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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.

Scrapbooking Tips for Seniors

June 2, 2023

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

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How to Manage Your Elderly Loved One’s Dietary Restrictions

June 1, 2023

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

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Summer Events for Seniors in the Chicago Area

May 24, 2023

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

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Why is Water Aerobics so Great for Seniors?

May 31, 2023

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

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Honoring Memorial Day with Seniors

May 29, 2023

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

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How to Make Caregiving Easier

May 26, 2023

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

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How to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure

May 25, 2023

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

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Easy Ways for Caregivers to Stay Active

May 23, 2023

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

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Hair Care for Seniors

May 19, 2023

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

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Group Activities for Seniors

May 18, 2023

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

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Mantras for Caregivers

May 17, 2023

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

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Why Do Seniors like Golf?

May 16, 2023

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

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

May 12, 2023

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

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How to Split Your Caregiving Responsibilities with Family

May 11, 2023

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

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Art Projects for Seniors with Disabilities

May 10, 2023

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

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Refreshing Home Decor for Spring That Seniors Can Incorporate

May 9, 2023

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

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How to Maintain Your Elderly Loved One’s Autonomy

May 5, 2023

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

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Healthy but Filling Breakfasts for Seniors

May 4, 2023

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

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Seniors

May 3, 2023

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

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Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Clients

May 2, 2023

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

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How to Make Your Outdoor Space Senior-Friendly

May 1, 2023

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

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Day Trips for Seniors in the Chicago Area

April 28, 2023

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

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Qualifications Required to Become a Paid Caregiver

April 27, 2023

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

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How to Create an Exercise Routine as a Senior

April 26, 2023

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

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Managing Chronic Conditions with the Help of a Home Caregiver

April 24, 2023

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

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Games to Play with Your Grandchildren

April 25, 2023

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

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Easy and Engaging Earth Day Activities for Seniors

April 20, 2023

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

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The Benefits of Volunteering for Seniors

April 21, 2023

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

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The Physical and Emotional Demands of Caregiving

April 19, 2023

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

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Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors

April 18, 2023

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

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How to Manage the Emotional Stress of Being a Caretaker

April 13, 2023

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

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Spring Recipes for Seniors

April 14, 2023

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

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How Technology Can Improve Senior Living

April 12, 2023

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

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Collections of Poetry for Seniors to Read

April 11, 2023

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

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

April 7, 2023

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

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How Seniors Can Improve Their Gastrointestinal Health

April 6, 2023

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

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Celebrating Easter with Seniors

April 5, 2023

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

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Time Management Tips for Caretakers

April 4, 2023

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

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Easy Ways for Seniors to Reduce Stress

April 3, 2023

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

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Spring Activities for Seniors to Enjoy in Chicago

March 31, 2023

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

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Promoting Kidney Health in Seniors

March 23, 2023

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

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When Would I Benefit From a Respite Caregiver?

March 30, 2023

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

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Fighting Springtime Allergies

March 29, 2023

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

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Early Spring Gardening Tips for Seniors

March 28, 2023

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

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Helping Your Elderly Loved One Eat Well this Spring

March 24, 2023

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

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How to Stop a Cold in its Tracks

March 22, 2023

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

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Helping Your Loved One with Spring Cleaning

March 20, 2023

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

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How to Maintain Your Brain Health

March 17, 2023

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

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

March 16, 2023

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

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Why it is Useful for Senior Caregivers to be Bilingual

March 15, 2023

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

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What is Home Care?

March 9, 2023

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

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The Importance of Quality Sleep for Seniors

March 14, 2023

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

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Seniors

March 10, 2023

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

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Intellectual Activities for Seniors

March 8, 2023

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

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Why Seniors Should Keep Houseplants

March 7, 2023

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

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The Importance of Caring for a Loved One

March 3, 2023

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

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What is Meal Preparation for Seniors?

March 2, 2023

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

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Celebrating Caregiver Appreciation Day

March 1, 2023

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

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Adjusting to Life After Retirement

February 28, 2023

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

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Benefits of Becoming a Caregiver

February 27, 2023

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

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Helping Your Loved One Stay Mentally Youthful

February 23, 2023

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

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How Do I Know if I Should Hire a Caregiver?

