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

Knee pain — a sign of arthritis, related to obesity or just the result of getting older? Whatever the reason, diet and exercise might be able to prevent or reduce knee pain in overweight older adults with diabetes.

Posted: February 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

Older adults with reduced mobility may not move around a lot, but a little activity may go a long way in maintaining their heart health.

Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:02 pm

More of a good thing isn't always better. And that may apply to exercise and its effects on heart health.

Posted: February 16, 2015, 7:05 pm

A heart-friendly lifestyle is one of your best bets for preventing strokes and heart attacks, and it may help many stay mobile and independent for longer as they age.

Posted: February 12, 2015, 7:01 pm

The beliefs many Americans hold about their cancer risk might be doing them a disservice.

Posted: February 7, 2015, 8:30 pm

Many avid joggers feel guilty about taking days off from running. However, taking it easy may be healthier than going overboard.

Posted: February 2, 2015, 6:35 pm

Before reaching for the medicine cabinet, consider cleaning up your diet — it may save your life.

Posted: January 23, 2015, 12:40 pm

January is the time for resolutions, and getting into shape is a good one for most people. You don't necessarily have to run a marathon, though — even a little exercise a day could help keep the doctor away.

Posted: January 21, 2015, 9:35 pm

They may be key to weight loss and good health, but diet and exercise may sometimes need a little help from obesity medications and surgery.

Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:44 pm

Exercise doesn't have to be complicated. Even simple walks with friends may improve your health.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 9:35 pm

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Alzheimer’s

Medications for allergies, depression and incontinence can be lifesavers. However, they may have some surprising effects on mental health.

Posted: January 26, 2015, 9:41 pm

Conventional wisdom holds that Alzheimer's starts with small memory slips — but new evidence suggests that other mental health symptoms may signal this disease.

Posted: January 14, 2015, 7:05 pm

A good night’s rest may not only make you less groggy — it could also prevent a more serious brain drain. Those who get enough deep sleep may be less likely to develop dementia.

Posted: December 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

In middle age, taking care of yourself now could mean avoiding a health crisis later — and that may go double for diabetes patients. Middle-aged diabetes patients may have a raised risk for mental decline later in life.

Posted: December 1, 2014, 8:05 pm

Reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s may be as simple as enjoying a few cups of coffee each day.

Posted: November 30, 2014, 11:46 am

Getting early treatment for dementia can improve patients' health. Many people, however, aren't getting screened for the disorder in the first place.

Posted: November 26, 2014, 7:05 pm

Americans may be living longer than ever before. In a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, measures of life span were up and rates of death were down.

Posted: October 9, 2014, 4:03 pm

A moody and high-stress lifestyle in midlife, particularly coupled with prolonged periods of distress, might do more than affect how a woman feels day-to-day. It could also play a part in the development Alzheimer's disease.

Posted: October 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

Do you often forget where you left your keys or parked the car? More frequent memory problems may be a sign of more brain function loss to come.

Posted: September 24, 2014, 8:05 pm

Alzheimer's patients often become upset or afraid in new situations. But a new medicine may be able to reduce this agitation.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 5:14 pm

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Mental Health

The number of people in the US who smoke is on the decline, and those who do smoke may be doing so for shorter periods of time. Changed smoking patterns, however, may be causing some patients at risk for lung cancer to miss out on cancer screening.

Posted: February 25, 2015, 1:00 pm

If you need another reason to quit smoking, keep reading. New evidence supports past findings that smokers face a raised risk for many health problems.

Posted: February 25, 2015, 12:55 pm

Good times with friends sometimes involve a little drinking, but social media may be sending the wrong message about drinking too much.

Posted: February 20, 2015, 7:00 pm

Quitting cold turkey works for some smokers, but others struggle with stopping all at once. It's not easy for most smokers, but there's a medication that might help some ease into quitting.

Posted: February 17, 2015, 5:49 pm

A bad night of sleep once in a while is no big deal, but it can turn into a serious health issue for some. Many treatments — even some that don't require medication — may help patients with these sleep problems.

Posted: February 16, 2015, 4:40 pm

Smokers, it’s never too late to quit — and there may now be even more good reasons to do so.

Posted: February 12, 2015, 11:16 pm

Babies and toddlers are expert nappers, but perhaps tired and stressed adults should pencil in some nap time, too!

