Understanding Medicaid and Its Eligibility Criteria in Dallas, TX
Understanding Medicaid and Its Eligibility Criteria in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 12:20 am on December 5, 2017

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program to provide free or low-cost health coverage to families, elderly and people with limited income and resources and individuals with physical disability. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid offers benefits such as personal care services and nursing home care. If you or a loved one…

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Blue folder containing Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in Dallas, TX
Blue folder containing Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 4:23 am on May 22, 2017

According to recent reports from the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million americans are living with Alzheimer’s and the number can cross the 50 million mark by 2050. In fact, someone in the US develops the disorder every 66 seconds, which is a grave concern. Since the disorder causes a…

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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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Alzheimer's Association Brain Smart Institute announcement in Dallas, TX
Alzheimer's Association Brain Smart Institute announcement in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 12:08 pm on June 24, 2016

Worldwide, 387 million people are living with diabetes with numbers expected to increase to 592 million in the next twenty years. If left unmanaged, diabetes can have serious effects on the heart, kidneys, nerves and teeth and puts the individual at an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Now, a new study has found further evidence of diabetes’ impact on brain health by reducing blood flow to the brain and causing cognitive decline in older adults. Vera Novak, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and her colleagues studied sixty-five participants, aged 57 to 75 years old, for two years –…

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Graphic showing pressure in the head
Graphic showing pressure in the head
By Jennifer Satery, 12:53 pm on June 14, 2016

The myth that aging means inevitable cognitive decline is a common misconception. As a part of our mission to change the way the world ages, Home Care Assistance of Dallas hopes to dispel these myths around aging and focus on the positive side of growing old. Another proponent of positive aging, Sandra Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director at the Center for BrainHealth, casts light on one of the benefits of aging with her article, “The Potential of the Aging Mind”, which highlights research on how some brain functions actually improve with age. Research led by Joshua Hartshorne from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took a unique approach by looking…

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How Can Dallas Innovations Help Improve Heart Health?
How Can Dallas Innovations Help Improve Heart Health?
By Jennifer Satery, 11:46 am on June 7, 2016

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide even though most cases are preventable. To help our local Dallas community, Home Care Assistance is sharing the latest study on how positive text messages can encourage heart-healthy choices as well as some tips to kick-start your own heart-healthy regimen. The study, published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), explored the benefits of positive mobile notifications, such as text messages, and their effect on lifestyle modifications for disease prevention. The Tobacco, Exercise and Diet Messages trial included 710 participants with coronary heart disease who were, on average, 58-years-old. All participants received regular care while only half were…

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How to Maintain Senior Nail Care in Dallas, TX
How to Maintain Senior Nail Care in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 9:00 am on May 26, 2016

Nail care remains an important part of personal grooming for seniors. There are many methods and tools that can be used to keep nails looking their best, though Dallas senior home care providers should use the following to keep their loved one’s nails healthy. Detergents and soaps encountered when bathing, doing the dishes or other household chores have a tendency to dry the nails and causes splitting. Wearing gloves helps protect the hands and nails. When nails darken, applying and massaging lemon oil into the affected nail often reverses the problem.  As with the rest of the body, a proper diet remains essential for healthy nails. Fresh fruits and vegetables…

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Understanding Why Seniors Get Night Sweats in Dallas, TX
Understanding Why Seniors Get Night Sweats in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 9:00 am on May 12, 2016

Though anyone can sweat at night, night sweats are somewhat less common and they are far more severe. An episode of night sweats is characterized by an increased heart rate, a feeling of chilliness, and repeated sweating at night that completely soaks nightclothes and bedding. There are many potential causes of night sweats, but a few are more common among seniors. The following are some common causes hourly Dallas caregivers should watch out for. 1. Menopause Though most women go through menopause in their 50s, some symptoms of menopause can continue to last for years. Night sweats among postmenopausal women occur because fluctuating levels of estrogen confuse the hypothalamus, which…

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