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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.

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Exploring the Wonders of Reminiscence Therapy

February 15, 2024

Exploring the Wonders of Reminiscence Therapy Memory changes, such as misplacing an object or not recalling information as quickly as you once did, are normal signs of aging. However, asking the same questions over and over or getting lost in a familiar location are signs of a more serious memory problem, such as dementia. At this point, there is no cure for memory loss. That being said, certain treatment options can help those suffering from the condition. Exploring the wonders of reminiscence therapy for seniors could be beneficial to you […]

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Staying Educated on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care

February 14, 2024

Since its discovery in the early 20th century, the landscape surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has drastically changed. Every year, researchers find new information on disease progression or how to treat it. Staying educated on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care is important not only for those who administer said care, but for families as well. There is hardly a better time to refresh your knowledge about these cognitive conditions than Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week—which began just today. This week was created to help enlighten healthcare workers […]

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Hosting a Movie Night with Seniors

February 20, 2024

The winter months in particular can feel quite monotonous. It’s easy for seniors to fall into a rut when the world outside is less than hospitable. Regularly meeting with loved ones is a fantastic way to break up your daily schedule, but what’s better? Creating a special event for all to enjoy, such as hosting a movie night with seniors. Themed movie nights are fantastic for gathering a group of people without the pressure of a party. Classic movies (think “old Hollywood”) are the perfect launching point for older adults, […]

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Exploring New Romance as a Senior

February 13, 2024

To many, new romance and relationships are something best left to the younger generations. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. There are single individuals of all ages looking to build relationships—including older adults. No matter your reason for exploring new romance as a senior, this exciting experience should be celebrated, especially around Valentine’s Day. If you’re nervous about getting back into the world of dating for the first time in a while, make an effort to stay safe while having fun. How is exploring new romance as a […]

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Best Shoes for Feet and Leg Pain for Seniors

February 8, 2024

The shoes we choose to wear throughout the day do more than protect our feet from any errant debris we might step on. The right footwear is necessary for your safety, comfort, and overall well-being. For seniors, in particular, certain health conditions can impact their feet and leg health, making the correct footwear even more important. Learn more about the best shoes for feet and leg pain for seniors to ensure you’re wearing the best thing for your health. Common foot problems for seniors Certain conditions can make wearing certain […]

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How to Choose the Right Caregiver for You

February 7, 2024

As your elderly loved one ages and their needs change, it may grow apparent to you that they can’t remain at home without assistance. You naturally do everything you can to provide the best care possible, but you are just one person. It’s perfectly normal to need help to manage all the responsibilities of supporting your elderly loved one, but knowing how to choose the right caregiver for you can be daunting. Choosing the right caregiver profoundly impacts the well-being of both your elderly loved one and yourself. Use this […]

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Healthier Chocolate Desserts for Seniors to Enjoy

February 6, 2024

Healthier Chocolate Desserts for Seniors to Enjoy If you thought the holiday season was filled with sweets, you forgot about another time of year: the month of February. In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, stores stock shelves with rows upon rows of chocolate. This chocolate sensation may have been exacerbated when February was named Celebration of Chocolate Month. Unlike some of your favorite sweets, there are actually some positive health benefits in a serving of chocolate (specifically dark chocolate). The high level of antioxidants in dark chocolate improves […]

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Understanding Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention for Seniors

February 2, 2024

Understanding Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention for Seniors It’s an unfortunate fact of life that most Americans will be touched by cancer in some form or another. In a study by the NIH, an estimated 2 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. With this astronomical statistic, it is inevitable that there will be someone in your life who has a brush with cancer at some point. Understanding cancer risk factors and prevention for seniors is essential not only for keeping yourself healthy, but for supporting others […]

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Overcoming Challenges

February 1, 2024

A Caregiver’s Guide to Overcoming Challenges Though they may not be the first to mind, those who require caregivers know them to be unseen heroes. It is through their support that seniors across the nation are able to remain in the comfort of their own homes, something which is coveted as one ages. Through their essential care, older adults experience a higher quality of life, which is rewarding to many in this position. Even though caregiving is a gratifying experience, it also comes with its share of challenges. Though you […]

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Cruises for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

January 25, 2024

Cruises for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold Though you may enjoy every other time of year here, there is one thing that can’t be denied: Chicago winters are brutal. It’s no wonder the seniors who are able to flock to warmer climates for a few months out of the year. That being said, it goes without saying that only a lucky few can afford this luxury. But just because you can’t afford a second home, it doesn’t mean you can’t get away from the Midwest cold for a little […]

