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

If Goldilocks took her love of moderation all the way to exercise, she might have discovered that her heart was "just right."

Posted: August 13, 2015, 8:00 pm

Exercise is important for people of all ages, but when it comes to diabetes risk, staying active during the early teen years might have particularly big benefits.

Posted: August 8, 2015, 10:00 pm

Have you given up on exercise? A lot of older people do, but you may want to consider this.

Posted: August 6, 2015, 8:00 pm

If you needed another reason to get your teen daughter to drop the phone and get off the couch, here it is.

Posted: July 31, 2015, 4:20 am

For most people, slimming down can lower the risk for many conditions. But, for postmenopausal women, maintaining a healthy weight may be especially important.

Posted: July 16, 2015, 3:58 pm

It can be easy to assume that aging means the end of exercise — especially when an injury is involved. But one surgery may help some older athletes get back in the game.

Posted: July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Your day-to-day activities just may halve your risk for heart failure.

Posted: July 9, 2015, 10:00 pm

Many teen girls play hard in school sports, and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, they may be more likely than boys to be injured.

Posted: June 26, 2015, 8:59 pm

Some teens act like they can't live without their phones, tablets or computers. But parents may be wise to set screen-time limits.

Posted: June 10, 2015, 10:35 pm

For some asthma patients, exercise can trigger shortness of breath and other related symptoms — but new evidence suggests that having asthma doesn't have to keep you out of the game.

Posted: June 10, 2015, 10:30 pm

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Alzheimer’s

Omega-3 pills are among the most popular dietary supplements in the US. But these pills may not be living up to their claims.

Posted: August 27, 2015, 5:58 pm

It's probably not your imagination that Grandma is becoming increasingly fragile over time. And her dementia medication may be partly to blame.

Posted: August 5, 2015, 2:21 pm

The Mediterranean diet — with its vegetables, fruits, beans, lean meat and fish — may be heart-healthy. Add nuts and olive oil to the mix, and the brain may also get a lift.

Posted: May 11, 2015, 4:03 pm

Book clubs, painting classes and computer games are just a few fun ways to spend retirement. And such mind-engaging activities may also do wonders for older people's mental health.

Posted: April 8, 2015, 8:13 pm

Treating and caring for patients with dementia is often difficult, and medications are seen as a way to help manage behavior. What happens when those medications may also pose health risks?

Posted: March 18, 2015, 6:22 pm

In the search for what causes and signals Alzheimer's disease, scientists have often looked to genes. New evidence, however, points to gender.

Posted: March 16, 2015, 7:19 pm

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

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Mental Health

Any medication can cause side effects, and high blood pressure medications are no exception.

Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:00 pm

Omega-3 pills are among the most popular dietary supplements in the US. But these pills may not be living up to their claims.

Posted: August 27, 2015, 5:58 pm

Pop a pill to boost your brainpower — it’s been a theory for a while but may now be closer to reality.

Posted: August 22, 2015, 1:00 pm

Women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery may want to be careful with that glass of celebratory champagne.

Posted: August 9, 2015, 10:00 pm

It's probably not your imagination that Grandma is becoming increasingly fragile over time. And her dementia medication may be partly to blame.

Posted: August 5, 2015, 2:21 pm

Your day-to-day activities just may halve your risk for heart failure.

Posted: July 9, 2015, 10:00 pm

If insomnia is keeping you up at night, you may want to change how you think.

Posted: July 6, 2015, 8:16 pm

For some men, low testosterone levels may be tied to a common mental health problem.

Posted: July 4, 2015, 1:00 pm

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US, but watching for certain risk factors may help give your heart a chance.

Posted: June 29, 2015, 9:00 pm

Women going through menopause may take antidepressants to help treat mood swings and hot flashes. These medications, however, may up women's risk of injury.

Posted: June 26, 2015, 7:40 pm

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Healthy Living

Omega-3 pills are among the most popular dietary supplements in the US. But these pills may not be living up to their claims.

Posted: August 27, 2015, 5:58 pm

If you're a type 2 diabetes patient trying to lose weight, the medication you take could make a difference.

Posted: August 20, 2015, 8:30 pm

Being obese can put patients at greater risk for many conditions, including some types of cancer. But for some, taking a common over-the-counter medication may reduce this increased risk.

Posted: August 17, 2015, 9:27 pm

Your mouth may like fried chicken and gravy, buttered rolls and sweet tea, but what about your heart?

Posted: August 15, 2015, 1:00 pm

If Goldilocks took her love of moderation all the way to exercise, she might have discovered that her heart was "just right."

Posted: August 13, 2015, 8:00 pm

You likely know that a fatty diet is bad for you, but that may all depend on what kind of fats you're talking about.

Posted: August 12, 2015, 5:00 pm

Women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery may want to be careful with that glass of celebratory champagne.

Posted: August 9, 2015, 10:00 pm

Exercise is important for people of all ages, but when it comes to diabetes risk, staying active during the early teen years might have particularly big benefits.

Posted: August 8, 2015, 10:00 pm

Weight loss surgery can produce dramatic results, but it seems that keeping the weight off can be a challenge.

Posted: August 7, 2015, 8:00 pm

Have you given up on exercise? A lot of older people do, but you may want to consider this.

Posted: August 6, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

Beta blockers are a class of heart medications that treat high blood pressure. But for some patients, they may have other lifesaving benefits.

Posted: August 26, 2015, 4:16 pm

Young breast cancer patients commonly have fertility concerns, and those concerns may affect their decisions about treatment.

Posted: August 24, 2015, 2:35 pm

Early testing of a medication for blood cancers and bone marrow disorders yielded promising results. Now, researchers are looking to the future.

Posted: August 23, 2015, 1:00 pm

When two medications have the same effect, a head-to-head trial is often the best way to see which one is more effective.

Posted: August 19, 2015, 3:45 pm

Being obese can put patients at greater risk for many conditions, including some types of cancer. But for some, taking a common over-the-counter medication may reduce this increased risk.

Posted: August 17, 2015, 9:27 pm

They're proven to help prevent pregnancy, and new evidence suggests birth control pills may also prevent one type of cancer.

Posted: August 7, 2015, 1:00 pm

If you needed another reason to get your teen daughter to drop the phone and get off the couch, here it is.

Posted: July 31, 2015, 4:20 am

A newly approved drug may fight one of the most common types of skin cancer.

Posted: July 24, 2015, 9:57 pm

Sometimes it takes two. Two breast cancer medications, that is.

Posted: July 24, 2015, 6:26 pm

Cancer patients may assume that the less radiation they need, the better. But that might not be the case for some.

Posted: July 22, 2015, 9:00 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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