St Louis In Home Care Tips

Honored to be Recognized as Gold star Partner of the ALS Association - St. Louis Regional chapter

We truly appreciate the opportunity to serve our clients and their families impacted by ALS.   This special recognition is due to the wonderful and caring women and men of our AHC Care Team for making an incredible impact each and every day!

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If you are in need of the best possible in home care assistance for your loved one impacted by a movement disorder or just have a few questions, please give us a call at any one of our four locations serving the Greater St. Louis Area.

Mid County 314-631-1989

South County 314-856-9446

West County 636-200-2909

St Charles County 636-724-4357

or visit our website at www.AssistanceAtHome.com

 

 

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St. Louis Respite Care - The Breathing Trick That Puts you to Sleep in Seconds


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I came across this article from Good Housekeeping the other day, tried it out last night....worked great and now I want to share today for all of those who find it difficult to "Turn Off" at night!



The Breathing Trick That Puts You To Sleep in Seconds

Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we’ve all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.

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The 4-7-8 breathing technique was pioneered Dr. Andrew Weill from Arizona, who describes the yoga-inspired method as “utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.” Dr.Weill claims that 4-7-8 breathing can help people fall asleep in just 60 seconds by acting as a “natural tranquiliser for the nervous system” that reduces stress and tension in the body.

How do you do it?  Remember: All inhaling breaths must be quiet and through your nose and all exhaling breaths must be loud and through your mouth.

How does it help? It takes on more oxygen relaxes the parasympathetic nervous system and promotes a state of calmness. It helps rebalance the nervous system which can become over stimulated during times of stress. It helps you connect with your body and your breathing and distract you from everyday thoughts that can prevent you from sleeping.

1. Before you begin, place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth just above your teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise.

2. Exhale completely through your mouth quite forcefully so you make a “whoosh” sound.

3. Close your mouth and inhale quietly and softly through your nose for a mental count of four.

4. Hold your breath and count to seven.

5. Next, exhale completely through your mouth, making another whoosh sound for eight seconds in one large breath.

6. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three times for a total of four breaths.

 


If you are having a tough time getting sleep because you are caring for an aging parent or loved one, give us a call!


 Let our St. Louis in home care team help with Respite Care!

If you are in need of the best possible assistance at home for your loved one in the St Louis area or just have questions, contact our Director of Client Care at Assistance Home Care. We are a St. Louis Senior Home Care Agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in St Charles, St Louis, Lincoln and Warren County, Mo.

We would welcome the opportunity to answer your home care questions and more.

Call today:

St. Louis County 314-631-1989

St. Charles County 636-724-4357

West County 636-200-2909

or visit us online at www.AssistanceAtHome.com

 

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Diet to lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease also ranked No. 1 easiest to follow in 2016


Here's a great article from RelaxNews that can help you with your New Year's Resolution and potentially help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's Disease!

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Diet to lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease also ranked No. 1 easiest to follow in 2016 .

A diet created to combat Alzheimer's by a team of US researchers has also been ranked as the easiest diet to follow and the second-best diet for healthy eating for 2016 by US News & World Report.

Short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, the MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, and was developed by Martha Clare Morris and her colleagues at Rush University Medical Center, U.S.A..

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Both the Mediterranean and DASH diets have previously been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and dementia, with Morris and her colleagues using previous research to assess which foods and their nutrients have a positive, or negative effect on the brain.

In recent studies participants who followed the diet rigorously showed up to a 53% percent lower risk of Alzheimer's, with those who didn't follow the diet strictly still showing around a 35% lower risk of the disease.

The diet may also slow cognitive decline among older adults even when they are not at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The diet consists of 15 dietary components, with ten "brain-healthy food groups" and five unhealthy groups.

To benefit from the cognitive-protecting effects of the diet the team advise the following guidelines:

- Eat a green leafy vegetable and one other vegetable every day

- Snack most days on nuts

- Eat beans every other day

- Eat poultry at least twice a week

- Eat fish at least once a week

- Enjoy a glass of wine a day

- Eat berries at least twice a week

Berries are the only fruit specifically to be included in the MIND diet, with previous studies showing that strawberries have shown to have a positive effect on the cognitive function of the brain, and with Morris and her team believing blueberries to be one of the most powerful foods available for protecting the brain.

However to really increase your chance of improving cognitive health, the five unhealthy brain food groups, which include red meat, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food, must be limited. The team's guidelines for the unhealthy food groups include restricting butter to less than 1 tablespoon a day, and less than one serving a week of sweets and pastries, whole fat cheese, and fried or fast food.

Morris does note however that the results of her study need to be confirmed by other research teams through randomized trials, and across different populations of participants.

Now in its sixth year, the US News & World Report annual "Best Diets" looks at 35 different diets and ranks them in a variety of categories. Using sources that include medical journals and government reports, the team assess the effectiveness of each diet in promoting weight loss and protecting against various diseases, as well as how easy they are to follow and any possible health risks they may pose.

Need Help Caring for an Aging Parent or Loved one with Alzheimer's in the St. Louis area?

