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

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

Office workers and couch potatoes alike may need to stand up for their health — literally.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 8:05 pm

You may have more to thank your parents for than just your height and eye color. The way they raised you might affect your heart health as an adult.

Posted: January 12, 2015, 7:03 pm

Making healthy lifestyle changes to lose weight is likely a smart choice for the long-term health of all obese people — even if they don't yet have medical issues related to their weight.

Posted: January 5, 2015, 6:53 pm

Pumping iron to stay strong may keep your heart pumping, too. Healthy lifestyle practices may prevent the majority of heart attacks in younger women.

Posted: January 5, 2015, 6:35 pm

Memory and thinking tend to slow down in older adults, but those who stay physically active may keep their minds running smoothly.

Posted: December 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

The right exercise regimen could help combat those extra inches around your midsection.

Posted: December 22, 2014, 8:12 pm

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Alzheimer’s

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

Anti-anxiety medicines can be helpful treatments for the short term. But new research found that they may also be risky.

Posted: September 9, 2014, 10:35 pm

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Mental Health

That nightcap or glass of wine with dinner may be doing more than just relaxing you at the end of a long day. It could be boosting your heart health.

Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:34 pm

Depression can take all the fun out of being a new mother. Researchers are trying to find better ways to diagnose the problem early.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 2:59 pm

Even the strongest, most determined patients who have won a battle against cancer may still face long-term, invisible issues after their treatment ends. Fortunately, help is in reach for cancer survivors.

Posted: January 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

Booze at bedtime can mean a restless night for young adults. Young adults who have a drink an hour or so before bedtime may have changes in brain activity tied to disturbed sleep.

Posted: January 16, 2015, 7:05 pm

Temper tantrums and telling fibs are often a normal part of being a young kid. Some behaviors, however, could be a tip-off that there’s more going on.

Posted: January 15, 2015, 2:56 pm

Patients with binge-eating disorder face a lack of approved treatments for their condition. A new medication could give hope to these patients.

Posted: January 15, 2015, 2:07 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

The guidelines for prescribing antipsychotics to kids are changing — and those changes may keep kids safer.

Posted: January 14, 2015, 2:40 pm

Logging extra long hours at work might frustrate friends and family and limit free time, but can it also drive some people to drink?

Posted: January 13, 2015, 9:35 pm

When a period of feeling blue gets worse or doesn't go away, you may be depressed. Getting effective treatment can be the key to your recovery.

Posted: January 12, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Healthy Living

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

Posted: January 23, 2015, 12:40 pm

A healthy diet can make a big difference in diabetes risk — and that difference may be even bigger for women who are Asian, Black or Hispanic.

Posted: January 22, 2015, 6:01 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

That nightcap or glass of wine with dinner may be doing more than just relaxing you at the end of a long day. It could be boosting your heart health.

Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:34 pm

Wear sunscreen, stay inside during the hottest parts of the day and ... refill your cup of coffee? Sure enough, that fourth cup of joe has been tied to lower rates of an aggressive type of skin cancer.

Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:05 pm

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

Posted: January 19, 2015, 9:35 pm

Office workers and couch potatoes alike may need to stand up for their health — literally.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 8:05 pm

So that'll be a large pizza with pepperoni and sausage. Would you like to add some nutrition counseling to that?

Posted: January 19, 2015, 3:05 am

Bring on the bread. Eating gluten at a young age may not raise kids' risk of celiac disease.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 3:05 am

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Cancer and Healthcare

Hormonal birth control methods are a routine part of many women's lives. And new evidence has tied them to a surprising condition.

Posted: January 22, 2015, 12:55 pm

Women, when it comes to pain, don’t just grin and bear it. Plenty of treatments have been shown to work.

Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:57 pm

Wear sunscreen, stay inside during the hottest parts of the day and ... refill your cup of coffee? Sure enough, that fourth cup of joe has been tied to lower rates of an aggressive type of skin cancer.

Posted: January 20, 2015, 7:05 pm

Cancer research has led to longer lives and better quality of life for millions of people. This year, the transformation of leukemia treatment has been singled out as the “Advance of the Year.”

Posted: January 20, 2015, 2:58 pm

Office workers and couch potatoes alike may need to stand up for their health — literally.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 8:05 pm

Mom's advice to take your vitamins could be right on target. Vitamin D — the “sunshine vitamin” — might help prevent colon cancer.

Posted: January 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

Even the strongest, most determined patients who have won a battle against cancer may still face long-term, invisible issues after their treatment ends. Fortunately, help is in reach for cancer survivors.

Posted: January 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

As the surgery rate for stage IV colorectal cancer patients has dropped and the rates of other treatments have risen, the survival rate for these patients has spiked.

Posted: January 14, 2015, 2:05 pm

For people with hepatitis C, three isn't a crowd. These patients got well much faster with the addition of a third medication.

Posted: January 13, 2015, 8:03 pm

No matter who you are, finding and treating breast cancer before it gets too far may save your life. Some races and ethnicities, however, may face a bigger fight against cancer than others.

Posted: January 13, 2015, 3:44 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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