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What You Can Learn from National Blood Pressure Education Month

The American Heart Association, in partnership with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention and the Million Hearts initiative, have named May National Blood Pressure Education Month in an effort to help people understand the importance of hypertension control and heart health. Our team at ameriCARE put together a quick facts guide to help you make the most of National Blood Pressure Education Month. Follow along as we cover the key facts and get up-to-speed on best practices to keep your heart healthy! What You Need to [...]

Stress Management for Seniors

We often associate getting older with getting to live a more relaxed life. We refer to it as our “golden years” or “third act” when we can retire, winter in warmer climates, and have free time to pursue our hobbies and passions, but it is important to remember that seniors have stressors just like everyone else. And just like everyone else, seniors need ways to effectively manage stress for their own health and wellbeing. Join ameriCARE as we explore three breathing exercises to help the seniors in your life manage their [...]

4 Tips For Post-Operative Care & Recovery At Home | San Francisco

Most people have a plan to prepare for surgery, but post-operative care at home is just as critical when recovering from any procedure.  Post-op care starts in the hospital, where your doctors can oversee medication management and keep any complications at bay. While this varies with the kind of procedure that needs to be done, many patients are typically allowed to go home in a few days in the recovery room – if not on the same day of surgery. Recovery at home is a little tricker, but it’s definitely possible [...]

Why Everyone Should Plan for Long-Term Care

For most people, daily activities seem trivial – we often take our ability to complete basic tasks without issue for granted. However, many things can happen to inhibit our ability to completely care for ourselves like injury, illness, or inability. In fact, the average life expectancy in the US is increasing and many people may live to an age where additional help becomes a necessity to maintain quality of life. While living independently is the ideal, the future is not predictable. Long-term care planning, however, is crucial in preserving your quality [...]

20 Aging In Place Products For 2021

Aging in place is a concept in which older people continue to live in their homes for as long as they can safely and comfortably instead of moving to a retirement facility. Aging in place products extend the length of time senior citizens can remain autonomous and live where they choose to live. With the following aging in place products, which range from high-tech to simple, costly to inexpensive, our senior citizens can stay in their homes for longer, without the need to move into retirement facilities or care homes.  Aging [...]

A Reminder on Heart Health and What You Can Do From Home

As we greet spring, it’s easy to get caught up in our every day lives – planting the garden, taking trips to visit loved ones, and getting through that tough spring cleaning. But with more activity, comes an even greater responsibility to pay attention to our heart health. At ameriCARE, we want you to make the most out of this beautiful weather and to have an incredible spring and summer, but we want you to do it safely! Cardiovascular Disease is On the Rise According to the American Heart [...]

What Is Senior Isolation, And What Can You Do To Help?

There is a host of research showing that social support is a predicting factor for emotional and physical well-being. Isolation is a threat to psychological health, physical health, and, ultimately, survival. This is true for every human being, but, unfortunately, seniors are more prone to such dangers in today's world. So, what is senior isolation, and how can we help? Senior isolation is when older people are forced to age alone by circumstances rather than by choice. Regularly contacting our older loved ones and involving them in our lives is our [...]

World Kidney Day – An Important Reminder About Kidney Health

It’s the second Thursday of March which means it’s time for World Kidney Day. What may seem like an odd topic to celebrate is actually an important reminder to include our kidneys in our health journey. According to the team behind the global campaign, “World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.” (WorldKidneyDay.org) What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) [...]

Are Weighted Blankets Safe For Seniors?

Sleep is a priority no matter what age you are; however, it seems fleeting when you get older, with many seniors suffering from insomnia. It's been said weighted blankets are beneficial for the elderly. So are they helpful, and furthermore, are they safe? Weighted blankets are safe for seniors to use no matter their age or weight. They actually provide a host of benefits for the elderly, which include helping with insomnia, stress, depression, Alzheimer's symptoms, anxiety, combat RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) and provide better overall quality of sleep. We will [...]

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 [...]