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How Do I Become a Paid Family Caregiver in Illinois? 

December 21, 2022

How Do I Become a Paid Family Caregiver in Illinois? Every year, thousands of Americans take on a role unlike any they’ve ever experienced. After years of receiving care from their parents, they must take on the role of caregiver. Activities of daily living– like bathing, meal preparation, or remembering to take one’s medication– can suddenly be difficult for seniors. In order to live comfortably at home, they need assistance with these tasks. And while the children of older adults are happy to take care of their parents, adding this […]

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Brain Activities for Seniors

June 24, 2022

In most cases, we broadly understand what it takes to keep ourselves healthy—regular exercise, a clean diet, and quality sleep. Each of these factors is key to a higher quality of physical and mental health. But as we age, many of us start to wonder: what are the best brain activities for seniors to keep our minds sharp? Your cognitive health has an impact on your thinking, speaking, critical thinking, reading and writing, and memory skills. While quality exercise, diet, and sleep will all have a positive impact on your […]

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Infections as a Caregiver

April 20, 2022

It’s no secret that the elderly are more susceptible to infections and other health complications. It is important to reduce your risk of becoming infected while caring for your loved one as a caregiver. In this blog post, we will discuss How to Reduce Your Risk of Infections as a Caregiver. Caregivers are at an increased risk of catching infections from their patients. As per the CDC, over half (53%) of caregivers indicate that a decline in their health compromises their ability to provide care. They are close to sick […]

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 Summary of COVID Updates for Week of 1/23/2022

January 31, 2022

 Summary of COVID Updates for Week of 1/23/2022 1)    The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 225,000 Free, Rapid, Self-Administered COVID-19 Tests Available 14 Counties  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing the availability of 225,000 free, rapid COVID-19 self-administered test kits through Project Access Covid Tests (Project ACT) to residents in certain zip codes in 14 Illinois counties. Project ACT is a new direct-to-consumer mail order program in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, health care technology company CareEvolation, test manufacture iHealth Labs, Inc., and logistics provider and distribution […]

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How Does Solving Puzzles Help the Elderly?

January 27, 2022

Senior citizens can also enjoy the mental stimulation of solving puzzles to keep their brains healthy and sharp. Keeping the brain active can be carried out through various activities such as memory games for improving memory, exciting puzzles, or traditional card games. Hence, this article answers, “How do solving puzzles help the elderly?” On National Puzzle Day, we want to share the positive effects of playing these puzzles that could help improve cognitive health in seniors! Different Types of Puzzles for the Elderly Scrabble board: This classic word game is played […]

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10 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Caregiver

January 13, 2022

Caregivers are an important part of society. The elderly in our family who need support are always cared for by professionals or family members. It is important to recognize and appreciate the people that care for elderly persons. We are sharing through this article 10 ways to say thank you to your caregiver. We often do not realize how important it is to acknowledge the selfless act of a caregiver. Hence we are dedicating this article to the unsung heroes called Caregivers. 1. Practicing gratitude or mindfulness Many studies connect […]

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Summary of COVID Updates for Week of 12/26/2021

January 3, 2022

 Summary of COVID Updates for Week of 12/26/2021: Coronavirus cases are soaring across the United States as the omicron variant spreads rapidly. Please continue to check this page for resources and guidance and follow us on social media as information changes quickly. We want to keep our community of caregivers, employees, and clients informed about the summary of COVID Updates for the Week of 12/26/2021. Here are some updates that you should not miss State Surges Mass Vaccination Operations Statewide to Meet COVID Booster Demand Additionally, starting the week […]

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Become a Certified Caregiver for a Family Member

October 20, 2021

Become a Certified Caregiver for a Family Member: You’ve watched your parents age. As they get older, they need more help around the house. They don’t go out as much as they used to. And when they do, it’s to a doctor’s appointment. Their health isn’t bad enough that they need to go to a nursing home. But you can’t help but think that they need some long-term services and supports to help them stay at home. You know that they couldn’t afford long-term care insurance; meaning you don’t think […]

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15 Reasons Why You Should Become a Senior Caregiver Now

July 7, 2021

15 Reasons Why You Should Become a Senior Caregiver Now: Caring for seniors has never been more important as the population ages. The Census Bureau estimates that in less than 15 years, there will be more seniors over the age of 65 than children under 18, and there are currently more than 46 million seniors living in the US. With that trend comes a different phenomenon; more seniors are making informed decisions to live at home on their own. Rather than receive full-time medical care at an assisted living facility […]

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Home Care and Diabetes in Illinois

March 26, 2021

One of the fastest growing issues in senior care is diabetes. More than 14 million elderly people have diabetes, or just over 1 in 4 seniors. Because most diabetics are still able to function normally with some assistance with managing their diabetes; it is common for seniors living with diabetes to stay in their home and receive assistance from a home care aide. Diabetes is a manageable condition, but it can require a lot of effort. From dietary changes to frequent high blood sugar testing to frequent medical appointments, seniors […]

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Seniors and In-Home Care After Losing a Spouse

February 21, 2021

Whether it’s a long illness, a sudden catastrophic event, or something in between; losing a spouse can be one of the most devastating occurrences of a senior’s life. The grieving process can be long, and it can have its own detrimental effects on the health of the surviving spouse. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recognizes that the loss of a spouse; especially in elderly people living at home, can have effects that range beyond grief. Seniors at Home Need to Grieve the Loss of a Spouse Seniors who remain […]

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Health Concerns of Older Women: What to Watch For When Caring for Seniors

October 11, 2020

As women get older, they begin to face unique health challenges. Because women tend to live longer than men. As a result, elderly women are more likely to need in home care services like medication reminders, support and other elderly care services.  As we learn more about the differences between health care in men and women, we are finding much more about how these conditions affect men and women differently and the differences in elderly care that may be needed. Conditions that disproportionately affect older women include: Heart Disease. Heart […]

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Seniors! August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 10, 2020

For many senior citizens, the fall is a time of grand kids going back to school, summer vacations ending, and snowbirds preparing to return to warmer locations. Caring for seniors means making sure they’re up-to-date on recommended vaccines. This year, because of COVID-19, the importance of vaccines for the elderly cannot be overstated. While there is no vaccine for the novel coronavirus yet, public health experts say that immunizations will be critical for everyone, but especially the elderly and infants/children. That’s because a wave of influenza or other infectious disease […]

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COVID-19 and Home Care Services: Caregiver Risks and Realities

August 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, what has emerged is that the coronavirus and the elderly are a dangerous combination, leading to a high rate of hospitalizations, serious illness, and deaths. Because senior citizens are at a higher risk of serious complications from the coronavirus, many elderly people and their families are making the decision to forego assisted living and nursing homes in favor of home care in their own home. Home care can bring its own set of unique challenges, and in-home caregivers, who are frequently at increased risk themselves […]

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How to Become a Paid Caregiver for a Family Member in 4 Steps

August 7, 2020

Deciding if care giving is the right path for you will depend on a number of factors. For many families, becoming a formally paid caregiver creates the ideal long-term care scenario for an aging loved one. According to the National Alliance on Caregiving, the number of Americans as caregivers has increased from 18% to 21% in the span of five years. And, nearly one in five (19%) Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs. Considering 61% of these unpaid caregivers have another job, paid formal […]

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Precautions During COVID-19 as States Re-Open

July 14, 2020

As states enter different phases of re-opening during COVID-19, it’s crucial to take safety precautions. This is especially true for the elderly and immunocompromised who are at a higher risk of severe illness if infected. Elderly and Others at Higher Risk It’s generally understood that the elderly are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Though it’s necessary to note that those with certain conditions are also at risk. This includes individuals with chronic kidney disease, COPD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease, and those with serious heart […]

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Important Considerations When Aging Alone

May 19, 2020

Aging independently is becoming a more popular option among seniors that want to maintain their lifestyle as they age. As aging alone becomes more popular, you need to consider the different scenarios that may arise with life at home. This blog post discusses important considerations when aging alone. Planning for Care – Seniors Aging at Home Thinking about your options for care is important for many different reasons. If you are aging alone because you value independence, you still need to think about cases in which you may require help […]

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Managing Dementia Care During COVID-19

May 5, 2020

The current coronavirus will undoubtedly create challenges in everyone’s daily lives, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Preventing illness will be an essential part of care during the pandemic. This will require following introduced guidelines and restrictions. Whether it is washing hands for 20 seconds at a time or social distancing, taking precautions is imperative. Making sure guidelines are followed becomes more challenging when you as a home care aide can’t always monitor recipients of care 24/7. The Increased Risk with Dementia Because of difficulty with memory, there may […]

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Elderly Caregiver Communication

