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The Benefits of Occupational Therapy

3/25/2014

Occupational therapy can change people’s lives. During April’s Occupational Therapy Month, take a minute to learn more about the benefits of occupational therapy for people who need care and their caregivers.

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Public Health Starts with You

3/25/2014

Each year the American Public Health Association promotes National Public Health Week in partnership with local health providers. The theme of this year’s week is “Public Health: Start Here” and each day between April 7 to April 11 there is a specific topic and local events to attend across the country.

“The pub...

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Be a Volunteer, Thank a Volunteer

3/25/2014

Volunteering is not limited to a single week out of the year, but there is one week on the calendar when we are all encouraged to thank volunteers who make our lives happier and safer. National Volunteer Week in the United States and Canada is the time for recognition and awareness of all volunteers.

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Sensory-Friendly Films

3/25/2014

A simple family outing to the movie theater can be extremely challenging for people with autism or other sensory disorders. The Autism Society has teamed up with AMC Theatres to offer select films on specific dates for families and their loved...

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Take a Diabetes Risk Test

2/25/2014

Diabetes affects millions of people each year, but with testing and early intervention experts say it can be delayed or prevented in many cases.

Each year, the American Diabetes Association asks the public to “wake up” and take the Diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert Day ®, held the fourth Tuesday...

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Seniors are Caregivers Too

2/25/2014

Caregiving is ageless—there are children who help care their parents and grandparents, and there are also grandparents who provide care to spouses, adult children and grandchildren. The elder population provides valuable care in their communities too.

“At least half of our volunteers are over the age of 65,” said Ellie Hollander, Mea...

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Bedrest Requires Extra Care

2/25/2014

Women are used to doing it all—working, taking care of children, errands, chores and much more. So when a woman is put on bedrest during her pregnancy, it can be a challenge just to ask for help.

“It was hard to ask for help,” Jennifer Spencer said of nine weeks of bedrest during her first pregnancy. “It just feels weird when I’m used to doing everything.”

Doctors o...

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Learn About Probiotics

2/25/2014

While eating right can help with maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk for many chronic conditions, experts also recommend taking probiotics to keep the immune system healthy.

Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast found in food and supplements that can help digestion and the immune system. Yale University researchers in 2011 found that probiotics are ben...

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Five Heart Healthy Foods

1/28/2014

In honor of February’s National Heart Month we have selected five foods that are recognized by the American Heart Association as being good for your heart:

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Wear Red to Help Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

1/28/2014

The American Heart Association created the Go Red for Women campaign during National Heart Month to bring attention to the fact that heart disease kills more women than men each year and that many women may be unaware they are at risk for heart disease.

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ADLs and IADLs, Explained

1/28/2014

Each day we all go through various activities, regardless of our gender, age, profession, to be simply functioning as adults who have the ability to care for ourselves. In the world of home care and geriatric care there is a term for these activities: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

ADLs include the following skills that a typical adult has:

Possible Benefits of Vitamin E for Alzheimers

1/28/2014

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are possibly ways to slow down the progression of symptoms of the brain illness that impairs memory and other brain functions. A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that some people with Alzheimer’s might benefit from...

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The Ups and Downs of Dementia Statistics

12/30/2013

Experts agree that there will be increases in the number of people who develop some form of dementia in the future, but these increases may not be as great as previously estimated, and improved individual health awareness and habits can even delay the onset of dementia for many people.

“The message is more complicated than it used to be,” said Dr. Dallas Anderson, an epidemiologist ...

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Could It Be a Thyroid Disorder?

12/30/2013

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and therefore a good reminder to learn the signs and symptoms of common thyroid disorders that affect as many as 30 million Americans with an estimated 15 million of those undiagnosed. Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease.

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New Year, New Home Safety Device Checkup

12/30/2013

The start of a new year is a perfect time to check out all of your home safety devices and procedures.

“Any special day can be designated to change batteries – a birthday, anniversary, New Year’s Day,” said Judy Comoletti, a Division Manager with the The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Public Education Division.

