Hepatitis C and Baby Boomers: Why people born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested

Are you or is someone you love a Baby Boomer? Then here's some important information to know: All people born between 1945 and 1965 (the generation commonly referred to as the Baby Boom) are five times more likely to have the Hepatitis C than adults of other generations. Three out of four Baby Boomers have the disease. But one huge problem with Hepatitis C — aside from its potential dangers — is that many people don't even realize that they are infected with it. Many people live with Hepatitis C for decades without symptoms or feeling sick. Despite this, Hepatitis C can eventually lead to deadly conditions such as liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. . . . READ THE REST

Why being itchy could mean a serious problem for older adults

We all get itchy, sometimes. And usually, it's no big deal. An area of skin tingles and feels irritated, and it moves a person to scratch it. But there are times when being itchy is actually a sign of a serious health problem, and these problems often affect older adults. Read on to learn what some of some of those problems might be. . . . READ THE REST

Can your care plan weather the weather? 

The bad weather of last month highlighted how important it is to have a high-quality agency tending to the needs of our loved ones. Cars break down, children get sick, and the family members or friends who help care for our older adults can suddenly become unavailable and unreliable. . . . READ THE REST

March 2019 Denver area activities for older adults

After all the cold and snow of this past January and February, March gives us in the Denver area a tiny glimpse of the better weather to come. If you or an older adult in your life has been feeling cooped up, perhaps March is the time to get out! And with all the activities, both inside and outside, that the Denver area has to offer, there's no excuse to stay home. Here are just a few of the many March 2019 Denver area activities for older adults. . . . READ THE REST

March 2019 Chicagoland activities for older adults

Will March 2019 come in like a lion or a lamb? Either way, there will be activities that seniors can enjoy around Chicago and its suburbs, both indoors and out! Here are a few Chicagoland activities for older adults to enjoy this March! . . . READ THE REST

The differences between in-home non-medical care and skilled nursing

You’ve probably already heard of in-home care for the elderly and other adults in such need — but did you know that not all in-home care services are the same? And did you also know that not all in-home care agencies can provide all in-home care services? It’s important to know what care is available from agency to agency, as well as what specific care you or your senior or veteran loved one truly needs. Just one of these types of care might not be enough. . . . READ THE REST

What’s the difference between palliative care and hospice?

As you help care for the older loved ones in your life, you probably have heard the terms "palliative care" and "hospice." While can both deal with end-of-life issues and can be similar in nature, the two are not quite the same. Read on to learn the differences between palliative care and hospice and if either are right for the person for whom you provide care. . . . READ THE REST

We can do more

Usually I like to write about broader and more personal subjects, but this month is quite different. Many of you have asked for additional services from us we could not legally provide. Now we can! . . . READ THE REST

How seniors can stay safe while staying fit

Just about anyone, despite age, can reap meaningful benefits from exercising. Older adults can be active, even with a chronic condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. But whether the senior has been exercising for a lifetime or is starting a new activity after having been active for a long time, it's always important to know how to stay safe while staying fit. . . . READ THE REST

Denver AARP offers webinar — “Discover How Hospice May Help You” — 1 p.m. MST, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

AARP Colorado is offering an informational webinar designed to help caregivers learn more about hospice and how it might help you and a loved one for whom you provide care. . . . READ THE REST