Let our St. Louis in home care team help! If you are in need of assistance at home care for your loved one in the St Louis area or just have questions, contact our Director of Client Care at Assistance Home Care. We are a St. Louis Home Care Agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in St Charles, St Louis, Lincoln and Warren County, Mo. We would welcome the opportunity to answer your home care questions and more.

Call today: St. Louis County 314-631-1989 or St. Charles County 636-724-4357 or visit us online at Assistance Home Care in St. Louis.

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Does walking Speed have a connection to Alzheimer's?

Another great article from the Alzheimer's Reading Room.....

Subtle changes in walking and walking speed along with concerns about memory can be a sign of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Can slow walking speed in elderly signal Alzheimer's disease hallmarks?

How fast elderly people walk may be related to the amount of amyloid they have built up in their brains, even if they don't yet have symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.  The study is published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The Gist

  • The study involved 128 people with an average age of 76 who did not have dementia but were considered at high risk for developing it because they had some concerns about their memory. 
  • The participants had positron emission tomography (PET) scans of their brains to measure amyloid plaques in the brain. 
  • These plaques consist of dense deposits of a protein called beta amyloid, and their progressive buildup in the brain has been associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease. 
  • Of the participants, 48 percent had a level of amyloid often associated with dementia.

Participants were also tested on thinking and memory skills and how well they could complete everyday activities. A total of 46 percent of the participants had mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to the dementia that occurs in Alzheimer's disease. The Findings Walking speed was measured with a standard test that times people on how fast they can walk about 13 feet at their usual pace. The average walking speed was 3.48 feet per second. All but two of the participants tested in the normal range of walking speed.

  • The researchers found an association between slow walking speed and amyloid in several areas of the brain, including the putamen, a key region involved in motor function. 
  • The researchers compared how fast people walked both with and without taking into account the amount of amyloid and found that the amyloid level accounted for up to 9 percent of the difference in walking speed.

The relationship between amyloid levels and walking speed did not change when researchers took into account age, education level, or amount of memory problems.

"It's possible that having subtle walking disturbances in addition to memory concerns may signal Alzheimer's disease, even before people show any clinical symptoms," said study author Natalia del Campo, PhD, of the Gerontopole and the Centre of Excellence in Neurodegeneration of Toulouse (University Hospital Toulouse) in France.

Del Campo noted that the study looked only at a snapshot in time and does not prove that amyloid plaques cause the slowdown in walking speed; it shows the association. She also noted there are many other causes of slow walking in older adults.

Need Help Caring for an Aging Parent or Loved one with Alzheimer's in the St. Louis area?

Let our St. Louis in home care team help! If you are in need of assistance at home care for your loved one in the St Louis area or just have questions, contact our Director of Client Care at Assistance Home Care. We are a St. Louis Home Care Agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in St Charles, St Louis, Lincoln and Warren County, Mo. We would welcome the opportunity to answer your home care questions and more.
 
Call today: St. Louis County 314-631-1989 or St. Charles County 636-724-4357 or visit us online at Assistance Home Care in St. Louis.

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St Charles' Walk to End Alzheimer's is September 26th! Join Us!


Alzheimer's touches so many lives.....

A friend of mine had sent me a video of her daughter's dance team who put together a special performance dedicated one of the girl's grandmother whom she had lost to Alzheimer's.  The video touched me when I watched it for the first time a couple months ago and then again this morning and I wanted to share with others.

When one listens to the lyrics of this song along with the choreography, it really sums up a lot for people who have been touched by this terribe disease. Truly a beautiful piece.

Please take a moment to watch the video and share with others!

 

 

Another Special Opportunity for people who are currently struggling with this disease or have lost a loved one to this disease is to attend one of our St. Louis area Walk to End Alzheimer's events later this month.

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St. Louis Walk is September 12th 

St. Charles Walk is September 26th

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to connect family and friends who are dealing with or have dealt with this terrible disease.  You won't regret it!

Sign up Now!

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The End of Alzheimer's Start With Me!

 

 

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Assistance Home Care is Celebrating!


Here We Grow Again!

We are so proud of our AHC Team!   It's hard to believe that it took us over 4 months from the time we opened before we were blessed to have our 1st client.

Fast forward to today....while we have helped nearly 500 families care for their loved ones at home since we opened, we just achieved an Incredble Milestone of Assisting 100 Active Families across St. Louis and St. Charles!

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None of this is possible without our wonderful AHC Office Team!  Their dedication, hard work and passion to helping our families is absolutely amazing!

Speaking of AMAZING, Our AHC Caregivers are second to none!  We have been so blessed to have nearly 200 incredible and compassionate individuals join our Team.  They make the magic happen each and every day so that our families can remain independent and safe at home!  We are nothing without them!

 


 

Alzheimer's Association has Respite Funds Available!


