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By Ted Holmgren, 6:19 pm on February 12, 2013

Tai Chi Might be Helpful for Stroke Survivors Tai chi is an ancient form of exercise involving very gentle movement, mental concentration, combined with relaxation. In a new study, researchers discovered that stroke survivors who practice tai chi had fewer falls compared with others who participated in exercise programs for the elderly as part of the stroke recovery regimen. Findings of the study were presented on February 6, 2013 at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Honolulu. Researchers conducted a three month experiment where they studied 89 stroke survivors. Those who practiced tai chi had the least number of falls. A vast majority of stroke survivors end up having balance difficulties. This can be attributed to many different things – vision problems, inner ear problems or weakness on…

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By Ted Holmgren, 9:40 pm on January 31, 2013

Did someone say SUPERBOWL!!! Like many of you, we will be tuned in this Sunday, February 3, as two of the nation’s greatest teams – the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers – play for the Superbowl 2013 champion title. What makes football the intriguing sport that it is, is the incredible requirement of teamwork in order to be a success. Vince Lombardi once said, “Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.” So as you tune in to the Superbowl, don’t forget to tune in to the great show of teamwork. Teamwork can either make or break a team. Great talent is nothing without the teamwork. In a like manner, our…

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By Ted Holmgren, 7:19 pm on January 29, 2013

Have you seen the statistics about the flu season this winter? It has been classified as an “epidemic” winter. The disease is most dangerous to the very young and the elderly. Here are a few easy tips to protect yourself: FIRST: Get vaccinated. It is the single most effective step in fighting the flu. Each year vaccines are engineered to protect against the flu virus that is most prevalent that year. It is an easy thing to do … and so worth it! SECOND: Seems simple, but so important … just keep away from germs! Use soap and water to clean your hands. Keep your hands away from your face (especially your mouth and nose). This hint is a little tougher, but if you are elderly you need to heed…

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By Ted Holmgren, 9:33 pm on January 18, 2013

High levels of cholesterol can be very dangerous and pose many different health risks for seniors.  If you are a senior adult and have high cholesterol, you are more at risk for diabetes, heart disease and can even increase your risk for cancer.  By making small changes to your daily routine and eating habits, you can lower your cholesterol level while still enjoying your favorite foods.  All that is required is a positive attitude, willingness to make small changes, and commitment. Home Care Assistance Scottsdale, a preferred provider of home care, offers several simple ways that can help seniors work towards lowering your cholesterol. Increase your Physical Activity Regular exercise decreases the “bad” cholesterol while also increasing the “good” cholesterol. If you devote 30 minutes each day to a moderate…

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By Ted Holmgren, 12:07 am on January 17, 2013

A stroke is a life altering event that can spell disaster for an older individual. The main causes of a stroke are when blood vessels of the brain are weak, abnormal, or under pressure. In order to avoid the negative consequences of a stroke, it is important to watch for the early warning signs in order to prevent and treat before a stroke can occur.   At Scottsdale Home Care Assistance, we believe in improving the quality of life for seniors and stroke patients. Our expert caregivers specialize in stoke care and are trained in early detection of a stroke. The following list we’ve compiled lays out the initial symptoms that can be warning signals that one is about to have a stroke. What to watch for: Dizziness Moments of…

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By Ted Holmgren, 12:03 am on January 17, 2013

As we age, our capabilities and strengths tend to decline. While this decline in ability is natural to the human body, there are ways to shorten the amount of bodily ability lost with age. At Scottsdale Home Care Assistance, we believe that healthy aging and wellbeing is capable with 5 simple and easy tips. 1. Maintain a healthy and balanced diet As with everything in life, one needs moderation and variation. A healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains is a crucial component of healthy aging and wellness. At Scottsdale Senior Care, we advocate proper nutrition to all our clients, helping them live healthier, longer lives. 2. Dust off that forgotten exercise equipment Exercise is an important part of healthy ageing. Older adults who live a…

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By Ted Holmgren, 9:40 pm on January 8, 2013

Mind Over Gray Matter: A New Approach to Dementia Care (now available on Amazon.com) is the fifth book in Home Care Assistant’s wellness series for seniors. At some time or another, dementia will affect all of us – personally, a parent, a beloved spouse, or a dear friend. When you look at a group of individuals who are over age 85, you will find that nearly half of them are suffering from dementia in varying degrees. That’s a scary thought! The affects of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have no boundaries … all races and countries are seeing their people affected.   As this becomes one of the most significant health challenges globally, it is more and more important to be educated, and stay educated, about dementia. Mind Over Gray…

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By Ted Holmgren, 10:11 pm on November 7, 2012

Preparing Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s for the Upcoming Holidays With all the excitement and joy that the holidays bring, it can also be a stressful time. It can be especially stressful for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Here are a few useful tips to help ensure the holidays are not overwhelming:  Pull out the photo album and talk about the people who will be coming to visit during the holidays. Familiar holiday music and holiday foodswill help your loved one feel more at ease. Utilize your loved one in as many preparations as possible. Engage him or her in helping get things ready (decorating, table setting, simple food preparation). Name tags are a wonderful idea! They not only help those with Alzheimers or dementia, but can also be…

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By Ted Holmgren, 11:07 pm on October 24, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My mother had a scare with breast cancer about thirty years ago. A tiny pre-cancerous spot was discovered in a routine mammogram. It was easily removed and she was told to continue having regular mammograms. She was faithful in doing this for many years. Fast forward about 25 years. By this time my mother was about 75 years old and had not had a mammogram in over five years. Through a series of events, my elderly mother was directed to a new physician who studied Mom’s charts and was astonished that a mammogram had not be performed in so long a time. As one of my mom’s caregivers, I accompanied her to her mammogram. Within days she was diagnosed with breast cancer and surgery was scheduled…

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By Ted Holmgren, 10:29 pm on July 7, 2012

Here are four helpful tips for staying a little more cool as the summer temperatures rise. (1) Drink water to keep yourself safe from heat related problems of exhaustion and fatigue. (2) Make sure the water is not too hot and not too cold as either will cause your body to have to work extra hard to process. Optimum temperature is slightly cool or room temperature. (3) Pay attention that your body is actually sweating if you are outside – that’s a good sign that things are working properly. If you find you have stopped sweating that could be a sign of heat exhaustion and it’s time to get in the shade and sip some water. (4) Dress appropriately for the warm weather. A lightweight, airy, brightly colored outfit (to reflect…

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