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

12/30/2013

Check UpEarly detection is the key to treating advanced cervical cancer, which is a preventable cancer. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and serves as a reminder to women everywhere ...

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Give the Gift of A Personal Story

12/4/2013

What’s Happening: Give The Gift of A Personal Story

As people gather together for the holidays they will be sharing new and old stories, making this an ideal time to record these stories or make already recorded stories into gifts for the whole family.

“It’s important to think about the value to both the storyteller and the receiver,” said Anita Hecht, LCSW, Director...

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Eating Well During the Holidays

12/4/2013

Jette Hogenmiller, PhD, is the Executive Director of Quality & Outcomes at Homewatch CareGivers International and a newly certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. In the coming year, Dr. Hogenmiller will regularly be sharing tips on nutrition for our readers and this month is sharing a delicious and ...

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Give the Gift of Helping Out This Holiday Season

12/4/2013

The joy of the holiday season can be overwhelming for family caregivers who already have their hands full. Professional caregivers can help them still rejoice in the holiday spirit by taking on a few errands or chores and checking them off the list.

“We are offering this service to those who would not normally need us, but could really benefit from our services making the holidays...

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AARP Ads Show Caregiver Reality

12/4/2013

A middle-aged woman enters the kitchen where an elderly woman sits at a table. The younger woman can be heard saying, “Did you take your medicine?” as she walks past. A voice over says:

“Her nurse.”

As the younger woman slowly multiplies into different versions of herself doing other chores such as carrying a full laundry basket, making tea, and taking a phone message.

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Forget About Any Fear With Memory Screening

11/4/2013

When people hear about the growing number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia each year, they might understandably be frightened that they or a loved one will also have the illness. Yet with more tools than ever for early detection, there s...

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Why Caregivers Need Flu Shots

11/4/2013

Along with tissues and regular hand washing, caregivers need to get flu shots to reduce the risk of sharing influenza germs.

The risk for serious illness or even death from influenza is very high in the elderly population. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitaliza...

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Hospice Partnerships and 24/7 Care

11/4/2013

Hospice care seems like an almost saintly concept as people tend to patients who need end-of-life care. Yet there are limits to what kind of care hospice services can provide and that is where home care fills the gap.

“In many cases, it is expected when someone signs up for hospice that they will get 24/7 care,” said Sara Griswell, Operations and Outreach Director at Homewatch Ca...

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Talk About Transitions During the Holidays

11/4/2013

The holidays are a time for families to reunite and celebrate together, so it’s understandable that many people don’t see this as a time for talking about senior home care with their parents.  However, this is a golden opportunity to truly see how Mom and Dad are getting along in daily life and what their needs are rather than waiting for a crisis.

Robert P. learned this less...

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Being Supportive During Cancer Treatment

9/30/2013

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and frightening, leaving the person not only with important health decisions to make but also their daily lives to manage.

In 2011, doctors diagnosed Jennifer Tucker, Vice President of Marketing at Homewatch CareGivers, with breast cancer. Jennifer is also a wife and mother of two young girls. During her surgeries and chemotherapy, she learne...

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Tips to Prevent Crimes Against the Elderly

9/30/2013

It’s something of a myth that crimes against the elderly involve a young man yanking a little old lady’s purse off her arm as she walks to the grocery store. Crimes perpetrated against senior citizens are far more complicated and can often go undetected as elder abuse can occur in private.

“Certainly what we’re seeing now is criminals are getting more sophisticated in how they go ...

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11 Tips to Help You Winterize a Senior's Home

9/13/2013

Winter weather is approaching quickly, so you need to go through your elderly loved one’s home and make sure it’s ready for colder temperatures. It is a good idea to help them with this checklist so they do not winterize their home on their own. Some of these activities can be strenuous and others could require them to go up on a ladder, which raises their risk for a fall.

Helping Brain Injury Survivors with Communication Problems

8/30/2013

After a person has a stroke or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), they may face several new challenges. One of those is often in the way they communicate.

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According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the communication problems following a stroke ...

