Welcome to The Home Option

When seniors and others require long or short-term assistance with daily living needs, home is the most comfortable and convenient place to receive care. The Home Option provides non-medical home carecompanion care and homemaker services to seniors, those recovering from illness or surgery and others. Care options include 24 hour live in home care and hourly care.

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Physical Fitness

Heart disease and stroke are the main causes of death and disability in people with diabetes. Exercise, however, has proven to be a great way to lower that risk.

Posted: April 10, 2014, 9:36 pm

Quitting smoking is a tough task for most smokers. One healthy activity might be a great place to start.

Posted: April 10, 2014, 7:48 pm

Due to the nature of the disease, people with COPD are typically quite sedentary. New research is giving them a good reason to add even a little exercise into their daily routine.

Posted: April 9, 2014, 8:45 pm

Aerobic exercise can promote healthy weight loss and bone health. New research shows that it could also help maintain brain volume and fight cognitive decline.

Posted: April 8, 2014, 10:30 pm

Walking or riding a bicycle to school is a great way for children to get extra physical activity — but only if it's safe for them to do so.

Posted: April 7, 2014, 12:26 pm

For people with chronic high blood sugar, exercise and a healthy diet could delay or prevent diabetes. New research shows those interventions could even save lives.

Posted: April 2, 2014, 10:30 pm

Lifestyle habits like tobacco and alcohol consumption along with level of physical activity have wide-reaching impacts on health.

Posted: March 28, 2014, 7:51 pm

Health-conscious people are always looking for ways to live long and disease-free lives. There may be more to achieving that goal than just maintaining a healthy weight.

Posted: March 17, 2014, 6:34 pm

The health benefits of regular exercise are undeniable. And to keep in the game, it’s important for athletes to take good care of their bodies and their skin.

Posted: March 14, 2014, 3:23 pm

Except when it comes to shopping for jeans, many people may not pay close attention to the their waist size. But a new report suggests that number might be an important one for adults to consider.

Posted: March 13, 2014, 3:17 pm

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Alzheimer’s

Researchers continue to look for new ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms like dementia take shape. Reliable diagnostics may increase the effectiveness of treatments.

Posted: March 24, 2014, 8:41 pm

It's been difficult to develop a treatment for early Alzheimer's disease without being able to predict who might get it. Researchers may have just found a way to tell who could be at risk for the disease.

Posted: March 10, 2014, 3:16 am

Several diseases may factor into an older, gravely ill person’s death. Alzheimer’s may be one of those diseases, but it might not be listed as the primary cause of death.

Posted: March 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease sometimes have severe agitation that needs to be managed with medication. A new study found that one medication could be a good treatment.

Posted: February 18, 2014, 7:00 pm

If you're not a big fish eater, you may be missing out — or at least your brain might be missing out on a helpful nutrient found in fish oil.

Posted: January 27, 2014, 11:57 am

As Alzheimer's disease becomes more prevalent, researchers are looking for new ways to treat the condition. A new study hints that a simple vitamin might help slow the disease.

Posted: December 31, 2013, 7:00 pm

As research continues to progress with Alzheimer's disease, scientists are looking for information about what might contribute to it. They recently found one possibility.

Posted: December 27, 2013, 4:25 pm

People with dementia who live at home require a significant amount of medical and personal care. Unfortunately, the needs of those patients and their caregivers may often go unmet.

Posted: December 27, 2013, 11:30 am

Dementia, a condition that affects memory and thinking abilities, is most often associated with aging. New research has found there may be a link between dementia and heart disease.

Posted: December 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

Dementia is not a normal part of aging, but the risk of issues like memory loss does increase with age. As the population ages, many are pushing for more awareness of conditions related to memory loss.

Posted: November 18, 2013, 6:45 pm

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Mental Health

The brain remains complex and elusive to clinicians, who still have difficulty determining if or when someone with a severely damaged brain will recover. Now there may be a new tool to help them.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 10:30 pm

Every year, more than half a million teenagers experience a serious concussion. These brain injuries often leave lasting damage, but to what extent?

Posted: April 15, 2014, 9:00 pm

Sleep apnea has been linked to disease of the immune system and inflammatory diseases. But there's one part of the body possibly affected by sleep apnea that many may not even consider.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 6:06 pm

Brain scans can detect brain disorders. Concussion, a mild brain injury, may be more accurately diagnosed through certain kinds of brain scans than others.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 4:00 am

Couples married for a long time don’t often mention food when speaking of how they have kept the relationship going, but maybe they should.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 9:49 pm

Certain sleeping pills and anxiety medication could be risky for seniors. Evidence-based education could help them to choose their medications wisely.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 8:00 pm

Mothers who take prescription medications often worry if they can breastfeed their baby. Stopping antidepressant use may not be necessary and may even help breastfeeding.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 3:14 pm

Sleep is very important to health, especially for children who are still physically developing. Anything that might interfere with sleep, such as TV, might lead to poor long-term habits.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 4:05 am

Becoming a parent brings a host of changes that not every person is prepared for. Depression after a new child's arrival can occur for both mothers and fathers.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 4:05 am

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has always involved a balancing of possible benefits and risks. But so does skipping the medication when a mom has depression.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 4:05 am

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Healthy Living

Being overweight has a wide range of health implications. One new study looked at how a pregnant women's weight may affect the child they carry.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

Previous studies have shown that the amount of weight that women gain during pregnancy can significantly affect the baby's health. And it's possible that a child's health could be affected throughout childhood and beyond.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 5:36 pm

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability around the world, and most cases are due to diet and lifestyle factors. But which factors matter the most?