April 28, 2020

As a caregiver, there are a wide variety of skills that you need when caring for others. One of the most important skills that you will utilize is clear communication. Communication lays the groundwork for all of the tasks that you will complete as an in-home care service provider. Communication – Providing Care to Elderly Family Members When you are caring for family members, you may find that your communication is different when you communicate with others. It’s important to think about the way that you communicate with family members […]

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The Importance of In-Home Caregiving During COVID-19

April 8, 2020

In-home caregiving has become an essential part of our society. During this outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of experienced caregiving is being highlighted throughout the country and the world. Caregivers provide essential long-term services to their recipients of care. These services can range from emotional to physical support. The tasks that caregivers provide support overall personal care of their care recipients. Why In-Home Care Matters Now With the need for people to stay home and practice social distancing, caregivers have become lifelines for some of their recipients of care. Seniors […]

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Seniors Staying Busy at Home During the Coronavirus

March 31, 2020

Social distancing will inevitably have most of us staying inside. Non-essential businesses and parks are closed leaving us all with fewer options on what to do during our free time. While this is vital to everyone’s health and safety, it may leave elderly family members feeling isolated and lonely. There are several different activities available to help to pass the time while also staying safe. Puzzles and Board Games Fortunately, there are a wide variety of board games and puzzles that are available in both physical and virtual form. If […]

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Precautions for the Elderly During the Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

If you are an elderly individual or care for one, you may be worried about the outbreak of COVID-19. It’s necessary to take action to prevent the spread of the disease following guidelines set in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This article offers Precautions for the Elderly During the Coronavirus. According to the CDC, the virus is spread from person-to-person. This is why it’s vital to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face, nose, or eyes especially […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF: Our Staff and Caregivers

February 5, 2020

There’s a lot that goes on within a home care agency. That’s not an exception at Home Care Powered by AUAF. On a day-to-day basis, we have hundreds of staff working to make sure you are experiencing the best when it comes to in-home caregivers for seniors. Different Roles and Responsibilities for In-Home Caregivers Our field supervisors are the individuals who call and visit our clients. They visit the clients quarterly to check on their general well being. This includes checking on the condition of the home and how well […]

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How Home Care Powered by AUAF is Different

January 28, 2020

There are many reasons why our services at Home Care Powered by AUAF are different. That begins with how we train and compensate our workers. We compensate our caregivers at a rate above the national average. Thus we make sure that we attract quality in-home caregivers and that we reward quality as well. We Pay for Caregiver Training From the beginning, we invest in our in-home caregivers. This means we pay for your training when you are to become one of our caregivers. That takes the pressure off of having […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF: Our Beginnings and Services In-Home Care

January 21, 2020

For over 25 years, Home Care Powered by AUAF has served our communities through in-home care services for seniors. As in-home care services for seniors becomes even more important, we have continued providing steady and quality home care services. What are In-Home Care Services for Seniors? Home care, also known as in-home care, is supportive assistance that is provided in the comfort of your own home. If you’re a senior at risk of going to an assisted living facility or nursing home, you might find that a home care agency […]

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Isolation and Dementia: Knowing The Harm

January 7, 2020

Many caregivers take care of individuals with dementia. Thus, whether you are a family caregiver or otherwise, it’s necessary to be aware that isolation can be affecting those that you care for. Isolation harms individuals in many different ways. But for those with dementia, the harmful effects can be even more impactful. So learn about Isolation and Dementia: knowing the harm it causes. According to some studies, there will be an estimated 150 million people affected by dementia. Hence, with this rise in the number of individuals expected to face […]

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The Caregiver Challenges During Holidays: Avoiding Caregiver Missteps

December 19, 2019

The winter holidays are fast approaching. Whoever you are caring for this holiday season, we want to make sure you have a stress-free process. It’s no easy task to be a caregiver, and the tasks can multiply and rapidly change during the holidays. This article discusses the Caregiver challenges during holidays and avoiding caregiver missteps Here are some tips to help you make it through the season like a pro. The Many Challenges of Being a Caregiver During the Holidays There are many different challenges that you may face during […]

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The End of Daylight Savings and Your Health

November 12, 2019

November 3rd marked the end of what we know as daylight savings. It means you got an extra hour of sleep. And as odd as it may be the end of daylight savings could mean great things for your health. According to research in the U.S, risk for heart attack dropped 21 percent on the Tuesday after the fall time change on one study. Other similar studies have shown similar findings. So while many of us are disappointed with the days getting darker sooner, it’s great to know that turning […]

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Is There Help for the Elderly Living at Home in Illinois?

November 5, 2019

There are a variety of different resources for your elderly loved ones. And yes, there is definitely help available for the elderly if they want to be living at home. If you are looking for more long-term care and daily services, you have in-home care. And more specifically, if you are looking in Illinois, but more specifically in the Chicagoland area and suburbs, there are in-home care services available for your loved one. Homecare Powered by AUAF provides our services to the Chicagoland area and some many surrounding suburbs. We […]

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How to Find a Caregiver for your Parents

October 29, 2019

You may find yourself at a stage where you know you want to find a caregiver for your parents or loved ones. But, many people find themselves wondering on where to start looking. People can find individual private caregivers. On the other hand, you can also find caregivers through agencies that train and prepare caregivers. There can be a difference in who exactly you choose to be a caregiver and where you find them. Be sure to take your time and keep some key things in mind when deciding on […]

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Understanding Seniors and Sleep

October 15, 2019

Seniors and sleep are important points of discussion in a world of healthful senior discussion. Getting a good night’s rest is an important step to a good overall wellbeing. Because sleep is so important, it’s important to discuss your sleep, or lack thereof with your doctor. Don’t take problems with your sleep to be a simple and common occurrence. Often times is can help us figure out underlying health conditions. And prolonged and chronic lack of sleep will eventually affect your day to day life.

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The 7 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in the Elderly

October 8, 2019

Being aware of some key early warning signs can make you and your loved one prepared for the road ahead. There are ways to help manage Alzheimers and ways to prepare to cope. No one has to be alone in their journey.

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Home Care Provider vs. A Care Home

September 10, 2019

What is difference between Home Care and a Care home? Many people wonder about the different types of care there are available for the elderly. The main difference between two main types, in-home care and a care home, have to do with the type and level of care. What is In-Home Care? In-home care for the elderly, or just home care, is a type of care provided to seniors to live independently in their homes with some help. These types of caregivers provide seniors with help on everyday tasks including […]

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What To Check For When Looking for Senior Home Care

August 20, 2019

Great service follows from workers who are treated well. If an agency continues to strive to boost morale and treatment of its workers, the chances are those workers will provide better service. At Homecare powered by AUAF we strive to build trust and an encouraging environment for our workers. That’s also why we pay our caregivers a competitive rate. We want to attract qualified and professional caregivers. It’s by establishing this good relationship with workers that will inevitably filter out into great treatment for those that require senior services.

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The Costs of Caring for the Elderly 

August 13, 2019

At Homecare Powered by AUAF we understand the worries that you may have when it comes to the financial aspect of you or your parents growing older. But know that we work with you to determine if your parent is eligible for in-home care. And we can help you become caregivers if you already care for or want to care for your parents. 

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Mother’s Day Activities for Your Elderly Mom

May 11, 2019

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Take into account your elderly mother’s preferences, while noting any physical or social limitations. The best gift you can give your mother is your time.

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Easy and Engaging Earth Day Activities for Seniors

March 20, 2023

Since its conception in 1970, Earth Day has become the most widely recognized secular observance across the entire world. On April 22, people everywhere take steps to make a positive impact on their natural environment. While we should be kind to the earth every day, this holiday serves as a great reminder to do so. If you’re looking for easy and engaging Earth Day activities for seniors, consider some of the activities below. They serve as an opportunity to get outside and support your community, as well as the future […]

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Promoting Kidney Health in Seniors

March 23, 2023

Kidneys are vital organs that filter waste and excess fluids from the blood. They regulate blood pressure, electrolyte balance, and red blood cell production. As people age, the risk of developing kidney disease increases. It is estimated that around 30% of seniors over the age of 65 have some form of kidney damage, which is why promoting kidney health in seniors is so important. There is hardly a better time to do so than March, as it’s National Kidney Month. As the month comes to a close, make a point […]

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How to Stop a Cold in its Tracks

March 22, 2023

With the weather starting to warm, you might be inclined to believe that cold season is over. This, unfortunately, isn’t the case. Regular fluctuations in temperatures outdoors might make you more susceptible to a cold than before. And while the common cold isn’t usually something to be worried about, it can pose a serious problem for some seniors. Many older adults have lowered immune systems, which can make it easier for them to catch a cold, cause it to last longer, and even lead it to develop into a more […]

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Helping Your Loved One with Spring Cleaning

