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Senior Relationships: Keeping the Sexual Spark

It’s important for family members and live-in caregivers in Dallas to understand that sexual contentment is an important part of happiness at any age. For seniors who are in long-term relationships, it is necessary to maintain intimacy throughout the years. Though a person’s sex life will change as they age, it is still possible to have a fulfilling physical and emotional connection to one’s partner.

Research by Dr. David Frederick, a professor of psychology at Chapman University, has provided valuable insight into what makes a long-term relationship work. The research team surveyed couples that were in long relationships to see how certain things affected sexual satisfaction. They discovered that people who reported happiness felt that sex was passionate, playful, or loving, and communication and variety were key components to accomplish this happiness.

The research team noted that couples who kept passion alive for several decades all had one thing in common. They communicated with each other about sex and made an active effort to add variety and fun to their sex life. Actions that contributed to a satisfied sex life included trying new positions, going on romantic getaways, using sex toys or lingerie, acting out fantasies, and having date nights.

Things that led to a lack of enjoyment in sex were equally revealing. People who had sex that lasted less than 30 minutes were more likely to be unsatisfied and people did not enjoy sex when they were just doing it to please their partners. Both men and women needed to feel desired in order to be satisfied.

Dr. Frederick’s study found that couples that had a good sex life felt that their emotional closeness to their partner had grown since they first started their relationship. Seniors can benefit from this emotional and physical closeness by working with their partner to have a happy sex life. By communicating their needs, taking time to show that they value each other, and trying to find variety, seniors can keep the spark alive in their relationship.

Remaining sexually active and maintaining intimacy are two important parts of enjoying the golden years. Seniors can further flourish in other aspects of their lives with help from Dallas Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of at-home care that promotes health and longevity for local seniors by helping them adopt balanced lifestyle choices such as healthy diet and regular exercise. To learn more about we can offer your loved one, call (214) 253-8784 today and schedule a complimentary consultation with a friendly Care Manager.

Can Blueberries Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Chemical compounds in blueberries have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, the American Chemical Society recently reported that research reveals certain chemical compounds in blueberries that may also help in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The following details explain why Dallas Alzheimer’s caregivers should supplement their loved one’s diet with this super fruit.

Blueberries contain antioxidant compounds that inhibit the effects of free radicals, which contribute to the aging process and cellular damage. The berries also contain anthocyanin flavonoids. These chemical compounds have demonstrated the ability to improve cognitive function during studies performed using laboratory animals. A team of researchers from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center led by Dr. Robert Krikorian determined to evaluate the effects blueberries flavonoids might have on humans.

The first study involved 47 adult volunteers with a minimum age of 68. All of the participants exhibited symptoms of mild cognitive impairment and were considered to have a high risk for developing Alzheimer’s. The group was then divided in half. Half of the adults received daily doses of freeze-dried blueberry powder, which equals one cup of fresh blueberries. Meanwhile, the control group was given a placebo. After 16 weeks, the blueberry group had measurable improvement in language, concept, and memory skills. MRI studies indicated that previously affected areas of the brain also displayed increased brain activity.

A second study was conducted on 94 people aged between 62 and 80. Though the participants did not have observable cognitive difficulties, the subjects felt that their memories were declining. Researchers divided the volunteers into four separate groups who either received blueberry powder, fish oil, a combination of blueberry powder and fish oil, or a placebo. At the end of the study, individuals who received the blueberry supplement or the fish oil demonstrated slightly improved cognitive ability. Despite these developments, their memory skills were virtually unchanged.

Dr. Krikorian explained that the supplements might have greater potential in seniors exhibiting more advanced symptoms. The team plans to continue their research and report that future studies would involve volunteers in the 50 to 65 age group.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are diets, medications, and even programs that may prevent or delay it. Home Care Assistance is a reliable home care agency Dallas seniors can trust to provide premier Alzheimer’s and dementia services in the comfort and familiarity of home. Not only do our compassionate caregivers work with our clients to establish healthy eating and exercise habits, but they also help seniors with cognitive disorders exercise and sharpen mental acuity to delay dementia symptoms. Call us at (214) 253-8784 today to learn more about our services and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a knowledgeable Care Manager.

