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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 the Loss of a Spouse

February 21, 2021

Whether it’s a long illness, a sudden catastrophic event, or something in between; the loss of 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 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 live […]

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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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How to Show Support During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2, 2023

How to Show Support During Breast Cancer Awareness Month Though each month has its own topic of awareness (or two or three), October boasts potentially one of the most well-known awareness months: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Initially developed in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and what is now known as AstraZeneca to encourage women to get regular mammograms, the month has expanded far past its initial purpose. This time of year has grown to address treatment, research, and funding. Naturally, awareness is essential to ensuring women across the country […]

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How Meal Kits Can Make Caregiving Easier

September 28, 2023

As a caregiver for your elderly loved one, you’re fully aware of how difficult it can be to put together healthy, delicious meals some days. Between doctor’s appointments, housekeeping, and tending to your loved one’s needs, meal planning can feel like a near-impossible task. This might lead you to select unhealthy options for the sake of putting something on the table. While they may taste good, they aren’t good for you. In the past decade, meal kits rose in popularity as a solution for busy Americans, including caregivers. Even if […]

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Transitioning Your Wardrobe to Colder Weather: A Senior’s Guide

September 27, 2023

Transitioning Your Wardrobe to Colder Weather: A Senior’s Guide With September coming to a close, you have likely begun to notice a change in temperature. Mornings and nights have a chill in the air, but afternoons are still pleasant. This can make deciding what to wear a daunting challenge for seniors—as it can be all too easy to under-dress or over-dress for the day. With fall upon us, it may be time to start transitioning your wardrobe to colder-weather clothing. Over the next several weeks you will likely start putting […]

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Upcoming Autumn Events in the Chicago Area

September 26, 2023

Summer may be the primary tourist season in Chicago, but there is another time of year that many individuals flock to the city: fall. The weather is comfortable, the foliage is beautiful, and the city is alive with seasonal events. With this past Saturday marking the first official day of fall, start writing down these upcoming autumn events in the Chicago area. There is a wide variety of both free and ticketed events seniors and their families can attend. Just remember, before making the trip out, to make sure the […]

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Meditation for Caregivers

September 25, 2023

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it a thousand times: self-care is essential not only to a caregiver’s mental health, but to their ability to provide quality care. Though many caregivers have the misconception that taking care of themselves is selfish, it is far from that. With self-care, your mental and physical health is a priority. One great way to prioritize your mental health is through meditation. Meditation for caregivers is the practice of focusing on the present moment to ground oneself– an extension of practicing mindfulness. It is […]

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Alternatives to Alcohol for Seniors

September 21, 2023

Over the years, we find select cocktails, beers, or wines that become absolute favorites. While it is all right to have a drink every now and again, as you age, drinking alcohol isn’t as simple as it once was. Health complications, adverse interactions with prescription medications, and a heightened chance of alcohol-related accidents make drinking a risk for older adults. If it’s time for you to cut down on your alcohol intake, you don’t have to feel like you are missing out. These days, there are plenty of delicious alternatives […]

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Easy and Fun Fall Decor for Seniors

September 20, 2023

In just a few days, we officially say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. This season is a favorite among Americans across all age brackets thanks to the palatable weather, the beautiful foliage, and the activities that come with it. If you’re among the group who has been looking forward to fall all year, you already know one of the best ways to get in the mood is with seasonal decor. Crafting and decorating one’s home is a fantastic activity for seniors. In doing so, older adults actively engage their […]

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Balance Exercises for Seniors

September 18, 2023

We don’t tend to realize how much balance impacts our day-to-day life until it becomes a problem. If we struggle with balance, it isn’t just a matter of feeling dizzy. It leads to issues with standing, walking, and generally moving about one’s environment without falling. This can impede upon one’s ability to carry out their daily activities and remain independent at home. Balance Awareness Week, which is the third week in September, strives to recognize this. For seniors, balance problems can arise for a number of reasons—from medication, to vertigo, […]

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How to Promote Independence in Your Loved One

September 19, 2023

As we age, it’s perfectly natural to need a little help around. Even knowing that, when the time comes, many seniors find it hard to accept said help. To them, it can feel like a loss of independence, which can be to the detriment of their mental health. When acting as a caregiver, it is important you know how to promote independence in your elderly loved one. Your assistance should be less about taking over tasks and more about giving them the tools they need to remain active players in […]

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Celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago with Seniors

September 15, 2023

Come mid-September, there is a change in the air—fall is on the horizon. To ring in the start of the season many have adopted a certain celebration: Oktoberfest. With roughly 15% of the population in the Chicago area made of those with German ancestry, it’s no surprise that Oktoberfest has grown to be a Chicago staple. Whether you are of German heritage or simply looking to enjoy the festivities, celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago with seniors is a fantastic way to get out of the home for an afternoon outdoors. What is […]

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How to Create a Caregiving Schedule That Works for You

How to Create a Caregiving Schedule That Works for You

September 14, 2023

No two days as a family caregiver look exactly alike. Some days are more relaxed at home, while others may involve running from doctor’s appointments, to group meetings, to stores. With so much up in the air, some may be inclined to think keeping any sort of schedule is pointless. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. Learning how to create a caregiving schedule that works for you is essential to maintaining your caregiving responsibilities, as well as your life responsibilities. With a clear-cut calendar and list, you never […]

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How Seniors Can Easily Maintain Their Health

September 13, 2023

September is a special month for Home Care Powered by AUAF: it is recognized nationally as Healthy Aging Month. Aging into one’s golden years is an exciting time—however, health concerns can take away some of that enjoyment. Healthy Aging Month strives to recognize this by raising awareness for how our minds and bodies change as we age, as well as tips for how seniors can easily maintain their health. There are a few key factors that always come up when discussing a senior’s health. While a quality diet and exercise […]

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Promoting Mental Health in Seniors: Strategies for Effective Support

September 9, 2023

Promoting Mental Health in Seniors: Strategies for Effective Support According to a study by the National Institute of Health, 14.5% of adults over 50 are living with some sort of mental health issue. Especially following the global pandemic, this statistic has only risen. Social isolation, which is something older adults are already more likely to experience, created higher rates of depression and anxiety. The accuracy of these numbers is often speculated, as senior citizens are less likely to report mental health problems. This is primarily due to the stigmas carried […]

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Fresh Cooking for Seniors with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