March 20, 2023

During the dark, cold months of winter, it’s common to feel unmotivated to clean. With the weather starting to warm and flowers starting to bloom, we feel a sense of rejuvenation and want to reflect that in our homes. But seniors are often overwhelmed by the number of tasks that spring cleaning includes. Don’t let your elderly loved one go at it alone. Helping your loved one with spring cleaning is a fantastic way to not only support them, but to spend time together. Start by making a checklist and […]

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How to Maintain Your Brain Health

March 17, 2023

The older you get, the more important it is to take steps to ensure your brain is as healthy as possible. Online games, crossword puzzles, crafting, and other activities are fantastic ways to stay mentally stimulated, but how to maintain your brain health is much bigger than that. Your brain health is impacted by both your mental and physical well-being. It is important you take the proper steps to ensure you promote full-body wellness every step of the way. Make an effort to prevent falls According to the CDC, one […]

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Transitioning Your Winter Wardrobe to Spring: A Senior’s Guide

March 16, 2023

Transitioning Your Winter Wardrobe to Spring: A Senior’s Guide In just a few days, we will usher in the first official day of spring. While it may still feel chilly outdoors, in the coming weeks we’ll start to see warmer weather. However, these in-between days when we have yet to break into the warmth of spring but aren’t quite freezing are difficult to dress for. Seniors need to be careful that they dress properly in order to ensure they stay healthy. It’s easy to get sick in cold weather, but […]

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Why it is Useful for Senior Caregivers to be Bilingual

March 15, 2023

The United States is a country of immigrants. For centuries, people of all races and cultures have gone through the arduous process of moving to the United States in search of a better life for themselves and their families. While immigration rates fluctuate regularly, according to a 2010 study, 12% of the elderly population is comprised of immigrants. As the senior population grows, so does that number. Even if an older adult has lived in the United States for decades, many still feel more comfortable with their primary language. That […]

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What is Home Care?

March 9, 2023

Home Care Powered by AUAF is thrilled to have provided seniors in Chicagoland with quality home care services for 30 years as of 2023. It is our absolute privilege to offer older adults the support they require to live comfortably and confidently at home with some of the best services in the area. If you’re just beginning your exploration into this service, knowing a home care agency cares for its clients is only a fraction of it. You’re likely wondering “what is home care?” more specifically, and if this type […]

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The Importance of Quality Sleep for Seniors

March 14, 2023

Sleep is an interesting bodily function to scientists. While there is still much we don’t know about why sleep is so important, scientists do know that it has an impact on all of our bodily functions. The importance of quality sleep for seniors can’t be understated, but many older adults struggle to achieve that. Seniors are less likely to fall into a deep sleep, which causes them to wake more easily, due to a myriad of reasons. Seniors must make an effort to get a good night’s sleep every night. […]

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Seniors

March 10, 2023

Last week was the official start of Women’s History Month. The month celebrates the contributions of women across the globe. Over the course of this month, we encourage you to honor not only those who changed the world, but the women in your life who made an impact on you. Celebrating Women’s History Month with seniors is a great way to show your older parents or grandparents how much you appreciate all they’ve done. Find different avenues to illustrate just how much of an influence they’ve had on you. Thank […]

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Intellectual Activities for Seniors

March 8, 2023

As we age, many begin to experience a decline in their memory retention. Little things like forgetting what street you lived on as a child or your first phone number might not seem like a big deal, but when these little things start compounding onto one another, it could grow into a more serious issue. This is why keeping one’s brain active with intellectual activities for seniors is so crucial. Word games, puzzles, reading, and crafting are all common avenues for boosting one’s cognitive skills. These are fantastic, fun ways […]

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Why Seniors Should Keep Houseplants

March 7, 2023

Houseplants are seeing their metaphorical day in the sun. Since 2020, houseplant sales have increased by 18%, and it’s with good reason. While individuals of all ages can benefit from this hobby, seniors in particular see great advantages in caring for plants. From emotional to physical impacts, the reasons why seniors should keep houseplants are bountiful. A hobby that can be enjoyed year-round Gardening as a whole is shown to have great impacts on one’s overall health. The act of caring for a plant boosts one’s mood, and taking care […]

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The Importance of Caring for a Loved One

March 3, 2023

There comes a point in many individuals’ lives where they have to step up and offer care services to their elderly parent or other loved one. In addition to the physical challenges—like bathing, feeding, and other potential personal care needs—the role reversal is a difficult, emotional change. With all of this to consider, many are hesitant to take on the role of caregiver. But the importance of caring for a loved one extends far past the above. Before making a decision, it is crucial you understand just how important your […]

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What is Meal Preparation for Seniors?

March 2, 2023

A healthy lifestyle isn’t as easy to ensure as one might think. It’s usually far easier—and far more convenient—to eat meals that are high in sugar and trans fat. This leads many seniors to turn towards less healthy options. While these dishes might taste good, consuming them too often is bound to have a negative impact. One of the best ways to ensure seniors are consuming meals with all the nutrients they need is through meal preparation. Over the past handful of years, the term has skyrocketed in popularity, but […]

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Celebrating Caregiver Appreciation Day

March 1, 2023

Caregivers across the world are some of the hardest-working individuals out there. Whether they provide support to those struggling with chronic illness, disabilities, or someone who needs a little help to live at home, they are a key part of keeping their clients healthy and happy. When one considers all the hard work caregivers do, it is important to take time to show them appreciation. Family members who provide unpaid care and professional caregivers alike deserve recognition, and that is precisely what National Caregiver Appreciation Day is for. On March […]

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Adjusting to Life After Retirement

February 28, 2023

There is a great deal of build-up to one’s retirement. For literal decades, you daydream about what you’ll do with all the freedom that retirement affords you. When the day finally comes, you’re likely greeted by a party where your coworkers celebrate all your accomplishments and send you off. It’s emotional, but it’s exciting. Adjusting to life after retirement is never as easy as it seems. Instead of being relaxed by their lack of work, many older adults are stressed by the open days. They may even experience depression and […]

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Benefits of Becoming a Caregiver

February 27, 2023

Making a career change is an exciting time. You know what works for you as an employee. You know whatever aspects you’d like to incorporate into this new journey of your life. But where do you start? If you’d like a career that changes every day, becoming a non-medical caregiver might be a great choice for you. You may be vaguely aware of the responsibilities of this career—helping senior citizens age comfortably in their homes—but what are the benefits of becoming a caregiver? Your career is always in demand A […]

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Helping Your Loved One Stay Mentally Youthful

February 23, 2023

As your loved one ages, you may see a change in their mental health and habits. Your first instinct might be to wait and see how it progresses—if it’s a serious problem or if it’s “just a funk”—but this is not the best way to move forward. Helping your loved one stay mentally youthful is an important task that you should tend to early and often in order to maintain their cognition. Staying “mentally youthful” doesn’t necessarily refer to acting young. Instead, it implies staying mentally sharp and healthy throughout […]

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How Do I Know if I Should Hire a Caregiver?

February 22, 2023

For many seniors, aging in the comfort of their homes is the ideal outcome. They’re comforted by the familiar rooms, their things, and the memories they’ve built. However, there gets to be a point where certain activities of daily living aren’t as simple as they used to be. Bathing is a chore. Cleaning the kitchen is exhausting. Running errands is laborious. These sorts of developments are normal, however, there gets to be a point where you may wonder “how do I know if I should hire a caregiver?” Many individuals have […]

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Why do Seniors Like Knitting?

February 24, 2023

It’s cliché to see seniors on television or in movies sitting in a circle with a pair of needles, knitting scarves or hats for their grandchildren. But is there a reason we’ve grown to associate this hobby with older adults? Why do seniors like knitting? In truth, knitting has a great deal of both mental and physical benefits for older adults to benefit from. These reasons have risen knitting into popularity. Improves hand-eye coordination and relieves aches Knitting involves a lot of small movements of the hands, making it almost […]

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How Can I Have a Career as a Caregiver?

