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By Lauren Robinson, 5:52 pm on January 22, 2014

As a person ages, exercise becomes even more essential for maintaining strength and helping with weight management. However, many senior adults find that their former exercise programs may no longer fit their current level of physical fitness. As the live-in care specialists in New Hampshire, we’ve found 3 exercises that any senior can enjoy to stay active, even if they experience limited mobility. Chair Exercises A fear of falling is one barrier that many senior adults face when it comes to exercise. Whether one has severe arthritis or is in a wheelchair, chair exercises offer a way to fit in several small exercises each day. Sitting leg lifts, bicep curls and arm rotations are a few exercises that can be done that can help seniors maintain their strength and range…

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By Lauren Robinson, 6:58 pm on January 8, 2014

Regular social interaction is essential for seniors with age. In fact, a handful of studies have linked social relationships with longevity – the more complex, social relationships we have in our golden years, the higher our rates of survival. While this may not be true for every person, at Home Care Assistance, we encourage our clients to continue forging new relationships, with people both old and young. We also understand that seniors often have fewer opportunities to meet new people once they have retired from the workplace and wanted to provide a few tips for how and where seniors can stay social. Join a Senior Activity Group In many communities, recreation and senior citizen centers offer special group activities for those over a certain age. These activities range from exercise…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on December 25, 2013

Senior adults play a vital role in families as they provide love and guidance to their grandchildren. However, at Home Care Assistance New Hampshire, we know that as a grandparent and their grandchild begin to grow older, these bonds sometimes need tending to keep family members connected. Whether your young child is unsure how to respond to a grandparent’s changing health or your teenager would rather be hanging out with friends, generational gaps can easily be overcome by implementing these tips for bridging connections, leading to lasting memories for all. Find a Mutual Hobby Over the years, older adults have acquired skills that can be passed down to younger generations. Help your child and their grandparent discover a mutual hobby or interest that they can pursue during their visits. Sewing,…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on December 18, 2013

Caring for an aging parent at home is a way to give back to the person that has always been there for you. While it can be a rewarding experience, it can quickly become overwhelming and stressful trying to manage your care responsibilities with family and work obligations. We know, because we’ve been there too! So if you’re stressed, here are three ways to get assistance with your caregiving load. Just Ask! It sounds overly simplistic, but asking for help is the easiest way to get it, especially if you ask for something specific. Need the kids picked up from school? Someone to simply sit with your loved one? Many people don’t offer help because they’re not sure what to do, but if you ask for specifics, you’ll often receive…

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By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on December 4, 2013

Preserving your family’s heritage is as simple as learning more about the lives of the senior adults in your family. Today’s seniors have lived through many historical events including the Great Depression, World War II and have witnessed the influence of modern technology on society. The lessons they have learned through these experiences can be a valuable resource for future generations of your family. Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire offers information on how to record your elderly loved one’s story while forming a stronger bond with the most cherished member of your family. Prepare Your Questions Before you can begin recording your elderly loved one’s story, you may find it helpful to prepare a few questions to get things started. Often, a person may feel as though their life…

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By Lauren Robinson, 11:18 pm on November 21, 2013

As we get older it’s important to get the proper nutrients to fuel our muscles, keep our bones strong, our minds sharp, and our energy levels high. By eating the proper foods we can stay independent longer because we’ve been taking good care of our bodies.  For many seniors, meal preparation can be a difficult task, either because they don’t know what to eat or because it may be a physically demanding chore.  However, in order to stay healthy well into your golden years, it’s important to make sure you’re eating enough and getting adequate nutrition, which may mean hiring an in-home caregiver who can cook and clean for you. Choose between some of these breakfast, lunch and dinner options for a quick and nutritious meal that can help get…

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By Lauren Robinson, 12:45 am on October 24, 2013

Retirement is a proud moment for senior adults, signifying a time to recognize and celebrate their lifetime of saving, hard work and dedication. Unfortunately, senior adults and those who have retired are often the common and unsuspecting targets of illegal fraud, scams and financial exploitation because they are thought to have a large nest egg, are usually at home, and are occasionally too polite to just say “no.” At New Hampshire Home Care Assistance, we take this type of elder abuse seriously and never want our senior clients or their family members to fall victim to such lowly crimes. We want to provide education on common senior scams, enabling you to spot them and avoid them as best as possible. So what are the top senior scams? Health care, health…

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By Lauren Robinson, 7:00 pm on June 25, 2013

For some seniors, retirement is a joyful and exciting transition into one’s golden years, while for others it is a stressful time, filled with unknown. If your aging parent or loved one is struggling with retirement, there are many ways you can provide assistance and support, helping them to be more comfortable in their new role. If your elderly loved one is in need of companionship after retirement, click here and learn about the home companionship services provided by Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire. Before you attempt to help your loved one cope with retirement, try and understand the unfamiliar emotions they are facing. Our entire lives, we strive to be as productive as possible, while making money to support our day to day activities. When a senior retires,…

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By Lauren Robinson, 5:59 pm on June 18, 2013

Today, an overwhelming majority of seniors and their families turn to home care, a care option that enables seniors to receive personalized care from the comfort of their own home. In addition to help with meal preparation, light housekeeping and personal care, caregivers provide companionship and emotional support. Home health care in New Hampshire is especially helpful for seniors who suffer from advanced illness and require careful monitoring and expert assistance twenty four hours a day. Another benefit of home care is that it isn’t just for staying at home. Home caregivers can provide transportation for errands, medical appointments and personal events. If a senior has a medical appointment and is anxious, uncomfortable or is not capable of going to the appointment alone, a caregiver can accompany them and make…

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By Lauren Robinson, 4:47 pm on May 21, 2013

Every year Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of elderly adults across the globe. This degenerative disease is one of the leading causes of death among elderly individuals and is a devastating diagnosis for families to cope with. However, if symptoms of Alzheimer’s are recognized in the early stages and the patient seeks professional care, cognitive functioning, memory and quality of life may be preserved for a longer period of time. At New Hampshire Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are highly trained to recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly adults such as: Memory loss: While it is perfectly normal to forget small day to day things, recurring and unexplainable memory loss on a regular basis can be a sign of something serious. Forgetting the names of people or objects…

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