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Organic Foods Delivered Right to the Door

8/30/2013

For those who are older, growing their own fruits and vegetables can become a challenge, and making it to the local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings is simply not an option. However, they do not have to stop getting very fresh, and organic, fruits and vegetables. A relatively new service can deliver the goods to their home.

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Using Balloons to Light the Night

8/30/2013

As the survivors and their families begin to walk, the balloons they hold shine amidst the crowd. Each balloon is filled with light. Starting in late September and into November, these balloons light up the night.

The Light the Night Walk is an amazing op...

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National Discussion on the Transition from Hospital to Home

8/15/2013

Homewatch CareGivers works very hard to limit the number of problems that can take place when a person transitions from a hospital or rehabilitation facility to home. By keeping care transitions smooth and safe, it delivers the level of quality care that you and your loved one deserve.

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Helping Patients Take Responsibility for Medical Comprehension

8/1/2013

The average American reads at an 8th grade level, but health care information is communicated at a college-graduate level. This disconnect leads to confusion, frustration and a feeling of helplessness for doctors and patients.

The American Medical Society addressed the problem in a video uploaded onto YouTube. In the video, the AMA gives doctors recommendations on how to make sure...

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The Importance of Reviewing Medicines

8/1/2013

Many seniors have a long list of medications they take every day. Problems often surface because certain medications do not interact well with each other. Furthermore, certain supplements, vitamins and even foods can also cause issues.

For example, a person who regularly takes a blood thinner and then takes vitamin E or fish oil could end up with abnormal bleeding. An estimated 10...

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Online Community Gives Men Help and Support

8/1/2013

Nearly 45 percent of family caregivers helping their loved ones in the U.S. are men, according to the Caregiver Action Network. However, compared to their female counterparts, male caregivers generally don’t receive the same level of support from family members and community services. This means male caregivers need their own resources for support and tools to help them prosper and succeed.

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Make Taking Steps for Alzheimer's a Priority

8/1/2013

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. To unite communities across the country, the Alzheimer’s Association holds hundreds of Walks to End Alzheimer’s each year.

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15 Foods to Help Keep You Hydrated This Summer

6/27/2013

As the summer heats up, it’s important to keep you and your loved ones hydrated. Not getting enough water can make you very sick and can make many chronic conditions worse.

The information contained in this article should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your health care provider for appropriate diet changes for you.

While the simplest way to stay hydr...

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The Golden Years Gets Its Own Dance Craze

6/27/2013

The exercise phenomenon known as Zumba continues to spread. More than 14 million people in 151 different countries take Zumba classes, according to Zumba.com. Now, the older generation is getting into the groove.

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Seniors and Pets: The Truth About Cats and Dogs

6/27/2013

They are happy to see you when you get home and many studies say they are good for your health. Recently, the American Heart Association even said owning a pet can lower your risk of heart disease.

According to the AHA, stroking a pet can lower your blood pressure and pet owners handle stress better, even when their pets aren’t around. (Full Story

Sign Up Now for the Walk to End Alzheimer's

6/27/2013

It may be sunny July, and most of us are not thinking about an event set for the fall, but the time to start planning is now.

For many communities, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be happening before you know it. This annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association ...

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Fun Father's Day Activities for Elderly Dads

5/31/2013

For older fathers, Father’s Day does not just have to be about getting a visit from family members. A bigger gift would be to get out and do a fun, yet safe activity.

Keep in mind that the information contained in this article should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your health care provider for appropriate activities for your loved one. Also, remember that while you’re...

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9 Ways to Work in the Yard and Garden Safely

5/31/2013

With the arrival of the spring and summer months it means many people will start going outside to work in the garden and yard. However, it’s important to make sure your older loved ones do so safely.

The tools to dig up the dirt and cut the grass kept in the garage can also represent some dangers. Your older loved ones have not used these tools in several months and their ability...

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Cataracts Treatment Can Make Glasses Unnecessary

5/31/2013

New technology is dramatically changing how doctors treat cataracts. Lasers used in the procedure not only take away the cataracts, but many people do not need to wear glasses any more after it’s over.

