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What does education have to do with Alzheimer’s?

????????????????????????????????????????Education has more to do with Alzheimer’s disease than you may realize.  According to Alzheimer’s Association (2015), experts say that having more years of education “builds a cognitive reserve” that enables the brain to compensate for changes that might result in Alzheimer’s.  Conversely, lower levels of formal education are associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  Higher education and professional occupations that constantly stimulate the mind are key factors in deterring the onset of the neurodegenerative disease.

Other Enhancing Preventative Factors against Alzheimer’s

If your elderly loved ones are still the life of the party at social events, they stand a good chance of delaying Alzheimer’s.  Research studies show that like higher education, an active social life also builds cognitive reserves in the brain so that it will adjust better in later years when aging changes the structure of the brain.  However, if your elderly loved ones tend to be reclusive, you may want to consider 24 hour companion care.  Everyone has different personalities; some are obviously extroverts while others are introverts, and they become increasingly reclusive as they get older.  Having a live-in companion around will make a big difference, even if it means that your loved one is just interacting with one or two caregivers on a consistent basis.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies providing exceptional senior care to communities in Calabasas, Pasadena, Malibu, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and other cities throughout LA County.  A-1 Home Care is one of the few home care agencies in California that have received state licensing, and that is due to the high standards we set for our caregivers when they come work for us.  We want to assure you that the elder care we provide is safe, trustworthy, high quality and reliable.  Every caregiver is screened for their criminal background, DMV record and professional reference verification.  When you sign up for Alzheimer’s Care from A-1 Home Care, you know your elderly loved ones are in good hands!

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for more information.

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Increasing Rate of Fall Accidents among Seniors Raises Need for In-Home Care

Grandmother with WalkerTraumatic brain injury (TBI) in the elderly has become increasingly common as the world’s aging population lives longer and longer.  The major reason for the increased prevalence of TBIs is the rising rate of fall accidents, especially at home.  In the worst case scenario, your elderly loved one might sustain an acute subdural hematoma, which often calls for surgical treatment that most surgeons hesitate to perform, due to the age of the patient.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Why not prevent fall accidents by having a 24-hour caregiver around?

 

Is your elderly loved one at risk for falling?

The easiest risk factors to eliminate are the environmental risks that you can control.  When you visit your parents’ home, look around for possible hazards:

  • Loose rugs
  • Clutter on the floor or stairs
  • Your elderly loved one’s tendency to carry heavy objects up and down the stairs
  • Absence of grab bars in the bathroom
  • Absence of stair railings

Other risk factors are not so easy to resolve.  How much do you know about your elderly loved one’s health condition?  Do you know who their doctors are?  Are you sure they’re getting the regular medical check-ups they need?  Are they the type that avoids medical visits at all costs?  Underlying risk factors include muscle weakness in the legs, impaired balance and coordination when walking, sharp drop in blood pressure when getting up from a chair, dizziness when rising, painful feet, slower reflexes, and so on.  If you noticed that your elderly loved one is more prone to fall, it is definitely time to think about 24 hour in-home care, even if it starts off as companion care.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care in Calabasas is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that was established in 1991.  We are dedicated to serving you with two hands and a golden heart, and we make sure that our caregivers, certified home health aides, certified nurse assistants and home helpers are thoroughly screened before they are allowed to enter your sanctuary.  Your elderly loved ones are protected from predators and shady characters.  We include you in the interviewing process, and you won’t have to hire anyone until you meet the right candidate that we select for you.  Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, so whenever you call, you’ll always be connected to a live operator instead of an automated answering system.

 

For high quality, low-cost elder care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank.

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In-Home Care for Seniors with Lupus

a-1 home care eldercare temple cityWhat is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which attacks the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood cells and brain.  Generally speaking, this disease attacks women of child-bearing age, but seniors can still develop elderly-onset lupus.  Symptoms are a little different in seniors than younger adults; the elderly may experience arthritis, lung disease, Raynaud’s syndrome and neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with Lupus.  This inflammatory disease affects approximately 10-20% of older adults ages 50 to 65.  Research shows that elderly women are eight times more likely to develop Lupus than elderly men.

