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National Pistachio Day – Celebrating a Great Power Food for Seniors

This Friday, February 26th is National Pistachio Day and we’re here to celebrate! We know it sounds a little silly to have a whole day dedicated to one little nut, but the truth is, pistachios, along with other nuts, are an incredible addition to senior diets. The Benefits of Nuts There are many health benefits associated with the regular consumption of nuts including reducing the development of chronic diseases, promoting longevity and limiting inflammation. (US News) "Nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals [...]

Planning for Successful Cardiac Rehabilitation – How In-Home Care Can Make All the Difference

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is working to draw attention to the impact of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease through Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. (AACVPR) The staff at the Mayo Clinic explains, “Cardiac rehabilitation often involves exercise training, emotional support, and education about lifestyle changes to reduce heart disease risk, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.” The Impact of Cardiovascular Disease on the Elderly Cardiovascular disease, also known as CVD, is endemic in [...]

National Puzzle Day – Celebrate and Stay Sharp

January 29, 2021 is National Puzzle Day and we’re here to help you celebrate! Puzzles actually encompass a number of games that require players to strategically assemble pieces to create a complete structure including word searches, jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, 3D structure puzzles, and even Rubik’s cubes. Puzzles require concentration, problem solving skills, and hand-eye coordination which make them the perfect brain games to help seniors slow brain aging. Forgetfulness and Aging In their article Do Memory Problems Always Mean Alzheimer’s Disease? the National Institute on [...]

Top 15 Elderly Home Care Interview Questions

Top 15 Interview Questions You Should Ask a Potential Caregiver. Finding the right caregiver to care for your loved one can be a daunting task. Many families find themselves overwhelmed with the idea of holding caregiver interviews on their own, and don't know where to get started. A caregiver job interview doesn't have to be difficult. With a little preparation and the right caregiver interview questions, you can easily identify a quality caregiver with the right experience and skills for your family member. This article provides example questions and tips for [...]

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 [...]

Approaching 2021 with Good Intentions – Self-Care Resolutions for In-Home Care Recipients

There are a number of reasons people seek out the help of in-home caregivers. Whether living with chronic illness, recovering from surgery, or learning new routines to maintain independence while aging, caregivers offer needed relief for many people, young and old. Many times, the transition to in-home care can be difficult. Our loved ones may feel overwhelmed or defeated with their new circumstances, but with our support and some informed self-care techniques, we can make the transition easier. Join the AmeriCare team as we explore a few self-care goals for 2021 [...]

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 [...]