Why Providing Memory Care at Home Might Be Better for Your Loved One with Dementia

While it might be a given that those suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia need help, where that help needs to take place can be less apparent. It would be a quick and easy assumption to think that proper dementia care can only take place in a facility. But that's simply not true. In fact, there are a number of reasons why it makes sense for dementia patients to receive care and assistance right in their own homes. . . . READ THE REST

Scams to Watch Out for During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Opportunists. There are always people who take advantage of situations and fellow human beings, usually for their own benefit and often by using criminal means. The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly no exception. Beyond efforts to stay safe from the virus itself, we all must also remain vigilant against fraudulent attempts to monopolize on the COVID-19 situation and protect our hard-earned savings. . . . READ THE REST

5 Great Moms of the Golden Age of Television

Mother — an iconic character if there ever was one. TV, especially in its "Golden Age" (the late 1940s through the late 1950s), glorified moms and perpetuated the image of what it meant to be the matriarch of the all-American family. TV moms in the twentieth century were often well kept and put together, while being dedicated to their homes, dutiful to their children, and loyal to their husbands. They were sometimes funny — even sarcastic — and often wise in their own ways. Let's take a fun trip down memory lane to take a look back at five moms as television presented them to us so long ago. . . . READ THE REST

Meeting You Halfway

While social distancing is very important right now, we all still need that personal touch. This is especially true for isolated seniors. Needs conflicting with fears are what causes all of us headaches. We have many great clients and would-be clients who are waiting for the virus to pass. The truth is that it might never fully pass. At what level of COVID-19 treatment and protection are you willing to provide needed care for your loved one? While we have several safety protocols in place, no one has a perfect answer to this question. But it's still one that needs to be addressed. What if there were an intermediate step? An option where we could check your loved one on a regular basis without risking direct contact? . . . READ THE REST

Moving Your Loved One Out of a Nursing Home or an Assisted-Living Facility Due to COVID-19

At one time and for various reasons, placing your loved one in a nursing home or assisted-living facility seemed like the right thing to do. Your loved one needed help — more help than you could provide. A nursing home or assisted living facility seemed like the place where Mom or Dad could get all the necessary assistance, without your own life being overly compromised. Then along came the coronavirus known as COVID-19. Now, those facilities might not appear to be so attractive nor helpful. . . . READ THE REST

Why Companion Care Is Important for the Elderly

We humans — by are very nature — are a social breed. Companionship is considered by psychologists to be one of the most basic of our human needs — right up there with food and water. Babies who have what they need to survive but lack human touch fail to thrive. Even the most introverted people need some interaction with others. Extroverts, on the other hand, crave it and need it all the more. However, when it comes to our elderly, companionship — as essential as it might be for living — can also be quite hard to come by. . . . READ THE REST

5 Ideas on What to Do with Leftover Ham

Mmmmmmm... Ham! So many of us rely on this tasty staple as the centerpiece our holiday meals — especially our Easter and Christmas dinners! But a baked ham often can be quite large — 10 pounds easily for a bone-in ham — and can be more than enough for those attending the holiday feast. Leftovers are almost always inevitable — but definitely not inedible! Besides making a lot of ham sandwiches, what can you do with all that leftover ham? We've come up with five ideas — some traditional, some not so traditional — to help you make leftover ham a little more interesting. . . . READ THE REST

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be a very stressful time for many people. Whether you're young or old, it's perfectly natural and normal to feel a great deal of stress and anxiety due to the many unknowns that have accompanied this outbreak. Fear about any disease can be overwhelming and cause strong negative emotions in adults and children alike. So in times like these, it becomes very important to find ways to deal with that stress and cope better with the current situation. . . . READ THE REST

Proceeding with Caution, Care, and Prudence During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

It all depends on whose ox is gored. My dad used that expression, and it seems wiser every day. The current pandemic has as varied a reaction as you might expect in our widely diverse nation: extreme panic to utter nonchalance. If you have an infected family member, you are deeply concerned; if you are thinking primarily of your spring break, well. . . . READ THE REST

Five Ways Older Adults Can Stay Busy and Active at Home

Just because older adults need to remain in their homes doesn't mean that they need to be inactive or become bored. There are things you can do to prevent boredom and keep both the mind and the body active. If you are an older adult, or if you care for a senior, here are five ways older adults can stay busy and active at home. . . . READ THE REST

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