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Design Tips for Living at Home Longer

Every senior wants to remain independent in his or her own home as long as possible. There are four basic elements needed to accomplish this goal: accessibility adaptations, furniture design, color scheme and sensory accessories. When people feel content in their home environment, they will perform at their highest level, be more receptive to any […]

5 Lessons on Dealing with a Spouse with Cancer

Life is short While my husband David did not die from his cancer, his diagnosis did introduce the stark reality of what could happen. Statistically speaking, my 55-year-old husband had a 50-50 chance of dying from his Stage IV oral cancer. That sobering statistic put everyday annoyances in perspective. In light of that, things that […]

Considering Moving Your Loved One into Your Home?

There are many things to consider when moving your parents into your home. Young adult children sometimes boomerang back to the safety of a parent’s home when money is tight, the going is tough or difficult times loom. Decades later, middle-aged children often become the safety net for their parents. For some aging parents, the right move […]

Extreme Cold Temperatures Create Serious Health Risks

Temperatures are plummeting across much of the country and some areas may even see some of the coldest temperatures on record. The nation’s emergency physicians warn that this could be potentially life-threatening and urge people to prepare now. “The cold in certain parts of the country is not just uncomfortable – it’s downright dangerous,” said […]

Startling Report on Family Caregiver Crisis

Did you know that there are literally millions of family caregivers across North America? How many millions? Oh about 17+.  Ranging in age from 20 years old and up. Because our population of 65+ seniors increases every day, the demands on family to provide caregiving increases, too. The family caregiver may already have a family of their […]

Empty Refrigerators Could Equal Poor Health for Seniors

If you are caring for an elderly loved-one, consider keeping their refrigerator well stocked to keep them healthy. Sounds strange? According to a report in the Lancet, “Elderly people with empty refrigerators are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after assessment compared with patients with adequate refrigerator content.” Researchers from Geneva University Hospital […]

Home Elevators Supporting a Caregiver Environment

A revolution in home mobility In-home non-medical care can immediately enhance lifestyle, improve independence and take pressure off the main caregiver. Increasingly popular with people who find themselves or family members less mobile through accident, ageing, illness or disability, are a new-age of home elevators which can offer a safe and elegant alternative to the […]