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As cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) rise in the United States, so do concerns about the illness. Early data shows that for most people who become ill with COVID-19, the symptoms are mild. However, some people, specifically older adults and those with chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, seem to be at higher risk for more severe symptoms and complications. They are also more susceptible to contracting the virus.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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