Side Effects of Lupus in Seniors

Osteoporosis is a common side effect in the elderly, since there is a direct link between lupus and bone loss.  A condition which makes the bones brittle and fragile, osteoporosis often goes undetected until an elderly person fractures a bone through a fall.  The risk for falling rises if the senior has arthritis or other condition that makes mobility difficult.  You can help your elderly loved one minimize the risks of falling by having a live-in caregiver around to keep an eye on him or her.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24-hour care in Calabasas and surrounding areas, which entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, toileting care, transportation and more.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency providing high quality, low-cost senior care services in Calabasas and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has consistently delivered non-medical in-home care services for families, and our top-notch caregivers never cease to impress them.  When it comes to quality care, we ensure we exceed your expectations because we care about your elderly loved ones.  Nothing pleases us more than to see your elderly loved ones enjoy their retirement years.  A-1 Home Care is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.   Our 24-hour hotline will always connect you to a live operator who is ready to answer your questions.

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank.

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Examining the Causes of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

????????????????????????????????????????Up to this point, the most recent findings about we have about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) come from a study conducted by Cedars-Sinai researchers.  This study, published in the journal Science (2016), reveals that genetic mutations in immune cells in the brain play a direct role in the development of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Genetic causes, however, only account for 5-10% of ALS cases (Mayo Clinic, 2016).  Scientists suspect other causes, such as smoking, military service and exposure to lead.  Lou Gehrig’s disease remains an enigma to researchers, and though no cure exists, there are ways to help elderly loved ones live as normally as possible.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas provides such care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes.

What Your Elderly Loved One Needs

Caring for an aging loved one is no easy task for family members who have not received formal training in home careIn-home care adds stress for the spouse and/or adult children, and even more so if the adult children come home tired from a long day at work and have other family duties to tend to, such as cooking for the whole family and being there for their kids.  A-1 Home Care provides skilled non-medical in-home support with cooking, cleaning, errands, light housekeeping, and companion care in Calabasas and surrounding cities.  Round-the-clock care isn’t just for the care recipient; you can enjoy in-home services for the whole family too if you don’t feel like cooking or doing laundry after a full day’s work.  Your elderly loved one will need constant, undivided attention from a 24-hour caregiver as Lou Gehrig’s disease progresses, and hiring live-in care will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made with A-1 Home Care.

High Quality Lou Gehrig’s Care at a Fraction of the Cost

A-1 Home Care offers high quality Lou Gehrig’s Care at the most competitive prices you’ll find anywhere in Calabasas.  The reason we are the preferred in-home care agency is that we put your needs first.  You and your elderly loved ones are our top priority.  That means you get 24-hour access to a live operator whenever you have questions or need to address a concern.  You will NOT get an automated answering machine with us!  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can have a peace of mind that the ALS Care your loved one receives will be safe and trustworthy.  We appreciate the loyal and continued patronage of our long-time clients.  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers, our return clients keep referring friends and family to A-1 Home Care for years!

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas, Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, and surrounding cities

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Too Much Medicine Gives You Hepatitis and Liver Damage

a-1 home care los angeles elder care 2Alcoholism is not the only cause of liver damage, but it receives the most media attention for cirrhosis.  Other types of liver damage, such as hepatitis, can be induced by painkillers and fever medicine.  Certain types of drugs such as birth control pills, steroids, and anesthesia can cause hepatitis if taken in large doses or even small doses if the liver is weak.  The liver’s main function is to help the body break down medicine but the breakdown is slower for some people, and the likelihood for liver inflammation increases if a person’s liver is already somewhat damaged.  The scary thing about hepatitis, especially Hepatitis C, is the absence of symptoms.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3.5 million Americans have it but are unaware of it.  Left untreated, Hepatitis C turns into cirrhosis and by that time, the liver will be too severely damaged and will require a liver transplant and 24-hour in-home care.

Long-Term Effects of Liver Inflammation

Asymptomatic in the early stages, Hepatitis C is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer.  By the time a patient is diagnosed with liver disease, the patient will have experienced symptoms such as jaundice, fluid in the abdomen, variceal hemorrhage, cognitive impairment, swelling in legs, nausea, bruises, loss of appetite and weight loss.  In Calabasas and surrounding communities, A-1 Home Care provides 24-hour home care assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, chores, transportation, and companion care.  Our in-home caregivers will establish an exercise routine for your elderly loved ones and ensure that they stay completely away from alcohol.  If your loved one is scheduled for a liver transplant, A-1 Home Care can assist with after-surgery care for as long as you need it.

About A-1 Home Care

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become the most reputable home care agency in Calabasas.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of seniors and their families by providing high quality senior care at affordable rates.  Our care managers will walk you through the process and come up with an elder care plan that fits your budget and meets your needs.  We salute our wonderful team of caregivers who serve our communities so skillfully and compassionately.  A-1 Home Care has easy financing options at reasonable rates, and you can also go through veteran benefits and/or long-term care insurance.