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6 Easy Ways for Seniors to Boost Their Mental Health Every Day

January 24, 2024

6 Easy Ways for Seniors to Boost Their Mental Health Every Day From one day to the next, our mental health is never exactly the same. Especially as we age, we may feel fit and energetic one day, then bogged down and exhausted by physical concerns the next. Combat with challenges such as loss and loneliness, older adults may find themselves struggling with their mental health far more than they did in the years before. Whether it’s a good day or a bad day, making an effort to improve your […]

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Showing Your Caregiver Appreciation on National Compliment Day

January 23, 2024

Showing Your Caregiver Appreciation on National Compliment Day It’s a simple gesture, but one small compliment can go a long way in lifting one’s spirits. That simple, but substantial, impact is what National Compliment Day was built on. Celebrated on January 24, National Compliment Day encourages all to make an effort to brighten the days of loved ones, co-workers, and strangers alike. Showing your caregiver appreciation on National Compliment Day is possibly one of the best ways to engage in this special day. If you find it difficult to put […]

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Great Podcasts for Seniors

January 18, 2024

In 2004, a new form of media hit the scene: podcasts. Similar to a radio show, a podcast is a digital audio show that covers a specific topic over a series of episodes. Some discuss current events or specialized topics. Others resemble serial radio shows by telling a narrative throughout the season. With thousands upon thousands of shows, there are options for everyone. The ease of accessibility makes podcasts a popular medium for listeners, and the same goes for seniors. Older adults can be transported to new fantastical worlds or […]

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Tips for Managing Diabetes at Home

January 17, 2024

According to a 2019 study, roughly 11% of Americans have diabetes, but the prevalence in seniors is even more staggering. In this same study, it was revealed nearly 30% of older adults over 65 have some form of diabetes. This could be a result of how the metabolism changes as we age, which can lead to insulin resistance. Whether you were diagnosed with diabetes 40 years ago or four weeks ago, it’s important to recognize that living with the condition requires constant attention and care. Use these tips for managing […]

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Meals for Seniors with Dental Issues

January 16, 2024

In this day and age, keeping one’s teeth clean is easier than ever. Electric toothbrushes and waterpiks make for efficient, effective cleaning, while quality floss and mouthwash help fight bacteria. But even with these wonderful innovations, many seniors still have dental issues. Loss of bone density, dry mouth from medications, and gum disease can all lead older adults to not only have teeth problems, but to lose them. If you care for an elderly loved one who has dental problems, you may find yourself struggling with what you can and […]

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Tips for Seniors for Finding Joy in the Winter Months

January 11, 2024

Tips for Seniors for Finding Joy in the Winter Months When January hits, the reality of winter finally sets in. The days are long, dark, and cold, and with that can come an unfortunate dip in mood. Winter blues, or the more serious counterpart, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is thought to occur due to the limited daylight hours. Daylight impacts the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin, which can cause lethargy and symptoms of depression in higher doses. If you’ve been feeling changes in your mood since the beginning of […]

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Observing National Obesity Awareness Week with Seniors

January 10, 2024

Observing National Obesity Awareness Week with Seniors Since the 1940s, the average number of obese adults has increased exponentially in America. The ease of access to food—especially those of the fast and pre-packaged varieties—in conjunction with more sedentary lifestyles has led to higher weights across the country. In an effort to mitigate this problem, the second week in January was named National Obesity Awareness Week. Excessive weight gain is terrible for everyone, but older adults in particular are more likely to be affected. Observing National Obesity Awareness Week with seniors […]

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How to Limit Sugar in Your Elderly Loved One’s Diet

January 9, 2024

How to Limit Sugar in Your Elderly Loved One’s Diet All year, we dream of the delicious cookies, cakes, and desserts that only come around for the holiday season. For that month or so, we allow ourselves to indulge in our favorite dishes, even if it is to the detriment of our sugar and fat intake. This can be a challenge for seniors in particular, who may have a stricter diet due to health issues. While it is okay to splurge every now and again, getting into the habit of […]

