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By Mark Brownstein, 3:56 am on August 15, 2013

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. At Home Care Assistance, we know that even seniors who have received certain vaccines as a child should be vaccinated for serious diseases that can cause very harmful consequences, including death.  People age 65 or older are at higher risk of complications from these diseases (should they get them), so they should not take the recommendations lightly.  An estimated 45,000 adults needlessly die each year from such complications, which could have been prevented with proper vaccinations. Recommended Vaccines for Seniors There are several vaccines that are available to seniors at low cost or covered on their medical plans. Make sure to check with your physician if you need to schedule immunization from a vaccine preventable disease. Below are some of the diseases for which…

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By Mark Brownstein, 8:00 am on July 28, 2013

According to the World Health Organization, over 150 million people are chronically infected with the Hepatitis C virus. In the United States, it is estimated that 3.2 million people have some form of Hepatitis infection. The scary part is most people don’t even know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick. What is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It is the name of a family of viral infections known as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis A is considered an acute virus, short in duration, typically severe but not chronic. People with Hepatitis A usually improve without treatment. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can also appear as acute infections, but in some people, the virus can stay in the body undetected and result…

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By Mark Brownstein, 8:27 am on July 15, 2013

Stay Busy, Stay Happy. Research shows that the happiest people avoid idleness. Seniors who are inactive tend to have more accidents and are prone to depression.  There are many ways for older adults to keep active both physically and mentally. Physical Exercise Many adults don’t exercise as they get older. Having a regular exercise program not only helps you physically but also can boost your mental health by improving your confidence and outlook on life. There are many low impact exercise options to keep seniors active well into their later years. It is important to keep our bodies healthy and strong even as we grow older. Common examples are walking, swimming, cycling, dancing or even walking up stairs. Getting Started Check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program….

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By Mark Brownstein, 7:50 am on June 30, 2013

 The Sandwich Generation     If you’re caught between trying to support your children and caring for an elderly parent, welcome to the “Sandwich Generation.”  Nearly 10 million (1 in 7) adults between the ages of 40 and 59 fall into this personal and financial pressure point that can be amplified by mounting layoffs, the recession and college expenses.  Add such stressful challenges as balancing career, marriage, and finding time for oneself…and life is quickly complicated when caring for an elderly parent is part of the equation.  If parents live a long distance away, the stress and guilt can be even greater. Quality In Home Care Support The demands of providing quality care to an aging parent while raising children do not have to be overwhelming.  Reliable, superior home support…

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By Mark Brownstein, 12:15 am on June 15, 2013

Typically, high blood pressure (hypertension) develops slowly over many years. It is often called the “silent killer” because without noticeable symptoms, many people are not aware that they have it. High blood pressure is a common condition which affects about 1 in 3 people in the United States. This puts them at risk for heart disease and stroke, both leading causes of death in this country, and may contribute to kidney disease and diabetes. Family history can also put you at risk for hypertension. This is why it is important to get checked at regular intervals. How to Detect High Blood Pressure Seniors should have their blood pressure checked regularly. Blood pressure is measured as systolic/ diastolic pressure. Systolic designates the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats,…

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By Mark Brownstein, 4:33 pm on May 31, 2013

There are many types of Arthritis; Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid are the most common forms. Osteoarthritis, often referred to as “wear and tear,” is typically a disease of older people and the most common type of Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disorder, and symptoms can worsen as time goes on. Symptoms of arthritis include difficulty moving the joint, muscle weakness and pain, weight loss, poor sleep, fatigue, the inability to use your hand or sometimes even walk. Early treatment is key to stopping the progression of arthritis. These symptoms can impact one’s life greatly both physically and emotionally. Living with arthritis is challenging, and taking care of an arthritis sufferer can be difficult. Some arthritis patients struggle with the activities of daily living but are hesitant to seek help from…

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By Mark Brownstein, 8:00 am on May 15, 2013

At Home Care Assistance, we provide quality in home care for seniors who have suffered from a stroke. Our caregivers are specifically trained to recognize the signs of a stroke and also to help facilitate recovery. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke can be difficult in the elderly. Often times the signs are overlooked and may be confused with those of other conditions.   There are two major kinds of strokes. Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. In an Ischemic stroke, a blood vessel becomes blocked and can cause a portion of the brain to quit working. A Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain bursts and causes a certain portion of the brain to become deprived of oxygen and therefore stop functioning.   Another common type…

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By Mark Brownstein, 5:13 pm on September 26, 2012

When old age brings complications with your health and mobility, many families find they must provide care for their senior loved ones. While family caregivers strive to provide the best possible care for their loved one, additional assistance is often required. If you are looking for senior living alternatives, there are many options to consider such as a nursing home, assisted living or in-home care. Unlike other senior living options, in home care Fort Worth allows seniors to remain in the comforts of their own home.  Our friendly and reliable caregivers provide companionship for your loved one.  Their daily or weekly routine visits allow them to create a trusting and genuine relationship with their personal caregiver. Your loved one will also feel at ease in their home, surrounded by their…

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By Mark Brownstein, 5:09 pm on September 26, 2012

As people age, remembering simple facts and events can become challenging.  Previously simple details, such as recalling specific items needed at the grocery store or what a person’s name is, begin to slip their mind on a regular basis.  While medical professionals agree that mild forgetfulness is normal as one grows older, a chronic inability to remember routine things may be an indicator that assistance is necessary.  Scheduled participation with therapists or aides is an option that is particularly helpful for seniors who are starting to be more forgetful. If you are searching for Fort Worth elder care that provides a variety of services for seniors who are experiencing memory loss, Home Care Assistance is here to help. We also offer care specialty care for seniors who are suffering from…

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By Mark Brownstein, 5:07 pm on September 26, 2012

An elderly individual may be admitted into the hospital for a variety of reasons including an illness.  Depending on the severity of the situation, they may be required to stay in a hospital facility for an extended period of time.  Often confined to bed for long hours, they experience decreased mobility and difficulties performing routine tasks. Once discharged, the enormous toll put on their body during the hospital stay is apparent.  In some cases, their weakened state renders them unable to revert to their normal routine before their accident or illness occurred. Fort Worth home care services that are customized for post-hospital rehabilitation, offer the ideal option for recently discharged patients.  There are two types of therapy that can be performed to assist post hospital patients in regaining mobility and…

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