From the monthly archives:

July 2011

What is Arthritis?

by Lois Etienne on July 29, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The term arthritis encompasses over 100 conditions that primarily affect a body’s joints. Some of the more familiar forms or related conditions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, septic arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, stems from the deterioration of a joint’s cartilage, causing stiffness, pain [...]

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Longevity Odds

by Lois Etienne on July 27, 2011

in Grandmothers,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet A study appearing in an issue of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society says centenarian offspring retain important cardiovascular advantages from their parents compared to a similarly-aged group. In other words, if your grandmother lived to be 100, the odds are in your favor for a long life also. The findings show that centenarian offspring have [...]

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Tweet I was sitting at a Mariner’s baseball game one day several years ago and one of their noisy trains came by. As the whistle blew, I felt a warm, fuzzy nostalgia come over me and I had to think really hard why that was. When I was a child, my father was in the [...]

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Mom Need A Little Help?

by Lois Etienne on July 22, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Have you been over to your mother’s house recently and the mail was piling up and unopened, or you noticed food in the refrigerator with some mold on it or things were just generally in disarray, very unlike your mom. Older adults who begin to show signs that they need help around the house [...]

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Downsizing!

by Lois Etienne on July 20, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Have you ever had to move? Have you ever had to downsize? Imagine living in a home for 30+ years in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 24oo sq ft house and now you’ve decided to move into a one bedroom apartment. What to get rid of, what will fit, memories or function. Well that’s [...]

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Giving Up the Keys

by Lois Etienne on July 18, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Why are seniors so reticent to give up their keys and their car? Since it’s frequently a safety issue in my line of business at Home Instead Senior Care, I always ask the family to put themselves in Dad’s shoes. Try to live even a week without your car! How do you get your [...]

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Betty White’s Exercise Program

by Lois Etienne on July 15, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Myth: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down. Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling. Okay, we get it, we need to move more to stay strong, stand on one foot more to increase balance, lift weights to [...]

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NO Excuses!

by Lois Etienne on July 13, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Seniors are not off the hook because of their age when it comes to exercise, according to government guidelines. Adults including seniors need two and a half hours a week of moderate aerobic physical activity, which will return substantial health benefits, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of [...]

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Wonderful CAREGivers

by Lois Etienne on July 11, 2011

in Caregiver Support

Tweet I was recently talking with a group of caregivers that work for me at Home Instead Senior Care. I asked them what they liked most about working with us. There were responses  like they appreciated the flexibility of the work, they liked the variety, they even enjoyed the company and the staff they get [...]

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Tenacity

by Lois Etienne on July 8, 2011

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet I’m a bird lover. I love the many shapes and colors, their songs and flight patterns. I’ve got one presently building a nest in my hanging flower basket. I also marvel when a tiny sparrow takes on a hawk because it got too close to her nest of little ones! I’ve seen that same [...]

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