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4 Ways a Pet Can Benefit Your Senior Loved One

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Aging-in-place and in-home care are just two ingredients for a senior’s healthy, independent life. But even with the most advanced technology and incredible nurses, there’s still something missing from many elderly individuals’ lives: companionship. Would you believe that the solution to this problem could be in an older dog down at your local shelter? You’ve no doubt heard how beneficial a pet can be to any elderly person, but what exactly are those benefits, and is it the right choice to make in the long run? Here are 4 ways pets can be beneficial to senior citizens:   Combating Stress…

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How Will I Know It’s Time for My Elderly Loved One to Stop Driving?

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Convincing your older loved one it’s time to stop driving is an emotionally charged, difficult conversation to have. You don’t want her to feel as if she’s losing her independence, but you also have to carefully balance her safety and the safety of others with her autonomy. Because of how difficult this conversation can be, you may want to wait as long as possible before taking the car keys. But how do you know it’s time for your senior loved one to stop driving for good? Here are 5 signs it’s really time for your loved one to stop driving:…

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How Smart Home Technology Can Benefit Your Senior Loved One

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The concept of “aging-in-place” is becoming remarkably popular lately, especially among Boomers who wish to maintain their independence as they grow older. The idea behind aging-in-place is to adapt your current home to suit your needs as you age, rather than moving to an assisted living facility. Even as early as a decade ago, aging-in-place wasn’t an idea that gave many families peace of mind. Today, however, smart technology has advanced to a point that makes this new option not just acceptable, but comfortable for everyone. Here are just a few ways smart home technology can benefit your elderly loved…

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5 Important Tips for Successful Long-Distance Caregiving

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  You have a loved one with an illness or injury that needs tending to, or your family member is just getting older and less able to care for herself on her own, but you live far away. Can you be an effective, helpful caregiver from a distance? While providing care to an ill or elderly loved one from afar isn’t easy, there are some ways to make the process more smooth for everyone. Here are 5 key tips for making your long-distance caregiving experience successful: Know What You Need to Know If your loved one suffers from a specific…

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Debunking 5 Common Myths About In-Home Care

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In-home care provides many benefits to seniors or other individuals who need help; so why are there so many negative myths spread about it? Many people simply have misconceptions about what in-home care is like. Consider these 5 common myths about in-home care and how you just might be wrong about them! Myth 1: Home Care Is Too Expensive If you’re new to the idea of in-home care, it may be easy to think you’re getting yourself into a pretty deep financial commitment. Surprisingly though, in-home care is much more affordable than people expect! Genworth Financial, an insurance company for…

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5 Ways to Keep Seniors Safe in Hot Weather

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While summer is often the time of year where people get outside to enjoy the weather, sometimes the heat can get dangerous. Seniors are more vulnerable to the summer heat as their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden temperature changes, certain medical conditions can alter their body’s responses to heat, and various prescriptions could prevent sweating or get in the way of the body’s temperature regulation. The risks of overheating include dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. If you or an elderly loved one experiences weakness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, heavy or no sweating, muscle cramps, or passing out…

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4 Tips for Keeping Seniors Active

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As seniors live longer, many of them live alone for longer periods of time. This can lead to isolation and, in many seniors, depression. One of the keys to keeping senior citizens healthy, happy, and thriving is for them to maintain an active lifestyle. Though it isn’t always easy to coax an older adult out of the house, here are 4 tips for keeping seniors active all year long: Encourage Volunteerism Following retirement, many senior citizens feel they have lost their reason for getting up and out of the house every day. Short of getting a paying part-time job, volunteering…

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8 Crucial Questions to Ask a Home Care Provider

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Choosing a home care provider for yourself or your loved one can be a stressful process. You want to be sure you’ll be provided with reliable, quality care from a reputable provider without completely breaking the bank. Conducting thorough interviews with all providers under consideration is an important step to choosing the best provider for your needs. Here are 8 crucial questions to ask potential home care providers that can quickly separate the good ones from the bad:   1. What is your company’s history? How long have you been in business? Find out about the ownership and structure of…

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5 Crucial Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Seniors

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In 2016, 15.4 million Americans were victims of identity theft, with many seniors among that number, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Seniors are frequent targets of identity thieves and scammers for a variety of reasons, including that they are often viewed as lower risks for creditors, making obtaining credit illegally easier. Protect your loved ones from identity theft with these 5 crucial identity theft prevention tips for seniors: Keep Important Documents Safe Your loved one does not need every identifying document in his possession every time he leaves the house. In most cases, a driver’s license or identification and…

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6 Essential Health Tips for Caregivers

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You’re not a trained healthcare provider, yet you find yourself caring for your aging loved one. Providing quality, safe care is possible without having any formal medical training. Follow these 6 essential health tips for caregivers to help you provide the best care for your loved one: Falls The most important thing to remember in the event of a fall is to not attempt moving the person right away. If you try moving a person who has fallen too quickly, especially an elderly or frail person, you can make any injuries worse. While the person is still lying down, assess…

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