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Exercise for Optimum Brain Health

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Assumptions of exercise being able to stagger the development of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has been around for quite some time. Some studies suggest that keeping a regular exercise routine might not only reduce memory loss but might also aid in keeping memory intact.

In a study conducted by the University of British Colombia, researchers found that routinely engaging in aerobic exercise seemed to boost the size of the hippocampus.

The hippocampus is the region of the brain that is associated with memory and learning. It is also involved in the storing of long-term memories and making those memories resistant to forgetting. This part of the brain also plays an important role in spatial processing and navigation.

As we get older, the hippocampus typically decreases in size, affecting its overall functionality.

By engaging in aerobic activities and other forms of exercise, we may be able to keep this decrease from happening.

Here are some senior-friendly exercises to try out:

  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Dancing
  • Elliptical machine

Regular exercise also helps with improving mood, promoting better sleep, and reducing stress. Each of these is being linked to better overall health and wellness.

Lowenhill Home Care Services is here to provide your loved ones with the protection and assistance they need to maintain their health and well-being, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally. For more details and information about our various care services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, here.

Who’s Taking Care of You When I’m Gone?

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The older we get, the less likely we are to be able to keep up with normal activities we used to do – this is often the case with everyone. And one of the worries old couples face is the thought of leaving behind their loved ones without anyone to take care of them, especially if they both have complex conditions that put their health at risk.

Who will help them go to the doctor? Who will remind them to take their medication? Who will help them eat? Walk down the steps or cook their meals for them?

All these questions might be what’s keeping you up in the evening. Luckily, we might just have the solution!

Lowenhill Home Care Services provides seniors and others in need with personalized non-medical in-home care to ensure that they live a long and fulfilling life without having to give up their independence.

Our services include but are not limited to meal planning and preparation, ambulation, assistance with bathing, cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping. Our care workers may also assist with light housekeeping, making and keeping appointments, use of prosthetic devices, medication reminders and assistance, and much more.

Rest assured that your loved ones will be given the appropriate attention and care that they need to improve their lifestyle and increase their health.

For more information about our services, please visit our website or contact our office to schedule a consultation with our staff. Click here.

How to Overcome Isolation as a Caregiver

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Being a caregiver can sometimes be a lonely job. Staying indoors with the person under your care may feel confining, restricting, and sad. It can keep you away from the activities you used to do and hobbies you enjoy. As a companion for someone who has unique challenges and needs, you may not be able to see family and friends for long periods of time – your own mental stability may suffer.

It’s important for you to recognize the dangers of isolation and to take the required steps to provider yourself some relief, so you can continue to live a full and satisfied life. Here are a couple suggestions:

Find a Support Group

Often what you need is to surround yourself with people who understand exactly what you’re going through. People who have been or are currently living in the same experience. Check online for a local support group for caregivers and try to attend meetings in person.

Exercise Regularly

It’s a known fact that regular exercise boosts your mood and energy levels. When you feel weary of caregiving, trust the research, and begin a regular exercise regimen. You’ll gain more energy instead of feeling wiped out.

Find Reliable Respite Care

For most out-of-the-house activities, you may need someone to take over your caregiving duties for a few hours so you can take a break without worrying too much about your loved one.

If you need a break as a caregiver, it’s more than okay to hire someone who can take over your responsibilities for a little while.

Contact Lowenhill Home Care Services for reliable and affordable respite care services, here.

Top Misconceptions People Have About Home Care

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It’s unavoidable for people to develop a few misconceptions about the home care system as it may be something unfamiliar to them. These misconceptions, however, are what is keeping them from getting the many benefits that come with getting home care. Here are some of the most common misconceptions we hear from prospective clients.

  1. Seniors will be stuck with the caregiver they are assigned at day one, doesn’t matter if they don’t like or don’t trust the person.

    This is usually never the case with most home care providers like Lowenhill Home Care Services. Before assigning you with a full-time caregiver, we will ask you a series of questions designed to help us find you the perfect match for you..

  2. Caregivers don’t genuinely care about their clients.

    You will have the opportunity to meet all of our staff before they start working with you for you to assess their performance and see if they are compatible to what your loved one needs. Our direct care workers are compassionate, committed, and highly trained to provide you with the right kinds of services.

  3. Home care is too expensive.

As it is with many things, the cost that is associated with a service always becomes the dominant concern of the client. However, facts suggest that home care is not only the preferred option but it’s also the most cost-efficient. Additionally, the consultation to find out if home care is indeed a good solution for your situation is free. A care plan is also tailored at the time of the meeting, so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be getting from your care provider.