Seniors and seasonal allergies

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There are a lot of things to love about spring, like leaves turning green and flowers in bloom, but sometimes the things we love don’t return the favor. Many people experience increased allergies during the spring due to changing pollen levels. According to the CDC, ” allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. ...

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Do you have a tornado plan?

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Spring is finally here (!) and it’s exciting for many different reasons. Some people look

forward to the extra hour of sunshine at the end of the day. For others, it kicks off baseball season. Gardening, green grass, and the general feeling of things coming alive are also happy spring things. For us in the Midwest, we also know that spring kicks off tornado season. In light of the recent bad weather, it’s time to check out your tornado preparedness. Please ...

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Winter – Spring and aallllll the temperatures in between

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Mother Natures gets a little moody this time of year, doesn’t she? A week ago we were frozen cherriesexperiencing freezing rain and drizzle, today it’s 75 degrees. This isn’t a new phenomenon, but if you are caring for a senior loved one, there are a couple things to keep in mind:

  1. Check the temperature of their house before you leave. While it’s 75 degrees during the day, it might still drop below ...
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Senior Care Part 1: What is involved?

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As people reach a certain age range, they tend to develop limitations in their functions and shot of a beautiful daughter pushing her elderly fathercapabilities. When they are unable to perform their regular duties, oftentimes assistance from someone else becomes necessary. Asking for help can be difficult and depending on others for  physical assistance can be uncomfortable.  It is important to ...

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A quick guide to Hospice Care pt. 2

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In our last blog post, we told you about what Hospice does. In this post we are going to discuss choosing a Hospice.

Your first question might be about finding a Hospice care.

Here are some suggestions as to where to start:

  • Local resources: check with your doctor, nurse, or discharge planner.
  • State resources: Organizations register through the State to so they are eligible to receive funding. Check your phone book or online yellow pages. If you are in Texas, ...
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Caregiving at home

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Opting for elderly care at home entails various safety considerations on your part to ensure that grandmother with cat on her handsyou are not posing any threat to their health and safety. Due to the lack of coordination and reduced sensitivity to their environment, elderly individuals sometimes lack the capacity to assess the their environment about whether it poses hazard to ...

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What is causing my balance probems?

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As we discussed in our last post, losing the ability to balance can lead to other serious problems, like losing confidence to move about safely, losing socializing activities and feeling isolated, and of course, depression.

When a loss of balance is experienced, it is important to figure out the underlying cause. There are many common causes, like medications that cause dizziness and other health conditions that lead to shortness in breath.

Are you familiar with ...

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National Caregivers Month

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Do you know any hard working caregivers? If so, this is the month to go the extra mile to let Caregiversthem know just how much they are appreciated.

November is National Caregivers Month.

Check out these stats from the Caregiver Action Network:

Did you know…

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Coping when a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia

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senior couple 2When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it can seem like your whole world has been turned upside down. While your previous normal no longer exists, there are still things you can do to cope more effectively with a changing and often challenging situation.

1)  It is helpful to remember that someone with dementia has a new reference point for ...

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