Seniors

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

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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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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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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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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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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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