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Seattle Senior Care News

Learn more about caring for aging parents and relatives by reading our weekly educational articles.

Our home care services are available in Queen Anne, Madison Park, Magnolia, Capital Hill, Laurelhurst, Wedgewood, Ballard, Fremont, Northgate, U-District, Wallingford, Ravenna, Green Lake, Belltown, Downtown, West Seattle, Burien, Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Seward Park, Rainier Beach, and Normandy Park.

 

Caregiving

In your role as a family caregiver it can often seem like you are the one who is important to your aging parent. As Thanksgiving approaches, however, it is important that you remind yourself and your aging parent that they are important to you as well and that you are very thankful for them

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Use these tips to help maintain food safety throughout the Thanksgiving cooking process.

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As a family caregiver, being able to recognize the potential early signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can help you to ensure that you get your loved one the care and management that they need to stay as healthy as possible and live the highest quality of life they can as they progress through the disease.

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It's easy to get caught up in daily life and not realize that the help you really want was actually already offered. If you're in that rut, try some of these ideas.

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Here are some of the tools that you can use to improve your parent’s bathing safety.

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Use these tips to help your parent get used to new dentures.

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If a senior wants to stay in their home, click here to learn how elderly care can make that happen.

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Guardian Angel’s Day is October 2. What a great day to honor those that give the gift of caring for others!

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Washing your hands can be one of the most effective ways that you can help to keep your elderly loved one healthier. It's more important than many people might think.

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October 1st is Frugal Fun Day, a day for people everywhere to share there ideas for ways to have fun for less than 5 dollars. 

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Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing video games to enhance your parent's care.

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Here are some of the simple changes that you can make in your parent's care to help reduce the chances of Alzheimer's disease in your aging parent.

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Helping your elderly loved one to get as much nutrition out of each bite of food as possible is easier than it seems at first. Try some of these ideas to start.

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Here are some ways that you can use your sense of hearing to improve your caregiver efforts.

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Use these warm weather safety tips to help your aging parent enjoy the rest of the summer safely and healthily.

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If you have an elderly loved one with dementia, you probably have noticed that they have experienced many changes in the ways they go about their daily life. Read on for some ways you as a caregiver can help make your loved one’s life happier, healthier, and easier.

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Use these tips to help you feel confident that you could get your parent the medical attention that they might need when you are on vacation.

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women throughout the United States each year. 

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Most Americans know about and celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Grandparent’s Day. But, what many American’s don’t know is that there is also a National Parent’s Day that is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of July every year. 

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Have you ever just assumed that all was well with your aging loved one because they hadn’t really complained about anything, yet later found out there was something bothering them physically or emotionally? It’s an easy trap to fall into.

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Use these tips to make moving day easier for your elderly parent.

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July 3 is Stay Out of the Sun Day, the day before the Fourth of July, the unofficial midpoint of the summer and leading into a time when many families will spend a considerable amount of time enjoying the outdoors.

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When many people think of PTSD the first thing that comes to mind is the men and women who return from war zones suffering from flashbacks to their time in combat. While this is a very real version of the PTSD experience and a serious risk for those coming back from service each day, it is not the only way that people experience this condition.

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Use these tips to guide you through when you have decided that it is time to step away from your caregiver role.

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Tomatoes are an especially delicious summer produce choice because they are packed with nutritional benefits such as antioxidant protection and vitamin C immunity boosting.

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Use these tips to ensure that your summer picnic with your parent is fun, healthy, and safe.

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May 26th, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, is dedicated as International Jazz Day to celebrate jazz musicians and the music they create.

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With the continued advancement of technology, seniors are finding themselves having more autonomy, and at the same time, developing and fostering regular connections with family or other loved ones.

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Rainy weather can pose hazards for seniors, from slips and falls to dangerous driving conditions. How can a family member or home care provider help keep loved ones safe when the rains fall? Here are a few tips.

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You may have heard that green, leafy vegetables are one of the most healthy foods that you can eat. Here is a list of some of the most popular and most tasty green, leafy vegetables and their health benefits.

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The simple fact is straw hats never really seem to go out of style. Here are a few things to know about the history of straw hats.

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Whether it is a result of an injury, illness, or planned medical procedure, a hospital stay is often necessary even if it does cause your elderly loved one some anxiety. 

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Seniors are staying in their homes longer, which means their home has to be extra safe for them. Here are a few tips for making changes to improve safety.

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Stress can do a lot of damage to your own health, but it can also harm your elderly loved one. 

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Helping a loved one deal with complicated grief isn't easy, but when you have a treatment plan you can follow the steps.  

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Let these ideas inspire you for ways that you can take control and relieve your caregiver stress on I Am In Control Day.

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There are many benefits of better eating for everyone, especially the elderly. Let’s take a look at the benefits of proper nutrition for your senior loved one.