February 17, 2023

For those who don’t want a traditional desk job, a caregiving career may be appealing. In this line of work, you are directly responsible for your client’s well-being. You provide them with a number of diverse services—from cooking to personal care—that affords them the option to age in the comfort of their homes. To many individuals, caregiving is a rewarding, fulfilling career. Knowing this, you may be wondering: how can I have a career as a caregiver? And what might my responsibilities include? How can I have a career as […]

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Great Soup Recipes for Seniors

February 21, 2023

Healthy eating in the winter can feel like a chore. We find ourselves drawn to the hearty, seasonal favorites that keep our bodies warm, but may not be the most nutritious. Soup, however, checks every box that we need it to: it is both delicious and healthy. Soup is a fantastic dish for all types of seniors—from those with dietary concerns, to those with problems chewing. If you’re looking for some healthy options to incorporate into your regular diet, try some of these great soup recipes for seniors. Why is […]

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Senior Independence Month

February 16, 2023

In addition to the other observances for this month, February is National Senior Independence Month. Maintaining independence into one’s older adulthood is something many seniors strive to do. However, as you age, there are certain things you must take into account that you may not have previously managed before. To maintain your independent living at home, put these tips into action. Declutter the house Clutter does more than frazzle your mind. When your things pile up you are not only creating an unsanitary environment, but a potentially dangerous one. Organize […]

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How to Make New Friends as a Senior

February 15, 2023

February is International Friendship Month—a celebration of those who may not be family by blood, but become family by choice. Friendships can last a lifetime, spanning past school years, parenthood, and other major life changes. But as we age, we might find ourselves less connected to our friendships. Some may be inclined to let that be, but this can be isolating, depressing, and even detrimental to one’s health. It’s important that we make an effort to continue expanding our social circles for the sake of both our mental and physical […]

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What Your Loved One Might Need From You as Their Caregiver

February 14, 2023

The transition into the role of family caregiver is full of new obstacles to navigate—one of which is the expectations that come with it. When first starting, it can be difficult to determine what your loved one might need from you as their caregiver. While it naturally varies from person to person, there are a few consistent services to expect. Personal care This is possibly the most well-known aspect of acting as a caregiver for your loved one. Personal care covers the wide breadth of responsibilities one must manage to […]

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Senior

February 10, 2023

When Valentine’s Day comes around, we’re flooded with commercials and print advertisements of young adults in love. While young love is a cute sight, it isn’t the only type of love to celebrate—the holiday is for older adults too! It may look different from the observances of younger couples, but all that matters is that it looks right for you. Whether you’re commemorating a relationship of 50 years or a new relationship in retirement, celebrating Valentine’s Day as a senior can still be an exciting time. Try some of these […]

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How to Work with Your Loved One’s Caregiver

February 8, 2023

Making the choice with your loved one to find an at-home caregiver is a major decision. In doing so, you are bringing a new individual into your family member’s life who is responsible for keeping them healthy and happy. With this role, they quickly become one of the most important people in their life. As a result of this crucial relationship, it is important that you know precisely how to work with your loved one’s caregiver. Building a healthy relationship with one another will create a healthy experience for your […]

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Celebrating the Super Bowl with Seniors

February 9, 2023

Football is the most popular sport to watch among Americans, and the biggest day for the sport comes to a head in just a few days. The Super Bowl is one of the largest televised events in the country, with millions of people of all ages joining in to watch the best teams in the sport come to a head. The Super Bowl is a great way to get together larger groups of friends and family—especially your elderly loved ones. If you’re celebrating the Super Bowl with seniors, make it […]

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Heart Health for Seniors

February 7, 2023

Your heart is the organ that keeps the rest of the body running. While one’s heart health is important at all ages, partaking in practices that promote proper heart health for seniors is especially crucial. As we age, we are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes, or other heart diseases due to issues like slower heart rates, a buildup of fatty deposits, or arteriosclerosis. February is American Heart Month, and there isn’t a better time to change one’s habits to improve their cardiovascular health. Continue reading to learn […]

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Seniors

January 19, 2023

Just like many other cultures, the Chinese people have their own calendar. Unlike most of the world, the Chinese New Year begins on January 22 and is celebrated for 16 days. It is based around the lunar new year instead of the solar new year that the Gregorian calendar follows. People across the world enjoy the holiday with a colorful display of dance, fairs, markets, and food. If you’re celebrating the Chinese New Year with seniors, try these activities. These will involve them in the festivities and give them an […]

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Preventing Caregiver Burnout

February 1, 2023

More and more adults across the United States provide unpaid care to a loved one each year. This number is only bound to increase as the baby boomer generation hits retirement. You may not currently act as a caregiver for an elderly loved one, but the chances are high that you will at some point in the future. With all the responsibilities that come from providing support to an elderly loved one, burnout is a common feeling experienced by most caregivers. Many push through these feelings, thinking this will help […]

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What to do When the Power Goes Out in Winter

January 31, 2023

With February just around the corner, we are truly in the deepest, most bitterly cold time of year. While we already experienced one significant weather event at the end of December, they are more likely to occur now. These winter storms can occasionally lead to lead to life-threatening problems, like long-term power outages. It is important you know what to do when the power goes out in winter for the sake of your loved ones’ safety, as well as your own. Follow these steps so you can be certain you […]

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Fun Things for Seniors to do with Friends

January 30, 2023

Friends are some of the most important relationships to maintain. There’s a point in our lives when—between one’s career and family life—it can feel difficult to spend time with friends. However, when we reach retirement age, we finally have more time to enjoy fun experiences together. It’s easy for seniors to fall into a rut when it comes to activities to enjoy with friends. Just remember: you are never too old to make memories together that will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for fun things for seniors to do […]

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What is the Difference Between a Home Caregiver and a Home Health Aide?

January 27, 2023

Realizing that your loved one needs help to remain in the comfort of their home is difficult. You may feel at a loss for what to do. You want to be certain that your loved one gets precisely the care they need, but as you research the different home care options, that may raise even more questions. One of those primary questions may be: what is the difference between a home caregiver and a home health aide? Is there one? The answer is a resounding “YES.” While the general duties […]

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Snow Removal Options for Seniors

January 26, 2023

Dealing with excess amounts of snow is a challenge for anyone, but it is especially difficult for seniors. Older adults are already more likely to experience a slip and fall, and that number skyrockets in the winter. However, traditional shoveling methods can be exhausting and even impossible for seniors. If you’re searching for snow removal options for seniors, consider some of the options below so that you and your loved one stay safe. Electric snow blowers or power shovels For the older adults who still want to handle snow removal […]

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Activities to Enjoy with Your Grandchildren

January 25, 2023

Time spent with one’s grandchildren is some of the most magical times for many older adults. They remind you to look at things with an imaginative eye and find a little adventure in everything. Even an afternoon spent together is positively precious. When you know extended time together is coming, keep this in mind: your grandchildren will remember the fun times together more than any gift you give them. So, make a point to make memories together by trying these fun activities to enjoy with your grandchildren. These activities will […]

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Things to Remember When Becoming a Family Caregiver

January 24, 2023

When you first take on the role of caregiver, most of the trials and tribulations you hear about revolve around the care of your loved one. These are certainly major aspects of the role, but there are other things to remember when becoming a family caregiver too. While these details are universal truths among many caregivers, they are often overshadowed by other details. Caring for seniors is different from caring for a child Many family caregivers have already raised, or are currently in the process of, caring for children. They […]

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Tips for Finding Caregiver Support

January 18, 2023

When one thinks of a caregiver, they often imagine an individual who works for a caregiving facility. This isn’t a wrong image to come to mind, however, it’s the average person who is more likely to carry that title. One in three adults provides unpaid care to another adult in the United States. It is rewarding to offer a loved one the support they need to live comfortably at home. Despite all the highs, taking on this role can be a stressful shift. Having help in your work is one […]

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Indoor Exercise for Seniors

January 20, 2023

Many people combine their physical activity with their time outdoors to utilize their time most efficiently. However, as the winter presses on and conditions grow icy, you may not feel safe continuing your usual exercise regimen outdoors. This shouldn’t give you a reason to give up physical activity altogether, however. A sedentary lifestyle can increase feelings of sadness and lethargy, and can lead to exacerbated muscle and joint problems. Don’t let the cold stop you from moving. Instead, try indoor exercise for seniors. This way, you can feel good all […]

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Books Every Older Adult Should Read

February 2, 2023

Reading a new book is more than a fun pastime. Regular reading has been shown to improve memory retention, sharpen decision-making skills, and even reduce stress. It’s fantastic brain exercise for seniors that doesn’t feel like exercise. If you’re not much of a reader but want to start, it can feel daunting to find the right book. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by it, however. Consider picking up one of these books every older adult should read. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Historical fiction is popular among seniors due to […]

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

January 10, 2023

Aging in place is a blessing for many seniors. However, as one ages, little things that may have been minor annoyances grow to be bigger problems. Getting up and down stairs can be an ordeal. Bumping into the side of the couch can mean a nasty fall. A dark hallway can lead to a myriad of troubles. If you are aging in the comfort of your home and live alone, take note of these home safety tips for seniors. Implementing these—or having a loved one take care of it for […]

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 17, 2023

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. While it may seem like a strange condition to observe for a month, those impacted by glaucoma completely understand the importance of Glaucoma Awareness Month. With 3 million people currently suffering from glaucoma, it is one of the most common eye diseases in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of vision loss and even blindness. Utilize Glaucoma Awareness Month to recognize how to catch the disease early and potential treatments. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a disease characterized by […]

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Hobbies for Seniors this Winter

January 12, 2023

As the coldest days of the year settle in, it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. While it is important that you get outside for at least a little while, you won’t be spending your afternoons enjoying the weather like you would in the summer. It’s important that you find something to occupy your time indoors. If you’re struggling for ideas to stay mentally active indoors, try these hobbies for seniors this winter. Some of them might be more about polishing […]

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What Motivates One to be a Caregiver?

