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Home Care Powered by AUAF has served as a Chicagoland senior living home care agency for over 25 years. We are structured to provide specific levels of senior care services for you or your loved one. Our elderly in-home care service is an alternative to an assisted living facility or nursing home. This allows you or your loved one the independence and the comfort of home.

Everything you need to know about home care, caregivers and senior living in state of Illinois can be found right here. Check back with us periodically in order to learn about how older adults can make small changes that will have big impacts on their wellness. You can also learn about all the benefits of working with a home care agency to live independently in the comfort of your own home, as well as selected topics about senior living, home care, and more.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our local office and speak to a care specialist. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide whatever assistance we can in order to help you and your loved ones.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Seniors

January 19, 2023

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

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Preventing Caregiver Burnout

February 1, 2023

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

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What to do When the Power Goes Out in Winter

January 31, 2023

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

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Fun Things for Seniors to do with Friends

January 30, 2023

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

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

January 27, 2023

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

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Snow Removal Options for Seniors

January 26, 2023

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

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Activities to Enjoy with Your Grandchildren

January 25, 2023

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

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Things to Remember When Becoming a Family Caregiver

January 24, 2023

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

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Tips for Finding Caregiver Support

January 18, 2023

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

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Indoor Exercise for Seniors

January 20, 2023

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

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Books Every Older Adult Should Read

February 2, 2023

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

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

January 10, 2023

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

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 17, 2023

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

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Hobbies for Seniors this Winter

January 12, 2023

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

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What Motivates One to be a Caregiver?

January 11, 2023

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

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Tips for Getting Back on Track After Holiday Eating

January 6, 2023

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

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The Importance of Mindfulness for Caregivers

January 5, 2023

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

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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 4, 2023

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

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How to Enjoy the Winter

January 3, 2023

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

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Helping Your Loved One with Post-Holiday Blues

December 30, 2022

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

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Celebrating New Year’s with Seniors

December 29, 2022

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

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What Services Can a Caregiver Assist With?

December 27, 2022

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

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Celebrating Christmas with Seniors

December 22, 2022

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

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Combating SAD with Hygge

December 20, 2022

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

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Observing December’s Main Holidays with Seniors

December 16, 2022

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

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Managing Caregiver Stress During the Holiday Season

December 15, 2022

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

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Easy Holiday Décor for Seniors

December 13, 2022

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

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How Can Caregivers Help Seniors During the Holiday Season?

December 14, 2022

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

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

December 8, 2022

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

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How Can In-Home Care Battle Loneliness in Seniors?

December 7, 2022

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

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Anxiety in Seniors at Night

December 5, 2022

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

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Vacations for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

December 28, 2022

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

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Finding a Caregiver Who is Right for You

December 1, 2022

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

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Exercising in Cold Weather for Seniors

December 23, 2022

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

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Festive Activities to do in the Chicago Area for Seniors

December 6, 2022

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

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How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 24, 2022

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

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What States Pay Family Caregivers?

November 18, 2022

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

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Home Care In Illinois

What Locations Does Home Care Powered by AUAF Serve?

November 28, 2022

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

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Getting Outside in the Winter

November 30, 2022

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

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At-Home Eye Tests for Seniors

November 22, 2022

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

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What is the Community Care Program?

November 17, 2022

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

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Spending a Fun Weekend with Seniors

November 21, 2022

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

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Weekend Care for the Elderly

November 29, 2022

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

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Lung Cancer Awareness for Seniors

November 15, 2022

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

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Giving Thanks to Caregivers

November 23, 2022

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

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Easy Thanksgiving Décor for Seniors

November 16, 2022

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

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Food Pantry Donations

November 14, 2022

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

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Important Things Every Caregiver Should Remember

November 9, 2022

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

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Showing Kindness on World Kindness Day

November 11, 2022

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

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Style for Seniors

November 4, 2022

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

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

October 26, 2022

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

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Easy Cold-Weather Meals for Seniors

November 8, 2022

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

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Tips for Balancing Your Work and Caregiving Responsibilities

November 3, 2022

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

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Celebrating Veterans Day with Seniors

November 10, 2022

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

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Tips for Alzheimer’s Prevention

November 2, 2022

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

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Celebrating Día de Los Muertos with Seniors

November 1, 2022

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

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Cook County Public Health Announces Health Atlas Database

October 24, 2022

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

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Helping Your Loved One Avoid Flu Season

October 31, 2022

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

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What is Elder Abuse?

