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  • Tis the Season to be Jolly?

    Most of us love seeing the calendar roll over to December 1st each year. It’s the end of the previous year, and also high time for the holidays. No matter which holiday you may recognize and honor, there’s an additional common thread that connects us all regardless of religion: Stress. When expectations mount, and your daily task list nearly doubles, it’s perfectly normal to scale back and prioritize which things truly matter. When you’re also in the role as a caregiver for a loved one, it can be particularly important to try and simplify events and manage to maintain your health an sanity. Here are some suggestions we found at AARP, which we really like. Long live the Potluck!

    Here are a dozen ways to adjust your holiday expectations and celebrations:

    1. Fill your tank first: We don’t expect our cars to run on empty and we can’t

    Dawn
    Dec 02, 2019
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  • November is National Caregiver's Month!

    November is National Caregiver’s Month. We recognize and celebrate those people In our lives who have selflessly stepped up to look after an aging or ill loved one. To some, it can be a thankless job full of stress, sleep deprivation, and the constant worry about the safety of someone we care about. Often people liken it to taking care of a toddler, but this time the toddler is able to get up and walk out the door. Much of what you see below was reprinted from A Place for Mom. It’s a wonderful resource for anyone looking for guidance in a caregiver situation. You’re not alone, and help is available! Please contact us at One Solution Home Care for your no-cost assessment and care plan.

    It’s common for an adult child or spouse to insist on being the sole caregiver for a loved one, says Lynette Whiteman, executive director of Caregiver

    Dawn
    Nov 19, 2019
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  • You are What You Eat, Choose Wisely

    I’ll make a confession, I’m biased towards a plant-based diet. I’ve been a vegetarian since childhood, and I’m one of the few New Englanders (I am certain!) to have never had a bite of seafood. Our culture is historically meat-centric, whether by cultural or economic motivation. Simply put, it’s cheaper to eat things that are bad for us.

    But what might the ultimate cost be to our health? There’s a ton of studies linking the consumption of animal protein to increased risk of Heart Disease, Stomach cancer, Obesity, etc…. But what if now there may be a link to developing Dementia? Would preserving your brain health be incentive enough to ditch the burgers? Your clogged arteries will thank you.

    Clogged arteries and Alzheimer’s are closely linked by looking at a study in which people who had Alzheimer’s were monitored for a decline in

    Dawn
    Nov 11, 2019
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  • Take a No Cost Online Memory Screening!

    November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Brain health and cognitive function is one of our most vital components as we age. Did you know that you can take an ‘Online Memory Screening’ at no cost via the Alzheimer’s Association of America? You can access it here: https://afamemorytest.com/

    What is a memory screening?

    A memory screening is a simple and safe “healthy brain check-up” that tests memory and other thinking skills. It is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a physician or other clinician.

    Why are memory screenings important?

    They are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by a number of medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, and depression, as well as

    Dawn
    Nov 01, 2019
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  • Fall Prevention as we Age

    We love Fall! But when we say that we mean the season. As the days become shorter, and the temperatures begin to dip some people can have an increased risk of falls. While many of us can admit we’ve tripped and fallen on occasion, for our Seniors those falls can result in severe injury, including death.

    According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone 65 years of age of older in this country falls every second of every day. Fall injuries are treated at the emergency room every 13 seconds and claim a life every 20 minutes.

    The good news is falls are preventable and you can do something about it for you and your loved ones.

    Falls usually don’t just happen and people don’t fall just because they get older. Often there are underlying causes and risk factors such as medications, health conditions or environment,

    Dawn
    Oct 21, 2019
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