January 11, 2023

It’s no secret that being a caregiver is an at-times emotionally and physically taxing occupation. Not everyone is cut out to be a caregiver. It takes a special type of individual to take on this role, but for many people, it’s much more than an intrinsic motivation. So, what motivates one to be a caregiver in the first place? Making a difference in another person’s life Each and every job—from retail positions to office work—makes a difference in someone’s life. For some people, however, it can be challenging to feel […]

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Tips for Getting Back on Track After Holiday Eating

January 6, 2023

Tips for Getting Back on Track After Holiday Eating Healthy eating is stressed to us at all ages, but it is especially important for older adults. A quality diet, like the Mediterranean diet, has been shown to sharpen your mind, reduce the risk of conditions like heart disease, and boost your overall mood. It’s important you eat flavorful, healthy meals for your full-body wellness. No matter how good your eating habits are, chances are that your diet changes during the holiday season. We’re surrounded by delicious fatty foods and sweets, […]

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The Importance of Mindfulness for Caregivers

January 5, 2023

Family caregivers have much on their plates. Barring their work and personal lives, caregivers are responsible for keeping their elderly loved one healthy, happy, and safe. While it is a rewarding job, it is an at-times stressful one and can drive caregivers into burnout and depression. There are many things a family caregiver can do to manage their symptoms of burnout and depression. The importance of mindfulness for caregivers can’t be understated. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment. In […]

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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 4, 2023

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions Did you know that 64% of people who set New Year’s resolutions abandon them by the time January is over? Given how ingrained New Year’s resolutions are in our society, this statistic comes as a shock to many. But why do so many people lose track of their goals? Resolutions might falter for a few reasons, but that isn’t a cause to give up before you even start. Instead, learning how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions will help you lay […]

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How to Enjoy the Winter

January 3, 2023

It’s easy to romanticize the cold weather during the holiday season. The frost and snow add an extra layer of magic to the beauty of the holidays— you may even be dreaming of a white Christmas, as the song goes. But when the New Year passes and holiday decorations come down, all that’s left is the cold and dark of the season. This can lead you to grow resentful of the season—however, this isn’t good for your mental health. Instead of focusing on the worst aspects, you should instead learn […]

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Helping Your Loved One with Post-Holiday Blues

December 30, 2022

The holiday season is two months of light, love, and happiness. Time is spent hopping between events with family and friends, decorating for the season, and shopping for gifts. While running about is at times tiring, most of one’s days throughout the holiday season ends with memories of great fun. For some, there is a moment of relief when the holiday season comes to a close. Their multitude of celebrations finally end, and they can return to life as-is. For many, however, taking down their decorations and resuming their normal […]

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Celebrating New Year’s with Seniors

December 29, 2022

New Year’s Eve brings with it a great deal of excitement. Friends and family gather to tuck away the negative memories of 2022 and usher in the good that is to come in 2023. Celebrating New Year’s with seniors is uniquely special. Throughout their lives, they saw many advances and changes. No two New Year’s have looked quite alike. If you’re celebrating New Year’s with seniors, you may find yourself unsure of the proper way to enjoy the holiday with them. While older adults might not be inclined to stay […]

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What Services Can a Caregiver Assist With?

December 27, 2022

For many individuals, aging in the comfort of one’s home is the best outcome. Over the course of years, or even decades, you’ve built a life among the walls of your home. Each piece of furniture and nick-knack has a story. You’ve watched your grandchildren grow here, and maybe even your children. Leaving all of that behind would be heartbreaking. But as you age, certain activities of daily living aren’t as simple as they once were. Cooking may no longer be desirable. You might struggle to remember which medications to […]

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Celebrating Christmas with Seniors

December 22, 2022

Celebrating Christmas with seniors has a special charm to it. The elder members of your family bring cherished traditions and stories of holidays come to pass. They share their recipes, their decorating hacks, and imbue a sense of warmth across the whole season. Why is the holiday season so important for seniors? The holiday season is great fun for most individuals, but it is especially important for many seniors. While the many commitments associated with the season can be quite exhausting, the holiday season gives seniors the opportunity to spend […]

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Combating SAD with Hygge

December 20, 2022

Combating SAD with Hygge Tomorrow is the darkest day of the year in the most literal sense of the word. The sun won’t rise until almost 7:00 am and will set before 4:30 pm. This means we will only see about eight hours of daylight. These low levels of light are some of the main contributing factors to a condition many Americans are realizing they have: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), is characterized as a type of depression that is only experienced during a certain time of […]

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Observing December’s Main Holidays with Seniors

December 16, 2022

Did you know that there are more than a dozen holidays celebrated in December alone? There is a seasonal celebration for nearly everyone to reflect on what’s most important to them. However, observing December’s main holidays with seniors might look a little different. The holiday season is important to many seniors. It gives them an opportunity to reminisce on the good days, spend time with family members, give back to their communities, and be thankful for what they have. To make the season particularly memorable for your elderly loved one, […]

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Managing Caregiver Stress During the Holiday Season

December 15, 2022

The holiday season is a busy time of year for families of all shapes and sizes. Holiday parties, shopping, and a seemingly revolving door of guests are what make the holiday season so fun. However, when you act as a caregiver for an elderly loved one, these are the exact same details that can add to the stress of the season, and managing caregiver stress during the holiday season can be particularly challenging. Times of stress are normal for all caregivers, but the holiday season brings its own set of […]

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Easy Holiday Décor for Seniors

December 13, 2022

For many people, one of the best parts about the holiday season is bringing one’s home to life with bright colors, lights, and festive cheer. Decorating for the season is a great activity for seniors, as it stimulates your brain with planning and encourages creative thinking. Decorating for Christmas is much more than putting up a tree. These ideas for easy holiday décor for seniors will give you a fun craft to complete and help transform your home into a winter wonderland. DIY candy containers It’s amazing how a coat […]

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How Can Caregivers Help Seniors During the Holiday Season?

December 14, 2022

How Can Caregivers Help Seniors During the Holiday Season? Two weeks into December, we are fully in the trenches of the holiday season. This exciting time of year brings friends and family together in a sea of events. For many seniors, the gathering point of the holiday season is their home. Depending on the group, this could mean their grandchildren, siblings, and more extended family all under their roof. While this prospect is exciting to many seniors, it can also be quite overwhelming. Things aren’t as easy as they used […]

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How Can I Help My Loved One Avoid Slips and Falls This Winter?

December 8, 2022

The prospect of trips and falls is nerve-wracking any time of year, but during the winter, that concern is twice as prominent. The cold weather brings slippery ice and snow, which can be quite dangerous for your elderly loved one. A nasty fall can result in serious injury, especially for people aged 60 and up. With all this to worry about, you may be wondering “how can I help my loved one avoid slips and falls this winter?” In addition to the steps you should have previously taken to prepare […]

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How Can In-Home Care Battle Loneliness in Seniors?

December 7, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Battle Loneliness in Seniors? Loneliness is something everyone experiences at some point in their lives, but it’s more than a passing sensation in seniors. According to a report by Cigna, 61% of older adults report feeling alone often, and this data isn’t even skewed by the global pandemic. The research was gathered in 2019, so it is safe to assume that, in recent years, rates of loneliness in seniors have only increased. Feelings of loneliness in older adults can skyrocket anxiety and depression, and it can […]

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Anxiety in Seniors at Night

December 5, 2022

As your elderly parent ages, you might start to recognize changes in their behavior. They may be more anxious than they used to be, especially if they live alone. Anxiety in seniors at night is fairly common. It could be a result of worrying about tripping and falling, or a more general sense that something is wrong. It is important you let them know that their feelings are not uncommon and that you also do what you can to help them feel comfortable. Anxiety in seniors could also be indicative […]

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Vacations for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

December 28, 2022

Vacations for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold Once the wonder of the holiday season passes, the novelty of snow and frosty weather quickly loses its charm. Seniors in particular grow tired of having to bundle up in copious layers before leaving the house, having to scrape ice off their cars, and shoveling the sidewalk. These are quite physical tasks for seniors and can be easily exhausting. If you’ve settled into a routine post-holiday season and are sick of the weather, try these vacations for seniors looking to escape the […]

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Finding a Caregiver Who is Right for You

December 1, 2022

Coming to terms with the fact that you need a caregiver is a difficult realization to have. It is a point of pride to age independently in one’s home for many older adults, but hiring the assistance of an at-home caregiver isn’t giving up that independence. Think of a caregiver as a safety net. They provide you with the tools and aid you require to remain safely and comfortably at home. Finding a caregiver who is right for you is crucial to having the best at-home care experience. You can’t […]

