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Stand Up For Your Health: Why Too Much Sitting Can Wreck It

As we age, many of us have the propensity to want to sit down more often. But did you know that sitting down could be taking you down?

That’s because research has found that too much sitting can lead to a greater risk for health problems like too much visceral belly fat (deeper-layered belly fat that surrounds your internal organs), heart disease, obesity, and even cancer. Even worse, all of these health issues come with a perilous warning that your chances of living a long life after they’ve wreaked havoc on your health are slim.

At A-1 Home Care, seniors don’t have to worry about whether they’re sitting too much and potentially increasing their risk for such health problems, because our expert in-home caregivers provide lasting solutions that motivate and stimulate the elderly.

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Plus, we can also provide help around the house to make life easier for all of our senior patients, including:

  • transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and other engagements
  • cleaning and tidying
  • laundry
  • preparation of healthy meals
  • light housekeeping
  • gardening/yardwork services
  • personal care like grooming and bathing
  • and much more

Also, because proper hydration– namely, a lack thereof– is one of the leading reasons for wanting to be on our butts more than we should be, A-1 Home Care’s helpful caregivers will remind their clients to drink lots of fluids for proper metabolic processing and so that they’ll feel less like sitting down and more like staying on their feet.

 

Typically, a two-minute walk every hour is good enough for seniors to abstain from the harrowing health side effects of too much sitting, but our understanding caregivers can help set up specialized treatment plans for all their patients if those two minutes are especially difficult.

A-1 Home Care offers services across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including cities like Anaheim Hills, Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar, and Pasadena. For more information about our in-home care services, dial (626) 287- 0250 and speak with an A-1 Home Care professional today!

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In-Home Care After Heart Attack

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Every 34 seconds. 

That’s how many heart attacks occur in the U.S. each day.

34 percent.

That’s the number of people who experience a heart attack and die from it. It’s a staggering number that results in more than a million deaths each year.

What Causes a Heart Attack?

Most heart attacks, or myocardial infarction, stem from coronary heart disease, a condition that clogs the coronary arteries with fatty plaques. Researchers have found that while these plaques are damaging, it’s typically the sudden formation on top of the plaque that causes the obstruction of blood flow in the already too-narrow artery.

Who’s At Risk?

Risk factors that could potentially lead to a heart attack are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and prolonged high-stress. Men who are over the age of 50, family history, and menopause for women can also increase the likelihood of a heart attack.

A cardiologist relies on various tests and scans to identify and diagnose a heart attack. Angiograms and radioisotopes scan specific areas of the heart for damage and blockage. This data provides crucial information that your doctor can utilize for prevention and proper treatment.

Heart Attack Prevention

Assessing your risk for a heart attack is the first step in prevention, and doctors advise starting as young as 20. It always comes back to living a healthy lifestyle and omitting the behaviors that can potentially trigger a latent family trait.

Here a few things you can do NOW, according to Healthline:

  • Find out your family’s medical history
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise Regularly (10,000 steps-a-day)\
  • Eat more whole foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Manage your diabetes
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Control blood cholesterol 
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Reduce stress

Recovery After a Heart Attack 

As everyone knows, you can do everything right and sometimes things still happen–Murphy’s Law, as they call it. Although suffering from a heart attack is a frightening experience, surviving and being able to come home is life-changing.

Returning home after a heart attack can mean months of recuperation. You may feel tired or weak due to your damaged heart muscle and time in the hospital. In the first few weeks, you should take things slow and pace yourself. You’re not going to be able to do the same things with same vigor at first, but with time you will. You may experience such feelings like depression, anger or fear. Most of these feelings will go away with time and as you get back to your normal routine. Your physician will recommend a heart-healthy diet and exercise plan for you to follow–this is the time to follow it and stop making excuses.

If you or a loved has gone through the life-altering experience of a heart attack, we at A-1 Home Care can provide personal, in-home care after your surgery. Our caregivers can provide hospice care, short-term or long-term , live-in care while you recover.

Please visit us at Altadena A-1 Home Care to experience our one-of-a-kind compassionate care service. We are also located in the neighboring cities of Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta-Montrose, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, and San Marino.

Contact us at (626) 287-0250 for more questions. Check-out our Facebook and Twitter websites for daily updates!

Safety Solutions for Seniors in Altadena

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Many people equate aging with the loss in ability to drive.  That is far from the case if you understand the problems that might hinder one’s ability to drive, then correct it by changing the way you operate the vehicle. So the following are a few tips from HelpGuide.org to help seniors and elderly continue their independence and drive around safely.

