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By Susan Bruketta, 7:08 pm on December 17, 2013

Did you know certain foods can have a positive effect on your brain and cognitive function? In fact, studies show that some foods are effective for improving memory and even preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s! For families who have an aging parent or loved one that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, learn more about specialty Alzheimer’s home care in Albuquerque, and continue reading to find out which foods can help promote cognitive functioning. Seafood – Fish is often referred to as “brain food” and for good reason. In addition to being a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish is a healthy source of protein. Eating tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel and other healthy fish on a consistent basis helps support memory and other brain functions. Don’t like fish? Another option…

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By Susan Bruketta, 5:19 pm on November 11, 2013

There is nothing more heartwarming than to see our aging parents happily married, continuing to love each other as they journey into their sunset years. With a vow to care in sickness and in health, there are many situations where a husband or wife will take on the burden of care for their elderly spouse if they become ill or unable to complete daily tasks. While these senior adults show strength, bravery and unconditional love for their spouse, caregiving can be a very stressful endeavor. Depending on the amount of assistance, care and attention that is needed, the caregiving elder may be under severe physical and emotional stress. Stress is difficult for individuals of any age, but for the elderly, stress from caregiving can slowly shut the body down. In…

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By Susan Bruketta, 5:06 pm on October 25, 2013

Did you know that New Mexico has a Senior Olympics every year? In fact, their slogan is, “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.” And at Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque, we couldn’t agree more! Staying active well into your older years offers a variety of physical and even mental benefits and is an important factor for enhanced health and longevity. So how do you participate in the New Mexico Senior Summer Olympics (NMSO)? Get involved in sports at the local Albuquerque level and start practicing now! You can choose from sports like shuffleboard, swimming and even dance. Once you’ve decided on a sport, contact the Albuquerque NMSO coordinator, Brett Steinmetz, at 505-880-2800 for details on where and when your sport will…

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By Susan Bruketta, 8:13 pm on October 11, 2013

Betty White has once said, “I may be a senior but so what? I’m still hot.” The 91-year old actress and comedian has not “given up on life” nor has she had the need for home hospital care just yet. Betty has managed to remain one of the most fit (physically and mentally) and well-known older celebrities in Hollywood, and at 91 years young, has a television career that is still booming. White is so popular that Madame Tussads has created a lifelike wax replica of the hilariously funny celebrity. Earlier this week, the replica made headlines as it traveled from the Hollywood location across the nation to Washington DC. The duplicate, which features White smiling in a hot pink track suit, will be on display through December of this…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:39 pm on September 27, 2013

At Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque it is our goal to help seniors turn their dream of aging at home into a reality. While we offer many senior care services to promote independence at home for our clients, it is important to keep in mind that homes, especially older homes, were not built with senior adults in mind. Declines in vision, hearing or lack of mobility can increase the risk for falls, accidents and injuries at home. In fact, falls are one of the leading causes of permanent disability for seniors, taking away their ability to live without some form of assistance. Don’t let this happen to you or an aging loved one. Check out these simple home modifications that can go a long way in terms of senior safety!…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:10 pm on September 17, 2013

Who says the fun has to stop once you’ve entered your golden years? If you or an aging loved one are looking for new and exciting ways to exercise, socialize and interact with others, the city of Albuquerque is filled with options. In fact, Albuquerque is home to six senior centers and two multigenerational centers that welcome children, parents and grandparents. This year’s membership costs an affordable $13 and grants seniors access to all eight centers, as well as the popular Palo Duro 50+ Sports and Fitness Center. The various senior centers in Albuquerque offer something to satisfy everyone’s interests. Seniors who are interested in dance lessons can put on their dancing shoes and head to the Rio Bravo Center for ballroom, Latin and country dancing. Not only is learning…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:29 pm on August 23, 2013

Millions of Americans have taken on a caregiving role and provide care for their aging parents or grandparents. In some cases, this care involves assisting an elderly loved one with their daily activities, while in others, live-in care in Albuquerque is required through continual supervision. While caregiving can be a rewarding experience, it can also be overwhelming and stressful. As a caregiver, it is important to understand your job, to provide the best level of quality care possible. In order to do this, you must take care of yourself, taking breaks and attending to your own personal needs. If you are looking for respite care, don’t worry; finding professional and reliable assistance is easier than you think! The process of finding respite care services starts with talking to your loved…

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By Susan Bruketta, 6:33 pm on August 9, 2013

The years following retirement are meant to be filled with excitement and wonder; a time where you can follow your dreams and do things you never had the time, or the opportunity to before. At Albuquerque Home Care Assistance, we fully support this notion and encourage each and every one of our senior clients to remain active and passionate as they age. In our years of working with older adults, we’ve found that these simple activities are great ways to ensure a higher quality of life during one’s golden years: 1. Stay active. While some seniors may no longer have the luxury of traveling as they age due to immobility or medical conditions, there are plenty of other ways to stay active while continuing to learn about the culture and…

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By Susan Bruketta, 9:36 pm on July 12, 2013

Summer is in full swing and everyone’s feeling the heat in Albuquerque. While the summer means pool parties, trips to the river and barbeques with family and friends, the hot weather can be particularly dangerous for senior adults. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one, Albuquerque Home Care Assistance provides some advice for helping them stay cool and safe this summer. First, make sure your loved one is provided with plenty of liquids. The hot weather makes seniors more vulnerable to heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Check in with your loved one throughout the day and make sure they have easy access to water and other hydrating liquids. In many cases, seniors are unaware they are overheating and increase their risk for health complications. Also…

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By Susan Bruketta, 4:32 pm on June 27, 2013

The American Heart Association recently reported that one American experiences a heart attack every 34 seconds. Unfortunately, many individuals, especially senior adults, are unable to tell when a heart attack is happening because the symptoms can easily be overlooked. It is important that seniors are able to identify the warning signs of a heart attack so they are able to contact professional medical assistance as soon as possible. Identifying a heart attack symptom early could be the difference between life and death. Recognizing heart attack symptoms in seniors can sometimes be difficult as seniors may also suffer from frailty or an advanced illness. Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque provides the most common signs that may indicate a senior is suffering from a heart attack: Discomfort in the middle of the…

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