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Give These Apps a Shot!

Tired of carrying around all of your membership cards to every grocery, department, and drug store? There’s an app that can store the information for you! Have trouble remembering where you parked at a sports game or the airport? An app can help you find your car! Need a gentle reminder to take your pills every day? The app is just a click away! Watching your blood pressure or forgot your reading glasses? An app can help!

Read National Care Planning Council’s article, “Technology Series: Apps That Make Life Better” by Valerie Michel Buck to find out which apps can remove stress from your day. It will take you less time to master these apps than find your lost car after that football game or read the dinner menu without your glasses.

New Vaccine Recommendation for Seniors Age 65+

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that certain seniors age 65 and up receive the pneumococcal vaccine PCV13. For more information, visit the CDC’s website  or read the National Care Planning Council’s article “Did You Know…There is a new Vaccine Recommendation for Adults Age 65 and Older” by Linda Neuenschwander.

For a complete list of vaccine recommendations for adults visit the CDC’s website.

Fact Check Friday: How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?

It’s Fact Check Friday! This American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association wants to
challenge your knowledge about nutrition and diabetes. Visit for today’s fact, then
share it with everyone you know!

Do My Visits Make a Difference?

Caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally taxing. You may find yourself wondering if the effort you are making to visit and spend time with your loved one matters since they will likely forget you were even there. New research offers hope to families dealing with Alzheimer’s. The study, conducted at the University of Iowa, suggests that the feelings created during a visit can stay with the patient even after they’ve forgotten the visit. This is comforting news to those who are struggling with the emotional burden of Alzheimer’s caregiving–you are making a difference in your loved one’s lives!

Source: University of Iowa, news release, September 24, 2014 and article “Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer’s Patients, Even as Memory Fades”

Prostate Cancer Facts

According to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men, and is the most common non-skin cancer in America. It is recommended that men over age 40 get a prostate exam, especially anyone with a family history of the disease. When caught early, prostate cancer is 100% treatable. Don’t put off that exam any longer!

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Do you know the signs? Visit for more information on protecting yourself from this disease.

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

Don’t brush off the feeling that something is wrong or just doesn’t feel right. Make that appointment with your doctor today!

Mental Acuity Varies By Time of Day for Older Adults

If you have a big meeting or mentally challenging task ahead of you and are over 60 years old, you will be your sharpest in the morning according to a recent study published in the online journal Psychology and Aging. The HealthDay News article “Older Adults Sharpest in Morning, Study Finds” discusses the study and stresses that measuring an older person’s mental sharpness in late afternoon may paint a much different picture of their cognitive function than they would have in the morning.

Visit for more information and tips on healthy brain aging.

How Do I Cover the Cost of Home Care?

The many benefits of in home senior care–keeping a loved one independent and safe in their own home being among the most valued–make it an appealing option for many aging seniors and their families. When it comes time to discuss this option, though, many families are unsure of the cost and how they can pay for it.’s article “How To Pay for Home Care” explains the various options available so that you or your loved one can remain in the comfort of your/their home as long as possible.

July Newsletter: What is Hospice Care?

Click here to read our July newsletter and learn about hospice care, what sets Home Care Plus apart, tips for preparing for hurricane season, and much more!

Protecting The Elderly From Extreme Summer Temperatures

Heat Wave Puts Elderly at Risk

Article courtesy of National Care Planning Council

It was 3:00 PM when Linda noticed her elderly neighbor had not been out to pick up her paper nor opened her windows.  A heat wave had kept temperatures near 100 degrees all week long. When Linda knocked on her neighbor’s door, Megan, 88 years old answered immediately.  “Is it morning yet?” she asked confused at why Linda was at her door.  Linda noticed that Megan’s eyes were sunken, she was disoriented and dizzy. The temperature in her house was well over 100 degrees.  A call for an ambulance saved Megan’s life.  She was extremely dehydrated and suffering heat exhaustion.

With the hot summer heat upon most of the nation and temperatures topping 100 degrees, dehydration and heat exhaustion are a high danger for the elderly. Illnesses relating to aging, medication and the body’s aging process cause a quicker reaction to the heat than someone younger.

An elderly person may not recognize what is happening until life threatening conditions have become evident.  Family and friends can save the lives of their loved ones and friends by simply checking on them daily during the hot season and knowing the danger signs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists signs to watch for in elderly with heat exhaustion and fatigue:

Heavy sweating


Muscle Cramps





Nausea or vomiting


Skin: may be cool and moist

Pulse rate: fast and weak

Breathing: fast and shallow

A few simple steps can help someone suffering from the heat.  If they do not have air conditioning, provide a fan to move the air around, see that there is plenty of water within reach of their chair or in the refrigerator. Freeze some bottled water to set on their laps or in their chairs to help lower their body temperature.  Encourage them to take a cool shower during the hottest time of day. Take them on an outing to a mall or other air conditioned facility. Check the hours and activities at local Senior Centers where they can spend some time during the day.

Volunteer services extend extra time in the summer to check on the elderly.  Meals on Wheels volunteers in Mid-South make a point to leave extra water with daily meals.

Shelby County Senior Services volunteer staff check on dozen of residents most susceptible to hot temperatures. Humboldt State University youth volunteer group helps seniors throughout the year.

Neighborhoods are filled with people who are dog walkers, bird watchers, joggers, walkers and baby strollers.  This summer let’s add elderly helpers to that list.  Just being an alert neighbor may save a seniors life.

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