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Glaucoma – What Seniors Need to Know

1 - Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and the world. According to BrightFocus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to help defeat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, more than three million Americans are living with glaucoma. 2.7 million of those diagnosed are aged 40 and older. (BrightFocus) 2 – People age 60 and older are at a higher risk for glaucoma. The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) reports that glaucoma is much more common among older people. You are six [...]

Avoiding Holiday Burnout for Caregivers

What is supposed to be a joy-filled season, can feel incredibly stressful for friends and family members providing in-home care for a loved one. The pressure to create the perfect holiday experience on top of the day-to-day activities that come with caring for someone with long-term illness, dealing with surgical recovery, or advanced aging limitations can feel overwhelming. Join AmeriCare as we explore a few ways to ease the holiday burden for the caregivers in our lives. Help Simplify Holiday Activities When it comes to the holidays, it [...]

Routine Flexibility Keeps You Happier at Home

Helping Seniors Maintain Their Independence The idea of, “routine flexibility,” is a bit of an oxymoron, but is an integral part of what AmeriCare caregivers do best. AmeriCare owners pride themselves on their track record of empowering clients to maintain their independence while fulfilling their specific needs in service and caregiving. Experience You Can Trust AmeriCare Arizona owner David Kafora loves his ability to give his clients control of their schedule. David came to the AmeriCare franchise organization with 18 years of experience managing a senior community and [...]

Getting in the Spirit – Engaging Halloween Activities for Seniors

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the scares! This year consider spending some time with the aging loved ones in your life. There are many engaging and enriching activities you can participate in that don’t involve startling jumps or scream-inducing scares. Join AmeriCare as we review a few of our family-fun Halloween favorites for this season: 1 – Ghost Stories Older adults have a wealth of stories and we’re betting they’ve got a spooky tale or two to tell you. Consider asking about their real-life experiences with Halloween [...]

Encouraging Seniors to Monitor Their Health with Tech

As people age, there are more health-related details to keep track of during the course of a normal day. To that extent, keeping track of habits, symptoms, and experiences between doctors’ visits can feel overwhelming. Many people, regardless of age, have a hard time remembering how they felt a few days ago let alone a few weeks ago. But changes in behavior and health can provide important information to care teams and ensure a well-rounded approach to overall health and treatment. While it may seem overwhelming, there have been incredible advancements [...]

Safe Ways to Enjoy the Fall Season

We’ve just experienced the Autumnal Equinox marking the first day of fall here in the northern hemisphere. As the equinox passes, our days become shorter and our nights longer. The vibrant colors of turning leaves and our switch to warmer clothing remind us of the impending winter months. When it comes to seasonal change, it’s important to get in the right mindset for the season ahead, especially if you live in an area with drastic changes in weather. To help you and your senior loved one prepare for [...]

Honoring Veterans with Dignified In-Home Care

According to AARP, 71% of 50 to 64-year old Americans want to keep living in their own homes as they age. For Americans aged 65 years or older, that percentage increases to 87%. (VeteranAid.org) American veterans make up a significant portion of this population, accounting for more than 14.3 million people (Living Veterans by Age Group, VA.gov). These men and women proudly served our nation and are incredibly deserving of dignified, well-rounded care that honors their sacrifice. Aligning Priorities in Care Many veterans have faced trying situations and [...]

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

As part of our mission to provide the highest quality in-home care services to communities throughout the United States, AmeriCare works to ensure that the caregivers we recommend to our clients are happy and healthy. An important aspect of being a well-rounded caregiver is recognizing and acknowledging the signs of burnout and creating a self care plan to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Understanding the Weight of Caregiving Caregivers take on incredible physical, emotional, and mental responsibilities when aiding our loved ones. They provide physical, occupational, health and wellness, [...]

Battling COVID Isolation with the Companionship of Pets

As we’ve discussed in earlier posts, seniors living on their own are especially susceptible to the negative effects of social isolation. Social isolation, by definition, is more than just loneliness; it is a distinct lack of interactions with other people, which can negatively affect a person’s physical, mental, and social health. Did you know that social isolation could shorten a person’s life span? To learn more about social isolation, check out our article: Causes and Effects of Social Isolation. Breaking the Cycle of Loneliness When a person feels lonely, [...]

Connecting with Seniors – Ways to Help Your Aging Loved One Stay Engaged and Positive During Covid-19

There is no doubt that we are facing difficult and uncertain times. The spread of Covid-19 has caused several disruptions in regular socializing behavior and daily routines. We see it when we turn on the news, check social media, and even during casual conversations with co-workers and friends. Unfortunately, the senior community has been hit the hardest, as the group most susceptible to the virus. Keeping Seniors Engaged According to the AARP, senior living communities are taking strict precautions to protect their residents – limiting social interactions, restricting group [...]