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Exercising in Cold Weather for Seniors

December 23, 2022

Last month, we spoke about the benefits of getting outside in the winter for seniors. If you’ve been reaping these benefits and are considering incorporating outdoor exercise into your regimen that is fantastic. That being said, there are certain things you should take note of when considering exercising in cold weather for seniors. Before going for a run or hike in cold temperatures , make sure you take the proper precautions so you stay safe. Preparing for outdoor exercise Exercising outdoors during the winter months usually requires more than a […]

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Festive Activities to do in the Chicago Area for Seniors

December 6, 2022

With the first week of December behind us, there is no denying that the holiday season is in full swing—and the city of Chicago is a great place to enjoy it. Between Christmas markets, light shows, and live performances, there is something for all kids from one to 92 to enjoy. If you’re looking for some ways to get into the holiday spirit, try these festive activities to do in the Chicago area for seniors. Safety first! Before you go out to enjoy these festive activities, it is important to […]

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How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 24, 2022

Yesterday, you hopefully spent the day surrounded by family and wonderful food. Your loved ones left the home with satisfied stomachs and likely left you with a great deal of leftovers. For many seniors, this is ideal. Coming up with meals, cooking, and cleanup is an exhausting challenge as you age. However, eating the same meal every day for several days in a row quickly loses its charm—even if it’s delicious Thanksgiving food. If you’re wondering how to use Thanksgiving leftovers creatively, try one of these recipes. Turkey Pot Pie […]

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What States Pay Family Caregivers?

November 18, 2022

Family caregivers are some of the hardest-working individuals out there. On top of managing their career and personal lives, they’re responsible for the well-being of older adults. It is no easy feat, and they deserve some sort of compensation for their work. But what states pay family caregivers? The good news is that a large portion of the United States offers programs that allow family caregivers to receive some sort of compensation. However, certain states offer different funding options. It’s important you reach out to your state’s aging agency to […]

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Home Care In Illinois

What Locations Does Home Care Powered by AUAF Serve?

November 28, 2022

2023 will be Home Care Powered by AUAF’s 30th anniversary. Over nearly three decades, we have had the great pleasure of serving thousands of seniors and their families in the greater Chicago area. Things have greatly changed in that time, and so have we. You may know that our headquarters moved from downtown Chicago to Lincolnwood in 2013, but what locations does Home Care Powered by AUAF serve? Our work has long since stretched across Cook and Lake counties, but did you know we have more than one office? Thanks […]

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Getting Outside in the Winter

November 30, 2022

Once temperatures dip below freezing, many resign themselves to “hibernating” (or really, staying indoors) until the first sign of spring. Winter is a difficult season for everyone, but it is especially hard for older adults. And while curling up under layers of blankets to watch your favorite show may sound ideal, it is not good for your health. There is a reason doctors are once again prescribing nature walks to treat a variety of conditions. From impacts on moods and circadian rhythms, getting outside in the winter is shown to […]

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At-Home Eye Tests for Seniors

November 22, 2022

As we age, some degree of vision problems is normal. Prescriptions change with age, and many who never used glasses before find they suddenly need them for driving or reading. The key word, however, is “some.” Some vision degeneration is normal. Sudden vision loss, pain, or clouding should not be ignored, as they point to more serious problems. At-home tests for seniors are great for maintaining an understanding of your vision. Regular testing will help you recognize if your vision is suddenly declining. This gives you the opportunity to book […]

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What is the Community Care Program?

November 17, 2022

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is an organization that was created to support and advocate for older Illinoisans. They offer over a dozen programs that help seniors live out their lives comfortably and confidently, whether that is resources for transportation, veterans, or ombudsman programs.  This support covers seniors in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and even in-home care. Home care is unique from the other forms of care many seniors receive, as it allows them to age in the comfort of their homes. For most seniors, home care is […]

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Spending a Fun Weekend with Seniors

November 21, 2022

It’s all too easy to fall into a rut of daily activities, but this is especially the case for seniors. While familiar settings and routines are great for keeping older adults preoccupied, when one does the same thing every day it can lead to feelings of demotivation and dissatisfaction. One day, or even a few hours, broken from the rigid structure of your loved one’s day will be great for their spirit. However, when planning a day trip with seniors, determining where to go can be half the battle. If […]

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Weekend Care for the Elderly

November 29, 2022

As a family caregiver, you work harder than just about anyone. More likely than not, you juggle your work life, your personal life, and your caregiving life all at once. And while providing care to your loved one is a rewarding experience, it’s natural to get burned out after so much time. When that happens, don’t wait for the feeling to go away. It will only worsen with time. Instead, take your health into your own hands and research weekend care for the elderly. What is weekend care? Weekend elderly […]

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Lung Cancer Awareness for Seniors

November 15, 2022

In addition to being American Diabetes Month, November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in both men and women—more than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. While case and death rates have decreased exponentially over the past handful of years, lung cancer awareness for seniors is especially important. Smoking rates peaked in 1964 when a bulk of the baby boomer generation were young adults. At that time, 42% of adults regularly smoked. While that number has decreased by about 70% […]

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Giving Thanks to Caregivers

November 23, 2022

Over the past few days, you’ve either been preparing dishes and welcoming family into your home, or traveling to spend Thanksgiving with said family. The week of Thanksgiving (and if we’re being realistic, the remainder of the year), is a hectic time for many seniors. Between family obligations and functions with friends, attending to one’s personal care needs can seem impossible without a caregiver. While giving thanks to caregivers is something that we should make a point to do all year long, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express just […]

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Easy Thanksgiving Décor for Seniors

November 16, 2022

When Halloween ends, many stores sweep up their spooky décor and put Christmas decorations in their place. It’s great to be excited about the impending holiday season, however, we’d be remiss to forget about the holiday that starts the season: Thanksgiving. For many seniors, Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday, as it’s one of the few days a year when the entire family gets together. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your home this year or helping a loved one plan their festivities, try these easy Thanksgiving décor for seniors. Putting together […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Food Pantry Donations

November 14, 2022

As we settle into the holiday season, there is a communal desire to bring some warmth into the world. At Home Care Powered by AUAF, this is something we strive to do. Serving our communities is one of the core pillars of this organization—and we are lucky to work in so many diverse communities across the greater Chicago area with food pantry donations From the South Side to Evanston, to Schaumburg, it’s our mission to give back to those in need, and food pantries allow us to do that. These […]

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Important Things Every Caregiver Should Remember

November 9, 2022

About 17% of adults provide care for their mom or dad at some juncture—and that number is only set to rise. Each member of the baby-boomer generation will reach age 65 or older by the year 2030. In response, the number of family caregivers will have to rise. You may not provide care to a loved one yet, but the chances are high that you will. Transitioning into the role of caregiver is challenging. If you are about to embark on that journey, take heed of these important things every […]

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Showing Kindness on World Kindness Day

November 11, 2022

Every day of the year, we’re bombarded with new stories about everything wrong in the world. In direct contrast to that, World Kindness Day was designed to highlight the good in our respective communities. Celebrated on November 13, the holiday encourages us all to spread kindness. Showing kindness on World Kindness Day is a great way for seniors to switch up their routines and feel good while doing so—in more than one way. Studies show that those who are consistently kind produce 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone), which can […]

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Style for Seniors

November 4, 2022

There’s a misconception about seniors that when you reach a certain age all your desire to maintain your sense of style disappears. However, for many seniors, this couldn’t be further from the case. Many senior citizens love to express themselves through their style but might feel like they can’t “pull off” certain trends due to their age. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Style for seniors doesn’t have to mean dated floral prints and pastels if you don’t want it to. You can follow fashion trends, feel like yourself, […]

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IDoA Director, Paula Basta, Visits Home Care Powered by AUAF

October 26, 2022

On Wednesday, October 19, it was our privilege to have the chance to meet IDoA director, Paula Basta. Despite her busy schedule, Basta took the time to stop by our offices to speak with us about our program and our joint mission to serve Illinois’s senior community. A majority of Paula Basta’s 40-year career has been centered on advocating for older adults. Before she took on the role of IDoA director in 2019, she worked with Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly, the City of Chicago’s Department on Aging, […]

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Easy Cold-Weather Meals for Seniors

November 8, 2022

Easy Cold-Weather Meals for Seniors During the warmer months of the year, it’s easier to eat healthy meals. Stores are full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Meats can be cooked on the grill instead of fried in the kitchen. When the cold weather starts to settle in, however, we may push aside healthy eating in favor of comfort foods. This is especially a problem for seniors, as chronic health conditions can be heavily impacted by the food one consumes. The most obvious example of this is diabetes. According to the […]