October 27, 2022

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

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Have a Safe Halloween with Seniors

October 28, 2022

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

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Making Your Parent’s Home Senior-Friendly

October 26, 2022

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

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Book Club Ideas for Seniors

October 25, 2022

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

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

October 21, 2022

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

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What are the Different Types of Senior Care?

October 20, 2022

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

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How to Find In-Home Care for the Elderly

October 18, 2022

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

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Board Games for Senior Game Night

October 19, 2022

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

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

October 17, 2022

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

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Breast Cancer Awareness for Seniors

October 13, 2022

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

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How to Apply for the Medicaid Caregiver Program

October 12, 2022

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

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Easy Halloween Décor for Seniors

October 14, 2022

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

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Halloween Fun in the Chicago Area for Seniors

October 11, 2022

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

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Outdoor Exercises for Seniors in Fall

October 6, 2022

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

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Preparing Your Aging Loved One for Cold Weather

October 5, 2022

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

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Fast Safely with Seniors During Yom Kippur

October 4, 2022

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

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

October 3, 2022

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

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Why do Seniors like Bingo?

September 29, 2022

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

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What are the 4 Types of Caregivers?

September 28, 2022

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

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Self-Care for Seniors

September 23, 2022

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

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

September 27, 2022

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

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Taste of Polonia

September 26, 2022

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

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Do Caregivers Get Paid?

September 22, 2022

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

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Fall Events in the Chicago Area for Seniors

September 21, 2022

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

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

September 20, 2022

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

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What Does the Illinois Department on Aging Do?

September 19, 2022

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

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Showing Your Caregivers Appreciation on Labor Day

September 2, 2022

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

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Celebrating Labor Day with Seniors

September 2, 2022

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

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How to Quit Smoking

September 15, 2022

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

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Assisted Living or Home Care?

September 14, 2022

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

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Deciding the Hours You Work as a Family Caregiver

September 13, 2022

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

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How to Celebrate Grandparents Day

September 9, 2022

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

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

September 1, 2022

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

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

September 12, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Housekeeping? A majority of people do not enjoy cleaning up after themselves, but it is a necessary part of life. A home in disarray has been shown to have strong, negative impacts on one’s mental health. Too much clutter can increase stress and difficulties focusing. There are physical ramifications too. It goes without saying that people are more susceptible to a slip and fall in a messy home, but those who live in unsanitary conditions are also more likely to experience colds […]

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Get Paid to Care for a Loved One in Illinois

September 8, 2022

In eight short years, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65. With this high population of seniors set to grow over the years, this means that senior citizens will outnumber children for the first time in a matter of decades (according to the Census). A Pew Research study in 2015 claimed that about 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older adult. With the senior population rising by the day, that number is only going to increase. Whether a spouse, a child caring for their parent, […]

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The Importance of Friendship for Seniors

September 6, 2022

Friendships are different from any relationship a person can have. On top of the fun times had, there are certain conversations you can have with a friend that you might not want to have with anyone else. They’re crucial to helping through difficult life transitions, both positive and negative. Making and keeping friends isn’t as easy as it was when we were children, however. Work, appointments, and family are just a few of the many scheduling obstacles older adults experience. However, the importance of friendship for seniors cannot be understated. […]

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Resources for Seniors in Illinois

