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

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

Eyeing that sit-stand desk at work? It may help curb the health risks of sitting all day.

Posted: June 1, 2015, 10:30 pm

For older adults, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can be important. For muscle mass loss, it may be crucial.

Posted: May 23, 2015, 11:01 pm

For those in midlife, lifestyle choices made now may have a major impact on living long and staying independent later in life.

Posted: May 22, 2015, 3:47 pm

Pregnancy calls for kicking those swollen feet up and simply trying to relax, right? Maybe not. Moms-to-be might not need to be so fast to slow down.

Posted: May 13, 2015, 7:12 pm

Think running an extra mile will balance out that extra serving of ice cream? Weight loss might not be as easy as the math of calorie counting.

Posted: April 22, 2015, 10:40 pm

The dangers of being too heavy are well-known, but does being too thin pose any risks? In fact, it could pose some risks to your mental health.

Posted: April 9, 2015, 11:03 pm

Many weight loss programs make big promises, but how many can live up to the hype long-term? Unfortunately, probably not too many.

Posted: April 6, 2015, 9:09 pm

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Alzheimer’s

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

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

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Mental Health

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

Babies born via cesarean section (C-section) may face a raised risk of autism, but that doesn't necessarily mean the C-section caused this raised risk.

Posted: June 24, 2015, 5:16 pm

While social media tools like Facebook have many positive aspects, they may have opened the door for a new type of bullying, which may be adding to depression among young people.

Posted: June 22, 2015, 9:18 pm

The transition into menopause can be a trying time in some women's lives — and it may even affect their sleep.

Posted: June 16, 2015, 6:44 pm

There are countless reasons to quit smoking. And new data may add 12 more reasons to the list.

Posted: June 15, 2015, 4:51 pm

Sleep may make you feel better, but its importance may also go beyond just boosting mood or banishing under-eye circles.

Posted: June 15, 2015, 4:15 am

Some drivers may want to put on the brakes when it comes to taking sedatives.

Posted: June 11, 2015, 8:19 pm

You may have heard that an older mom's age may influence her child's risk for autism, but babies born to teen moms and older dads may also be at risk.

Posted: June 9, 2015, 8:50 pm

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Healthy Living

Doctors usually advise patients with type 2 diabetes to eat better and exercise more, but these lifestyle changes may not be enough in some cases.

Posted: July 1, 2015, 6:19 pm

Sugary drinks may taste good, but they may also take a big toll on public health.

Posted: June 30, 2015, 3:47 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

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

Losing weight can often ease the symptoms of urinary incontinence. And a surgery that helps with weight loss could also help.

Posted: June 22, 2015, 6:54 pm

Despite growing awareness of the obesity epidemic, the latest data suggest that health officials and the public are not making enough progress in the face of this unhealthy trend.

Posted: June 22, 2015, 3:55 pm

It's always nice to find out something that tastes delicious may also be good for you.

Posted: June 20, 2015, 4:38 pm

Got water? Most US kids may not be drinking enough of it. And that could be a problem.

Posted: June 13, 2015, 3:00 pm

Over the past few years, there has been increasing evidence that obesity may be a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Now another disease may be added to that list.

Posted: June 11, 2015, 3:42 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

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Cancer and Healthcare

At one time, many people thought indoor tanning meant a healthy glow year-round. Today, more and more people may be realizing that this isn’t so.

Posted: July 2, 2015, 4:21 pm

Sugary drinks may taste good, but they may also take a big toll on public health.

Posted: June 30, 2015, 3:47 pm

As bad as a breast cancer diagnosis is, the prospect of breast cancer surgery may be nearly as scary for some women. Many women, however, are taking advantage of newer surgery options that save as much of the breast as possible.

Posted: June 17, 2015, 3:33 pm

Sunscreen and outdoor activities go hand-in-hand, especially in the summer. But when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, many people may be left in the dark.

Posted: June 17, 2015, 3:00 pm

There are countless reasons to quit smoking. And new data may add 12 more reasons to the list.

Posted: June 15, 2015, 4:51 pm

Over the past few years, there has been increasing evidence that obesity may be a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Now another disease may be added to that list.

Posted: June 11, 2015, 3:42 pm

Doctors don't usually encourage patients to deviate from their vaccination schedules, but new evidence suggests that less may actually be more — at least when it comes to the HPV vaccine.

Posted: June 10, 2015, 2:18 pm

After a long winter, you may be itching to head to the pool and bake in the sun. But don't grab your towel and sunglasses just yet. You may want to stay aware of the potential risks.

Posted: June 7, 2015, 3:00 pm

The sun's rays may give you that healthy glow — but below the surface, there may be serious health risks.

Posted: June 3, 2015, 3:10 pm

As doctors become better and better at detecting breast cancer early, some question whether every early detection warrants early surgery. New evidence suggests that the answer to that question may depend on the type of breast cancer patients have.

Posted: June 3, 2015, 3:00 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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