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By Natalie Hodge, 6:29 am on February 19, 2016

We are excited to share that Home Care Assistance has been selected as the exclusive Caregiving Partner for Maria Shriver’s non-profit, A Woman’s Nation, and Equinox Sports Clubs’ inaugural event, Move for Minds™, which will take place onSaturday, May 21st. Participants at Equinox Sports Clubs in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County will engage their minds and bodies in physical fitness challenges and educate themselves at an intimate marketplace featuring the superstars of brain research, fitness, food, nutrition, stress, sleep and caregiving. ​Home Care Assistance is proud to support the event as the exclusive Caregiving Partner to help educate attendees on issues surrounding caregivers and the importance of physical activity and its impact on women’s brain health. These events will also bring attention to,…

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:57 am on February 18, 2016

To continue shifting the paradigm around aging in an effort to further our mission, Home Care Assistance launched a campaign called Honor Your Living Legend as a way to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of older adults. We recognized a need for a platform where sons, daughters, spouses, grandchildren and friends could go to celebrate aging loved ones that had significantly impacted their lives. Since we launched Honor Your Living Legend, we have received countless heart-warming stories from around the world. ,p>In honor of love, both young and old, and in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing three of our favorite Honor Your Living Legend submissions below. The Mother-Daughter Bond “When my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 11 years ago she never once questioned if she wouldn’t make…

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By Natalie Hodge, 6:33 am on February 8, 2016

Worldwide, the month of February is dedicated to raising awareness around heart health. For our part, we wanted to share some risk factors of heart disease and stroke as well as a delicious heart-healthy recipe! The heart is the strongest muscle in the body, but without proper care it is vulnerable to damage that can result in serious health problems. Cardiovascular diseases, a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, are the number one cause of death globally even though most cases are preventable. Stroke, which can occur when weakened blood vessels rupture, is the second leading cause of disability, affecting 15 million people worldwide each year. Given these statistics, it is important to make heart health a priority. As Dr. Elizabeth Steinbaum, attending cardiologist and Director of…

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By Natalie Hodge, 6:39 am on January 20, 2016

In winter months, driving conditions tend to be more dangerous due to rainy or snowy roads. For seniors, age-related declines in vision, mobility and reaction time can limit driving abilities, making it even more difficult to drive safely on slippery roads. To this end, we have put together 6 tips for safe driving that are important for your safety and that of others. Follow these 6 tips to ensure your safe driving abilities! Get regular health check-ups. Monitor changes in vision, hearing and mobility by getting regular medical check-ups. If your primary physician or optometrist notices changes, be proactive by following their recommended advice for glasses, hearing aids or other support devices. It is also important to manage any chronic conditions such as diabetes and be aware of how many…

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By Natalie Hodge, 6:35 am on January 18, 2016

Worldwide there are an estimated 450,000 centenarians, people who are living to 100-years-old and beyond. In Japan alone, the centenarian population has quadrupled in the last decade. We have also seen a rise in the number of supercentenarians, or those individuals that live past their 110th birthday.   By studying the lifestyle habits of the Okinawans of Japan, some of the longest-living and healthiest people on Earth, we are able to adapt their best practices to encourage healthy longevity and quality of life. Home Care Assistance developed the Balanced Care Method™, a unique approach to senior care based on five key lifestyle behaviors of the elders of Okinawa: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm. Below we offer 5 ways to…

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By Natalie Hodge, 6:44 am on January 8, 2016

As we begin a new year, we encourage you to take the time to create your own health goals so that 2016 is a year filled with health and happiness. To this end, we have put together 4 New Year’s Resolutions to help you prioritize your own health in addition to that of the person or persons for whom you provide care. ​4 Resolutions for your Personal Health and Well-Being 1. Eat healthy. Protecting your health starts with what you eat, so make sure to fuel yourself with a variety of nutritious fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. Adhering to the Mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, fish, legumes, fruits, nuts and whole grains and low in dairy, meat, and alcohol, will help promote optimal health and well-being; try…

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By Natalie Hodge, 6:48 am on December 29, 2015

With the holidays upon us, one of the greatest gifts you can share with Mom or Dad is the gift of travel. Whether you are planning a trip for them to visit grandchildren or taking a family excursion abroad, it is important to plan ahead to accommodate their evolving needs as they age. We have compiled 8 tips to help your senior loved one travel with ease, regardless of whether he or she is traveling with company or alone. Read our tips to help you plan your travels! Talk with Mom or Dad about his/her travel wishes. Before booking a trip, have a conversation with Mom or Dad about whether he or she would like to travel and to where. Some senior loved ones may be excited about traveling abroad,…

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:42 am on March 27, 2014

If given the choice to age well, to enjoy your golden years full of energy and exuberance, or to age poorly and suffer from health issues that prevent you from fully living the later years of your life, you would most likely choose healthy aging. In fact, you are probably already taking steps to ensure that you age well by eating right, exercising regularly and scheduling routine checkups and screenings with your doctor. However, even doing all the right things doesn’t always prevent issues from arising. Below are 6 tips for creating a contingency plan that ensures you are prepared for those possible hiccups along the way. 1. Perform an annual home safety review. Certain areas of the home can become hazardous as you age. For example, bathtubs, stairs and kitchen appliances may…

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:48 am on March 17, 2014

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability. Many stroke patients report frustration with the recovery process and difficulties overcoming physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Although returning home from the hospital may seem overwhelming, there are proactive steps one can take to make the transition smoother. Below are 7 tips for those recovering from a stroke:  1. Follow expert advice. It is crucial to schedule regular doctor’s appointments; post-stroke patients often need to visit their neurologists once every six weeks during the early stages of recovery, though many fail to comply with recommended follow-up appointments. Your primary care doctor is essential to recovery and can make sure medication needs and health issues are addressed properly. 2. Adapt your home to your abilities/needs. Stroke increases the risk of a fall….

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:35 am on October 24, 2013

In today’s fast paced society, many of us wonder if our loved ones will be able to keep up to speed with the rest of the world, especially with how quickly technology is progressing. In actuality, technology is helping to slow the progression of aging, but even still, as loved ones age, they start moving a little slower and take a while longer in recollecting their thoughts. Society tends to have a negative perception of growing older that is perpetuated through stereotypes. While there are certain things associated with aging that aren’t ideal, older age actually comes with many perks that people don’t realize. Here are three myths you may have heard about aging that aren’t true: Aging means that you will have difficulty learning new skills. In actuality, older adults…

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