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Self-Love for Seniors

January 4, 2024

With the official start of the year comes an important reminder: to look at oneself with love and grace. To encourage the care and affection for oneself, which is just as valuable as tending to your own needs, January was named Self-Love Month. Making an effort to practice self-love for seniors is crucial, especially after the holidays. When the sparkle of the season goes away and the family returns home, many older adults experience a severe decline in mood. This can lead to feelings of self-doubt and low self-esteem, both […]

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How to Start Exercising Again After the Holiday Season

January 3, 2024

How to Start Exercising Again After the Holiday Season Between holiday parties, gift shopping, and time with family, many enter the month of January and realize they haven’t exercised in weeks. With so much time away from one’s exercise regimen, heading back to the gym can feel like starting over. This is especially the case for seniors, who may already struggle with physical limitations. If you’ve gone an extended period of time without exercising, don’t worry: there are plenty of great tips teaching seniors how to start exercising again after […]

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Setting Yourself Up For Success in the New Year

January 2, 2024

Setting Yourself Up For Success in the New Year Welcome to 2024: a new year full of new possibilities. Across the world, people use this time of year to reset and reframe their goals both from a career and interpersonal standpoint. Just as it is for many individuals, this period of time is precious for caregivers. It allows them to assess their responsibilities and create new year goals that positively impact all aspects of their lives. You’ve likely already created your list of New Year’s resolutions, but setting yourself up […]

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Having a Safe New Years Eve Celebration with Seniors

December 28, 2023

Having a Safe New Years Eve Celebration with Seniors There hardly feels like a better send-off for the holiday season than a New Year’s Eve celebration. For one night, we gather with friends and family to celebrate all we’ve accomplished in the last year, and all that is to come in the next one. For seniors, this time spent with loved ones is especially valuable. If you’re ringing in the New Year with an elderly loved one, you are certain to have a night you won’t forget. However, there are […]

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Setting New Years Resolutions for Seniors

December 27, 2023

In a few days’ time, you will have done it: gone another rotation around the sun. No matter your age, celebrating the New Year is something everyone relishes. For a few days, we reflect on all we’ve accomplished in the past 365 days, and all that is to come. For many individuals, with the New Year comes the desire to start anew. Whether that is joining an exercise class or reading a certain amount of books, setting New Year’s resolutions for seniors is a great way to fill one’s life […]

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Inspirational Quotes About Caregiving

December 26, 2023

No two days as a caregiver look exactly alike. This is one of the factors that make a caregiving career appealing to many individuals. Some days may be spent mostly at home doing easy chores around the house, other days may be hectic and having you run from place to place. Just as your caregiving responsibilities change, so may your mood. Some days you will feel self-assured and capable. Others will leave you doubting your skills. Though unpleasant, this roller coaster of emotions is completely natural. Everyone experiences ups and […]

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Christmas Activities to Enjoy with Your Grandchildren

December 21, 2023

Christmas Activities to Enjoy with Your Grandchildren For most seniors, the Christmas season isn’t about the food, the gifts, or the lights– it’s about spending time with their loved ones. Meaningful memories with family members are more precious than any gift you could receive, and time spent with your grandchildren is especially precious. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a thing to be cherished, especially as you watch them grow and change. Children already relish in the magic of the Christmas season. Make it even more special with these […]

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Cold Weather Safety for Seniors

December 20, 2023

Though the temperature has steadily been dropping for weeks, tomorrow marks the official start of winter. With it brings a few months of brutal winter weather that native Chicagoans know well, but somehow are surprised by each year. This is especially the case for older adults, who are often colder more easily due to their decreased metabolic rate, slower circulation, or other medical conditions. Even if you’ve lived in the greater Chicago area your entire life, it’s important to discuss cold weather safety for seniors each year. Refresh your knowledge […]

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Books About Caregiving

December 19, 2023

After much deliberation, you’ve decided it’s time for your elderly loved one to receive support at home. Whether it’s their physical or cognitive decline that requires your assistance, it takes time to determine the best form of care for your loved one. The answer to that? Research, research, research. When you first begin your caregiving journey, doing your own research will help strengthen your skills and mold your expectations. Books about caregiving can give you key insight into the world of family caregivers that you will utilize on a daily […]

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Great Christmas Crafts for Seniors

December 14, 2023

As the months grow colder and the days grow shorter, it’s easy to feel put down by the lack of sunlight. However, there is hardly a better time to flex one’s creative muscles and start crafting. Christmastime, in particular, gives creative minds the opportunity to try new ideas and display their creations. Any kind of arts and crafts is a fantastic hobby for older adults. Many see crafting as a sort of flippant, brainless activity, but it is far from it. Creating something beautiful not only leads to great satisfaction […]

