It is a widely recognized fact that the flu can be extremely dangerous. But, as people age, the body’s natural immune system weakens, and viruses like the flu can be deadly. People 65 and older are at a much greater risk of developing complications from the flu than younger adults. In fact, the CDC has reported that in recent years, an estimated 70-90 percent of flu-related deaths occurred in people 65 years of age or older.

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For many seniors, summertime means visits from grandkids, fun activities, and companionship.  Many grandparents are called on to help keep an eye on the grandkids while their parents are working, but when summer comes to an end, that could mean an end to the fun socialization for grandparents.

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For every Senior Selfie posted on our Facebook page through September 2019, SYNERGY HomeCare will donate $5.
Support a great cause, without spending a dime and having fun while doing it! 

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Being social and active is important for all people. Without socializing or participating in activities and events, people often feel isolated and depressed. For seniors, social engagement is not just important -- it is essential. During the senior years, older adults are at higher risk of suffering from social isolation and loneliness. Factors like physical health, mental health, mobility, resources and environment can all prevent seniors from getting out into the social world or having a good time as often as they would like.

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Today’s youth are not the only people who enjoy and benefit from taking and posting selfies! In fact, selfie-taking has become a fun and advantageous activity for the older population. Selfies are “technically” a social-media commodity. People enjoy taking pictures of themselves, getting “likes” and “comments” on their photos or commenting on another person’s  photos. Social media has made it incredibly easy for family and friends to stay connected even if they live hundreds of miles apart.

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According to the World Health Organization, lack of physical activity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. That means, physical activity is necessary to live a longer life. Everybody knows that exercise is healthy. But not all people are capable of certain types of activities and some just don’t consider themselves athletic. If that sounds like you then moderate walking may be a great alternative.

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Senior citizens with prescription medications, outdoor workers and individuals without air conditioning can be at risk during the heat. Here are some tips to stay safe and cool.

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Staying hydrated is important for everyone, especially seniors! With the summer months upon us and as the days get hotter, not getting enough fluids in your body can cause serious health problems. Older adults, in particular, have a higher risk of suffering from dehydration.

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In recent years, an increasing amount of research has been done to show how strong relationships between grandparents and grandchildren benefit both generations. 

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The mutual benefits that both children and seniors get from interaction with each other is evident in many different programs and facilities that bridge the gap between the two age groups. “In promoting the well-being of the next generation, older adults experience fulfillment and purpose in their own lives.”

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When we think about traveling, we typically don’t think about day-to-day travel needs. Because local travel happens much more often, it is a great idea to get ready in advance for any upcoming outings.

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 The future of disability in America can be significantly altered by the choices America makes and the actions we take to improve disabling conditions.

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Tags: Disability

Herb gardens are a fun accessory in any home. Lots of people enjoy spending time creating different types of herb gardens. The most creative ones are designed for small spaces like apartments without a backyard and above first-floor patios. There are dozens of ways that you can create your own beautiful herb garden, even if you feel like you don’t have space.

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Tags: Herbs, Gardens

Physical activity is necessary to live a longer life. Everybody knows that exercise is healthy. Walking is a great way to help the body stay healthy. Researchers determined that 100 steps per minute were adequate enough to achieve the benefits that come from moderate intensity activity.

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In today’s world, we don’t see kids coloring as much as we do adults. Adult coloring is a major trend and people are loving it for a lot of different reasons. 

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February is traditionally known to be the romantic month. The month for lovers, flowers, and chocolates. It seems very fitting that it is also American Heart Month. Take your time being romantic, but don’t forget to show a little love to your heart.

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One area that many struggle with is getting good sleep. To understand how to get good sleep, it’s important to understand what good sleep looks like. Sleeping is sleeping, yes. But there are things you can do before you lay down so that your body (and mind) have an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep.

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Every new year, people across the world seem to play a similar monologue about setting New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Some people are extremely excited and motivated to set new goals and start a new life in the new year. Others keep away from setting resolutions all together because of the fear of not completing another years’ worth of goals.

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In America, around 12 million adults over the age of 65 have diabetes

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SYNERGY Homecare is a workplace and community of people that serve and care. We love that many of our owners are current and former members of the military and we pride ourselves in caring for our veterans who deserve extra time and attention. We know that your words can make a difference, lift a spirit, create an experience and rekindle a sense of pride in the service veterans in your community have offered.

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Children with physical and mental disabilities are often more affected by the holiday than other children. Kids with physical disabilities are usually slowed down by impairments and can’t keep up with the other children. Kids with mental disabilities may not understand the holiday and what is happening. But there are many different ways you can help a child with a disability have a fun and safe Halloween.

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When you are parenting a special needs child the daily list of tasks change and often increases. Many parents do not realize that they can ask for help and support from outside services, but they can!

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Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women, with skin cancer being the most common. Aging women are more susceptible to developing breast cancer with women aged 55 and over having a higher risk of being diagnosed. While this may be most cases, younger woman and 1% of men still do get diagnosed, so it's important for everyone to be informed.  

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SYNERGY HomeCare is offering a fun and easy way to support the Walk to End Alz with the #SeniorSelfie campaign.

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How do you stay cool during the hot summer months and what is the best way to make sure you avoid heat exhaustion?

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 Participating in the things you enjoy and sharing your talents helps prevent anger, depression, and loneliness.  Participating in the things you enjoy and sharing your talents helps prevent anger, depression, and loneliness. However, sharing personal talents when you have limited mobility can be tricky but, there are ways to share your talents with others and connect with those that have similar interests. Technology and the Internet have opened up doors for people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to share their writing, to share their voices and music, and to share their artwork.

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In-home care expenses can be factored into your taxes. Tax professionals can help you determine what deductions you are eligible to receive.

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When a family member needs in-home support, family members often become caregivers. Balancing life's challenges with the needs of care recipients can be tough, but with the help of professional caregivers, family members can continue to focus on being family.

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Check back here for the answer keys to our Summer 2018 Puzzles!

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Numerous ideas and options help improve mental health. Above all, the strongest options involve interacting with other people. Caregivers encourage those they care for to talk about family, friends, or even people in their neighborhood. The discussion helps them feel connected to the outside world.

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We all know the best gifts come from the heart. What better gift could you give your mother or grandmother than spending some quality time with them and give them a surprise makeover!

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As Mother's Day approaches we share some ideas for spending the special day and considering the best gifts.

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Like everyone, older adults benefit from quality social interactions. Engaging with other people of all ages can be an uplifting experience that has physical, mental, and other benefits for everyone involved.

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Eight important facts about isolation in older adults and the impact it can have on their lives. Be aware of the signs of loneliness and help older adults to have a better quality of life!

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Music can play a valuable part in caregiving. It can stimulate wonderful memories and positive emotions. Here is some information about the use of music in caregiving.

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Older Adults face challenges related to being lonely or isolated. These challenges can be overcome with the help of family, friends, and community programs such as the ones listed in this blog post.

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There are many subtle, yet significant, benefits to coloring that makes this simple activity a valuable part of any person's life!

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Answer key to the SYNERGY HomeCare Magazine SPRING 2018 issue!

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Here are 9 things that can help improve nutrition for people who have Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, or who are just struggling with eating well. Always remember to consult a doctor before changing your diet!

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International Women's Day is an opportunity to recognize all the women in our societies, communities, and in our lives! This post mentions just a few of the women who are role models and pioneers for the generations that follow them.

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Heart health is a vital part of healthy aging and healthy living. These simple tips will help improve and/or maintain a healthy heart!

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February is all about love! Valentine's Day isn't the only reason to celebrate love. Here's some tips to celebrate your love with your whole family!

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When Valentine’s day comes around, we think about young couples getting engaged and married couples celebrating the time they’ve spent together. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just a couple’s holiday. Valentine’s Day can be an excellent occasion for the family to spend time with older relatives and create fun and happy memories.

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Home Care is for everyone, from older adults who are affected by aging, to people with disabilities. This article discusses how home care can help anyone with a need!

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We're making some changes for 2018!

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Skills such as being able to browse the Internet, shop online, or send an email are important technological skills that may be important and enjoyable to seniors. Set a goal that will help improve technology skills. Simple achievements such as remembering how to access and log into email or maneuver to different places on the Internet can feel like big wins. Online support groups might be an excellent way to help mix technology goals with social goals.

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Looking for answers? We have the Key!

The key to the magazine puzzles! Check back here when the magazine is published to find the answer key!

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Goal setting is beneficial to everyone, including seniors. Goals are a way to help measure and track progress. They help bring fulfillment and enrichment to the lives of everyone who strives to accomplish them!

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Join us for the January 2018 webinar where we will be discussing How Home Care Serves More than Just the Senior Population.

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Visiting family is a chance to catch up on life, including opportunities to assess how our the elder members of our family are doing. Here are some indicators to watch for that will help you decide if your elder loved ones need more care than they are receiving.

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Seven gift ideas for those grandparents who are anything but typical.

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Guest blogger Michael Longsdon shares his insights into helping those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease when coping with the loss of loved ones.

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Understanding Veterans benefits is important when determining if you qualify. Our newest blog can teach you some basic knowledge you'll need when applying for Veteran's benefits.

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It’s important to understand what “caregiver burnout” looks like and learn how to prevent it from happening. Caregivers can take care of themselves and those that depend on them without over-straining themselves, but they need to be mindful of warning signs and have a plan to prevent burnout.

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Aging comes with a variety of physical problems. To alleviate these challenges, seniors often move to nursing homes or have in-home care to help them with their ailments and day-to-day activities. 

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, an emotional month for an enormous group of people who have been affected by breast cancer. People from all over the country participate in a variety of ways to raise awareness of the risks of breast cancer, promote early detection and rally to raise money for research into its cause, treatment and ultimately cure.

 

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June is National Home Safety Month and focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury in our homes. These tips will help to make your home sweet home, a home safe home. Here are some tips to make home sweet home, a home safe home.

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When it comes to choosing a home care agency, the difference is the quality of the people. At SYNERGY HomeCare we recognize that our people are the heart of our company. If you or someone you love is interested in home care services please gives us a call 877-432-2692.

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When it comes to choosing a home care agency, the difference is the quality of the people. At SYNERGY HomeCare we recognize that our people are the heart of our company. If you or someone you love is interested in home care services please gives us a call 877-432-2692.

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Caring for someone full time can begin to consume your entire life. Here are the top 10 things to look out for to know the warning signs of caregiver burnout.

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Service and heart are the core of our company. Today we salute members of our SYNERGY HomeCare family, who have proudly served our Country. These short stories of patriotism, selflessness and heroic acts, remind us all the importance of service and love for the United States.

 

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SYNERGY HomeCare created this free veterans resource guide so you can access several resources in one place.

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We recognize caregiving is a very personal service, which requires someone with just the right blend of compassion, skill, experience and patience. This true story of Mamie Conway and her client Cecile exemplifies the selflessness and dedication of our thousands of SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers.

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What a success! The results are in and our Senior Selfie campaign was a smash hit on Facebook. Check out some of these amazing selfies from our amazing fans.

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There has never been a better reason for you to post a selfie than now! During the month of September SYNERGY HomeCare will be promoting Senior Selfies to End Alzheimer's. The goal of our campaign is to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer's Association.

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Studies have found that sitting hours a day suggests inactivity now kills more people than smoking. SYNERGY HomeCare has launched “Quit the Sit” to encourage people to move their bodies to improve their health.

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At SYNERGY HomeCare, we honor The Longest Day by hosting a full day of webinars to provide you and your support system the tools and resources needed to help you care for those living with Alzheimer's. Several of these webinars will also be beneficial to families whose lives have been impacted by age or illness.

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At SYNERGY HomeCare we're proud to shine the spotlight on our memory care specialists because it is our caregivers that make the difference in people's lives.

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What's the the most effective non-drug method for reducing arthritic pain and improving your range of motion? Click here to find out.

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Did you know that nurses are superheroes? It’s true their capes are invisible... well maybe not but that is easy to believe considering the superhuman sacrifices that nurses make every day.

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It’s not easy to discuss planning for the “what if’s” in life, unfortunately it is not a matter of what if, but rather a matter of when. Getting the discussion started is the difficult part, so we've gathered 10 conversation topics to get you to a healthier place in life.

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The hot trend in adult coloring would be incomplete if we didn't make our own mark. Download our coloring pages and share your incredible artwork on our Facebook page!

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A new study explores the importance that mental challenges can have on sharpening the aging brain. 

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Winter is an incredible opportunity to curl up with a great book, read a magazine or watch a movie with the family. We're building Family Resources so you can exactly those things while you beat the winter chill indoors.

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Let's give your new year's resolutions legs. Setting goals is one thing, achieving them is quite another. Here are some ways SYNERGY HomeCare can help you cross the finish line this year!

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What do you want for Christmas? For some of us the hope of a peaceful family gathering seems out of reach but here are a few tips to change a couple of habits during these gatherings to find some of the peace you are seeking.

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From shopping, gift wrapping, cooking and even decorating, the Elders' Elves are heading out for the holidays to help local seniors who can’t deck the halls like they used to.

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Here are a few suggestions for thoughtful gifts for those of us who have seniors on our holiday shopping lists. (FREE gift offer at the bottom!)

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How are your loved ones doing? Here are some things you can be mindful of during holiday visits with family to answer this question.

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Every year we invite the green lady to Thanksgiving; what heirloom item or tradition will be part of your Thanksgiving holiday?

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Nothing is better than seeing your sweetie after a long time apart, no matter how long you’ve been together! This elderly couple’s sweet reunion in an airport was caught on camera and has warmed the hearts of millions. 

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When she was young, Joan never liked being told what to do. Now, at 84, she adamantly refuses all requests to take a shower. She didn’t seem to notice the body odor or stringy hair that were so off-putting to friends and family.

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As if you need any more reasons to get your annual flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that this year’s flu vaccine will be much better than last year’s!

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SYNERGY HomeCare wants you to know that there are many reasons you elderly loved one may not want to take a shower or bath. Here are a few hygiene hints to be aware of.

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While the Fountain of Youth is just a legend, there are a few real ways in which you can extend your life. But they aren’t magic by any means! Just by making healthier choices and certain lifestyle changes, you can keep your body alive and well for many years to come. 