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas, Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, and surrounding cities

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Got Dopamine? A Closer Look at Parkinson’s Disease

a-1 home care los angeles elder care 2Your brain produces numerous kinds of chemicals that regulate your body’s organs and functions, one of them being dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved with muscle movement.  When a certain part of the brain that produces dopamine shuts down or dies, the loss of dopamine production results in impaired muscle movement.  In the early stages of Parkinson’s, an individual may have trouble getting out of a chair or have involuntary mild tremors.  They notice a change in their handwriting which appears to be smaller or cramped.  Others may also notice that the person’s facial expression lacks animation or emotion, or that his arm or leg does not move like it used to.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas offers 24-hour Parkinson’s Care in the comfort of your own home to help you or a loved one cope with symptoms on a day-to-day basis.

Affordable Parkinson’s In-Home Support 24 Hours a Day

Losing voluntary control over muscle movement wreaks havoc on one’s emotional health, but fortunately for many families, there is hope with 24-hour in-home care.   Cost is no longer an issue if you are looking for high quality live-in care when you look to A-1 Home Care for help.  Our certified home health aides and certified nurse aides are well versed in Parkinson’s Care for adults of all ages.  Round-the-clock care entails assistance with meal preparation, cooking, cleaning, dental hygiene, personal care and more.  Taking on in-home care on your own without professional help takes a big toll on your physical, mental and emotional health.  You can avoid caregiver burden by counting on A-1 Home Care in Calabasas to meet everyone’s needs in your family.

Why A-1 Home Care in Calabasas?

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has provided exceptional senior care and Parkinson’s Care services around Calabasas.  Our dedication to quality, compassion, integrity and dignity puts us at the top of the list for LA County’s preferred home care agencies.  Our countless client testimonies attest to the superior caregiving services they have received from our seasoned and highly skilled certified nurse aides.  Our loyal clients refer their families and relatives to A-1 Home Care because they know they can expect to receive the best quality in-home care at the most competitive rates in Southern California.  Personable customer care is our top priority, which we carry out through our first line of communication – the telephone call.  When you dial our number, you will always be connected to a live operator on the other side rather than an automated answering system.  We are pretty old-fashioned that way – we like face-to-face or real conversations over the phone.  Call us today!  Our care managers will walk you through step-by-step with regard to developing a long-term care plan for your loved ones.

 

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas, Malibu, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Glendale, Burbank, Glendora, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.

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Calabasas Diabetic Care for Seniors: Prevent Complications and Stay Healthy

????????????????????????????????????????Diabetes belongs to a group of metabolic diseases that raises sugar levels in the bloodstream.  By definition, “metabolism” is the chemical process by which organisms use food and liquid to grow and produce energy.  When the body’s metabolism fails, the body begins to have too much or too little of a substance to stay healthy.  Symptoms that metabolic diseases have in common are hypertension, high blood sugar, excess fat around the waist, and low levels of good cholesterol, to name a few.  Diabetes comes in different forms, such as pre-diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes.  Safeguard against possible complications of Diabetes at home by hiring a 24-hour caregiver from A-1 Home Care in Calabasas to help monitor your elderly loved one’s blood sugar levels.

How A-1 Home Care Can Help 

Diabetes patients need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels to maintain good health.  Nonetheless, complications can still arise, such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis.  If you are vomiting or experiencing insatiable thirst, abdominal pain, confusion, frequent urination, and shortness of breath, a live-in caregiver experienced with Diabetic Care will be there to measure your blood sugar levels and take you to the doctor’s or emergency care right away.  Without caregivers or family members around, an elderly patient may experience a life-threatening crisis.  Round-the-clock care also entails assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, prescription pick-ups and transportation to medical visits.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care has been serving Calabasas and other communities all over LA County for over two decades, delivering outstanding senior care services and connecting families and medical professionals through our team of caregivers.  We offer flexible in-home care scheduling based on your availability.  Our seasoned care managers will help you come up with an elder care plan that’s based on your budget and elderly loved one’s needs.  We value your opinion in selecting your caregivers; when our care managers select a handful of candidates to take care of your loved ones, we invite you to interview them before making a decision on which caregiver will come into your home.  Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so you never have to worry about getting through to us.

For quality Diabetic Care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for more details.  Diabetic Care services are also available in Pasadena, Malibu, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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