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Helping Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life

5/31/2013

Once a doctor diagnoses a person with cancer, it never goes away. Treatment is successful for many people and it sends their cancer into remission, but they will always be survivors.

Cancer Survivors MonthThe first Sunday in June is Cancer Survivors Day. Nearl...

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Mother's Day Gifts and Activities for Seniors

5/1/2013

As families’ elderly parents celebrate Mother’s Day, there are many options for activities and gifts that can bring joy to all involved.

As people age, the ultimate expression of love is the way they care for others. This could be an elderly wife caring for her ailing husband, or an adult daughter providing care for her ill mother. This makes celebr...

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Parkinson's Patient: Caregivers 'Make Me Feel Safe'

5/1/2013

Dr. Alex Kotch likes to be organized – so he appreciates the routine he worked out with his caregivers.

“I really like the structure. It’s what I wanted,” he said.

Alex, 86, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 16 years ago. For the past three years, Homewatch CareGivers has provided customized Parkinson’s care, helping him get around his home in his wheelchair. A ...

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Fight the Bite: Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus

5/1/2013

With the weather warming up across the country, a recurring danger will once again surface, but you can take steps now to stay safe. In 2012, West Nile virus sprung up earlier than normal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of cases soared to more than 5,000 last summer.

The 2012 number of 5,387 cases, including 243 deaths, was the highest number ...

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Aging in Place: Fall Prevention

5/1/2013

Falling can be a person’s worst enemy as they age since it can lead to broken bones and other health complications. However, there are small changes each person can make around the home to mitigate fall risks.

The reasons for falling may be physical or environmental – that is, certain medical conditions or medications may be increasing the likelihood of a fall, or the design and s...

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Staying Safe During Spring Cleaning

4/1/2013

With the weather warming up across the country, it is the start of the spring-cleaning season. This often includes making some home improvements, which can come with several risks.

Seniors who want to do some work around the house should understand their own limitations. An older person should recognize when something they used to do in the past is too much now. Just because a sen...

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Alarming Numbers Show Spread of Diabetes

4/1/2013

The numbers keep growing. The amount people and the costs associated with diabetes have exploded over the past 50 years and it is now a major problem.

In 1958, doctors diagnosed fewer than 1 in 100 Americans with diabetes. In 2010, it was about 1 in 14. The most recent data shows even more problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the growth of d...

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Feeling Sad? Eat Your Vegetables

4/1/2013

If you need to cheer up someone who is feeling sad or lonely, try offering them a carrot, an apple, or a rutabaga. New research suggests that when a person eats more fruits and vegetables, it makes them happier.

Experts looked at surveys that mea...

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The Right Choices: Vitamins and Supplements for the Elderly

4/1/2013

Last week, chocolate was good for your health and red wine was not so good. This week, red wine is good for your health and chocolate is only good in moderation. There is a lot of conflicting information about what foods, vitamins, and dietary supplements are actually good for us.

More and more, it is up to consumers of every age to educate themselves on these matters. This is no...

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Expressing Our Gratitude for Social Workers

3/1/2013

We want to say thank you to the social workers in each of our communities that provide help for our clients and their families.  March is Social Worker Appreciation Month but Homewatch CareGivers is thankful for you every day of the year.

Thank you to social workers for the work you do to coordinate and communicate with your patients. We know you don’t just look at one asp...

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Helping Doctors Embrace Empathy During Care

2/28/2013

More hospitals are changing the way they care for patients. The “treat ‘em and street ‘em” philosophy is giving way to emotional connections to ensure a patient’s recovery sticks. However, if a doctor is not being empathetic with your family member, you don’t have to stay silent and let it happen. You can act.

More and more studies show there is a relationship between empathy on t...

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Tips to Help Older People Sleep Well

2/28/2013

According to experts, sleep patterns naturally change as people get older. Older adults sleep for fewer hours and take longer to fall asleep. They also sleep less deeply and wake up more often during the night. Normal aging is not the only cause for sleep problems. Alzheimer’s disease, certain medications, and stress can all cause sleep problems.

