Easy At-Home Treatments to Relieve Shingles in Dallas, TX
Easy At-Home Treatments to Relieve Shingles in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 9:00 am on July 14, 2016

The Varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox stays dormant in the body long after the illness subsides. In later life, the virus can become active and cause an illness known as shingles. The blistering rash develops along the nerve pathways across the torso, which makes the affliction itchy and uncomfortable. Antiviral medications help shorten the duration of the ailment while reducing the symptoms. However, there are a number of home remedies Dallas elderly care providers can try to ease the discomfort experienced by seniors.  1. Take a Cool Bath Sitting in a bath of cool water helps bring down the temperature of irritated skin and provides some sense of relief….

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Beer glasses on a white background in Dallas, TX
Beer glasses on a white background in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 4:06 pm on July 12, 2016

Despite becoming an established product in our society, drinking alcohol beyond moderation can lead to a number of health issues. In fact, a new study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver has concluded that as a person grows older, even moderate drinking can lead to greater risk of cognitive impairment and related health issues. The research study was designed by a team from the University of California, San Francisco, as well as at The Veterans Health Research Institute, San Francisco. Researcher Tina Hoang and her colleagues collected data from 1,300 women at the age of sixty-five or older. Over 20 years, the group recorded alcohol-related behavior for each participant. While previous research had suggested that moderate consumption…

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Smiling boys with mother outside on a sunny day in Dallas, TX
Smiling boys with mother outside on a sunny day in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 3:22 pm on July 12, 2016

During all sorts of get-togethers, family members tell countless stories with important lessons sprinkled throughout. In fact, the act of storytelling has been passed down from person to person for centuries. Overall, telling these tales of personal history allows modern generations of people to learn about their ancestors, if even for the first time. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, listening to the stories of our elders can establish a healthy foundation for our future. Family interviewing tips Set clear expectations: The best way to approach your loved one about sharing their story is to tell them how you value their experience. Explain that you would love to capture these memories for your children (and their children) to learn…

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Nurse in white scrubs serving a meal to an older woman in the kitchen in Dallas, TX
Nurse in white scrubs serving a meal to an older woman in the kitchen in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 4:55 pm on July 7, 2016

One of the leading causes of hospital readmissions is the lack of adequate support and recovery following a hospital discharge. To help make a patient’s transition home smooth and successful, Home Care Assistance is committed to educating seniors about post-hospitalization care and helping them recover successfully through our Hospital to Home Care program, a comprehensive set of resources for families managing the sometimes difficult transition home after hospitalization. The first 72 hours home are critical for post-hospitalization patients. Patients are fatigued and family members are often confused and helpless. In addition to a comprehensive discharge plan, a caregiver can help manage the transition home and help you on the path…

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How to Prevent Senior Heat Stroke in Dallas, TX
How to Prevent Senior Heat Stroke in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 9:00 am on July 7, 2016

As the heat intensifies this summer, seniors become more prone to heat stroke. Here’s how Dallas at-home caregivers can prevent their loved ones from succumbing to the condition. Manage Prescription Drugs Certain prescription medication can increase the risk of heat stroke in elderly people. For example, diuretics are likely to cause dehydration and other symptoms that ultimately result in heat-related illness. Similarly, some antihistamines can make the body more sensitive to sun exposure and high temperatures. Live-in Dallas caregivers should monitor these medications closely and keep their loved ones in more mild temperatures after taking them. Keep Seniors Hydrated Regardless of age, a person who spends over an hour outside on…

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Green healthy food and exercise infographic
Green healthy food and exercise infographic
By Jennifer Satery, 2:41 pm on July 6, 2016

Obesity has long been associated with many health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. However, new evidence suggests a correlation with mental health as well. A study that began in France in the early 1990’s surveyed 6,401 adults between the ages of 31 and 63. Participants provided their body mass indices as well as their quantifiable risk for such health conditions as blood pressure, high blood sugar, high fat content and high cholesterol. Fifty-three percent of the subjects were considered to be “normal” according to the BMI scale, while thirty-eight percent were considered “overweight” and an additional nine percent “obese.” Thirty-one percent of the entire group had two or more of…

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