November 2013 - Holiday Respite

Arms Around Family Caregivers- A Newsletter for You and Your Family
Winter Hazards for Aging Adults

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.

Avoiding Winter Hazards

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Helping Seniors Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time for celebration, but for seniors who live independently, that may not always be the case. However, that's not to say that family members and SYNERGY HomeCare can't take steps to help bring some holiday cheer!

Spread the Holiday Cheer

SYNERGY HomeCare can also help take care of seniors or provide respite care for family caregivers while they prepare for the holidays.

Get Some Holiday Help

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Less Sleep Associated with Alzheimer's Disease

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. According to Time, those who get less sleep or poor quality sleep are more likely to have abnormal brain images - the first sign of the neurological disease.

Find out more about sleep and Alzheimer's disease

The Best of Home Care

How do you know which home care company is the best? Ask if they have the Best of Home Care award! SYNERGY HomeCare is the recent recipient of the National Endorsed Provider and Best of Home Care distinctions from Home Care Pulse. These awards are given to home care organizations whose clients provide positive feedback on surveys, so a big thanks to everyone for your positive comments!

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Healthy Whole Grains

There are a number of health benefits that come from incorporating whole grains into your diet. According to the Whole Grains Council, an individual's stroke risk can be reduced by as much as 36 percent, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes goes down by 21 percent, the chances of heart disease are decreased by 25 percent and adults are better able to maintain a healthy weight with whole grains.

The best whole grains

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Older Adults and Financial Decisions

 A new report by a team of researchers at Yale University found that senior adults are less likely to make rational financial decisions, according to HealthDay News. The report was published in the September issue of Psychology and Aging and stated that others should be aware of the difference between older and younger adults and how they make decisions.

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