Can Dark Chocolate Reduce Depression Risk?

Homecare - Can Dark Chocolate Reduce Depression Risk?

Eating candy isn’t a good choice for your aging relative’s health. Or is it? It actually depends on what kind of candy they are eating. Research suggests that eating dark chocolate in moderation has several health benefits. Past studies have shown dark chocolate has physical health benefits, but a recent study suggests it may also have mental health benefits. Dark Chocolate and Depression Researchers at the University College London recently looked into how dark chocolate affects depression. The researchers used...

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Higher Weight Linked to Brain Aging

Home Health Care-Higher Weight Linked to Brain Aging

Most people associate obesity with an increased risk for many different kinds of health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. However, recent scientific research suggests that carrying excess pounds might also put them at risk for their brain aging more quickly. This could lead to serious cognitive problems, including dementia. Weight and the Brain To determine how weight and rate of cognitive decline might be linked, researchers conducted a study involving 1,289 people who were of an average age of...

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The Cost of a Senior Fall: Physical and Financial Burden

The Cost of a Senior Fall: Physical and Financial Burden Why Senior Fall Risks DEMAND Simplified Home Care Prevention Solutions Terri Murphy, CSA President – Hope Senior Home Care   All of us are very familiar with the phrase, “penny wise, pound foolish”. Never is this phrase more applicable than in the quiet homes of millions of aging seniors across the country. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here are just some of the facts:   Annual...

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Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Preventing Caregiver Burnout Tips and Support for Family Caregivers Terri Murphy, CSA President – Hope Senior Home Care The demands of Caregiving for a loved one can be overwhelming, especially if you feel that you have little control over the situation or that you are in over your head. If you let the stress of caregiving progress to burnout, it can damage both your physical and mental health. So, if you are caring for a family member, it is essential...

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Six Key Signs Mom or Dad May Need Help

Six Key Signs Mom or Dad May Need Help The aging process is slow and gradual over time. As a result, mental, emotional, and physical declines often take family members by complete surprise.How do we know, as the child of an aging parent, something may be wrong? How do we know, if mom or dad is starting to have issues which need to be addressed? While there is no perfect answer to this dilemma, here are some great tips on...

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Medication Management Tips

Medication management is a concern that is brought up quiet a bit with our clients and their families. We often suggest having one person in charge of organizing the medications or investing in a timed medication box, but here are 5 tips to help manage your medications. Remember, always ask your doctors and pharmacists if you have questions about medications! This article is is from Caregiver Connection, a great source of information on all things senior care! Medication management is...

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How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

Keeping your loved ones active on a social level is very important. Check out this article from the New York Times. How Social Isolation Is Killing Us Social isolation is a growing epidemic, one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences.CreditCreditDamon Winter/The New York Times By Dhruv Khullar Dec. 22, 2016                                                     ...

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Aging In Place

Aging in Place By Terri Murphy My father always said, “Stop wasting your breath. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve spent my whole adult life in this house and when my time is up, I’m going to die here in my own bed.” Unfortunately that is as far as his planning went. So when the time came, and he could no longer go upstairs to his bedroom or to shower, we had to scramble to honor his wishes. What is Aging...

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5 Options For Medications Not Covered By Medicare

Medicare is not a perfect system and sometimes medications fall through the cracks, this can become a huge issue. This article from Daily Caring gives five options for working around a medicare plan that doesn't cover all of your medication needs. Medicare doesn’t always cover all drugs Most older adults get prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. Each plan has a list of drugs that the plan will pay for, called a...

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6 Steps for Preventing Falls Among Your Older Loved Ones

There are a lot of preventative measures to take to avoid falling and while it may be inevitable, there are steps that every senior should try to take to avoid a fall. At Hope Senior Home Care we provide free home safety assessments to help improve the safety of your home. This article is from the National Council on Aging, we are not affiliated with them, we just like them! Did you know that one in four older Americans falls...

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