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Discovering a Non-Invasive Way to Detect Amyloidosis in Sacramento, CA
Discovering a Non-Invasive Way to Detect Amyloidosis in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on April 12, 2016

Approximately 30 different amyloid proteins form, disburse and congregate in body tissues. Under normal circumstances the body eliminates these compounds when they are no longer needed. However, as we age, the proteins tend to clump and elimination methods become less effective. These areas of protein accumulation cause tissue damage that lead to the development of many different health conditions commonly referred to as amyloidosis, which can lead to the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The following study details the creation of a less invasive method to detect these amyloids to benefit seniors with dementia and their Alzheimer’s caregivers in Sacramento. Up until recently, the only method of detecting amyloidosis involved…

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Creative Ways to Flavor Water in Sacramento, CA
Creative Ways to Flavor Water in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on April 5, 2016

For many seniors, dehydration can be a significant problem. There are many possible causes for dehydrations including medication, a lowered sensitivity to temperature, and lack of mobility. To avoid potential health risks, such as urinary tract infection and low blood pressure, it is important for Sacramento caregivers to encourage seniors to keep their fluid levels high.  High-Water Content Foods Many foods are high in water content, making them excellent sources of hydration. Watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, zucchini and cucumbers are approximately 92 percent water and provide an alternative to plain tap or bottled water. Since these are ingredients you are likely to have on hand, high-water content foods may be the…

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Easy Hair Care Tips for Seniors in Sacramento, CA
Easy Hair Care Tips for Seniors in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on March 29, 2016

A beautiful head of hair boosts the confidence of men and women regardless of age. As we age, our hair naturally gets thinner. Oil production in the scalp diminishes. Hair follicles shrink, which produces smaller strands of hair. Nutritional and medical conditions affect hair production, as well. Luckily, there are some simple steps that live-in Sacramento caregivers can use to improve and strengthen their senior loved ones’ hair.  Natural Oils You can massage your loved one’s scalp at least once a week with coconut or almond oil to stimulate blood flow and hair growth. Choose a favorite essential oil and add a few drops to your loved one’s scalp. You…

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How Skin Cells Hold the Key to Anti-Aging in Sacramento, CA
How Skin Cells Hold the Key to Anti-Aging in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on March 22, 2016

Scientist may be one step closer to unlocking the mystery behind aging thanks to a recent study conducted at Newcastle University. During the study, skin cells were tested to determine what happens to them at their most basic level as they age. The study’s results seem to confirm the long suspected theory that as skin cells age, the production of a very specific enzyme slows down. This enzyme is known as mitochondrial complex II and is responsible for providing the cell with energy. Here’s what medical professionals and Sacramento home care providers need to know about this recent finding. The study examined the delicate skin cells of 27 different donors,…

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How Does the Brain Regulate Weight in Sacramento, CA?
How Does the Brain Regulate Weight in Sacramento, CA?
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on March 15, 2016

Abnormal hunger and slow metabolism have long been considered reasons why people become overweight or obese. However, through ongoing studies, researchers have discovered that the problem is much more complex than doctors and Sacramento elder care providers originally thought. One of the latest research projects performed by scientists from the Scripps Research Institute suggests that neuron communication plays a major role in our metabolism.  The experiments involved studying the Caenorhabditis elegans (roundworm) that uses environmental cues to determine when food sources are scarce, which forces the creature to rely on burning fat stores. Much like the roundworm, when humans are deprived of food, the body begins burning fat. By studying…

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Can Senior Strokes Lead to Depression in Sacramento, CA?
Can Senior Strokes Lead to Depression in Sacramento, CA?
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on March 8, 2016

There is some debate within the medical community and Sacramento in-home stroke care providers about causation involving depression and strokes among the elderly. Yet one fact remains clear-cut: strokes sometimes produce physical limitations and lifestyle changes which, in turn, contribute to depression in stroke patients. What Causes Strokes? Strokes essentially result when abnormal cerebrovascular incidents cause a sudden, unexpected interruption or change in blood flow. For example, a heart patient may develop a clot, which enters the circulatory system and blocks blood flow to the brain. In some cases, strokes occur within small yet critical vessels. They may impair a senior’s ability to engage in normal physical activities. One side of the body may display…

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Useful Devices for Seniors in Sacramento, CA
Useful Devices for Seniors in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on February 23, 2016

It may surprise you to learn that there are actually a lot of electronics and technical gadgets seniors can enjoy. If you’re looking after a senior loved one in your life, Sacramento Home Care Assistance professionals hope you will consider getting one of the following electronic gadgets to help your loved one have fun and maintain independence.  E-Readers Many seniors enjoy reading as a way to pass the time. If your senior loved one has a passion for books, consider bringing him or her into the digital age with an e-reader. From simplistic readers to full-fledged tablets, there are a variety of companies and models you can purchase. Turning the…

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Resources for Sacramento, CA Seniors with Cancer
Resources for Sacramento, CA Seniors with Cancer
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on February 16, 2016

If your aging loved one has cancer, you need the best information and support. Luckily, providers of home care in Sacramento can recommend four useful resources to help you and your loved one face the challenges associated with cancer.  Cancercare.org The website dedicates a specific area of its website to seniors who have cancer. It offers online support groups and educational workshops over the phone or via chat room. The site also provides a place for sharing stories and have questions answered by experts. Oncology social workers are available to assist seniors and the organization offers limited help with cancer-related costs. Cancer.net Cancer.net is an online organization designed to help…

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Keeping Your Senior Loved One Safe Online in Sacramento, CA
Keeping Your Senior Loved One Safe Online in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on February 9, 2016

While we hear a lot about parents protecting their children from online dangers, adult children should take similar precautions for their own senior parents. Sacramento 24 care providers understand that the Internet can be beneficial for seniors, but it can be a safety risk for those who do not know how to navigate the World Wide Web. Here are some tips to help keep your senior loved one safe online.  Avoid Pop-ups and Ads Remind your senior loved one to avoid clicking on any pop-up messages while surfing the web. Caution seniors to be wary of brightly colored advertisements and too-good-to-be-true offers. While installing a good ad blocker can prevent…

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Why Your Senior Loved One Doesn't Want to Retire in Sacramento, CA
Why Your Senior Loved One Doesn't Want to Retire in Sacramento, CA
By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on February 2, 2016

If you are a Sacramento caregiver for a senior loved one who is nearing or past retirement age, you may look forward to the day he or she can retire. However, you may be surprised to learn that more and more seniors are waiting to retire or simply don’t want to retire at all. If your loved one is resisting retirement, the following reasons may have something to do with it. I Enjoy My Job The old adage “if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” holds some merit. Many seniors of retirement age have settled in a career they have been satisfied with…

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