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7 Tips to Make the Most of Your Doctors Appointment

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In today’s fast-paced health care environment, physicians, patients, and family caregivers are work together to best manage health conditions and make treatment decisions. Thrive USA has gathered several tips about how you can plan and feel more at ease during your appointments. Special Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, additional steps are taken by the doctor’s offices and clinics to keep patients safe. Call ahead to find out whether someone else can join you for your appointment during this time.  Arrive on Time for Your Appointment  Show up 15 to 20 minutes early for your appointment (or know how to connect…

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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BECOMING YOUR PARENTS CAREGIVER

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Every year, more than 43 million Americans provide unpaid care to a family member, usually a parent. Most seniors prefer to age at home, but as they get older and experience deteriorating health, they may need special care at home. In many cases, their children decide to step in and become the caregivers.  Serving as a caregiver to a member of the family is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do. It allows you to spend time with your loved one and gives the chance to ensure that they receive the best possible quality of care. If you…

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7 Tips to Manage Family Caregiver Stress

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We’ve always been advised to reduce stress in our lives. Stress increases the risk of heart failure, insomnia, diabetes, cardiovascular illness, sleep disorders, and a number of other health problems. But can you remember a more difficult and stressful time that what we are experiencing with the COVID-19 crisis? For several, handling stress is more difficult than ever. Below are a few things that we should do to reduce our stress during this unprecedented time.  Be realistic– Know your limits when it comes to the amount and type of care you can provide. Set realist caregiving goals to accomplish, and…

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Activities for Seniors During Social Isolation

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Over the last few months, we’ve been completely overwhelmed by the news of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us feel that there is no escape from the news reports, constantly updated numbers, and recommended precautions. One of the hardest to swallow pills? Social distance — or what we’ve come to find is social isolation, actually.  As humans, we are innately social creatures that thrive on interactions with others. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that social isolation can affect our physical and mental well-being, especially for the elderly who are particularly vulnerable. Knowing this, we encourage you to physically…

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4 Safety Tips for Seniors as Maryland Reopens

Communities around the country are beginning to rebound since COVID-19 ‘s initial outbreak, and many people are enjoying the ability to dine at a restaurant, get a haircut or visit with friends and relatives. While many are ready to resume living normally, it is necessary to understand the potential risks of COVID-19 and how to reduce the chance of spreading infection. For those at a higher risk of illness due to age or long-term health problems, it’s important to take action to reduce the risk of getting sick. We have compiled some safety tips for  seniors and caregivers to keep…

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In-Home Care for Patients During COVID-19

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Home care has become increasingly important during this time as healthcare professionals and families are looking for ways to assist older loved ones and those with chronic conditions. Our goal remains the same: to set a new standard in-home care with our personalized, holistic approach, help our clients heal, live independently, and ultimately thrive. We take every update about COVID-19 to heart to ensure continuity of service for our clients and the health of our caregivers.  This is a time of significant stress and anxiety for many families and we realize it is extremely important to work together to support…

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5 Ways for Seniors to Stay Busy While Isolated

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Social distancing and self-imposed quarantine are necessary measures that many are taking to help reduce further spread of COVID-19. When you stay indoors, it’s necessary to continue your daily activities to keep both your mind and body healthy. To help senior members of your family feel the best they can, encourage them to take part in the following activities. Fitness Staying healthy through exercise improves your overall mood and encourages good health. There are a lot of exercises that aren’t too hard to try at home to help seniors stay active. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has a series…

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6 Must-Know Tips for Senior Eye Health

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Those who are over the age of 65 have a higher risk of developing eye health issues than any other demographic, making it a critical issue the older you get or when caring for an aging loved one. So, what can be done to help preserve eyesight? Here are five tips to consider: 1. Know the Conditions Glaucoma is the leading cause of untreatable blindness. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, causing irreversible blindness. The condition is characterized by fluid buildup in the eye. The accumulation increases pressure within the eye, and the stress, in turn, damages the optic nerve. The…

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5 Winter Activities for Seniors

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Want to sleep better or lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer? Looking to improve your social wellness, reduce your blood pressure and have more energy? Staying physically and/or mentally active as you age becomes vitally important. However, that’s not always easy, especially in the wintertime. Here are five activities seniors can enjoy when the weather turns chilly:  1. Cook Cooking is a great way to take care of your own mental health, experts say. If you’re cooking for yourself, consider preparing something you’ve never had before. If you’re cooking for others,…

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Survive with Your Sanity – Simple Gifts to Streamline Your Holidays

Gift-giving is one of the most exciting and joyous parts of the holiday season. Regardless of what type of festivities you and your loved ones enjoy, the giving of gifts is likely to be part of it.  However, for many seniors, this is one of the most stressful parts of the holidays. With a limited income and many other expenses, giving gifts to loved ones can make the holidays in your golden years feel more like something to survive than a time to thrive.  Here are a few tips to turn the tide on that feeling:  Store-Bought is Fine Famous…

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