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Boogie Your Way into a Better Life Style

Australian researchers found that men and women with mood disorders that participated in a trial “Tango” instruction class, felt less depressed and experiences significant reductions in levels of stress, anxiety and sleep disorders.

The Ideal Senior Companion

Many people own pets, but no population needs one more than senior citizens. Owning a pet has many benefits that can help seniors feel better about their life and improve their health.

Seniors and Driving-When is it time to take the keys?

Many questions come to mind when a senior is involved in an automobile accident. How did this happen? Why was this senior driving when they shouldn’t have been? How could this have been prevented? Will they get behind the wheel again?

Why Are Seniors So Lonely?

Age brings many difficult changes that contribute to a more solitary life. One of the biggest issues for seniors is that their social circles begin to shrink as the years go by.

The Importance of Sharing our Mission, Vision and Value Statements with our Caregivers

Here at Home Helpers of Northwest Metro Denver, we like to provide a clear vision, succinct mission and shared values to our caregivers. These statements inspire and motivate our employees to bring their best to our clients by providing the picture of future success, the operating focus for the present and the guideposts for how we will work together for success.

Occurence Reporting for Dummies 101

Here at Home Helpers Westminster we talk to our caregivers a lot about Occurrence Reporting. Not only because it is mandatory to report occurrences and to have the conversation, but also because I think that it’s something that can be seen as frightening to a new home care provider.

About Time Senior Solutions

Kelli Squire, Dementia Support Specialist & Certified Care Manager, offers free consultations for individuals and families in order to assist them with the transition into life with dementia. She offers support and guidance on what steps to take after getting the diagnosis. She is very informative, and loves what she does!

Characteristics of a Good Caregiver

Caregivers are responsible for the care and well-being of others. Most people who go into this field are known for their sensitivity, their giving nature and their nurturing desire to help those in need. Care-giving typically entails responsibilities such as bathing, dressing, feeding and overseeing the safety and emotional needs of their charges. Some caregivers work in childcare positions, while others focus on geriatric home care or medical recovery. Most medical careers also feature a care-giving component, though the type of training necessary for various positions varies according to industry.

July Recognizes the Dilemma of the ‘Sandwich Generation’

Home Helpers of Westminster, we recognize the unique difficulties faced by the so-called “Sandwich Generation”—i.e., those folks who are in the postion of caring for both your younger (or even young adult) children as well as your own aging parents. And sandwich might be too kind of a term, since often you’re getting pressed (and stressed) from all sides; the “Panini Generation” might be more accurate!

June is Senior's Month

How can you involve your senior relatives or friends this summer? Story time! Get grandparents and grandkids together to read and tell stories! Create a family tree! It’s fun for the whole family, and you get to learn a little bit about your history!

7 Keys of Stroke Prevention

You can't reverse the years or change your family history, but there are many other stroke risk factors that you can control—provided that you're aware of them. If you know that a particular risk factor is sabotaging your health and predisposing you to a higher risk of stroke, you can take steps to alleviate the effects of that risk.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 1, 2017 President Donald J. Trump proclaimed May 2017 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In his proclamation he states, “National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of American families affected by mental illness and to redouble our efforts to ensure that those who are suffering get the care and treatment they need."

7 Truths About Organ Donation

April is National Donate Life Month. It’s a time to celebrate those who have been donors and given the gift of life. It’s also an opportunity to educate people about the difference they can make by choosing to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

What Medical Expenses Can Be Written Off on Taxes?

Many caregivers and their elderly parents accrue thousands of dollars every year in medical expenses. Co-pays, deductibles, even the amount of gas used to get to doctor's appointments, are expenses not covered by Medicare and add up quickly.

My Dancing Day by Willie Burge

With permission, our friend Willie is blessing our website with his beautiful poetry. His Home Helpers Home Care caregiver, Mary Longie, is also pictured here.

Special Event! Veteran's Resource Fair at Covenant Village

Nearly 65 Veterans (men and women) live at Covenant Village of Colorado, a not-for-profit, faith-based retirement community. We are grateful for the sacrifices our Veterans made as they served during wartime.

Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

When people are facing the end of life, whether it is themselves or a loved one, it can be very difficult to decide between all the care options that are available. There are many factors to consider, which may complicate the picture for caregivers who are often faced with arranging proper end-of-life care in a timely manner.

