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Learn How Regular Massages can Help a Senior Stroke Survivor
Learn How Regular Massages can Help a Senior Stroke Survivor
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 18, 2015

Massage is one of the most effective therapies for seniors following a stroke. When included as part of a long-term recovery plan, massage can help your senior loved one improve mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Read on a for a few key benefits of massage therapy, brought to you by the senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance in Orlando, FL. Reduced Stress It’s important to keep stress levels low after a stroke to foster an effective recovery. Massage therapy can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and releasing endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemical. During massage, dopamine and serotonin are also released, resulting in a calm feeling that makes…

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Find Out the Secrets of Living a Long Life
Find Out the Secrets of Living a Long Life
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 11, 2015

The secret to a long life has long been a source of fascination for young and old alike. While everyone knows that a healthy lifestyle is important for longevity, even scientists disagree on exactly what factors must exist for a person to live longer than average. While researchers in the medical field keep up their debate, Orlando senior home care professionals know that some of the best secrets for longevity come straight from those who have surpassed the century mark. Keep Current The image of an out-of-touch senior citizen just does not add up when you speak with those who are living well into their golden years. In fact, most…

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Gluten, Celiac Disease, and Dementia
Gluten, Celiac Disease, and Dementia
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on August 4, 2015

While it’s far from definitive, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found a link between celiac disease, a digestive condition triggered by gluten, and dementia and other types of cognitive decline. This study, published in 2006, is one of the largest case series to document cognitive decline within 2 years of the onset of celiac disease. About 10 percent of people with celiac disease have some level of neurological symptoms, but this is the first time the link to dementia was established. In the study, three celiac disease patients developed cognitive decline that actually reversed or stabilized after removing gluten from their diet. This is significant because cognitive decline usually…

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What is Gout?
What is Gout?
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on July 28, 2015

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe pain in the joints. Most commonly, the joint of the big toe is affected, but feet, ankles, knees, hands, and wrists can also be affected. Gout most often affects men, however, women’s chances of developing gout increase after menopause. Causes and Symptoms Gout is caused by uric acid crystals building up in the affected joints. While uric acid is produced naturally by the body and is present in certain foods, crystals can form when there is too much uric acid present or when the kidneys are not functioning properly, meaning the acid is not excreted during urination. In addition to…

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The Link Between Constipation and Parkinson's in Seniors
The Link Between Constipation and Parkinson's in Seniors
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on July 21, 2015

While Parkinson’s disease is usually associated with its most visible symptoms, including tremors, stiffness, balance problems, and slow movement, there are a number of other potential indicators family members and caregivers can look for. Here, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in Orlando, shares some basic information on the connection between PD and constipation. Nerves that control movement in the gastrointestinal system can suffer damage from Parkinson’s. Some doctors theorize that the intestines may be one of the first areas affected, so digestive troubles are frequently one of the first signs noticed by seniors or their caregivers. This can include elimination problems like constipation. While things like…

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Tips for Caregiver Happiness
Tips for Caregiver Happiness
By Kimberly Miller, 9:10 pm on July 14, 2015

Being a caregiver isn’t an easy job. If you’re like most caregivers, however, it’s a labor of love. At the same time, it’s not unusual for caregivers to feel overwhelmed as the demands of the job pile up, especially if juggling other family and career obligations at the same time. Middle ground can be found by taking a cue from the following habits that all happy caregivers tend to have in common. Knowing When to Ask for Help Happy caregivers know that they can’t do everything themselves–and they’re perfectly okay with that fact. Seeking help, whether it be hiring part-time respite care in Orlando or asking other family members and…

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The Effects of Stroke on Emotions
The Effects of Stroke on Emotions
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on July 7, 2015

Many stroke survivors experience emotional changes after a stroke as resulting brain injuries can affect how a person moves, feels, behaves, and thinks. Orlando stroke care experts have put together the following list of common emotional changes seniors experience after a stroke. 1. Depression During stroke recovery, seniors often experience depression, which manifests itself through feelings of hopelessness. It adversely affects quality of life, and if not dealt with, can slow down the recovery process. Depression may be caused by biochemical changes that occur in the brain during a stroke, but practical stroke management practices such as following a healthy lifestyle plan can help stroke survivors fight depression. 2. Anxiety…

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Ways Seniors Can Protect Memory
Ways Seniors Can Protect Memory
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on June 30, 2015

It is not uncommon for seniors to experience moderate forgetfulness. This, however, does not mean that the golden years have to be plagued by a progressive decline in memory and overall cognition. There are a number of things that seniors can do to maintain optimal brain health. Eat Right Orlando home care experts recommend seniors strive to maintain healthy diets by limiting their intake of excess sugar, sodium, and trans fats. Too much of any of these things can lead to hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and other health issues. They should, however, focus on getting plenty of the right fats in their diets. Fats found in nuts, seeds, olives, avocados,…

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Q&A About Home Care
Q&A About Home Care
By Kimberly Miller, 9:00 am on June 23, 2015

Choosing the right type of care for your aging loved one requires careful consideration of all of your options. In-home care services are one option that can enable your loved one to remain in the comfort of their home while still receiving the assistance they need to have the best quality of life possible. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions we’re asked by the families we serve to help you make an informed decision regarding your loved one’s care. What Services Does Home Care Offer for Seniors? Orlando home care services are easily customized to fit your loved one’s needs. Our caregivers focus on providing assistance…

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