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How to Help Seniors Around the Home During Christmas

December 13, 2023

How to Help Seniors Around the Home During Christmas Christmas is a magical time of year for those of all ages. Families cross the country to come together, celebrate, and create lasting memories. This time of year is especially meaningful to seniors, who otherwise may not see their family and friends as often as they’d like. However, the holiday can also pose a great deal of challenges for seniors. If you’re celebrating the holiday season with an elderly loved one, you’re likely aware of these stressors. Making an effort to […]

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Making Sure Your Elderly Loved One’s Home is Ready for Winter

December 12, 2023

Making Sure Your Elderly Loved One’s Home is Ready for Winter Though the first official day of winter isn’t until December 21, the coldest months of the year are here. While this time of year your focus is likely on holiday preparations and celebrations, it’s important to recognize the trials and tribulations of the season are much more serious. Making sure your elderly loved one’s home is ready for winter should be a top priority. Seniors spend more time at home in the winter than at any other time of […]

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Healthy Holiday Treats for Seniors

December 6, 2023

Healthy Holiday Treats for Seniors Though spending time with loved ones and decorating the home are some of the most eagerly awaited aspects of the holiday season, chiefly among them is the food. According to one Statista poll, 37% of people look forward to the seasonal sweets that are only around during Christmastime. With hundreds of cookie, pie, cake, and bar recipes to try, there is something everyone has to look forward to. However, dietary restrictions can make it difficult for many older adults to indulge in their favorite holiday […]

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Celebrating Hanukkah with Seniors

December 7, 2023

Celebrating Hanukkah with Seniors Each year, Jewish families come together to observe the eight-day “festival of lights,” better known as Hanukkah. Because the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates of Hanukkah change on the Gregorian calendar each year. This year, Hanukkah begins on December 7 and ends on December 15. If you are celebrating Hanukkah with seniors this year, you are in for a special treat. Your elderly loved one is a fountain of knowledge and traditions. Including them in your family celebrations will be a […]

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Quick and Easy Exercise During the Holiday Season for Caregivers

December 6, 2023

Quick and Easy Exercise During the Holiday Season for Caregivers It’s hard to believe we have already entered the holiday season. The final month of the year goes out with a bang of festive lights and celebrations with loved ones that, while they are great fun, can be added stress for caregivers. Finding time to juggle not only the responsibilities of care, but obligations brought on by holidays challenges family caregivers. This doesn’t even take into account their self-care needs. But now more than ever, it is crucial that you […]

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Holiday Fun in the Chicago Area for Seniors

November 28, 2023

Holiday Fun in the Chicago Area for Seniors The holiday season is easily one of the best times to be in Chicago. The city and its surrounding areas come to life with an array of sparkling lights, gorgeous decorations, and holiday activities. Starting in November, it seems there is a new adventure to explore every other day no matter your age. If you are looking for something tailored to older adults, try these events for holiday fun in the Chicago area for seniors. These events are perfect to enjoy whether […]

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Purchases Seniors Should Take Advantage of for Cyber Monday

November 27, 2023

Purchases Seniors Should Take Advantage of for Cyber Monday For many individuals, Thanksgiving isn’t complete until they’ve done their Black Friday shopping. However, Black Friday isn’t as accessible for older adults as it once was. Disregarding the early hours one must be out and about, seniors are forced to compete with crowded stores and an overwhelming, fast-paced environment. Thankfully, you don’t have to brave the crowds to get a good deal. In the era of online shopping, a new day to save money has arisen: Cyber Monday (the Monday after […]

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Easy Ways to Get Active After the Big Thanksgiving Meal

November 22, 2023

You spent all day helping in the kitchen and entertaining family members. When it’s finally time to sit down for the big Thanksgiving meal you couldn’t be more excited, so you load up on mashed potatoes, turkey, and pie. Afterward, it’s all too tempting to spend the remainder of the day curled up with leftovers. However, trying one of these easy ways to get active after the big Thanksgiving meal will actually do more for your health than you may realize. Why is it important to move after a big […]

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Low Sodium Alternatives to Thanksgiving Food

