February Notes from Home Care Assistance

Letter from the Editor

January ended on a high note with the success of the fourth webinar in our Healthy Longevity Series featuring Dr. Gary Small. For those of you who were unable to attend or would like to view the presentation again, you can find it on the Webinar Series page of our website. In observance of Heart Month, we will be sharing information about cardiac rehabilitation and post-stoke care on our blog and social media sites, so stay tuned.  (Read More)

Also … living longer, brain fitness in five easy steps, lower your blood pressure and caregiver of the month!

Will You Live to 100?

Research shows that both genetics and lifestyle factors contribute to our health and longevity. However, there are so-called “slow agers” who seem to be genetically predisposed to live to 100 even when adopting unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking. New research suggests that about one in 10,000 people seem to be part of this guaranteed centenarian group and there are several factors that may suggest whether or not you may be among them! (Read More)

Keep Your Brain Fit in Five Easy Steps

Your risk for developing dementia isn’t just luck of the draw. More and more research shows that lifestyle changes play a greater role in overall health than genetics. Do you want to keep your brain as healthy as possible? Consider adopting some of these behaviors proven to keep your brain fit into old age. We know the physical benefits of exercise and recent research is showing the cognitive and psychological benefits as well. (Read More)

Lower Your Blood Pressure With These Four Foods

Are you worried about your blood pressure and how it’s affecting your health? Maintaining healthy blood pressure helps prevent heart attack and stroke, but a new study found that 50% of people taking medication to fight hypertension still don’t actually have control of their blood pressure. Luckily, we’ve made a list of four delicious ways you can promote a healthy heart. The American Heart Association has found that a daily glass of cranberry juice can lower blood pressure. (Read More)

Caregiver of the Month Spotlight: Phil Davis

This month’s Caregiver Spotlight honors Phil Davis of Home Care Assistance of Columbus; his ability to balance his own life with his caregiving responsibilities has been inspirational and something many employees strive to achieve. In October 2011, Phil started working with our client, Dick, an 84-year-old with Parkinson’s and dementia. He began working as a companion three days a week, giving Dick a friend and his wife the much-needed support she deserved. (Read More)