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The Importance of Indepedence

On Independence Day, many of us get together to celebrate the independence our country gained in July of 1776 from Great Britain.  Independence is multi-faceted and at Americare Main Line, we work with seniors who are fighting to keep their own personal independence. The freedom to still drive or live in their much-loved family home. We tend to take our independence for granted, that it’s a given. But, as we age, we can start to lose our independence. It can happen in many ways. From losing the mobility to perform once easy [...]

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one

Many of us don’t become a caregiver by choice (unless like us it’s your vocational calling). Instead, many of us become caregivers out of love. Someone – a grandparent, parent, friend, neighbor, spouse, or someone else we care for – becomes in need of extra care and you feel that there is no other choice but to take on the role.Before you do, it’s worth thinking about the responsibility and many aspects of becoming a caregiver. Chat with friends and even a professional provider, such as us at Americare Main Line, about what [...]

Going with your loved one to the doctor

Visiting the doctor can be a stressful and confusing ordeal. This can especially be the case for the elderly who may be unaware of their medical needs and often have a difficult time asking questions or understanding what the doctor is telling them. That’s why it’s important that you, as their caregiver go with them. If your schedule does not permit you to attend, consider asking another family member or a home care professional to attend in your place. Prepare for the appointment The more information you bring with you, the [...]

When the January blues turn into depression

We are well into January and the holidays seem like a distant memory. The extra time spent with family and friends is probably a distant memory too. The January blues can be hard enough for those of us with busy schedules but even harder for our elderly loved ones who are once again alone for chunks of time. What starts off as feeling a little down can spiral into depression. According to statistics, depression affects about 6 million Americans ages 65 and older. But only 10 percent receive treatment for it. [...]

Giving thanks for the elderly this Thanksgiving

The holidays can be a lonely time for the elderly who live alone. A stark contrast to a home which was once bustling with people, especially if they have recently lost their spouse. There is nothing quite like being with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day.  This year, ensure the elderly in your life –  loved ones, friends, and neighbors— have interaction on Thanksgiving Day. The best interaction is in person. Whether that’s popping in to visit with them, or having them spend Thanksgiving Day with you. Take time to sit, [...]

Visiting your elderly loved ones

For many of us, the end of summer through to the end of the year seems to go by in a flash. Busy school schedules and other commitments can result in us not visiting our elderly loved ones as much, and this is the time of year where they really appreciate the company. Couple with the darker and cooler evenings there is also less chance for them to interact with neighbors. Some people migrate south for the summer and others just don’t go out as much leaving your loved one isolated [...]

Caring for your yard during fall

Caring for the yard can be difficult enough, but it is harder in the fall. Fallen leaves create extra work and the ground becomes harder as the warm summer days give way to the colder fall ones. Your elderly loved ones may become frustrated at not being able to maintain their yard the way that they want too. They may find it difficult to bend or find it hard to have the strength to prune back shrubs. There are many options to help keep their yard maintained. Helping them yourself Depending [...]

In-home care vs. assisted living

As a population we are living longer, and with that can come the loss of independence. The need for help with tasks such as grocery shopping, cleaning and yard work. We may even be medically retired from driving, cutting us from going out, socializing and enjoying our hobbies. If we live close enough, we help our aging loved ones by undertaking these tasks for them but it can be a strain balancing all the responsibilities. For many, the discussion of hiring in-home care services vs. moving into assisted living eventually comes [...]

Elder orphans and ageing in place

Elder orphans, those without family members, are often the most neglected and vulnerable part of society who need the appropriate care, support, and guidance. Without family caregivers, elder orphans can become extremely lonely and isolated, or have to give up their independence a lot sooner. According to Maria Torroella Carney, Chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at Northwell Health of Great Neck, N.Y., More than 1 in 5 Americans older than 65 are — or are at risk of becoming — elder orphans. And 23 percent of boomers will eventually be [...]

5 Tips for Sun Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Summer is upon you and it’s important to remember a few safety tips when you’re caring for an aging loved one. You want them to get out and enjoy the beauty and wonder that summer has to offer while being safe and protected from the dangers that come with the heat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re caring for your loved one. Sun Safety Just as you would protect yourself and your children, you may have to remind your senior loved ones of this critical step [...]