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While the average 105-year-old man might be slowing down, “Lucky” Lucchi is vibrant and thriving.

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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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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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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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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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At Synergy Mountain View when we talk about going the extra mile, we think of Maria. Before Maria came to work for Synergy HomeCare, she was taking care of a client through another agency in Hollister, CA, a town sixty miles away from Mountain View.  Though she was not paid for three months she continued taking care of the client.  When her husband lost his job, Maria had to look for a new job to help the family.  Maria was heartbroken because she could not continue to care for her client because of her own husband’s situation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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