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It’s funny how as we get older, the years seem to pass more quickly. And while the pages of the calendar keep turning, often the numbers on the scale are climbing, too. We may not even realize how much weight we’ve put on unless a doctor — or a brave friend — mentions it.

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Have you noticed your aging parent struggling just to walk down the block? Have they been avoiding trips to the store because of joint pain that flares up?

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Stroke, or disruption of blood flow to the brain, is the fifth leading cause of death for men and the leading cause of disability in this country. And women are at greater risk; according to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the third leading cause of death for women; 60 percent of all people who die from stroke are women.

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Small children often need frequent reminders to brush their teeth properly. It turns out that a lot of seniors could use those same reminders. Often, seniors don’t brush the way they should because of health problems; they get tired standing, or their arthritis makes it difficult.

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In this digital age, today’s cutting edge technology will likely be obsolete in a few years. Keeping up with the changes can be difficult – especially for senior citizens. There’s no doubt technological advances make life simpler, but unfortunately some seniors are “old dogs” who don’t want to learn “new tricks.”

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Dehydration is a real threat for seniors. Total body water decreases as we age, so seniors become dehydrated faster than the rest of us. Unfortunately, older people often don’t get thirsty (another thing lost with age), so they don’t drink enough. 

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Many people become less active as they age. It can sometimes be hard to maintain the same level of physical activity you’re used to as your body gets older. But even small amounts of exercise can make big improvements on your health and well-being as you age.

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As Kyle’s parents aged, he found he needed to do more and more for them. He paid their bills, did the yard work and scheduled doctors’ appointments. But with a full-time job and a family of his own, Kyle couldn’t keep running over to his parents’ home every time they needed something. So, he decided to hire a caregiver to come in a few hours every day to help out.

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In February, a California couple married for 67 years died within hours of each other. Their daughter was quoted in news reports as saying, “they wanted to go together. It was meant to be this way.” This fortunate ending, however, is not typical for most long marriages. Chances are, if you live long enough, you will spend your final years as a widow or a widower.

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Grieving the death of a loved one can be even more difficult if that person has died suddenly. A look at one man’s experience with the loss of his wife, and the two things he did that made it a little easier to bear.

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Finding out you have shingles can be tough. Shingles is hard enough on its own, but the severe pain that goes along with it is nearly debilitating. Antiviral drugs will eventually take care of shingles, but they won’t take away the pain you suffer while waiting for the drugs to work.

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They say you become wiser with age, and we think maybe that’s true! After decades of experience, seniors are some of the most qualified people to give good advice.

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One-third of adults ages 65 and older experience a fall each year. While there are plenty of precautions you can take to try and prevent your loved one from taking a tumble, chances are, they will fall down sometime.

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It is never too late to reinvent yourself, whether it be your career, health or passion. Since September is Healthy Aging Month, it’s the perfect time to get started on a new you.

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While there is no way of preventing, slowing or treating dementia, the topic took center stage at the annual 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference mid-June.

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What used to be a cell phone to call someone, has turned into a pint-sized computer. For senior citizens, making a call can be complicated… and so can cell phone plans. 

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Every year, millions of Americans find themselves in the role of a long-distance caregiver for a parent or other loved one. It’s not always easy, but with the right planning and understanding of your loved one’s needs, it can be an exciting transition into the next stage of their life.

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Did you know 80-86% of seniors take medicaton for a chronic condition?

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Caring for an adult is time consuming work. It can have an effect on finances, leisure time, privacy and much more — including relationships. Some say caregiving has alienated them from their partner. For others, it’s led to divorce.

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"Certain medications, such as anti-depressants or blood pressure medicine, can have side effects caused by the warmer temperatures.

Symptoms can include lack of sweating or dizziness."

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Having transportation when you need it is an important necessity that many people take for granted. But when you can no longer drive yourself around, you realize how trapped and helpless it can make you feel. How will you get groceries, visit friends and get to doctor’s appointments?

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Writing a eulogy is never easy – how do you find just the right words to sum up someone’s life? And it can be even harder if you’ve watched old age or disease leave the deceased a shell of the person you once knew.

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The newspaper obituaries of elderly people are often accompanied by pictures of the deceased at a younger stage in life. It’s because, like eulogies, obituaries are a celebration of the entire life of the individual – not just their final years. Especially when their final years are marked by dementia or chronic illness.

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Becoming a grandparent is a beautiful thing. But even with all the joys that grandchildren can bring to your life, caring for your grandchildren is not always an easy task.

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A new study now suggests an association between healthy eating and better brain function. Check out the study below to learn about how you can protect your aging brain just by changing what you eat!

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When Bill, 85, went in for a routine check-up, he received quite a shock. Despite his restricted diet, Bill had gained 20 pounds in six months; the doctor warned this extra weight could lead to diabetes and heart problems. The prescription? Regular exercise.

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Home safety is always important, but as you age, there are new things to consider when it comes to staying safe in your own home. Check out these helpful tips on what you could do to make life a little easier for yourself or a loved one.

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Con artists thieves love to prey on older people. They are seen as vulnerable because they are often isolated and alone. The elderly also tend to be more trusting. It doesn't help that many older people suffer from dementia or memory loss.

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Rob and Melissa Dunn worked well as a team in marriage, and after an adjustment period, they’ve figured out how to work together in business as well. Appropriate to their spirit of teamwork, the franchise they joined is called SYNERGY HomeCare. 

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Check out these great tips shared by SYNERGY HomeCare's Franchise Partner Bill Nelson of Greeenville, SC. He appeared on his local NBC affilaite, WYFF, for a segment on how to keep alzheimer's patients from wandering.

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Read more on the rise of health care jobs, including a feature of SYNERGY HomeCare Founder and CEO Peter Tourian.

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Once you have realized your elderly parents need help caring for themselves, decided which type of care is best, and what it’s going to cost - the next step is figuring out how to pay for it. 

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It is sometimes hard to admit that our parents, the people who cared for us from infancy to adulthood, have gotten to the point where they are unable to care for themselves. After we make that realization, the questions become “what type of care is best for them?” and “what can we do to make sure it’s affordable?”

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One SYNERGY HomeCare owner takes caring to a new level - fostering four-legged friends in need of TLC. She hopes to encourage other business owners to follow her lead. 

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Older Americans are spending too much money on mortgages and credit cards, according to a recent article in USA Today. Seniors are also taking on more credit card debt than ever, according to the NCPA. 

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The SYNERGY HomeCare team will be well represented next month when the PGA Championship tees off at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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Did you ever have pain, or a rash bothering you but you didn’t want to go to the trouble of getting it checked out? Chances are it went away on its own, and you forgot about it. A lot of us put off going to the doctor, even when we think there is something wrong. But a doctor can tell you if it is nothing to worry about or a sign of something more serious.

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Summertime means travel time for a lot of families. Vacations, visiting friends and relatives can all pose a dilemma for those who are acting as primary caregivers for an elderly loved one. What are the options for the caregiver when they want to take a much-deserved trip?

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Synergy HomeCare's "Show A Senior Some Love" is in its inaugural year.  It's a campaign which involves Girl Scouts going into Synergy HomeCare Facilities across the country and spending time with the elderly.

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The prospect of entering the dating scene can be daunting for seniors. There are some important things to be considered before you start looking for love again.

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It’s no mystery that adults gradually start losing their hearing as they age. Age-related hearing loss is actually a normal condition that affects almost all older adults.

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Synergy HomeCare of Denver donated flowers to be delivered by Daisy Girl Scouts Troop 3933 and Boy Scouts from Troop 461 on May 8 at Orchard Park Health Care in Centennial.

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When we touch something, the nerves in the fingers send impulses to the brain that instantly identifies the sensation – whether it is hot or cold, soft or hard. As we age, however, our sense of touch becomes less sensitive.

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Did you know that of our five senses, taste is the most robust? Normal aging does not seem to affect our sense of taste. While there is a small change in taste in people over 60, most will not notice it.

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Stop and smell the roses. While the phrase is a metaphor for enjoying life, the actual act of smelling the roses gets harder as we age.

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Tired of making money for someone else, Jay Kiley cashed in his career in the banking business and invested in himself - opening a SYNERGY HomeCare franchise.

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The first ever SYNERGY HomeCare Adopt-A-Pop campaign launched to great success. With Mother’s Day grabbing much of the attention when it comes to family-oriented holidays, the aim of the program was to give elderly dads just as much attention for Father’s Day.

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As we age, the likelihood of developing cataracts increases. Cataracts are one of the most common vision problems in the U.S. and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

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After a lifetime of working for someone else, retiring seniors have the opportunity to pursue their passions, instead of a paycheck, by volunteering. And, all that good will may be good for the body, too.

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When the temperatures rise during the summer, a potentially deadly danger lurks in the very medications many seniors take to stay healthy. Did you know a combination of the heat and the side effects from certain medications can put seniors in danger?

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Dale Dalbey is a Super Dad who’s been doing it all — on his own. After adopting his son as a single dad, Dalbey decided to become a business owner. He now owns SYNERGY HomeCare Emerald Coast.

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Just by putting one foot in front of the other, seniors can improve their health and lengthen their lifespan. The National Institute on Aging suggests that walking can be a wonder drug for seniors. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day will improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, alleviate arthritis symptoms, decrease anxiety and depression and promote weight loss.

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Leaving a family member who requires daily help can be impossible unless some kind of care situation can be lined up. As a result, many caregivers go years without a formal vacation, or even brief breaks, from their caregiving duties. What are the options for the caregiver when they take a much-deserved trip?

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When family caregivers get overwhelmed and feel like they aren’t doing enough or that they don’t want to do it anymore, it’s nice to not feel alone. Some of these statistics help by working as a coping mechanism.

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When it comes to elderly health, the focus is usually on things such as the heart and the mind, but what about the mouth? Taking care of elderly teeth and gums is just as important. Senior dental problems can be common.

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Helping a family member recover from a stroke can be challenging and exhausting. In order for you to help your loved one recover, there is one important thing you should safeguard.

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John. James, Mary and Linda. If you are part of the baby boomer generation, you likely know a lot of people with those names. As the times change, so do the popular names. So what would your name be if you were born today?

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Growing old is inevitable. Doing it right is a choice. Here are some ideas to grow old gracefully. Cheers to #8!

 

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Five ways to take care of YOU while taking care of someone else without feeling selfish - because you’re not!

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If you are having a hard time getting your parents to part with their possessions, here is a step-by-step guide to help you clean up their past.

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Helping your elderly parents declutter is even more complicated when they are hoarders, and suffer from a condition called “Diogenes syndrome” or “Senile Squalor Syndrome.”

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Is your elderly parents’ house packed with possessions, but they don’t want to part with a single piece? Here are some ways to get them on board with a plan to declutter.

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While caring for your aging parent is a labor of love, it is still labor. You may find yourself giving up favorite hobbies and vacations, feeling distracted at work and getting more stressed with your spouse and children. Here are some suggestions on how to take care of yourself while taking care of someone else.

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Every caregiver needs to create a detailed list of medications for his or her patient. Here’s a look at what exactly needs to be on it.

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As a caregiver it is up to you to manage your loved one’s medications so the patient stays healthy and is not harmed by a potential deadly mistake.

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Sleeping is a key component to good health. There are several factors to may interrupt one’s ability to get a good night’s rest and ultimately impact their overall well-being.

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. A look at what you can do to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies

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A look at some of the things caregivers might not understand about dementia patients. This blog provides good insights into the behaviors of a dementia patient and the best ways to relate.

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Skin cancer is treatable if caught early. Here are the signs to look for so you can get to the doctor in time.

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A look at the ways to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, including tips on finding the right sunscreen and applying it correctly.

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Taking care of elderly parents is even more difficult if you live far from each other. This article explains what you need to do to get organized, so things go as smoothly as possibly.

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A look at the things long distance caregivers need to do when they visit their elderly parents.

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You’ve heard the saying, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. The same applies to our bodies as we age. Weakness and mobility issues can be linked to a person’s lack of moving in the first place. Exercise is important, no matter what your age. Start moving again with these six workouts for seniors.

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It used to be that love used to make us weak in the knees, but as we age, pain is the likely culprit. Try these proactive ways to keep your knees strong and healthy:

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It’s time to take advantage of your chronological credentials and use your senior discount. If you saved a dollar a day by asking for your 50+ benefit, you’d have over $300 at the end of the year. Check out this website that lists more than 250,000 businesses that offer discounts to people over 50.

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Talking about death is never easy. Here are five important questions to ask your aging parents before it’s too late.

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Eating too much sugar can put seniors at risk for a variety of health problems, and most of the sugar they consume is hidden in foods they may eat every day.

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1 in 4 people over age 60 have diabetes. A look at how one senior’s handling his diabetes diagnosis, and some warning signs of the disease to be aware of.

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What is Sundowner’s Syndrome ? How does this form of Alzheimer’s Disease impact the sufferer and the family responsible for his/her care.  

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There is a new push to make sure seniors get immunized for devastating diseases like pneumonia, shingles, and whooping cough. Caregivers can play a vital role in making sure seniors get these important shots.

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Whether healthy or unhealthy, Baby Boomers will live longer and will need someone to take care of them.  That burden will fall to the family unless professional caregivers step in to help.

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An estimated one in 10 older people experiences some form of abuse every year.  The far-reaching health effects of elder abuse can be devastating.

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One woman’s story of how she suddenly became a caregiver to her aging father - a role she wasn’t quite ready to accept.

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A look at six of the challenges caregivers face – some when they are first starting out, some after they have been caregivers for a while.

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There are so many different diets today catering to many different people depending on their goals. The MIND diet focuses on eating “brain healthy” foods, like berries and green vegetables.

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Forget flowers and jewelry, here are some suggestions for age appropriate and useful Mother’s Day gifts for the elderly mother.

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When riots broke out in the streets of Baltimore, SYNERGY HomeCare made sure clients were served, and caregivers were safe. 

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“Dad’s hearing has gotten so bad that I have to shout.” “Mom forgets even having conversations with me – never mind remembering what we talked about.” Sound familiar? Communicating with elderly parents, whether they are suffering from dementia or not, can be frustrating.

