New Year's Resolutions for Seniors

As we leave 2021 behind us and look forward to a new year, it’s a popular time to make resolutions to improve our quality of life and the lives of our friends and family. People tend to get more settled in their habits as they get older, but it's never too late for seniors to start making changes that will have a positive impact on their health. With that in mind, here are five suggested New Year's resolutions for your senior loved ones. 1: Healthy eating It's hard cooking for one, and it's easy to lose interest in meal planning if you are following the same recipes week after week. As the seniors in your life get older, their dietary needs change, and it's important to keep an eye on ...

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Heart Health in Seniors

Adults over the age of sixty-five have an increased risk of heart-related health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and heart disease. While some risk factors are unavoidable, such as pre-existing conditions like diabetes, there are many other risk factors that can be managed to lower the chance of seniors developing these heart problems. Exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, and lowering stress levels are just some of the ways seniors can keep their hearts strong and healthy as they age. In this post we’ll discuss the warning signs of heart problems, followed by good lifestyle choices to avoid them so your loved ones can keep their hearts healthy we ...

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Understanding Outpatient Rehab for Seniors | Caring Senior Service

After a major illness, injury, or surgery, seniors may go through rehabilitation to help them transition back to daily life safely. Rehabilitation can include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other forms of treatment. It can be administered in an inpatient or outpatient setting.    Seniors may be referred to inpatient rehabilitation for extensive recovery treatment after a hospital stay. But if a senior only needs rehab a few times a week or less, outpatient rehabilitation could be a great option so a senior can remain at home as they build strength and coordination. Seniors may even be discharged from inpatient rehab to outpatient rehab as they recover. ...

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10 Skincare Tips for Seniors

No matter how old we are, taking care of our skin - our body’s largest organ - can sometimes feel like a sizable job. Just as we leave the season when everyone seems to be worrying about sunscreen application, the air cools down, we turn the heat on, and all of a sudden we’re dealing with dryness, itchiness, and redness. It can be tempting to focus on however our skin is feeling on any given day or in a particular season, but the reality is that skincare is important year-round: we need to wear sunscreen in the winter, we need to moisturize our skin the summer, and we always need to pay attention to any new developments in our skin.  Since our skin ch ...

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Celebrating Older Americans Month | Caring Senior Service

May is Older Americans Month, a time dedicated to acknowledging the hard work and contributions of seniors in our communities. However, it is often overshadowed by the end of the school year, beginning of summer, and other holidays. This year, don’t take Older Americans Month for granted! Instead, celebrate your aging loved ones and the seniors in your community. Here are some ideas to help you acknowledge and embrace Older Americans Month.   History of Older Americans Month   Older Americans Month started as Senior Citizens Month in 1963 during the administration of President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy met with the National Council of Senior Citizens to discuss the growing nee ...

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Heart Attack vs Heart Failure | Caring Senior Service

The heart works hard to provide your body with the oxygen it needs to function. It works while you sleep, eat, talk, run. It’s always working. But if the heart isn’t able to perform properly, then serious health conditions can develop. The most common cause of heart inefficiency is heart disease, which is also the #1 cause of death in the US. But this term refers to a number of different heart conditions, including 2 conditions that many people confuse: heart attack and heart failure. A heart attack is a sudden loss of blood supply to the heart, while heart failure is the heart’s inability to pump efficiently. Let’s take a deeper dive at these conditions. Heart Attack or Heart Failu ...

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Benefits of Home Care for Seniors with CHF | Caring Senior Service

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that  affects how the heart pumps blood through the body. Seniors with CHF may experience difficulty breathing or periods of fatigue, which can make it difficult for them to complete routine tasks and participate in activities they once enjoyed. They may require help to remain safe at home and manage their condition properly. That’s where caregivers come in! Home care can help seniors with CHF continue living at home safely and also reduce their risk of hospital admission. Learn more about how seniors with CHF can benefit from home care.  How CHF Affects Daily Living Heart failure is the leading cause of death in the US. Howev ...

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Signs Your Senior Loved One May Need a Caregiver

We can't always help our aging loved ones as much as we would like. Whether because we live too far away, because our work or kids take all our time, or because our loved ones need professional care that we can't provide, sometimes we have to look for someone else who can give them the care and attention they deserve. Finding a caregiver for your loved one is sometimes the best decision even if you live nearby and are an active part of your parents’ or grandparents' lives. As much as we want to care for our loved ones ourselves, it's no secret that caregiving can be exhausting and can lead to burnout. If you are trying to manage a career and/or a family at the same time as caring f ...

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Reviewing Senior Care Options | Caring Senior Service

When an aging loved one needs professional care, it can be a daunting task to evaluate your options. There are many different types of care available depending on your loved one’s needs and wishes. Senior care falls on a spectrum ranging from minimal assistance to round-the-clock medical attention. And this care can take place at home or in a facility. Let’s explore the different types of care available to help you determine the best fit for your loved one.   Senior Care Options   Facility-Based Care   Some types of senior care require a senior to move into a residential facility to receive care. These facilities house other seniors with similar needs, meaning that a senior ma ...

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Seniors and S.A.D.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression “related to changes in seasons” that most commonly affects those who suffer from it during the winter months, due to a change in sunlight exposure. SAD is differentiated from the “winter blues” experienced by those who live in cold climates with short winter days by the fact that it causes more severe symptoms that impact everyday life, like feelings of hopelessness, low energy, and an inability to focus .  In this post, we’ll outline the symptoms of SAD, so that you can look out for these symptoms in your senior loved ones. We’ll also discuss some risk factors that can make seniors more ...

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