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Nutritional Benefits of Papaya

Home Care - Nutritional Benefits of Papaya

June is National Papaya Month. But, how much do you know about this nutritious fruit? It's one that people often overlook, but they shouldn't. Papaya is packed with vitamins and minerals that make it a great addition to older adults' diets. One small papaya provides these six nutrients. Home care aides can create healthy foods with this fruit. #1 – Calcium While papayas aren't as good at providing calcium as a glass of milk is, there's still calcium in the...

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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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Understanding the Healthy Diet, Healthy Mind Connection

Home Care Services - Understanding the Healthy Diet, Healthy Mind Connection

Exercise is excellent for the body, especially the heart. Few people stop to think about the importance of diet when it comes to brain health. Many studies have found that a healthy mind requires a healthy diet. Here are what the studies show and what foods you should eat if you want to take care of your brain for optimal mental health as a family caregiver.   What Studies Find About the Healthy Diet, Healthy Brain Connection One of the...

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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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Has Your Elderly Loved One Been Bored?

Elderly Care - Has Your Elderly Loved One Been Bored?

  Boredom is setting in for many people these days. If this is something that your elderly loved one is dealing with, there are many tips that can change that. Before sharing these tips with your elderly loved one, keep in mind that there is a difference between boredom and depression. Some people aren’t doing much because they are feeling depressed. If you suspect your elderly loved one has depression, you may want to recommend they see a doctor. If...

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Signs to Look for That Indicate It’s Time to Talk About Senior Care with Dad

Senior Care - Signs to Look for That Indicate It’s Time to Talk About Senior Care with Dad

  It may be difficult to talk to your elderly father about certain topics. Senior care might be one of them. Yet, if you are recognizing specific signs from him, it may not just be time, it could well be past time to talk about this potentially sensitive, but vital topic. What signs might those be? Below are a few that you might have witnessed already and, if you have, recognize that the longer you wait, the greater the risk...

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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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Five Signs that You Need to Pay Closer Attention to Your Senior’s Driving

Caregiver - Five Signs that You Need to Pay Closer Attention to Your Senior’s Driving

  Your senior’s driving is something that you’ll eventually need to talk to her about. But is there a way for you to tell that you need to know more now? The clues might be bigger than you think they are.   Her Vision Is Changing in General If your elderly family member can’t see, that’s a huge problem in terms of driving. Even if you’re not noticing any other signs of driving difficulties, big changes to your senior’s vision...

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