September 6, 2022

Aging into one’s golden years is an exciting point in one’s life. Post-retirement is the perfect time to travel, try new hobbies, and find a new perspective on life. However, as one ages, one may need more assistance than ever. Medical and financial problems bring new challenges to overcome. Finding resources for seniors might be overwhelming, especially when topics such as transportation, meals, and housing come into play. If you need resources for seniors in Illinois but aren’t sure where to start, continue reading. Illinois Department on Aging At its […]

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Healthy Meals for Seniors

September 1, 2022

A large portion of U.S. adults consumes poor-quality diets—specifically, diets with too little fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. While one’s diet can’t necessarily cause or cure certain conditions, it can have powerful impacts on health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, and stroke. These impacts can be both positive and negative. Seniors in particular struggle with getting enough nutrition. For some, it is because grocery shopping has grown too difficult. For others, it’s not as fun to cook for one person. Whatever reason it is, it is […]

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Date Night for Seniors

August 31, 2022

When one thinks of senior couples, they often imagine two elderly individuals sitting on the couch with one another, simply enjoying each other’s presence. While senior couples will certainly have days such as these, many still want to go out to enjoy their love, even if they’ve been married 50 years. On the other side, of the spectrum, some seniors are in the throes of new love! Date night for seniors can be just as fun as it was 30, 40 years ago. That being said, it is all too […]

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Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

August 30, 2022

The sights and smells of a fresh garden are enough to boost the mood of anyone most of the year. For seniors, however, the benefits of gardening are far more than a literal breath of fresh air. According to a study conducted by SAGE Open Med, there is a positive correlation between gardening and positive aging. When one thinks of gardening, it’s usually the spring months that come to mind. However, late summer and early fall are great times of year for seniors to start learning about gardening. It allows […]

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How Can Children Help Caring for a Senior?

August 25, 2022

The “sandwich generation” defines the group of people (usually in their thirties or forties) who are responsible for raising their children and caring for their aging parents simultaneously. Caring for children is tiring. Caring for older adults is daunting. Doing both at the same time is positively exhausting, especially as one’s parents continue to degenerate. As this happens, some parents feel they must keep their family caregiver responsibilities separate. However, this does not have to be the case. If your children are a little older (around late elementary school), they […]

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How Seniors Can Connect with Family via Social Media

August 24, 2022

As little as 40 years ago, the best way to keep in contact with a loved one who lived more than a town or so away was to send a letter. Long-distance phone calls existed but were too expensive for most people to have more than a few-minute-long conversation. As a result, letters were the primary form of communication. But things are different in 2022. Seniors can connect with family via social media. Seniors don’t have to wait for letters to hear from family across state lines, and they don’t […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Fiesta Del Sol

August 16, 2022

Home Care Powered by AUAF was excited to attend Fiesta del Sol during the weekend of July 29 to 31. In 1974, the event initially celebrated the successful campaign of the Pilsen Latinx community, which convinced the Chicago Board of Education to build a new high school. Now, Fiesta del Sol celebrates the coming together of communities through the beauty of Latinx heritage, history, and culture. Fiesta del Sol today After 50 years of celebration, what was once a two-block event has expanded to encompass eight blocks down Cermak Road. […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Medication Reminders & Management?

August 23, 2022

According to OnlineDoctor, more than four in 10 older adults take five or more prescription medications in a day. Of that number, nearly 20% take 10 or more. Keeping track of that many medications would be overwhelming to anyone. This is especially the case for seniors who already struggle with confusion or memory loss. For seniors, a medication mishap can cause a myriad of issues either way. Forgetting to take medications can cause symptoms of a condition to flourish. On the other side of the spectrum, however, if a senior […]

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Caring for a Family Member with Dementia

August 22, 2022

Caring for a family member with dementia is daunting, and at times stressful, endeavor. There is currently no cure for the degenerative condition, meaning that, at some point, many Americans will be forced to care for someone with dementia. There are currently more than 16 million people caring for a person with dementia in the United States. In the early stages, it’s likely your loved one may not need too much additional support. However, this is the proper time to start learning about caring for a family member with dementia. […]