St Louis Alzheimer's Association Announcement

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has awarded the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis St Louis Home Care - Alzheimer's Respite CareChapter $432,000 for the Caring at Home Grant  (Contract #C3145184001) to provide up to $1,000/year for respite support or care-related products to all Missouri families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder at home. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is currently accepting applications for the Respite Assistance Program.  For information on how to apply or additional resources available in your community, visit www.alz.org/stl or call 800.272.3900.  

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The St. Louis Chapter, a proud United Way member agency, serves 38 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois, providing comprehensive care and support programs. The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 

For additional information about the disease, family support or research, visit the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter web site at www.alz.org/stl, or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

If you need additional senior in home care support to help care for a loved one with Alzheimer's, please call Assistance Home Care at 636-724-4357 or visit www.assistanceathome.com


 

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St. Louis Home Care Tips: Five Signs of Low Vitamin D

Seniors need Vitamin D5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

Jefferey Morgan at Agingcare.com

Vitamin D deficiency is a pretty common condition. Sadly, very few people realize that their health is at risk, so they choose to ignore the side effects. Even though milk products have substantial quantities of vitamin D, that's still not enough to maintain bone strength and stay healthy.

In fact, the main source of this vitamin is not food, but the sun. Only natural sunlight provides enough vitamin D for your body to look and feel good. Unfortunately, older adults don't get out much, and because they spend a lot of time indoors, it's easy for them to become vitamin D deficient.

Here are five clear signs of vitamin D deficiency to watch out for:

  1. Weak muscles: In aging adults, vitamin D deficiency is strongly linked to weak muscles. Older people are susceptible to developing a vitamin D deficit due to several factors such as diminished exposure to direct sunlight, insufficient dietary intake, less-than-optimal intestinal absorption, and reduced skin thickness. Weakening of the muscles because of vitamin D deficiency can manifest in different ways. In general, older adults feel a heaviness in their legs and difficulty with standing up and climbing stairs. The good news is that supplementation can help older adults compensate for these insufficiencies, and thus get back on their feet.
  2. Mood changes: Vitamin D is not your average vitamin. In fact, it is a hormone. After vitamin D has been absorbed by the skin, it relocates to the kidneys and liver, where it is then transformed into an active hormone. This hormone helps assimilate calcium, and keeps the bones, muscles and teeth in excellent condition. Studies have shown that vitamin D is also responsible for activating genes that control the release of neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine); thereby affecting the functions of the brain. Seniors who feel depressed and tired all the time may actually suffer from a vitamin D deficiency.
  3. Weight gain: Research claims that, together with a hormone called leptin, vitamin D helps regulate body weight. Leptin is manufactured inside the body's fat cells and works by delivering signals to the human brain, basically letting a person know that they're full and they can stop eating. Vitamin D controls leptin levels inside the body, making sure that the right signals are sent to the brain. When someone is deficient in vitamin D, these signals get disrupted and the body doesn't know when to stop eating. This can make people overeat and gain weight.
  4. Fatigue: Many older adults who feel tired don't realize that they might have a vitamin D deficiency, so they choose to ignore their symptoms. Someone who has stiff joints and is constantly feeling fatigued might want to boost their intake of vitamin D (especially if they don't go outside much or don't eat many milk products). Apart from fatigue, vitamin D deficiency may also trigger pain in the legs and difficulty moving around the house.
  5. Stomach problems: Vitamin D deficiency may lead to inflammatory bowel disease, which is a chronic illness that causes swelling and irritation in the digestive tract. This condition is split into two main types: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Older adults are more predisposed to developing inflammatory bowel disease because they're susceptible to vitamin D deficiency. Gut problems are unpleasant and they can also tamper with the fat absorption process. Since vitamin D falls into the category of fat-soluble vitamins, insufficiencies may trigger severe gastrointestinal problems.

Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient that the body needs to function properly, and insufficiencies may trigger severe health problems. Older adults who don't go outside much should make a lifestyle change if they want to preserve their health, maintain strong bones and have a healthy digestive tract.

Expose yourself to more natural sunlight, especially in the morning. Take relaxing walks to the park and enjoy the beautiful weather. This will boost your mood and keep your bones strong and healthy. Vitamin D supplements may be advised if your deficiency is extremely severe, but it's a decision you'll have to consult with your physician before staring a treatment.

Need Help Caring for an Aging Parent or Getting Them Out for a Little Sunshine in the St. Louis area?

Let our  by Text-Enhance" href="http://assistancehomecarestlouis.com/In-Home-Care-Tips/#">St. Louis in home care team help! If you are in need of assistance at home care for your loved one in the St Louis area or just have questions, contact our Director of Client Care at Assistance Home Care. We are a St. Louis Home Care Agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in St Charles, St Louis, Lincoln and Warren County, Mo. We would welcome the opportunity to answer your home care questions and more.
 
Call today: St. Louis County 314-631-1989 or St. Charles County 636-724-4357 or visit us online at Assistance Home Care in St. Louis.

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Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas from Assistance Home Care

Thanks to all of our wonderful families whom we have been able to assist over the past year and to our wonderful team who make it all possible.   You are all #1 to us here at Assistance Home Care!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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