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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on July 14, 2014

Residents of Connecticut know that along with the picturesque landscape of their New England town come the potential for dangerous weather conditions. Although in the summer season, we’ve had our fair share of storm warnings and it’s essential for everyone, especially senior adults and those with disabilities, to take extra precautions during this time. No matter what type of weather may be on the horizon, the following strategies will give senior adults and their families the peace of mind they need to make it through the potential oncoming storm. Prepare an Emergency Medical Supply Kit During severe weather, deliveries of medicine and other necessary supplies may be disrupted. For this reason, it is important for senior adults to have at least one extra week’s supply of medication on hand in…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on July 7, 2014

Pets are all around lovable. Any owner knows that these domesticated animals can quickly become life-long friends and many individuals even consider them to be like family. As so, it’s no wonder that they make perfect companions for aging adults. Many organizations around West Hartford offer pet therapy programs due to the overwhelming health benefits related to having fun with a four-legged companion. Senior residents in West Hartford have various ways in which they can be introduced to furry friends. A caregiver in Greater Hartford  could take your aging loved one to a pet therapy facility, you could arrange for a therapy dog to come for an in-home visit, or, after a family discussion, could even take your aging parent for a trip to the pet store to purchase their…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 5:36 pm on February 4, 2014

As an alternative to assisted-living arrangements for your parent or grandparent, reach out to us for live-in home care. West Hartford Home Care Assistance can provide the respectful assistance that preserves autonomy, while ensuring all care needs are met. As your loved one requires a higher level of assistance, a live-in caregiver can be there when needed to avoid accidental injuries, offer nutritious meals and prompt medication reminders to ensure compliance with a therapeutic routine. Here are a few standout roles provided by live-in caregivers: Assistance with the Daytime Routine A primary caregiver is a trusted and familiar companion that assists your parent with daily activities that may be difficult or even impossible to perform alone. Ensuring routine care, personal hygiene and helping with household chores is imperative to your…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 5:42 pm on January 27, 2014

Proper nutrition is essential for stroke survivors who may need to modify their diet to prevent another stroke from occurring. Often, these changes will fall upon family caregivers who will need to understand how to make sure their loved one eats a nutritious diet each day during recovery. Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford offers the top nutrition tips that will promote better health through nutritious meal planning. Modify Food Consistencies – After a stroke, it is common for survivors to have difficulty chewing and swallowing their food. Fatigue can also make it harder for a senior adult to finish their meals. Modifying food consistencies by pureeing or cutting portions into small pieces can make it easier for stroke survivors to eat enough food to provide their body with the…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 7:28 pm on January 20, 2014

Coping with health conditions and age-related lifestyle changes can be challenging for seniors who may find that the occasional bad mood can arise during stressful situations. While spending time with friends and practicing relaxation rituals can have a positive impact upon one’s mood, it is also important to consider the benefits that exercise can have for lifting a senior’s spirits. How Exercise Enhances Moods During exercise, the body releases endorphins which have been shown to have a beneficial effect upon a person’s mood. Along with endorphins, seniors who exercise are more likely to experience less chronic pain, which can also play a role in negative mindsets. Finally, seniors who add a social element to their workout routine will find that they benefit from being surrounded by others who have a…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:31 pm on January 13, 2014

Music is both an art and a unique tool that caregivers can use to enrich the lives of loved ones diagnosed with dementia. Numerous studies have shown that music can improve the mood, behavior and health of dementia patients and can even increase their cognitive function. Music therapy helps relieve caregiver stress as well. If an aging loved one is in need of home care, West Hartford families can use the following tips can help ensure you take advantage of music’s multiple benefits. Choose Music Associated with Happy Memories If possible, engage in a conversation with your loved one about music that he or she identifies with happy times and pleasant memories, such as music played at a high school prom or at a wedding reception. Ask about favorite musical…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:19 pm on January 13, 2014

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This wives tale has more than a little truth behind it. Research is showing that there are several fruits that offer seniors some fantastic health benefits. Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford presents a few fruits seniors should consider adding to their pantry for the next time they want a quick snack between meals. Keep Diabetes Away with Grapefruit Grapefruit decreases the risk of insulin resistance, and you don’t even have to eat the whole fruit. You can benefit from simply drinking a serving of grapefruit juice every day or taking a grapefruit pill. Of course, the juice and pill won’t fill you up the way the whole fruit will, but they still help your body control insulin levels. Tame Cholesterol with…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on December 30, 2013

Your aging family members have the most amazing stories to share from their younger years. Although they might occasionally forget where they placed their glasses or what day of the week it is, they can remember with great clarity how their children took their first steps, funny things their pets did over the years and monumental moments in history such as the great depression or the Women’s Movement. These memories and family histories are worth saving, but you may not know how to preserve them and make them engaging for a younger generation. Here are some ideas to help you save these incredible milestones and memories before it’s too late. If you have an aging loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, click here to learn about the specialty…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on December 23, 2013

While it can be emotionally difficult for an aging loved one to adjust to declines in mobility, there are a variety of daily activities that will be directly affected as well. As the caregiver for an aging loved one with limited mobility, you’ll like find that transporting them to physical therapy, doctor’s appointments, and family functions can be challenging, and sometimes frustrating. Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford offers a few tips to help make the job easier: Allow more time. This seems like an overly simplistic solution, but even something as simple as allowing a few additional minutes can make getting to your desired destination much easier. You’re aging loved one won’t have to rush and it gives you additional time to figure out any problems that you hadn’t…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on December 16, 2013

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that often leaves seniors with joint stiffness and pain. While there are some prescription medications available to help alleviate pain, there are certain supplements and activities that can help bring additional relief. The following are natural and safe ways seniors and their 24/7 Greater Hartford caregivers can help minimize and manage the symptoms and pains associated with Parkinson’s disease. Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and an essential vitamin that has many benefits. In addition to promoting positive heart health and combating certain types of cancer, studies suggest that taking a Vitamin E supplement, or eating foods that are rich in Vitamin E may slow down Parkinson’s symptoms such as memory loss and the ability to perform basic tasks requiring motor ability….

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