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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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By Dian Brannen, 10:23 pm on November 3, 2014

At Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley, we want seniors to know that exercising is not always about building up muscles or becoming more defined! As the human body begins to age, it is important for everyone to make adjustments to their exercise regimen to accommodate their own level of health. Here is a closer look at two of the most important pillars in senior health, flexibility and balance, and how those over the age of 60 can improve their health each and every day. Why We Lose our Flexibility and Balance Collagen is a vital protein found in bones, muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons and is the reason humans can stretch and bend without breaking. As a human gets older, collagen throughout the body will begin to bunch…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 27, 2014

We’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve misplaced our keys or forgotten to pay a recurring monthly bill. While frustrating, these moments are often just lapses in our short term memory and can be attributed to the fast-paced lifestyle many of us lead. However, for seniors and aging adults, this is not always the case. When simple daily tasks are constantly forgotten, ignored or overlooked by your aging loved one, it may be time to schedule an appointment with his or her doctor or primary care physician. As a leading provider of in-home dementia care in the Lehigh Valley, we know how difficult and emotional it can be for families to admit that a loved one may need help because of memory issues. However, because early detection offers the best…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 20, 2014

It can be difficult to entrust the care of an aging parent or loved one to another person. However, the right person, who is as qualified as they are compassionate, can be an invaluable resource for your loved one and your family. If your aging loved one needs assistance to live at home safely and you are unable to provide an adequate level of support on your own, consider an in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Here are just five reasons why families in the Lehigh Valley rely on our caregivers to help their loved ones age in place: Our Caregivers are Highly Qualified – Our caregivers are individuals who we would be confident leaving our own family members with. All of our caregivers undergo rigorous background investigations and we…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 13, 2014

With Halloween just a few weeks away, we thought we’d share one of our favorite fall recipes – a pumpkin smoothie. Not only can the bold and rich flavors of this smoothie spice up a boring diet, the following single serve recipe is a great snack and only takes five minutes to make! Ingredients 1 cup organic canned pumpkin 1 ripe banana ½ cup coconut milk Agave nectar to taste (to sweeten) Pinch of sea salt (about 1/8th tsp) 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice Optional Additions 1 tbsp raw honey 1 tbsp bee pollen 1 tbsp flax seed oil Preparation Put all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. A Little Bit about the Ingredients As a provider of live-in and hourly home care in the Lehigh Valley, we know…

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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 6, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying, “home is where the heart is.” A person’s home is not only filled with their belongings, but with cherished memories from years past. It is a place of comfort and familiarity, something that often stays constant as the rest of life passes by.  So it’s no surprise that industry statistics are stating that about 90% of seniors would prefer to age in place, to live out their golden years in the comfort of home. The growing movement toward aging in place has been made possible by numerous changes in society including, but not limited to: Longer Lifespans – Today’s seniors are more educated than they were in the past, with many understanding the importance of healthy dieting, routine exercise and staying social and engaged with…

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