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Medicare Open Enrollment: Q&A

by: Lisa Jessie, Senior Director of Strategy

Next week, the open enrollment period for Medicare begins. We’ve created a primer to help you make smart decisions based on your needs and your budget. If you need assistance with enrollment, we help you there, too.
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Identifying depression in older adults

by: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year. Although depression is not a normal part of the aging process, more than two million of the 34 million Americans 65 and older suffer from some form of it.

The likelihood of depression increases when someone has a chronic illness like Alzheimer’s disease or cancer, or if they experience a life event that commonly occurs as people age (e.g. the loss of a loved one). Grieving from a loss can often feel like a roller coaster with good days and bad days.

Sadness lasting more than two weeks could be a sign of depression. However, it may sometimes be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed in some older adults because sadness is not their main symptom. Identifying the signs is the first step to getting them the help they need.  read more >

Hearing loss can affect more than your social life

by: Lisa Jessie, Senior Director of Strategy

Hearing loss can stress not only the older adult, but the rest of the family.

Before my dad got his hearing aids a few years ago, I found myself losing patience with having to SHOUT EVERYTHING AND E-NUN-CI-ATE EV-ER-Y SIN-GLE SYL-LABLE.

But hearing loss is more than frustrating and inconvenient for sufferers and their families. It can have serious health repercussions. read more >

National Fall Prevention Awareness Day

by: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

Every 11 seconds, an emergency department sees an older adult for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans and can threaten their safety and independence.

The toll goes beyond bruises and fractures. According to the National Council on Aging, the financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

Sometimes, even the fear of falling can impair the quality of life for an older adult. In trying to be cautious, seniors may limit their activities and social engagement, leading to social isolation, which is also detrimental to overall health. read more >

How To Protect Your Identity

by: Lisa Jessie, Senior Director of Strategy

The recent data breach at Equifax credit bureau rattled a lot of people. 143 million, to be exact. Exposed information included names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses – and even some driver’s license and credit card numbers.

Nothing is foolproof in protecting your personal information, but you can make it harder for would-be thieves. Taking precautions is especially important for older adults. Criminals believe that seniors are more financially stable, have better credit, and typically don’t open new lines of credit or monitor their credit reports, making them vulnerable. read more >

Harvey reminds us to be prepared

by: Lisa Jessie, Senior Director of Strategy

Haunting images poured out of hurricane-ravaged Texas this weekend: Rescuers led nursing home residents out of waist-high water, and a CNN reporter lifted a frail, elderly man from chest-deep water in his home onto a boat.

A natural disaster or a haz-mat accident can leave all of us vulnerable, but none more so than older adults, who might live alone and have frailties. However, preparation can ease a harrowing situation – and maybe save a life. read more >

Aging in Place Could Require Some Home Modifications

by: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

According to a recent AARP housing survey, 83% of older Americans want to stay in their own homes for the rest of their lives. Other studies suggest that most homes are not equipped to accommodate the needs of people over the age of 65. While most us would prefer to stay in our own homes for as long as possible, we should remember that our safety is a big factor in making that decision. Often, seniors are living in an unsafe environment that makes them susceptible to falls and other injuries. Luckily, there are changes you can make to your home to make aging in place a possibility. read more >

Forgetfulness: Should I be worried?

By: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

Have you ever wondered, “Have I always been this forgetful?” Often, symptoms of the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia can be confused with the traditional signs that accompany aging. We all know that many things change as we age. Normally, our bodies and brains slow down, but our intelligence stays the same. We might occasionally have a hard time remembering the names of people, places, and things as we get older, yet it has little impact on our daily lives. read more >

Stay in touch!

By: Anonymous

Friendships can mean different things to different people. For example, one might say they are close to their friend, then discover something about them that they would never have suspected. To the friend, you may have just been an acquaintance. Both individuals were content with their perceived levels of closeness. read more >

Five Reasons to Choose Home Care

By: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

It can often be a very difficult situation for families once they decide care is needed for their loved one. There can be a lot of questions and concerns that arise when searching through the options. Sometimes facility-care is the best choice for them. However, non-medical Home Care can be a great option for someone who wants to enjoy the comforts of home while receiving help with personal care, light housekeeping, and transportation. Below are five reasons why Home Care could be the right choice for you and your loved one. read more >

Downsizing Mom and Dad's Stuff

By: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

Often, downsizing can be a difficult topic for adult children to have with their parents. There can be decades of memories and feelings associated with a home and the thought of moving out can bring up feelings of sadness and loss. However, there are ways to ease the transition between a home they’ve been in for years to a new, and often smaller, residence. read more >

Cough to Cancer in Three Clicks

By: Ronnie Gilbert, HomeCare Manager

Need to find the closest pizza delivery restaurant? Check the internet. Wondering what the least populated country in the world is? Do a search on the internet. (In case you were wondering, it is the Pitcairn Islands population 57.) Or are you looking for a gluten free, vegan lasagna? Go to the world-wide web. (And yes a recipe does exist for it.) The internet has changed the way we live. You can find virtually anything you need to know by doing a search. It’s amazing. However, one does need to approach it with caution. read more >

The Conversation Surrounding Driving

By: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

Having a conversation with your elderly parents about limiting their driving can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll have. This topic can be so tough because they see their ability to drive as the biggest source of independence. Some red flags to look for are . . . read more >

Warning Signs: I Think My Neighbor Needs Help!

By: Lauren Curry, Executive Assistant

Day after day, we pass our neighbors’ homes and notice their behaviors and habits. Sometimes, we pick up on their routines while gazing out our windows. What happens when you notice changes in a neighbor’s routine that seem like a red flag? You may be unsure about whether you should do something or wonder if it would be prying. These thoughts can become especially pressing if your neighbor is an older adult who lives alone. read more >

We Need to Talk

By: Ronnie Gilbert, HomeCare Manager

Our mom is an active 71 years old. She still works full time, plays bridge 2 or 3 times a week, attends performances of her grandson’s punk rock band, helped her granddaughter move into her college dorm last year and still enjoys her bourbon and ginger ale while socializing with her friends. We like to think of her as full of boundless energy, but my sister and I realize she has slowed down some over recent years. read more >

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

By: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

While acting as a caregiver for a loved one, there can be many things that you are responsible for such as: managing their medications, taking them to appointments, preparing their meals, and providing companionship. The list goes on and on. When caring for a loved one, the caregiver often ignores their own health and well-being. Here are some signs that you could be at the end of the rope and ways to address more >

Home Safety Checklist

By: Drew Hight, Marketing Manager

Many older adults in America are injured each and every day due to falls that could have been prevented. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that on average 1.4 million people aged 65 and older are hospitalized each year for injuries associated with consumer products. Falls in and around the home are the top reason for injuries in older adults. However, many falls are preventable and there are easy ways to read more >