Why Your Loved One Should Drink Golden Milk

Golden milk is easy to make. Mix one cup of almond or coconut milk with a teaspoon of organic coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric paste or powder. Some recipes recommend adding varying amounts of black pepper to help mix the spice into the milk. Others suggest adding some ginger to boost anti-inflammatory properties. Warm it up and add a little honey or cinnamon to improve the flavor, as turmeric is somewhat bitter. This recipe makes a nutritious and delicious bedtime beverage Dallas hourly caregivers can easily prepare to boost their senior loved one’s health.

Relieves Bone and Joint Pain

Medical researchers have been studying the active ingredients in turmeric and have found that they significantly reduce pain and increase mobility among those with conditions such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, and other spine and joint ailments. Medicines like aspirin often cause irritation of the stomach lining, but golden milk is gentle and is known to reduce inflammation due to turmeric’s high concentration of curcumin.

Prevents and Alleviates Illnesses

Recent clinical studies suggest that turmeric is helpful in fighting cancer of the breast and colon, prostate and skin, and even the lung. Golden milk also helps to alleviate some side effects of chemotherapy. Another advantage of drinking golden milk daily is its ability to keep cholesterol from forming gallstones. It has also beneficial in treating cardiovascular disease, colds, flu, and gum disease. It may even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, which is why dementia caregivers in Dallas are encouraged to prepare this drink for the seniors in their care.

Boosts Healthy Digestion

Golden milk offers relief for the pain and discomfort due to indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and even ulcers. It also reduces painful symptoms of gas and bloating. Because golden milk’s key ingredient is turmeric, it also encourages healthy digestion by staving off or alleviating symptoms of acid reflux, indigestion, and GERD.

Senior health and wellbeing is top priority for the professionals at Dallas Home Care Assistance. We provide comprehensive at-home care in Dallas to help seniors adopt healthy lifestyle habits to boost longevity and wellbeing. Our friendly caregivers accomplish this by incorporating our proprietary Balanced Care Method in your loved one’s tailored care plan at no additional cost. Call us at (214) 253-8784 today to learn more about our services and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.

Exploring the Uses for Emu Oil

Emu oil is derived from Dromaius novaehollandiae, an avian species from Australia that is somewhat similar to the ostrich. Aborigines use this animal byproduct for many purposes, many of which at-home Dallas caregivers can employ for the seniors in their care. This use has prompted the skin care industry to include emu oil as a key ingredient in many supplements and topical creams. Read on to learn more about the numerous applications of emu oil.

Emu Oil and Skin Care

Emu oil is an emollient that can work wonders on the skin of elderly people. In fact, emu oil is a main ingredient in many anti-aging creams. Similar to coconut oil, emu oil is highly recommended for those diagnosed with psoriasis at an advanced age. It breaks down the hard plaque and crust of skin cells, thereby making it easy to remove them from the skin.

The abundant fatty acids present in emu oil have additional benefits for seniors whose skin has become paper thin as the result of aging. Emu oil fortifies the skin, which means that the elderly do not have to worry about small cuts, bruises and abrasions. For seniors who are on permanent bed rest, emu oil applications can help prevent bedsores.

Emu Oil as an Anti-inflammatory

Seniors who live with arthritic conditions can also benefit from emu oil applications to their joints. Fatty acids are known to decrease the incidence of a natural substance that results in tissue inflammation, and this is something that has also been observed in both olive and fish oil. In emu oil, the heavy concentration of fatty acids has been proven to reduce inflammation by 60 percent in just a few hours for many seniors. This makes it more effective than ibuprofen. 

Additionally, emu oil is also recommended for senior citizens who suffer from chronic back pain. A simple back rub or massage using emu oil can relieve your senior loved one of stiffness or soreness brought on by inflammation of the tissue.

Seniors often have trouble managing things like skin care and pain management on their own. For help with these and other aspects of aging, turn to Home Care Assistance of Dallas. We are a leading provider of home care Dallas families trust to help seniors age in place with dignity and grace. We ensure seniors have the tools to live well-balanced lives at home while maintaining their independence. Our highly trained caregivers help with all aspects of daily life including housekeeping, running errands, and personal care. Learn more today by calling (214) 253-8784 to schedule a free in-home consultation.