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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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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Companion Care at Home: Using Music To Cope Through Tough Times

Companion Care at Home - Companion Care at Home: Using Music To Cope Through Tough Times

It has been shown that playing an instrument improves memory, spatial thinking, literacy, processing speed, capacity to plan, and other cognitive skills. Despite these advantages, learning to play an instrument is unlikely to be at the top of seniors' bucket lists. And why would you not? It is often due to a lack of ambition to study an instrument. Seniors and retirees sometimes believe they are too old to do such tasks. Naturally, this is not true. Even when a...

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Managing Grief During the Holiday Season

Holidays are often a time for celebration and time spent with loved ones; however, for those struggling with grief, this time of year can be difficult. This is especially true if it is the first holiday season since a loss. Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or something.  Each person’s grieving process is unique and there is no “one size fits all” solution. That said, there are a variety of tips on how to cope with...

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6 Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults

Elderly Care - Checking Your Parent’s Winter Clothing

Winter is a beautiful time of the year. The snow sparkles and it’s the perfect weather to sit in front of the fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa. But, for older adults, winter also brings some safety concerns. There’s ice to slip on, cold weather that can cause hypothermia, and a risk for frostbite. There are lots of ways family caregivers can keep their older family members safe from cold and ice, though. Below are 5 safety tips for...

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In-Home Care: Tips for Healthier Aging

In-Home Care: Tips for Healthier Aging

There are many senior citizens with less than good health. If your elderly loved one is having health issues or if you want to help them to stay healthy, there are numerous tips for healthier aging that could be beneficial for them. If you or in-home care providers can get your elderly loved one to start following the tips below, it could potentially help them to stay healthier for much longer than if they aren’t using these tips. Nutrition Matters...

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Home Care Assistance: Signs of Stress in the Elderly

Home Care Assistance - Home Care Assistance: Signs of Stress in the Elderly

Stress can tear people apart in no time. One minute someone might be fine, but when stressful thoughts start filling their mind, it may cycle them into negative thinking for quite a while. Stress is also bad for a person’s mental and physical health. Are you a family caregiver? How can you tell if your elderly loved one is stressed out? Luckily, there are usually signs you or professional home care assistance providers will notice. Being Overly Tired Have you...

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Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

Whether it’s figuring out schedules to arrange a get together or squeezing in last minute shopping, the holiday season often adds responsibilities to your already busy schedule. Unfortunately, added responsibilities during the holiday season can cause feelings of stress, frustration and anxiety. In addition, the increased time spent with family members can cause additional strain for some. Stress management is an essential element of self-care, and can go a long way toward a healthy lifestyle. Below are four tips to...

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Taking Care of Yourself During National Family Caregivers Month

If you’ve ever been the primary caregiver for a child, parent or someone with disabilities, you already know the strain being a caregiver can have as well as the importance of taking care of yourself.  The month of November was established as National Family Caregivers Month by President Bill Clinton to show appreciation and support to those who provide much-needed care for others. Below are some things to keep in mind while you are serving as a caregiver for your...

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Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

Whether it’s figuring out schedules to arrange a get together or squeezing in last minute shopping, the holiday season often adds responsibilities to your already busy schedule. Unfortunately, added responsibilities during the holiday season can cause feelings of stress, frustration and anxiety. In addition, the increased time spent with family members can cause additional strain for some. Stress management is an essential element of self-care, and can go a long way toward a healthy lifestyle. Below are four tips to...

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