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  • It's Time to Tango!

    Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

    However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    One in four Americans aged 65 falls each year.

    · Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

    · Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital ...

  • How to Travel with Alzheimer's, Some Tips

    Taking a person with Alzheimer's on a short trip is a challenge. Traveling can make the person more worried and confused, so it's important to think ahead. Here are some tips.

    Plan Ahead

    1. Talk with the person's doctor about medicines to calm someone who gets upset while traveling.
    2. Find someone to help you at the airport, train station, or bus station.
    3. Keep important documents with you in a safe place. These include health insurance cards, passports, doctors' names and phone numbers, a list of medicines, and a copy of the person's medical records.
    4. Pack items the person enjoys looking at or holding for comfort.
    5. Travel with another family member or friend.
    6. Take an extra set of clothing in a carry-on bag.
    People with memory problems ...
  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...