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Elderly man getting his heart checked out by a doctor in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 11:28 am on June 30, 2018

  The foundation of a healthy life is a strong and healthy heart. Making improvements toward a healthy lifestyle increases your chances of keeping a healthier heart. There are over 17,000,000 deaths worldwide as a result of heart disease, but as many as 80% of those untimely deaths could have been prevented. Sadly, symptoms of heart disease can sometimes sneak up and it’s not noticed until the damage has already been realized. A heart attack and the symptoms of heart disease can quickly change the best-laid plans for your future. Rather than fretting about the likelihood of your unhealthy heart, take…

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Elderly man getting his heart checked out by a doctor in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 1:16 pm on June 14, 2018

Some of us would like to blame our reduced energy on the fact that we are aging, but if we take an honest look around us at other older adults, we must admit that it’s not just “because I’m old!” We all eventually think about ourselves getting older and whether we can do it with grace and ease. Our thoughts may be triggered by the notice of our body’s changes that we were able to ignore or brush aside at one time. Then one day when our denial finally crumbles, we know for sure we have to take some time to…

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By Tom Lee, 11:35 am on May 31, 2018

“We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful.” —Richard Watts How important do you think love and connection are to your vitality? Imagine if your doctor gave you a prescription for good health as simple as, “Surround yourself with people you love. Make new friendships. Keep old friendships. Be sure to make time for family and those you love.” Research shows that it may actually be that simple, in fact. Relationships and your level of connectivity have a direct correlation to your longevity. Relationships are paramount to a well-lived life. People who are active in their community make…

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A daughter being an an effective health care advocate too her father
By Tom Lee, 1:39 pm on May 11, 2018

Home care expert Amy Goyer shares five very helpful tips in her article, “How to be an effective advocate for aging parents,” that you can utilize when searching for home care for your loved one. Goyer’s advice can help you become an expert on family matters and caregiving. Her advice comes from her being deeply involved in the life of her father, who is 93 and living with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Caregiving Advocacy Amy begins the article by stating that “Caregiving can be overwhelming.” Family members are typically involved with many different aspects of a loved one’s life – you…

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By Tom Lee, 10:58 am on April 26, 2018

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 13 million American women have Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, women make up two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. While the reason for this disparity is not yet known, researchers are actively seeking answers are to why Alzheimer’s disease impacts women sooner, in greater numbers, and in a different way than men. The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, directed by Maria Shriver, is leading the research to help determine why Alzheimer’s impacts women in a different capacity than men. The primary reason behind The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement to support…

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HCA - Burlington - Caring for your aging loved one
By Tom Lee, 10:33 am on April 13, 2018

Caring for a senior loved one holds a unique set of challenges. The type of care and assistance provided varies greatly depending on their medical conditions, level of mobility, and severity of their illness. Caring for a parent or other aging loved one who is terminally ill is incredibly different that providing care for a senior loved one who is simply aging or on a slow decline. While caring for a loved one who is terminally ill is certainly not easy by any means, there is usually, sadly, an ending point. Hospice care professionals can often support families through the…

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By Tom Lee, 3:19 pm on March 26, 2018

Our brains are the control centers of our bodies. The brain sends signals through channels throughout our bodies that help us speak, move, and think. As our bodies age, changes occur in our muscles, joints, and even our brain. Dementia is a progressive disease that causes damage to the channels in the brain over time, making it hard for these signals to get to the right places. For people with dementia, that means memory and cognitive function become difficult. Chances are you know the importance of physical activity for maintaining health. Light exercises like walking, stretching, or swimming can help…

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Daughter and her father having a moment as she is providing the caregiving that he need at home in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 10:34 am on March 13, 2018

Caregiving, in general, is a challenge, but caregiving for a loved one during a very slow, natural aging process can be particularly difficult and can be quite different from caregiving for someone with a fast-acting or terminal illness and an “end in sight”. For senior loved ones who aren’t ill but simply fighting the effects of age, they may be with us for many years, though they will become less capable and sharp. This slow decline is difficult to witness, especially for a senior who has been independent their whole life with a fruitful career and rewarding life. These seniors…

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Daughter and her father having a moment as she is providing the caregiving that he need at home in Burlington, VT
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By Stacy Lee, 12:02 pm on February 12, 2018

If you’re the primary caregiver for an aging relative or friend, chances are your life is a balancing act. On one hand, there are your responsibilities as a caregiver: scheduling doctor’s appointments, providing transportation, preparing meals, maintaining the household, managing bills, and perhaps daily personal care like bathing, grooming, and dressing. On the other hand, you have your individual responsibilities: a full-time job, family obligations, self-care such as exercise, nutrition, and relaxation. With so much depending on you, caregiving can quickly become overwhelming. The balancing act you feel between caregiving and your career is not uncommon. In fact, as many…

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By Stacy Lee, 9:05 am on February 9, 2018

 Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington (VT) is recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the top home care agencies in the country based on client and employee satisfaction (Essex Junction, VT – February 8, 2018) Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington (VT) [www.HomeCareAssistanceBurlingtonVT.com], a leading provider for in-home senior care, is proud to announce that it has received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These prestigious awards are granted to the top ranking home care providers, based on both client and caregiver satisfaction scores gathered…

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