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How Smell Might Help Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on January 12, 2016
How Smell May Help Detect Parkinson's Disease in Santa Clarita, CA

It can be difficult to tell if your senior loved one has Parkinson’s disease until symptoms like tremors and difficulty walking become noticeable, according to care professionals at Santa Clarita home care agencies. While there is no definitive test to detect PD in advance of presentable symptoms, a Scottish woman’s unique sense of smell has sparked a debate over whether or not a change in the body’s natural scent could serve as an early indication of Parkinson’s. One Woman’s Tale The wife of a man who recently died from Parkinson’s disease raised the possibility of a connection between smell and the progressive condition with an observation about her husband. Joy Milne reported noticing what she …

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How Smell May Help Detect Parkinson's Disease in Santa Clarita, CA

How Ultrasound Is Changing Alzheimer’s Treatment

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on January 5, 2016
How Ultrasounds Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Alzheimer's in Santa Clarita, CA

According to Santa Clarita senior care professionals, memory loss is often considered the most devastating symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects more than 5 million people in the United States 65 and older. A recent study showing that ultrasound restored memory in three-quarters of the mice studied could lead to advancements in treatment. The news comes from Australian researchers who used a type of therapeutic ultrasound to stimulate brain tissue in the animals. Penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier In the study, focused therapeutic ultrasound was used to open the blood-brain barrier, a protective layer in the brain, to activate cells that stimulate the central nervous system. The ultrasound also removed accumulated amyloid-β peptide in …

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How Ultrasounds Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Alzheimer's in Santa Clarita, CA

When a Grandchild Is Visiting a Relative with Alzheimer’s

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on December 29, 2015
Useful Tips for Visiting Grandparents with Alzheimer's Disease in Santa Clarita, CA

Taking a child to visit a grandparent with Alzheimer’s can be an overwhelming experience. The changes that this disease creates in both physical appearance and behavior can be disarming. The good news is that there is a lot that parent’s can do to ready their youngsters for these experiences. Here are a few tips, presented by Santa Clarita Alzheimer’s care provider, Home Care Assistance. Keep Visits Regular One of the best ways to prepare a child for a grandparent in the later stages of dementia is by allowing him or her to witness the progression of this illness over time, rather than confronting a child with variety of severe changes all at once. When possible, …

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Useful Tips for Visiting Grandparents with Alzheimer's Disease in Santa Clarita, CA

Can the Cold Cause Colds?

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on December 22, 2015
Does Chilly Weather Cause Senior Colds in Santa Clarita, CA

As a leading provider of elder care in Santa Clarita, we take health and wellness seriously. Most of us have been told or told others at one time or another to bundle up before catching a cold. Now, new research seems to support the long-held belief that being cold is linked to catching a cold. While the cold itself cannot make someone sick, cold weather does make us more prone to becoming ill.  A team of researchers from Yale University found that colder temperatures actually weaken the nose’s defense against germs, allowing the common cold virus to reproduce more efficiently inside the nose. This means that when the weather is chilly, the cold virus can …

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Does Chilly Weather Cause Senior Colds in Santa Clarita, CA

Senior Health: Best Benefits of Getting a Good Laugh

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on December 15, 2015
How Seniors Who Laugh Often Experience Health and Vitality in Santa Clarita, CA

While seniors and their Santa Clarita caregivers often devote a lot of time and energy into improving physical health, studies have shown that a good laugh could be better for the aging body than all other efforts combined. A heartfelt, hearty, and long-lasting laugh can instantly eliminate physical and emotional stress, ramp up the immune system and create the chemical conditions for feeling good. Following are several reasons why laughter really is the best medicine for seniors. Get a Workout Getting up and getting active can be hard for seniors, especially for those who are dealing with serious and progressive mobility issues. Surprisingly, however, laughter can help aging adults burn as many calories as they …

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How Seniors Who Laugh Often Experience Health and Vitality in Santa Clarita, CA

