosters for Elderly
Natural Immune System Boosters for Elderly
By Andy Ratana, 8:00 am on March 23, 2015

Older adults are more susceptible to acquiring viral infections and other illnesses than their younger counterparts, and each year, new strains of the flu and other communicable diseases threaten the health of seniors. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your aging parents and loved ones. Home Care Assistance of Denver, CO presents a few simple lifestyle changes that can help your loved one boost his or her immune system in a safe, natural way. Sleep – As simple as it may sound, routinely getting a good night’s rest is crucial to maintaining effective immunity. An ideal amount of sleep to promote optimal health should range between seven and nine hours….

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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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