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A 73-year-old widow wrecks her car. Her adult son, realizing it is no longer safe, insists she stop driving. His stubborn mother argues she’s perfectly capable and doesn’t need a chauffeur. It takes a long time before she grudgingly admits he was right.

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It’s not always easy to recognize the time has come for your aging parents to stop driving. And seniors often refuse to give up their keys, even when it’s obvious they should.

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Kyle’s 84-year-old father called with good news: He had won a sweepstakes! He just needed to pay a fee to collect a very large cash prize. Kyle was instantly suspicious. “Dad, this sounds like a scam. Did you even enter a sweepstakes?”

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Your parents cared for you when you were a child, but now that you’re grown, it’s time for you to take care of them. That makes you one of more than 65 million Americans, mainly women, who provide care for elderly, ill or disabled family members. If that wasn’t demanding enough, most of these women also have jobs, spouses and children to worry about.

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With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next 10-20 years, and most of those people hoping to stay living at home for as long as they can, it’s no wonder businesses catering to the senior market are booming.

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“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” The line from a classic television commercial about a senior safety device has been the butt of jokes for years. The reality is that falls among seniors are a serious danger, and the consequences can be life threatening.

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Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s. The disease is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people by 2050.

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According to thestreet.com, elderly people with no family to care for them were often faced with the only option available -- a nursing home -- once they were unable to live independently.

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It wasn’t until his dad became the victim of a scam that Kyle thought to take a closer look at his parents’ finances. Kyle’s 84-year-old father was past due on his insurance bill, yet he was regularly paying for internet service -- even though his computer hadn’t worked in years! Credit card statements showed his mom had purchased tons of stuff from TV shopping channels – none of which she remembered buying.

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Your mom was always the one who made sure you didn’t skip meals, ate all your vegetables and limited your intake of sweets. Now that’s she’s older, you may need to start doing the same for her.

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The good news is we’re living longer. Medical advances have improved the odds of surviving conditions like heart disease and cancer. But as the population ages, a lot of us will develop Alzheimer’s. By 2025, more than 7 million Americans are expected to have the disease. Despite all the research, there is no cure.

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Caring for a person with Parkinson's in his or her own home is possible.

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Senior in home care providers don't necessarily have to be full-time to make your elderly parent or loved one's life a little easier.

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Many seniors resist the idea of assisted living, but elderly home care services are often necessary for the seniors' safety and can provide much-needed companionship.

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Whether caregivers are professionals providing in home care for seniors or family members fitting in their caregiving duties between jobs and family life, it's important for them to keep an eye on their own health.

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Many people in their golden years find themselves single, but still want companionship as much as they ever did.

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Providers of home dementia care often struggle with a common Alzheimer's and dementia symptom called wandering.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in the Atlanta, GA market.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in the Seattle, WA market.

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As we age, many of us lose our eyesight to one degree or another and struggle to keep up old habits and hobbies.

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If you provide companion care for senior clients, here are some tips to help you clean up their homes for the season.

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Here's how to safely transfer your senior clients.

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Handling grief can be difficult, but you can help your clients through it.

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If you provide senior care, whether on a respite basis or as part of a 24 hour in home care plan, it's important for you to take care of yourself first.

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February is American Heart Month, which serves as a great reminder that keeping your heart healthy is extremely important.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in the Seattle, WA market.

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This American Heart Month, you may wonder what you can do to help your clients live healthier lives.

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If you provide 24 hour senior care, here are some lifestyle changes your clients can make for better heart health.

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Here are some ways your clients and their grandchildren can celebrate the loving holiday this year.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living are both common terms that are often used in senior care.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Elgin, Illinois.

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This month, give some extra attention to your heart - and not just on Valentine's Day. 

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Making Valentine's crafts with your clients can be fun and easy.

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For providers of 24 hour dementia care, these three tips can help you dress your clients with dementia.

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Seniors who have furry companions can find many benefits from these relationships.

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If you provide in home care for seniors with diabetes, here are three quick and healthy breakfast ideas you can make, to switch up your clients' morning routines and keep their diets interesting.

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Providing 24 hour in home care is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can do, but it can also take a huge toll on your own emotional, physical and mental well-being.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Sanford, Florida.

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For 24 hour senior care providers, being prepared in the event of a health or medical emergency is an important part of taking care of aging clients.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Anaheim Hills, CA!

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There are many options for seniors to interact and have fun with others in their own age group.

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Home care for seniors can be broken down into three levels of care: Monitoring, homemaking and personal care.

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Take a look at these three reasons that home care might be the best choice for your parent.

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Here are some of the services offered by non-medical senior care providers.

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Seniors who are unable to balance on one leg for as little as 20 seconds may have an increased risk of stroke than others, according to the American Heart Association's journal "Stroke."

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Chino Hills, CA!

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Senior-care technology can help both seniors and their caregivers.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Temecula, CA!

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At-home senior care providers and their clients should follow these five cold prevention guidelines.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Ferrisburgh, VT.

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At-home senior care providers and their clients should follow these tips for keeping the kitchen safe.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Ft. Collins, CO.

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If you provide in-home senior care for an elderly parent or loved one, you probably know what it feels like to need a break.

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Though many people don't believe meditation is right for them, it can actually benefit both seniors and their companion care providers.

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Vitamin D has many health benefits and is often recommended as a natural way to promote bone and joint health.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Lakewood, CO.

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Many seniors experience reduced dexterity and motor skills in their hands due to many different health concerns, including Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

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As seniors age, their chances of falling increase, which can often lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

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If you provide at-home senior care, you probably agree it's best to be overprepared, rather than underprepared, for a potential emergency.

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If you provide at-home senior care, you've probably come across clients who are a little reticent to put their life and health into the hands of a stranger.

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If you provide at-home senior care for clients with Alzheimer's, you may be interested in reading one of these three books. 

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If you provide at-home senior care to clients who experience sundowning symptoms, here's a guide to the problem, and how you can help them.

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Providers of elderly home care services often have clients who are at risk for or already suffer from osteoporosis.

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Falls are the leading cause of injuries among the elderly. Ask doctors these questions that could help keep your client safe.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that attacks the body's joints - commonly those on a person's hands and feet.

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Black-eyed peas are a traditional dish served on New Year's Day for good luck.

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Providers of in-home senior care are typically responsible for serving healthy meals to their senior clients.

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Meditation and relaxation are great health boosters for anyone, but especially in seniors.

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As we prepare to celebrate the winter holidays, our thoughts and best wishes are with you.This is the time of year that makes us feel extra grateful for our team of compassionate caregivers. 

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The new year is a time for making changes, so if you're an at-home senior care provider who's becoming stressed or upset with the job, make one of these New Year's resolutions for yourself.

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There's a popular anonymous quote that says, "The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out."

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As families gather for the upcoming holidays, they may notice their aging parents are more forgetful and not as sharp as they used to be. So when mom loses the car keys or dad forgets a name, is it just a sign of old age or is it a devastating disease – Alzheimer’s?

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If you're an at-home senior care provider, sometimes the best way to handle issues is through reading the advice and wisdom of someone who's been through it all before.

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If you provide elderly home care services for a client with Alzheimer's or dementia, here are a few holiday-related activities to keep your client busy while at home.

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As seniors grow older, they become more prone to falls for a number of reasons, including worsening vision and balance.

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Don't let stress, depression or even cold weather get the better of you. Here are some ways to take advantage of the holidays.

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Providers of elderly home care services are often responsible for creating a healthy lifestyle for their client, especially if the senior has other health concerns, including high cholesterol.

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Many seniors didn't grow up with the same technology that's widely used today, so not only is it a lot harder for them to learn basic computer skills, but they're also much less likely to even own computer or internet capable equipment.

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Providing in-home elder care to senior clients is often stressful and fatiguing, and the nature of the job - spending a lot of alone time with just a client - can make caregivers feel very isolated.

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Staying healthy over the holidays is hard for anyone to do, with all of the delicious food begging to be eaten and the cold weather keeping people indoors and a little more inactive.

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If you and your at-home senior care client are ready to start decking the halls, make sure you're putting up decorations that are completely safe.

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When a person is constantly stressed or anxious, their body is actually less able to fight illness and disease.

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In honor of National Family Caregivers month, here are a few tips for those who are just starting in at-home senior care roles.

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Seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia struggle to remember people and things that they love, which can lead to depression and confusion.

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If you are an at-home senior care provider, you should be prepared for any medical emergency, so that you can act at a moment's notice to get your client to safety.

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With the changing weather keeping you and your client from enjoying the outdoors, you might be trying to think of fun ways to spend your time inside the house.

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Flexibility exercises and stretching are really beneficial for all seniors, because they can decrease muscle pain, help improve posture and even take away some arthritis pain.

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While winter weather can be beautiful, it also undoubtedly comes with some serious risks, especially for seniors.

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Always eating right can be difficult for anyone, but seniors should make an effort to stay on a healthy and nutritious diet as much as they can.

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Strokes are a very serious health issue that can happen in any age group, but seniors are especially at risk.

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If you're an at-home senior care provider, and you think your client is at risk for developing Type-2 diabetes, here's how you can help them avoid it.

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Caregiving can be mentally, physically and emotionally tiring, so it's important that caregivers take time to regroup and relax when they get alone time.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Opelika, AL.

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November, as National Family Caregiver Month, is a time to celebrate the efforts made and help given by family caregivers and at-home senior care providers.

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Support veterans on Veterans' Day with these poppy pins you can make with your client.

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For most people, heavy holiday meals can add a quick 5 to 10 pounds.

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It's very common for people to feel lonely or depressed during the holidays.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Oklahoma City, OK.

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Music therapy is known for being a great way to help elderly people through depression and even improve symptoms in those with dementia.

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Just as seniors should exercise physically to maintain good health, they should exercise their minds to keep sharp and focused.

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Seniors are often seen as easy targets for scams, especially because scammers assume they have retirement money sitting around that can be easily taken.

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Seniors are at more of a risk for high blood pressure than others, which can lead to cardiovascular disease and strokes. As a result seniors should be eating way less salt.

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Providers of home care for seniors spend a lot of time helping their clients live better lives, but sometimes they can forget to live their own lives.

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Providing home care for seniors takes a lot of organization and patience, and there are now smart phone apps that can make staying organized as a caregiver much easier.

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As the weather cools down, it's easy to be tempted by the indoors and laziness, but seniors should make sure to stay active.

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he Center For Disease Control classifies risk factors for falls into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic.

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If you're an at-home senior care provider looking for fun activities to do with your clients, get into the Halloween spirit by cooking up something spooky and delicious together.

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As an at-home senior care provider, video games are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you're brainstorming ways to get your client active and excited.

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When clients of senior care services have arthritis, you can see how difficult it can be for them to cook.

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For some individuals, getting older means developing more serious health issues such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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If you provide home care for seniors, and you're looking to spend a little bit of downtime with your client or set them up in the living room while you're taking care of other responsibilities, Netflix might be your answer.

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Providers of elderly home care services are in charge of a variety of aspects of their clients' days, including feeding them three healthy meals.

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Many seniors struggle with having a lot of time on their hands, and need help finding something to keep them occupied.

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At home senior care providers can sometimes struggle to come up with new ideas for quick and healthy meals.

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Learning, sharing, networking and some good times at the SYNERGY HomeCare 2014 Annual Franchise Meeting!

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A lot of exercises are difficult and painful for seniors who have knee reconstruction surgeries or suffer from osteoarthritis, but there are some that are manageable and may even help reduce knee pain temporarily

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If you want to provide your clients with great senior care services, then you'll want to be as healthy as you can be.

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Fall is just around the corner and as the weather starts to cool off, your clients may be in search of activities that can keep them occupied now that they're indoors more often.

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Bill Merriman, SYNERGY HomeCare Regional Developer, was presented with the "Because We C.A.R.E." award at the recent Annual Franchise Meeting. 

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Tips for helping clients of senior care services downsize.

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The Caregiver of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Provost at the recent 2014 SYNERGY HomeCare AFM. 

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Today's technology-driven world means that seniors are also learning how to navigate computers, smartphones and tablets.

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Older adults are one of the groups that are more susceptible to getting the flu, so as a provider of senior care services you should protect yourself from the illness as well.

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New research indicates that longevity may be extended with a little bit more laughter and some additional sleep.

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As a provider of senior care services, you may be wondering what foods can help your clients live healthier lives.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Annandale, VA.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Philadelphia, PA.

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Clients of senior care services may want to take a genealogy class to learn about their family history.

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If you want to provide your clients with great senior care services, then you'll want to be as healthy as you can be.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Plano, TX.

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Your clients of senior care services may not know that it's a good idea for them to get a flu shot.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Glen Allen, VA.

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To live a long life, providers of senior care services should ensure that their clients stay healthy.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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While it was previously thought that there wasn't much individuals could do to protect themselves against dementia and Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found that lifestyle choices can, in fact, protect your brain.

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September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so it's a good idea to find out if your clients know the negative effect high cholesterol can have on their health.

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As a provider of senior care services, it isn't unusual for your clients to ask you questions about Medicare, the federal government program provides people age 65 and old with health insurance.

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here are many health awareness months in September, and Healthy Aging Month is one of them.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Augusta, Georgia.

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No matter the season, your senior care services clients may want to plan a vacation.

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Vision issues may become a problem for clients of elderly home care services, and cataracts are a common condition.

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As a provider of senior care services, it's important that you know the signs of skin cancer and can detect a potentially dangerous spot on your clients.

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Dining tips for clients of senior care services who have diabetes.

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Having a creative outlet is always beneficial, especially for clients of senior care services.

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Vaccinations can protect your clients from diseases and illnesses.

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As a provider of elderly home care services, you may find that your clients are becoming unstable and lose their balance easier.

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It's not uncommon for seniors to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially if they are retired.

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Seniors may realize they need to stay active as they age, but they may not enjoy traditional exercise or feel motivated to find time for physical activity.

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The difference between sunburn and sun poisoning and how to protect seniors.

