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20 Questions Every Family Caregiver Should Ask

According to the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 50 million Americans provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year. Nearly all of us will face this situation at some point. These 20 questions will help you consider key factors as well as accurately and realistically [...]

6 Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

For those who experience chronic pain, being able to do everyday tasks and do so comfortably is a luxury. Chronic pain not only lasts long after initial trauma but also transforms our brains and nervous systems into hurt machines, pumping out pain, day after day. The more we learn about pain, however, the more we [...]

“Greening” Your Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air, and what better time to shape up the house! But when broaching the topic of spring cleaning, it’s important to remember that cleaning products with harmful chemicals can affect anyone, but can be particularly risky for children and seniors. From irritating eyes and skin to more serious impacts like being [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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