September 12, 2023

Any time one decides to make a healthy change to their diet, there is one recommendation that comes up without fail: eat more fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, this time of year, eating fresh produce is easier than ever. In September, you can reap the benefits of both summer and fall crops, making fresh cooking for seniors with fresh fruits and vegetables easy. Try these recipes to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals—and for peak freshness, head to your local farmer’s market. Not only will you be supporting […]

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Natural Beauty Products for Seniors with Sensitive Skin

September 8, 2023

Natural Beauty Products for Seniors with Sensitive Skin All our lives, our skin changes. One product that may have worked well ten years ago may no longer have its desired effect. You may have even found that your skin is much more sensitive than it was a few years prior. This may initially cause you concern, and while it is certainly a good idea to get your skin looked at every so often, sensitive skin is just a part of aging. As your skin grows more sensitive, finding the products […]

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Celebrating National Grandparents Day with Your Elderly Loved One

September 6, 2023

We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day—of course we need a National Grandparents Day too! First signed into law on August 3, 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, the holiday was developed to celebrate the important bond between a child and their grandparents. It is commemorated on the second Sunday in September (or the Sunday after Labor Day), falling on September 10 this year. If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating National Grandparents Day with your elderly loved one, make it a treasured memory for both of you. Take a walk […]

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How Caregivers Can Treat Themselves this Labor Day

September 4, 2023

How Caregivers Can Treat Themselves this Labor Day After a year of giving 110% to one’s employer, Labor Day is a much-welcome reprieve for many Americans. As the unofficial end of summer, we gather to enjoy a day of relaxation and fun with our friends and family. When you work as a caregiver, that kind of time is precious. If you’re a caregiver who has Labor Day off, use this holiday to attend to your self-care needs—mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social. Self-care looks a little different for everyone, but […]

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How to Do a Self-Exam for Skin Cancer

September 1, 2023

If you’re anything like most Chicagoans, you spent a large bulk of your summer outside. After our long winters, the warm weather is precious. That being said, extended periods of time outdoors expose you to harmful UV rays. Too much exposure can lead to skin damage, and even skin cancer. That is why, especially after the summer months, learning how to do a self-exam for skin cancer is important for keeping yourself safe. Remember that a self-exam cannot replace an in-person exam with a licensed dermatologist. However, what it can […]

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Round Out Summer with These Events in Chicago

August 31, 2023

Your grandchildren have started school again and the weather is starting to cool off. It’s official: summer is coming to a close. Even if you are looking forward to fall fun, it’s still bittersweet to say goodbye to summer. However, you don’t have to say goodbye just yet. Whether it’s with your friends or loved ones, round out summer with these events in Chicago to make the most of this time of year. One of the best parts about finding something to do in the city? There is a great […]

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How Caregivers Can Build Trust with Their Elderly Client

August 30, 2023

Providing care to a client, while naturally a quintessential aspect, is only part of the job of being a caregiver. Building a rapport with the person your care for is essential to both of your experiences. The more comfortable with you your client is, the more efficiently you will be able to do your job. As you begin to pursue a caregiving career, learning how caregivers can build trust with their elderly client is one of the most important steps you can take. Treat them with respect This tip may […]

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Snacks that Help Keep Older Adults Hydrated

August 24, 2023

Snacks that Help Keep Older Adults Hydrated For many caregivers, keeping their elderly loved one properly hydrated is a challenge. It’s already a battle from a physical standpoint—as we age, our muscle mass and kidney function decline, reducing our ability to conserve water. Our sense of thirst also diminishes, leading many seniors to not even realize they need water until their essential fluids are already low. What’s more, those suffering from dementia may forget to eat and drink. This doesn’t even take into account how some prescription medications can cause […]

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Great Chair Exercises for Seniors

August 29, 2023

Staying physically active isn’t as easy for older adults as it once was. Chronic conditions such as arthritis, injuries, and other medical conditions can make it almost impossible to get to the gym. However, you don’t need fancy gym equipment to get your blood pumping. Even if mobility is an issue, there are plenty of great chair exercises for seniors that you can try. Are chair exercises actually beneficial? In short: yes! Chair exercises, or seated exercises, can yield the same benefits you would expect from more traditional forms of […]

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Summer Activities Seniors Can Enjoy with their Grandchildren

August 25, 2023

In the Chicago area, time spent outside in the summer is precious. No matter your age, everyone wants to spend their afternoons soaking up the sun and enjoying the fresh air—including your grandchildren. Next time you’re together, feed that desire and try these summer activities seniors can enjoy with their grandchildren. When you’re outside, don’t forget… The summer sun may feel revitalizing, but it’s important you take the proper steps to keep both yourself and your grandchildren safe. Remember to use sunscreen before going out and reapply every two to […]

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How Seniors Can Manage Psoriasis Symptoms at Home

August 23, 2023

How Seniors Can Manage Psoriasis Symptoms at Home We’ve all seen it: scaly patches of red skin on one’s arms or legs. It isn’t contagious, but that doesn’t make it any less uncomfortable for the person suffering from it. Not only are these patches unsightly—they’re painful. This skin condition is known as psoriasis, and it affects over three million Americans a year. While it can impact those of any age, the symptoms of the disease can be especially difficult for seniors. In order to educate the public on the condition, […]

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The Best National Parks Near Chicago for Seniors

August 22, 2023

One of the best parts about living in the Chicago area is its proximity to incredible natural sites. Even within the city limits, there are fantastic spots for seniors to go on an easy nature walk and enjoy some fresh air. With the peak of summer behind us, now is the perfect time to take a little adventure to our nearby national parks. Between Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and even right here in Illinois, there are plenty of natural wonders you can go explore. If you’re looking for some of the […]

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Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day with Your Loved One

August 18, 2023

Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day with Your Loved One If you have an elderly loved one in your life, you know just how special their presence is. Older adults enrich our lives with their worldly insight, their stories of the past, and most importantly, their love. While a visit or a phone call is a great way to show them how much they mean to you, use a special occasion to go above and beyond. August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day in the United States—the perfect excuse to go […]

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Understanding the Role of a Home Care Agency in Elderly Care

August 17, 2023

Understanding the Role of a Home Care Agency in Elderly Care It seems every year our needs change as we age. These changes start small, such as taking a little longer to clean the house. As time goes by, however, you may start to realize how exhausting housekeeping is. Then, it might become more than that—it’s not only exhausting, but physically challenging to complete these chores. Despite knowing you need help around the home, many seniors are resistant to looking into home care, as they don’t want to give up […]

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Summer Fashion Tips for Seniors