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Did you know that most slips and falls happen in the home? But don’t worry, there is something you can do about it.

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Making sure that your parent's dishes get clean is essential to the health and comfort of her home, and the dishwasher is truly one of the best tools you can use in your elderly care routine. 

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Chicken pox is an unpleasant illness for anyone to have, but when the person who catches it is a senior, the infection is often much more severe than it would have been in childhood. 

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It's important for seniors to remain socially active as they age. Read here for more tips on keeping your senior loved one engaged and involved.

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Pizza is a tried-and-true family-pleasing dinner, but the next time your family is craving a slice of their favorite rich Italian flavors, do not reach for that delivery menu. 

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Try these recipes for fast and easy protein bars you can enjoy yourself and share with your aging parents and even your children for whole-family health and nutrition.

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Referred to as vertigo, the sensation of spinning or dizziness can occur suddenly and with seemingly no cause. Here is what you need to know about this potentially dangerous condition for your senior loved one.

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Enjoying fun activities with your elderly loved ones is a fantastic way to enhance your senior care journey. One great way to bring back memories of a younger age for your senior is a drive-in movie.

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There are few things as heartwarming and crowd-pleasing as macaroni and cheese, but even if you are on a multigenerational elderly care journey, you do not always want to rely on a processed version to fill your childhood favorite cravings. 

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It's frustrating when your loved one can no longer taste and smell her food. Here are some tips for making food more appealing again.

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It is not uncommon for an elderly adult to undergo a hip replacement. Find out here what to expect with your senior loved one's recuperation and how you can make it a smooth recovery.

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If you are a family caregiver who is new to mindfulness meditation, here are some tips to get you started.

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Try these tips to make hosting a gluten-free guest this holiday season more joyful and less stressful.

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November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month and it comes at a perfect time. The winter can be a lonely time for many seniors living alone at home as there are less opportunities to get out and about. 

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Exercise is healthy for people of all ages, but it is especially important that the elderly stay active by incorporating exercise into their lifestyle. With a doctor’s clearance, of course, the elderly can enjoy all of the physical and mental benefits of exercise such as better heart health, the reduction of depression and anxiety, and stronger bones and muscles. 

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Since its designation by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, November has been known as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. While much of the American public is aware of the existence of the disease, it is still important that they are aware of the facts about the disease and how it can affect them or the ones they love. 

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With this valuable information, you will be much more prepared to take on the difficult changes in behavior and mood from your loved one in the midst of Alzheimer's.

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When you can't assert yourself the way that you need to, it can lead to way more stress than you need.

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Build new memories with elderly parents, while enjoying creative activities together with these unique ideas.
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Halloween is a fantastic time to make crafts with your senior loved one because you can channel all of your creativity and imagination to create a space that is fun and cheerful, delightfully eerie, or mysterious and spooky.

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The holidays don't have to be stressful. Click here to find out how to make the most of the holiday season with an elderly parent.

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Bald and Free Day is all about embracing being bald and showing it off to the world. This is the perfect time for you to educate yourself on the things that do, and do not, contribute to baldness, and to find ways to help your parents cope with their own hair loss in their regular routine.

 

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One highly effective way for you to remain actively involved in your parents' home care relationship while also giving that relationship plenty of freedom and space to grow and exist in the way that is right for your parents is to perform regular quality control visits. These visits are your opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how the care is going and if any changes may need to be made in order to improve or preserve the quality of the care.

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There are many historical accounts leading to why this week came to be, but it wasn't until 1920 that President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Day, and two years later Fire Prevention Week began being observed annually. 

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Whether you have been caring for your parents for years or have just gotten started on your elder care journey with them, the word "dementia" can be frightening. You might think that a diagnosis with dementia, whether it is Alzheimer's disease or one of the many other forms, means the end of life and your relationship with your seniors, as you know it, including the ability to make and cherish memories with them. Fortunately, this is not the case. 

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Music is an extremely powerful force. From the softest melodies to the most intense ballads, music transforms emotions of all kinds into sound that can then be expressed, shared, and experienced by others. As much as emotion is a vehicle for people to send their own thoughts and feelings into the world around them, it is also a way to elicit these emotions in others.

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There is much debate across the regions as to what constitutes chili. In some areas, chili has to have beans, in others, including Texas, if it has beans, it is not really chili. Whatever your stance is on beans in your chili, this recipe is a delicious and satisfying way to warm up a chilly evening. It uses a slow cooker so you save time and can focus on fulfilling your other caregiver tasks while dinner cooks. 

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When the body ages, sleep patterns change. For seniors who are having a difficult time getting the rest they need, here are some tips to help them get more sleep.

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Learning does not have to stop when school ends. Seniors have the time to continue to expand their knowledge. Doing so could be the key to overall well-being.

