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Simple Ways to Brighten a Senior Loved One’s Day
Simple Ways to Brighten a Senior Loved One’s Day
By Kathy Corcoran, 4:23 pm on October 14, 2014

There are a variety of ways that you can improve your loved one’s day. The best part is, most of these ways are completely free and require little else than your time. With the tips listed below, provided by Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford, you’ll enhance a senior’s quality of life by giving them some of your quality time.  Talk About What They Love Reminiscing on the good times is one way to brighten up your loved one’s day, as nothing makes a person happier than discussing something they love and have a passion for. You can talk with your senior about past vacations, the plot lines on their…

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Moving Aging Parents In: Things to Consider Before You Do
Moving Aging Parents In: Things to Consider Before You Do
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on October 7, 2014

Before World War II, it was common in American households to have several generations living under one roof. This created an opportunity for parents to work while grandparents took responsibility for child care, allowing everyone to save money on things like housing. Today, many adult children are making the choice to reinstate this style of living, either for economic reasons or to care for aging parents who are unable to care for themselves. However, this move could come with some unanticipated surprises if you’re not prepared or haven’t provided home care. West Hartford Home Care Assistance has put together a list of things to consider before packing your bags. Aging…

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In-Home Health Checks You Can Do Right Now
In-Home Health Checks You Can Do Right Now
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:53 pm on September 30, 2014

As we get older, our bodies become more vulnerable to a variety of health risks. Keeping track of your health with simple in-home checks can help detect and diagnose serious conditions early on. While these easy self-inspections can be helpful, whenever something doesn’t seem quite right, it’s always best to make an appointment to see your physician. Examine Your Moles Many people fail to notice abnormal moles or other changing spots on their skin. Examine moles on your neck, back, legs, and arms for bleeding, growth, or change in shape or coloration. Anything unusual could be a sign of skin cancer, which is especially common as people age, and usually…

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Factors that Influence a Senior’s Quality of Life
Factors that Influence a Senior’s Quality of Life
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on September 23, 2014

Welcome to Part 2 of our two part series on factors that influence a senior’s quality of life. If you missed part 1, Home Care Assistance wanted to address these four important aspects of aging because they can potentially have a profound effect on quality of life is a senior adult doesn’t have the in-home support and care that they need. Being aware of these factors and taking the steps to reduce their negative effects can greatly increase an aging adult’s likelihood of experiencing overall well-being and joy well into their golden years. LOSS OF APPETITE There are many reasons why your loved one can exhibit a loss of appetite or…

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Factors That Influence a Senior’s Quality of Life: Part 1 of 2
Factors That Influence a Senior’s Quality of Life: Part 1 of 2
By Kathy Corcoran, 9:07 pm on September 16, 2014

What is “quality of life” and how does an aging adult maintain it? Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford, CT believes that quality of life is something that is unique to each individual; it is a collection of our dreams, passions, cultural perspectives, values, overall health, relationships, contentedness in our environment, and so much more.  “Quality of life” is, indeed, a subjective term, but it is still something that is important to understand when addressing the unique factors that make a senior’s life one worth living. In this two-part article, we’ll address four of the important elements that affect an older adult’s quality of life. PEERS PASSING ON As our parents…

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How to Help an Aging Parent Cope with the Loss of a Loved One
How to Help an Aging Parent Cope with the Loss of a Loved One
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on September 9, 2014

Did you know that more than six million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression? Unfortunately many of these cases go untreated or unacknowledged simply because apathy and isolation are oftentimes associated with aging. However, as we grow older we are more frequently faced with death and departing loved ones. Coping with death and loss is much different for the elderly than it is for people of a younger age. Your aging parent may experience a series of losses in a very short time – friends, family members, and even a spouse. As they grieve, it’s important to help them avoid isolation and keep them engaged in life….

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Top 3 Annual Check-Ups for Seniors
Top 3 Annual Check-Ups for Seniors
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on August 26, 2014

As you get older, it’s even more important to keep track of your health. Preventive screenings are critical so that your doctor can identify and treat any potential problems as quickly as possible. Many diseases and conditions are more treatable if they are detected early. It can also be very advantageous to have the help of a 24/7 West Hartford caregiver who is able to monitor and take note of any changes in health, behavior or habits. To help you promote your health, wellness and longevity, we’ve listed the three most important health screenings for seniors: Breast Cancer Screening – Mammography, the recommended screening for breast cancer, is proven to…

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Factors that Influence a Senior’s Quality of Life
Factors that Influence a Senior’s Quality of Life
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on August 19, 2014

As people age, it’s normal for their appetite to decline slightly. However, a considerable loss of appetite isn’t normal and can cause or exacerbate many health problems. If an aging loved one displays a lack of desire to eat, it’s important to understand the causes and work on solutions, With the help of doctors, nutritionists or even a trained 24/7 or hourly West Hartford caregiver, you can help promote health and wellness for your aging loved one. To help ensure that seniors are receiving the vitamins and nutrients they need from their meals, we’ve listed some of the top causes of loss of appetite among seniors and simple solutions to…

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Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine?
Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine?
By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on August 12, 2014

Forget about an apple a day, studies show that a little bit of laughter a day is what really keeps the doctor away! Laughter’s mood-boosting benefits are no secret; laughing makes us happier, healthier and a new study claims it may help slow cognitive decline. This year, California’s Loma Linda University conducted a study with 20 healthy participants in their 60s and 70s. Half were asked to sit silently for 20 minutes while the other half got to watch funny videos. The group that watched funny videos had better memory recall and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies in the past have concluded that daily humor contributes…

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Important Financial Topics to Discuss with Aging Parents
Important Financial Topics to Discuss with Aging Parents
By Kathy Corcoran, 10:37 pm on August 5, 2014

Discussing finances with aging parents can be a very difficult and sensitive conversation, but one that needs to take place. Adult children need to know that their parents have a plan and they need to know where to find key financial information. A family caregiver, especially one who has been appointed Power of Attorney, needs to have the proper information to be able to assist their parents when the time comes. Try to have the “money talk” with parents as soon as possible, before any red flag health warnings arise, so that you can have a clear and level-headed conversation about how money matters should be dealt with. Make it…

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