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Supplements are important as we get older

Why do we need supplements as we get older? In our teens and twenties we felt like we would live forever. So we don’t eat right, exercise or take supplements. Once we get older, we do a 180 and become conscious of the need to maintain our wellness and our health. Taking supplements is a good way to do this and the scientific proof is that seniors who take supplements are not as likely to get diseases or have to go to the hospital.

Respite Care Services: Helping Caregivers Get a Break

Sometimes you just need a break. You need the opportunistic break that offers a few moments to rejuvenate, to enjoy, or accomplish those tasks that seem to sit idly in the proverbial “inbox” of life. As a caregiver for your senior loved one, you spend many of your waking hours working in your daily profession, commuting, coordinating, and making the world around you happen as seamlessly as possible. But, where do you find those mini-moments of time off from housekeeping chores, preparing meals, managing medications, bathing and dressing your senior family member?

Seniors and Technology: Gadgets Aren’t Just for the Kids Anymore

It can be interesting and almost amazing to watch as our children tap wildly on their telephones until their thumbs turn blue all in an effort to communicate with their friends. And it’s hard not to chuckle at how they can uncontrollably giggle while watching television and even funny commercials online. Some kids and now even middle-aged adults go to class and even get degrees, all online. Yet, these innovations in how we interact, entertain and how we learn are beginning to transcend the bounds of the “younger crowd.”

Long Term Care Covered by Life Insurance

Thanks to recent legislation, life insurance will now be able to cover long-term care. This is great news for those seniors that have run out of options to pay for the important assistance that they need on a daily basis. We want to ensure that they can continue to live as independent as possible with […]

Household Clutter and Poor Hygiene Could Be Signs that Your Loved One is Suffering from Depression

Children of seniors may have a difficult time determining if their parent needs additional help. Their parents may be reluctant to share their daily struggles with their children because they are embarrassed or feel they may be a burden. In other cases, seniors may not even realize they are struggling. If you are concerned that […]

12 Ways To Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Recent studies have shown that 21% of discharged patients return to the hospital within 30 days and 34% are readmitted in 90 days. Starting in late 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin penalizing hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates. Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H., and Amy Boutwell, M.D., internist […]

Helping Seniors Stay Connected

In recent years technology has improved and become increasingly important in order to keep in touch with family and friends. With the popularity of social media sites it has become easier to connect and share information. This is something that the senior population has noticed. The number of Americans 65 and older who use the […]

Low Vision Awarness Month

For most people, the term “low vision” does not mean much, until a doctor gives them the diagnosis. Lack of awareness about low vision is one reason why Prevent Blindness America promotes national AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month in February. AMD stands for age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of low vision in the United States. […]

CAREGIVER HIRING CHECKLIST AND REPORT

Mary Scanlon, 70, of Pleasant Hill, made the mistake of her life. She hired a private, live-in caregiver through Craigslist, taking what she considered to be the least expensive route to hiring in-home care. In the end, Mary paid the most expensive price possible for her mistake – her life. Within three months of hiring the caregiver, Mary was dead. She was murdered by the same woman she had hired to take care of her.

How to Choose the Right In-Home Care Provider Agency

The time has come to hire the services of an in-home caregiver. You have decided that seeking a caregiver through an agency is the best option. But how does one go about choosing among the many agencies available? How do you judge the quality of the agency? What are the criteria to consider?