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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 [...]

Have You Assessed the Fall Risk of Your Home?

With the wind chill below zero in many parts of the country, it means icy sidewalks driveways and steps. While nimble-footed people may be able to maneuver around ice patches, snow and other winter hazards, it’s a different story for the elderly, who are at even greater fall risk in the winter months. And while [...]

Top 5 Elder Care Blog Articles from 2014

In what feels like the blink of an eye, another year is behind us and we’re on to a new one. As we reflect on 2014, we got to wondering about the topics that were most popular and the content that was found to be of most value last year. So today, we are sharing [...]

Treating the Flu and Its Symptoms

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the most severe in years and was even elevated to epidemic level and about half of the country is experiencing flu activity. If you have been diagnosed with the flu, according to Flu.gov, you should stay home and follow your health care provider’s recommendations. Talk [...]

When the Flu Becomes Something More

If you’ve been stricken with painful flu symptoms, like high fever, muscle aches or even vomiting or diarrhea, it’s time the call the doctor. This needs to be done sooner rather than later, because your physician can give your flu medications to help shorten the duration of your illness. Common flu symptoms include fever, headache, [...]

Can You Tell the Difference Between the Flu and the Common Cold?

Your nose is stuffy, your throat is scratchy and your head is pounding. Is it a cold or the seasonal flu? Symptoms can overlap, but it’s important to recognize that, especially in vulnerable populations like children and seniors, the flu can be dangerous. The only way to truly know if you have come down with [...]

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