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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on September 16, 2014

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological problem that affects how the body moves. It occurs when certain nerve cells do not receive a sufficient amount of a brain chemical called dopamine. This critical brain chemical allows messages to be sent throughout the body to control movement. When the body has insufficient amounts of this chemical, the characteristic trembling, numbness and balance problems of Parkinson’s disease occur. As a leading provider of senior home care in New Hampshire, we do our best to stay up to date in the latest advancements in elder care. Today, we’re going to provide some information about…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on September 9, 2014

Senior adults often list a lack of time as an excuse for not getting in the recommended amount of exercise each day. Yet, simple household chores are often overlooked as a way to burn calories and increase one’s strength and flexibility. Whether you are carrying in groceries or catching up on your cleaning, Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire presents how to maximize your efforts while squeezing in some safe and effective exercises. Cook Off Calories – Dinner preparation usually takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes, which just happens to fall into the recommended daily guidelines for physical activity. As…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on August 26, 2014

Is two minutes of intense exercise each week enough to keep older adults fit? According to a new study from researchers at Abertay University in Scotland, the answer is yes. As a leading provider of senior in-home care in New Hampshire, we emphasize the importance of daily exercise and activity for our clients and wanted to share information about this new study. While multiple studies have suggested that high-intensity training (HIT) can produce the same health benefits as traditional workout regimes, the Abertay University study marks the first time that the effect of HIT has been tested on seniors. Researchers…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on August 19, 2014

To ensure that the highest level of quality care is provided, family caregivers often stay up to-to-date on the latest in disease prevention and health promotion strategies. However, not all of the commonly circulated information about senior health is correct, especially where bone health is concerned. Today, the New Hampshire elder care experts are going to discuss some of the most common myths about senior bone health so that family caregivers can adjust or modify their caregiving accordingly. Myth # 1: Every Senior Needs Calcium Supplementation Despite the fact that bone loss increases with age, not every senior needs calcium…

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What to Do if Mom or Dad Becomes Combative
What to Do if Mom or Dad Becomes Combative
By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on August 12, 2014

The idea of an aging parent becoming combative is heart wrenching for the adult child who has taken on the role of caregiver. While coping with a loved one’s unusual behaviors, outbursts and harsh criticisms can be emotionally trying, one of the single best things that you can do is to think about how you will handle the situation in advance. As a leading provider of hourly and live-in care in New Hampshire, we wanted to list a few strategies for managing the combative behaviors of an aging loved one: Remain Calm – Although it can be difficult to remain…

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By Lauren Robinson, 3:55 pm on August 5, 2014

The probiotics in foods like yogurt have been promoted as an effective way to regulate your digestion, but a new study suggests that the beneficial bacteria may help lower your blood pressure too. Researchers at the Griffith University School of Medicine in Australia looked at nine different studies where participants took probiotics for at least eight weeks and found reductions in blood pressure across the board. At Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire, we understand that many seniors struggle with their blood pressure, especially those in their 70s and 80s and wanted to share some of the information presented by…

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By Lauren Robinson, 4:50 pm on July 29, 2014

Parkinson’s is a hereditary brain disorder that leads to uncontrollable tremors, difficulty with speech, and stiffness in limbs, all of which progress over time. For those who have a loved one with the Parkinson’s, it’s important to understand how the disease progresses and what symptoms to expect in each stage. With a greater understanding of Parkinson’s, it will be easier to offer the appropriate level of physical and emotional support to the individual. In the first stage of Parkinson’s, tremors can begin, but these often can be reduced by taking medications that are prescribed by the senior’s doctor or primary…

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By Lauren Robinson, 12:44 am on July 23, 2014

Weight management becomes increasingly important in one’s golden years. Due to a slower metabolism, possible medication side effects and a decrease in physical activity, many senior adults struggle with keeping their weight within the recommended guidelines. Yet, maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to avoid serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Here, are the top guidelines that all seniors should follow for managing a healthy weight. Focus on Quality not Quantity As a person ages, their nutritional needs change. For senior adults, the general rule is to decrease one’s caloric intake while increasing the nutrition…

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helping seniors cope with loss
helping seniors cope with loss
By Lauren Robinson, 6:54 pm on July 15, 2014

Lifelong friends share a history together, a long past filled with special memories. When that unique bond is shattered, the loss can leave the survivor feeling like the future will never be quite the same. Deep feelings of loss, sadness and even guilt can be challenging for anyone to process, but for seniors, grief can be hard on the health as well. Here are some things to keep in mind as you help your elderly loved one more forward. Acknowledging the Loss When a senior doesn’t express feelings of grief, family members may assume that their loved one has accepted…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on July 8, 2014

While many adults take on the responsibility of caring for their aging parents, they often times have children in the home as well. As a caregiver, you know that you can’t possibly do it all. Most likely, you rely on the help of your spouse, hired caregivers in New Hampshire, or perhaps neighbors. Yet, there is another group that is helpful. In fact, they are right under the same roof…your children. Whether you have young children or teens, there are benefits to involving them in the caregiving process. Start by informing your children – in simple terms – about the…

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