August 16, 2023

No matter your age, you likely feel that your fashion sense is something that helps define you. As you’ve aged, you’ve found styles of clothing that spark joy and fit your personality, but there may be certain times of the year this feels more difficult. Summer, for many seniors, is a time of year that feels quite difficult to dress for. Fashion trends are usually tailored to the younger generations, which may not feel appropriate for your current age. While fashion knows no age and you are welcome to wear […]

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Staying Up to Date with Your Vaccinations as a Senior

August 11, 2023

Oftentimes, when we think of vaccines, we think of the myriad of shots children get to stay healthy and happy. It’s rare we think of needing vaccines into our adulthood, and maybe even rarer still, as an older adult. However, staying up to date with your vaccinations as a senior is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Why is staying up to date with my vaccinations as a senior so important? As you age, your immune system weakens and makes it far more difficult […]

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The Importance of Personalized In-Home Care Services for Seniors

August 15, 2023

No two individuals are alike. Even if they are the exact same age and gender living in the exact same location with the exact same conditions, they may not have the same symptoms. If both these individuals are in home care, they won’t need the exact same services. This clearly illustrates the importance of personalized in-home care services for seniors. While it might seem easier at surface level, putting seniors in the exact same box of care is beneficial to no one. Having a tailored plan of care helps ensure […]

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Easy Ways for Seniors to Declutter

August 10, 2023

It seems every week of the year is some sort of “National ___ Week.” While some are sillier (National Balayage Week and International Clown Week both happen in August), some are more useful reminders. This week is National Simplify Your Life Week—a time of year that encourages us to rid our lives of our physical and psychological clutter. Clutter—physical or otherwise—is a serious contributor to one’s stress levels. The implications of chronic stress on one’s health are severe, even leading to issues with blood pressure and heart disease. Seniors, in […]

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Continuity in Home Care

August 9, 2023

When providing care to an older adult, no two days will look alike. Some will be easier than others. While you can never guess how a senior will feel from one day to the next, there is one thing you can control: your continuity in home care. Continuity refers to the uninterrupted and consistent delivery of care by the same caregiver or team of caregivers. It plays a vital role in ensuring seniors receive consistent, high-quality help at home. In having the same group of individuals providing care, seniors’ needs […]

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Coping with Hair Loss as an Older Adult

August 8, 2023

You may have been confident that it would never happen to you, but now it’s starting: you are losing your hair. While baldness is often looked down upon, it is one of the most common issues a person can experience. Roughly 70% of men lose hair as they age, and it isn’t just men who have to come to terms with this. Around 40% of women over 70 experience hair loss too. Despite it being so common, coping with hair loss as an older adult can be quite a challenge. […]

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Understanding Love Languages for Effective Communication with Seniors

August 4, 2023

When one hears the phrase “love languages,” one likely thinks about the way one prefers to interact with one’s significant other. However, the truth of the matter is that love languages are so much more than that. Brought to popularity by Dr. Gary Chapman, the five love languages refer to some of the most common ways people prefer to give and receive affection. Whether you’re caring for an elderly loved one or simply want to show them you care, understanding love languages for effective communication with seniors will be greatly beneficial […]

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How to Make the Transition into Home Care Easier for Your Loved One

August 3, 2023

Whether it’s an injury, cognitive decline, or simply complications of aging, there will be a time in your elderly loved one’s life when it isn’t safe for them to be home alone any longer. Even if they are aware help at home would be beneficial to them, many seniors are resistant to this change. While home care may be precisely what they need, it can be difficult to accept the care of an outsider. If you’re hiring the support of an at-home caregiver, learning how to make the transition into […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Seniors to Add to Their Diet

August 2, 2023

Everyone is bound to experience inflammation from time to time. Seniors, however, are more likely to experience challenges aggravated by inflammation, including arthritis and muscle problems. These conditions can vary from uncomfortable to outright painful and can seriously interrupt one’s life. Medicine has advanced greatly in the past few decades, offering seniors some relief from these chronic problems. Even with those advancements, there are things you can do in your day-to-day life to make things easier. Try these anti-inflammatory foods for seniors to add to their diet so you can […]

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The Importance of Compassionate Communication in Caregiving

July 31, 2023

No two days of caregiving look alike. Some days, you and your loved one may not have much to do. On other days, there are errands to run, appointments to attend, and health issues to contest with. Amidst all the varying days, there is one thing that has to remain the same: how you communicate with them. The importance of compassionate communication in caregiving can’t be understated. It can make a good day great and a difficult day easier. But compassionate communication unfortunately isn’t something we all have an innate […]

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Hosting a Women’s World Cup Viewing Party for Seniors

August 2, 2023

Hosting a Women’s World Cup Viewing Party for Seniors Soccer (or football, in other corners of the world) has long since been recognized as a favorite sport on an international scale, and the United States is finally catching up. Over the past 40 years, soccer’s popularity in the States has grown nearly 300%. As a result, the World Cup has become a sensation across the entire world, inspiring celebrations across all ages. This summer, the globe is excited to watch the Woman’s World Cup. Whether your elderly loved one is […]

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Celebrating International Day of Friendship with Seniors

July 28, 2023

Celebrating International Day of Friendship with Seniors Friendships are some of the most important relationships a person can have. They offer us fun times, someone to talk to, and someone to cheer us on when things are difficult. With both our friends and family by our sides, we can truly do anything. In 2011, the United Nations chose to recognize the importance of friendship across the world by proclaiming July 30 as the International Day of Friendship. For seniors, that importance can’t be understated. With a solid foundation of social […]

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How is Music Beneficial for Seniors?

