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Respite Care in Philadelphia
Respite Care in Philadelphia
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on March 11, 2015

Respite is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult” and this is just what respite care is designed to do for those caring for aging parents, relatives and loved ones. As a leading provider of elderly care in Philadelphia, we know how difficult it can be for an inexperienced family member to provide care for an aging loved one, especially if he or she has complex care needs resulting from dementia, Parkinson’s or another age-related condition. That’s where home care comes in. For hourly home care, Philadelphia families can receive much-needed care by hiring a…

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Common Elderly Health Issues
Common Elderly Health Issues
By Shital Rane, 7:23 pm on March 4, 2015

Advancing age is a risk factor for a number of conditions that can leave a senior dependent on others to carry out daily tasks. If you have an aging parent or loved one who is entering his or her golden years, the trusted Philadelphia home care agency, Home Care Assistance, encourages you to learn more about the five common senior health concerns that could be impacting their lifestyle. 1. Arthritis – There are two major types of arthritis that affect seniors and older adults. The first, Osteoarthritis is caused by inflammation in the joints that causes the cartilage between the joints to breakdown. The second, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune…

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Weight Lifting Tips for Seniors
Weight Lifting Tips for Seniors
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on February 25, 2015

Seniors are constantly encouraged to maintain active lifestyles. Whether its climbing stairs, maintaining balance or standing from a seated position, these tasks can become extremely difficult as muscles weaken and joints stiffen. However, through systematic training, these processes can also be slowed or even reversed. Resistance training or weightlifting is one of the most effective ways to maintain or improve strength in seniors. Its benefits are not limited to prototypical ideals, but also serve as legitimate rehabilitative tools. Along with increased strength, regular weightlifting can also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. At Philadelphia Home Care Assistance, our caregivers encourage regular activity for all of our senior clients, but it is…

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Managing Suspicion with Alzheimers
Managing Suspicion with Alzheimers
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on February 18, 2015

As people with Alzheimer’s become more confused, they often become suspicious and might begin demonstrating paranoid behavior. Although this is a very common symptom of the disease, it can be shocking when a loved one accuses you of stealing or cheating. Today, the Philadelphia Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to share some of the reasons this behavior occurs and what you can do to minimize these paranoid feelings for your loved one. Paranoid behavior is an understandable outcome when we consider that your loved one is losing ability to make sense of reality. It is fueled by confusion and fear, so the more of a reassuring…

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Loneliness and Senior Health Effects
Loneliness and Senior Health Effects
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on February 11, 2015

Loneliness is a common problem among seniors, often for a variety of reasons. Older adults with health issues, financial burdens, no nearby family or mobility challenges are the most likely to be affected. Loneliness however, goes beyond a simple desire for social interaction. If left unaddressed, it can result in very real health complications. Today, Philadelphia Home Care Assistance is going to share some of those health complications so that families can protect the health and safety of their loved ones. Increased Risk of Life-Threatening Injury As people age, their strength, balance and coordination begins to decline. Eventually, abilities that were once taken for granted grow more difficult. As a…

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Heart Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Elderly
Heart Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Elderly
By Shital Rane, 10:31 pm on February 4, 2015

As your parents and loved ones start to age, it’s natural to become concerned about their health. While certain changes will be easy to detect such as decreased mobility or difficulty hearing, it’s also important to keep things that are not so easy to observe in mind, like heart health. In honor of American Heart Month, a campaign to increase awareness about heart disease in the United States, the Philadelphia stroke care experts from Home Care Assistance wanted to share three simple lifestyle changes that can promote better cardiovascular health for your loved one. Change Diet to Include Whole Grains Whole grains provide both insoluble and soluble fiber that helps…

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Tips for Parkinsons Caregivers
Tips for Parkinsons Caregivers
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on January 28, 2015

If you have recently discovered that a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you probably want to do all that you can to help them through this time. Though this diagnosis will be a challenge for your family, there are certain things that you can do to keep your loved one safe and comfortable. The following are a few expert tips for how to prepare for the care of a senior loved one with Parkinson’s, presented by Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia. Plan for Medication Management Administering medication is a very important part of caring for someone with Parkinson’s. Having a plan in place to manage their medication is essential…

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Bone Health for Elderly Adults
Bone Health for Elderly Adults
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on January 21, 2015

As many individuals age, they mistakenly believe that bone loss and fracture is an inevitable consequence of the aging process. This is not true! There are measures that seniors can take to help keep their bones strengthened and to avoid fractures. Below are some of the best ways to monitor and promote bone health for seniors, presented by Philadelphia Home Care Assistance. Exercise Just as muscles get larger when a person lift weights or participates in exercise, the bones also respond to exertion. Regular activity, such as participating in weight-bearing exercise, encourages the bones to become stronger and may help improve bone density. Good activities include walking and weight training….

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Technology for Stroke Recovery
Technology for Stroke Recovery
By Shital Rane, 11:58 pm on January 14, 2015

Well over half of the individuals that survive a stroke have difficulty with motor function, weakness and coordination. Fortunately, extensive research and advancements in technology have given way to a wave of new products that can help promote these functions and overall rehabilitation for stroke survivors. As a leading provider of stroke care in Philadelphia, we wanted to share some of the most advanced and exciting gadgets available to senior stroke survivors. It’s amazing to see how far the industry come, and the future looks bright for seniors and older adults who may be embarking on the stroke recovery journey. Virtual Reality Technology Physical therapy involving high tech gadgetry like…

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Weight Management Tips for Elderly
Weight Management Tips for Elderly
By Shital Rane, 11:28 pm on January 7, 2015

Elder Care: Strategies for Weight Management With age, the body’s metabolism slows down and individuals generally become less active. As a result, weight gain can become a part of the natural aging process. That being said, it’s important for seniors to not allow their weight to get out of control. Not only can properly managing weight assist in mobility, it can further decrease the risks of heart attacks, strokes and other age-related conditions. If you or an aging parent or loved one are struggling with weight, Philadelphia Home Care Assistance offers the following strategies to help you or your loved one manage weight in safe and simple ways. Limit your…

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