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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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By Ted Holmgren, 10:18 pm on June 30, 2012

Heath difficulties can cause many to believe that “home” needs to be redefined. There really is “no place like home” and here are three important reasons why seniors really want to remain at home. (1) It is a place of comfort and familiarity. The chair feels right, the television is in just the right place, the breakfast table is the perfect place for perusing the morning paper. A routine has been set there – and it feels good. (2) It is a place filled with memories – Christmas gatherings, Sunday dinners, card games with friends, movie nights with the grandkids. (3) It represents continuing independence. Scottsdale Home Care Assistance supports the idea that the best place to age is at home. We provide competent, well-trained caregivers who can assist clients…

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By Ted Holmgren, 11:08 pm on June 22, 2012

Home Care Assistance is CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD AGES! Our senior care givers not only focus on the physical well being of their clients, but they also care for the mental and social aspects of life. One of our at home caregivers recently delighted in learning more about a client’s past. The caregiver was amazed to learn about this senior’s great determination to learn, her past contributions to the community, and of her husband’s courage as a war veteran. The client was happy to share a vibrant part of her life with an appreciative listener. Want to have an interesting experience reliving the past? Explore the digital images of the 1940 United States Federal Census. Help one of your senior friends find themselves in census images available on Archives.com, FindMyPast.com, National…

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By Ted Holmgren, 9:10 pm on June 6, 2012

The Balanced Care Method™ Around the world people are living life. Scottsdale Senior Care states that when life in one of those places extends beyond the norms of longevity we like to know why. The elderly of Okinawa, Japan are one of those people who exceed the norms. They not only live longer – many live well past 100 and it’s not usual for people here to enjoy health and independence well past their 70s or 80s – but they are also active and healthy. Scientists wanted to know why. What they discovered was that moderation and variety are highly influential. They also discovered that only one-third of what happens to us when we age has to do with heredity, the other two-thirds is influenced by factors completely within our control….

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By Ted Holmgren, 9:53 pm on June 5, 2012

Scottsdale Home Care states that when a senior parent is reluctant to receive care, there are a number of strategies that can be deployed to help improve their situation. 1. Start the Discussion Early Begin discussions about how things should be handled early when the parent is still able to live independently. Having a strategy beforehand will make the discussion with them easier later. 2. Be Patient Receiving care is a major life change, so it is always best that children and other family members remember to be patient. Compassion and patience will make things easier for everyone involved. 3. Get to the Root of the Issue If a parent is reluctant to get additional help, there must be specific reasons why this is the case. Understanding the specific reasons…

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