July 27, 2023

There isn’t anything more unifying in the world than music. It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or what your background is—there is bound to be music that inspires passionate feelings in you. But music can do even more than that. Research shows that it can almost act as medicine, especially for older adults. But how is music beneficial for seniors? How is music beneficial for seniors? All of us have listened to a favorite song and instantly felt an improvement in our mood. Alternatively, we’ve also […]

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Indoor Activities for Seniors to Beat the Summer Heat

July 26, 2023

Though Chicago is known for its more temperate summers, there will be days that reach intense temperatures. When temperatures start climbing, spending much time outdoors is out of the question—especially for older adults, who are more prone to heat-related illnesses. Try some of these indoor activities for seniors to beat the summer heat for ways to pass the time on excruciating days. Have a spa day If you’ve been looking for an excuse to pamper yourself, having a day indoors is the best time to do it. First, decide what […]

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Keeping Your Elderly Loved One Hydrated

July 25, 2023

During the hottest months of the year, staying properly hydrated is more important than ever. Water is essential to each of our bodily functions, but according to a study from the University of California, up to 40% of elderly people are chronically under-hydrated. Keeping your elderly loved one hydrated is essential to their overall bodily function, but doing so isn’t as easy as it once was. Why is dehydration more likely to impact older adults? A common problem family caregivers face is whether or not their loved one is getting […]

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Best Ways to Stay Social as a Senior

July 20, 2023

As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain social connections. While feelings of isolation and depression can arise for a number of reasons, socialization is one of the primary ways to combat it. In exploring the best ways to stay social as a senior, you will not only foster meaningful relationships, but enrich your life. What are the benefits of staying social? Past fighting depression, staying social has been shown to have both physical and mental health benefits. Initially, it may be a surprise to hear that socializing has […]

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Tips for Traveling Safely as a Senior

July 19, 2023

After a few years of having to limit our travel, we finally have the freedom to explore new places (or visit old favorites) as we please. For many older adults, this is the chance they have to explore the world, as they didn’t have the time to travel until retirement. With this time, you can finally get on a plane and explore the world. While this is an exciting opportunity, it is also important to address that traveling as a senior poses new challenges. Whether you are hopping in a […]

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Understanding the Emotional Needs of Seniors and How to Address Them

July 18, 2023

At their core, your elderly loved one has the same emotional needs as everyone else. However, aging is an, at times, frustrating and emotional experience. As medical concerns change, physical limitations arise, and living situations modify, your loved one may begin to feel lost. During this time, understanding the emotional needs of seniors and how to address them is more important than ever. While the exact needs of a person vary from individual to individual, there are a few common needs you can expect most seniors to have. Independence For […]

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Tips for Smartphone Use for Seniors

July 14, 2023

Over the past century alone, advancements in telephone technologies have reached incredible heights. From being confined to a corner of one’s home due to a phone cord to essentially having a small computer in one’s purse, it’s incredible what we can use our telephones to do these days. Knowing all this, it’s no surprise that learning to use a smartphone can be confusing for seniors. When you get a new smartphone, you often have someone by your side to help you set it up. Once they’re gone, however, figuring out […]

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Healthy Desserts for Seniors

July 13, 2023

Healthy eating isn’t always simple, especially for those who have a sweet tooth. It’s all right to have something sweet every now and again, but indulging too much can lead to complications with diabetes and high blood pressure. These healthy desserts for seniors will help satisfy that desire for a treat while still being a great addition to a balanced diet. Chocolate covered strawberries For someone with diabetes, cholesterol issues, or who is gluten-free, an easy way to get something sweet is with a batch of chocolate-covered strawberries. Melt the […]

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Tips for Hosting a Family Reunion for Seniors

July 12, 2023

After a few years of being unable to see our loved ones, many families are making up for lost time by hosting family reunions. They are the perfect opportunity to bring generations under one roof and create new memories. Planning a family reunion is challenging for anyone, but as an older adult, these challenges are more prevalent. Whether you are planning on hosting your closest family members or your entire extended family, following these tips for hosting a family reunion for seniors will help you be able to enjoy the […]

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Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke: Recognizing the Signs

July 11, 2023

Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke: Recognizing the Signs On average, July is the hottest month of the year in Chicago. While air conditioning units are becoming more common across the city, many apartments and homes are still without central air. Those without it may experience some uncomfortably warm days at home—but for seniors, those uncomfortably warm days can be dangerous. Adults over 65 are more likely to experience serious heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Many individuals confuse these two conditions, but it is important to recognize […]

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Brain Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet

July 5, 2023

Cognitive decline is an unfortunate, common problem. While roughly 10% of older adults have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, an additional 22% of seniors experience some form of cognitive impairment in their lives. This comes out to roughly two in 10 seniors. Genetic predisposition can’t be changed, but there are certain things everyone can do to protect their cognitive health as they age. In previous blogs, we’ve touched on mentally stimulating activities that are great for seniors, but protecting one’s cognitive health goes further than brain games. The food you eat […]

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Enjoying the 4th of July with Your Elderly Loved Ones

July 4, 2023

Independence Day is the largest summer celebration for people across the country. For one day, everyone gathers to celebrate the freedom of our nation with great food, games, and fireworks shows. However, if you’re enjoying the 4th of July with your elderly loved ones, the holiday may look a little different. Your loved one may need certain accommodations to enjoy the holiday to its fullest. Whether it’s a large family celebration or just the two of you spending the day together, it’s important you are prepared. For larger, outdoor events […]

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Exercises a Caregiver and Senior Can do Together

July 3, 2023

It’s common for caregivers to struggle to find time to exercise, but there may be a perfect period that they don’t even think of. Just as exercise is important to your overall health, your elderly loved one needs to exercise too. So, take advantage of that time—and encourage them to get moving—by practicing these exercises a caregiver and senior can do together. Stretch No matter your age, stretching is a key part of the exercise process. Stretching increases blood flow, which helps the muscles perform better, increases flexibility, and increases […]

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Fun Ways Caregivers Can Help Their Loved One Stay Mentally Stimulated

June 28, 2023

As you start to take over care responsibilities for your elderly loved one, you may realize that “care” doesn’t just refer to activities such as personal care or meal preparation. These are naturally important features of supporting your loved one, but eventually, you will realize the importance of keeping them mentally stimulated too. Keeping a senior’s brain engaged doesn’t have to involve the same set of memory games or puzzles. In fact, there are plenty of fun ways caregivers can help their loved one stay mentally stimulated. You may not realize […]

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Free Events for Seniors in the Chicago Area

June 13, 2023

In the summertime, the city of Chicago comes to life. Between events at Millennium Park, to street festivals in the nearby neighborhoods, to community gatherings in the suburbs, there is always something happening for all age groups. The best part? Many of them are free! You don’t have to spend a penny to have fun this summer. If you’re looking for some interesting occasions to switch up your weekly routine, consider these free events for seniors in the Chicago area. Shakespeare in the Park For 11 seasons, Shakespeare in the Park […]

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Caring for a Pet as an Older Adult

June 30, 2023

Despite all the work, having a pet is a rewarding experience for most adults, no matter their age. This is clearly illustrated by a set of statistics put forward by Forbes, which reveals that 66% of households in the United States currently have at least one pet. While the millennial generation was most likely to have a pet, roughly 24% of baby boomers have one too. As we age, caring for a pet as an older adult grows to be an intriguing thought. Especially for those who live at home, […]