People who do not sleep well are a...

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5 Tips to Improve Cholesterol Levels

2/28/2013

When it comes to trying to lower levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol, the advice remains consistent.

"Lifestyle changes are usually the first step for reducing blood cholesterol, and are continued if drug therapy is added," said Kathryn McMurry, Nutrition Coordinator at the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute. "Recommended lifestyle changes include increasing physical activity, lo...

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A Month to Think About Your Heart

1/31/2013

Valentine’s Day is not the only reason people think about the heart during February. February is National Heart Month, Feb. 1 is National Wear Red Day (to raise awareness about heart disease in women), and Feb. 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. This focus on the heart reminds you and your loved ones to take care of yours.

It is common knowledge that there are steps y...

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Games Help Keep the Brain Young

1/31/2013

As many people age they suffer forms of mental decline. Research shows if a person keeps their brain active it can hold off that mental decline and even generate new brain cells. One way to do this is to act like a child again and play some games.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, staying mentally active increases your brain’s health and a good way to do that is to play ga...

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Tests Designed To Help Detect & Prevent Cancer

1/31/2013

Cancer is not something you are helpless against. While it can be random, there are often lifestyle changes you can make that can decrease your risk. Additionally, there are tests you can regularly have a doctor perform to screen for cancer so you can be sure and detect it early on.

As part of National Cancer Prevention Month, Homewatch CareGivers compiled a list of screenings an...

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Organ Donations Aren't Limited By Age

1/31/2013

While you read these words, it’s probable that someone new has landed on the list of people waiting for an organ donation. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, it happens every 10 minutes.

Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, is also National Donor Day. An average of 79 people receive organ transplants every day, but an average of 18 people die each day while wait...

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13 Ways to Keep Moving Safely in 2013

12/31/2012

The most common New Year’s resolutions people make are to lose weight and be healthier.

It’s well known that exercise helps prevent or decrease the severity of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression and it can also delay the onset of memory loss and some forms of dementia. However, an older person who wants to ...

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Overcoming the 'Sneak Thief of Sight'

12/31/2012

More than 2.2 million Americans have what is often called “the sneak thief of sight.” It’s a condition that can take away nearly half of a person’s vision before they even notice and experts believe that half of the people who have glaucoma don’t even know it.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes blindness through damage to ...

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The Odorless Gas That Can Kill Over Time

12/31/2012

It’s like natural gas and can be just as deadly. It is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas and it is created naturally when uranium in soil and water decays. It’s called radon, and with the start of the new year, it may be something to watch out for and test for in 2013.

The EPA designates every January as Radon Action Month because radon can cause cancer in many people throu...

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The Comforts of Structure and Routine

12/31/2012

Structure and routine creates benefits for both an in-home caregiver and their loved one with dementia.

“If the person with dementia is enjoying the comfort, safety and security provided by a predictable routine, the caregiver is making their job easier by avoiding the behavior challenges that come from unexpected events or erratic schedules,” M. Barbara Betts Swartz, a Program Di...

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Suspending Licenses Due to the Ice

11/30/2012

You might notice it when you go out shopping for presents in December. The roads are icy and your mom or dad is behind the wheel. But instead of their usual confidence in the driver’s seat, they are timid. It makes you nervous.

The roads aren’t that bad right now, but if they get worse and your parents can’t handle them – what happens? What if there is a major snowstorm?...

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What to Look for During Holiday Visits

11/30/2012

During a visit to her grandma’s house at Christmas not quite two years ago, Cristina Deptula noticed a trail of ants roaming through the kitchen.

“There was trash that needed to be taken out and dirty laundry,” she recalled, noting that her 87-year-old grandmother suffers from scoliosis. “My mom and I offered to do the dishes and my grandma refused! She insisted that she didn't n...

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How Little White Lies Can Help

11/30/2012

It is human nature to correct and try to help someone who might be confused. However, with a person caring for someone living with dementia, it can actually be more beneficial to avoid corrections and even tell harmless fibs.

