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Playing Music for a Senior with Dementia
Playing Music for a Senior with Dementia
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…

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Nutrition Tips for Stroke Survivors
Nutrition Tips for Stroke Survivors
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…

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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….

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4 Tips for Helping a Loved One with Limited Mobility
4 Tips for Helping a Loved One with Limited Mobility
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…

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Natural Ways to Minimize Parkinson's Pain
Natural Ways to Minimize Parkinson's Pain
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…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 7:35 pm on December 13, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, dehydration doesn’t only occur in the summer season! While many cases of dehydration are reported in the warmer months of the year, dehydration is a problem that individuals, especially the elderly, face throughout the year. Because the topic isn’t talked about often, we wanted to provide a bit of information about elderly dehydration and what some of the warning signs are, so families and West Hartford home care providers can keep a watchful eye on vulnerable aging adults during the busy holiday season. Dehydration occurs when a senior loses more water than they take in. Simply not drinking enough water is one of the main causes for dehydration; however there are other contributing factors for older adults. For example, physical or medical conditions can make it…

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Playing Music for a Senior with Dementia
Playing Music for a Senior with Dementia
By Kathy Corcoran, 10:00 am on November 28, 2013

Brain health depends on several lifestyle factors in the same way the body does. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and staying socially and physically active can contribute to positive overall health. In addition to the previously mentioned, studies have shown that keeping the mind active by listening to music or playing an instrument is a great way to help seniors improve their memory and even ward off dementia! Extensive research suggests that simply listening to music may help to delay or prevent dementia in the elderly. Researchers have discovered that music has the power to sooth its listeners and arouse long-forgotten memories. How does music produce these results? Most…

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When is it Time for In-Home Care?
When is it Time for In-Home Care?
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:31 pm on November 26, 2013

Your aging mom, dad or grandparent is okay one day, but not so much the next. Maybe it’s getting to be a bit much keeping up with work and family in addition to your caregiving responsibilities. Perhaps a loved one has said something that suggests you need a break. Whatever your situation is, deciding when it’s time for in-home care can be a difficult and emotional decision. The following are a few ideas about how to approach the situation and how to confidently make a decision. Talk to Your Loved One Unless your aging loved one is currently under the supervised care of a Greater Hartford dementia care specialist or…

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Checking-In on Aging Parents during the Holidays
Checking-In on Aging Parents during the Holidays
By Kathy Corcoran, 6:24 pm on November 11, 2013

The holiday season is a great time to check in on your aging parents and send them tidings of comfort and joy. Making extra phone calls and planning a time to visit are great ways to spend quality social time with your parent while also checking in to see how they’re doing. As your parent ages there are some important things to look for to see if they’re having difficulty living on their own. Phone calls to make holiday plans are a good time to check in and engage your loved one, while also listening to their voice for tone and clarity. Do they sound tired? Are their thoughts cluttered…

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What is Respite Care?
What is Respite Care?
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:54 pm on November 5, 2013

As the adult child of an aging parent, you are familiar with the challenges of making sure your elderly loved ones are safe and getting the care they need. Oftentimes, the child who lives closest to the parental home assumes the responsibility of checking in on their elderly Mom and/or Dad. While at first, check ins are infrequent, they eventually evolve into helping run errands, providing transportation and soon include helping pay bills, managing finances, giving medication reminders and constantly dropping by to assist with even the smallest tasks. While being there for their elderly loved ones or providing home care Greater Hartford family caregivers might find it difficult, time…

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