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By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on November 12, 2018

Just over 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, and many of those individuals are over the age of 65. One recent study funded by the American Diabetes Association revealed that just over 25 percent of the senior population has diabetes. With some hard work and ongoing support, your aging parent might be able to control his or her blood sugar levels. Here are a few steps you should take if your parent develops diabetes. 1. Educate Your Parent Many older adults don’t realize just how devastating type 2 diabetes can be, which is why you should spend some time teaching your parent about the potential dangers. When left untreated, diabetes can result in a myriad of health complications, including kidney disease, nerve damage, impaired vision, dental disorders, and heart disease. Your parent should also know that type 2 diabetes can be controlled through healthy lifestyle choices. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care. Tucson Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives. 2. Keep an Eye …

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How to Reduce Sundowning in Older Adults with Dementia in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on November 5, 2018
How to Reduce Sundowning in Older Adults with Dementia in Tucson, AZ

Many seniors with dementia experience “sundowning”—when the sun begins to set, they become agitated or restless. They may wander the house as though they’re searching for something. While this behavior can be difficult for caregivers—who usually need a break by the time evening arrives—to manage, …

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By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on October 29, 2018

From financial challenges to the ability to age in place safely and comfortably, Tucson seniors face many potential challenges. The staff at Tucson Home Care Assistance has put together an infographic featuring the most important statistics you need to know if you have an aging loved one living in Tucson, AZ.  

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Top 5 Signs of Vision Loss in Seniors in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on October 22, 2018
Top 5 Signs of Vision Loss in Seniors in Tucson, AZ

Vision loss is more common among older adults than their younger counterparts. Many seniors experience age-related vision loss, and it’s important for caregivers to catch this issue as early on as possible. Several eyesight issues can be mitigated or completely reversed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, …

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Why Seniors Need Socialization in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on October 15, 2018
Why Seniors Need Socialization in Tucson, AZ

Companionship is important for people of all ages, but regular socialization is necessary for older adults. Isolation can impact a senior’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Here are six reasons aging adults need to stay social as they age. 1. Enhance Emotional Health While many people …

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How to Prepare Seniors for Flu Season in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on October 8, 2018
How to Prepare Seniors for Flu Season in Tucson, AZ

Flu season generally begins in October and lasts until the end of February. During this time, seniors are susceptible to various illnesses. The risk of becoming seriously ill rises if they have a cardiovascular disease, metabolic or neurological disorder, or respiratory disease. Here are a …

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How to Tell When Your Parent Should Quit Driving in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on October 2, 2018
How to Tell When Your Parent Should Quit Driving in Tucson, AZ

Age-related macular degeneration, dementia, and several other health issues can impact a senior’s ability to drive. It’s also difficult to figure out the exact time a senior poses a threat to him or herself or others by driving. Keep an eye out for the following …

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How to Develop Strong Bones in the Senior Years in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on September 24, 2018
How to Develop Strong Bones in the Senior Years in Tucson, AZ

Bone loss is a natural part of the aging process, but quite a bit can be done to slow its progression. With healthy dietary choices and a good exercise plan, seniors can keep their bones healthy and dense for many years to come. Here are …

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Top 8 Healthy Foods for Older Adults with No Appetite in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 12:20 am on September 17, 2018
Top 8 Healthy Foods for Older Adults with No Appetite in Tucson, AZ

Many seniors lose their appetite as they get older, and this unwillingness to eat can be caused by health conditions, medications, and the physical changes that come with aging. If you’re a caregiver, finding foods that stimulate your senior loved one’s appetite should be your …

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5 Benefits of Meditation for the Elderly in Tucson, AZ
By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on September 10, 2018
5 Benefits of Meditation for the Elderly in Tucson, AZ

Meditation is one of the best ways for aging adults to boost their mental, physical, and emotional health without overexerting themselves. The techniques practiced in meditation can provide seniors with a break from everyday stressors, boost their cognitive health, and lower their risk of developing …

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