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Survey: Mixed Feelings About Different Aspects of the Senior Care Experience in the U.S.

A recent survey by the Commonwealth Fund shows that people over the age of 65 in the U.S. may be in trouble when it comes to health care. The survey was published in a New York Times article, and it reveals we still have major issues despite our seemingly unlimited resources. Here’s the bad news: [...]

Top 5 Hazards for Falls

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults 65 and over will fall each year? Sometimes they’re lucky and can walk away unscathed, but for many, falls can be devastating. The good news is that, often times, falls are preventable with the right know-how and willingness to come to terms with our own risk factors. [...]

What Do You Know About Advance Directives?

There’s no such thing as being too early when it comes to document your wishes for if there is a time when you become too sick to communicate these yourself. A living will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life. According to Caring Connections, before your living will [...]

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

In our last installment about colorectal cancer, we discussed preventative measures. Now, let’s get into symptoms and resources you can find to beat this ugly disease. The Prevent Cancer Foundation gives these helpful tips: Symptoms Bleeding from the rectum or blood in or on the stool Change in bowel habits Stools that are more narrow [...]

Tips to Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the fourth-most common cancer in the United States and the second-leading cause of death from cancer? And since March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to provide some helpful information about this cancer of the colon or rectum. As common in women as it is in men, [...]

How Gratitude Can Benefit Your Health

What are you thankful for and do you express this daily? What if we told you that such gratitude could be rewarded with better health? “Thousands of years of literature talk about the benefits of cultivating gratefulness as a virtue,” says University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons. Grateful people – those who perceive [...]

5 Tips to Turn Around Any Bad Day

In our last post, we shared some ideas for combating seasonal affective disorder or just a hum-drum day with some mood-boosting activities. And now, we’re back with more feel-good ideas to help you kick your winter blues and to add some pep to your step just about any time. Drink hot chocolate. A recent study [...]

Mood Boosters to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

With the gloom and doom that the winter season can bring in many parts of the country, it can be hard to jump out of bed in the morning with pep in your step. For seniors in particular, this time of year can be more isolating than other times of the year and can also [...]

Talking to A Loved One About Home Care

Often times, the need for home care is precipitated by an emergency and you’re suddenly in a situation where you need to make arrangements quickly. There are other instances where families want to talk about the topic of care as part of future planning and sharing their wishes. In either scenario, we’ve created a helpful [...]

Is It Pneumonia?

While some believe it has peaked, there’s no doubt that this flu season has been more severe than others. With the proportion of deaths attributed to both pneumonia and flu slightly above the “epidemic” threshold (WebMD), flu season is still running rampant and vulnerable populations like seniors, children and those with underlying conditions should continue [...]

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