For many seniors, attending Memorial Day parades is a cherished tradition. But it's important to take precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Learn how to prepare for the event and stay safe during the parade.
Skin cancer is a serious concern for seniors, but a screening can help detect it early. Learn what takes place during a skin cancer screening from the initial consultation to the screening process, so you can be prepared and feel confident about your appointment.
Balancing seasonal work and caring for a senior relative is not always easy. With some planning and effort, however, you can continue to provide consistent care for your loved ones while pursuing your career.
Seniors with Alzheimer's can experience sundowning where they become agitated or confused in the late afternoon or early evening. To minimize sundowning symptoms, it's essential to avoid certain triggers.
As technology becomes more prevalent in our daily lives, it's important for seniors to have access to safe and secure apps and programs. By understanding the risks and benefits of technology, seniors can make informed decisions and enjoy the advantages of the digital age without compromising their safety.
Staying active is essential for seniors to maintain their health and independence, but it can be challenging to find exercises that are easy to do at home. This article provides a helpful guide to simple exercises for seniors that can be done daily at home, even without the need for any special equipment.
Paying for the medical expenses of a senior family member can be challenging. Here there are several assistance programs designed to help with medical bills.
Seniors near the end of their lives can often experience different levels of mental decline. Here are four types of assisted living programs that can help to fit each senior's needs.
Need to install a temporary ramp for a senior relative at home? Our step-by-step guide has got you covered, from measuring the slope to securing it in place to help make the process easy and stress-free.
Looking for unique and fun ways to celebrate a senior's birthday when everyone can’t be around? Check out our list of creative birthday celebration ideas that are sure to make their day extra special!
The basic steps to making a home wheelchair-friendly are well-known—adding a ramp to the entrance, installing grab bars in the bathrooms, and removing obstacles in hallways. These basic rehabs are a good start, but to really make your loved one comfortable and independent at home, you need to consider all the aspects of moving about in a wheelchair.
We are happy to discuss the benefits of pets for seniors as well as provide services to help you or your loved one care for a pet, including transportation to purchase items for the animal, light housekeeping, and general assistance in caring for the pet.
The holidays aren't just a good time to connect with friends and family. For seniors who have an open schedule this season, the holidays are a great opportunity for exploring new places and having new adventures. Whether you choose to travel with a spouse or with a dear friend, consider stepping out of your comfort zone and making plans to visit someplace new. This guide from Senior Helpers will help Chicago-area seniors narrow down their list of options for stress-free travel plans this holiday season.
The pain and grief of losing a spouse are not easy to handle, especially for senior adults. After loving each other and living together for years, seniors may take the demise of a spouse harder than anyone. If you have lost one parent over the past year, it's important to spend more time with the surviving parent and help them through the grief, as it's something they might take time to overcome.
However, the first holiday season without a loved one can be very emotional and hard on the family. Here are a few tips on how you can spend and enjoy the first holiday with one surviving parent.
Caregivers are always ready to take care of elderly parents and help out with family members. There may be times when a caregiver won't be available during the holidays, so here are some tips on what you can do in these situations.
If your loved one exhibits one or more symptoms of SAD, it's important to contact their doctor. Supplementation with vitamin D increases outside time, and other interventions may make it easier to weather the challenges of seasonal depression.
In terms of emotional needs, many experience changes in their mood, and those in Northern Hemisphere can even suffer a deficiency of Vitamin D. Less sunlight means there is less Vitamin D in the body, and some believe this contributes to SAD (Seasonal Depression).
SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) is a form of depression that occurs at the same time each year. Most often, SAD starts in the fall as the days begin to get shorter and continues into the winter months.
In the words of John Donne, no man is an island. Every human being has a natural need to belong to a community to bond and thrive regardless of age. However, that doesn't always happen to the senior citizens in Chicago, IL. Loneliness is common, that 28% of seniors live alone, and nearly 25% are categorized as socially isolated and lonely.
Labor Day weekend is approaching, and if you're the caretaker of a senior citizen in Cook County, IL, it's time to consider how you will manage your responsibilities over this busy weekend. Will you be taking your elderly loved one out of town? Will they need to host family visitors?
Whatever the case may be, here are a few things to consider before and during the holiday weekend from Senior Helpers Chicago.
Illinois residents have access to a Vax Verify Portal that provides individual immunization records. For senior adults, it's a convenient way to keep track of their vaccinations. Since the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends seven vaccines for anyone over the age of 65, having online access to those records makes it easy to ensure they are current on the following vaccines.
Whether an individual is a lifelong resident or new to the community, finding new groups and social activities can sometimes be challenging. However, there are several ways to find meetups, events, and like-minded individuals in the Chicago area.
Summer's arrived in Evanston, Illinois, and that means heat and humidity. The combination can lead to a range of heat illnesses, beginning with heat rash and cramps and progressing to heat stress and stroke. Knowing the signs of heat illnesses can make a difference between positive and negative outcomes.
Chicago summers can be great fun. They can also be difficult to navigate when the heat and humidity become oppressive. That doesn't mean you need to stay indoors all summer. An outdoor swimming pool may be a perfect place to stay cool as long as you use plenty of sunscreens and stay in the shade when not swimming.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where we gather, cook and eat. However, as our bodies age, we become less flexible. This leads to a higher risk of falling, inability to reach things on the top shelf, and other difficulties. It's prevalent for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer's, or Parkinson's disease; the kitchen can feel overwhelming and confusing for them. This article will look into ways to reorganize the kitchen and make it safe for seniors.