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While you're committed to providing quality for for clients of elderly home care services, there are certain organizations and individuals that try to take advantage of older adults.

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It's been shown that animals can provide great assistance for people dealing with all sorts of ailments from depression to arthritis, limited mobility and dementia.

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As a provider of elderly home care services, there's a good chance you've had to deal with some stressful situations, whether it was a medical emergency or a confused and frustrated client.

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There are plenty of activities to share with dementia client.

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Clients receiving senior care services who are suffering from arthritis may not be as open to engaging in physical activity and exercise, even after you explain the importance of it.

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It's important to develop positive relationships with the families of clients as well as the seniors themselves.

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The summer season brings plenty for people to be happy about from hot, sunny days to longer daylight hours and plenty of opportunities to enjoy being outdoors, but the heat can be dangerous for seniors as their bodies don't adjust well to changing temperatures.

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When children grow up and move out of the house, it can be quite the adjustment for parents

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During the summer months, seniors will likely want to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and sunshine, but as a provider of elderly home care services, it's important to remember that the heat and sun present dangers to older adults.

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Currently, the clients you provide with senior care services can live relatively independently but may require your assistance with daily tasks such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and cleaning.

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As a provider of senior care services, it's imperative that you're prepared for an emergency.

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As a provider of senior care services, it's important for you to make connections with your clients

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There are plenty of healthy summer snacks that you can offer seniors that will also keep them cool.

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Video chatting is great way for seniors to stay in touch with loved ones.

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Independence is often important to clients of senior care services. However, individuals with limited mobility may find this more challenging as it's harder to move around and complete daily tasks.

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Water exercise is an excellent option for seniors because it removes any risk of falling and getting hurt.

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Clients of senior care services may be living alone because they've lost their significant other, their children have moved out or they are divorced.

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Traveling may be something that your client enjoys, and with the added free time of retirement, it may be something they are able to do often.

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Whether seniors are living alone or with a significant other, making the home a safe place is of the utmost importance because the risk of falling and getting injured increases with age.

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There are a variety of things seniors can do to help improve their memories like learn a language and get a good night's sleep.

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Regardless of preferences on genre and style, music is something that all people can appreciate, no matter their age.

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It's common for people to discuss the loss of mobility or mental clarity of seniors in association with medical conditions, but a less common topic is how it can become more challenging for older adults to eat and swallow properly.

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After retirement, seniors may be happy to stop working but may still want to contribute to their community.

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Loss of cognitive function and memory can happen as people age, especially if they suffer from an illness such as dementia or Alzheimer's.

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Low-impact workouts are great for seniors to stay in shape. When people get older and it becomes more challenging to move around, exercise may fall by the wayside.

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It's important to maintain patience and stay calm when working with seniors.

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It's important to make sure seniors are prepared for the summer heat.

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After retirement and having a reason to leave the house each morning ends, it can become more challenging to seniors to stay socially engaged, especially if they live alone.

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As people get older, it may become more challenging to get a good night's sleep.

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It's important to take precautions before spending time in the sun.

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When most people think of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, they usually think low-fat. While it's important to not overindulge in fatty foods, too much sugar can be harmful as well.

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Music therapy can help seniors at risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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It's important for caregivers to stay cool in emergency situations. When caring for seniors, their health may take a sudden turn for the worse, and they may suffer a medical emergency in your presence.

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Caregivers can work with seniors to help prevent depression.

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It's important for caregivers to take care of themselves as well as their patients.

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Certain snacks might help seniors sleep better each night.

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Providers of senior care services have a responsibility to their patients to help maintain their health through a variety of means.

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A study recently published in the journal Circulation found that individuals in their 60s and 70s who participate in physical activity such as walking on a regular basis have the healthiest hearts.

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A study recently published in the journal Stroke found challenging balance with virtual reality games could help patients recover faster after suffering a stroke.

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As the body ages, it can be difficult to continue living an active lifestyle you may have known in your youth.

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As part of an overall health and wellness plan, senior care services can incorporate meditation practices to help older adults ease anxiety, depression and pain, which can be the result of suffering carious medical conditions.

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Senior care services can assist older adults with grocery shopping and meal preparation if they need to lose weight.

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Just because your hair may be a little gray and your joints a little creaky, it doesn't mean you have to give up the activities you love later in life.

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People who had mentally challenging jobs when they were part of the workforce have a lower chance of suffering mental decline while on the job and after retiring, according a study recently published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

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After surviving the polar vortex of the winter of 2013-14, the spring of 2014 is bringing with it a pollen vortex, which means bad news for seniors with allergies.

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In 2013, Bettina McGriggler joined the legions of women entrepreneurs in San Antonio with the launch of an in-home care franchise, Synergy HomeCare of Greater San Antonio

Check out Franchise Partner Bettina McGriggler - she explains why San Antonio is a great place for female entrepreneurs to start a business. 

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Fight MS symptoms with a nutrition-packed diet, and you'll be able to enjoy more day-to-day activities. If you rely on home care for help with your MS symptoms, there are ways to lead a more independent life. With MS, you may experience bone loss, fatigue and weight gain, but a healthy diet could decrease these symptoms. Read below to find out what you can add to your diet to feel better and stay active. 

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Proper nutrition is important at any age, but for seniors it can play an even bigger role in overall health. Including the right foods in an older adult's diet is a critical aspect of senior care.

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While eating ill-prepared or old food is not recommended for anyone, it's of greater importance that seniors, especially those with chronic illnesses, avoid these choices as they are at an increased risk of food poisoning when compared to the younger population.

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Artificial knees have helped seniors treat osteoarthritis and other similar conditions, but new research suggests it's important to remain active after the procedure. A study recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain, Reuters reports.

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Many people enjoy a snack before bed, but does this negatively impact their health? Eating something a couple of hours before bed could reduce the chances of an individual waking from hunger, helping them sleep better. However, choosing an option high in sugar, sodium or fat could increase the chances of weight gain, so it's best to stick to nutritious snacks.

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It's important for senior care providers to be familiar with all the medications their patients are taking. Even if they're taking common prescriptions, the way they interact could have a negative impact on seniors' health. In fact, a recent study from the Mayo Clinic found that a widely used drug could dramatically increase older adults' risk of suffering a fall.

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It's easy to see why anxiety can transfer from caregiver to their loved one. Those being cared for can pick up on the moods of their caregiver, which can lead to a host of greater health issues. As such, it's important for family caregivers to find effective ways to reduce their stress levels, not only for their well-being but for their loved ones as well.

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Nutritious meals are important for keeping seniors healthy, and focusing on meal preparation can be a great way to eat well. As we age, our metabolic rates slow and many older people are not consuming foods and beverages that contain sufficient nutrients. This can lead to chronic fatigue, depression and a weakened immune system. Take a look at these quick tips for eating better and increasing your quality of life as you age.

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As the saying goes “You are what you eat”. For those of us who provide care to others, we know that nutrition is an important part of sustained health, recovery and overall wellness.

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Cancer treatment comes with a variety of undesirable side effects, and many of them impact how a patient eats. Whether it's due to a loss of appetite or nausea, it can be difficult for care providers to make sure their clients are receiving the nutrition they need while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment. This can be challenging, but certain foods can make all the difference.

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A large portion of the baby boomer population is beginning to get older and develop age-related eye diseases. Millions are already struggling with an eye disease and about 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts while another 2.5 million suffer from glaucoma. 

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It's no secret that eating nutritious foods can lower the risk of certain diseases, and researchers have discovered how yogurt in particular offers some unique health benefits.

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Whether caused by a car accident, injury or fall, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can carry a wide variety of side effects. The impact of TBI can vary greatly from person to person as well. While one may experience difficulties understanding language, another may encounter side effects that necessitate in-home care. But wherever a TBI victim falls on the spectrum, it's important for their family to recognize the potential challenges they may face.

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Older adults need to pay more attention to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and other factors that can increase the risk of heart disease. An excellent way to keep these health issues in check is to alter a diet, which senior care services can assist patients with through grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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A recent study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that seniors who sit for extended periods of time each day are more likely to be disabled, regardless of how much time they spend being active.

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Unfortunately the risk of falling increases as people age, and during the winter when snow and ice make everything slick, the chances of slipping get even higher.

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Anxiety can negatively affect many aspects of health, and a new study from the journal Stroke found that men and women who experience anxiety could have a higher risk of suffering a stroke.

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When people dine, they often either rush through their meals or take their time with it. According to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating slower can help people consume less calories and feel full faster, and it can increase energy.

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As with any relationship, the one that you or your loved one has with their in-home senior care professional may take time to develop. Because there will likely be an adjustment period, here are a few ways to make that transition run smoothly.

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For older adults, a heart attack can serve as a serious wake up call to make healthy lifestyle changes. Though it can be difficult for family caregivers to help their loved ones change a lifetime of bad habits, there are some steps they can take to guide their elderly relatives toward living a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

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A new study published in The American Journal of Cardiology found cardiologists overlooked memory issues in almost 50 percent of elderly heart patients.

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Whole grains are an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and senior care servicescan ensure that patients get the recommended amount by assisting with grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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A recent study published in the journal Physical Biology found that a new medical test looking for rare cells in the blood could predict which patients are at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack.

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A recent study published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain found that men and women who suffer from chronic back pain like eating foods high in fat less than others and don't feel satisfied by them.

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A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that caffeine can improve focus and attention as well as short-term memory.

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According to new research, individuals who have worsening glaucoma in only one eye are more likely to sleep with the affected side of their head facing down, and investigators noted that internal pressure is affected by the position of the eye.

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Recent research at the Mayo Clinic has uncovered a stronger link to Alzheimer's and a history of concussions, according to published results recently shared in Neurology.

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A new study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B found that sticking to a consistent daily routine could be associated with better sleep, but only in younger adults.

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system that afflicts more than 10 million Americans, and brings on symptoms that include chronic pain, stiffness and cognitive issues.

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Senior care services can provide a more comfortable way to receive the medical and wellness services that you or your loved one need. Here are a few things to look for.

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Health headlines from 2013 show that last year held many changes, but while the Affordable Care Act may have been a big news story, infectious diseases provided a wide variety of top stories. Even if you are feeling well, it is important for you and your senior home care services personnel to keep these illnesses in mind:

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Herbs such as rosemary and spearmint may help to fight off Alzheimer's by improving learning and memory, according to a study conducted by professionals at Saint Louis University. The enhanced extracts made from special antioxidants in these herbs can reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.

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The health care industry underwent some major changes in 2013, and the upcoming year appears to have a number of transitions on the horizon as well. The Washington Post recently summarized a list from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that posited a number of top care initiatives for 2014, and for at-home senior care, a few will be more pressing than others.

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AARP said that it's becoming common knowledge that organic food and produce is a healthier option because it has fewer pesticides. However, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, organic milk actually has more healthy fatty acids than milk from more conventional farms.

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There are a number of superfoods out there for your loved one to eat in order to help them live a longer, healthier life.

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Tongue twisters are funny to say and can create an entertaining moment when the words get messed up. As it turns out, they may also help with continued successful brain function in older adults.

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Have you ever heard of elderspeak? This is talking to older adults in a “babytalk” way. Even though many caregivers are very conscientious about their tone when they talk to their clients, sometimes elderspeak happens anyway. This can be challenging when you care for an older adult who is hard of hearing, but it’s important to keep some practices in mind when you communicate with your clients.

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Most medications must be taken daily, but the instructions don't always specify what time of day is the best to take them.

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If you're spending a lot of the day watching TV, why not try to get in some exercises while you do it? Physical activity can keep you healthier, build muscles and help improve brain health. 

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, there will come a point when you need to explain to grandchildren what is happening to Grandma or Grandpa.

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A recent study published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A found that balance issues, week lower limbs and poor neck flexibility are some of the complications that lead to an elevated risk of less-safe driving, especially among seniors.

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Frailty is often considered to be a natural part of the aging process, but recent research published in the Journal of Gerontology found that it's actually a medical condition defined by specific symptoms.

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Older adults who suffer from debilitating headaches, such as chronic migraines, could benefit from senior care services to assist with the tasks of daily living as well as help with taking the right dosage of medications when they are experiencing an episode.

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If you want to stay healthy, what you put in your body plays a major role. Aside from getting plenty of water and exercise, you can add some immunity-boosting foods to your diet. 

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Now that the weather is turning colder, the snow and ice will follow. Unfortunately, icy conditions increase the risk of older adults slipping and falling, and possibly suffering a concussion.

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A new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that the average lifespan of an American is 1 year lower than the international average. According to the Washington Post, Americans can expect to live for 78.7 years, 8 years longer than in 1970. 

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The Senate passed the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will give the Food and Drug Administration more power when it comes to policing drug compounding pharmacies, the New York Times reported.

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In-home elder care may help improve a patient's mood more so than staying or recovering in a hospital.

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A four-month study found that individuals with Alzheimer's disease can increase brain function by singing songs from hit musicals, The Guardian reported.

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Back pain doesn't have to be an inevitable part of aging.

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During the month of November, the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations work to spread the word about National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

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As winter approaches, seniors may be preparing their homes in order to prevent falls and avoid other hazards that may result from the colder weather. Aging adults with mobility and other health issues may find winter weather especially challenging. However, by planning ahead, the proper measures can be taken to ensure safety and fall prevention. 

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The most important thing is for family members to make sure to spend plenty of time with their elderly relatives. Of course, this is important during the rest of the year, but once the holidays roll around, why not spend time with them cooking or decorating?

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Although the study's co-author Ifat Levy stated that further research is needed to directly connect the measures to real-life behavior, the ability of seniors to consider risk when it comes to their finances is still the issue at consideration, the source reported

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently completed a study on the possibility of a connection between lack of sleep and Alzheimer's disease

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If you want to add whole grains to your diet, consider these six choices to give you optimum health benefits and possibly even reduce your risk of cancer. 

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After suffering an injury or medical condition, some patients are prescribed music therapy. This form of rehabilitation uses music to help individuals socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally or developmentally. 

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It's important to make your health a priority, especially as you age. Being older makes you more susceptible to illnesses that could require senior care services. Staying strong mentally and physically and eating a well-balanced diet are crucial. 

