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Indoor Winter Activities You Can Do With Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

While a magical time, winter can be difficult for some seniors. Older adults might feel frustrated because they are stuck at home due to inclement weather or lonely due to limited social interaction. Elderly loved ones may be experiencing the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder, due to lack of sunlight.

If you are caring for an older loved one or know a senior who could use cheering up, view our list of fun things to do.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

Hypertension: The Silent Strain of High Blood Pressure

Posted by Sharon Holmes, director of nursing and accreditation on February 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

You may feel perfectly fine, happily unaware your circulatory system is under stress from high blood pressure. Due to busy schedules and daily concerns, it can be easy to overlook a health concern like high blood pressure, since it usually has no apparent symptoms.

One in three adults has high blood pressure, and another one in three has prehypertension – a condition in which blood pressure is higher than normal. Do the math, and you will see that two of every three adults should be taking steps to control their blood pressure levels.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Lately, it seems like your elderly parents are having some trouble keeping up with everyday tasks – there’s spoiled food in the fridge, Mom missed her doctor appointment and Dad has had some minor, but concerning, falls. While these incidents may not seem like a huge deal, they could be signs your aging loved ones need some assistance. Here are some things to watch for when visiting seniors.  

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, 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

Preventing Falls During the Winter (and Throughout the Year)

Posted by Anne Hein on January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Falls are always a concern for older adults. Every year, more than one in three people 65+ fall. Fall rates also increase with age. This time of year often brings the concern to the forefront with snowy sidewalks and icy steps blanketing large parts of the country. While falls can happen anywhere, most happen at home.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Brainteasers May Keep Seniors Sharp and Healthy

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

As we age, our brains mature and change due to the greater number of connections between bran cells that exist due to our depth of life experience. As a result, certain cognitive abilities can slow down and make things like remembering a phone number or a news article you just read difficult. However, keeping your mind active could increase your reserves of brain cells and connections.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Looking for In-Home Care? 8 Reasons to Choose ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on December 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Whether it’s due to injury, illness or aging, sometimes older adults need a little extra help, especially at home. However, family members and friends can’t always be there 24/7 to assist their aging loved one.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, 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

The Rewards of Being a Senior Caregiver

Posted by ComForCare on November 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

When children, work and household duties cease to be the center of your world, it’s time to focus on you and decide what brings you joy. For some people, jet-setting around the world and participating in leisurely activities is what would thrill them. However, others find happiness doing something they consider meaningful that fulfills their self-purpose. Their next step needs to make a positive impact on others. 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be. However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

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