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5 Reasons Seniors Should Adopt Older Pets

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Feb 21, 2019 1:59:05 PM

Many of us are more than willing to adopt animals from local shelters, but often, the older animals are overlooked in favor of younger ones. But for seniors, those older animals can be a great addition to their every day lives.

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Topics: seniors, assisted living, senior living, americare senior living, active lifestyle, pets, animal shelter, dogs, cats, adoption

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking - Explained

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Jan 11, 2019 12:11:12 PM

A lot of seniors and elders seem to believe that there is no point -- the damage is already done. But the truth is, there are numerous life-changing benefits of smoking cessation and although a challenging habit to break, it’s never too late to reap the benefits.

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How to Manage Caregiver Stress and Anxiety

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Nov 27, 2018 9:09:48 AM

Being a caregiver is a stressful, yet very rewarding job. Taking care of a loved one, spouse, parent, or patient is a big responsibility and can cause anxiety in some caregivers. Often, as caregivers, we choose not to acknowledge how we’re feeling or ignore certain signs. Recognizing these signs early on and taking appropriate action to effectively manage stress can be helpful in avoiding serious health-related issues.

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Topics: senior living, americare senior living, physical activity, health, caregiving, caregivers, meditation

Celebrating the Holiday Season with Our Elderly Loved Ones

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Oct 10, 2018 11:46:55 AM

With the Holiday season well on it’s way, most of us see times of mayhem on our horizon. Planning get-togethers and parties, cooking and preparing meals, shopping, but most importantly, time with our loved ones.

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Topics: assisted living, senior living, americare senior living, holidays, christmas, thanksgiving, halloween

How to Choose the Best Rehabilitation Care

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Sep 6, 2018 11:24:49 AM

It is not uncommon that a parent, loved one, or close elder will have been in the hospital due to injury, chronic illness or surgery, and while that is an experience of carefully considered options and choices, so is what happens next: rehab. There are a couple different choices when it comes to that next step. We discuss the contrast between them and how to make the best choice for each individual situation.

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Topics: americare, americare senior living, rehab-to-home, skilled nursing, rehabilitation

Communication and Dementia: 7 Strategies for Success

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Aug 23, 2018 1:18:09 PM

It’s difficult to witness a loved one progressing through memory loss, most often seen in the form of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as it gets worse over time. Forgetfulness strikes imposing severe ailments not only in their life, but the lives of those around them.

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Topics: memory loss, nonverbal communication, memory care, americare, americare senior living, dementia, alzheimers, early dementia, communication, caregivers, progressive, emotions

4 Helpful Tips for Parkinson's Caregivers

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Aug 9, 2018 11:50:24 AM

Over one million people may be living with Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the majority of them over the age of 50. That leaves a lot of us with the responsibility to care and support our loved ones, and while it can be rewarding, there are certain considerations to take into account so you know what to expect.

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Topics: seniors, senior living, americare senior living, health, parkinson's, parkinson's disease, caregiving, caregivers

Why It's Important for Caregivers to Stay Physically Active

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Aug 2, 2018 3:30:59 PM

Caregivers can often overlook their own lives as they spend a majority of their time caring about and for others, but taking care of one’s health is a key part of staying in optimal condition and in turn, makes for a better caregiver. When you are happy and healthy, you can show up to your job better, using that energy to offer the very best help and support.

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Topics: senior living, americare senior living, active lifestyle, exercise, physical activity, wellness, health, weightlifting, cardio, healthy, breathing, yoga, caregiving, caregivers

When Siblings Become Parent Caregivers: How to Handle Conflict

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Jul 20, 2018 9:23:02 AM

Sibling conflict is one of a kind, and while it may lay dormant through most of adult life, it is common that it reappear when parents age or experience some sort of health decline. They look to their children for support and care, and while the intentions of each child may be genuine, the stress of sharing and delegating responsibility for the best can cause tensions to rise.

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Topics: senior living, americare senior living, siblings, conflict, caregiving, communication, caregivers, family

Why Socially Active Seniors Have Better Health

Posted by Carly Blanchett on Jul 5, 2018 11:16:17 AM

Active and social engagement with the world around us becomes more difficult as we age; retirement, downsizing, new communities, and new faces. But being social is a key component to the overall quality of our health and life. Ensuring we experience human interaction on a consistent basis greatly improves our health by reducing the significant risks that are associated.

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Topics: seniors, senior living, americare senior living, active lifestyle, wellness, healthy, socially active

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