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Understanding the Dangers of Pneumonia in Sacramento, CA
Understanding the Dangers of Pneumonia in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 2:06 pm on January 26, 2016

During the winter months, pneumonia risk is at its peak. Providers of home care in Sacramento, CA, want families to understand the illness and how they can protect their loved ones. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that inflames air sacs and causes them to fill with fluid. This infection can be caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses and leads to inflammation from fluid buildup, which lowers oxygen levels in the blood. A senior’s body will attempt to prioritize blood flow to organs, which will restrict blood flow to other vital areas of the body and causes other health issues. Since elderly people are often susceptible to…

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Health Properties of Various Teas that Benefit Seniors in Sacramento, CA
Health Properties of Various Teas that Benefit Seniors in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on January 19, 2016

Many believe that herbal teas offer a variety of health benefits. As it turns out, researchers from across North America studied and confirmed many of these reports. In fact, even black and green teas that contain varying traces of caffeine have been proven beneficial thanks to other components in the blends. Tea may be especially beneficial for seniors and Sacramento live-in senior home care providers will explain why. Peppermint Tea Researchers Diane McKay and Jeffrey Blumberg from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Boston evaluated hibiscus and peppermint teas. They discovered that peppermint tea contains a substantial quantity of antioxidants in addition to having antimicrobial properties. Given that…

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Healthy Foods that Helps Seniors Kick a Colds in Sacramento, CA
Healthy Foods that Helps Seniors Kick a Colds in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on January 12, 2016

If your senior loved one comes down with a cold this winter, it’s important to know what to do to help him or her get well. One of the best things to help a senior beat a cold is to eat foods that have immune-boosting properties to help fight it off. Fortunately, providers of senior home care in Sacramento can expound on what tasty foods your loved one can eat to beat a seasonal cold. Frozen Orange Juice You’ve probably heard that orange juice is a great option for when you have a cold. This is because orange juice is high in vitamin C, which can help boost the immune…

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Health Benefits for Sacramento, CA Seniors Who Eat Ginger
Health Benefits for Sacramento, CA Seniors Who Eat Ginger
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on January 5, 2016

The aromatic spice known as ginger is a common flavor ingredient in many Asian dishes. The condiment is readily available year round in ground or fresh root forms. The resin contains various components that include gingerols, which many believe possess pharmacological capabilities. When it comes to senior health, caregivers believe ginger can help with the following issues. Motion Sickness For thousands of years, ginger has been a common remedy for gastrointestinal ailments. This spice was often used to alleviate dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. As such, this spice may counteract the symptoms associated with inner ear conditions and motion sickness. Inflammation A study published in an issue of Osteoarthritis Cartilage explains 12…

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How the DASH Diet May Help Seniors in Sacramento, CA
How the DASH Diet May Help Seniors in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on December 29, 2015

DASH is an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and it was developed through research that was sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Scientists performed research concerning eating plans and eventually devised the DASH concept to further health and wellness. Ongoing research indicates that individuals using DASH as a dietary guideline could effectively lower their blood pressure regardless of salt intake. The diet may also help seniors plagued with high blood pressure reduce the number of needed medications to control the condition. Sacramento in-home stroke care providers explain the benefits of the DASH diet for seniors and how it works. What Does the DASH Diet Do? Since the…

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How Laughter Benefits Elderly Health in Sacramento, CA
How Laughter Benefits Elderly Health in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on December 22, 2015

Most of us have heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine”, but it’s easy to laugh that off as just an old wives’ tale. However, this saying may actually ring true as science has recently come to the same conclusion. Sacramento Home Care Assistance encourages families to learn how incorporating a little humor into their senior loved one’s lives can enhance elderly health and wellbeing. Staves Off Memory Loss Forgetting where we’ve put our keys or parked our car isn’t usually a laughing matter. As it turns out, laughing could have made it easier to remember in the first place. Researchers have discovered that laughter promotes our ability to…

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How Algae Might Improve Cancer Treatments in Sacramento, CA
How Algae Might Improve Cancer Treatments in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on December 15, 2015

Cells have a predetermined lifespan under normal conditions, which requires that they reproduce every few days, weeks or months to replace the cells that naturally self-destruct in a process known as apoptosis. However, cancer cells do not contain the genetic codes necessary for planned self-destruction to occur. They continue living, growing and reproducing at alarming rates and cause the development and spread of the disease throughout the body. To stave off the growth and spread of cancer cells, chemotherapy drugs are introduced into the cells, which can also harm the healthy cells nearby. Sacramento Home Care Assistance explains how the use of algae might increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs…

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Keep Your Senior Loved-One Busy with Fun Holiday Crafts in Sacramento, CA
Keep Your Senior Loved-One Busy with Fun Holiday Crafts in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on December 8, 2015

Making easy holiday-themed crafts is beneficial for seniors because projects keep their fingers moving and spark their imaginations. When families take time to partake in these Christmas crafts with their senior loved ones, it adds joy and merriment to the holiday season. Professional caregivers in Sacramento suggest families enjoy the following crafts with their senior loved ones to embrace the spirit of the season and add some holiday cheer. Holiday Cards Making homemade cards is a fun holiday project that a senior can do with a group of friends and family. Including scrapbook photos and decorations is a wonderful way for a senior to interact with others and boost his…

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How to Spend Thanksgiving with Your Senior Loved One in Sacramento, CA
How to Spend Thanksgiving with Your Senior Loved One in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on November 24, 2015

Seniors often find the holidays difficult because it involves a lot of cooking, cleaning, and preparation, which can be hard for your elderly loved one if he or she is ill. If you take the time to make your family member feel special this holiday, it can help lift his or her spirits. Sacramento in-home caregivers can recommend some simple but significant ways you can help your sick senior loved one have fun this Thanksgiving. Keep It Simple A calm and quiet atmosphere promotes the restful environment needed for effective healing and recuperation. Create a tranquil setting with warm, inviting decorations and invite a few close family members to minimize…

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Identifying and Treating Different Strokes in Sacramento, CA
Identifying and Treating Different Strokes in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on November 17, 2015

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is blocked or suddenly reduced. Strokes are far more likely to happen to seniors, but prompt recognition and treatment can be lifesaving. After a stroke, rehabilitation and Sacramento in-home stroke care can help seniors regain physical and cognitive function. The three basic types of strokes can affect a senior in different ways, and this article will identify these strokes to explain what causes them. Ischemic Stroke Roughly 80 percent of all strokes are ischemic, making it the most common stroke type. It is usually caused by a blood clot lodging in an artery and blocking blood flow to the brain….

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