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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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By Natalie Hodge, 5:30 am on June 19, 2013

While there is a burgeoning literature offering practical advice for family caregivers in Austin, far less information exists for partners-turned-caregivers seeking support in maintaining intimacy with their ailing partners. In addition to the physical, emotional, and financial strain of assuming caregiving duties for a loved one, there is the equally significant stressor of finding ways to maintain intimacy. As more and more partners assume caregiving duties for a seriously ill or frail loved one, there is a need for open discourse and support in maintaining, and even improving, intimacy so that the relationship does not strictly become one of caregiver and care recipient. The partner-turned-caregiver scenario is especially common among older adults, where one partner is experiencing age related decline or frailty or has developed a chronic illness. This compounds the…

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:26 am on April 29, 2013

Whether your loved one is having difficulty completing everyday tasks or you feel you can no longer fulfill the role of primary caregiver, home care is an option that not only allows your loved one to maintain as much independence as possible but also gives you peace of mind knowing he or she is safe. Broaching the topic of outside assistance with an aging parent or loved one, however, can be a difficult process; the thought of a stranger coming into one’s home can sometimes seem overwhelming and result in resistance. When initiating this type of family discussion it is important to choose your words carefully—the goal is to have a dialogue, not to dictate the solution you believe is best for your parent. An open, honest conversation will help…

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:13 am on April 12, 2013

In-home care supports the independence of aging seniors and provides peace of mind to their families and loved ones. While an overwhelming majority of older adults would prefer to age in their own homes, many never consider it an option because they assume the costs associated with a professional caregiver exceed their available finances. Before moving to a facility that is likely to cost even more money for a lesser standard of care, think about and explore the four options for funding home care listed below: Reverse Mortgage: Reverse mortgages allow Austin seniors to convert a portion of the equity in their homes to immediate funds. To qualify for a reverse mortgage one needs to be over the age of 62 and own a home outright (or with little unpaid debt on…

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By Natalie Hodge, 5:09 am on March 1, 2013

Exercise has been shown to help people maintain a balanced weight, fight diabetes, and improve overall brain health. Most Austin seniors know that working out is important, but the question is, are we doing it properly? Below is a list of four common mistakes that seniors make while exercising: Not Stretching – Stretching before a workout is very pertinent—especially for older adults and the elderly. As we age, we develop a higher risk for muscle and tendon injuries. Stretching helps to get the blood flowing and to increase range of motion. Be careful not to stretch too far too quickly, as static stretching prior to warming-up can cause injuries. You Get Bored – A common mistake Austin seniors make is getting into an exercise routine that lacks diversity. While consistency is important for maintaining…

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By Natalie Hodge, 4:29 am on January 31, 2013

As we get older, sometimes it gets ever harder to motivate ourselves to exercise. Some activities seem too difficult or simply too boring. Fear not; at Home Care Assistance, we’re committed to helping you live an exciting and healthy life. Here are three great exercises for seniors: 1) Swimming Swimming can improve stamina and build muscle while posing less of a risk to your bones and joints than other exercises. Swimming also works out your whole body at the same time. In addition, doing laps in the pool stretches out your arms and legs. Even though you are in water, it’s important to stay hydrated. 2) Yoga Many seniors are afraid to try yoga because they believe the poses may be too difficult or require too much flexibility. Luckily, there…

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By Natalie Hodge, 4:27 am on December 5, 2012

Every year there are numerous devices created to help improve seniors and disabled adults safety and mobility. Many times care professionals and patients are not even aware these devices exist. This is due to the lack of funds the small start-up equipment manufacturers have and the bombardment of advertising done by the larger manufacturers. Another major road block is Medicare and insurance companies lack of reimbursements for the newer equipment devices. It takes years for new medical devices to get approval from Medicare or insurance companies and many never succeed. At Home Care Assistance of Austin we are constantly researching new equipment to keep up with what is available that may be of assistance to our clients. We then provide information to our clients on specific equipment that can help…

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