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Social Workers Stand Up for You

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

If you stop to think about it, you can probably recall a time a social worker made a life-changing difference for you, your loved ones or your neighbors. Consider the social worker who fielded an emotional hotline call about mental health services. What about the social worker who reviewed that lengthy, complicated Medicaid application?
Maybe it was the school social worker who counseled an errant child about behavior concerns. Or perhaps a social worker who led the grief counseling sessions you attended after a loved one died.

Given all the impact social workers have on us personally and the world at large, it’s good to take a few moments during Social Work Month to applaud their strengths:

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Topics: Aging, Safety, Healthy Living

Older Adults: The Benefits of Eating Well

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Daily food choices influence the health of older adults. Good eating habits help the body maintain muscles, bones and organs in good working order.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

How Family Caregivers Can Manage Stress

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Have you ever seen a job posting like this?

WANTED: Caring person willing to work as necessary, from a few minutes a day to 40+ hours per week. Duties may include: meal preparation, medication management, housekeeping, transportation, financial tasks, and/or assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Healthy Living

All I Want for Christmas (Senior Edition)

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

That familiar holiday tune expresses a simple wish of a child – not for the expected list of toys – but for front teeth to grow in quickly enough to properly say “Merry Christmas.”

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Sepsis: A Health Concern for Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

People typically take precautions to avoid serious illnesses. We politely cover our mouths and noses during coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading germs.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Hospice Care Is Health Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When someone mentions the word “hospice,” people often cringe or change the subject, fearing that hospice care somehow means giving up on life. Others view hospice with a lack of respect, as if it isn’t real medical care. I know this firsthand. I used to be employed in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. One day, I was talking about hospice and health care with my husband. I won’t ever forget my surprise (and dismay) when he casually said, “You don’t work in health care. Hospice isn’t health care because people in hospice die.” Needless to say, that was the start of an animated discussion where I explained to him the benefits of hospice as a part of the health care continuum.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Hospice and Palliative Care

Reaching Out to Older Adults: How a Simple Conversation Can Be a Life Line

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Sometimes we avoid the most important conversations we should have with older adults. We think our deliberate silence may prevent hurt feelings, angry outbursts or uncomfortable, awkward moments. However, keeping quiet may pose serious risks to their health and safety.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

The Importance of Neighbors

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The frequent news reports that surround us often deal with troubling topics such as violence in the workplace, acts of terrorism and murder in the streets. This negative focus can make the world seem a scary place. However, we each have a sphere of influence where we can make a positive difference. Rather than becoming discouraged, we can make the world better and safer in small, but influential ways.

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Keeping Abreast of Women’s Health Concerns

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Among the fall colors, you may be seeing a lot of pink lately. Pink ribbons are a sign that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the America Cancer Society, breast cancer affects one in eight women and kills over 40,000 women each year. Early detection and treatment are effective ways to fight this disease, so women are encouraged to be proactive about screening.

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3 Effective Ways to Talk to Your Loved One About In-Home Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

At times, we all need a little extra help. This is especially true for those of us who are full-time family caregivers. Perhaps you’re considering hiring an in-home care professional, but are not sure what steps to take. You may feel hesitant about setting up in-home care because your loved one is reluctant to receive help from anyone besides yourself.

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