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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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