“Sometimes the factual truth creates more havoc for the person with dementia,” said M. Barbara Betts Swartz, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Associati...

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Holiday Gifts for the Disabled

11/30/2012

Gift giving can be a complicated matter for loved ones of any age and any ability, but it can be even trickier for someone with a disability or in need of elder care.

“I might call it: giving a gift that promotes independence despite the disability,” said Monica Heltemes, an occupational therapist and founder of MindStart (www.mi...

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This Holiday Season, Take Time to Find Out Who Is Targeting Mom & Dad

10/31/2012

They can get very extravagant and look very professional. There are some with gold and silver inlaid in them, made up to be certificates. Others have what appears to be handwriting on it – like a family member has already looked over the flyer and made notes on how beneficial it is. They come in the mail and they are trying to get money out of people – especially the elderly.

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A Solution for Alzheimer's: It's Not a Matter of If, It's a Matter of When

10/31/2012

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and while there is no cure for the disease, new medical advancements are made each day that brings us closer to a solution.

“We always hope,” Dr. Dean Hartley, Director of Science Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association, said. “It’s not a matter of if we find a treatment. We will. It’s a matter of when.”

In September, resea...

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A Male Caregiver's Success: Good Spirits and Getting Help Early On

10/31/2012

Patrick Russ and his brothers are part of a growing population, but they just wanted to make their mom happy. The number of male caregivers in the U.S. continues to grow. Pat will be the first to tell you that his mother, Marjorie, made it easier on them when it came to her dementia care.

“This is something she’s always wanted. We’d ask her if she would like to stay with us and sh...

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6 Ways to Care for a Person with COPD

10/31/2012

More than 13 million Americans live with a disease that makes every breath they take difficult. November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. The diagnosis of COPD often comes as a shock but it then changes how a person lives each day. COPD causes airways to become partially blocked, making it hard for a person to breathe. There is no cure, but there are ways to slow...

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Silent Screams About Caregiving Heard Across America

10/1/2012

It starts with a middle-aged man sitting next to an older woman. She’s clearly his mother. They are talking to someone who looks like a medical professional. Then he opens his mouth wide in a huge scream – but there’s no sound, just music. Then it’s a middle-aged woman sitting in a car. Next to her is an older man, her father, tubes in his nose for oxygen. She grips the steering wheel and there...

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The Push to Prevent the Need for Pink Ribbons

10/1/2012

With October comes the presence of pink ribbons; businesses hang them from skyscrapers, cities hang them from trees and fountains turn pink. It is all to stand with those battling and those who lost their battle with breast cancer. One organization wants to make it so those ribbons aren’t necessary.

Two years ago, the National Breast Cancer Coalition began an initiative that woul...

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Our Help for a Growing Trend

10/1/2012

Homewatch CareGivers is offering a unique form of help and more people are starting to notice.

The Male Caregiver Community, or MCC, first launched in June 2012 and activity on the interactive forum continues to grow. The MCC is an online destination for men who care for their loved ones – a place where they can get answers and talk with each other.

The profile of t...

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FDA Issues Warning About Arthritis, Osteoporosis Supplement

10/1/2012

The FDA is warning the public about a natural dietary supplement that claims to help treat arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions. The FDA says both Reumofan and Reumofan Plus contain potentially dangerous ingredients that are not listed on the label and in some...

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Preventing Stroke: Common Sense or Not?

8/31/2012

The steps they took may seem like common sense, but a neurologist in Chicago says we might be surprised. A recent study in Germany found that patients guided by a physician on ways to prevent stroke or dementia risk factors lived longer.

This study is important to note during September, which is Healthy Aging Month.

In the study, doctors guided about 4,000 people in...

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Baby Boomers Urged to Get Tested for Hepatitis C

8/31/2012

The government says all Baby Boomers should get tested for hepatitis C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who was born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the virus.

Hepatitis C can destroy a person’s liver, but it can take decades to cause liver damage. Experts say many people don’t know they have the blo...