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Why Seniors Should Try Video Gaming

August 18, 2022

While classic video games like Pong and Frogger have been widely available for 40 to 50 years, it’s within the past few decades that we’ve seen a major draw to gaming. It seems like each year, the video gaming industry breaks new records—whether it’s the overall amount of players, a new, immersive game, or a console smashing records. There’s a new group of people who are breaking records: senior citizens. According to an AARP survey in 2019, 44% of adults over 50 played video games—a six percent increase from 2016. […]

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The Elderly and Depression

August 17, 2022

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses Americans face, and it is just as prevalent in older adults. According to WebMD, about six million Americans aged 65 and older suffer from depression, but only 10% receive treatment. This number is shocking. Reasons that such a small portion of the population receives treatment vary. It could be due to the stigmas many carry about mental illness. It may also be that depression can manifest differently in older people. You must know facts about the elderly and depression so you […]

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What is Respite Care?

August 16, 2022

Acting as a primary caregiver for an older adult is a rewarding job. Each day, you are the reason that an elderly loved one can live in the comfort of their home, despite their illness or disability. That alone should be enough for you to go home feeling proud of yourself. While there is so much good that comes with being a family caregiver, it can be a stressful job. Caring for a parent while juggling a career and child care can quickly lead to burnout. For many caregivers, admitting […]

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Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility

August 15, 2022

One of the most frustrating aspects of aging for many seniors is limited mobility. What you used to enjoy is twice as hard to do, and that’s upsetting. When you’re a vibrant person who still wants to enjoy life, being limited by disease or injury is especially discouraging. What’s more, those with limited mobility are more likely to experience isolation and loneliness. Losing mobility doesn’t have to take away a person’s liveliness. Instead, consider these activities for seniors with limited mobility to add joy to your life. Indoor Activities for […]

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What are the Traits of a Quality Caregiver?

August 11, 2022

Providing care to an older adult is possibly one of the most rewarding careers one can have. Each day, you play a fundamental part in the life of a senior citizen. You help them with whatever tasks have grown to be too difficult and provide them companionship. At the end of the day, you go home knowing that you have made someone’s life easier. Despite all the positives of the caregiving career, it can be a taxing job, and it goes without saying that this role is not for everyone. […]

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What is Dementia Care?

August 12, 2022

What is Dementia Care? According to John Hopkins Medicine, 5.8 million people in the United States live with some form of dementia– a group of conditions characterized by an impairment of at least two brain functions (for example, Alzheimer’s disease). As of 2018, that number was 220,000 in the state of Illinois. The condition is marked by a series of stages that indicate the person’s cognitive decline. First Stage: No dementia noticed Second Stage: Perceived age-related forgetfulness and memory loss Third Stage: Mild cognitive impairment. The family may recognize changes in […]

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Benefits of Developing a New Hobby as a Senior

August 10, 2022

Having a hobby has been shown to improve one’s mood and even cognitive skills in adults of any age. For seniors, however, it is especially important. With so much additional free time on their hands, it’s easy to feel aimless as they float through life. Hobbies return a sense of purpose to one’s life, whether it’s as simple as reading for a book club or as complex as woodworking. The benefits of developing a new hobby as a senior extend far past that, however. Hobbies are great for stress relief […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Meal Preparation?

August 9, 2022

A balanced diet is crucial to all, no matter their age. According to the CDC, healthy eating has been shown to promote eyes, skin, and teeth health. It also supports muscles, strengthens bones, and lowers the risk of several diseases. It’s evident that a quality diet is crucial to one’s overall health, and why one should help seniors with meal preparation. However, maintaining a balanced diet isn’t always a simple feat for seniors. In a survey by National Health and Nutrition Examination, approximately 61 percent of adults over 65 have […]

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Is Being a Caregiver a Fulfilling Career?