February 22, 2023

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

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Why do Seniors Like Knitting?

February 24, 2023

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

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How Can I Have a Career as a Caregiver?

February 17, 2023

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

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Great Soup Recipes for Seniors

February 21, 2023

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

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Senior Independence Month

February 16, 2023

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

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How to Make New Friends as a Senior

February 15, 2023

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

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What Your Loved One Might Need From You as Their Caregiver

February 14, 2023

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

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Senior

February 10, 2023

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

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How to Work with Your Loved One’s Caregiver

February 8, 2023

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

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Celebrating the Super Bowl with Seniors

February 9, 2023

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

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Heart Health for Seniors

February 7, 2023

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

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Seniors

January 19, 2023

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

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Preventing Caregiver Burnout

February 1, 2023

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

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What to do When the Power Goes Out in Winter

January 31, 2023

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

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Fun Things for Seniors to do with Friends

January 30, 2023

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

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

January 27, 2023

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

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Snow Removal Options for Seniors

January 26, 2023

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

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Activities to Enjoy with Your Grandchildren

January 25, 2023

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

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Things to Remember When Becoming a Family Caregiver

January 24, 2023

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

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Tips for Finding Caregiver Support

January 18, 2023

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

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Indoor Exercise for Seniors

January 20, 2023

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

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Books Every Older Adult Should Read

February 2, 2023

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

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

January 10, 2023

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

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 17, 2023

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

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Hobbies for Seniors this Winter

January 12, 2023

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

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What Motivates One to be a Caregiver?

January 11, 2023

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

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Tips for Getting Back on Track After Holiday Eating

January 6, 2023

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

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The Importance of Mindfulness for Caregivers

January 5, 2023

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

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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 4, 2023

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

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How to Enjoy the Winter

January 3, 2023

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

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Helping Your Loved One with Post-Holiday Blues

December 30, 2022

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

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Celebrating New Year’s with Seniors

December 29, 2022

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

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What Services Can a Caregiver Assist With?

December 27, 2022

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

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Celebrating Christmas with Seniors

December 22, 2022

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

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Combating SAD with Hygge

December 20, 2022

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

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Observing December’s Main Holidays with Seniors

December 16, 2022

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

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Managing Caregiver Stress During the Holiday Season

December 15, 2022

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

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Easy Holiday Décor for Seniors

December 13, 2022

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

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How Can Caregivers Help Seniors During the Holiday Season?

December 14, 2022

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

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

December 8, 2022

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

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How Can In-Home Care Battle Loneliness in Seniors?

December 7, 2022

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

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Anxiety in Seniors at Night

December 5, 2022

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

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Vacations for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

December 28, 2022

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

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Finding a Caregiver Who is Right for You

December 1, 2022

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

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Exercising in Cold Weather for Seniors

December 23, 2022

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

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Festive Activities to do in the Chicago Area for Seniors

December 6, 2022

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

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How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 24, 2022

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

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What States Pay Family Caregivers?

November 18, 2022

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

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Home Care In Illinois

What Locations Does Home Care Powered by AUAF Serve?

November 28, 2022

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

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Getting Outside in the Winter

November 30, 2022

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

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At-Home Eye Tests for Seniors

November 22, 2022

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

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What is the Community Care Program?

November 17, 2022

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

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Spending a Fun Weekend with Seniors

November 21, 2022

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

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Weekend Care for the Elderly

November 29, 2022

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

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Lung Cancer Awareness for Seniors

November 15, 2022

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

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Giving Thanks to Caregivers

November 23, 2022

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

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Easy Thanksgiving Décor for Seniors

November 16, 2022

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

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Food Pantry Donations

November 14, 2022

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

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Important Things Every Caregiver Should Remember

November 9, 2022

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

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If your senior parent or family member is in need of proven, comprehensive elderly care in the Chicago area, you’ve come to the right place. At Home Care Powered by AUAF, we are proud to serve the elderly community of Illinois, distinguished by our commitment to our clients.

Finding the right caregiver for your loved one is never easy. Our experienced team here at Home Care Powered by AUAF will help you consider your options and make the right decision. We look forward to welcoming you into our family.


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