How a Test Can Help Seniors with Dementia Decide When to Stop Driving

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on December 8, 2015
Driving Tests for Seniors with Dementia in Santa Clarita, CA

Driving safely requires a complex set of skills that people with dementia may no longer possess, and research suggests that elderly drivers who are showing signs of dementia may be at a greater risk of an accident. This does not mean that all people with this diagnosis can no longer drive, but monitoring the progression of the disease especially as it relates to driving skills is a necessity for dementia caregivers in Santa Clarita. Dementia leads to visual-spatial disorientation, decreased cognitive functions, and memory loss, which can impair a senior’s ability to drive safely. Outward behavioral signs can be an indicator of a senior’s inability to drive, but using the Clinical Dementia Rating scale is …

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Driving Tests for Seniors with Dementia in Santa Clarita, CA

How Home Care Can Enhance Quality of Life for Seniors

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on November 30, 2015
How In-Home Care Enhances Senior Life Quality in Santa Clarita, CA

Over the next two decades, more than 10,000 baby boomers will retire each day. However, gone are the days when seniors would automatically move into an assisted living or nursing facility. Instead, a growing number of seniors today prefer to age in place. Home care Santa Clarita seniors rely on is more than a cost-effective solution to a facility, it also helps seniors maintain a high quality of life while remaining in the comfort of their own homes.  Improved Healing At-home care allows seniors to receive personalized care in the privacy of their own homes. Home care has been found to reduce hospital readmission rates, and it’s been found to help seniors recover faster from …

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How In-Home Care Enhances Senior Life Quality in Santa Clarita, CA

How Being a Caregiver Impacts Marriage

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on November 17, 2015
How Family Caregiving Impacts Marriages in Santa Clarita, CA

There are a number of ways your spousal relationship can shift when you become the primary caregiver for an elderly parent. Although these changes can sometimes negatively impact a marriage, understanding and identifying potential issues will help you better plan and manage the effect caregiving has on your marriage. Perception Witnessing your parent face death and operate in a limited capacity can have a profound effect on how you envision the world. Your priorities, motivations, and ideals may change. You may feel isolated, and your spouse may feel helpless as you struggle to understand yourself and the situation.  Family If you’re also attempting to raise children, something inevitably gets lost along the way. Your ability …

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How Family Caregiving Impacts Marriages in Santa Clarita, CA

5 Signs Your Loved One Hasn’t Accepted a Dementia Diagnosis

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on November 10, 2015
5 Signs Your Senior Loved One Is in Denial Over a Dementia Diagnosis in Santa Clarita, CA

While it’s not uncommon for family members to have a difficult time accepting a senior loved one’s dementia diagnosis, the senior diagnosed often goes through a period of denial as well. As challenging as it is to accept the diagnosis, acceptance is important for moving forward, making plans for the future, and finding peace. Here are a few common signs of denial, presented by a leading Santa Clarita home care agency. 1. Refusing to go to medical appointments Many people struggling with a dementia diagnosis refuse to see any more doctors. This is one of the most common signs of denial, regardless of diagnosis. Your loved one’s refusal to see a doctor is his or …

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5 Signs Your Senior Loved One Is in Denial Over a Dementia Diagnosis in Santa Clarita, CA

Is There a Connection Between Blood Sugar and Cancer?

By Roy Melin, 9:00 am on November 3, 2015
The Relationship Between High Blood Sugar and Cancer in Santa Clarita, CA

As the number of people with high blood sugar conditions tops 29 million and cancer cases are expected to nearly double within the next two decades, it’s almost impossible not to wonder if there is a correlation between the two. Though researchers haven’t made definitive connections between high blood sugar and cancer, increasing awareness of possible links can only assist in further prevention. Below, Home Care Assistance of Santa Clarita further elaborates on the possible connection between the two. Diabetes Diabetes is the group of metabolic diseases where the affected person has high blood glucose (high blood sugar). The disease is categorized in two groups: type 1 and type 2. A 2014 Denmark-based study shows …

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The Relationship Between High Blood Sugar and Cancer in Santa Clarita, CA
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