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Camping Tips for Seniors

June 29, 2023

For lovers of the great outdoors, camping trips are a quintessential summer activity. You may have gotten a thrill out of “roughing it” in your younger years, but the older you get, the less feasible it is to sleep on the ground. That being said, having physical or medical concerns doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy one of your favorite activities anymore. You may just have to make some alternations to how you camp. By following camping tips for seniors, you can enjoy the great outdoors without having to sacrifice […]

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Grilling Tips for Seniors

June 27, 2023

We’ve all been anxiously anticipating summer since January, but last week was finally the official start of the season. For many individuals, the warmer weather is practically synonymous with grilling. It is estimated that roughly 128.5 million households in the United States—roughly 60%— own a grill. For many seniors, grilling is more than a delicious way to get food on the table—it’s a hobby too! You’re likely eager to get outside and enjoy the fresh over some freshly barbecued food. However, it’s important you don’t do so without a plan. […]

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Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

June 22, 2023

No matter how physically active you were in your life, there comes a point in time when you may have to give up certain hobbies. Activities like flag football or running may be too difficult on your body as you age. Fishing, however, is one of the few activities that most individuals can enjoy at any point in life. The benefits of fishing for seniors extend past a few hours of fresh air and tonight’s dinner (if you’re lucky). Older adults experience great physical benefits from this low-impact exercise too. Light […]

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Quick and Easy Meals for Caregivers

June 21, 2023

The finite nature of time is painfully apparent to all of us—but for caregivers, this is especially true. Working a job, caring for an elderly loved one, and also caring for oneself can feel like an impossible task. But finding the time to tend to one’s personal needs, such as their physical health, is crucial to their ability to care for their loved ones. This kind of self-care includes meal preparation. For those who care for an elderly loved one, spending hours preparing meals isn’t exactly feasible. Creating a list […]

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Observing Juneteenth with Seniors

June 19, 2023

While some may have only just learned about Juneteenth when President Joe Biden signed a bill making it a federal holiday in 2021, it is not a new holiday. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth celebrates the date that all enslaved people were finally freed in Galveston, Texas. It took two years for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach the entire country, making June 19, 1865, an important day in American history. To many Americans, Juneteenth holds the same significance as the Fourth of […]

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Skin Care for Seniors

June 20, 2023

It’s a fact of life that your skin changes as you age. Everyone develops age spots and fine lines. And while we don’t often think of it this way, our skin is actually the largest organ in the body. Throughout the course of our lives, our skin works to protect us from the potential damages of the outside world. As cell turnover decreases with age, this barrier weakens, causing your skin to be drier, thinner, itchy, easily irritated, bruise more easily, be more susceptible to wounds, and heal more slowly […]

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How to Help Your Loved One with Medication Management

June 16, 2023

How to Help Your Loved One with Medication Management As we age, it is common to require medication to stay as healthy as possible. According to a study by the Lown Institute, more than four in 10 older adults take at least five prescription medications. This doesn’t even take into account those without a health condition who take vitamins to stay in tip-top shape. No matter which camp your elderly loved one falls into, they likely find themselves overwhelmed by keeping track of everything. If you have recently transitioned into […]

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Downsizing Tips for Seniors

June 15, 2023

There comes a point in many older adults’ lives when they decide to downsize. They may love their current home and the memories they made there, but it might not fit their lifestyle any longer. Perhaps, without the children in the house, the home is too big. Perhaps they’d like to move closer to family, or somewhere with better weather. Maybe the stairs are too difficult to climb every day. Whatever your reason for leaving your current home, these downsizing tips for seniors will make the process easier. Remember: organization is […]

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Difference Between Retirement Homes, Assisted Living, and Home Care

June 9, 2023

Aging poses its own set of challenges. Whether it is less of a desire to tend to one’s needs, physical complications, or medical concerns, many seniors find themselves requiring the assistance of another. When that need becomes clear, seniors often find themselves stumped as to what the next step is. There are several different types of care an older adult could choose from, but there are three specific options that come to mind first. Learning the difference between retirement homes, assisted living, and home care will allow you to make […]

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Making Your Elderly Loved One Feel Special on Father’s Day

June 14, 2023

This Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day. This occasion encourages us to celebrate the fathers in our lives, be it a birth father, a grandfather, an uncle, or a father figure. If you live by any of these important father figures, it is important to take the time to show how much of an impact they’ve made on your life. However, making your elderly loved one feel special on Father’s Day might look a little different than it did a few decades ago. Strive to appeal to his current likes and […]

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Tips for Managing Incontinence in Your Elderly Loved One

June 7, 2023

Though it may be embarrassing to talk about with your loved one, incontinence is a common problem among senior citizens. Roughly half of adults over 65 experience some bladder leakage from time to time—most prevalently women, people of advanced age, and those with cognitive or physical disabilities. Knowing tips for managing incontinence in your elderly loved one will help keep them comfortable. When should I take my loved one to see a doctor? While incontinence may just be a part of aging, it is important to speak with your loved […]

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Vow Renewal Ideas for Seniors

June 8, 2023

As an older adult, it’s likely you’ve spent decades of your life—perhaps even the vast majority of it—alongside another individual, and that’s no easy feat. Years of marriage, raising a family, and sharing a life are worth celebrating. This is perhaps what inspired the vow renewal trend that rose in popularity a few decades ago. A vow renewal is a celebration of one’s long-standing love, often with friends and family who could not be present for the initial wedding. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary or just want to […]

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Exercises Seniors Should Avoid

June 6, 2023

Maintaining an exercise regimen into one’s golden years is the best way to sustain one’s physical health. However, as you age, certain exercise practices may no longer be suited to your health. Whether this is due to balance, a new injury, joint pain, or any other health concern, it’s important to know the exercises seniors should avoid and why they should be avoided. If you have been safely practicing these exercises for years, it doesn’t mean you have to give it up unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Seniors who […]

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Scrapbooking Tips for Seniors

June 2, 2023

These days, you can keep thousands of photos from your entire life digitally on your computer. However, there is something special about highlighting your most precious memories in the form of a scrapbook. For seniors in particular, scrapbooking can be more than a look back on memory lane. The craft has been shown to increase mental acuity, dexterity in one’s fingers, and even improve self-worth. If you are ready to start scrapbooking for the fun and the benefits of it all, keep in mind these scrapbooking tips for seniors. This […]

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How to Manage Your Elderly Loved One’s Dietary Restrictions

June 1, 2023

As we age, it’s common for dietary needs to change. New food allergies arise and certain health concerns make certain foods out of the question, even if they were a common part of one’s diet. These changes are not only difficult for the senior, but for the caregiver preparing their meals. Learning how to manage your elderly loved one’s dietary restrictions is a challenge for any caregiver. However, following these tips will help you create a meal plan for your elderly loved one that fits their lifestyle. What are some […]

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Summer Events for Seniors in the Chicago Area

May 24, 2023

There are few better places to be in the summer than the city of Chicago. Starting in May, the city comes to life with a wide variety of events for those of all ages to enjoy—including seniors! Whether a music lover, a foodie, or an art enthusiast, Chicago is home to a myriad of festivals to enjoy all summer long. For those looking for summer events for seniors in the Chicago area, consider these options. Music festivals Chicago is home to some of the most renowned music festivals in the […]

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Why is Water Aerobics so Great for Seniors?

