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Senior Health and Safety

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 Caregiving can certainly take its toll and many family caregivers find themselves unable to take a vacation. Sometimes it’s for lack of time, sometimes it’s due to guilt. Home Instead Senior Care recognizes the importance of taking care of yourself while caring for others. That’s why the national “Caregiver Cruise Giveaway” is now accepting [...]

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Dehydration

by Lois Etienne on June 29, 2013

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet According to at least one study, dehydration is at least partially responsible for up to 48 percent of senior hospitalizations. If left untreated, dehydration can lead to severe cramping and muscle contractions, convulsions and even death. Seniors are particularly sensitive to dehydration for a variety of reasons. These include: Decreased ability to feel thirst: [...]

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West Nile Virus

by Lois Etienne on June 22, 2013

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Did you know that West Nile has been present in WA State since 2006? West Nile virus is almost always spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of getting West Nile virus is very low, but people over 50 years of age have the highest risk of serious illness. [...]

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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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You Have NO Excuse!

by Lois Etienne on May 7, 2013

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet We wait for Monday, or the first of the month, or Jan 1 to start that new diet, start an exercise plan, eat better…you fill in the blank. Here is an 86 year old lady that is still a competing gymnast! What are YOU waiting for?

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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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