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Suffering a stroke can be a frightening experience for seniors and their family caregivers, leading to lasting changes in their health and the need for important changes within their daily lives in order to recover from the stroke and protect their bodies from further consequences. 

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When talking about senior home safety, most people will probably not even think about summer sun and the potential hazards it can pose. Seniors experience a number of physical changes as they grow older, especially diminishing strength in their legs and arms as well as more difficulty for the body to protect itself from extreme heat and even the sun.

 

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Mmm, garlic. We toss it in pasta sauce, slather it on bread, and some of us even candy it. (Yes, there really is candied garlic!) Garlic is one of those must-haves in our spice cabinets, not only because it spices up loads of our favorite foods. It can also be a great health booster!

 

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July 10th is Collector Car Appreciation Day. Many older adults receiving senior care will remember driving some of these collector cars when they were brand new.

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Dinner is a wonderful time to connect with your aging loved ones and take a step back from all of the other elderly care responsibilities in your day to just relax, talk, and treasure this opportunity to enjoy your relationship with your parents. Preparing a home-cooked meal extends this special time, giving you the chance to share stories, learn cooking techniques from your mother, and enjoy the act of cooking together. 

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When you take a moment away from the tasks of your caregiver day to really look at your elderly parents, what do you see? Do you see the same people who you grew up with, the parents who are in the memories of your childhood and your young adulthood? Or are you facing the task of being a caregiver for seniors whose personalities no longer resemble the people you remember?

 

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When you step into the role of family caregiver, your responsibilities may take over a tremendous amount of your time, energy, and attention. If you are pregnant, however, it is important to carefully balance the attention you give your parents and the focus you place on your pregnancy to ensure you stay strong and healthy while still giving your elderly parents the care and assistance they need and deserve

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Whether it's a beloved pet, personal freedom, or a spouse that your elderly loved one has lost, grief and pain accompany that loss. Everyone handles loss differently, and your elderly relative may respond in a manner that you're not accustomed to when she experiences too much loss in too short a time. With the help of elder care options, there are things you can do to ease the pain.

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Wanting an elderly loved one to remain safe is something most family members would readily admit to. When an aging mother or father is suddenly living alone, dealing with less strength, recovering from a heart attack, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, or anything else, it’s going to increase the risk factors tremendously.

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Veterans suffering with PTSD are often alone, lonely and fearful. Learning the symptoms of PTSD and what you can do to assist them may help to reduce the feeling of loss of independance.

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According to Scientific America, “More than five million people in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer’s, and that number is increasing with the aging population.” While there are continued studies actively working to find an effective treatment to stop the progression of this disease and cure it completely, there is no viable solution as of yet. H

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This June, enjoy all the benefits and delicious flavor of dairy foods while still taking care of your senior loved ones' health by celebrating Dairy Month with this sumptuous elderly care recipe.

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Moving into a new home can represent an exciting new chapter in your parents' lives. Whether they are moving to be closer to you for more attentive care or just downsizing to reduce the pressures of taking care of their existing home, transitioning into a new space for their elderly years offers seniors greater comfort, convenience, and safety so they can enjoy an active, healthy quality of life.

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The old adage goes, "you are what you eat", and while this may not be entirely accurate, there is a lot of truth behind the statement. What you put into your body makes a tremendous impact on how you feel and how you perform throughout the day. 

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Service animals are becoming more popular and work together with professional caregivers to serves the needs of persons being helped.

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Trying to navigate through the home care options for an elderly loved one can seem complicated. It’s far too easy for families to volunteer to assist aging loved ones, especially when they live relatively close.

 

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No matter what age you are it’s important to have a good solid pair of shoes to walk around in. Shoes can affect how you walk, your posture, and can improve your overall alignment. It’s especially important for seniors with arthritis to have a quality pair of shoes that are specially made for aging feet. 

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Procrastination is a common human trait, nevertheless it is not useful to put off planning for elder care until a moment of crisis arises. Planning in advance of need is always a better life strategy. 

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You know from raising your children, taking care of your pets, and nurturing your marriage that caring is about more than just making sure your loved one has food, shelter, proper clothing, medication, and a safe environment. While these physical health considerations are vital, they are only part of keeping someone healthy and strong. 

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A person goes through a series of stages when suffering from dementia. What caregivers need to remember is that this is first a person, who happens to be affected by dementia. As a loved one, you must remember them the way they were before the disease and use that as a basis for making decisions on their care.

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Vision related problems can have numerous impacts on a person’s life. For younger individuals, the prospect of losing one’s eyesight can be emotionally damaging, but for healthy individuals, they can make adjustments and continue to remain safe in life. For an aging individual, vision related problems can be extreme and can cause a number of potential safety risks.

