Yellow Pages Pixel

Blog

Home Care Assistance of Scottsadle | Blog

By Ted Holmgren, 8:00 am on December 20, 2013

Daily exercise is an essential component of a senior’s health care plan that can aid in the recovery from an illness or surgery while helping to promote better emotional health. However, many seniors suffer from conditions such as pain and joint stiffness that can make it challenging to stay motivated for working out. Do you or an aging loved one have trouble with exercising? Learn how Scottsdale home care promotes physical activity and total health, and check out our top tips for navigating common exercise roadblocks. Use Modified Exercises – Many seniors once enjoyed exercise, but stop due to pain, immobility or a loss of balance. When these symptoms occur, a senior may be afraid of falling or pushing themselves too far. Modifying favorite exercises can prevent injuries while making…

Read Article

By Ted Holmgren, 5:42 am on December 6, 2013

Just because your favorite senior citizen is slowing down a bit that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the Christmas holidays. Here are a few activities to help make the holidays festive and fun! Go for a Drive View the holiday lights and displays from the comfort of your car. Turn on the radio and listen to holiday music and enjoy the cheer and beauty of the season. Deck the Halls Together Whether your loved one lives at home or in assisted living, help him or her feel included in the holidays by decorating together. A holiday tree, even a small one, adds cheer and brightness to the holidays. It is a simple task to place ornaments on the tree. Participate in a Simple Party Many senior centers and senior facilities…

Read Article

By Ted Holmgren, 11:27 pm on August 14, 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AFFECTS OVER SIX MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA? And you might be among the 15 million family members who provide some level of Alzheimer’s or dementia care … if you are helping a loved one cope you are not alone. Taking care of your loved one can be draining both physically and emotionally. At first the care might be minimal. Unfortunately as the disease progresses the care demands increase until the individual needs 24/7 safety monitoring and help with lifestyle and household activities. And sadly, the disease can also cause a change in personality, loss of precious memories, and for some, irritability – all taking a psychological toll on family members, especially those who are caregivers. Of those who are identified as…

Read Article

By Ted Holmgren, 3:24 pm on August 2, 2013

Home Care Assistance Holds 6th Annual Convention in Chicago, IL Home Care Assistance recently held its 6th Annual Convention in Chicago, IL. Franchise owners from across the United States and Canada attended. Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale owners, Ted Holmgren and Randall Holmgren participated in  the convention and are pleased to shared two exciting senior care developments with clients and colleagues in the Scottsdale area. First, Home Care Assistance’s senior care experts Dr. Kathy N. Johnson, Dr. James H. Johnson and Lily Sarafan introduced their latest book, The Senior Sleep Solution: A Guide to Improving Sleep in Later Life. It is the seventh book in the Home Care Assistance senior wellness book series, praised by industry experts as a valuable resource that helps individuals navigate the challenges of aging, caregiving and personal health….

Read Article

By Ted Holmgren, 11:20 pm on March 25, 2013

As we age, there is a tendency to focus on what has been lost. And there are some significant things that we lose:  loved ones, memory, flexibility, even hair. And aging brings its share of challenges to the body and brain for sure. But don’t forget to tune in to the noteworthy benefits that aging brings. Benefit #1: As we age our mental health improves. We learn to appreciate the simple pleasures in life and don’t worry so much about the small stuff. In addition, we focus more on what is really important and what leads to overall well-being. Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen, a Stanford psychologist, calls this the “socioemotional selectivity theory.” Benefit #2: We have a tendency to have increased happy emotions and a decrease in negative emotions. One study…

Read Article

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…

Read Article

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…

Read Article

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…

Read Article

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…

Read Article
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…

Read Article