Fun in the Sun: Senior Summer Safety

Warm weather is finally upon us and as Michiganders, we know the importance of spending time outside. However, hot summer weather can be challenging for the elderly as they are more vulnerable to dehydration and heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Below are some ways to keep your loved one active, healthy and safe this summer: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Dehydration can lead to several serious complications, such as heat exhaustion or increased risk of a fall, particularly among...

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Independent, Assisted or Nursing? Which Living Option One is Right for Your Loved One?

When one thinks of moving their loved one into an assisted living facility, several things come to mind. What will it look like? What amenities are included? What are the activities and food like? Will their needs be met so they can be happy, healthy and safe? All of these questions are crucial ones, but it is also important to understand the difference between the three living situations and what it will look like. Independent living. The independent living category...

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Care Plan 101: How to Prepare for a Crisis Ahead of Time

Nobody likes a crisis, especially when it relates to a loved one’s health. Proper care planning is crucial for ensuring your elderly loved one and any other family caregivers get the care and support they need.  A care plan is a document that serves as a resource to record a patient’s needs and preferences in case anything were to happen to their health. It also serves as a way to delegate daily tasks to family caregivers. While care plans look...

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Six Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

As the days start to get longer, it is a time for fresh starts. One popular way to do this is through spring cleaning. While doing a series of chores and cleaning out things looks different to everyone, making this a priority for seniors has added benefits since a clean environment is crucial to good health.  Below are six ways you can simplify the spring cleaning process for seniors: Spread out the process. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done...

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Taking the First Step: Diabetes Care Management and Prevention

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In an effort to combat rising cases, especially with Type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association created Alert Day, encouraging Americans to make simple lifestyle changes in order to manage their diabetes or prevent a diagnosis all together.  Below are some simple lifestyle changes you can make: Eliminate sugary and fatty foods. Eating healthy and high fiber foods will help you maintain a healthy weight...

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Senior Safety at Home

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Throughout the past year, it’s safe to say that our homes have a greater meaning. For seniors, home represents a sense of security and continued independence, but sometimes adjustments need to be made to keep them safe.  If you’re contemplating making changes to your loved one’s home, here are a few things that usually come up in conversation: Fall hazards. Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors, so one simple way to prevent this is to remove fall...

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Tips for Eye Health in Seniors

As we age, our eyes naturally deteriorate and our vision becomes less effective if we do not take the proper steps to maintain it. Thanks to research and technology, there are several opportunities to keep your sight maintained.  Below are some 20/20 tips to keep your vision in shape: Schedule regular visits. Develop a consistent schedule with an eye doctor, so any problems will be detected before they become irreversible or chronic. Seniors should also make sure to visit an...

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Celebrate National Women’s History Month

We all know women who have made a significant impact on our lives. While we should celebrate the accomplishments of women all year, March is officially recognized as National Women’s History Month. This is the perfect opportunity not only to learn about the impact women have made throughout our lives, but also to celebrate the women in our own lives.  Below are some ways you can observe this month with the seniors in your life and gain insight to the...

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Heart Healthy Tips

February is American Heart Month and focusing on good heart health has never been more important, since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Below are simple ways you can take to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Know Your Risks. Properly understanding the potential risks of heart disease can help you make the right decisions for your health. Talk to your health care provider about setting and reaching goals for heart...

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Why Your Mom Needs a Clean, Organized Kitchen

Home Care Why Your Mom Needs a Clean, Organized Kitchen

One of the easiest places to fall victim to excessive clutter is the kitchen. Why does it matter? Clutter makes it harder to properly clean surfaces. If she can't wipe all of her surfaces each day, the risk of bacterial growth and spread is higher. It also adds to the risk of a fall or burns when your mom is trying to prepare a meal or snack. If she's short on counter space for the hot pan she needs to...

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