November 21, 2023

Low Sodium Alternatives to Thanksgiving Food When you consider the most popular holiday in the United States, what comes to mind first? Many would place their bets on Christmas or Halloween, but those bets would prove to be wrong. According to Statista, Thanksgiving is regarded as the most popular holiday among Americans. With the wonderful food, the time spent with family, and the lack of pressure that comes with purchasing gifts for loved ones, the admiration for Thanksgiving starts to make sense. However, if you are an older adult with […]

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Inspirational Quotes About Aging for Seniors

November 16, 2023

Inspirational Quotes About Aging for Seniors Too often, we view aging with a negative lens. As one considers aging into older adulthood, it is common for one to imagine a frail individual instead of thinking of all the joys that come with aging. The same goes for many seniors themselves as they grow older. Even if they don’t feel old yet, they know it’s coming, and they’re dreading their lost youth. This, however, is a toxic—and frankly incorrect—view to have. We only live one life, and aging is a beautiful […]

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Zodiac Compatibility in Senior Relationships

November 14, 2023

Zodiac Compatibility in Senior Relationships Romance as an older adult looks quite different from how it may have looked in your younger years—especially if you’re exploring new romance. You have decades of life experience, a career that helped shape you, and a family who is your whole world. You are more or less set in your ways, and finding someone who fits those ways can be challenging. No matter how much we want it, there is never a predictive guarantee as to who you will be your perfect match. However, […]

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Things to Remember on Caregiver Appreciation Day

November 8, 2023

Things to Remember on Caregiver Appreciation Day November 13 is an important day for the staff at Home Care Powered by AUAF: National Caregiver Appreciation Day. Whether they care for a family member or have made caregiving a career, this national holiday was created to bring recognition to the tens of millions of Americans who offer support to the ill, disabled, or elderly. If you are a caregiver, you know it is more than a nine-to-five job you punch in and out of. It takes a special kind of individual […]

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The Best Food for a Cold for Seniors

November 9, 2023

While fall brings beautiful foliage and crisp weather, it also brings something far less desirable: cold and flu season. We all do our best to avoid catching anything, but it’s almost inevitable to feel under the weather for a few days in the colder months of the year. While colds can be miserable for just about anyone, they can be especially detrimental to seniors. As we age, our immune systems become less efficient at fighting infections of any kind. When you do fall ill, it’s important to supply yourself with […]

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Where Seniors Can Look at Fall Foliage in Chicago

November 7, 2023

Where Seniors Can Look at Fall Foliage in Chicago When most individuals think of visiting the Chicago area, they look at the summertime. While there is obviously something to be said about the gorgeous weather and the myriad of festivals to enjoy, those who discount the fall are missing out. For seniors, in particular, the less crowded streets, the cooler weather, and the fall colors make fall the perfect time to be out and about. Leaf peeping is a fantastic activity for older adults, as it gets them outdoors and […]

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Tips for Seniors Adjusting to Daylight Savings

November 2, 2023

Tips for Seniors Adjusting to Daylight Savings Twice a year, we are forced to deal with the annoying repercussions of shifting the clocks by an hour— back one hour in the fall (think: fall backward) and forward one hour in the spring (think: spring forwards). In a few days, that time comes again. On Sunday, November 5, all your automatic clocks will go back one hour, so don’t forget to set your manual clocks to the right time before bed! While falling back is easier than springing forward, it still […]

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Creative Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress

November 1, 2023

Creative Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress Taking on a caregiving role for an elderly loved one is one of the most selfless actions a person can take. Each day, you are directly responsible for the well-being of another individual. While this is an incredibly rewarding experience, it can also be a physically and emotionally exhausting one. It’s natural to need assistance every now and again. As a caregiver, at this point, you have likely explored a myriad of resources about alleviating stress. Each of them provides great insight into common […]

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Exercising Safely in the Fall

October 26, 2023

As the weather starts to cool off, those who exercise outdoors begin to feel the impending dread of winter. While you could always take your exercise regimen indoors, you don’t have to give up on outdoor exercise just yet. Keep in mind these tips for exercising safely in the fall to enjoy the great outdoors deep into November. When the season progresses into ice and snow, turn to our blog about exercising in cold weather for seniors. That way, you can proceed with your exercise regimen even throughout the winter […]

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Halloween Costumes for Seniors

October 25, 2023

Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you’re attending a party with friends or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, celebrate the holiday right by dressing up. Halloween costumes for seniors can be just as fun as they were when you were a child. Stay safe in your costume Before you settle on your theme for the holiday, keep a few things in mind so you stay safe. Choose an outfit that is easy to get in and out of—nothing too loose or tight. You should also keep in mind the […]