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The latest Global AgeWatch Index by the United Nations Population Fund determined the best and worst countries in the world for the elderly. According to the study, the U.S. is No. 8 in the world for the well-being of aging adults.

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From snowstorms to hurricanes, emergency situations are dangerous for everyone, but that is especially true for older adults and those who require home care. Treacherous weather can make it difficult for senior care providers to know their patients are safe, but there are some steps they can take beforehand to help ensure they make it through the event without incident.

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Individuals can reduce their risk of diabetes by making a number of lifestyle changes including a healthy diet, exercise and maintaining a consistent weight. Approximately 24 million Americans have diabetes and the number of individuals with Type 2 continues to increase at an alarming rate.

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Having an older relative who is perpetually in a bad mood and resistant to assistance is one of the greatest challenges facing family caregivers. It may seem impossible to improve his or her mental well-being, but recognizing what could be the root source of his or her poor attitude could help make the caregiving process a bit easier, and also improve overall health.

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Although 62 has long been seen as the normal retirement age, there are several reasons why 70 might be even better. 

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Although thousands of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year, there are things you can do that may decrease your chances of being one of them. While there may be no way to completely rule out your chances of developing breast cancer, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help lower the risk. 

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Hip injuries can be very troublesome for seniors. Whether a fracture or a break, the recovery process is often lengthy and can significantly hinder an older adult's mobility. Such events impact everyone a bit differently, so while one person might need extensive physical therapy and home care, another might be able to recover on his or her own, and family caregivers can help make the decision on which route is best.

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Caring for an elderly family member can undoubtedly be a stressful undertaking. There are many responsibilities that fall on caregivers' shoulders, and having to see a parent or grandparent battle a chronic illness can take its toll as well. The combination of stressors can lead to caregiver burnout or depression, but there are ways to prevent those conditions.

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Bone and Joint Health National Awareness week is an annual global event held from October 12 through 20. The activities of this event include attention to disorders such as arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. 

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Reaching the milestone age of 50 doesn't have to be a downer, it can be one of the best and healthiest times of your life. If you want to live life to the fullest once reaching 50, there are things you can do to ensure your overall well-being.

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It could be due to a chronic illness, an injury or a fall within the home, but there comes a time when many adult children recognize that their elderly parent needs senior care. While it may be easy to recognize their need for assistance around the house, choosing the right professional caregiver can be difficult, but there are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Fall means flu season and you can do more than just get vaccinated to decrease your chances of getting sick. To really stave off the illness, eat these natural flu-fighting foods.

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For patients who have Medicare, it's becoming easier to find health care providers and senior care services that can offer help they need. More doctors are accepting Medicare patients compared to years past, the Department of Health and Human Services reported.

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Women who suffer from stress during middle age may have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, Bloomberg reported. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden published the results of a study that spanned nearly 40 years and found that psychological stress is associated with a 21 percent greater risk of developing the disease. 

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Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage have become more mainstream in many different disciplines, and that includes cancer treatment. A growing number of doctors are offering such therapies to cancer patients in addition to more conventional treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy, according to NBC Nightly News.

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Doctors recommend anyone who is 6 months or older get a flu shot, even older adults. Since the flu evolves every year and different strains are more prominent than others, an annual vaccination is best. As fall marks the start of flu season, Americans are encouraged to get protected early. 

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A new study by researchers at the University of Northumbria and published in the journal BMJ Open found that older adults are more likely to stick to an exercise plan prescribed by their doctor than younger patients.

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SYNERGY HomeCare was honored to present the 2013 Caregiver of the Year award to Siling Zhu, a caregiver for our San Mateo, California location. This award is the highest honor a caregiver can earn with SYNERGY HomeCare. Siling was flown out to the Annual Franchise Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she received her award in front of the entire SYNERGY HomeCare system.

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We are excited to highlight Caregiver Excellence award winner, Julianna Chaffee. A breast Cancer survivor, Julianne is one of the stars of the caregiving staff at the Upland, California location of SYNERGY HomeCare. In the past nine months, Julianna has worked 225 shifts and logged 1,325 hours for 14 clients, five of them on a regular basis. Thank you Julianna for always being mindful of ways to enrich the lives of your clients.

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Keeping your brain on top of its game and healthy is important for aging adults. While at-home senior care can help with incorporating the right foods into you or your loved one's diet, it's good to know what foods will benefit the brain.

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Coping with the death of a loved one is always difficult, but when a senior loses a spouse, his or her adult children may have to worry about their parent's mental well-being. Aside from being concerned about their ability to move on, family caregivers often have to address the feelings of loneliness that come with the loss of a spouse, so it's important to recognize some of the personality changes that may accompany a spouse's death.

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If you noticed that you've been feeling down and a little out of it lately, there are things you can do to feel both happier and healthier. Your mood can have a significant impact on your overall health, so it's important to remember that these two really go hand-in-hand. 

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As you age, there are different illnesses and issues to look out for that could be problematic. Although the body changes with age, there's no reason you can't enjoy your life to the fullest while being conscious of your health. Read below for more information about what to expect as you age and how to live a long and happy life. 

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The concept of successful aging can vary considerably from person to person. While some may place an emphasis on staying physically active, others are more concerned with maintaining a high level of mental acuity. Regardless of what older adults value, experts say that their attitude toward aging is what plays the biggest role in determining their quality of life.

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Having a parent who needs Alzheimer's care is challenging. It demands a lot of physical and emotional energy from you and you'll find yourself giving more and more as the disease progresses. As time goes on, it is easy to feel burnt out and frustrated.

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Government officials estimate that almost 70 percent of Americans will require the use of long-term care at some point in their lives, but new findings suggest that many of them are not doing the things they need to ensure they get the care they need should any health issues arise, according to The Associated Press.

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Maintaining good balance and strength as you age can be difficult, especially if you have home care for conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

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It's no secret that pets can bring joy to a person's life. May is National Pet Month, and scientific evidence proves that having a furry friend can provide more than just happiness.

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Older adults who want to live and maintain healthy lifestyles shouldn't be afraid to ask their doctor or senior care services provider questions. Not only will you or your loved one be more in the know about what you could and should be doing to stay healthy but you'll build a stronger relationship with your physician.

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Because of the many changes that can happen to a man's body as he ages, it's important to ask a doctor or a professional providing home care for seniors any questions about symptoms that are out of the ordinary. 

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According to researchers at Cork University in Ireland, blood pressure drugs may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's and even boost cognitive abilities

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One of the most common hazards someone in need of Alzheimer's care faces is the potential for wandering. Wandering can occur as either a side effect of medicine or because of an environmental trigger or a vague memory.

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Your body knows best when it comes to health, and when you or your loved one begin developing symptoms, there are some that should not be ignored. For example, getting sudden, intense headaches can signal a number of health problems making a doctor's appointment necessary so conditions such as cardiac cephalgia, meningitis and temporal arteritis can be ruled out.

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President Obama's Affordable Care Act goes into effect January 1, 2014. The law will expand health care benefits to the 55 million Americans without health coverage. It also increases benefits for those who are underinsured, including seniors.

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Amy Goyer, AARP's home and family expert, is a caregiver to her parents. There was a point in time when she needed to develop a caregiving team. Trying to care for her parents kept her from taking care of herself, so she made a list of everyone who helps her so she could support her parents. 

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Coming home after total knee replacement surgery can be difficult on you and your loved one.Senior care services can help you assist your loved one with day-to-day activities as well as the recovery process.

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With age comes weaker joints and, according to Cooking Light, there are about 21 million adults living with osteoarthritis. This condition includes achy joints and can even cause pain that may leave your loved one unable to get up from the couch.

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Coming home after total knee replacement surgery can be difficult on you and your loved one. Senior care services can help you assist your loved one with day-to-day activities as well as the recovery process.

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It's important for seniors to keep their immune systems in tip-top shape to avoid getting sick. By sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough rest, senior citizens can boost their quality of life and rely less on home care for day-to-day activities. Read below for some easy tips on how to keep your immune system healthy and enjoy more of life's events. 

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As your or a loved one age, it can be hard to take care of things as well as you did in the past. It can be hard to tell when it's time to ask for help or start looking into in home care agencies, but if you are aware of the warning signs, you can be proactive in talking to your family about your concerns for yourself or a loved one.

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Researchers from National Taiwan Hospital have reported that there may be a link between taking fat-soluble statins and a lower risk for Parkinson's disease. Statins are drugs that are used to manage cholesterol levels in the liver. 

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The Buddy Program, as it is called, has produced 167 pairs and has benefited both the students and their mentors. For students, they are able to experience the struggles faced by Alzheimer's patients, their families and their caregivers through a weekly meeting where they can talk with them about their experiences or challenges with the disease.

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At some point, travel can become too disorienting or stressful for your loved one, but that doesn't mean that vacationing has to completely come to an end. You and your loved one can share in remembering past trips by recreating the sights or sounds right in the safe and familiar setting of your home.

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Taking good care of teeth never stops being important. However, this can become difficult for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. As the disease progresses, your clients may become more and more forgetful about brushing their teeth and may be resistant to letting their family do it for them.

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Incorporating music as a part of Alzheimer's care services can help ease the challenges that accompany the disease. Music can be used to effectively alter your client's mood, manage agitation caused by stress and activate the brain's cognitive abilities. It can also help with motor skills because the rhythmic patterns can evoke subconscious memories. Music isn't only soothing for the person with Alzheimer's disease either. Caregivers and family members can also benefit from the stress-relieving properties of music therapy.

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In order for your clients to have the best change at survival and recovery after a stroke, it's extremely important to know the signs of one. Being able to identify when your client is having a stroke allows for you to immediately call for help. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, receiving treatment within 60 minutes of the stroke's onset could prevent disability.

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A recent study conducted by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Brain revealed that there are strong connections between cerebrovascular disease and the development of dementia such as Alzheimer's.

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While vacations are a time to relax and escape from the stressors of daily life, it is still important to be aware of the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease. Traveling away from home could possibly make the signs more noticeable.

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Heart attacks impact about 1 million people every year, and those that survive often face significant lifestyle changes. This is especially true for senior care providers whose patients have suffered a heart attack. The event places a greater emphasis on tailoring care and taking steps to lower the risk of an additional cardiovascular issue.

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An elderly parent's aging process can be difficult for not only you and your siblings, but also for your parent. While you may realize that your parent now needs in-home senior care, it can be difficult for your mom or dad to admit that she or he needs help. 

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Early diagnosis is often the key to effectively treating most healthy conditions, and new research from the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic found that a simple breath test might be able to accurately diagnose heart disease. While the study is still in its earliest stages, experts are hopeful the results could be a breakthrough in cardiovascular health management.

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Summer is a popular time of the year for family reunions. If you or someone you love is in the early stages of Alzheimer's or receiving in home elder care as the condition progresses, it is important to talk to children about what is happening to their grandparent or other family member before the reunion.

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Seniors undergo surgery for a wide variety of reasons. Whether they went under the knife for joint replacement or for more medical reasons, it's important for both seniors and their family caregivers to take steps to ensure that surgery goes smoothly. There are several things to keep in mind in the days and weeks leading up to the procedure, experts say.

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Anyone with elderly parents knows how much they value their independence. Combined with the desire to age in place, the focus on independent living may make them hesitant to accept any outside help or home care, even if they have shown signs they need assistance around the house. It can be challenging, but family caregivers can help change their perceptions by going over the wide variety of home care options.

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A study from West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, found that exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) found in items like nonstick cookware, microwave popcorn and food wrappers could cause cardiovascular disease. Those seeking home care for heart conditions should avoid the chemical and limit exposure to items that are high in PFOA.

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The sun is shining and the air is warm. Summer is finally here, and with it often comes the desire to spend more time outdoors. While the fresh air and sun exposure (while wearing appropriate levels of SPF) are good for your wellbeing, it is important to pay closer attention to yourself or a loved one to prevent heat-related illnesses, especially heat stroke. 

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A test that has been used in the past to measure a toxin in people who smoke or use tobacco is now being used to measure this same substance in people with spinal injuries... 

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Although family history, sex and age are key factors that add to your risk of heart disease, there are easy prevention tips that can delay the onset of this ailment...

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Hot summer days can help seniors with home care get out and enjoy the fresh air, but it can also cause exhaustion and dehydration. As you age, you may have decreased sensitivity to heat and might not realize when you’re thirsty or have spent too much time in the sun. Read below for the best ways to stay safe during a hot day and avoid dangerous situations that could affect your health. 

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Memory loss can be a big factor to cope with when you have Alzheimer’s disease. However, proactive planning and seeking out Alzheimer’s care can help prevent components of the disease, like wandering and confusion. 

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Prevent falls and keep safety a priority in your home. For those who require senior care, having the proper tools to deal with emergency situations is essential...

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Keeping fit as you age can improve your health and quality of life. However, balance and coordination can be affected by aging, and changing your fitness routine to reflect your needs is important...

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the majority of people living with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. This common form of dementia is also one of the greatest known risk factors that accompanies increasing age. While researchers are still working on a cure, there has been research behind various diet choices that have been linked to memory health and the prevention of Alzheimer’s. 

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For many stroke victims, recovery is a lifelong process and includes mental, physical and emotional rehabilitation. It can also present some safety challenges around the home, and that is especially true in the kitchen. However, there are some steps families and professional caregivers can take to make sure the kitchen is safe after a stroke recovery. 

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A study from the New England Journal of Medicine may hold the key to a safe form of Parkinson’s care that also benefits the body and mind. Tai chi, a form of exercise consisting of gentle, flowing movements, has been used to treat stress and other ailments in the past, and now those with Parkinson’s disease may benefit from this ancient Chinese tradition. 

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Mayo Clinic researchers in Rochester, Minn., said that blood tests could be a new way to detect Alzheimer’s disease. This strategy could be helpful toward getting people with the disease adequate Alzheimer’s care. According to the study, researchers analyzed plasma and brain fluid from 45 people, 15 of whom had cognitive impairments and 15 who had Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Vision problems are common among seniors for a number of reasons. Whether it is age-related macular degeneration, cataracts or glaucoma, living with impaired vision can be a challenge for older adults and caregivers alike, but there are some ways to help them maintain their independence. 