May 31, 2023

In the 1970s and 80s, water aerobics saw a rise in popularity thanks to exercise videos and the ease of accessibility. Since then, it has grown to encompass a number of aquatic exercises, including leg lifts, arm curls, and more. While anyone can benefit from water aerobics, this low-impact workout is especially beneficial for older adults. But why is water aerobics so great for seniors? Easy on the joints For those with joint pain or arthritis, water aerobics is a fantastic option for exercise. The buoyancy of the water supports […]

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Honoring Memorial Day with Seniors

May 29, 2023

For many individuals, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Across the country, people count on exceptional weather for a day of fun in the sun and delicious barbeque. While this is certainly a fun way to celebrate the holiday, many individuals see Memorial Day as a more somber affair—especially seniors. According to a Statistica study, 42% of older adults over the age of 75 are veterans. On Memorial Day, it’s likely your elderly loved one may want to spend some time honoring a fallen friend or family member. […]

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How to Make Caregiving Easier

May 26, 2023

It’s no secret how demanding a job caregiving is. When you take on this role, you become the individual who ensures that your elderly loved one is able to age with dignity and grace in the comfort of their home. This is no small feat, and the workload that comes with it clearly expresses that. Sometimes, how to make caregiving easier is all about a few, relatively simple changes. Imposing a new habit, or device, in your life may seem like a daunting task at first. However, the benefits of […]

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How to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure

May 25, 2023

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most prevalent health conditions impacting older adults. According to the National Institute of Health, nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure (or hypertension). This may be a shocking statistic to many, but this is simply due to how the body changes with age. Arteries stiffen, and blood pressure goes up. The commonality of high blood pressure certainly does not mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. High blood pressure can lead to serious health conditions such as eye problems, vascular […]

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Easy Ways for Caregivers to Stay Active

May 23, 2023

As a caregiver, your time is broken down by the needs of your elderly loved one. Cooking for them, running errands, and keeping up with household chores all take a great deal of your time—and that doesn’t even begin to factor in a full-time job. With all these spinning plates to juggle, finding time to tend to one’s own needs, especially staying physically active, may feel impossible. Physical activity, however, is crucial to both your mental and physical health. In order to provide your elderly loved one the best care […]

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Hair Care for Seniors

May 19, 2023

Many individuals don’t feel ready for the day until they’ve finished styling their hair first. Well-coiffed hair is the finishing touch to a look that makes a clear statement of one’s personal style. This is why hair care is essential to so many. Hair care for seniors, however, may look different than it once did. Throughout our life, our hair is prone to change—and this is certainly the case for older adults. Thinning hair, changes in texture, and breakage are all common problems seniors come into contact with. Sometimes it […]

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Group Activities for Seniors

May 18, 2023

Without work acting as a natural gathering space, many older adults find connecting with friends—both old and new—quite challenging. Staying connected with others, however, is one of the most important things a senior can do for their well-being. Regularly spending time with friends and family has been shown to improve cognitive ability, mental well-being, and even physical vitality. Still, one can be completely aware of the importance of quality time with others, yet knowing how to honor that time is difficult. One answer to that problem is finding group activities […]

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Mantras for Caregivers

May 17, 2023

Family caregivers cannot offer their loved ones the support they need if they aren’t first caring for themselves. In order to give your care responsibilities 100%, you must tend to your own health—and this extends past diet and exercise.  You must also make an effort to take care of your mental health. When you look up ways to tend to your mental health through self-care, you likely hear about connecting with others, maintaining your hobbies, and making time for relaxing activities like yoga or meditation. However, there are even smaller […]

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Why Do Seniors like Golf?

May 16, 2023

Golf is a wildly popular hobby in the United States with roughly 34 million players across all age brackets. Of those 34 million players, 15% of them are seniors. This number should come as no surprise with the sport practically being a stereotypical hobby among older adults at this point, but why is that? Why do seniors like golf? Golf is more than an enjoyable pastime for older adults. It is beneficial to their health too. Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise Getting out on the course might look and […]

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Making Your Elderly Loved One Feel Special on Mother’s Day

May 12, 2023

Mark your calendar: this Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day. Though we should always make a point to show the mothers in our lives how much we appreciate them, Mother’s Day gives us all an opportunity to go above and beyond. Whether you’re close to your mother, your grandmother, or an aunt, making your elderly loved one feel special on Mother’s Day will provide them with an abundance of memories to cherish. Remember that the time spent together will mean more to them than you could ever realize. How do […]

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How to Split Your Caregiving Responsibilities with Family

May 11, 2023

Providing care to an elderly parent is physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing. Thankfully, if you have siblings, the weight of the job is a little lighter. However, determining how to split your caregiving responsibilities with family isn’t exactly an easy feat. It’s important you take the time to speak openly and honestly with your siblings so that everyone has the best experience possible—including your parents. Consider your parents’ needs The most important step in developing a care plan for your elderly parents is first taking the time to consider their […]

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Art Projects for Seniors with Disabilities

May 10, 2023

In retirement, there may be days that you aren’t sure how to fill. When a senior has to navigate physical limitations, this problem is twice as prevalent. What can one do when they struggle to move around? Art, however, is the perfect solution. No matter your physical or mental limitations, art is a fun activity that also provides plenty of benefits. Try some of these ideas for art projects for seniors with disabilities. How is art beneficial for seniors? Art is more than a fun pastime—it is also a great […]

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Refreshing Home Decor for Spring That Seniors Can Incorporate

