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Exploring the Genetics of Arthritis in Palm Desert, CA
Exploring the Genetics of Arthritis in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on November 25, 2015

Though arthritis can affect people of all ages and genders, it is most common among seniors. This debilitating condition causes stiff and painful joints, and the decreasing range of motion can be debilitating. While there are many different causes of arthritis, research suggests that genetics play a significant role. In this article, Palm Desert caregivers discuss what arthritis is and whether or not it is a congenital disorder. What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is not a single condition, but rather a term used to describe any general type of joint pain or disease. Arthritis can occur when cartilage degenerates, causing pain…

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Identifying Different Strokes and How to Treat Them in Palm Desert, CA
Identifying Different Strokes and How to Treat Them in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on November 18, 2015

Strokes are prevalent among seniors and treatment options will vary from individual to individual. Physical therapy and Palm Desert in-home stroke care will most likely be required after an elderly person experiences a stroke, depending on the type and severity of the condition. The following are three major types of strokes that have different symptoms and warning signs to watch out for. Ischemic Stroke  It is estimated that 80 percent of strokes are ischemic and are caused by blood clots that become stuck in an artery and blocks blood flow, and therefore oxygen, to the brain. One of the most…

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Main Causes of Senior Dementia in Palm Desert, CA
Main Causes of Senior Dementia in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on November 11, 2015

All forms of dementia are the result of nerve cell damage in the brain, though each type of dementia affects people in different ways depending on the location of the damaged neurons. According to the National Institutes of Health, one in seven Americans age 71 and older has some type of dementia. Home Care Assistance Palm Desert can identify and explain a few of the most common causes of dementia among seniors. Alzheimer’s Disease This is the most common cause of progressive dementia in seniors aged 65 and older. With this type of dementia, mood and personality changes are common. Confusion,…

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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in Palm Desert, CA
How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on November 4, 2015

Although you love your parent, caring for a senior loved one can be a physically, mentally, and emotionally draining job. For those who hold the majority or sole responsibility of caring for an elderly parent, it’s important to avoid stress and fatigue as they could lead to burnout. Burnout is a common problem caregivers face, and Palm Desert Home Care Assistance hopes family caregivers will apply the following stress management tips to their daily routines. Make Time for Yourself Even if you only have a few minutes, it’s important to make some time for yourself each day. Stepping out for…

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Heart-Healthy Foods for Seniors in Palm Desert, CA
Heart-Healthy Foods for Seniors in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on October 28, 2015

A balanced and wholesome diet can be the key for seniors to live more fulfilling lives during the golden years, and it all starts with finding the right superfoods for your senior loved one. Seniors can significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases when they make heart-smart decisions at the grocery store. While it can be challenging to determine which foods are most beneficial when at the store, Palm Desert Home Care Assistance can help you and your senior loved one fill the shopping cart with the perfect heart-healthy foods. Fruits  Rather than relying on fruit juices and bananas, which…

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How to Protect Seniors from Skin Cancer in Palm Desert, CA
How to Protect Seniors from Skin Cancer in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on October 21, 2015

Californians reap the benefits of perpetual sunshine, but with that sunlight comes the possibility of sun damage that can lead to skin cancer. With that in mind, there are simple precautions seniors can take to reduce their skin cancer risk. As a trusted provider of home care in Palm Desert, Home Care Assistance hopes family members will pass the following information along to their senior loved ones to help protect them from the harsh California rays. 1. Apply Good Sunblock Protect the elderly person in your life from skin cancer by discouraging him or her from tanning and excessive sun…

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Fun Exercises for Seniors in Wheelchairs in Palm Desert, CA
Fun Exercises for Seniors in Wheelchairs in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on October 14, 2015

If your senior loved one uses a wheelchair, he or she may feel limited in his or her ability to exercise. Palm Desert Home Care Assistance encourages seniors to maintain a healthy and happy life with the following wheelchair-friendly exercises. These workouts can help increase strength and range of motion and may also decrease pain and discomfort. Ball Exercises Have your senior loved one place a ball (about the size of a soccer ball) between his or her arms and straighten them outward for several seconds. Doing this exercise ten times in a row will help seniors develop upper body…

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The Relationship Between Amyloids and Alzheimer's in Palm Desert, CA
The Relationship Between Amyloids and Alzheimer's in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on October 7, 2015

There is some mystery surrounding the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers believe it may have something to do with amyloid proteins. Senior care professionals at Palm Desert Home Care Assistance offer the following information to help caregivers better understand the role of amyloids in the onset of Alzheimer’s. Amyloid Proteins Fibrils The human body produces protein fragments called amyloids. When beta amyloid protein fragments separate from amyloid precursor proteins (APP), a healthy body is able to break down and eliminate these fragments from the brain. However, in people with Alzheimer’s disease these fragments gather and form hard, insoluble plaques. PET…

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Unexpected Facts About Senior Isolation in Palm Desert, CA
Unexpected Facts About Senior Isolation in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on September 30, 2015

Social isolation is a common and growing problem among the elderly. According to trusted providers of home care in Palm Desert, isolation among seniors can result in both physical and emotional problems. As a caregiver or family member, it may help to understand the following facts to prevent your loved one from socially withdrawing. Volunteering Can Reduce Feelings of Loneliness Many seniors are left in an empty house with nothing to do all day and no one to talk to. For many, volunteer work can help prevent loneliness. Your loved one may benefit from participating in a volunteer program in…

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How Caregivers Can Deal With Criticism in Palm Desert, CA
How Caregivers Can Deal With Criticism in Palm Desert, CA
By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on September 23, 2015

When you find yourself at the receiving end of caregiver criticism, it can be unpleasant. It seems everyone thinks they know what’s best, and accusations or emotional outbursts are often directed at you. Here are a few tips provided by the professionals at Palm Desert Home Care Assistance to help you handle caregiver criticism. Have Empathy You’re with your loved one every hour of every day, so you understand the circumstances better than others. Have empathy for those not in the proverbial loop and view the situation from another’s perspective. When you try to see from another point of view,…

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