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  • Managing Diabetes through Nutrition and Exercise

    May 20, 2023

    Explore how you can help manage your senior loved one's diabetes through a healthy diet and regular exercise in this blog.

  • 6 Important Benefits of Sunglasses for Seniors This Summer

    May 18, 2023

    It's essential not to overlook the vital role sunglasses play in safeguarding our eyes and the delicate skin surrounding them. Here are some benefits they offer.

  • 10 Signs a Senior Relative With Frontotemporal Dementia Shouldn't Be Home Alone Anymore

    April 16, 2023

    Here are signs that indicate your senior relative with FTD may require a caregiver, should move in with a family member, or both.

  • How to Address and Manage Sundowning in Seniors with Dementia

    April 14, 2023

    Sundowning is a common phenomenon among seniors with dementia. Here are tips to help you manage the condition and provide support for your loved one.

  • A Guide to Managing Diabetes During Lenten Periods

    March 21, 2023

    The Lenten season can often present unique challenges when it comes to managing diabetes in seniors This blog post will discuss what Lent is and provide tips on managing diabetes during Lent.

  • Cooking With Herbs: 5 Recipes For Eating Habits That Benefit Your Heart Health

    March 21, 2023

    Cooking with herbs provides a great way to reap herbs' numerous health benefits while still enjoying delicious meals. Here are five heart healthy tasty recipes filled with herbs you can try.

  • Daily Challenges of Advancing Parkinson's Disease (And How to Help With the Condition)

    February 20, 2023

    Living with Parkinson's Disease (PD) can be incredibly challenging and stressful. In this blog, we'll provide an overview of the daily challenges associated with an advanced stage of PD and how you can best help your loved ones living with the condition.

  • Elements of a Strong Support Network for Caregivers

    February 20, 2023

    A caregiver's job is not at all easy. It's both mentally and emotionally taxing. That's why it's important for them to have their own support network. Here are the elements of a strong caregiver support network.

  • How to Start Creating a Senior Care Budget for 2023

    January 30, 2023

    Learn what factors should be taken into consideration when creating a senior care budget for your loved one that works.

  • Does Your Senior Relative Need a Caregiver with Medical Training?

    January 30, 2023

    Some seniors need an extra level of care for their existing or growing medical needs. This article discusses when it may be the right choice for your senior loved one to be cared for by a caregiver with medical training.

  • Common Cold in Seniors and Ways They Can Prevent its Spread

    December 23, 2022

    Common colds and flu are contagious respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. According to CDC, flu is caused by influenza viruses, while several viruses, including parainfluenza and rhinoviruses, cause colds. A significant difference is that a common cold is a milder respiratory illness, while the flu can make one feel quite ill and result in serious health problems.

    Cold is contagious and can be transferred to another person if proper measures are not in place. For instance, if one has close contact with an infected person, touches a contaminated surface, or breathes respiratory droplets containing the virus. In fact, seniors are susceptible to complications from getting a common cold due to a weakened immune system.

    Read on to learn more about colds and how to prevent the spread of the illness.


  • Tips on How Seniors Can Prepare for the Flu Season

    December 12, 2022

    The flu is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the throat, nose, and lungs. According to the CDC, influenza infections peak during the fall and winter, terming it the flu season. With so much attention paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's easy to forget how hard the flu season can hit.

  • How to Balance Childcare and Helping Senior Parents During School Holidays

    December 3, 2022

    Balancing childcare and helping senior parents can be challenging. If you feel like you're struggling, here are tips to help you.

  • Fun Grandchildren and Grandparents Activities to Enjoy This Season

    November 28, 2022

    Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. This relationship can be a source of joy and fulfillment for both parties. In addition to keeping them company and making them feel secure, grandparents are great playmates who also play the role of mentors. The role played by both parties may depend on circumstances and present needs, as well as family dynamics. Regardless of culture or circumstances, seniors can always have some fun moments with their grandchildren. There are endless fun activities that grandchildren and grandparents can enjoy together during the holidays to strengthen that bond as they also have fun.

    Whether indoors or outdoors, here are some fun activities seniors and their grandchildren may want to try out


  • Fall and Winter Home Decorations That Can Affect Indoor Air Quality

    November 15, 2022

    Before decorating your home this season, be mindful of certain fall and winter home decorations that can affect indoor air quality. Read on!

  • 5 Winterizing Tasks for Seniors (And 4 That Should Be Handled by Professionals)

    November 10, 2022

    As the colder months start, there are winterizing tasks for seniors that they can do at home. Read on for tips to help your loved ones today.


  • How Often Should Senior Women Get Breast Exams?

    October 26, 2022

    As we get older, it is essential that we get breast exams to detect tumors. But how often should senior women get screened? Read on!


  • Home Improvements: How to Prevent Slips and Falls From Rain, Snow, and Ice This Winter

    October 14, 2022

    According to the CDC, more than one out of four seniors aged 65 years and above fall annually, resulting in 32,000 deaths. This could be worse during winter due to rain, snow, and ice. Whereas falls are common among seniors, they can be prevented. Home modifications to prevent slips and falls can help seniors feel more secure, reducing the risk of injuring themselves.


  • Healthy Snacks and Recipes That Feature End-of-Summer Produce

    September 23, 2022

    Eating locally grown, seasonal produce can be really good for seniors because it tastes amazing and is chock-full of vitamins and minerals which the body needs. Buying local produce is a great way to support your community's business owners, and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables is also a more sustainable option. Below is a list of end-of-summer produce you can get and recipe ideas you can do at home!


  • How Can Seniors Step Up Their Fitness Activity by Having a Dog?

    September 1, 2022

    Owning a dog has been shown to have a number of benefits, from making the owners more sociable to helping them to live longer. For seniors in South Bend, another essential benefit of having a dog is that it can keep them fit. Most dogs do need to be walked at least once a day. Plus, there are other activities that become necessary when you have a dog. Overall, you'll find that seniors who have dogs are more fit and exercise more than those who don't. Below are some ways how seniors can build a fitness activity with their dogs.


  • The Importance of Staying Hydrated During the Summer (Even in the Shade)

    July 12, 2022

    It's important for everyone to stay hydrated, but it's doubly important for seniors in South Bend because, as you get older, you might stop feeling as thirsty as before. However, this doesn't mean that your body doesn't need as much water as it used to.

    According to this AARP article, men need about 15 cups of water a day while women need about 11. But this number could vary depending on your height and weight.

    Seniors who are more active generally lose more water through perspiration, so they need to drink more to stay hydrated. Plus, you need to drink more water during the summer months to enable your body to stay cool.


  • How to Travel on Day Trips and Extended Vacations as a Caregiver to Someone With Alzheimer’s

    July 12, 2022

    When you're a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's in South Bend, you want to ensure that that person enjoys as high a quality of life as possible. And sometimes, this can mean going on a day trip or an extended vacation, usually with family members or friends.

    Given that people with Alzheimer's tend to forget things a lot, you might need to keep reminding them that the day trip or vacation is coming up in the future. This way, they have time to become used to the idea and don't feel surprised when it actually happens.


  • How Seasonal Allergies Can Reduce as We Age

    July 7, 2022

    Seasonal allergies can develop at any stage of life. Even something as simple as moving to a new location can cause people who were once entirely allergy-free to experience unpleasant reactions to common allergens. Surprisingly, however, many aging adults find that their seasonal allergies gradually abate with time. Research shows that changes in immune functioning during the golden years can make the normal allergy season infinitely more tolerable.

    At Senior Helpers of South Bend, we believe that improvements in seasonal allergies can be a positive thing. However, it's still important to investigate their possible underlying causes.