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Tips for Balancing Your Work and Caregiving Responsibilities

November 3, 2022

Tips for Balancing Your Work and Caregiving Responsibilities There comes a period in many individuals’ lives when they realize their elderly parent, or another loved one, can’t take care of themself like they used to. After years of being provided for by your parents, you are suddenly thrust into the role of a caregiver. The prospect can be daunting at first, but following an adjustment period, it settles into a rewarding experience. But the transition isn’t without its pitfalls. Most people do not have the luxury of quitting their job […]

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Celebrating Veterans Day with Seniors

November 10, 2022

114 years ago on November 11 in 1918, in a moment of great relief for the entire globe, World War I finally came to an end. While Veteran’s Day didn’t become a nationally observed holiday until 1954, the date was chosen to honor this crucial point in world history. Unlike Memorial Day, which was designed to honor those we have lost, Veteran’s Day was created to honor those who are still with us. Veteran’s Day is an important day for many seniors. A 2021 study found that 42% of males […]

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Tips for Alzheimer’s Prevention

November 2, 2022

The odds are high that you know someone who has faced or currently is facing, Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than 6.2 million seniors currently live with the disease. That number is projected to more than double by 2060. We must know what the disease entails, its risk factors, and potential avenues for prevention. While these are important details to familiarize yourself with all year long, there isn’t a better time to push that education further than November. This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Use […]

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Celebrating Día de Los Muertos with Seniors

November 1, 2022

Día de Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that inspires individuals to reflect on the lives of their passed loved ones. From October 31 to November 2, colorful celebrations of life take place to commemorate friends and family who have passed. While the holiday is celebrated by all ages, it is especially meaningful when celebrating Día de Los Muertos with seniors. They have lost a greater number of loved ones throughout their life. As time goes by, they may feel more and more disconnected from […]

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Cook County Public Health Announces Health Atlas Database

October 24, 2022

On October 12, the Cook County Department of Public Health announced its brand-new data portal: the Cook County Health Atlas. This resource is designed to allow all residents of Cook County to access and analyze neighborhood health data from the suburban municipalities. About the Health Atlas The data breaks down more than 100 indicators of health. These include obesity, depression, smoking rates, and so much more. Users can search for whatever health indicator they’d and see maps, charts, graphs, and tables for their area of choice regarding it. The idea […]

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Helping Your Loved One Avoid Flu Season

October 31, 2022

As the weather starts to cool, there’s a second season that starts to populate our heads. Not winter, but flu season. While you can get the flu any time of year, the actual “flu season” begins in October and can extend into May. Many people aren’t too concerned about the flu virus and its effects, but this can be a disastrous oversight for those who provide care to seniors. Due to their weakened immune systems, older adults (people 65 and up) are far more likely to develop serious complications upon […]

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What is Elder Abuse?

October 27, 2022

Abuse is something that millions of Americans contest with every day. Among them, unfortunately, are seniors. According to the National Council on Aging, about one in 10 Americans aged 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates put the number as high as five million senior citizens who are victims of abuse each year, but the number can’t be confirmed because it often goes unported. Seniors are more susceptible to abuse because of their reliance on others. Frailty, mobility issues, and cognitive decline are some of […]

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Have a Safe Halloween with Seniors

October 28, 2022

Halloween is just around the corner. By now, you’ve likely made plans with loved ones and are looking forward to a night of seasonal fun. Whether that means a party or spooky movies, it’ll still be a great time! However, if you have an elderly loved one, you might be concerned about enjoying the holiday with them. Halloween can be a little nerve-wracking for seniors—and it’s more than the spooky decorations and frightful movies. Follow these tips to make sure you have a safe Halloween with seniors, as well as […]

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Making Your Parent’s Home Senior-Friendly

October 26, 2022

Aging in place isn’t a privilege everyone gets, and it may not even be a mental limitation that makes it unsafe to be at home. It may be because your parent’s home isn’t senior-friendly. As time goes by, it will become more and more difficult to remain in this location. The truth of the matter is most homes are not senior-friendly. According to a Census report, only 10% of homes can accommodate seniors as-are. As a result, the family of older adults often have to take appropriate steps to ensure […]

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Book Club Ideas for Seniors

October 25, 2022

Reading has a way of transporting us to far-off worlds and different cultures all from the comfort of our homes. When we read a particularly engaging book, we want to share the story with our loved ones, but it isn’t the same when they haven’t read it. Share that love with them by starting a book club. Book clubs are a fantastic activity for seniors. They encourage you to read stories you perhaps may not have read otherwise. They also provide you with an avenue of community, which is so […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Companionship & Social Interaction?

October 21, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Companionship & Social Interaction? For many seniors, aging in place is the ideal outcome. The familiarity of home, your possessions, and your cherished memories are all comforting. You know where everything is and never have to worry about learning a new space. But with the positives come negatives. Living at home, especially if you live alone, is isolating. You might spend several days in a row without talking to another person. This can foster deep feelings of loneliness, fear, and even depression. […]

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What are the Different Types of Senior Care?

October 20, 2022

What are the Different Types of Senior Care? No two people benefit from the same form of elder care. Some seniors need regular supervision and care, while others just need a little help around the home from time to time. To accommodate the diverse needs of older adults, a wide array of care options were developed. If you’re already providing care to a loved one, you may be wondering: what are the different types of senior care? You may be struggling with the responsibilities that come with acting as a […]

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How to Find In-Home Care for the Elderly

October 18, 2022

After years of living in the same home, it’s natural to feel an attachment to it. You’ve built memories among those walls—holidays, celebrations, and quiet moments. You may have even raised your children in it. So, as you age, the thought of leaving your home is more and more distressing. For many older adults, aging in place is the ideal outcome, but it may get to a point where it is no longer safe for you to live at home alone anymore. Perhaps it’s difficult for you to get around […]

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Board Games for Senior Game Night

October 19, 2022

Meeting up with friends for lunch regularly is a great way to keep in touch, but it can grow old after a while. You might want to opt for something new, but making other plans can be just as frustrating. You could join a class together, but expenses come into question. A walk in the park could work, but mobility can be an issue for some. Game nights are a great option for seniors who want to switch up how they spend time with their friends and family. They are relatively […]

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How to Make a Positive Impact on Your Loved One’s Cognitive Health

October 17, 2022

How to Make a Positive Impact on Your Loved One’s Cognitive Health “Cognitive health” is probably not something you considered in your younger years. But as you and your loved ones age, “cognitive health” becomes a phrase that you hear quite regularly. It refers to the mental processes that involve learning, intuition, judgment, language, and remembering. It impacts our ability to perform both complex and basic activities of daily living. As people age, they may experience a decline in their cognitive health. This is most often experienced in those who […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness for Seniors

October 13, 2022

October marks the beginning of many things—autumn, the holiday season, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The name was developed in 1985 to bring awareness to the most common form of cancer that affects women, as well as the importance of early detection. After decades of campaigning, the pink ribbon has become synonymous with October in the United States. While the signs and symptoms are crucial for all ages to recognize, breast cancer awareness for seniors is especially important. Half of the newly diagnosed breast cancer cases, in particular, occur in […]

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How to Apply for the Medicaid Caregiver Program

October 12, 2022

How to Apply for the Medicaid Caregiver Program In the United States, more than 53 million adults provide unpaid care to a loved one. This is roughly one in five adults, and that number will only rise as the baby-boomer generation reaches retirement. If you do not already provide care to a loved one, the chances are that you will in the years to come. While the thought may initially be a frightening one, acting as a caregiver is one of the most rewarding experiences. It is fulfilling to see […]

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Easy Halloween Décor for Seniors

October 14, 2022

One of the best ways to usher in a new season, or a new holiday, is to decorate. While it might just seem like a silly task, decorating is so much more than that. The mentally stimulating activity requires a great deal of forward thinking and planning, which is especially valuable for older adults. However, if you have never been one for decorating, it can be challenging to know where to start. This list of easy Halloween decor for seniors encourages you to flex your creative muscle. Each easy DIY […]

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Halloween Fun in the Chicago Area for Seniors

October 11, 2022

Halloween is a beloved holiday for a reason: it’s great fun. With trick-or-treating, parties, movies, and other festivities, there is something for all age groups to enjoy. While not all Halloween events were made with the entire family in mind, there are still great options for Halloween fun in the Chicago area for seniors. No two seniors are alike. Some prefer the energy of a crowd, while others might want a quieter engagement. Whatever you or your loved one prefers, there is likely something to pique your interest on this […]

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Outdoor Exercises for Seniors in Fall

October 6, 2022

Autumn is a perfect time of year to take your exercise regimen outdoors. The blazing heat of summer has passed and the brutal cold of winter has yet to set in, making exercise comfortable. Given how sensitive many seniors are to temperature, there’s no better time to exercise outdoors. If you want to enjoy the weather while focusing on your physical fitness, consider these outdoor exercises for seniors in the fall. Hiking For many people, hiking is a form of exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. The colored leaves, sounds […]

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Preparing Your Aging Loved One for Cold Weather

October 5, 2022

With fall in full swing, it is time to begin preparing your aging loved one for cold weather. While you likely want to savor the sun and not think about the prospect of being snowed in quite yet, it is crucial that you take these steps before everyone is scrambling for their necessary supplies. Freezing temperatures have a substantial impact on individuals of all ages, of course, but seniors are far more susceptible to the cold than younger individuals. When one is cold, their heart pumps less effectively and their […]

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Fast Safely with Seniors During Yom Kippur

October 4, 2022

Fasting on Yom Kippur is an essential part of the High Holy Days for many Jewish individuals. It is the quintessential way to cleanse the body and reflect on one’s sins. For many seniors, however, fasting for a day isn’t as simple as it once was. Medical concerns can make fasting a questionable activity for seniors. But after decades of the following tradition on Yom Kippur, it’s difficult to skip out on a year. It may leave you wondering: are there ways to fast safely with seniors during Yom Kippur? […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Brain Games & Activities?