Resolutions: To Make or Not to Make, That is the Question!

You may have noticed by now that resolutions almost never stick. Frankly, I think New Year Resolutions are a waste of time. They’re typically born from a place of failure, hurt, and self-abuse. And they set you up for more of the same.

Aging Gracefully with Yoga

According to Yoga Journal, 2.9 million Americans age 55 years or older regularly practice yoga for its health benefits. In a culture that worships youth and frames aging as a process of loss, yoga honors the aging process.

Honoring the Family Caregiver

As the calendar turns to November, we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank caregivers during National Caregivers Month. At Home Helpers, our caregivers play an important role in the well-being of our clients, and we try hard to honor and appreciate the exceptional work they do on a daily basis.

Is it Time for Help in the Home?

Sometimes, reuniting with family can show how much Mom, Dad, or other aging loved ones have changed over the past months, or even, year.

Sundowner's Syndrome: Confusion in the Twilght

Have you noticed in your client or loved one with dementia, a change in attitude later in the day? It may be extra confusion, sadness, agitation or fear just before dark. This may mean they have that added extra problem of Sundowners Syndrome.

Urinary Tract Infection-We are on the Front Line to Recovery

A urinary ract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, from the kidneys to the bladder and urethra. Most infections are generally found in the lower urinary tract—the bladder and the urethra. Mostly women are at greater risk than men.

September is Healthy AGING Month

September's observance is designed to focus on the positive aspects of growing older. Here are five ideas to take stock of where you are and where you want to be.

Does Obesity Lead to More Nursing Home Admissions?

In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers examined the care that obese older adults receive when they are admitted to nursing homes. This study was designed to find out whether obese older adults were as likely as non-obese elders to be admitted to nursing homes that provided an appropriate level of care.

The Importance of Personal Health

When your loved ones age, they are at risk of numerous health and injury issues. However, by hiring a home health care service to look after them, it will boost their personal health and improve their quality of life. Based in the Northwest Metro area of Denver, CO, Home Helpers Westminster has emerged as one of the most trusted and sought-after home care caregivers in the region.

Handling a Common Senior Problem- Incontinence

As we approach old age the type of problems we face change. It doesn’t seem fair that now that the wisdom of years has now settled on the elderly they have to face the degradation of the body.

Dementia: Help is on the Way

Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. The memories thoughts and behaviors will probably not be lost at once like the effects of a stroke, but are more profound over time as the brain becomes less efficient at sorting things out.

Four Benefits of Home Health Care in Westminster

With the help of home care caregivers, seniors can choose to remain in their homes for the duration of their lives, enjoying their freedom and independence while still receiving the care they need. At Home Helpers Westminster in Colorado, they provide personalized home health care plans to meet all individual lifestyle and health needs.

Music Therapy and the Family Member with Dementia

Since World War II, neurologists and music professionals have discovered that music does not only soothe a troubled mind, but have found that it stimulates the brain on many levels. These levels include those places that process emotion which stores memory where a person may draw that is not stored in the logical memory areas.

Seniors! Celebrate your Independence!

You may ask: Freedom from what? A good question. Let’s analyze what many seniors are not happy about, first. Among the elderly, the answers are familiar to caregivers.

Preventing Alzheimer's Naturally

While there may be a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease, it is a primarily preventable disease. An unhealthy diet high in sugar and trans fats, lack of both mental and physical exercise, and a highly stressful life is generally at the root of the problem.

Top Reasons for Senior Emergency Room Visits

By the year 2030, nearly one in five persons in the United States will be aged 65 or older. This older population will make up the majority of the people visiting the emergency room in the coming years, due to several factors.

June is Cataract Awareness Month

“Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Unlike many eye diseases, however, vision loss due to cataract can be restored. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has a 95 percent success rate. And, a new study found that cataract surgery patients had a significantly reduced rate of hip fractures from falls.”

June is Aphasia Awareness Month

In a previous article we covered some of the effects of a stroke. We learned that each stroke and stroke victim are unique. One of the conditions that affect stroke victims is aphasia.

Retirement Planning Never Stops

As we enter the last years of life as we know it, we find out we did not know some of the events that would change our life as we thought we knew it. We may abandon any plans we made or forget to make any plans at all as a result of avoiding making subsequent errors in plans.

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