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6 Tips for Seniors to Stay Active and Healthy at Home

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As the end of the coronavirus pandemic remains unknown, most older adult citizens are expected to stay at home to protect their health and welfare and to limit interaction with others. While it is definitely in the best interest of their physical well-being, it may have a huge effect on the mental and emotional health of a senior to feel trapped indoors and away from their routine. To support older adults stay comfortable and happy at home, here are few tips. Move Around the House Regular physical activity provides higher levels of energy, better mood, more relaxation, which can result…

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6 Tips For Balancing Work and Caring For an Older Adult

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It’s not easy to provide for our elderly parents. Acting as a caregiver can lead to additional stress and can place a burden on your relationships and career. According to AARP, about 25.5 million Americans are trying to find a work-life balance while caring for their elderly parents.  COVID-19 transformed our lives and our world in 2020.   It’s impacted how we go to school, work, and extracurricular activities.    COVID has also had an effect on family structures with a rising number of families managing multi-generational households. In addition, it has left our aging parents more dependent on us,…

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Best Gift Ideas for Seniors

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This year, Covid-19 will influence how we spend the holidays, and for many of us, that means no typical family celebrations. Unfortunately, the gift of time is always the most cherished gift for an aging loved one, and it could be months before you can comfortably be back in the same room as them. So if you can’t physically spend time with them, adding a special touch to their gift is a way to let them know how much you care for them. Here are five perfect gift ideas to show how much you care for them. Family Photo Calendar…

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How to Brighten the 2020 Holidays for Seniors

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The 2020 Holiday season is here and it is in full swing. As with the vast majority of other holidays this year we know that many celebrations – and possibly some long-standing traditions – will look different. But that doesn’t mean all festivities and celebrations have to stop. At Thrive USA Homecare, we care deeply about helping seniors feel included in the festivities and to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest. If you are a family caregiver, here are some things you can do to help brighten the holidays for seniors this year.  Bring Back Holiday Traditions Familiarity during…

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How to Talk to Your Parent About In-Home Care

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Talking with your parent or loved one about needing a home care solution can be a difficult conversation for both of you. For your loved one, it represents a loss of independence and a realization of declining health. For you, it can be difficult because you must now tell your parent or loved one that you need extra help caring for them. Having a conversation about the dangers of unassisted living may be hard, but it is necessary.       Few things are more stressful for a family caregiver than an aging loved one who refuses to accept the help they need….

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

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November is Global Caregivers Month where people are honored for their commitment and selflessness who provide for loved ones who are unable. The burden of caring for aging parents or the families of their partner with their job needs and the education of their own children is balanced by millions of Americans. NCM is an opportunity for gratitude and affirmation of the self-sacrifice and hard work of the caregivers – and support. National Family Caregivers Month (NFC) is recognized every week in November. This celebration began in 1997 with the signing of a Presidential Proclamation by President Clinton. Ever since…

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Keeping Loved Ones Connected- Technology Edition

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  Have you heard of the “digital divide?” It’s a gap that many older adults are suffering through these days.  For over seven months we have been social distancing, and now the safest ways to connect with our loved ones are video chat, email, and social media. Who is providing technical support for these new consumers of communications technology? In most cases, it is family members, children, and grandchildren that are helping out. Here are a few tips that will help them excel. Connect with People Online Facebook Seniors aged 65 and over are the fastest-growing demographic on Facebook, Pew Research…

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4 Senior Friendly Autumn Activities

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Fall is a lovely time of year with colorful leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin patches popping up. The days are shorter, and the nights are chillier and this means it’s time to fill your calendars with activities that people of all ages can enjoy.  If you’re looking for something seasonal to do with your loved one, try one of the following: Create Fall Themed Arts & Crafts Creating beautiful creations is fun and relaxing for all of us, no matter how old we are. During the fall months, craft shops are filled with wreaths, pumpkins, and scarecrows, and a fast…

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The Benefits and Effects of Music for People with Alzheimers

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an annual Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADI) movement to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. World Alzheimer’s Month began in 2012 with World Alzheimer’s Day taking place on 21 September. This campaign encourages people to take action to combat the stigmatization and raise awareness of the disease. Music is proving to be a successful treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Studies indicate that while dementia causes progressive memory loss and impairment, music memory remains. This means that melodies will sometimes be recalled even after names, faces and phrases…

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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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