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Living Wills: Does Your Senior Family Member Need One?

When Your Senior Loved One Should Make a Living Will and Why in Dayton, OH
When Your Senior Loved One Should Make a Living Will and Why in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on October 21, 2015

The main reason to make a living will is to establish your end-of-life wishes in a document that becomes active once a doctor determines you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Home Care Assistance of Dayton encourages seniors and their families to heed the following information to better prepare for unforeseeable life events. What Is a Living Will? Living wills are also known as advance directives. An advance directive is a document that outlines your wishes for medical end-of-life care, such as whether or not to continue life-sustaining treatments. You can supplement this with an additional document called…

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How to Help Your Senior Loved One Plan His or Her Funeral in Dayton, OH
How to Help Your Senior Loved One Plan His or Her Funeral in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on October 14, 2015

The loss of a loved one can be devastating, and you may find yourself confused about what to do next. That is why it is a good idea to pre-plan a funeral with your senior family member. While this may not be an easy matter to approach, you can save the both of you a lot of confusion and concern down the road. Dayton Home Care Assistance understands the process can be difficult and has provided the following information to make the process easier. Legal Will Putting a will or testament into place will make the division of property and…

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How to Explain Alzheimer's to Children in Dayton, OH
How to Explain Alzheimer's to Children in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on October 7, 2015

There are several alternative treatments to ease Parkinson’s disease symptoms, though people often use these holistic treatments in conjunction with traditional medication. With that in mind, the professional caregivers at Home Care Assistance Dayton would like to shed some light on the following holistic PD treatment methods. Coenzyme Q10 Frequent doses of coenzyme Q10 can help most seniors who experience early Parkinson’s disease symptoms. To benefit from using coenzyme Q10, it must be taken for at least 16 months or more. Exercise Tai chi is an old Chinese exercise that utilizes slow movements, which increase balance and strength. It is…

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Yoga Poses that are Easy Enough for Seniors to do in Dayton, OH
Yoga Poses that are Easy Enough for Seniors to do in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on September 30, 2015

According to Dayton home care professionals, maintaining strength, flexibility, and muscle tone becomes increasingly important as we get older to prevent age-related injuries like falls and fractures. Regardless of your elderly loved one’s fitness level, there are a few simple yoga poses you can share with him or her that can help improve his or her overall health and wellness. Warrior II This pose involves holding your arms out straight to the sides and standing with one leg bent at the knee and the other leg straight. The Warrior II pose makes your quadriceps stronger and your hips more flexible,…

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Parkinson's Facts for Seniors and Caregivers in Dayton, OH
Parkinson's Facts for Seniors and Caregivers in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on September 23, 2015

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder affecting approximately a million people in the United States. While four percent of PD patients are diagnosed before the age of 50, diagnosis usually occurs beyond that age, with the risk of developing the condition steadily increasing with age. Medications are prescribed to treat symptoms that become apparent to both patients and caregivers. Stages of Parkinson’s Disease There are at least five identified stages of Parkinson’s disease, although everybody with the condition experiences it differently. Some seniors skip a stage or two or show symptoms associated with advanced stages before showing early stage…

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Surprising Facts About Isolated Seniors in Dayton, OH
Surprising Facts About Isolated Seniors in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on September 16, 2015

Feelings of isolation are common among seniors although many caregivers are surprised to learn that isolation can have serious health consequences. Unfortunately, a growing number of seniors are finding themselves alone as spouses and friends pass away, children leave home, and neighbors move. Here are 11 facts from Dayton Home Care Assistance about senior isolation that may surprise you. 1. Seniors who feel isolated are at an increased risk of cognitive decline. Participating in regular activities outside of the home has been found to ward off age-related cognitive decline and some types of dementia. 2. Senior isolation increases the risk…

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Making Emergency Plans for Seniors in Dayton, OH
Making Emergency Plans for Seniors in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on September 9, 2015

Preparing for the unexpected can be a challenge at any age. For seniors, diminished physical or mental capabilities often make it difficult to react quickly if an emergency occurs. While there is no way to prepare for every possible emergency situation, there are steps in-home caregivers and seniors can take to ensure optimal preparedness should the unexpected happen. Identify Risks in the Area Take a moment to think about what type of natural disasters are likely to take place within the region, especially if your senior loved one recently relocated to a different area. You’ll have different preparedness plans for…

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Can Cinnamon Prevent Alzheimer's?
Can Cinnamon Prevent Alzheimer's?
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on August 26, 2015

Cinnamon is a familiar spice with a long list of purported and proven health benefits. In recent years, cinnamon has been researched for its ability to reduce risks of some common diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Interestingly, cinnamon’s protective effects against these two health conditions may be partly intertwined. Read on to learn more about the role cinnamon could play in preventing Alzheimer’s, brought to you by Home Care Assistance of Dayton, OH. Alzheimer’s Disease, Insulin Resistance and Cinnamon Insulin resistance is a key component of type 2 diabetes and has been recognized as a likely contributor to Alzheimer’s…

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Learn Creative Ways to Make Home Care Affordable for Your Senior Loved One in Dayton, OH
Learn Creative Ways to Make Home Care Affordable for Your Senior Loved One in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on August 19, 2015

Paying for home care in Dayton does not have to be a stressful task. With careful planning and a few creative ideas, it is very possible to pay for in-home care while on a budget. 1. Tighten the Budget Many people are surprised at how much extra money they end up with when they follow a budget. When it comes to providing quality care for a loved one, it may be necessary to make a few sacrifices. If you eat out at a restaurant twice a week for dinner, you can reduce that to twice a month. There are tons…

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Promote Communication After a Dementia Diagnosis in Dayton, OH
Promote Communication After a Dementia Diagnosis in Dayton, OH
By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on August 12, 2015

An inability to handle basic responsibilities, significant changes in personality, and persistent and progressive memory loss are not symptoms that should be explained away or ignored. When dementia rears its head, both seniors and their loved ones need to do all that they can to address this issue head-on to prevent frustration and promote safety. Access to Quality Medical Care and Important Resources Dayton senior care professionals understand how difficult it is when a loved one receives a dementia diagnosis. However, acknowledging and accepting it is essential for ensuring your loved one can access all necessary medical care. While there…

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