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3 Tips to Prevent Cancer

Worldwide, cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths. The World Cancer Research Fund International estimates that 31 percent of cases are preventable through eating a healthy diet, performing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. This means that a third of all cancer cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. Continue reading

5 Tips for Heart Health

As part of our commitment to community education around topics related to health and wellness, here are 5 tips to promote heart health! Continue reading

7 Habits of Highly Effective Caregivers

Stephen Covey’s best-selling book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, shares the best approaches to effectively meet personal goals. Inspired by his principles, Allie Harris, Home Care Liaison of Home Care Assistance Bethesda, shares seven habits of successful caregivers. Continue reading

5 Tips for Healthy Longevity

Worldwide there are an estimated 450,000 centenarians, people who are living to 100-years-old and beyond. In Japan alone, the centenarian population has quadrupled in the last decade. We have also seen a rise in the number of supercentenarians, or those individuals that live past their 110th birthday. Here we offer 5 ways to satisfy lifestyle behaviors of the longest-living and healthiest people on Earth so that you may join the ranks of the centenarian elite.
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Puppetry and Dementia Care

Currently, there are 47.5 million people worldwide living with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, currently has no cure although there are treatments for symptoms and lifestyle approaches to promote brain health. Instead of focusing on the quest for a cure, we would like to shine light on ways to improve quality of life and enjoy the present moment. Continue reading

Creative Approaches to Dementia Care: Using Improv Theater

One creative approach to dementia care uses the principles that guide improvisational theater, abbreviated as improv. Researchers, family caregivers and improv performers have noticed that the rules of improv run parallel with caregiving methods for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Continue reading

6 Tips for Safe Driving for Seniors

As we enter January, driving conditions tend to be more dangerous due to rainy or snowy roads. For seniors, age-related declines in vision, mobility and reaction time can limit driving abilities, making it even more difficult to drive safely on slippery roads. To this end, we have put together 6 tips for safe driving that are important for your safety and that of others. Continue reading

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

As 2015 comes to a close, Home Care Assistance would like to encourage all individuals currently caring for a loved one to make their health, both physical and mental, a priority in 2016. To this end, we have compiled a list of our favorite healthy lifestyle choices, habits and tips to help you craft healthy New Year’s Resolutions and start 2016 strong! Continue reading

8 Tips for Traveling with a Senior Loved One

With the holidays upon us, one of the greatest gifts you can share with Mom or Dad is the gift of travel. Whether you are planning a trip for them to visit grandchildren or taking a family excursion abroad, it is important to plan ahead to accommodate their evolving needs as they age. We have compiled 8 tips to help your senior loved one travel with ease, regardless of whether he or she is traveling with company or alone. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Caregiving During the Holidays

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be stressful, especially during the holiday season which is one of the busiest times of the year. Over half (55%) of family caregivers report feeling overwhelmed with caregiving in addition to holiday errands, work and other social responsibilities. To this end, we participated as the featured guest in a discussion on “Alzheimer’s Caregiving During the Holidays” led by the Alzheimer’s Association. Below is an overview of the discussion’s highlights, which feature tips on how to navigate the holiday season when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in question and answer form. Continue reading