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Often the decision to become a family caregiver for elderly parents is one made suddenly. You may not have given yourself the time to really think through the responsibilities and tasks associated with being a full-time caregiver for your aging parents and quickly find yourself facing tasks you were not prepared to handle. This is especially true when you have transitioned your parents into your home so you can provide ongoing care for them. 

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Even though the world of social media was invented and popularized by a younger generation, more and more elders are joining these services every week. A 2013 study from Daily News found that 43% of American senior citizens have a Facebook account.

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While many caregivers look for signs of depression or dementia – two common health conditions that plague the elderly – thyroid disease is one condition that is often overlooked. That’s because the symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) are hard to recognize.

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Trying to figure out if your aging mother require some type of elder care might not always be as clear as you’d like it to be. The more time you spend with somebody, the more familiar you will become with their capabilities to not only care for themselves properly, but to also remain safe.

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We have a client who lives alone in her own home where she has lived for many years. Let’s call her Esther. She has no family. She is getting up in years and has diabetes. Like most older folks, time has taken a toll on her judgment. She has bounced 2 checks, has incontinence issues that she does not want to own up to. The aroma in her home betrays her. 

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Confusion plays a very large role in the life of someone dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects memory and can cause a wide variety of issues seniors and their family may have to deal with on a daily basis. 

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The National Institute on Aging (NIA) encourages older adults to exercise and remain active as much as possible. Even if an elderly person hasn't exercised on a regular basis before, NIA says it’s never too late to incorporate some physical activities into everyday life.

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If you have an elderly loved one who relies on home care services or spends a significant amount of time alone, having visitors can be incredibly beneficial. 

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Now that winter is in full bloom, it is more important than ever to check wheelchair ramps to ensure senior home safety is as good as a can possibly be. 

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It could be your elderly parent is not telling you everything they should be. Although they are probably not lying, they may be holding back important information regarding their well-being, safety or health. There are many reasons why they might be doing this, including the following:

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There once was an accountant. We will call him Oscar. He had a few wives. Toward the end of his professional career, he was strongly attracted to a woman who worked in his office. We will call her Rosie. Oscar and Rosie fell for each other, had a torrid office romance, and married. It looked like they were both thinking along the lines of living out their golden years together.

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We hear an awful lot about “quality of life,” but what does that really mean? People can talk about improving quality of life, and they might be referencing a young adult, middle aged person, child, or even an elderly patient who requires some type of home care.

 

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With so many seniors over the age of 65 who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, home care programs have been created with them specifically in mind. Alzheimer’s, which is a form of dementia, is a progressive illness and there is no known cure. Symptoms start off minor and typically progress into severe conditions.

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The risk of heart disease increases as people age. In America, heart disease is the most common cause of death, though it is preventable. As people get older, it becomes more difficult to keep the heart healthy.

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Like so many other people throughout the country, you recognized the fact that your mother was having more trouble taking care of herself at home. She was 83 and, for the most part, was in generally good health. However, her strength wasn’t the same as it was in her younger years.

 

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We have all heard someone say, "I will be happy when I achieve a goal, or when I win the lottery." Some will say happiness will come when they meet someone special, or marry a certain person. It is as if happiness is continuously put on hold. While waiting for the perfect opportunity to live happily, many of us are forgetting how to be happy in the present.

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When your elderly loved one is diagnosed with a serious disease, it can be quite a shock to all family members. Inner strength to deal with the news as a family and support your loved one in their time of need can be reinforced by pulling together. The following story about Lucy shows how one person was able to deal with two serious diagnoses at the same time.

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Yesterday, just before heading home for the day, I received a call from one of our caregivers. She was at a client’s home. A large man in his early 70’s had just collapsed in front of his toilet. She wondered whether I could stop by and help get him up off the floor without calling the ambulance. I went right over. The home is only a few blocks from our office.

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How well do you understand your aging mother or father? When it comes to the elderly, most of us think we know what they’re going through, but in reality the struggles that they face are unique to their age group.

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Long term care insurance iIs a specific type of insurance that finances care of seniors either in their home on in a retirement facility. It is often confused with Medicare or Medicare supplements.

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Continuing with this month’s theme of “Got problems? We solve them!”  -- here’s a doozey.  A couple of weeks ago we received an email from a flustered caregiver – we’ll call him Larry. He’s had plenty of experience working with senior clients, elderly parents of adult children and has been an in-home caregiver for quite some time. He does a good job for SYNERGY HomeCare of Seattle…but he and Gwen didn’t see eye-to-eye during their last visit! 

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Problems related to parents who are “acting out”,  frail seniors, in-home care, elderly parents, home health aides, caregivers, respite for family care givers, adult day care, poor hygiene, dementia, family squabbles, household chores, lonely mom, demanding dad, bad money management…the list goes on.

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