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May 29 marks the 20th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day, with events going on throughout the nation at health clubs, retirement communities and other public places.

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Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, found that breathing in secondhand smoke could raise a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. To take preventative measures and delay Alzheimer’s care, researchers recommend avoiding secondhand smoke. 

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There are ways to lower stress levels as you age, even when faced with important decisions. Stress can cause many health issues, and can even cause depression. There are ways to lessen your feelings of stress and anxiety and live a healthier, happier life. Read below for easy stress-relieving tips. 

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Enjoying the outdoors during the spring and summer months is important for people of all ages. Although elders may have limited mobility, it is important that those receiving senior care get outside for the mood-boosting effects that go along with it. Studies also show that getting outside can prevent sleep disorders and chronic pain, according to Agingcare.com. 

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A new study showed that getting fit in middle age could prevent heart disease. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center studied 9,050 men and women with an average age of 48 who were given two fitness tests eight years apart. Results showed that those who improved their fitness routine were at lower risk for heart failure later in life. 

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A recent study from the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute raised some eyebrows when it revealed that approximately 46 percent of family caregivers perform some medical or nursing task around the house. Now, new information is coming to light that suggests there may not be enough training available to family members, The New York Times reports. 

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Arthritis is among the most common conditions facing older adults, with approximately one in five seniors experiencing symptoms. The pain and inflammation associated with arthritis can certainly be disruptive, but personal care providers can help seniors reduce some of it by focusing on preparing some specific foods. 

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Addressing physical ailments is a key component of senior care, but it’s also important to pay attention to older adults’ mental well-being. In fact, an estimated 6.5 million people 65 and older have depression, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Despite this high prevalence, experts have noticed that seniors have become increasingly likely to seek out therapy, according to The New York Times. 

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April is recognized across the country as Parkinson’s Awareness Month and for those responsible for the care of a loved one with the condition, it may serve as a good time to evaluate how they provide care. This is especially true when it comes to looking at their living environment, as there are many small changes Parkinson’s care providers can make to help their loved one live more independently. 

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Fish have long been recognized as one of the healthiest foods for seniors thanks in large part to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, and now new research from the Harvard School of Public Health sheds light on just how true that is. Scientists discovered that adults 65 and older who had more fish such as salmon and albacore tuna in their diet increased their lifespan by an average of 2.2 years. 

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Alzheimer’s care has many different facets. Everything from providing memory boosting activities to making adjustments around the house play a role, and diet can have an impact as well. Coconut oil in particular has attracted a great deal of attention when it comes to managing the condition, as experts have long found it could even treat other diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. 

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Whether it’s for an injury, illness or surgery, being admitted to the hospital is sometimes unavoidable. However, making a return trip within 30 days can often be prevented, yet an estimated 20 percent of Medicare patients do just that. Not only does this trend have a negative impact on patients’ health, it costs the healthcare system billions of dollars each year, but a smart approach for transitioning from the hospital to a home care setting can lower the risk of readmission. 

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With spring in full swing, most people are itching to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperature and longer hours of daylight. However, for seniors, heading outside can be more important than simply stepping out after a long winter stuck inside. Whether it is walking around the neighborhood, gardening or anything in between, spending time outdoors offers a host of health benefits, and caregivers should take steps to encourage their loved ones to do so. 

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Home care can be a big help to seniors and their families. Skilled professionals can assist older adults with activities of daily living, while their loved ones can be offered some peace of mind. Despite the benefits, sometimes seniors may be resistant to welcoming a new person into their house, but there are some steps that family members can take to make the transition as easy as possible

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Having a loved one in the hospital can be very stressful, and repeat hospital stays make your caregiving experience seem like an emotional rollercoaster. Bringing your loved one home is a relief, but it can cause a lot of worry. What can you do to keep your loved one at home and ensure their well-being? Here are seven actions that can make the difference between continuing recovery at home and returning to the hospital. 

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Fish have long been recognized as one of the healthiest foods for seniors thanks in large part to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, and now new research from the Harvard School of Public Health sheds light on just how true that is. Scientists discovered that adults 65 and older who had more fish such as salmon and albacore tuna in their diet increased their lifespan by an average of 2.2 years. 

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With spring in full swing, most people are itching to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperature and longer hours of daylight. However, for seniors, heading outside can be more important than simply stepping out after a long winter stuck inside. Whether it is walking around the neighborhood, gardening or anything in between, spending time outdoors offers a host of health benefits, and caregivers should take steps to encourage their loved ones to do so. 

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Providing companionship is important for seniors who live alone. According to the National Academy of Sciences, loneliness takes its toll on happiness and well-being. Companionship can be the way that seniors and their family members have good quality of life. 

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Alternative treatments have become popular options for a host of senior health issues. Everything from acupuncture to deep tissue massage has proven to offer effective relief for a number of conditions, and when it comes to heart disease some experts say that yoga may be one of the best choices. 

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Vitamin D plays an important role in senior health, and sunlight has long been recognized as one of the best sources of the vital nutrient. A new study only strengthens the relationship between vitamin D and well-being, as researchers discovered that spending time in the sun may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. 

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Audrie Hanshaw was hired as a caregiver for SYNERGY HomeCare’s Cleveland, OH office on August 4, 2010. Throughout Audrie’s employment she has exhibited those qualities we admire most in a caregiver. She has been assigned some of the office’s most difficult cases because we are confident in her skills and her ability to handle them with grace and professionalism. 

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Springtime is one of the most enjoyable seasons to be outside. This is a great time to soak up the beautiful weather, fresh air and sunlight before the summer heat rolls in. After months of being cooped up inside during the winter, people of all ages like to be out-of-doors. Many seniors are hesitant to go outside because they are worried about falling or catching cold. With your help, you and your clients can take advantage of the spring season. 

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Researchers are continually looking for effective drug treatments for Alzheimer’s patients, but they often face significant challenges in getting them approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the agency recently announced it will be changing its guidelines to ease the approval process and potentially change the face of Alzheimer’s care, The New York Times reports. 

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March is recognized as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and it serves as a good time for home care providers alike to re-evaluate what their clients are eating. Healthy eating is an important part of elderly individuals’ well-being, and there are a few things senior caregivers should focus on when devising meals for their patients. 

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When a loved one sustains a traumatic brain injury during a fall or other accident, it can be difficult to know how to best care for them. Researchers have only begun to uncover the basics of brain function, leaving much unknown about this essential organ. This makes any brain injury especially scary for family caregivers and their loved ones. As much as they try to prevent the accidents that lead to brain injuries, they can still happen. Here are the best things to do when brain injuries happen.

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An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and there are a wide variety of treatment methods available. However, one area of therapy that has gone relatively unexplored is alternative treatment, yet some experts say that such treatments can have a significant impact on patients’ recoveries.

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There are many different facets to stroke recovery. Depending on the severity of the incident, stroke victims may have to regain mobility, relearn how to speak clearly and overcome bouts of depression. While managing the symptoms of stroke is key, it’s also important to take steps to reduce the risk of suffering a second one, and there are a variety of ways home care providers can help their patients do so, according to the National Stroke Association (NSA). 

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Alternative therapies have become popular among a large part of the population in recent years. Treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, massage and even lifestyle changes have been used to combat myriad medical conditions. Though some may question their effectiveness, the methods may offer benefits when it comes to senior care, especially helping manage heart disease.

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Many seniors would prefer to live at home for as long as possible, and as the average lifespan has increased in recent years, and more people are getting healthier and living longer, this is a viable option for a number of older adults. Certain illnesses and other health conditions, such as dementia or rheumatoid arthritis, may have once made it difficult for an aging adult to live at home, but there are many senior home care options that facilitate independent living. 

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February is recognized as Heart Health Month in the United States, and although it’s important for senior care providers to focus on the cardiovascular well-being of their patients all year, they may want to recommit themselves to doing so this month. Seniors are often at a greater risk for heart issues during the winter months, and there are some steps senior caregivers can take to helping protect them from such incidents. 

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There are many seniors and family caregivers who want more independence, but do not know exactly how to attain it. Falls, hospital stays, mobility troubles, joint pain; these are all common symptoms of advancing age. Having the right kind of help can be the deciding factor in regaining valuable independence. Oftentimes seniors don’t need medical care, but they do need a little bit of non-medical attention. 

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With February recognized as American Heart Health Month, senior care providers may be on especially high alert for preventing some of the most serious cardiovascular conditions facing older adults, and that includes stroke. There are a number of ways for caregivers to help the elderly reduce their risk of a stroke, and many of them are easy to implement. 

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It’s not uncommon for aging parents to move into their child’s home. The arrangement can not only save money, but can also help adult children stay more closely involved with the health and well-being of their older loved ones. Though it may seem like a mutually beneficial setup, some seniors may be hesitant to leave their house, and it’s important to understand why. 

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New research performed at the University of California in San Diego found that even the smallest of strokes can have significant damage on the brain, while possibly causing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. However, a drug may be able to stave off the illness and keep cognitive function intact. 

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Anybody who has spent time with elderly family members knows how much they value their independence. Even when medical conditions, surgery or osteoarthritis have made it more difficult to get around, aging in place and doing things by themselves is important to seniors, and home care can help them maintain their ability to do so.

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At SYNERGY HomeCare, know that seniors highly value their independence. Even while experiencing the physical effects of aging, such as loss of strength, mobility, memory and sensory sensitivity, there are ways to protect and promote the independence of seniors. After all, bodies do get older, but personalities often stay young. In observance of Senior Independence Month in February, here are a few ways that home care can help. 

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Cancer treatment can differ greatly from patient to patient. While some people may experience only mild symptoms, others may encounter some that can be quite debilitating and necessitate the use of in-home care. Although family caregivers can often lend a hand around the home, sometimes they can’t always be there, and personal care providers can help fill the gaps. 

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One of the biggest challenges posed by Parkinson’s disease is that there’s no surefire test to diagnose the condition. However, new research suggests that looking at a patient’s salivary glands could offer some insight into whether he or she has the disease earlier than ever before.

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Being readmitted to the hospital is a common health risk among older adults. Some statistics show that as many as one-fifth of seniors are re-hospitalized within 30 days of returning home, usually with a different condition than they were originally admitted for. When an elderly loved one comes home from the hospital, whether it is after a prolonged illness or injury, it’s important for family members to take steps to provide the best senior care possible. 

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High blood pressure poses a serious health risk to many older adults. Although it is often hard to identify because there are so few symptoms, having a blood pressure reading above the recommended level can raise a senior’s risk of a number of conditions, including heart disease, hardened arteries or even aneurysms. Given the risks, it’s important for senior care providers to help their patients manage their blood pressure. 

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A healthy diet is a cornerstone of senior living, but sometimes family members may notice their older relative is not eating as much as he or she should. There are a number of reasons why your senior loved one may have a smaller appetite than in years past, and recognizing the underlying cause could improve senior care. 

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Being a caregiver for your loved one can be extremely rewarding. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we work with many family caregivers like you, so we know the happiness you feel when the person in your care has a good day. We also know the fulfillment that comes from helping another person. As you look after your family member, you may look for ways to grow in your role as a family caregiver, and we are here to help you every step of the way. As we look forward to 2013, we would like to share 13 attributes of great family caregivers. 

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It’s important to many seniors to stay in their home as they age, but chronic conditions and injuries can sometimes make that difficult. Home care has helped elderly individuals age in place, but there are many decisions for family caregivers to make when it comes to selecting the right level of care, including the duration of the assistance. 

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The biggest issue many seniors have with home care is the idea that it’s a loss of independence. Not only that, but they feel there is a stigma attached to any sort of assistance around the house.

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Caring for an elderly parent is certainly no easy task, but the challenges can be even greater if the caregivers received no help from their siblings or other family members. It may be difficult to ask for assistance – even if it just comes in the form of emotional support, it’s important not to go it alone. 

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Pain and depression are two of the most common health issues facing seniors, and there is considerable evidence that the conditions may be closely linked. While it’s not clear whether pain is caused by feelings of depression or vice versa, it’s important that senior care providers recognize the relationship between the two. 

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Though most people view holidays simply as a time to be with their family, the situation is a bit different for long distance caregivers. Coming home and visiting older relatives offers the chance to take stock of their particular needs around the home, and experts say there are a few changes that could signal an older adult may necessitate more assistance. 

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Hearing loss is one of the most common issues facing older adults, with approximately 47 percent of people 75 and older experiencing some form of hearing impairment. Auditory issues can be caused by everything from heredity and excessive noise to aging and disease, but whatever the reason, hearing problems can certainly make things difficult for family members and home care providers. However, there are a few steps one can take to reduce challenges caused by hearing loss. 

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Staying physically active later in life is a cornerstone of healthy aging, and a new study suggests that older adults can reap considerable cognitive benefits. Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand found a distinct correlation between aerobic activity and an improvement in certain areas of brain function.

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When you live far away from your family, making holiday trips to see them is exciting. Keeping in touch with family is easy through phone calls and Skype, but there’s nothing like an in-person visit to really see how they are doing. While staying with your senior loved one, you may notice some changes in their well being. How do you know that your elder relative needs help? Here are some specific things to look for.

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The holiday season is a time for giving, and the best gifts for a caregiver can take some of the pressure off throughout the year. It can be difficult for caregivers to ask for help, but creating a wishlist around … 

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects millions of people across the globe, and a group of researchers believe they have made a significant breakthrough in finding a treatment for the disease. Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes have discovered a potential neurological trigger for MS, an encouraging step in the fight against the condition.

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Winter presents a number of senior health challenges. Though some are well known, others may be less apparent. Falls and hypothermia are common, but there are certain conditions senior care providers should be on the lookout for. 

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As the holiday season approaches, many caregivers may be considering travel plans to visit family and friends in different cities or states. If you are traveling with a loved one who is elderly or disabled, it’s a good idea for caregivers to plan this travel well in advance to make the trip easier for everyone involved. 

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The holidays are often a stressful time, and that’s especially true for someone caring for an elderly loved one. The additional of cooking, having relatives come from out of town and finding time to go Christmas shopping can add up, but making use of respite care can help alleviate caused by caregiving during the holiday season.

