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Caregiver Support

Tweet Social isolation is a real threat for seniors. Between problems with things like decreased eyesight and mobility or loss of a spouse or close friends, it’s real easy to stop going out and doing things they once enjoyed. Seniors with a sense of purpose or hobbies that really interest them are less likely to [...]

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Tweet How would you react if your mother insulted your efforts to try and help her? Just this past weekend I had an exasperated daughter call, looking for help. Her mother fell and had to go to the emergency room. They recommended that she go to a rehab but she was determined to go back [...]

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Tweet Thank You for Your Votes, All 125,000 of Them! The Salute to Senior Service nomination and voting phases closed out with incredible numbers. Over 1,300 outstanding senior volunteers in the U.S. and Canada were nominated and voted on nearly 125,000 times! You’ve done your part, and now it’s up to the judges. The nominee [...]

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Tweet Simple to learn, important to manage. These three measurements for diabetes management should be kept as close to the recommended goals as possible to help avoid complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and vision problems. A is for the A1C test, an estimate of blood sugar levels over the past three months. [...]

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Arthritis

by Lois Etienne on March 22, 2013

in Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Did you know that the term ‘Arthritis’ is an umbrella term for over 100 diseases? Did you know that Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is the one that causes the deformed joints, particularly in the hands and feet? Watch this video to learn more.

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Tweet Mary Maxwell is back! She tackles those pesky house rugs and mats. Mary is hysterical, as usual, as she makes great fun of this subject but falling is anything but a joke for seniors. Keep active, practice balance exercises, get your calcium, use good lighting, outfit house with grab bars, monitor your medications, get [...]

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Tweet Are there certain foods that can help speed recovery and help you feel better sooner? According to WebMD and other research, the answer is “yes.” Eating the right foods can help you prevent complications such as dehydration, and constipation. Among the first suggestions are to include lots of fiber and lean protein in your [...]

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Tweet When you or your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, you are likely to come home with several new medications. Making sure that these new medications are taken correctly and don’t create any adverse effects with existing medications is vital to ensuring recovery. Medication mismanagement is one of the leading problems that [...]

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Tweet When a loved one is coming home from the hospital, it is important to have a good plan of care in place to help ensure a smooth transition home and to minimize stress for both the family caregiver and his or her loved one. You may even want to download this care plan worksheet [...]

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Returning Home

by Lois Etienne on February 27, 2013

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet On October 1, 2012, Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program went into effect, intended to give hospitals financial incentive to ensure patients receive proper discharge instructions and post-discharge support. The intensely debated Medicare penalties for excessive readmissions have put doctors, discharge nurses and other healthcare professionals across the hospital industry in a position that has [...]

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