Posted: April 14, 2014, 10:30 pm

Couples married for a long time don’t often mention food when speaking of how they have kept the relationship going, but maybe they should.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 9:49 pm

Just by taking a look around, one might see that obesity has become a bigger problem over the last several decades. But changes in diabetes rates are less easy to see.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 9:00 pm

A diagnosis of breast cancer can bring new worries about survival. It’s possible that a common vitamin may help improve the outlook.

Posted: April 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Heart disease and stroke are the main causes of death and disability in people with diabetes. Exercise, however, has proven to be a great way to lower that risk.

Posted: April 10, 2014, 9:36 pm

Quitting smoking is a tough task for most smokers. One healthy activity might be a great place to start.

Posted: April 10, 2014, 7:48 pm

Unhealthy habits may seem unimportant when you're young. However, some habits may be shaving off a significant amount of years from your life.

Posted: April 10, 2014, 6:19 pm

Most kids are pretty good at deciding what foods they will eat. How much they eat, however, is influenced by more than hunger.

Posted: April 10, 2014, 3:59 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

With increasing survival rates for many types of childhood cancers, some of these cancers are approaching cures. Several key events have made this possible.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 5:32 pm

Surviving cancer as a child is a big deal, but it doesn't necessarily mean the battle is over. Childhood cancer survivors, like the rest of us, must continue practicing healthy habits.

Posted: April 15, 2014, 12:53 pm

It is recommended that women have regular breast cancer screening. Some women, who are more in need of screening than others, may be getting screened less often than they should, research shows.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 9:43 pm

Patients with cancer already have treatment and healing to deal with, so ways to ease their excess pain are always being explored. A new study reveals promise of one new method to ease such pain.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 8:44 pm

For some women, working during breast cancer treatment is a necessity. The strategies these women have developed to cope with working during this time may help other women in the same situation.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 4:51 pm

Patients with deadly bladder cancer usually have surgery. There is additional treatment to improve their survival odds, but it may not be used as often as it should be, new research has shown.

Posted: April 14, 2014, 4:05 am

A diagnosis of breast cancer can bring new worries about survival. It’s possible that a common vitamin may help improve the outlook.

Posted: April 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Though cancer presents a difficult road ahead for most people, new research suggests that older patients with colorectal cancer may face more challenges than younger patients.

Posted: April 9, 2014, 8:00 pm

Parents may consider their age when having kids in terms of their own health and vitality as the children grow. But could parental age actually affect the future health of the children, too?

Posted: April 9, 2014, 7:34 pm

Studies have shown that women with breast cancer who are under age 50 get the most benefit from chemotherapy. But these are the same women who wonder if the treatment will leave them unable to have children.

Posted: April 9, 2014, 3:04 pm

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Exercising and MCI

Mild cognitive impairment causes problems with memory, language and thinking. It can also put people at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s. For patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), exercising may offer some protection for the mind. Read more at http://bit.ly/1cw1qsk Via dailyRx

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Life Expectancy

A healthy lifestyle depends on more than just your behavior or your genes. It may also depend on where you live. A recent study found that life expectancy changes significantly from state to state. Read more at http://bit.ly/16j8un5 Via dailyRx

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Dementia Screening

Routine screening for certain diseases comes with aging. But among the general population, pricey screening tests for ‎dementia‬ may not provide any real benefit for seniors who are not at risk. Read more at http://bit.ly/143kwW0 Via dailyRx

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Vitamin D

People get their vitamin D from sunlight, foods and supplements. This vitamin is important for bones as well as for muscles. New research shows that getting enough vitamin D may also help adults maintain their physical abilities as they age. Read more at http://bit.ly/18yI6LL Via dailyRx

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Alzheimer’s Disease Study

The race to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has led to trying medications that work for other diseases. One particular medication has shown some positive signs of slowing down signs of Alzheimer’s progression. Read more at http://bit.ly/13q0fGP Via dailyRx

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Dementia Study

There’s no cure for ‪dementia‬, but it may not be spreading as widely as doctors once predicted. Healthier generations may have a lower risk for developing dementia in the future. A recent study looked at dementia rates among senior adults in the United Kingdom (UK) in the 1990s and again 20 years later. Read more at http://bit.ly/13PaDLn Via dailyRx

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Get Old Video – Hy Snell

“Get Old” Hy Snell, 94 from Variable on Vimeo.

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Aging and Happiness

The 1993 comedy “Grumpy Old Men” played on the stereotype that with old age comes unhappiness. These days, the reality may be much different. Seniors appear to be growing older more happily than in the past. Read more at http://bit.ly/18Yu85c Via dailyRx

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Staying Sharp

There’s good news in the ‎health‬ world for ‪aging‬ seniors. People in their mid 90s may be staying sharper nowadays compared to previous generations. Read more at http://bit.ly/158ayy5 Via dailyRx

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Disability and Aging

Self-care helps shape the quality of life for most people. That is no less true for many aging individuals, who also desire to dress and feed themselves, get around on their own and so forth. Read more at http://bit.ly/12Eim8r Via dailyRx

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Healthy Living

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your grandparents, try a crossword puzzle book. And while you’re at the store, buy yourself a book too. You may thank yourself later. Read more at http://bit.ly/12T50bU Via dailyRx

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