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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, [...]

By |2020-08-14T13:40:08+00:00August 14th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Battling COVID Isolation with the Companionship of Pets

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 [...]

By |2020-07-30T13:09:23+00:00July 30th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Connecting with Seniors – Ways to Help Your Aging Loved One Stay Engaged and Positive During Covid-19

Assessing Your Risk for Heat Stroke

As we move into the dog days of summer, it’s important to keep sun safety in mind. From daily walks or exercise to gardening to socializing outside, there are a number of reasons you or a loved one may be out in the sun this summer. While it’s important to enjoy some summer outdoor activity, it’s equally important to protect yourself from heat stroke. You can certainly start with staying well hydrated, but there’s more to know! Did you know? There are many groups of people that are more [...]

By |2020-07-17T14:12:32+00:00July 17th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Assessing Your Risk for Heat Stroke

The Role of In-Home Care for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Recovering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI) can feel incredibly overwhelming, and at times, hopeless. But with some proper coordination, there’s no reason why anyone recovering can’t lead a fulfilled life. Coordinating Effective Care for Brain or Spinal Cord Injuries Many recovering patients require the coordinated care of both medically trained nurses and physical and occupational therapy providers along with in-home care specialists to cover their medical, physical, and emotional needs. While friends, family members, and even community [...]

By |2020-06-26T08:06:08+00:00June 26th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on The Role of In-Home Care for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

In Home Care for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

Many times, people undergoing cancer treatments spend only short periods of time in the hospital and then return home in-between patient visits. While at the hospital, patients battling cancer receive a lot of help with basic activities to ensure their safety and wellness, but at home, they may not have the same assistance. If you or a loved one are undergoing cancer treatment and feel fatigued or overwhelmed by daily tasks, consider working with an in-home caregiver to aid in your daily activities. How Can an In-Home Caregiver Help? [...]

By |2020-06-12T16:05:59+00:00June 12th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on In Home Care for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

In-Home Care is a Key Factor in Successful Recovery from Surgery

We often discuss the important role in-home care plays for helping aging adults maintain independence and healthy habits, but it is also incredibly valuable for surgery recovery. There are many types of invasive surgeries that require extended recovery periods and temporary lifestyle changes to ensure an effective healing process. These surgeries can span everywhere from knee surgery and hip replacement all the way to bypass surgery. But how can in-home care help with recovery? According to Dr. Brunilda Nazario, Lead Medical Director of WebMD, “Surgery can be a big [...]

By |2020-05-29T12:31:12+00:00May 29th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on In-Home Care is a Key Factor in Successful Recovery from Surgery

Unique Ways to Celebrate Older Americans Month

The Administration for Community Living (ACL), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers by coordinating resources and programs to meet the unique needs of older Americans and those with disabilities. (ACL.gov). Each May, the ACL celebrates Older Americans Month with a different theme. This year, the theme for Older Americans Month is “Make Your Mark.” (National PACE Association) Join AmeriCare as we explore more about [...]

By |2020-05-15T09:26:37+00:00May 15th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Unique Ways to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Celebrating International Jazz Day with Music Therapy

Did you know that April 30 is International Day of Jazz? In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.(JazzDay) International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce [...]

By |2020-04-30T19:20:33+00:00April 30th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Celebrating International Jazz Day with Music Therapy

Protecting Seniors from Scammers

As individuals start to receive Covid-19 stimulus checks and other forms of support during these uncertain times, we feel it’s important to revisit fraud security precautions for seniors. The truth is, scammers often disproportionately target elderly people. Why Are Seniors More at Risk? According to the Fraud Against Seniors web resource provided by the FBI, seniors are more likely to be targeted because: They are likely to have a “nest egg” They own their own home They have excellent credit People raised between the 1930s and 1950s were [...]

By |2020-04-17T14:55:34+00:00April 17th, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Protecting Seniors from Scammers

Art Therapy for Seniors

Art therapy is often used as a corresponding program to other medical and psychological treatments in which patients work with certified art therapists to develop mental and physical functions through art making. During practice of art making and working through the creative process, many patients can improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions. (American Art Therapy Association, 2017) In fact, the act of art making can help boost self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, and reduce and resolve conflicts. (American Art Therapy Association, 2017) Art [...]

By |2020-04-03T14:54:25+00:00March 31st, 2020|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Art Therapy for Seniors