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Essential Aging in Place Safety Checklist for Your Loved Ones

Essential Aging in Place Safety Checklist for Your Loved Ones Identifying Potential Hazards Does your mom still have decorative throw rugs scattered around her home? Is your dad’s living room cluttered with magazines, newspapers, books, and other items? Do you worry that your aging loved one may slip and fall in their shower or bathtub? If you answered yes [...]

By |July 9th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , |

10 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

10 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors As the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat-related problems - especially for older adults.  “Summer is here, which means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors soaking up the sunshine,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “While sun exposure does have benefits - including [...]

By |July 2nd, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , |

The Benefits of Music Therapy for Older Adults and Dementia Patients

The Benefits of Music Therapy for Older Adults and Dementia Patients We know music is good for the soul, but did you know it’s also good for the mind? How Music Stimulates the Brain Studies show that music brings our senses to life and stimulates many parts of the brain at the same time, including those that affect language, [...]

By |June 20th, 2024|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , |

10 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Recognize the 10 Signs of Caregiver Burnout Are you feeling overwhelmed or worried? Have you lost interest in activities you used to enjoy? Are you sleeping too much or too little? Feeling Overwhelmed or Worried? Here’s What You Need to Know “Caring for an aging loved one can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be very challenging - [...]

By |June 13th, 2024|Categories: Caregivers|Tags: , , , |

Choosing the Right Caregiver

Choosing the Right Caregiver Your aging mom is failing. She doesn’t need skilled nursing or assisted living yet - just a little help with things like light housekeeping, meal prep and getting in and out of the shower. You’ve heard a lady from your mom’s church sometimes works as an independent caregiver, but is that the best option? Understanding [...]

By |June 6th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , , |

Ten Tips to Make Mealtimes Easier for People with Dementia

Ten Tips to Make Mealtimes Easier for People with Dementia If you’re caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, you know that encouraging them to eat nutritious meals can be a daily challenge - especially during the middle and late stages of the disease. Understanding Mealtime Challenges for People with Dementia “We work with many families [...]

By |May 30th, 2024|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , , , |

Travel Tips for People Who Have Dementia

Travel Tips for People Who Have Dementia Prepare for a Memorable and Safe Family Vacation Are aging loved ones traveling with you on this summer’s family vacation?  While it’s a wonderful opportunity for quality family time, traveling with older loved ones can be challenging, especially if they have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.  “Lots of great memories are [...]

Understanding Glaucoma

Understanding Glaucoma Your mom seems to have trouble focusing while reading or watching her favorite television program.  Does she simply need new glasses or could it be something more serious? What is Glaucoma and Why is it a Concern? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 3 million Americans have some form of glaucoma - a [...]

By |May 16th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: |

Tools That Can Make Life Easier for People Who Have Dementia

Tools That Can Make Life Easier for People Who Have Dementia If you’re caring for someone who has dementia, you know that they often need help completing, what used to be, simple tasks. “Many of us at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN) have personal experience with dementia, so we understand many of the challenges that come with the disease,” [...]

Women and Stroke – What You Need to Know

Women and Stroke - What You Need to Know Did you know stroke is the third leading cause of death among women and kills more women than men? Surprised? If so, you’re not alone. Many women are not aware of their risk or the fact that symptoms can present differently in women.  The Silent Threat: Understanding Stroke in Women [...]

By |May 2nd, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , |

Physical Exercise and Cognitive Decline

Physical Exercise and Cognitive Decline When it comes to healthy aging, a little exercise goes a long way - especially when it comes to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Research Findings: Exercise and Dementia Risk Reduction Experts with the Alzheimer’s Society, analyzed data from 16 studies into exercise and dementia. They found that regular exercise can reduce the [...]

By |April 25th, 2024|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , , |

Ten Tech Gadgets That Can Help Seniors Age in Place

Ten Tech Gadgets That Can Help Seniors Age in Place  I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!  Do you remember that commercial? At the time, wearable medical alert systems, like those featured in those memorable ads, were really the only technologies available to help seniors age safely in their homes. Not anymore.  Technology to Simplify Daily Activities Today, there [...]

By |April 18th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , |

Tips to Help Overcome Dementia Challenges

Overcoming Dementia Challenges: Simple Tips for Caregivers Understanding Dementia Challenges If you’re caring for someone who has dementia, you know that every day brings unique, unpredictable challenges. “Many of us at the HomeCare Advocacy Network have personal experience with dementia, so we understand many of the challenges that come with the disease. The unpredictable behaviors can try the patience [...]

By |April 11th, 2024|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , , , |

Ten Benefits of Gardening

Ten Benefits of Gardening Whether it’s tending a large vegetable plot, working in a community garden or planting a few potted pansies, gardening can do wonders for a senior’s overall health and well-being. Gardening for Physical and Emotional Health “For many seniors, gardening is much more than a hobby. Being outdoors and digging in the dirt is a great [...]

By |April 4th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , |

What is Dementia?

What is Dementia? Most people know that dementia is a cruel, but there’s a lot about the disease that people don’t understand.  Understanding Dementia According to the Alzheimer’s Association: Dementia is not a single disease. It’s an overall term to describe a collection of symptoms that one may experience if they are living with a variety of diseases. Alzheimer’s [...]

Should Your Senior Loved One Be Driving?

Should Your Senior Loved One Be Driving? It’s one of the hardest things older people have to do - give up their car keys. “It’s one of the most difficult discussions that families will have with senior loved ones, because they equate driving with independence.” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations director of the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “There [...]

By |March 21st, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , , , |

Battling Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults

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 and Well-being “At the HomeCare [...]

By |March 14th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , , , |

Tips to Help Siblings Have Positive Caregiving Discussions

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 may be in denial, have [...]

Nutrition Tips for Older Adults

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 suggest it could ward off [...]

Finding a Purpose Can Reduce the Risk of Loneliness

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 an Encore Career in Professional [...]

By |February 15th, 2024|Categories: Caregivers|Tags: , , , , |

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

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 parents “It’s never easy to [...]

By |February 8th, 2024|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Keeping Your Senior Safe This Winter

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 Network (HCAN). “As temperatures drop, [...]

By |February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Women and Heart Disease – Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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 in every 5 female deaths. [...]

By |January 29th, 2024|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , |

Reducing the Risk of Dementia

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. Recommendations include: Eat as healthy [...]

By |January 16th, 2024|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , |

10 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

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 days are cold and gray [...]

By |January 11th, 2024|Categories: Aging in Place|Tags: , |
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