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Providing senior in-home care tips and stories for everything related to senior care.

Senior Medical Care: 3 Benefits Of Seeing A Geriatrician

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Nov 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM

For years, many people have debated whether a family physician or an internist is the best for primary care. However, in modern times, both categories of doctors can now get additional certification as a geriatrician. While many older ones continue to see the same doctor they have seen for years, there are good reasons to consider taking advantage of the specialized medical care of a geriatrician. Here are 3 areas in which they excel.

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Consider Senior Safety This Black Friday And Cyber Monday

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Nov 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become so popular that people anticipate those days almost as much as they look forward to the holidays. But what do those terms refer to and why do seniors especially need to think about safety when considering if they will take part?

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Multi-Generational Housing Is On The Rise

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Oct 24, 2017 5:30:00 PM

As of 2014, there was an estimated 60.6 Americans living in multi-generational households. That was 19% of the US population at the time! But what does that term mean and why is that type of household on the rise? Put simply, it is a home where there is more than one generation of adults, or one where there are grandparents and grandchildren. 

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Top 5 Cities to Age In Place For Seniors

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Oct 10, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Aging in place is the idea that seniors should stay in their homes, and independent, as long as possible. As medicine and technology improves, people are living longer, fuller lives, and it's possible to make modifications so they can stay at home, rather than having to move to care facilities, or in with family members (assuming family members have the room).

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Keeping Your Senior Safe from the Dangers of Wandering

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Sep 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Six in 10 people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's will wander, making this possibly one of the caregivers' greatest concerns and a constant source of anxiety.  But how can you watch someone every second, and how can you get a good night's sleep? Physicians offer the following suggestions that will make seniors safer and give their caregivers less anxiety, increasing the quality of life for both:

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7 Unusual Uses of Vinegar

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Sep 12, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Common household items tend to have many more uses than people realize. One of these items is vinegar. Most people have it, but are they using it to its full potential? Here are some unique and useful ways to use vinegar:

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When a Pet Isn't a Good Fit for Your Senior Loved One

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Aug 29, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Pet ownership has plenty of advantages. It can help reduce feelings of loneliness, keep your senior loved one more active, and give them more excuses to get out of the house. There are times, however, when pet ownership won't benefit your senior loved one as much as you'd hoped. If you're thinking about purchasing a pet for a senior loved one, there are several things you should consider first. If your senior loved one meets any of these criteria, pet ownership might turn out not to be a great fit.

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Hydration Tips: Staying Hydrated during the Summer

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Aug 15, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Dehydration can become a serious problem and potentially deadly in the elderly and medically fragile community, as it can lead to malnutrition, urinary tract infections and kidney problems, weakness and lethargy and other significant medical complications. When you are caring for a senior, encouraging hydration may be easier said than done during the hot and dry summer months. This is especially true when your senior avoids hydration for fear of needing to get up to go to the bathroom, as this becomes a more strenuous and physically demanding task with age. Below are listed some ideas to help encourage hydration with your senior.

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Get Your Senior to Avoid Isolation by Dating

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Jul 25, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Some seniors are lucky enough to grow old with the people whom they love. But in many other cases, life intervenes. So your senior may be widowed, divorced or simply never married.

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Use These Suggestions To Capture Your Senior's Legacy

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Jul 11, 2017 5:30:00 PM

According to Provider magazine, senior reminiscing "is a way to affirm who they are, what they've accomplished in their lives, and a chance to relive happy times". So even if your senior has experienced some memory loss, do the best you can to capture their legacy, and brighten their day, by asking them questions about the past. Here are a few suggestions.

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