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Here you will find helpful tips, loving advice, and useful information to make caring for an aging loved one a bit easier.


Go Green For More Than St Patrick’s Day with In Home Care for Veterans

What’s a better way to welcome warmer weather than by getting out and gardening? Gardening is a great way to spend quality time with the great outdoors as well as beautifying your aging loved one’s home and yard. Planting flower or vegetable seeds is a quick and easy way to get your aging loved ones involved and provide them with a sense of accomplishment. Gardening can be especially beneficial for a veteran loved one. Encouraging recovering military veterans to work in a garden can help lift them out of any depression they may be experiencing, increase their self-esteem and even get them eating better.

Spring Preparation Tips and Assisted Living at Home

Spring is only a few days away. Have you started preparing? Of course, there’s always some spring cleaning to worry about, but that’s not the only way you and your aging loved one can prepare for warmer weather and more time outdoors. Ask your client what their favorite springtime activities were when they were younger. Recreating these pastimes is a great way to generate positive memories and happy feelings, as well as get your senior outdoors and active.

Seniors Springing into Action with Professional in Home Care for Seniors and Elderly

We all know that lazy feeling you get when it’s cold outside. It’s so much easier just to hide under a blanket and curl up with the remote control than to go out and face the frigid weather. Luckily, spring is on its way and it’s time to get your senior loved ones springing into action! Maintaining a physical lifestyle is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy life.

Get Creative with Cardio and In Home Assisted Living

I just don’t have time to go to the gym today. I bet this sounds familiar to some. Getting up and going to the gym can be a pain, but the good news is that you don’t have to go to the gym to squeeze in a little exercise! Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and hitting the treadmill. Taking your dog for a walk can help you reviver your workout. Walking a dog is great cardio. You’ll improve your heart rate and lose inches off your legs. Two other health benefits of dog walking are less stress and the loss of abdominal fat. Walking is a great stress buster and works out your entire core. Walking, along with playing basketball with your children, and even dancing in your living room are great and fun ways to build a healthy heart without feeling the pain of tedious workouts. Just a few minutes of regular, daily exercise can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, and the payoff is even greater.

Seniors Do Best with Care Provided in Their Homes and Trading in the Candy Hearts for a Healthy Heart

Chances are you received some sweets from a sweetheart or another loved one this past Valentine’s Day. While savoring a sugary treat from time to time isn’t terrible, it’s important to keep your heart’s health in mind while snacking. Certain foods such as walnuts, chickpeas, and fruits have been medically proven to decrease your chance of heart disease. But don’t worry! Your taste buds can still enjoy a delicious and nutritious snack! There are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy foods into your favorite treats. Take a look at some of these scrumptious ideas:

Building a Healthy Heart: Stress Management and In Home Help for Seniors and Elderly

Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out. Stress is a major factor for poor heart health. Luckily, stress can be managed! It’s easy to let stress take over your life, but it is important to remember that taking a deep breath and facing your stress triggers can lead to a healthier lifestyle for you and those around you. We’ve all heard someone tell us to take a deep breath, and we may have thought it was silly, but it is a medically proven fact that taking a few deep breaths can alert your brain to calm your body down and immediately relieve stress.

Caregivers at Risk for Heart Disease and the Benefits of Professional In Home Care

Know the risks. Knowing and understanding the risks of heart disease is the first step towards a healthy heart. Whenever possible, try to get in at least thirty minutes of exercise each day. When you combine daily exercise with other lifestyle measures, the payoff is much greater. Remember that activities such as housekeeping, gardening, or taking the stairs whenever possible will count toward your daily workout total. You don’t have to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Embracing Change to Build Consistency in 2013 with In Home Dementia Care

By nature, most people are hesitant about change. We don’t want to get stuck in a rut, but at the same time, we like things comfortable and familiar. But as we begin a new year, filling our minds and hearts with resolutions to do better, do more, be better, and reach our goals, what we’re really calling for is change. In light of that, and especially for those who have become caregivers in life, the old adage ‘the only constant in life is change’ hits close to home. As a caregiver, a word you hear a lot is ‘consistency’, which can often feel like a challenge in the face of change. This year, though, maybe there is a way to embrace that change in order to build consistency into your life. How? Here are a few ideas we’ve come up with to help shape your approach to 2013.

Psychology of Resolutions: Making and Keeping Them with Affordable in Home Senior Care

The word new is such a powerful one, isn’t it? New babies, new job, new opportunities. And the obvious: New Year. It is an opportunity to reinvent, start over, wipe the slate clean and create something fresh. A good beginning point for whatever it is you hope to achieve, the New Year can represent your chance to go, do achieve, or grow. That’s probably why there is such positive psychology behind making New Year’s Resolutions, even if you don’t end up carrying all of them through to perfection. This year, avoid burning out on your resolutions by keeping them in perspective with these fun facts.

Caregiver Resolutions for Families Impacted by Dementia and In Home Dementia Care

“But they need me”. Does that sound familiar to you? You’ve probably said some version of that to yourself, your spouse, your friends, and your children more times than you can count since becoming a caregiver. And when dementia or Alzheimer’s falls into the mix, it can almost become a mantra. While it is true, it also can become a phrase that overtakes your life in an unhealthy way. After all, you’ll struggle to fully care for someone else if you forget about your own wellness. This year, avoid caregiver burnout by extending yourself some grace. Make a few resolutions that enable you to stay refreshed and cared for, while fitting into the lifestyle and schedule of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Know what you need, and commit to accommodating for it.


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