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Providing care to someone with Alzheimer’s takes a lot of heart. If you are a family caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you know firsthand the heartbreak of seeing their mental health decline. As you continue caring with …

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Both resources are free and designed to help users provide better care to their family members. For instance, the Alzheimer’s Navigator relies on a survey that caregivers can take to provide them with tips ranging from financial planning to helping their loved ones complete daily activities. 

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Alzheimer’s and dementia are well-known diseases that affect people’s lives as they age. Supporting people with memory inhibiting diseases is something we do every day. We see the challenges that Alzheimer’s causes on every front, and are here to provide …

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Hurricane Sandy Highlights Vulnerability of Senior Population As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated earlier this month, natural disasters can cause a number of unforeseen circumstances, and that is especially true when it comes to senior care. Older adults are often hit harder … 

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At first glance, nutritional drinks or supplemental shakes may seem like a good way for older adults to replace meals they may not be eating. However, senior health experts say that substituting drinks for meals can actually pose a risk to senior health, according to AgingCare.com. 

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The best way to combat glaucoma is for older adults and care providers to stay ahead of the condition. While the damage to the optic nerve is permanent, recognizing risk factors and getting the disease diagnosed early can allow doctors to slow its progression. 

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Winter poses unique challenges to people of all ages, but that is especially true for older adults. Everything from cold weather to slippery walkways can be dangerous, and sometimes it’s up to senior care providers to take steps to help older adults stay safe once winter arrives.

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Parkinson’s affects approximately 1 million Americans, and experts estimate that about 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It can be difficult to identify the most subtle early signs of the disease, but new research suggests something as simple as voice recording may be able to diagnose the condition, according to The Daily Mail. 

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For many seniors, maintaining the ability to drive is key to an independent lifestyle, but sometimes anything from loss of vision to disability can get in the way. While having to give up the keys can certainly be a step back, there are a number of ways family caregivers can help their loved ones keep their independence. 

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Home is one of the most personalized places. It is where you can relax, and where you keep your belongings. What you do in your home: what you say, what you eat, who you spend time with; it’s all personal. One of the unique opportunities we have when providing home care is that we get to provide care for people in their homes. While we customize our care plans to meet each individual’s needs, our work becomes personalized when we enter their home and become part of their life.

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Living with arthritis can be difficult for seniors, especially for those who are used to a more active way of life. While certainly a painful condition, there are a variety of ways home care providers can help seniors manage and reduce the discomfort caused by arthritis, and it starts with making changes to their lifestyle. 

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A lack of physical activity has long been tied to a host of healthy conditions, but a new study suggests simply sitting for too long can raise the risk of a number of issues common to older adults. The findings, out of the University of Leicester, found that sitting for long periods is associated with diabetes, heart disease and death.

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Solanezumab, a once-promising Alzheimer’s drug, hit a snag when tests showed it didn’t slow the progression of the disease as much as originally thought. However, researchers looked at combined results of a pair of different studies and found that in patients with mild forms of the disease, it may work better than earlier research indicated, The New York Times reports. 

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and a heart attack is one of the most common forms. Recovering from a heart attack can be a difficult process, but being familiar with the challenges can make the process go smoother, and help family and professional caregivers be more equipped to meet the obstacles.

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Oftentimes when people think of in-home care, they imagine a caregiver who never leaves their client’s side. While this type of care is a need for some people, it is not the reality for all who require in-home assistance. So, when potential clients consider seeking out SYNERGY HomeCare’s expert services, they inevitably take into account how much in-home care is actually necessary for themselves or their family members in order to determine if in-home care makes sense for their family. 

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Chances are, caregiving comes so naturally to you that you don’t realize how stressful it has become. Like any part of life, you have good days where everything runs smoothly, but you also have bad days when you will feel stretched too thin to function. What if every day could be a good day? Here is our tip of the month: take advantage of respite care services. 

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With longer life expectancy comes a greater need for senior care. According to the University of Chicago “as more people reach their 80s and 90s, the number of elderly needing assistance with daily living increases, along with the responsibilities of those who provide care for them”. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we make this responsibility one of our highest priorities. 

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When most people think of safety awareness they think of fire drills at school, refresher courses on the rules of the road, or themed weeks designed to bring attention to safety in the workplace. What most people don’t think of is how these same dangers can also occur in their homes.

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Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a round-the-clock responsibility. The effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia require patience, understanding and thoughtfulness on the part of you, the family caregiver. Whatever your loved one may forget, you need to remember. From medication reminders to turning off the stove, Alzheimer’s caregiving puts a big strain on you. With the well being of your senior loved one on the line, you want helpful information at your fingertips to help you provide the best care and cope with your emotional and physical needs. Here are a few sites to help. 

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Time to celebrate: today is Senior Citizens Day! Since 1988, people across the country have taken this day to remember their elders and spend time with seniors. 

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There are several universal truths about people with Alzheimer’s disease. One of these is that they will constantly get their facts wrong. The knee-jerk reaction to this is to correct the person. “No, Daddy’s been dead for 5 years,” or “You can’t be hungry! You just had your breakfast!” or “You KNOW we’re going to the doctor today! I told you 5 minutes ago.” 

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2012 edition of Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, currently “5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.” The annual report also states that an “estimated 800,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s (one in eight), live alone…and up to half of them do not have an identifiable caregiver.”

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Last month Debbie, a family caregiver and mother of three in Wisconsin went to check on her elderly father, John. Debbie was concerned when there was no response at the front door and used her spare key to enter John’s home. She found him lying on the kitchen floor, unable to get up after falling. Luckily, Debbie found him a short time after his fall, and a trip to the hospital showed no broken bones. However, John’s right arm and leg were hurt, and we would need to stay in a wheelchair and wear a sling for a few days.

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At SYNERGY HomeCare, we talk a lot about matching the people we serve with the perfect caregivers. You may wonder exactly how we find the ideal caregiver for each individual in our care. There are a few different ways we ensure that we have a caregiver for you and your needs.

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Life can be stressful, and that’s why we’re grateful for Simplify Your Life week; an entire week to get organized and do things to make your life more relaxed. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we enter the homes of many families experiencing complex, high-stress lifestyles. Many times, having a caregiver has a simplifying effect for these families.

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Do you have an amazing SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver? We are accepting nominations for the 2012 Caregiver of the Year, and we want to hear about how a SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver has made a difference in your life. 

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Caring for aging relatives is a big part of life for many members of the baby boomer generation. Family caregivers like you drive loved ones to doctor appointments, ensure their comfort, and are the first responders in an emergency. This frequent interaction with elderly people and their challenges with everyday life can seem like a flash forward to your own senior years. Helping a loved one today is a reminder of what you may need in 20 or 30 years. Baby boomers are shaping the future in many ways, and one of them is in the senior care arena. Here are some services that will help you to be a family caregiver today while as well as prepare for your future.

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There are approximately 78 million baby boomers living in the U.S., and they began turning 65 last year. In previous generations, the mid-60s were years that marked retirement. However when their lives are (traditionally) supposed to become easier, baby boomers instead experience an increase in workload and stress levels. Between paying the bills, securing retirement plans and caring for family, what is in place to make sure that baby boomers are healthy, happy and ready to live comfortable and independent lives during their senior years 

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We are excited to once again celebrate the Fourth of July on the SYNERGY HomeCare blog! Independence Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our nation. For us at SYNERGY HomeCare, it is a time to renew our commitment to help people of all ages become more independent. Each day, we help veterans, seniors, children with special needs, and many other people to increase their confidence self-reliance. This Fourth of July, we would like to revisit some of our previous posts about independenc 

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June is dedicated to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we serve many veterans and others who have PTSD. We know many family caregivers like you who wonder what they can do to help their loved ones who have this condition. 

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Falling in the home is not just a concern for seniors- they can be dangerous to people of all ages. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities. Inspired by the NSC and National Safety Month, here are some quick and easy tips to make your home safe. 

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A great caregiver is the most important component of home care. Our caregivers go the extra mile to make sure that the person (or family) they serve is safe, healthy and happy. 

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Every year on Father’s Day, millions of Americans give greeting cards and gifts in the form of barbeque grills and baseball tickets to fathers and husbands across the nation. In lieu of sending a hand-written card to every one of the country’s hard working family men, we’d like to offer up this letter of appreciation. 

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Dear Friends and Families, Our caregivers are important to us at SYNERGY HomeCare, and we are proud to dedicate this newsletter to them. At more than 20,000 strong, our national careTEAM represents a group of dedicated and compassionate people who … 

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Coming up on June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a great day to get involved in the health of people of all ages around the globe. While SYNERGY HomeCare does not provide blood transfusions or collect blood donations, we work with many people who have relied on transfusions after injuries and during medical procedures. With the contributions of blood donors, the people we care for can have a better chance to live longer, healthier lives. 

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Some of us have the best of intentions when it comes to our plans to complete our advance directives or start the advance care planning process with our families. But, our intentions to plan for the medical unknown are often waylaid by our fears or what we perceive to be our loved ones’ fears of discussing such things. 

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To all veterans: SYNERGY HomeCare thanks you for the many sacrifices you have made. 

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Daily living can be hectic and stressful, causing many of us to become tired, and even exhausted. For people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), these symptoms go to a different level. There are varying degrees of CFS, but it causes much discomfort for people experiencing its effects. Home care can be a great solution for people with CFS and their family caregivers. 

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Since May is National Arthritis Month, we would like to take this time to talk to people who care for a loved one with arthritis. This painful condition is common among many senior citizens, and is cause by inflammation of the joints. Though there are many types of arthritis, there are a few caregiving skills that will increase happiness, independence and comfort for you and your loved one. 

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No matter their age or needs, most people want the ability and freedom to do what they want. Independence becomes more treasured when a person becomes sick, immobile or forgetful. Switching roles, you may feel that you sacrificed your independence when you became a caregiver to your loved one. It is important to do activities that simultaneously promote the independence of your loved one and yourself. As you continue your dynamic relationship with your love one, you can build a level of co-independence that will be rewarding to both of you. 

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In a recent nationwide survey of SYNERGY HomeCare clients, over 91% of people reported that home care services improved their quality of life and well being. An important part of well being is independence, and home care is proven way to improve both. 

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Our guest blog comes from David Haas, who has written several features on the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog. David is an advocate of mesothelioma awareness, treatment and prevention. 

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For a while now we’ve been focusing on the nation’s strong and dependable family caregivers. We want to make sure that these hard-working caregivers get the rest they deserve and the help they need, which is why want to highlight the benefits of using technology to help alleviate the stresses of family caregiving. 

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As your parents age, you know that they will eventually need care of some kind. While this thought can be at once scary and stressful, take comfort knowing that you can plan now to brighten your parents’ golden years for the whole family. 

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is coming up on April 16. Take this time to evaluate your long-term care plans and create or adjust them to promote your well being, comfort and independence throughout your life. If you work in the healthcare field, encourage your patients and their families to make decisions about their long term care plans. 

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The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) has between 800,000 and 1.7 million volunteers, making it known for being the “largest volunteer army in the nation.”[1] This March, the MOWAA celebrates its annual March for Meals campaign, which is all about raising awareness for the problem of senior hunger and encouraging members of every community to get involved. 

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You may think that in order to receive home care, you or your loved one need to be bed-ridden or require round-the-clock assistance. However, many people are able to take care of themselves and only need intermittent help. If you or a family member has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), this may be the case for you. 

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This week is Wellderly Week- a week dedicated to celebrating seniors who are young at heart. Here at SYNERGY HomeCare, we would love to kick off the party and share some great ideas on how to celebrate being young at heart. 

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Every experienced family caregiver has their routine. They know the right medication to give their loved one at the exact time. When emergencies occur, they have back-up plans and are even CPR certified. Even over the phone, they can tell if the day is good or bad for their loved one. You may be familiar with this scenario. You may see yourself mastering family caregiving. You may also be new to caring for your loved one. It doesn’t matter how comfortable you are with your role as a family caregiver; you will always worry when you cannot be there to ensure your loved one’s safety and well being. 

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When it comes to care of non medical and medical services, the safety of the client is of very high importance. As it happens, this week is Patient Safety Awareness week, sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Some of the safety concerns of the NPSF are: improper dosing of medication, infections acquired during medical care, falls, hospital readmissions, and diagnostic errors (which often occur due to miscommunication). 

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Recently, after years of fighting for more funding and awareness of this disease their Alzheimer’s Association has made a HUGE step in nationwide awareness. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) offers a historic opportunity to address the many challenges facing people with AD and their families. 

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There is a growing trend for patients to choose “accountable care organizations”, which place high priority on coordinating care. Accountable care focuses less on treatment and more on keeping people healthy. 

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February is a month where our thoughts turn to the heart. While this may automatically be associated with the romance of Valentine’s Day, SYNERGY HomeCare is observing another important cause. The American Heart Association has named February American Heart Month, and SYNERGY HomeCare is excited to celebrate these 29 days of heart health. 

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Heart disease can happen to anyone. For some people lifestyle will determine whether they are susceptible to unhealthy heart conditions. On the other hand, having healthy habits can prevent or even reverse many types of heart disease. Here is a list of some of the most significant causes of heart diseases, and some tips on combating them. 

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February evokes the images of snow, little furry creatures predicting how long that winter weather will stick around, and of course, little diapered cupids shooting arrows of love into unsuspecting love skeptics. What SYNERGY HomeCare would like to add to the collective conscious of February are all the people who are not able to participate in the outside world and need companionship. 

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The heart is an important organ- perhaps the most important in the human body. Without a healthy heart, our bodies cannot distribute nourishment and oxygen. Heart disease is painful, scary, and (for many people), a part of daily life. Here’s the good news: heart health is something that people of every age can pursue. 

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SYNERGY HomeCare is helping keep you and your family safe by attempting to minimize the nearly 43,000 bathtub injuries that occur every year in the United States. One of the biggest safety hazards for seniors can be the bathroom, but the following tips can help maximize your own personal safety or the safety of your elderly family members.