May 9, 2023

With spring cleaning often comes the desire to change up one’s scenery. While the idea might be appealing to seniors, changing up their decor may seem overwhelming. This, however, does not have to be the case. There are plenty of options for refreshing home decor for spring that seniors can incorporate into their homes that require minimal effort. Give your living room a change Changing your throw pillows and blankets is possibly the easiest thing you can do to transform your living room into spring. Put out colorful throw pillows, […]

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How to Maintain Your Elderly Loved One’s Autonomy

May 5, 2023

How to Maintain Your Elderly Loved One’s Autonomy There comes a point in many individuals’ lives where they have to provide their elderly parent care. For some, this need could arise because their parent has grown forgetful. For others, it could be a result of physical limitations that make completing one’s personal care tasks impossible. Whatever the reason is, when caring for one’s elderly loved one many develop the urge to completely take over. This is without any malice—in fact, it is probably an attempt to make their life easier. […]

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Healthy but Filling Breakfasts for Seniors

May 4, 2023

The phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” exists for a reason. After more than eight hours of sleep, you need to replenish your energy levels to prepare yourself for the day. No matter your age, breakfast helps set you up for success. A problem many have with breakfast, however, is how the meal has essentially becomes “disguised dessert.” It’s not as easy to eat healthily at breakfast as it is for the rest of the meals, and healthy breakfasts can start to feel repetitive or too […]

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Seniors

May 3, 2023

Over the past several decades, Cinco de Mayo has risen in popularity across the United States. People all over the country come together on May 5 to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage with friends and family. With such a large population of Mexican-Americans in the Chicago area, it’s very likely that you or a loved one is of Mexican descent. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with seniors is a great way to help them feel connected to their culture. Joined together with their friends and family, they’ll have a fun, festive […]

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Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Clients

May 2, 2023

Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Clients In a study from Columbia University, researchers found that roughly 10% of adults over 65 have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. 10% might not sound like too substantial of a number, but this equals one in 10 individuals. You may not currently know anyone who is impacted by the disease at this point, but the chances are high that you will. When a loved one is diagnosed with this cognitive disease, you are suddenly inundated with information to learn about the condition. Understanding challenging behaviors […]

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How to Make Your Outdoor Space Senior-Friendly

May 1, 2023

May in Chicago is gorgeous. We’ve finally shrugged off the coldest days, but have yet to settle the intense heat that can come with summer. It’s no wonder that most Chicagoans want to spend as much time as possible outside this time of year—especially seniors, after spending all winter locked inside! If you or a loved one have a back patio or yard, you’re likely looking forward to drinking your morning coffee, reading, and enjoying other activities in this space. Before you can start relaxing, however, it’s important to learn […]

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Day Trips for Seniors in the Chicago Area

April 28, 2023

While Chicago is a fantastic location for wonderful museums, brilliant plays, and delicious food, everyone needs to change their scenery every now and again. Getting away for a day trip is a great way for seniors to change their daily routine without too much disruption. Thankfully, Chicago is well-connected to a variety of locations that appeal to nature lovers and city-lovers alike. If you’re looking for day trips for seniors in the Chicago area, consider some of the options below. Chicago Botanic Gardens For a shorter drive at just about […]

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Qualifications Required to Become a Paid Caregiver

April 27, 2023

Qualifications Required to Become a Paid Caregiver Many families rely on paid caregivers to provide assistance to their loved ones who may not be able to care for themselves. However, in 2031, the entire Baby Boomer generation will have reached the age of retirement. At this point, the demand for home caregivers will be at an all-time high. Becoming a paid caregiver can be a rewarding career path for those who enjoy helping others. Those who choose to follow this path never have to worry about their job security—as seniors […]

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How to Create an Exercise Routine as a Senior

April 26, 2023

As people age, it is increasingly important to maintain an active lifestyle. Regular exercise can help seniors improve their balance, flexibility, and overall physical health. However, creating an exercise routine can be challenging for seniors who are unfamiliar with exercise or have health conditions that limit their mobility. For some tips on how to create an exercise routine as a senior, continue reading. How much physical activity should I get each week? According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes of […]

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Managing Chronic Conditions with the Help of a Home Caregiver

April 24, 2023

Chronic conditions are ongoing medical conditions that occur over an extended period of time, such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and dementia. These conditions can significantly impact a senior’s quality of life, making it challenging for them to manage daily tasks. These conditions are challenging to cope with, especially for seniors who may have mobility or cognitive issues. However, managing chronic conditions with the help of a home caregiver makes the process easier to handle. Managing chronic conditions with the help of a home caregiver While at-home caregivers cannot […]

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Games to Play with Your Grandchildren

April 25, 2023

Watching one’s grandchildren grow and change is one of the best experiences a grandparent can have. Any time spent with the next generation is precious. However, as they age out of infant and toddler activities, it can sometimes feel difficult to find something to enjoy together. If you’re looking for ideas for games to play with your grandchildren, consider these options. Card and board games For a cold or rainy day, card games and board games are fantastic ways to keep your grandchildren occupied without the use of a screen. […]

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Easy and Engaging Earth Day Activities for Seniors

April 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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The Physical and Emotional Demands of Caregiving

April 19, 2023

Caregiving requires a great deal of physical and emotional strength. Taking on the role of caregiver for an elderly loved one is challenging in all senses of the word, as it forces you to make a major life change. The physical and emotional demands of caregiving can even lead to burnout, if not properly managed. Signs of burnout can include feeling tired and irritable, feeling overwhelmed, and having difficulty concentrating. If these symptoms occur, it may be time to take a break and seek additional support. However, recognizing what can […]

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The Benefits of Volunteering for Seniors

April 21, 2023

Volunteering for a worthy cause does more than benefit the organization— it benefits the volunteer too. For seniors in particular, it is a great way to stay active and engaged while making a positive impact on their community. It gives them an opportunity to socialize, learn new skills, and gain a sense of purpose. If you’re considering volunteering for the first time, there isn’t a more apt period to do it—the third week of April is National Volunteer Week– and the benefits of volunteering for seniors are plentiful. Explore how […]

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Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors

April 18, 2023

Chicago, and the Midwest as a whole, comes to life in spring and summer. People of all ages want to get outside to enjoy the pleasant weather and sun, including seniors. As you start moving your activities outdoors, it’s important you keep these outdoor safety tips for seniors in mind so you have fun all season long. Dress in layers for the occasion Sometimes, dressing for spring feels like a challenge. Mornings are cold, but afternoons are temperate. Your waterproof coats and boots from the winter are too warm, but […]

