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

Finding Your Long-Lost Valentine on Facebook

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Feb 20, 2018 5:30:00 PM

This Valentine's Day, if you're finding yourself lonely and missing old flames, there's good news: finding your long-lost Valentine is easier than ever. Even if you lost contact with someone years ago, you can use Facebook to help you reconnect with them--even if they don't have a profile of their own. If you're ready to find that long-lost love, there are several steps you can take on Facebook to make your search easier. 

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Understanding Palliative Care

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Feb 6, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Palliative care is a type of specialized medical care for people who are seriously ill. The focus of palliative care is to reduce the pain and suffering of the patient, and to relieve the symptoms of their illness. Palliative care is similar to hospice care, except that hospice is provided at the end of a patient's life, and palliative care can be provided at any stage in an illness along with treatments. Hospice care does not aim to cure an illness.

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Tax Credit for Caregivers - Child and Dependent Care Credit Overview

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Jan 23, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Senior_taxes-LR.jpgYou have likely heard of the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Although it's commonly associated with children and daycare costs, caregivers who care for a parent or loved one in their home may also qualify for some help from Uncle Sam. Some other names for the credit are the Aging Parent Credit and the Elderly Dependent Care Credit. It's always wise to consult with a tax professional before claiming deductions and credits, but here are some basics:

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Safe Exercise For Seniors: Getting Started

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Jan 9, 2018 5:30:00 PM

seniors_working_out_couple-LR.jpgSo you've decided to increase your physical activity by exercising. Your geriatrician has given you the okay and you're looking forward to reaching your goals. While you are working out the details, as others have likely reminded you, making safety a priority is an absolute must.

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Coordinating Senior Care: What Goes on the Calendar?

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

When there are several family members working together to coordinate care for a senior loved one, you need a system in place that will allow you to maintain a schedule. Keeping a calendar on the wall in a highly visible location is one great way to keep everyone on the same page. There are also apps that will allow you to coordinate schedules, with everyone accessing the app from their own device.

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Tips for Beating the Winter Blues for Seniors

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

Depression during the winter months is common not only for seniors, but also for their caretakers. If you or your loved one is experiencing depression symptoms during the winter, know that you aren't alone. The condition, appropriately named SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects a significant number of people. Fortunately, there are several ways you can banish seasonal depression.

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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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