August 4, 2022

You’re looking for a new career, but you aren’t sure where to start. You don’t want to fall into the same job that you previously worked in simply because it’s what you know. You want a career that will genuinely make a difference in the lives of others, one that will look different every day. If this sounds like you, have you ever wondered: is being a caregiver a fulfilling career? For many people, it is. Acting as an in-home caregiver for seniors puts you in a career where your […]

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Fun Things for Seniors in Chicago this Month

August 3, 2022

Summer in the city of Chicago is like no other. The city comes to life with street festivals, live music, and other free events in a way it doesn’t any other season. And while the official start of fall isn’t until the end of September, many see August as the last great month for summer fun in the city of Chicago. Take advantage of the warm weather with these fun things for seniors in Chicago this month. While these events aren’t necessarily designed for seniors, they should be accessible and […]

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Why Seniors Should Keep Up with Eye Exams

August 2, 2022

August is National Eye Exam Month! While most people are on top of their doctor’s or dentist appointments, eye doctor appointments often fall to the wayside. Why visit the optometrist when it doesn’t seem like your prescription has changed? Why seniors should keep up with eye exams is about more than changing the lens of your glasses or offering you contacts. Regular screenings are crucial to detecting potential health problems before they become too serious. Some conditions are easily curable, while others are only treatable. Catching symptoms early is the […]

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Becoming a Caregiver for the First Time

August 1, 2022

As your parent ages, there comes a time when you must care for them like they once cared for you. If you have never been a caregiver before, the task may seem daunting. While the experience will be trying for you and your elderly parents, it will be rewarding as well. This guide will help your transition to become a caregiver for the first time a more seamless one. Educate yourself The first step toward becoming an in-home caregiver is educating yourself on what that title entails. This includes learning […]

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New Things to Try During Retirement

July 28, 2022

After years of building a career and raising children, it’s finally time to retire. The last day at work is a little bittersweet as you shake hands with your co-workers and employers, but you’re excited for what’s to come. Once you’re finally free, you find yourself in a honeymoon phase not dissimilar to a recent marriage. For many, it’s the prospect of planned travels. For others, it’s the ability to finally just rest. But once that phase ends, many seniors begin to feel aimless or even lonely, and they begin […]

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The Importance of Keeping a Senior Organized

July 26, 2022

It’s all too easy to accumulate clutter. Even over the course of the week, we compile mail, little trinkets, and receipts that end up shoved in a drawer or a basket. Those weeks accumulate, and we end up with a pile of litter that serves no use other than to take up space. As one ages, keeping organized becomes equally more important and more difficult to do. Weeks of clutter can turn into years. Attempting to manage that when one’s physical and mental health is on the decline becomes an […]

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

July 27, 2022

As we get older, tasks that were once simple grow to be laborious. The same goes for personal care. It’s more difficult to reach up and wash one’s hair than it once was. Stepping out of the shower or tub can be a challenge not only due to stiff joints but due to a fear of a slip and fall. Dressing is a similar danger, as one misstep can result in a nasty tumble. As a result, many begin to wonder: how can in-home care workers help seniors with personal […]

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Unique Ways to Spend Time with Your Grandchildren

July 25, 2022

When one thinks back on their cherished memories with their grandparents, it isn’t the gifts they received that come to mind. It’s the experiences they shared and insightful conversations they had that are most impactful. Whether you live nearby your grandchildren or only see them a handful of times a year, do what you can to make your time with them count. Going to the mall or seeing a movie will be fun, certainly, but consider some of these unique ways to spend time with your grandchildren to create memories […]

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Illinois Department of Human Services Announces Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

July 15, 2022

The Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced the launching of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. This number will replace the existing lifeline on July 16, 2022, as a more convenient way to get help. The line serves as an invaluable resource to thousands of people a day. With this easy-to-remember number, it will hopefully benefit even more people. About the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline By calling 988, one can connect to compassionate, accessible support when experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance abuse issues, and any other […]

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