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Talking to Elders about Home Care
Talking to Elders about Home Care
By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on January 19, 2015

One of the hardest conversations that family may have with an elderly loved one often focuses on the need for help or care at home. Watching mom or dad struggle to complete activities of daily living or other tasks can be heart-wrenching. Often, one parent may try to compensate by helping the other, leading to a decline with that parent as well. Although broaching this topic can be difficult, there are ways to go about it that can make your aging parent or parents feel more comfortable and at ease….

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Foods Preventing Senior Sleep
Foods Preventing Senior Sleep
By Dian Brannen, 8:46 pm on January 12, 2015

  While some foods are easy on the digestive system and are known to promote deep and restful sleep, others can keep seniors up at night with various forms of discomfort. Most family caregivers know that caffeine should be limited at this stage of life, however, there are a number of surprising foods and beverages that can be just as detrimental to an aging adult’s sleep schedule. To help promote a good night’s rest for your aging parent or loved one, Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley shares four…

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Habits for Preserving Memory
Habits for Preserving Memory
By Dian Brannen, 11:39 pm on January 5, 2015

A healthy and active lifestyle is vital for promoting neurological and cognitive health for individuals of all ages, but is especially important for the aging adult. By maintaining a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, and remaining socially active and physically fit, seniors and older adults can actively combat memory loss and keep their life qualities at an all-time high. What Seniors Should Be Eating Although fat has long been given a bad rap, there are a number of fats that your brain needs to function optimally. These can be found in…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on December 29, 2014

Foods that are high in fiber have been known to have many healthy properties, but new research is suggesting that high-fiber foods may actually protect seniors and older adults against stroke. Today, Home Care Assistance, one of the top Lehigh Valley home care agencies, is going to share information from eight observational studies about the relationship between fiber and stroke risk. The data from these studies was pooled together with a three year follow-up, and suggests that a 7g increase in the daily fiber intake of a senior reduces stroke risk by 7%. Different Types of Fiber Among the two major types of fiber, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, soluble fiber – the material that is commonly found in nuts and beans – had a much more pronounced effect on…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on December 22, 2014

Although the holidays can be a time of joy for families, they can also be stressful for caregivers who may struggle with accomplishing everything on their to-do list. As a family caregiver, you already know the importance of asking for help and taking a break now and then; yet, there are a few simple things you can do yourself to limit holiday stress. The following innovative relaxation tips from Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley, PA can be used any time you need some extra stress relief so that you can find true happiness throughout the holiday season. Turn Up the Tunes Music has a tremendous ability to lift a bad mood and set the atmosphere for fun. Take a look at the times of the day when you…

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By Dian Brannen, 6:43 pm on December 15, 2014

A study published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology suggests that a moderate amount of exercise or physical activity may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Involving over 40,000 men and women who were free of Parkinson’s disease, the study took place for more than a decade, with about 300 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s by the conclusion of the study. As a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in the Lehigh Valley, we wanted to share some of the information presented in the above mentioned study so that families and their senior loved ones can be better educated in how to prevent the onset of the disease. Everyday Exercise Can Come In Many Forms The study suggests that almost any form of physical exercise or moderate activity can be beneficial….

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on December 8, 2014

Caring for an ailing loved one can take a tremendous toll on a person’s physical and emotional well-being. It is vital for caregivers to make sure that they are always giving fair consideration to their own needs. Failing to do so not only puts your own health at risk, but will leave you with insufficient energy for providing adequate assistance to your loved one. The following are five tips for preventing caregiver burnout. Maintain Good Nutrition and Overall Health – While you’re busy preparing nutrient-rich meals for your aging family member, you have to make sure to nourish yourself. Eat for optimal levels of energy and avoid over-indulging on sweets, caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Stress can also create cravings for a lot of fatty, sugary and indulgent comfort foods. It…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on November 24, 2014

Falling isn’t seen as a huge risk for most individuals, but for seniors, a fall could lead to serious injuries, broken or fractured bones and in some cases, complications from a fall may cause premature death. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the problem is much larger than many people realize. Falls are among the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among those aged 65 an older, resulting in more than 2.4 million trips to the emergency room or hospital. As a leading provider of home care in the Lehigh Valley, we know the importance of a safe home environment when the goal of the senior is to age in place comfortably and with dignity. The following are just a few simple steps…

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By Dian Brannen, 10:34 pm on November 17, 2014

Caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. There are a number of roles to juggle – you are not only a caregiver to help meet physical needs, but a cook, money manager and perhaps maid. If you provide care for an aging parent or family member with Alzheimer’s, you are not alone. Along with support services such as in-home care in the Lehigh Valley, the following are just a few of the great resources available to assist family caregivers in this new stage of life. The Internet The internet is a powerful tool, giving you instant access to information and providing online support groups for caregivers. A quick online search will yield thousands of resources for your perusal. The Dementia…

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By Dian Brannen, 10:32 pm on November 10, 2014

Autumn is in full swing, which means it’s time to take in the beautiful fall colors. Along with the vibrant orange and red leaves on the trees outside, you’ll also see these colors dominant in the fresh produce aisle of your grocery store. If you care for an aging parent or loved one, Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley recommends the following fall fruits and vegetables to help boost health and immunity this season. Apples – Apples have long been touted for numerous health benefits and fall is when these crispy fruits taste best. Apples are full of antioxidants and vitamin C which boost the immune system and fight free radicals. The pectin in apples also decreases the chance of heart disease and fiber helps to regulate the digestive…

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