Brain Boosting Foods for Seniors

By Tom Lee, 10:15 am on June 9, 2022

Nutrition and health are closely intertwined. You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and the food choices you make can have a big impact on your mental and physical health. As the population ages and more people experience cognitive loss, now is the ideal time to rethink your diet – or the diets of the seniors in your life. What small improvements can you make to increase your brain capability? Foods to Include in Your Diet for Brain Health You may have a good idea of which foods are healthy for your brain. For instance, fish has long been…

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Daughter with older mother on a bench in the fall in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 4:03 pm on May 19, 2022

Have you recently observed your aging parent struggle to complete basic household activities, seeming exhausted, or refusing to socialize with friends and neighbors? While accepting that your parent is becoming older and may require greater assistance can be challenging, you do have options. You may need elderly companion care to support your loved one, particularly if they live alone and do not receive regular visits. Fortunately, Home Care Assistance provides specialized and compassionate companion care to assist your parent with basic household duties, allowing them to remain secure and comfortable at home. How Can Companion Care Assist? Companion care is a non-medical…

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Daughter with older mother on a bench in the fall in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 5:19 pm on May 13, 2022

Learn about the ways that owning a pet can benefit your senior loved one Many people enjoy the experience of owning a pet, including seniors. Spending every day with their own companion gives pet owners something to look forward to and provides a little more meaning in their lives. But did you know that owning a pet can also provide a number of benefits for older adults? For seniors, owning a furry companion means more than something to love and play with every day. It also means having a regular care routine, having an opportunity to get some physical activity…

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Mentally stimulating activities for seniors
By Tom Lee, 4:21 pm on April 22, 2022

You’ve likely heard the saying “use it or lose it,” and the advice is vital when it comes to an aging senior’s brain. Getting older increases the risk of dementia, memory loss, and stroke, but loneliness and isolation in seniors can also produce negative physical changes in the brain. Still, cognitive decline is not unavoidable, and with the assistance of a family member or a professional caregiver, these four strategies could engage your loved one’s brain and help to keep it active for a longer period of time. How Seniors Can Stay Sharp Reading, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and games are…

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Mentally stimulating activities for seniors
Parkinson's Care
By Tom Lee, 3:31 pm on April 8, 2022

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which is an excellent time to review some of the basics of this condition that affects over one million Americans. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to spot early warning symptoms and provide better care for loved ones with Parkinson’s disease. What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with no known cause. Dopamine-producing neurons in the brain deteriorate over time, causing movement problems such as muscle stiffness, poor balance, and tremors. What are the most common signs and symptoms? Symptoms and severity vary from person to person, especially…

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Parkinson's Care
Caregiving Tips for Celebrating Spring
By Tom Lee, 12:28 pm on March 28, 2022

With spring officially here and even warmer weather right around the corner, outdoor activities and fun in the sun are surely on your mind. But what about your loved ones in need – how can they enjoy spring and avoid being cooped up during this popular season? Spring is an excellent time for caregivers to reinvigorate the men and women they care for. However, it’s important to be mindful of limitations and conditions so everyone can benefit from the beautiful scenery and fresh air. Here are some springtime caregiving tips that will your seniors enjoy the great outdoors: Get outdoors…

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Caregiving Tips for Celebrating Spring
How In-Home Care Supports Seniors Aging in Place
By Tom Lee, 12:01 pm on March 11, 2022

Many seniors have such a strong attachment to their homes that they would never want to leave them. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. The good news is that with the support of in-home care, they might be able to do just that. Staying at home while aging, a process known as “aging in place,” can make a significant difference in living comfortably and independently. How to plan to age in place Because you never know how your senior loved ones’ needs will evolve, planning can be challenging. It’s difficult to predict what kind of assistance your loved one will…

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How In-Home Care Supports Seniors Aging in Place
Benefits of Full Time Home Care
By Tom Lee, 11:51 am on February 28, 2022

Family members and friends are often relied upon to take care of an elderly loved one. While it’s a top priority, other commitments – whether personal or work-related – can get in the way of continual senior care. Scheduled visits and/or part-time home care services can assist, but over time there may be signs a senior needs constant care, especially as a progressive illness affects physical and cognitive functions. Full-time home care provides a high level of support while allowing your senior loved one to age in the familiar surroundings of their own home. Companionship from a trusted home care…

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Benefits of Full Time Home Care
Heart Health Month
By Tom Lee, 10:52 am on February 10, 2022

The month of February is synonymous with the heart. While Valentine’s Day is more widely recognized, February is also American Heart Month! A heart-healthy lifestyle should be the goal at any age, but seniors need to focus on their heart health because the risks of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and heart failure grow with age. People 65 years and older are at an increased risk of heart disease due to changes in the cardiovascular system caused by aging and years of buildup in the arteries. In recognition of American Heart Month, Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington will look at…

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Heart Health Month
By Tom Lee, 3:50 pm on January 21, 2022

If you have an older parent or relative, they may be able to live independently at home for the time being. They may need occasional care if you’re not available to tend to their needs or if they have a short-term medical condition, but otherwise, they may just need some help with daily activities from time to time. However, that could change at any moment. If you’ve noticed your loved one has started losing weight despite not exercising or hasn’t been taking care of their personal hygiene, this may be a sign for help. They may be struggling more with…

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