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A Senior’s Guide to Getting Comfortable with Your iPad

October 24, 2023

A Senior’s Guide to Getting Comfortable with Your iPad For years, the butt of the joke was that seniors don’t know how to use their technology. While it is true that many seniors struggle with the newer technological advancements, more seniors than ever are using technology thanks to the global pandemic, and one device in particular has grown quite popular. According to a study by Pew Research, roughly one-third of seniors own a tablet, or iPad. This is a nearly 20% increase from 2013. The chances are high that you […]

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Great Freezer Meals for Caregivers

October 19, 2023

As a caregiver, you understand the struggle of putting a fresh, healthy meal on the table every night for your elderly loved one. Some days you have the time to craft a thoughtful meal, while others you just have time to order delivery. While it’s fine to splurge on a delivery meal every once in a while, most of the time these are not the healthiest options. You can purchase freezer meals, but those are packed with preservatives too. You can have the convenience of frozen meals with the benefits […]

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Talking to Seniors About Mental Illness

October 12, 2023

Mental illness has been poorly represented in media for decades—to the point that many have serious misconceptions about what mental illness is. Most of the time, mental illness is not what one sees in film, and it is far more prevalent than one might realize. According to a John Hopkins study, roughly 26% of Americans 18 and older have some form of mental illness, most commonly a depressive or anxious condition. With such a high percentage of adults suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder, it is possible that your elderly […]

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Fun Halloween Decor for Seniors

October 18, 2023

If you followed our blog about decorating for fall, you’ve created a variety of pieces that will last you through November. That being said, with Halloween around the corner, you may be feeling the bug to add some macabre life to your home. Try this fun Halloween decor for seniors that is easy for those with any mobility concerns. Remember: when decorating your home, don’t put anything in a location that you could trip over. Avoid obscuring lights or windows, as this could lead to confusion. You can have fun […]

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The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Seniors

October 17, 2023

The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Seniors Sometimes, maintaining our dental hygiene can feel like a tedious chore. Our mouths don’t come into contact with nearly as many strange surfaces as our hands, so is it really such a bad thing to push off one’s dental care? The answer is a resounding “yes—” poor oral care has a far more substantial impact than just bad breath. The importance of dental hygiene for seniors, in particular, can’t be understated. Each of our bodily functions is connected to one another. When one […]

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Better Breathing Practices for Seniors

October 11, 2023

Better Breathing Practices for Seniors There is nothing more natural than breathing than actually breathing. It is a natural bodily function that we complete all day, every day without even thinking. It isn’t until we experience an issue—even something as innocuous as catching a cold—that we realize we take our quality of breathing for granted. Between smoking, pollutants, and chronic lung conditions, there is much we have to contest to breathe healthfully. Healthy Lung Month was developed to help recognize these conditions and encourage those of all ages to take […]

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Best Spooky Films to Watch with Seniors

October 10, 2023

Halloween is easily one of the most popular holidays in the United States. For the month of October, people of all ages are encouraged to embrace their inner child with seasonal festivities—including seniors! Now that it’s officially October, embrace what is affectionately known as “spooky season” with some of the best spooky films to watch with seniors. Watching films alongside your elderly loved ones is a fantastic way to spend time together. It provides you the opportunity to share an activity together and then gives you something to speak about […]

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How Caregivers Can Tell it’s Time to Take a Day Off

October 4, 2023

How Caregivers Can Tell it’s Time to Take a Day Off As a caregiver, you dedicate your time, energy, and love to ensuring the well-being and comfort of your elderly loved one. Being there in their moments of need is truly rewarding, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also exhausting. It’s important to recognize that, while your commitment to your role is commendable, you have to care for yourself. Determining how caregivers can tell it’s time to take a day off will not only benefit the caregiver’s life, but their […]

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Fun Activities for Active Aging Week

October 3, 2023

Slowing down is a natural part of life, but growing sedentary shouldn’t be. As their energy dips and potential mobility issues arise, many older adults find it easier to settle into a more stationary life. This, however, has a negative impact not only on their physical health, but their mental health as well. Those who stay active tend to live happier, fuller lives. To help illustrate how seniors can live active lives well into their golden years, The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) developed Active Aging Week. This observation […]

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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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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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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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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

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 exercise. […]

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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 rheumatoid 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 […]

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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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