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Battling Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults

By |2024-03-09T14:51:43-05:00March 14th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , , |

Battling Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults Your mom lives alone.  She no longer drives, so she rarely leaves her home. She’s lost contact with friends. You visit as often as you can, but you worry she’s lonely and becoming more and more isolated. What should you do? Understanding the Risks to Senior Health [...]

Tips to Help Siblings Have Positive Caregiving Discussions

By |2024-03-09T12:02:26-05:00March 7th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , , |

Tips to Help Siblings Have Positive Caregiving Discussions You think your mom and dad need help at home. Your sister disagrees. Your brother, who lives 500 miles away, doesn’t want to make waves. Now what? Starting the Conversation “Sibling relationships can be complicated - especially when it comes to caring for aging parents. They [...]

Nutrition Tips for Older Adults

By |2024-02-26T15:09:35-05:00March 1st, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , , , |

Nutrition Tips for Older Adults It’s never too late to start eating smart. A healthy, well-balanced diet can help your senior loved ones maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and lower the risk of developing chronic conditions, such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Recents studies also [...]

Finding a Purpose Can Reduce the Risk of Loneliness

By |2024-02-13T13:43:05-05:00February 15th, 2024|Categories: Caregivers|Tags: , , , , |

Finding a Purpose Can Reduce the Risk of Loneliness Does your job offer more than a paycheck? A new study shows that living a purposeful life can stave off loneliness - especially in older adults. That’s why professional caregiving may be a great option for seniors who are interested in an encore career.  Embracing [...]

Mom, Dad – We Need to Talk: Navigating In-Home Care Conversations for Aging Parents

By |2024-02-05T15:30:08-05:00February 8th, 2024|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Mom, Dad - We Need to Talk Mom can no longer keep up with household chores - beds are unmade, there’s expired food in the fridge and unopened mail on the counter. Dad spends less time with his friends and more time sitting in his recliner. Is it time to suggest in-home care? Aging [...]

Keeping Your Senior Safe This Winter

By |2024-02-02T13:01:12-05:00February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Keeping Your Senior Safe This Winter While winter can be a wonderland, it’s important to remember that colder temperatures, ice, snow and hours of darkness can pose serious risks for older adults. “The cold weather months present some significant challenges for older adults,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations director at the HomeCare Advocacy [...]

Women and Heart Disease – Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

By |2024-01-29T13:07:39-05:00January 29th, 2024|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , |

Women and Heart Disease - Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore Women and heart disease More than 60 million women in the U.S. are living with some form of heart disease.  Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age. Heart disease is the number one killer of women - it’s responsible for 1 [...]

Reducing the Risk of Dementia

By |2024-01-22T13:11:32-05:00January 16th, 2024|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , |

Reducing the Risk of Dementia It’s never too early, never too late - that’s the theme of the 2023 World Alzheimer’s Report.   Proactive Steps to Reduce Dementia Risk Developed by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the report focuses on risk reduction - outlining the proactive steps people can take to ward off Alzheimer’s and related dementias. [...]

10 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

By |2024-01-15T15:49:10-05:00January 11th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , |

10 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder Your dad is sleeping more than usual.  Your mom has lost interest in Bingo and other activities she used to love. Is it just the winter blues or could it be something more serious? Winter for Seniors Is Hard “The winter months can be hard for seniors. The [...]

Recognizing the Need for Assistance: Five Signs Your Senior Loved Ones Might Require Help at Home

By |2024-01-05T14:06:20-05:00January 4th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , |

Five Signs Your Senior Loved Ones Might Need Help at Home Recognizing the Need for Assistance When you visited your aging parents during the holidays, you noticed a few things that worried you - your mom had lost a little weight, your dad rarely strayed from the recliner and there was spoiled food in [...]

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