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By Mark Brownstein, 4:29 pm on January 20, 2014

  One of the art world’s major treasures is as close as Fort Worth, and it is the ideal place to take the seniors in your life for a leisurely day.  The Kimbell Art Museum is home to an incomparable array of masterpieces in its permanent collection and featured exhibitions.  Some of the renowned works include one of Picasso’s boldest paintings, an exceptional Cezanne landscape and Michelangelo’s The Torment of Saint Anthony, which is believed to be the artist’s first known painting.  In addition, seniors will marvel at the Kimbell’s vast Pre-Columbian, African, Asian and Antiquities collections.   Of particular interest to seniors who appreciate fine art is the current exhibition, The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago, now through February 16. When…

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By Mark Brownstein, 4:28 pm on January 16, 2014

There are many great reasons for senior citizens to go to college either to earn a degree or for their own personal enjoyment.  Going back to school allows you to stay active in the community and keeps your mind challenged. The National Institute on Aging sites several factors that show an apparent link between how an active brain can help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. Mentally stimulating activities such as playing games, reading, and going to lectures and museums are linked to keeping your mind sharp. So, what better way to challenge your mind than going back to school? Some colleges are recognizing the benefits of having different perspectives in the classroom and are encouraging seniors to join in the discussions by offering low cost or no cost tuition options. The…

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By Mark Brownstein, 8:00 am on December 31, 2013

Senior citizens are often fortunate enough to have the time to visit new places and open their minds to new experiences. Those living in Tarrant County have the opportunity to explore a number of museums, including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.  This January the museum has a special public program designed for adults with Alzheimer’s. “Sharing the Past through Art” is an interactive tour that gives adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers the opportunity to discuss artists and current exhibitions. The program uses artwork to connect to past experiences.  The next tour is scheduled for January 9, 2014 from 10:30am – 11:45. No reservations are required. If you’ve lived in the area for a long time, you may still think of the Amon Carter as a Western art…

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By Mark Brownstein, 10:48 pm on December 22, 2013

  Once the decision has been made that you or a family member needs In Home Care Assistance, what is the next step? Finding Local Home Care Agencies Ask your doctor, family, friends, clergy or co-workers for referrals. Check with your employer or insurance company to see if they have referrals. Use the internet or phone book and begin researching options in your community Visit local senior centers for referrals. Look for homecare agencies that are active in the community.   Determine Your Budget Consider the amount of time you will need in home care. Do you need hourly care or full time care? Look for assistance on costs if available. Many home care agencies offer a discounted rate for full time care. Some long term care insurance or Health…

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By Mark Brownstein, 11:21 am on December 12, 2013

Fort Worth offers seniors an abundance of holiday treats. The holidays can be a joyful time for you and the seniors in your life, especially if you plan outings that bring the family closer together.  They need to be fun, easily accessible and not too strenuous.  In Fort Worth and nearby cities, the season offers bountiful ideas, from magnificent Christmas lights to musical memories.  Here are just some of the activities available in December that seniors will love. Merry X-mas, y’all. Christmas in the Stockyards blends carolers, holiday spirit, lighted Christmas trees and many other traditions.  http://www.stockyardsstation.com/event/detail.php?id=28&date=1387051200       The shops of Sundance Square are now festively decorated, with the 50-foot tall lighted tree as the area’s centerpiece.  You can drive or walk around the square. Grapevine, which calls…

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By Mark Brownstein, 12:30 am on December 4, 2013

National Caregivers Month recognizes the country’s greatest unsung heroes. Each year, more than $450 billion worth of unpaid caregiving is provided to family members with chronic illnesses, disabilities or seniors who can no longer care for themselves.  President Obama has declared November to be National Family Caregivers Month to recognize the over 90 million people who perform supportive tasks to care for loved ones—often around the clock.  It may mean getting up in the middle of the night to help with bathroom needs, taking individuals to countless doctor appointments, bathing, feeding, administering medications and even such complex duties as operating medical equipment. According to the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), two adults out of every five are family caregivers, or 39% of all Americans.  This figure has exploded from 30% in…

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By Mark Brownstein, 4:59 pm on November 15, 2013

Alzheimer’s  Disease remains on the rise as senior population increases. More than 5 million Americans are now living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.  When then-President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than 2 million Americans had the disease.  As the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to grow, so does the number of cases.  The current figure, 5 million, is expected to triple in 2050 if no medical breakthroughs to halt the disease are found.  Globally, a person will develop Alzheimer’s every 4 seconds. Alzheimer’s Disease (named after Alois Alzheimer who first described the symptoms in 1906) is also the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.  Chiefly a brain disease and not considered a normal…

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By Mark Brownstein, 4:52 pm on October 31, 2013

As seniors age, they may not be able to do some of the things they used to do, including many activities of daily living.  Depending on their lifestyle, medical needs and level of independence, seniors and their families must assess which housing options make the most sense.  It’s important to think not only about their current situation, but about what might be best in future years. There are numerous choices for elder care available, and one type does not fit all.  Be sure to talk with your senior family member if possible and thoroughly research each option. Independent Living or Retirement Communities Designed exclusively for adults in relatively good health, these homes, apartments and other living arrangements are senior-friendly with low upkeep and maintenance.  There are typically abundant opportunities for…

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By Mark Brownstein, 9:51 pm on October 16, 2013

National Case Management Week, October 13-19, recognizes the vital roles that case managers play in the continuum of health care.  This collaborative process includes case coordination, assessment, facilitation, advocacy, planning and communication to promote positive patient outcomes that are also cost-effective.  Case Management Week also serves to bring more attention to the case management field, and what case managers do. Fort Worth Home Care Assistance appreciates the importance of case managers in the home health industry. Our care managers work closely with case managers and social workers to ensure our care is consistent with the patient’s needs as documented by the physician and case manager.  Case managers serve patients as advocates regarding their well-being; they can be the liaison between patients, their families and healthcare professionals. They also act in…

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By Mark Brownstein, 5:37 pm on September 30, 2013

September is Healthy Aging Month…a reminder that practicing good health and fitness habits can help prolong our lives.  For seniors, this is especially important because doing such things as eating the right foods may cut the risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other threatening conditions. Since this also happens to be autumn and harvest time, nature offers a colorful array of delicious fruits and vegetables that are known to preserve good health, and possibly even slow the aging process. Dark green leafy vegetables contain anti-oxidants that can stave off or slow macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 and older.  Examples are mustard greens, kale and spinach. To minimize wrinkles, it’s wise to eat plenty of green vegetables like cucumbers and broccoli.  Fruits such as…

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