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September Newsletter: Functional Fitness

Our September newsletter has great information on staying active as you age, preparing for natural disasters, local events for the month and more! Check out our newsletter here.

August Newsletter: Goodbye Summer!

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Our August newsletter has the latest on Zika in the U.S., ideas for local seniors to beat the heat, info on ADLs and why they are important, and so much more! Click here to read our August newsletter!

July Newsletter: Beat the Heat

Our July newsletter has great information on how to protect yourself from heat-related illness, tips for getting siblings to share in the caregiving responsibilities, local events and activities and more. Click here to read our July newsletter!

Great Article Highlighting the Growing Trend Towards Aging in Place

The Healthfinder.gov article, More Older Americans Cared for at Home, discusses the growing desire of American seniors to receive in-home care for their chronic health conditions. Many make this choice in lieu of living in a nursing home, but it doesn’t come without hurdles. Financial concerns and family caregiver burnout are two huge obstacles that must be overcome in order for many seniors to age in place.

For more information on home elder care, visit the HealthinAging.org.

Tips for Creating a Care Plan for Your Aging Loved One

Acknowledging that your loved one needs help is the first step, and often a very difficult one for both you and your loved one to take. Once you establish there is a need for care coordination, a detailed care plan can ensure that they are being well cared for and nothing is overlooked. Involving close family and friends, as well as trusted professionals, can make the process more manageable. Agingcare.com’s article, Personal Care Plans, the Secret to Confident Caregiving, is a great resource for anyone looking to create a care plan for their loved one.

Helping Seniors Avoid Dangerous Drug Interactions

Many seniors take more than one prescription medicine on a regular basis to help treat chronic health conditions. It is important to discuss all medication, OTC and prescription, as well as any supplements you are taking, with your doctor. Certain drugs and supplements can render the other ineffective or even cause potentially dangerous interactions. According to a report published online March 21 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, over 42% of patients failed to report their supplement use to their physician. The patients cited both a fear of telling their physician and the fact that their physician didn’t ask as the main drivers behind the lack of disclosure. Being open and honest with your physician, even if they fail to ask, is the best way to protect your health.

March Newsletter: Spring Has Arrived!

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Our March newsletter has information on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, healthy eating, recommitting to your resolutions and more! Click here to read our March newsletter.

Suffering From Caregiver Burnout? We Can Help!

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Caregiver burnout can manifest itself in different ways, but most of the signs can mimic those of depression. If you are losing interest in your once-loved hobbies, bailing on evenings out with friends on a regular basis, or experiencing any of these complaints on a regular basis, it might be time to seek help. Talk to friends, loved ones or your doctor about your feelings, and seek out help. Whether it be asking more help from siblings in the care of your elderly parents or hiring an in-home caregiver for a certain number of hours a week, addressing your own needs will ultimately help you better care for your loved one.

September Newsletter: Hello Fall!

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Our September newsletter has helpful tips on getting more fruits & veggies in your diet along with a listing of local farmer’s markets where you can get the freshest produce and support your local farmers! It also features information on why it might be time to hire in-home care, gardening and lawn tips for fall, local events and much more! Click here to read our September newsletter.

Thyroid Problems: Know the Signs

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If you are an older woman, you should be aware of the signs of thyroid disease. According to Womenshealth.gov, one in eight women will have thyroid problems in their lifetime. What are some of the symptoms? Hyperthyroidism can cause unexplained weight loss, trouble sleeping, anxiety or irritability, and more frequent bowel movements while hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, fatigue, constipation, and dry or thinning hair. Having a family history of thyroid disease also increases your risk, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience any unexplained symptoms! For more information, visit womenshealth.gov.