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World Alzheimer's Day Becomes World Alzheimer's Month

8/31/2012

Each year since 1994, groups supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease around the world unite on Sept. 21 for World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the cause is taking up an entire month. The Alzheimer’s Association, and other global groups like it, are making September 2012 World Alzheimer’s Month.

An awareness-raising campaign will take place over 30 days, with Sept. 21 playing a ke...

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Patients with HIV/AIDS Growing Older

8/31/2012

September has several days where many taken a moment to pay tribute to those who continue to live with HIV/AIDS and those who have lost the battle. However, more people are winning the fight.

In late July 2012, a hospital in Boston announced that two men who had HIV for years may now be free of the disease after each received stem cell transplants. Researchers found that as the p...

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Beating the Heat so it Does Not Beat You

7/31/2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 400 people die every year in the U.S. from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These deaths do not need to happen.

Seniors are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses because their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperatures, they could have chronic medical condition that alters how a b...

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Back to School: When the Mind Stays Young

7/31/2012

August means students across the country are heading back to school, and not all of those students are young children. A growing number of them are over the age of 50.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 17 million college students in the U.S., more than half a million of them are older than 50. Just this past May, Twila Boston graduated from Utah State University at the ...

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Getting Out of the House to Give Back

7/31/2012

August generally sees the start of the school year, but other things begin then as well. Many service-based organizations start running their events and they are always looking for help.

While an older person may not be able to lift heavy boxes or drive a forklift – these organizations are always looking for helping hands. Just because people reach the age of 55 or older, it doesn...

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Being Smarter About the Air You Breathe

7/31/2012

For those with lung disease, the American Lung Association now has a tool so people can know about the danger of the air quality before they go outside.

The ALA created a new State of the Air smartphone app. It can be a life-saving resource for those living with a lung disease like asthma or COPD. The app is free and lets you enter in a zip code, or use the phone’s GPS location s...

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A New Online Destination for Male Caregivers

6/26/2012

Homewatch CareGivers is launching the Male Caregiver Community forum – an online destination for men while they care for their loved ones.

The number of male caregivers is growing quickly. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, up to 44 percent of caregivers are men. That’s compared to only 19 percent in 1996. Additionally, 40 percent of men use outside help – li...

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Outdoor Activities for Those with Dementia

6/26/2012

With the warm, summer weather it’s nice to do activities that take you outside. For people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the outside world can be full of ways to trigger a memory. There are many outside places you can go and sit for hours with a senior to let them enjoy their surroundings as they reminisce.

A good example is botanic gardens. These often have a wide...

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4 Travel Tips for Seniors

6/26/2012

The summer generally means families across the country will get in a car or onto a plane to see each other. Seniors can do this too, but it can be a very stressful process without careful planning. However, there are good tips you can follow so the vacation is as enjoyable as it’s meant to be.

The biggest roadblock for any senior getting on a plane is getting through security at t...

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New Research Gives New Hope to Alzheimer's Patients

6/26/2012

Alzheimer’s disease afflicts nearly half of the people in the U.S. who are over 85, but new research is giving new hope.

According to an article in Psych Central, researchers recently found that a protein involved in Alzheimer’s binds to cholest...

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Independence Day is About Independence

6/1/2012

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and it can give you an excuse to look for ways to make sure everyone involved in an in-home care situation is getting the independence they are looking for.

 

To make sure everyone enjoys the national holiday, it’s a good time to check in with the entire family on how things are going. Is everyone happy with the status quo? Do...

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Firing Up the Grill - 3 Ways to Do it Safely

6/1/2012

With the arrival of warmer weather across the country, many people are venturing out of the kitchen and out to the grill. It’s important to remember that while this summer pastime is always fun – it can also be dangerous.

 

1. Cook your meat thoroughly:

Food poisoning can hit a person receiving in-home care very hard. It is something that can easily happen when a ha...

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Tips for Gardening as Summer Begins

6/1/2012

With the start of summer, many people benefiting from in-home care want to get out of the house and into the garden.  It is important for the caregiver to understand that many of the people they help have a habit of working in the garden every year – it’s something they’ve done their entire lives.

