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5 Ways Home Care Promotes Independence for Elderly with Alzheimer’s

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on March 29, 2016
How Home Care Maintains Senior Independence in Santa Clarita, CA

From help getting dressed in the morning to shopping for groceries, home care agencies in Santa Clarita offer a wide range of services for your elderly loved one. For older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, the ability to function independently within the comfort of home is one of the greatest benefits of in-home care. Here are five ways that caregivers can help your aging family member retain a measure of independence. 1. Help Staying Organized Whether by updating a daily calendar or by assisting with meal preparation, Alzheimer’s caregivers can help your family member maintain an established routine, allowing your loved one to achieve daily goals. The feeling of accomplishment this provides helps seniors with memory …

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How Home Care Maintains Senior Independence in Santa Clarita, CA

Helpful Tax Tips for Seniors

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on March 22, 2016
Important Tax Tips for Seniors in Santa Clarita, CA

Tax time can be intimidating, especially for seniors. The good news is that there are many helpful tips and resources that can make filing taxes much less overwhelming. With the right information, retired adults can meet deadlines, avoid penalties, and successfully manage their tax debts. Here are a few tips family members and caregivers in Santa Clarita can share with seniors during tax time. Never Make Assumptions If you aren’t entirely sure about your filing status, the amount of reportable income you’ve received or other factors that might impact your tax liability, always reach out to a tax professional. The Tax Code changes constantly, particularly as it pertains to taxable Social Security benefits and retirements …

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Important Tax Tips for Seniors in Santa Clarita, CA

How to Maintain Liver Health

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on March 15, 2016
Helping Seniors Maintain Liver Health in Santa Clarita, CA

There are countless benefits that can be gained from a healthy, balanced lifestyle. And when it comes to maintaining liver health, positive life habits are essential for keeping this organ in top condition. The following tips from Santa Clarita senior care providers will help seniors keep this vital organ in tip-top shape. Limit Alcohol Consumption Alcohol consumption is a particular concern among the senior population given the frequent use of prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Combined, alcohol and certain medications can be extremely taxing on this organ. As a vital part of digestive processes, the liver is subjected to everything that enters the body including food, beverages, and medications. If seniors need help in moderating …

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Helping Seniors Maintain Liver Health in Santa Clarita, CA

How Caffeine Can Protect Seniors from Memory Loss

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on March 8, 2016
How Does Caffeine Prevent Memory Loss in Santa Clarita, CA?

Caffeine has spent years fighting a bad rap. Now, recent research is siding with caffeine by illuminating the benefits people can reap by regularly drinking coffee. In honor of Caffeine Awareness Month, Santa Clarita Home Care Assistance explores how caffeine may help combat memory loss. Improved Memory for 24 Hours Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that the caffeine in coffee can strengthen and enhance long-term memory up to 24 hours after it’s consumed. In the tests, participants were shown a set of images then given either a placebo or a 200-milligram caffeine pill. After 24 hours, those who took the pill could more easily identify images that were similar but not identical to those …

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How Does Caffeine Prevent Memory Loss in Santa Clarita, CA?

Understanding How ADHD Affects the Elderly

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on February 23, 2016
How ADHD Affects Seniors in Santa Clarita, CA

An ADHD diagnosis may be surprising for seniors and their families who tend to associate this disorder with young children. However, it is becoming increasingly common for seniors to discover they have been living with this condition for years. While it may be reassuring to finally have an explanation for behaviors such as forgetfulness, it is important to know that ADHD symptoms and treatment strategies may require additional considerations for senior adults. Read on to learn more, presented by Home Care Assistance of Santa Clarita. ADHD Symptoms vs. Changes Due to Aging Forgetfulness is a hallmark symptom of ADD, and this symptom may cause seniors to visit the doctor out of the fear that they …

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How ADHD Affects Seniors in Santa Clarita, CA

Why and How Evolution Turned Us into Grandparents

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on February 16, 2016
How and Why We Become Grandparents in Santa Clarita, CA

As Santa Clarita elder care professionals recently learned, practically all species of mammals die shortly after reaching the end of their reproductive lifespan. For example, the median age at death of chimpanzees, our closest living relative, is estimated to be around 35 years. In contrast, humans and elephants are the only species that undergo cessation of reproduction (menopause) and then continue to live for decades. Researchers have long speculated that for both humans and elephants, having healthy grandparents around improves the survival of their grandchildren, giving evolution a reason to select for this oddity of nature.  Protective Genes A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that unique among primates, humans have a …

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How and Why We Become Grandparents in Santa Clarita, CA

How Assets Are Distributed When There Is No Will

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on February 9, 2016
How Assets Are Distributed When There Isn't a Will in Santa Clarita, CA

When someone dies without a will, it’s known as dying intestate. In this case, the state in which the deceased dies will decide how assets are distributed. State law will distribute almost all assets of the estate, including money in bank accounts, retirement accounts, and securities, real estate, and property. According to local Santa Clarita elder care agencies, most states decide assets differently depending on whether the individual was married or single or had children. Here’s what you should know.  Assets Not Passed By Will Some assets are never passed by a will, even if a will exists. This includes property in a living trust, life insurance proceeds, real estate and vehicles with a transfer-on-death …

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How Assets Are Distributed When There Isn't a Will in Santa Clarita, CA

Best Inflammation-Fighting Foods for Seniors

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on February 2, 2016
Top Inflammation-Fighting Foods for Santa Clarita, CA Seniors with Arthritis

Clinical evidence is mounting that shows foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help those experiencing arthritis-related symptoms. These foods are rich in nutrients, including powerful antioxidants that battle the free radicals that contribute to inflammation, and other natural substances found to act against inflammation. Here are a few of the best foods to fight inflammation, presented by Santa Clarita Home Care Assistance. Tart Cherries Tart cherries have more anti-inflammatory power than any other food, according to researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University. Anthocyanins, substances that produce the deep red and purple hues found in many fruits and vegetables, have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. While sweet cherries do have some of these substances, tart cherries …

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Top Inflammation-Fighting Foods for Santa Clarita, CA Seniors with Arthritis

Easy Ways Seniors Can Reduce Age Spots Naturally

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on January 26, 2016
Natural Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Age Spots in Santa Clarita, CA

Skin is the body’s largest organ. It provides a protective covering for the rest of our bodily systems and organs, but it is also the most exposed part of the body, and years of sun exposure can cause darkened patches on the skin commonly referred to as age spots. If your senior loved one has noticed a few of these spots turning up, he or she can lighten them with items commonly found in the pantry or refrigerator. Here are a few suggestions from Santa Clarita elderly care professionals. Lemon Juice Lemon juice is the most common home remedy for fading age spots because the acidic juice of the lemon has natural bleaching properties. Lemon …

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Natural Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Age Spots in Santa Clarita, CA

4 Yoga Poses That Can Help Improve Sleep Quality

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on January 19, 2016
4 Yoga Poses Santa Clarita, CA Seniors Can Do to Improve Sleep

Sleep deprivation is a common problem in older adults. Seniors may have trouble falling asleep or wake up several times in the night, which disrupts their normal sleep pattern. A good night’s rest is essential for both the body and mind to work efficiently throughout the day. Studies show that people who practice yoga on a regular basis have improved quality of sleep. The following are a few favorite yoga poses from Santa Clarita caregivers that can help seniors fall and stay asleep. 1. Dissolving Pose This relaxation pose relieves insomnia and fatigue. It is based around the cleansing effect of deep breathing. Seniors lie on their backs with arms to the side, palms up, …

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4 Yoga Poses Santa Clarita, CA Seniors Can Do to Improve Sleep