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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia it changes everything. Suddenly you and your family members are faced with a lot of uncertainty and impending challenges that you probably never anticipated facing. It’s difficult to watch someone you love begin to struggle and of course you want to help to improve their lives and situations all that you can. 

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As a family caregiver, you think beyond your own needs and put the welfare of your loved one above your own. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we commend your daily selflessness, and want to provide you with the tools you need to have a healthy and happy life in 2012.

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Inspired by November’s honorary recipient of the Pillar of Strength award, Kim Oster, who provides care for her husband with muscular dystrophy, we have gathered together some important tips to help you as you care for your loved with Muscular Dystrophy.

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In-home care is our world at SYNERGY HomeCare. Each day, our time, attention and energy is dedicated toward making home care a pleasant and comfortable experience for all. However, we know that many people are unfamiliar with on medical home care. Since we know the emotional, physical and familial benefits of home care, we would like to spread the word. For those of you who don’t know home care, here are the basics. 

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We are happy to announce that we just posted our 100th blog post! This milestone, 16 months in the making, is one that we are excited to celebrate. We have enjoyed making every article on this blog, from our first post “Announcing Arms Around Family Caregivers” to our most recent blog about chronic pain. 

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According to a 2009 US News and World Report, about 76.5 million experience pain longer than 24 hours. Of those people, 42% have endured pain longer than one year and one third of those enduring chronic pain are in their elder years. 

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Every year we stumble across the conundrum of what gift to get that one special person for the winter holidays. But what if that person is beyond Rolex watches and box collections of John Wayne or Greta Garbo movies on dvd? What do you get the person who has seen it all, been there and done that at least three times if not more?

Life is in the details. And this year for the holidays we’ve compiled a quick list of ideas to help you come up with the perfect gift that will resonate in their heart for years to come. 

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One of the most joyous aspects of the winter holidays is visiting long-unseen relatives. Since many families are separated by long distances, young and middle aged family members often notice significant changes to their elderly loved one’s well being during holiday visits. 

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The holidays should be a time of celebration and joy. Preparing for family gatherings and other holiday events can be very fun, but it can also be time consuming. As you simultaneously care for a senior or disabled loved one, your stress level will most likely become elevated. Instead of having a high-tension holiday season, consider a caregiver to ease your stress and bring holiday cheer to your home. 

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An estimated 5 million people have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia today. By 2050, a projected 16 million people will have these diseases. This is a big concern for many people as they age. One of the best ways to prevent memory loss is keep an active mind. Protecting your “Brain Health” is one way to slow down or prevent memory loss.

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When people hear the word “hospice” they usually think of end of life care provided in hospitals and nursing facilities. In actuality, hospice is most often provided in the homes of individuals. 

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Family caregiving is centered on preserving the comfort and well being of your loved one in need with the resources you have. With all of your compassion and dedication, it is difficult when your loved one’s health declines or as they gradually progress to greater age and less ability. In these situations it is easy to feel powerless. 

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November 17th is the American Cancer Society’s 36th annual Great American Smoke Out. Over a quarter of a century ago, this day was established to bring awareness to the public arena on the negative effects of tobacco use, the challenges to quit smoking, and to change the public’s attitude towards smoking. Caring for someone who chooses to smoke can be difficult for you and a detriment to their health as well as your own. While SYNERGY Home Care does not condone the use of tobacco products, such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco, we are here to offer a variety of tips and suggestions to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. 

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They are our brothers and sisters. Our mothers and fathers. Our aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and neighbors. They are Veterans and today we honor their service and sacrifice in the name of freedom and America. 

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While it is physically and emotionally difficult, the end of life is a natural part of being human. There comes a time when traditional medicine can no longer treat symptoms; it can only provide comfort. Hospice services allow people to have peace instead of pain and most importantly, their home environment instead of a hospital facility. Hospice is a great source of comfort for people who want to pass with ease and families who want only the best quality of life for their loved ones. 

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It’s that time again! We’ve reached that first holiday that kicks off a string of fun, family oriented, and sometimes stressful seasonal events. First stop on the holiday whirlwind train- Halloween! 

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Dear Friends and Families, One of the scariest medical reports a person can receive is the diagnosis of cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer holds a consistent spot as the second leading cause of death … 

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At SYNERGY HomeCare, we see many people loving life in middle age and even into their 90’s and 100’s. Age brings wisdom and experience. With a healthy body, the elderly can put a sound mind to good use. Think of the 80 year old woman who can outrun her grandson. Think of Albert Einstein, who, among his many accomplishments was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel when he was 75. 

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In America we are very proud of our soldiers and our veterans. The words “armed forces” bring to mind a desert in Iraq, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, our local Veterans Administration building, and our nation’s flag waving over a sports arena while the National Anthem begins the game. Last week, the American flag presided over the opening ceremony at the 9/11 memorial and museum. Among the visitors to this ceremony were veterans of the 9/11 attacks and the following. These warriors, both healthy and wounded were accompanied by supportive and proud companions; their families. 

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We are proud to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day with an interview with Carolyn Haynali, the founder of The Caregiver’s Army. Carolyn’s late husband Chuck was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994. After caring for Chuck for 10 years, Carolyn started a petition to support research that could lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This petition and online support group eventually became The Caregiver’s Army. 

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A full decade after the 9/11 attacks and ensuing combat in the middle east, we have a better scope of the motivators behind the defense of our country. For our newest franchise owner Jay Portadin in Bordentown, New Jersey, the anniversary of 9/11 is very personal. Jay is a retired NYPD officer and was one of the first responders to the emergency calls from the World Trade Center and an eyewitness to the events at Ground Zero ten years ago. Jay is also an example of brave acts of our nation’s law enforcement officers and veterans. 

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As you probably already know, here at Synergy we’re huge supporters of the amazing bunch of family caregivers that are serving their loved ones, so it’s easy to understand how much we care for all of the dedicated Sandwich Generation family caregivers. We want them to be as happy and fulfilled as possible! 

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In 2010, 14.9 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia. We find this extraordinary. Being a caregiver to someone who struggles with memory loss is no simple task, and we are truly humbled by the amount of time and energy these family caregivers have sacrificed for the well-being of their friends and family.

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For most family caregivers, providing care is just part of life. If a parent, husband, wife, or child needs help, this family member accepts their role of caregiver without hesitation or question. Being responsible for another person’s health and well being is a tremendous responsibility. If you tend to the needs of your family members, this may seem second- nature to you. 

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At SYNERGY HomeCare we know how important family caregivers are, which is why we are always looking for ways to help support and encourage them. One of the most practical ways we look to support these caregivers is through ever important Respite Care.

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Family caregiving is a pattern of care and compassion that is passed from generation to generation. The example of one family caregiver has the power to cause a ripple effect through extended family, the community and home care. It is such a relief to our professional caregivers when they enter a home knowing that a supportive family caregiver is involved in the client’s life. 

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Yes. Patty Duke joined George Takei to tell Americans to Boldly Go to www.socialsecurity.gov to apply for retirement, disability, Medicare, and so much more. The two celebrities have donated their time for a new campaign promoting Social Security’s online services as an easy and secure way for people to do business with the agency. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov where you also can watch the videos online. 

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One of the first things a family caregiver gives up is their independence. Many family caregivers feel trapped in their caregiving schedule; and they feel guilty by feeling trapped. As a family caregiver, you may also feel guilty when you are not able to give as much as your parent needs. You may feel that you no longer have your own life, and that can be discouraging. 

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Last week we celebrated the Fourth of July, which commemorates our Declaration of Independence as a nation, as a culture, and as individuals. Even over 235 years later, there is a reason why we keep throwing barbeques, waving flags, and lighting fireworks; it is because freedom is essential to our way of life. When a person ages and their abilities slowly diminish, or when illness strikes and their health is suddenly taken from them, it is easy to help them by doing things for them. However, the depression and helplessness these seniors often feel are not because of their aging or their sickness; it is because their independence has been impeded in a significant way. 

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As an expecting mother you know that while pregnancy is beautiful and exciting it is also quite demanding. The constant trips to the doctor’s office and all of the preparation for the new baby would be exhausting enough if you weren’t already working night and day at bringing a new life into the world. It’s normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed during your pregnancy, especially if you also have additional work to do and a family to take care of. It’s for this reason that SYERGY HomeCare provides the following services through our expert caregivers for our excited, and often times exhausted, expecting mothers: 

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There’s always a better way to eat, and taking sugar and preservatives out of your diet is a great start! 

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For seniors, one of the most beneficial dietary changes that can be made is consuming lower amounts of sodium. This may come as a surprise to some people, since sodium is so common to us. At the most basic level, salt is on virtually every table in our restaurants, diners, and even our own kitchens. How could something so common cause us or our loved ones damage? 

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As people age there is usually a noticeable change that occurs in their mood and temperament. As a family caregiver, you may have already noticed some of these changes in your loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. This change in behavior can be hard to handle, and it can be even more difficult when your loved one is suffering from Sundowner’s Syndrome.

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Studies show that around 27% of seniors in America are eating less protein than they should in order to maintain good physical health[1]. This statistic is particularly troubling because as people age their physical need for protein grows. 

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In the age of fast food and busy life styles, well-rounded nutrition is a difficult thing for almost anyone to achieve. It’s much easier to go through a drive-through on the way home than it is to prepare a home-cooked, well-balanced meal for you and your family. The temptation to skimp on nutritional food choices is obvious in younger and even middle generations, so where does that leave those who are more advanced in years? 

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The thought process of a family caregiver follows the same pattern of a concerned parent, friend or child; when you are a family caregiver, your loved one’s welfare is always at the back of your mind. First, know that you are not alone in your caregiving efforts. Many family members live far from elderly loved ones and wish they could check-in on them more often.

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Across America, graves are decorated. Memorials are visited. Armies hail their fellow warriors. Families gather to celebrate. Flags are flown. For a moment, we stop to revere and remember the valiant men and women who have fought to protect our freedom, our liberty and our way of life. 

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Emotional health is important. When you disregard your own emotional needs, you can become physically ill. This comes full circle when poor emotional health hinders your ability to give your loved one the attention they need. 

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The families we serve know the round-the-clock nature of caregiving, especially for loved ones with long-term disability after stroke. For victims and family caregivers alike, it is important to look forward and celebrate milestones in the rehabilitation process.

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As a family caregiver, you know that dealing with the aftermath of a stroke can be overwhelming. While the effects of stroke are different for each individual, any and all of the after effects associated with the disease can be hard to handle, for both survivors and their family members. However, many of the physical disabilities and detrimental emotional changes can improve over time. There are many things that you, as a family member and caregiver, can do to help. 

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The common denominator among many senior citizens is boredom. After a productive and busy life, retirement years can seem slow and uneventful. When your senior relative is feeling down in the dumps or just plain bored, you have the opportunity to lift them up. Here are some ways to help. 

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For the patients of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, as well as their family members, memory loss can be a frightening and heartbreaking thing. That’s why we want to be there to make the process more manageable with the help of our dependable, understanding caregivers.

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It happens at least once per generation; a shocking diagnosis sends a ripple effect throughout an entire family. While each family reacts differently to life-changing news, one thing remains the same; it is an opportunity for families to strengthen their relationships and renew an optimistic outlook. 

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“Life begins at 55” goes the expression, and for 26 years veterans have been proving it by challenging themselves physically at the National Veterans Golden Age Games. Veterans 55 and older participate, and the competition is the largest for this age group of military veterans in the world. This year, the events are scheduled for May 26 to 31 in Hawaii. 

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For the many people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, daily activities can be a challenge. No matter how hopeful you are for the future, your day-by-day approach to life with this disease affects your outlook and your health. The best medicine is often a personal strategy to overcome the obstacles we face each day and become active participants in our everyday life. 

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As a family caregiver, you know that times can become challenging as you care for your loved one. You also know that sometimes it can be hard to coordinate care when you are sick or have another commitment away from home. The more you experience the rewarding role of a family caregiver, the more you know the importance of having a Plan B for caregiving. 

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The sports clinic takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation by encouraging veterans’ caregivers to also participate in the sporting events. Sharing the moment with a spouse or loved one, or with a VA physical or recreational therapist, makes it that much more satisfying. Veterans can strengthen their bodies, as well as their sense of being and self-worth.

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A growing number of people are fans and followers of home care agencies on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The home care industry has been trending up in social network activity, but recent upgrades from Facebook has given it the momentum it needs to truly make a difference in people’s lives. 

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Caregiving often calls upon us to enter complicated and seemingly hopeless situations. Yet, after more than 10 years in home care, I am still amazed by the great influence that a caregiver can have. 

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After an extended stay in the hospital it can be difficult for many nurses and case workers to see patients leave without any supplemental support. The healing process continues even after medical attention is discontinued. This is where home care comes in. 

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Caregivers and veterans have a special relationship. A study by the National Alliance for Caregiving, “Caregivers of Veterans — Serving on the Homefront,” found that many family caregivers have served in the military, and often their recipients are veterans. In the study, the NAC assessed the needs of these caregivers and the veterans they care for. 

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The Columbus location of Synergy HomeCare is buzzing with excitement, and for good reason. Today at 3pm they will attend the award ceremony for the family caregiver of the year, Bill Hayes. 

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I hold the highest respect for the Greatest Generation, and constructed Synergy HomeCare’s caregiving system to treat them with the utmost dignity. As we reach out to new families each day and coordinate the best care attainable for their aging loved ones, we aim to give senior relatives the sense of freedom and expression that they want to retain throughout their elder years. 

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It’s known as the “perfect storm”—the combined stress of caring for your aging parents and your children at the same time. If you have this double responsibility, you are a member of the sandwich generation, and face the same needs and opportunities of caring for your aging parents, yourself and your growing family.

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In 2011, and for many years to come, Social Security resolves to help you. Learn more about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov. 

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The New Year is beginning with some major updates to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. On January 4, President Barack Obama signed into law the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, which brings important changes to the GI Bill and other education benefits for veterans, especially for wounded warriors and disabled veterans. 

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Humor is one of the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. 

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By putting our best foot forward now, we can lengthen our stride in the future.

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David Katz and Casey Holstein, co-owners of SYNERGY HomeCare talk about their personal connection to home care. 

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