The number one concern is the loss in physical ability due to aging.  This can range from joint pains, vision impairment, to slower reaction time.  If pain and stiffness is bothering you, recognize that it might take you a bit longer to look over the shoulder to change lane. In addition, moving your foot from the gas to brake pedal might also take longer than normal, so think ahead about braking to avoid rear ending the car in front.  If your aging father is a car enthusiast, and many of them enjoy driving a manual transmission vehicle, those days might need to change.  Choosing a car with automatic transmission, power steering, and other assist can definitely help those with slower reaction time as a result of aging.  Lastly, drive defensively and understand your limitations when it comes to driving.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers caregivers like Sarah Fnu and Audrey Morales who are able to provide safe transportation if your elderly love one is not able to drive themselves.  Whether it is to a community center, medical appointment, shopping, or other events, our caregivers can safely drive them to their destinations.  In addition to driving, our caregivers have the skills and experience to provide Parkinson Care, Arthritis Care, Alzheimer Care, After Surgery Care, Hospice Care, or other Elder Care services, giving you flexibility in finding the most compatible caregiver you can hope for.  Area of service should not be a problem either, as we operate all over Los Angeles and Orange County, including the cities of Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, San Marino, Temple City, Monrovia, Rosemead, La Canada, Burbank, and more.

Call 626-287-0250 to learn more about our service, or visit www.altadenainhomecare.com for more information.

Care at Home for Seniors & Elderly in Altadena

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Seniors and Elderly worked hard to provide for our generations, now it is time for us to repay them with our gratitude and support.  This week, all the talk in the 24 hours news channels are the sequester cut set by the congress.  This type of severe budget cut not only affects various government agencies, but it could also affect the elderly who needs support.  In this NBC News article, it states that Meals on Wheels, which is a home delivered meals service for people in need, including  and especially the seniors, would have to cut about 4 million meals.  Such meals could account over half of what these seniors or elderly might each per day.  If your elderly loved ones are not a participant of Meals on Wheels, they could still be affected as vaccinations could also be cut.  Many seniors and elderly folks rely on flu shots, and if supply is not up to the needs, they could be in danger.

With thousands of testimonials from satisfied customers, A-1 Home Care in Altadena is trusted by many around Los Angeles and Orange County for their at home care needs.  If you have elderly or seniors who live in Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Temple City, or San Marino, and are suffering from Parkinson, Alzheimer, Diabetes, Cancer, Stroke and are in need of After Surgery Care, Hospice Care, or other Elder Care services, contact us to match you with one of our many experienced caregivers, home helpers, senior companions, or certified nurse aides, compatibility is guaranteed.

Call us at 626-287-0250, or visit www.altadenainhomecare.com for more information.

Incontinence Care for Seniors and Elderly in Altadena

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It is more commonly related to the elderly, an overactive bladder can be an frustrating and potentially embarrassing problem for the aging crowd.  For those with server case, incontinence care may be an option worth considering.  It is a sensitive topic to bring up with your loved ones, but it is very important to make sure they understand that they are not the only one with such problems.  Incontinence issues affect millions of folk around the country.  Instead of avoiding the issue, bring it up with your elderly parent, and consult with professionals about what is best to ensure the best quality of life for the seniors.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers experienced and reliable caregivers in Incontinence Care who are respectful and compassionate.  They understand the sensitivity with the issue and will bring their skills to the plate for the best care.  Our service includes areas of Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, San Marino, Temple City, Monrovia, and much more around Los Angeles County.  We also specialize in Alzheimer Care, Diabetic Care, Arthritis Care, Cancer Care, 24 Hour Live In Home Care, Postpartum Care, and other elderly care services.

Call 626-287-0250 to learn more about our service, or visit www.altadenainhomecare.com for more information.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive nervous system disease. The early the detection, the more control the patient can have. Although there is no cure, there are treatments available for Parkinson patients. These treatments can control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. If you are experiencing tremor, movement problems, sleep troubles, constipation, and a sudden change in handwriting, they may be signs of Parkinson’s disease. Please keep in mind, if you are only presenting a single symptom, it is normal. However, if you have more than one of these symptoms, consult your doctor for further testing. National Parkinson Foundation has “10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease” for detailed warning signs of Parkinson’s.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena  provides Parkinson Care along with general in home senior and elderly care services. Parkinson care is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start Parkinson care in Altadena

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When to Start Hospice Care

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When a loved one is suffering from a terminal illness it is tough. How do you decide when to start hospice care? The time to start hospice care is when treatment is no longer working and the main focus shifts to providing comfort for the patient. This is usually when the doctor announces the patient has less than six months. Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts suggests ” By contacting hospice early in the diagnosis  the patient and family reserve time to understand their options and choose the path that will have the most positive impact on quality of life.”Before making the decision to switch to hospice care, discuss this with families and doctors. 

A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers hospice care along with general in home senior and elderly care services. Hospice care is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start hospice care in Altadena

visit http://www.altadenainhomecare.com for more home care information