Creating a Safe Home to Age in Place

Statistics show that most Americans prefer to age in place in their home as they get older. They prefer the comfort of their home where memories have been created and things are familiar. Here’s a list to get you thinking about some home modifications that can help your loved one stay safe at home longer and age in place. Bathroom Install grab bars or safety rails for support when getting in/out of tub/shower – never use towel racks or shower...

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Make Time for Wellness, Not Illness!

August is National Wellness month. I tend to focus many of my blog posts on various forms of wellness. I believe that it is never too late to introduce healthy living options into our lives. When families come to us seeking help for their loved ones, they are most likely already experiencing a severe decline in their health and are looking to us to assist them with their challenges. We are happy to do so, but why not encourage changes...

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The Power of a Morning Routine

The morning is a powerful time. A positive morning routine helps us to set the tone for the day. This is more important as we age and do not have work or social schedules to get us up and moving. Without a morning ritual, we can lose our “purpose, " causing depression and anxiety, resulting in illness.  Having a morning routine can increase your energy, productivity, and positivity. What if your morning was more straightforward, focused, calm, energized, and most importantly,...

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Now is the Time for Summer Fun!

After a long Michigan winter, summer is in full swing, and this is the best time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. We encourage our Caregivers to help our clients enjoy the warmer weather and spend some time doing some fun summer activities. The Benefits of getting outside.  One of the main advantages of being outside is soaking up some Vitamin D. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, and lowers the risk of many chronic illnesses. Older...

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How Do You Know When a Loved One Needs Help at Home?

As our loved ones age, admitting the need for help is difficult. So, how will you know when it is time to provide some assistance for your aging parent? One thing is for sure, Mom and Dad will not be the ones to tell you that it’s the time! We all have a strong desire to remain independent and control our lives. When daily living tasks become more challenging, we tend to downplay or hide any issues from those that...

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The Heat Has Arrived: Managing the Heat & Safety

The US Center for Disease Control estimates that every year around 300 people in the US die from heat-related ailments. In addition, thousands of American citizens suffer from dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Summer draws people, including seniors, outside to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities with family and friends. Senior citizens are more susceptible to the effects of heat as their bodies return to normal slowly, and their bodies' cooling mechanism is not as efficient as younger people....

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Memory Care & a Path Forward

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and once someone begins to show signs of memory loss, there are, unfortunately, no treatments to stop or reverse the progression of the disease. Certain medications can ease some of the symptoms in people, and there are actions you can take to help slow down Alzheimer’s. Like with many chronic diseases, diet and stress can play a critical role in the trajectory of Alzheimer’s. Suppose you have a...

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The Power in Positive Thinking

Exactly How Full is Your Glass? Picture a giant glass goblet filled to the halfway mark with water. How do you see it – half-full or half-empty? Consistently finding the glass half-empty and the world as a difficult place is a hallmark of negativity. Research has found that a negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease to lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of your relationships, your social life, and...

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Summer: The Season to Reset!

Summertime: The Best Time to Improve Our Health! With Summer approaching, the days will be longer, the weather will be warmer, and our options for better health will seem endless. Explore the following tips for summertime healthy living: Physically 1. Take your fitness routine outdoors. Summer is a great time to switch up your fitness practice. The warmer weather is the perfect time to head outside. Go for a run/walk in your neighborhood. Swim laps at your community pool. Enjoy...

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Mental Health & the Elderly

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While mental health concerns affect up to 1 in 5 Americans, it is often overlooked in our elderly population. It is estimated that 20% of people aged 55 years or older experience mental health concerns. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders such as depression. Often these concerns are disregarded as old age or frailty, however, this is not a normal part of aging and is a treatable medical condition. It's important...

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