 

When you bring a senior into the yard, it’s probably not...

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June Brings Awareness of Chronic Disease

6/1/2012

June is National Scleroderma Awareness Month. Scleroderma is a chronic connective-tissue disease that can, in part, cause a hardening of the skin. Women tend to get the rare disease more than men, but it can hit anyone at any age.

 

The disease makes it a challenge for some people to dress themselves completely – buttoning buttons and other things can become impossible.

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30 Ways to Fight Parkinsons

4/3/2012

If you don’t have a loved one who has been impacted by this disease, the first image that comes to your mind after hearing “Parkinsons” may well be actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed at age 30. Along with Michael, there are 4 to 6 million others worldwide who suffer from the slowly progressive brain disorder.


April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and a good time to bru...

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Palliative Care: No Child Left Behind

4/3/2012

Palliative care is largely misunderstood. It’s an area of healthcare concerned with prevention and relief of suffering. Many assume it’s for people at the end of life, which it often is, but is relevant to people of any age in any disease state, whether the illness is curable or not. In addition to medications and traditional healthcare therapies, practitioners are highly integrative- employ...

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Starting the Conversation: Discussing Future Practicalities with your Loved One

4/3/2012

We all want our elderly loved ones to live enriched and full lives as they age. We also want peace of mind knowing our loved ones are safe, healthy, and comfortable wherever home may be.


Having a plan in place to organize changes in care once they are needed can avoid an “urgent situation” that many clients face as accidental falls, or trips to the hospital happen. 

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Encouragement for Those Living with ALS

4/3/2012

When a diagnosis of ALS happens, it can bring out the best and the worst in families coping with the devastating implications of the disease. While there is no known cure for ALS, there are Drug treatments for the disease that can prolong life and help manage symptoms to maintain quality of life. Acceptance, support, communication, and positivity are vital from all parties involved to navigate...

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Appreciating Health Care Providers

3/2/2012

Social workers interact with family caregivers of older adults not only throughout the network of aging services and across the health, mental/behavioral health, and long-term care continuum, but also in diverse settings such as child welfare agencies, employee assistance programs, faith-based organizations, housing programs, schools, and veterans service programs.


March is Nat...

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Take the First Step to Prevent Diabetes

3/2/2012

If you or someone you know is living with diabetes and requires therapeutic diet, you are not alone. The prevalence of Diabetes continues to grow, and in 2010. 26% of U.S. residents ages 65 and older were living with Diabetes according tothe National Diabetes Information Clearing House. On top of that, an estimated 54 million persons have pre-diabetes, a condition in which ...

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Giving the Sweetest Gift of All

2/10/2012

The sweetest gift of all is to ourselves.

 

My aching back. My twitchy eye. The outside of me might look ok, but it feels like the life has drained out of me. What many of us want for Valentine’s Day is some sweet, quiet time alone, to put feet up, sip chamomile tea, and to simply breathe. Forget the chocolate and flowers, how about a little time away from all...

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American Heart Month After Surgery Tips

2/10/2012

Undergoing heart surgery is a traumatic endeavor, and with as much planning and preparing as it takes going into the surgery, it is equally important to have a well prepared game plan for coming home. Try creating a checklist of the things you will need and schedule help in the weeks prior to your surgery. When you get home, it is likely that the first thing you will want to do is bathe. Be ...

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National Senior Independence Month

2/10/2012

We all crave some level of independence. It could be argued that as we age and become wiser, we demand independence to a greater degree, because we have more experience, more competencies, and tend to care less about what others think.

 

When there’s a health care issue that threatens this independence, thoughtful consideration is required so that the elder is no...

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

12/19/2011

Because there are no symptoms it is extremely important to be aware of the effects of glaucoma. Once an individual with glaucoma loses their sight, it is permanent – and up to 40% of vision can be lost without notice. As stated by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, “Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness.”

 

Over 4 million Americans suffe...

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

12/19/2011