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By Kevin McClarren, 8:00 am on June 25, 2014

As people age, it’s necessary to help them maintain a steady, moderate routine of physical activity, emotional fulfillment, and quality time with Mother Nature. Gardening is a holistic, low-effort way to meet all these needs at once. It’s the ultimate salve for the aging soul. If you are thinking about introducing your loved one to gardening so they can enjoy the activity’s many benefits, keep in mind that older adults have certain special needs and that the gardening process will have to be adapted to account for those needs. To make sure that the senior gardener stays safe, comfortable, and enjoys their time taking care of the plants, here are some tips to get you started, presented by Home Care Assistance Warren: Shade and Seating – Older adults who spend…

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By Kevin McClarren, 3:14 pm on June 18, 2014

Our immune systems naturally become weaker with age. As this process takes place, it becomes harder for one’s immune system to stave off germs and other harmful bacteria, thus making it much easier to get sick. For seniors and older adults, there are a handful of foods which can threaten one’s immune system and overall health and should be avoided. Here are a few examples, presented by the Warren 24 hour home care experts at Home Care Assistance: Sprouts – Bean sprouts and alfalfa are known to be chock full of enzymatic, digestive and nutritional value. However, the humid and warm conditions that are necessary to grow the sprouts from seedlings, produces an ideal state in which bad bacteria can thrive. Things like E. coli and salmonella can proliferate to…

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By Kevin McClarren, 12:49 am on June 12, 2014

In perhaps one of his most famous quotes, Mark Twain once said “age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, then it just doesn’t matter.” Not minding the processes of aging, however, is easier said than done. Age has a way of taking its toll on multiple aspects of your health and body, including your mental clarity and your physiological strength. Yet, every once in a while we hear a story about a unique man or woman who has seemingly overcome the trials of old age and has managed to maintain their mental and physical vivacity long into their elderly years. There are men running marathons, women running triathlons and vice-versa. Well into their 80s and 90s, there are adults taking advantage of their mental capacities…

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By Kevin McClarren, 9:29 pm on June 4, 2014

As humans, we have a fundamental need for socialization. We spend our lives creating meaningful relationships with those around us. The ability to maintain a social life, however, becomes more difficult with age as keeping in touch becomes harder and conditions or ailments may make it difficult to leave the home on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are still many things that you can do with your loved one at home to help them stay engaged and enjoy an active social life. Here are some ideas for home activities that you can invite your loved one’s friends and family over to participate in: “B Movie” Night – Invite friends and family over to watch a classic “B movie” like Casablanca or a popular Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant film. Gathering…

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By Kevin McClarren, 10:58 pm on May 21, 2014

From helping with meal preparation and housekeeping to driving to the doctor and running errands, a family caregiver is responsible for many tasks when caring for a loved one with dementia. However, there is one activity in particular that many caregivers find difficult to manage: personal care. The sensitive nature of the activity along with the need to ensure safety can be daunting for an inexperienced caregiver. The good news is that the Warren dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance have a few tips that can help simplify the entire process. Assisting with Dressing The first thing is to consider your loved one’s routine prior to the diagnosis. For instance, if your aging loved one always got dressed after having breakfast, the same routine should be kept. This will…

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By Kevin McClarren, 7:27 pm on May 8, 2014

Our sense of sight allows us to take in and connect with the world around us. While we often take this sense for granted in our youth, its importance becomes more apparent as we enter our golden years. Unfortunately, many seniors suffer from a degree of vision loss or a change of vision that makes it difficult to complete activities of daily living. While there are many causes for a decline in vision, there are simple ways in which seniors can preserve, and in some cases, reverse the negative effects of vision loss. One of the easiest ways to help preserve vision with age is to make changes to one’s diet. As a Warren hourly care provider, we often prepare meals for our senior clients and know how important a…

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By Kevin McClarren, 5:23 pm on April 23, 2014

While it has been known for years that a positive attitude can impact our day-to-day lives, this may be especially so for seniors. Recent studies have indicated that the optimistic senior will reap several benefits, including better overall health. Studies report that the optimistic senior may enjoy decreased blood pressure, less complaints of physical pain and even improved sleep quality. As a caregiver, there are several things that can be done to encourage an aging parent, grandparent or loved one to enjoy a positive attitude. Focus on the Positive – One of the best ways that the caregiver can encourage a positive attitude is by focusing on the positive, rather than the negative. This can include praising the senior for their achievements, reminding them of how important they are to…

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By Kevin McClarren, 10:32 pm on April 9, 2014

Aloe Vera has been used for over 5,000 years and is one of the most well-known medicinal plants. It is available in gel form for external use and in capsules and juice form to combat a large number of internal problems. While Aloe Vera provides benefits to almost any age group there are numerous benefits directly related major health issues commonly faced by seniors. At Home Care Assistance of Warren, we recommend that Aloe Vera be a staple in the medicine cabinets of our senior clients who frequently experience or have: Cuts and Abrasions – With age, minor cuts and abrasions take longer to heal. Aloe Vera is packed with healing properties which can help mend wounds, abrasions and even burns in a shorter time frame. Dry Skin – If…

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By Kevin McClarren, 10:48 pm on March 26, 2014

Initiating a conversation with a senior loved one about elder care is never easy. Nobody wants to see a parent age to the point of needing assistance, but unfortunately, there may come a time when you will not only realize your mom or dad needs help with everyday living activities, but will have to help them accept the care that is offered. It’s normal for a parent to resist elder care, whether it’s provided by a family member or at an assisted living or nursing home facility. Besides being frustrated about being unable to complete simple activities of daily living, there is also a sense of loss that is felt when a senior believes their independence is being taken. If you know your aging loved one fears losing their independence,…

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By Kevin McClarren, 10:26 pm on March 12, 2014

As your elderly parent ages, you may notice that their zest for life is not as strong as it used to be. This lack of ambition can be caused by a variety of changes such as no longer being able to participate in favorite pastimes or feelings of isolation or loneliness. Fortunately, there are simple ways in which you can help motivate your aging parent, providing them with a reason to live each day to the fullest. Visit Regularly – The loss of a spouse, close friends or family can leave a senior isolated with little daily interaction. While this can be emotionally devastating for a senior or elderly individual, it can also increase the risk for illness and disease. Try to schedule regular visits with your aging parent or…

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