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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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Explaining the Link Between Dopamine and Parkinson's in Sacramento, CA
Explaining the Link Between Dopamine and Parkinson's in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on November 10, 2015

There are more than 1.5 million people in the United States over the age of 40 who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The disease gradually progresses and affects neurons located deep within the brain that regulate and control a number of functions, including movement. Though the cause of disease is unknown, we now know that the destructive process that occurs in the nerve cells also depletes an important neurotransmitter known as dopamine. Sacramento Home Care Assistance explains how dopamine works and its relationship with Parkinson’s disease. Neurons send and receive messages to one another, not unlike electrical currents that pass through wiring. Branched appendages called dendrites extend from each…

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Helpful Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout in Sacramento, CA
Helpful Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on November 3, 2015

Being a family caregiver for a senior loved one comes with challenges. If you’re not careful, it can become emotionally, physically, and mentally overwhelming and may even lead to burnout. Home Care Assistance Sacramento hopes caregivers will heed the following tips to prevent burnout and maintain a healthy, happy outlook while caring for a senior parent. Join Support Groups Joining a support group gives you a chance to express your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. The varied experiences among the group enables members to learn from each other. You may gain helpful insight on how to handle certain situations or discover methods of providing more effective care.  Stay…

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How Seniors with Alzheimer's Benefit from Home Care in Sacramento, CA
How Seniors with Alzheimer's Benefit from Home Care in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on October 27, 2015

Alzheimer’s symptoms vary and progress differently from one person to the next. In time, individuals may forget to eat, bathe, change clothing or accomplish other normal daily tasks. Home Care Assistance of Sacramento understands that this progression is difficult for everyone involved and reminds concerned family members that they don’t have to go through this process alone. In-home care provides comfort for seniors and their families, and it can be adjusted to accommodate the varying stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Read on to learn more about the benefits of home care. Provides Safety Monitoring Seniors with Alzheimer’s may eventually wander outdoors and endanger themselves by getting disorientated and lost. At this stage,…

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Selecting the Right Home Care Provider for Your Senior Loved One in Sacramento, CA
Selecting the Right Home Care Provider for Your Senior Loved One in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on October 20, 2015

Getting in-home care for a senior loved one is easier than ever these days given how much the industry has grown in recent years, and home care can help seniors stay in their homes rather than turning to assisted living or nursing homes. However, not all home care providers are created equal, and Sacramento Home Care Assistance hopes you will consider the following before hiring at-home care for your loved one. Agency or Self-Employed One thing families should decide on before looking for an in-home caregiver is whether they prefer to work with an agency or a self-employed in-home caregiver. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, so deciding…

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