Empowering Seniors with Cutting-Edge Technology: How Innovations are Improving Lives

Technology can be a powerful tool for older adults to stay connected with loved ones and access information. Here are a few devices and apps that can help: Smartphones: A smartphone is an excellent way for older adults to stay in touch with family and friends. Not only can they make calls and send text messages, but they also have apps for video chat, such as FaceTime and Skype, which allow for face-to-face conversations with loved ones. Tablets: Tablets are...

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My Holiday Letter to You

The holidays can be stressful for those caring for Elderly loved ones. With Holiday shopping and preparing for large family gatherings, you hardly have time for yourself. I follow a Facebook Page called When Dementia Knocks. Elaine Eshbaugh, Ph.D., is the creator of this Facebook Blog. She is a Professor of Gerontology and gives terrific advice on Caring for a loved one with Dementia. This week she posted a letter called “My Holiday Letter to You,” which resonated with me immediately....

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Happy Holidays! Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping With Your Senior Loved Ones

Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping with Your Senior Loved One With the holidays upon us, we are all geared up for some Holiday shopping. When you hunt for gifts with your aging loved one, be merry and wise by implementing some safe shopping tips! 1. Spread the Joy. You may find that you have an extensive Christmas Gift List this year. Spread out the joy of shopping over several days. A full day of shopping will only wear your loved...

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Home for the Holidays: Tips to Relax and Not Stress!

The holiday season is upon us, and while it is a festive and exciting time of year, it can certainly bring stress. Last year, I put together the tips below to help you navigate the holidays, be mindful, and enjoy yourself. I think it's worth dusting off and resharing - as it all still rings true. I wish you all a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving, and may you take a moment (or two) for yourself! Below are four tips to help...

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Need Help After a Hospital or Rehab Stay? Try Hope at Home Transitions

At Hope Senior Home Care, we recognize that a transition home from the Hospital or rehabilitation center can be challenging and stressful for you and your loved ones. After 18 years in the Home care industry, we have seen firsthand the many challenges families face. This is why we created our Hope At Home Transition program. We understand that transitioning home after a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay is critical to recovery. With so many things being discussed as you head...

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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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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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4 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes This National Diabetes Month

Elder Care - Now That Your Mom Has Diabetes, What Ingredients Does She Need to Be Aware Of?

1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes, a health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to qualify as Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that in most prediabetes cases, Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable—it’s preventable. Having prediabetes doesn’t automatically mean you’ll develop Type 2 diabetes, but it does mean you’ll need to take action to keep your prediabetes from turning into something more serious. Simple lifestyle changes like eating better, getting more...

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Preparing for Flu Season

Autumn is here, which means so is the peak season for influenza, a viral infection that attacks the nose, throat and lungs. For individuals 65 years and older, they have a higher risk of developing serious flu complications compared with young, healthy adults. This increased risk is due in part to changes in immune defenses with increasing age.  While flu seasons vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease....

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Senior Care Can Help Stop Unnecessary Risks

Senior Care - Senior Care Can Help Stop Unnecessary Risks

Every day, you may sit at work worrying about your loved one. Do they forget to take their medications? Did they eat breakfast or skip it because it’s too much of a hassle? Do they drive even though his eye doctor told him to stop? How do you stop your loved one from taking risks as they get older? You can’t force them to change their ways, but you and their senior care providers can learn ways to offer a...

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