October 3, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Brain Games & Activities? It’s a fact of life that, as we age, our mental capacity may not be what it once was. As new memories populate the surface of our brains, old ones slip—or perhaps vice versa, on occasion. Is there any way to help seniors with brain games and activities? But just because this is natural, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything you can’t do about it. Just like when you go to the gym intent to target your arms […]

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Why do Seniors like Bingo?

September 29, 2022

It seems in any form of media that features older adults, you will catch them playing bingo at some point. Whether it was born from the media we consume or actively watching our older relatives play the game, bingo has grown to be associated with older generations. But why do seniors like bingo? What is it that attracts seniors to the game? Bingo is more than the quiet game it may appear to be. For many seniors, the game is an opportunity for fun, socialization, and mental stimulation. A chance […]

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What are the 4 Types of Caregivers?

September 28, 2022

When caregivers work in unique environments, they can’t perform the exact same activities for their senior clients. Some are better suited for activities of daily living, while others can perform medical care. As you, or a loved one, begins to require additional care in their lives, you may begin to wonder: what are the 4 types of caregivers? In the interest of full disclosure, there are more than 4 types of caregivers. However, four types of caregivers are more common and are likely to be the leading contenders for your consideration. […]

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Self-Care for Seniors

September 23, 2022

September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. Over the past handful of years, the phrase “self-care” has risen in popularity. In the past, the prospect of taking time out of the day to care for yourself may have been perceived as selfish or even weak. These days, the importance of self-care is better understood by a wider range of Americans. Self-care isn’t necessarily about indulging in shopping or treats. At its core, the term “self-care” is the practice of taking an active role in protecting your health, well-being, and happiness. After […]

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Five Things to Consider When Taking Care of an Elderly Loved One

September 27, 2022

Beginning the journey of caring for an elderly loved one brings a whirlwind of changes. You are no longer responsible for your life and your life alone. Suddenly, another human being depends on your care—and it is far different from supervising a child. Unlike a child, your elderly parent or loved one used to be able to handle their daily tasks themselves. They may be resistant to suddenly having someone else take the reins. This new arrangement may initially be difficult for you and your family member. After spending one’s […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Taste of Polonia

September 26, 2022

Home Care Powered by AUAF was thrilled to attend Taste of Polonia this year. The city of Chicago has the second largest Polish community in the country behind only the country of Poland itself. As a result, the event is not only the largest Polish festival in the Chicago area, but in the country. About Taste of Polonia In 1977, the Polish community set out on its mission to create a permanent cultural center for themselves within Chicago. It wasn’t until 1979 that the Copernicus Foundation (named after a renowned […]

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Do Caregivers Get Paid?

September 22, 2022

At first, taking care of an elderly loved one might not seem too much of an undertaking. It may begin with simple tasks like picking up prescriptions or ingredients for a meal. As your loved one ages, however, the responsibilities pile up. The occasional errand turns into meal preparation, housekeeping, and personal care. Suddenly, it seems you have two full-time jobs. As this occurs, you may begin to wonder: do caregivers get paid for their work? Certainly, some professionals work for an agency and build a career. But what about […]

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Fall Events in the Chicago Area for Seniors

September 21, 2022

Fall is the favorite season of Americans across the board—and with good reason. The intense heat of summer has abated, and the brutal cold of winter has yet to set in. The leaves change to brilliant displays of red and orange. There are plenty of seasonal activities and festivals. The city of Chicago is one of the best places to be during the fall months. The weather is right, the city is covered in a blanket of leaves, and there is a new activity to enjoy seemingly every week, no […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Errands?

September 20, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Errands? For some, hopping from store to store to fulfill one’s errands is a fun activity. However, as we age, running errands is not as enjoyable as it once was. Mobility issues make “hopping between stores” not quite so simple, and the constant action can be draining. Despite their importance, seniors may avoid going to the grocery store, the post office, or the pharmacy due to physical limitations. If this has grown to be the case for you, it may be time […]

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What Does the Illinois Department on Aging Do?

September 19, 2022

If you are over age 60 or perhaps have an older loved one, there is a high chance that you’ve heard of the Illinois Department on Aging. While the name is recognizable, you may wonder: what does the Illinois Department on Aging do? We are taught from a young age to respect our elders. However, elders often don’t receive the support they need to live out their golden years in comfort. They may need assistance getting to appointments or remembering to take medication, but don’t have the resources they need. […]

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Showing Your Caregivers Appreciation on Labor Day

September 2, 2022

The “caregiver” profession is unlike any other. Caregivers are directly responsible for creating a positive impact in the lives of their elderly clients. Whether responsible for keeping their clients on top of their medication or assisting with grooming activities, it is thanks to both professional caregivers and family caregivers that so many seniors are able to live independently in the comfort of their homes. While their actions are most certainly appreciated, too often that appreciation goes unsaid. Don’t let this weekend pass without showing your caregivers appreciation on Labor Day. […]

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Celebrating Labor Day with Seniors

September 2, 2022

Labor Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the unofficial end of summer. The change in the season is already detected with shorter days and cooler nights, but that doesn’t mean the best has already passed. Send out summer surrounded by friends and family this year. After spending an entire year working diligently, you may be inclined to simply see where the day takes you. However, if you’re celebrating Labor Day with seniors, you may want to include more structure in your day. Consider these family activities […]

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How to Quit Smoking

September 15, 2022

In the 20th century, smoking was widely accepted among Americans. It was leaned on for a variety of reasons, from overcoming boredom to maintaining anxiety, to simply wishing to appear sophisticated. By the 1960s, about 42% of Americans were regular smokers. That number has drastically declined over the years. As of 2020, it was down to 12.5% 2020. For older adults over 65, that number is down to 8.3%— an impressive statistic, given the numbers of their youth. While the decreased numbers are a great trend, there are still millions […]

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Assisted Living or Home Care?

September 14, 2022

This week is National Assisted Living Week. During this time of year, we are encouraged to take a moment to all of those who play vital role health and happiness of seniors in these facilities. If you are over the age of 65, this week may give you pause. As we age, it’s natural to need help with activities of daily living we once found simple. When you begin to recognize this in yourself, you may wonder: what kind of help do I need? Do I need assisted living or […]

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Deciding the Hours You Work as a Family Caregiver

September 13, 2022

Family caregivers are some of the hardest working individuals out there. Not only do they have to manage the care of an elderly loved one (which is a daunting task on its own), they have to juggle their own lives, their families, and even their careers. The limited hours in a day become painfully obvious when one starts providing care to a loved one. According to the Arbors, family caregivers provide an average of 24.4 hours a week. 23% spend more than 41 hours caring for a family member. Many […]

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How to Celebrate Grandparents Day

September 9, 2022

The origins of Grandparents Day were slow to start. In 1969, a little boy sent President Nixon a letter suggesting there should be a day to celebrate grandparents. It was declined for the time being, but that wasn’t the end of things. For nearly ten years, activist Marian McQuade fought for a day recognizing our older family members, and in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed it into fruition. He was determined the first Sunday following Labor Day would be known as “National Grandparents Day.” Though a nationally recognized holiday, it […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Back-to-School Events

September 1, 2022

In order to usher in the new school year, Home Care Powered by AUAF attended a series of back-to-school attends across Chicagoland! August is the time of year when families in all communities prepare their students for their impending studies. This often comes in the form of attending events designed to celebrate the new school year. Home Care Powered by AUAF prides itself on playing an active part in the communities we serve. So, our staff was thrilled to attend four separate back-to-school events. The back-to-school community events Chicago was […]

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