Posted: February 10, 2015, 5:30 pm

Of all the parts of the body smoking can damage, the back doesn't seem like it would be one of them. Many smokers with lower back arthritis, however, may beg to differ. Smokers with this condition may not respond as well to treatment as nonsmokers.

Posted: February 9, 2015, 9:35 pm

Stress is a feared enemy of heart health, but most people have a hard time kicking it out of their lives. Learning to cope with stressful events may be an important step for women recovering from a heart attack.

Posted: February 9, 2015, 7:05 pm

Pain medications can be a double-edged sword. People in pain need help. Too much of a good thing, however, can cause addiction and endanger health.

Posted: February 9, 2015, 4:48 pm

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Healthy Living

There may be more to healthy eating than vitamins, minerals, and fat and sugar content. How much you eat and when could have an effect on your blood sugar, too.

Posted: February 25, 2015, 12:57 pm

A simple decision like whether to use a dishwasher may affect your child's allergies.

Posted: February 23, 2015, 1:55 pm

Knee pain — a sign of arthritis, related to obesity or just the result of getting older? Whatever the reason, diet and exercise might be able to prevent or reduce knee pain in overweight older adults with diabetes.

Posted: February 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

No cholesterol, yes cholesterol. No coffee, yes coffee. What to eat can get pretty confusing for the average eater. New recommendations may clear up some of that confusion.

Posted: February 20, 2015, 6:56 pm

Women with multiple sclerosis may need to pay extra attention to what they eat to address a possible gap in their diets.

Posted: February 19, 2015, 7:06 pm

Older adults with reduced mobility may not move around a lot, but a little activity may go a long way in maintaining their heart health.

Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:02 pm

You may not have to give your diet a complete overhaul to lose a little weight. Making just one change to your diet may help you drop a few pounds.

Posted: February 16, 2015, 8:54 pm

More of a good thing isn't always better. And that may apply to exercise and its effects on heart health.

Posted: February 16, 2015, 7:05 pm

A heart-friendly lifestyle is one of your best bets for preventing strokes and heart attacks, and it may help many stay mobile and independent for longer as they age.

Posted: February 12, 2015, 7:01 pm

Too much sun can be damaging to skin health, but a little may be just what the doctor ordered for those at risk of a stroke.

Posted: February 11, 2015, 5:35 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

The number of people in the US who smoke is on the decline, and those who do smoke may be doing so for shorter periods of time. Changed smoking patterns, however, may be causing some patients at risk for lung cancer to miss out on cancer screening.

Posted: February 25, 2015, 1:00 pm

If you need another reason to quit smoking, keep reading. New evidence supports past findings that smokers face a raised risk for many health problems.

Posted: February 25, 2015, 12:55 pm

The majority of prostate cancer patients may receive the same treatment. There are other options, however, and they may be underused.

Posted: February 19, 2015, 7:34 pm

If you have prostate cancer, you may be seeing a lot more of your doctor. That's because this cancer is often managed with frequent checkups rather than aggressive treatment in low-risk cases. And this may be the best option for some intermediate-risk cases, too.

Posted: February 19, 2015, 4:02 pm

Cancer patients are winning the battle against the disease like never before, but age and race may play a role in determining survival odds.

Posted: February 19, 2015, 3:55 pm

Not all patients face the same risks from the same surgeries. Such is likely the case with surgeries to remove benign uterine tumors.

Posted: February 19, 2015, 2:20 pm

For parents of kids with the red, itchy skin that comes with eczema, finding an effective treatment is a top priority. And so is making sure the treatment doesn't have unsafe side effects. One common treatment may be safer than once thought.

Posted: February 18, 2015, 5:48 pm

It’s a conundrum — dense breast tissue makes it harder to detect cancer in a mammogram, but it also raises the risk of breast cancer. For women with dense breast tissue, breast cancer risk education may help more than required screening.

Posted: February 13, 2015, 4:00 pm

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used by millions of women to treat menopause. HRT, however, has been shown to pose health risks, including increasing the chances of getting ovarian cancer.

Posted: February 13, 2015, 3:09 am

Smokers, it’s never too late to quit — and there may now be even more good reasons to do so.

Posted: February 12, 2015, 11:16 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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