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How to Manage the Emotional Stress of Being a Caretaker

April 13, 2023

Caring for a loved one is a rewarding experience, but it can also be emotionally challenging. Between the vast number of tasks you’ll do to help your loved one live comfortably at home, seeing them change can take an emotional toll on you. As a result, it’s not uncommon for caregivers to experience depression, anxiety, and burnout. This stress can impact both your physical and mental health. Learning how to manage the emotional stress of being a caretaker is crucial to ensure not only your well-being but your ability to […]

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Spring Recipes for Seniors

April 14, 2023

Now that we’ve settled into April, we are finally starting to see the promise of new beginnings and fresh growth that comes with spring. It’s time for seniors to emerge from the cold and enjoy the warmth of the sun on their skin once again. With a new season comes exciting new recipes to try. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a loved one, these spring recipes for seniors are sure to bring some much-needed joy and nourishment to your life. Between light breakfast options to hearty main courses, […]

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How Technology Can Improve Senior Living

April 12, 2023

Over the past several decades, technology has evolved in ways many older adults could never have imagined. We’ve seen incredible achievements in everything from medical technology to televisions. Every day, technology changes for the benefit and convenience of all. As time goes by, it becomes increasingly clear how technology can improve senior living. From enhancing safety to making life more convenient, technology has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of older adults. Here are just a few ways that modern technology is helping seniors age in […]

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Collections of Poetry for Seniors to Read

April 11, 2023

While many see the word “poetry” and turn the other way, it is a more accessible medium than many realize. It is a beautiful form of expression that can evoke great emotions and thoughts in a few words. It can offer a sense of comfort and solace, which grows to be even more valuable as we age. If you’re ready to dive into the world of poetry for National Poetry Month, consider some of the collections of poetry for seniors to read below. With both classic and modern options listed, […]

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Preparing for the Future: Planning and Decision-Making for Family Caregiving

April 7, 2023

Preparing for the Future: Planning and Decision-Making for Family Caregiving As people age, their needs and abilities change. They may require additional care and support from their loved ones. This caregiving role is often filled by family members who have a deep connection and commitment to the senior. It is a rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming, stressful, and time-consuming. It’s important families are proactive and prepare for the future to ensure they are well-equipped to handle all their responsibilities. Planning and decision-making for family caregiving will minimize […]

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How Seniors Can Improve Their Gastrointestinal Health

April 6, 2023

A great deal of change comes with aging. You know the common signs—wrinkles and greying hair—but aging impacts every aspect of your body, including your gastrointestinal health. It’s an issue many don’t consider in their younger years, but as they age, it grows painfully apparent how important it is to take care of your gut health. No two people experience the exact same changes in their gut health. It’s important for older adults to know how seniors can improve their gastrointestinal health so they can live the healthiest, happiest life […]

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Celebrating Easter with Seniors

April 5, 2023

There are few holidays in the spring that give families an excuse to get together to celebrate. After months of cold, dreary weather, Easter is a welcome reprieve. The colorful and meaningful celebrations give families the chance to reflect on what is most important to them, while also looking forward to all that’s to come. Celebrating Easter with seniors is a wonderful experience. It gives them the opportunity to connect with their loved ones in a fun avenue they may not have the chance to the rest of the year. […]

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Time Management Tips for Caretakers

April 4, 2023

Family caregivers wear many hats. They play the role of caretaker, financial advisor, and companion, and then they go home to be a worker, a spouse, or a parent. It is a lot to juggle for anyone, but when a loved one requires care to live healthfully and happily at home, it is necessary. The only way one can handle all of these tasks is with proper time management. If you provide care to an elderly parent or loved one, utilizing these time management tips for caretakers will help you […]

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Easy Ways for Seniors to Reduce Stress

April 3, 2023

No matter how we try to avoid it, stress is an inevitable sensation everyone experiences. While it is never pleasant, the real problem arises when one frequently experiences stress, or stress occurs over long periods of time. This is when health concerns arise as a result. In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we’ve outlined a few easy ways for seniors to reduce stress. Being easily incorporated into your day-to-day life, practicing these options will hopefully make a difference in your overall well-being. How does the body respond to stress? Stress […]

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Spring Activities for Seniors to Enjoy in Chicago

March 31, 2023

After several long months of spending most of our time indoors, spring is a welcome reprieve. Just like the flowers and greenery bursting from the grass, the city of Chicago comes back to life in the spring. With the warming weather comes a variety of sights and events that make the city such a destination this time of year. Fun in the city isn’t limited to the younger generations. There are plenty of spring activities for seniors to enjoy in Chicago all season long. With both ticketed and free events, […]

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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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When Would I Benefit From a Respite Caregiver?

March 30, 2023

When Would I Benefit From a Respite Caregiver? When it comes to caring for a loved one, finding the balance between providing the best possible care and maintaining your own well-being can be challenging. The love and compassion that you bring to the caregiving experience are invaluable. However, you may feel obligated to push aside your own needs in the interest of your loved one. This, however, can be to the detriment of your own health. It’s necessary to take time for yourself so you can provide the best care […]

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Fighting Springtime Allergies

March 29, 2023

Spring is a beautiful time of year, but it can be difficult for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. If you’re an older adult, you may find your allergy symptoms are more severe and disruptive to your daily life than they used to be. Though the process is completely different from fending off a cold, fighting springtime allergies is entirely possible. Following these steps can help you ensure that you enjoy the season to its fullest. Identify your allergens Many people know that come springtime their allergies act up, but […]

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Early Spring Gardening Tips for Seniors

March 28, 2023

Gardening can be a fun and rewarding hobby for seniors. Not only does it allow you to be outside and connect with nature, but it also provides a sense of accomplishment as you watch your plants grow and thrive. Additionally, gardening has been shown to have mental and physical health benefits, such as reducing stress and increasing physical activity. With it finally being spring, both seasoned gardeners and those just starting out can take to their yards and start growing. Before you get started, take note of these early spring […]

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Helping Your Elderly Loved One Eat Well this Spring

March 24, 2023

Helping Your Elderly Loved One Eat Well this Spring Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and it’s important to make sure your elderly loved one is eating well during this season. Good nutrition is essential for maintaining good health, especially for seniors who are more susceptible to health problems. Thankfully, healthy eating is a little easier in the spring. Fresh fruits and vegetables populate the shelves, allowing us the opportunity to try healthier, delicious meals. If you’re helping your elderly loved one eat well this spring, remember these […]

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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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