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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 23, 2014

As a family caregiver, you understandably want to keep your aging loved one thoroughly entertained and engaged throughout the year. While you may have many options available during the warmer months of the year, your options are likely limited during the cooler months. With the winter holidays quickly approaching, you may be struggling to instill holiday spirit in your loved one in a fun and exciting way. Fortunately, there are some great activities available to keep your aging loved one engaged, even when the weather outside may be cold and dreary! Here are some of the top picks for fun winter activities from the staff at Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills. Holiday Movies – The holidays may be stressful and busy, but there is always time to kick…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 16, 2014

Caring for an aging loved one can be a rewarding experience, however without the proper support and assistance, caregiving can also burn an individual out. Caregivers must take on a wide range of responsibilities, which can leave them overwhelmed, and subject to thoughts of sadness and even depression. As a leading provider of senior home care in El Dorado Hills, we know that it’s so much easier to prevent burnout rather than recover from it, and wanted to share some simple things that caregivers can do to reduce their stress and avoid burnout. Get a Good Night’s Rest – Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on the mind’s ability to stay alert and to remember well. Not getting enough sleep decreases the ability to enjoy relationships and live a good…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 9, 2014

The full scope of what causes Alzheimer’s disease is not completely understood, but research has found compelling evidence that certain specific factors play a role in the development of the disease. Today, the El Dorado Hills Alzheimer’s care experts are going to explore the risk factors of Alzheimer’s and how a combination of these risk factors can point to a higher incidence of the disease. Genetics A family history of the disease plays a small role in its occurrence, and about 5% of cases are traced to a genetic root. Scientists have isolated three gene mutations that cause the illness, and individuals are more likely to contract the condition if an immediate family member has been affected. In general, women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men. History of…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on November 25, 2014

At some point, adult children will have to make difficult decisions about how to care for their parents as they age. While there are many options such as retirement communities and assisted living facilities, many seniors prefer in-home care. However, because home care is such a personalized service, families are often concerned about the costs. Today, Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills encourages you to consider the following if you find yourself wondering if home care is worth the cost. Financial Costs On average, the cost for assisted living is between $2,300 a month to $7,000 a month. This monthly amount also doesn’t include the cost of admission, which is typically charged on a yearly basis. If the individual being cared for is living with an advanced condition such…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:24 pm on November 18, 2014

In the United States, stroke is responsible for more than 130,000 deaths annually. While there is no way to accurately predict stroke risk, there are certain preventative measures that seniors and older adults can take to reduce overall stroke risk. Along with regular exercise, a healthy diet can go a long way in helping to prevent stroke. The following are five fantastic foods for lowering stroke risk, presented by the El Dorado Hills stroke care specialists at Home Care Assistance. Whole Grains – The number of diets that discourage eating whole grains are becoming larger and larger. However, studies show that people who consume whole grains on daily basis have a 40 percent lower risk for stroke and heart attack. One or two slices of whole grain bread a day…

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By Glenn Krakow, 11:36 pm on November 11, 2014

Staying physically active throughout all stages of life is vital for maintaining flexibility, mobility and balance. Active seniors tend to maintain significantly higher levels of both mental and physical health when compared to elderly individuals who live more sedentary lifestyles. However, not all forms of physical exercise are good for people in their golden years. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of El Dorado Hills home care, presents five exercises that seniors should avoid. Sit-Ups – Building and maintaining a strong core or abdominal muscles is essential for supporting and protecting the spine. However, the traditional sit-up which involves forward bending or flexion can place a significant amount of stress on the lower spine and back. Standing crunches and side bends are a much better way to engage these muscles….

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By Glenn Krakow, 11:17 pm on November 4, 2014

When an aging parent or loved one can no longer perform their daily activities without help, you are faced with the difficult decision of how to ensure their safety at home. While you may be able to offer a helping hand here and there, the demands of caring for a senior are often too time consuming for one person to handle alone. If you are concerned about the health and safety of your aging loved one and do not have the time or the ability to assist them on a regular basis, consider professional home care in El Dorado Hills which can provide a variety of benefits including: Greater Comfort – People typically feel more comfortable in familiar surroundings. With home care, seniors are able to receive help with their…

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