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Technology Helps Seniors Stay Connected

A guest post by Mary Shannon, seniorsmeet.org Staying in touch with family and friends has always been important, but it is even more so as you get older. Chatting with your kids, seeing pictures of your grandchildren and catching up with old friends online helps fend off loneliness and it lifts your spirits. Talking to people used to be limited to phone calls and, for family members who moved far away, occasional trips to visit. Fortunately, new technology has changed all that, and we want to help you enjoy all the advantages it offers. Here are ways technology helps seniors…

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Common Signs It’s Time for Home Care

How to Tell if Your Senior Loved One Needs Help Sometimes it’s easy to see the signs. Other times it’s not so obvious, or things happen more gradually. Is it time for home care? Here are some common indicators that may suggest your elderly loved one could benefit from additional care and support in the place they call home. Download and save our infographic, and share it with a friend. Is It Time for Home Care? 6 Signs Your Senior Loved One Needs Help

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Ways to Help Elderly Adults Stay Happy at Home

As the pandemic’s end remains uncertain, most senior citizens are being forced to stay at home and limit contact with others to protect their health and safety. While it is certainly in the best interest of their physical wellness, feeling locked indoors and away from their routine can significantly impact a senior’s mental and emotional health. Here are some tips to help elderly adults stay happy at home. Maintain a routine One of the most difficult aspects of having to stay indoors for many seniors is the change in routine and structure. Help them create a routine in their new…

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How to Brighten the Holidays for Seniors

The holiday season is in full swing. We know that many celebrations – and possibly some long-standing traditions – may look different this year. But that doesn’t mean all festivities have to stop. If you are a family caregiver, here are some things you can do to help brighten the holidays for seniors this year. Help them get into the holiday spirit While the holidays can be a time of joy and celebration, they can also be somewhat difficult for the elderly as they often experience loneliness and isolation. 🎄 Deck the halls with some of their beloved holiday decorations…

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Traditional Thanksgiving Day gatherings will look different this year, but it does not mean we can’t celebrate the day by showing our thanks and gratitude to the people around us. When you stop and think about it, we do have a lot to be grateful for: We give thanks to the amazing doctors, nurses, and frontline personnel who have been working tirelessly to care for those with COVID-19. We give thanks to all the people who work in essential services. The men and women who continue to stock the shelves, deliver the mail, fill our prescriptions, pick up our trash,…

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How to Balance Work with Caring for an Elderly Parent

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. It has changed how and where we work and go to school. It has impacted household dynamics with a growing number of families managing multi-generational homes. And, it has made our elderly parents more dependent on us as stricter stay-at-home orders are placed on the most vulnerable. The pandemic is playing with our emotions. As demands increase, we are all feeling overwhelmed, stressed and worried that another shutdown will happen and further disrupt our lives. For many, the unknown has interrupted the balance between work, family, school and the care of our elderly…

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Home Care for Veterans and Their Families

Throughout the month of November especially, we reflect on all the men and women who have served honorably in the military. The sacrifices they have made allow our country to remain strong, safe and free. Serving in the military can often impact one’s health, both emotionally and physically. And for many veterans, young and old, disabling injuries may make it difficult to perform some of the basic activities we do every day – things that we often take for granted. These activities of daily living (ADLs) include things such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility and transferring, and more. Home…

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Congratulations to Our Caregiver of the Year

We are excited to name Omaha resident Stephanie King as our national Caregiver of the Year. 👏 Stephanie, with FirstLight Home Care of Omaha, was virtually recognized for her extraordinary dedication, service and integrity last week during our national conference. The Caregiver of the Year award is typically presented in person at the conference’s annual gala. However, due to COVID-19, the event took place virtually this year. FirstLight has more than 5,000 caregivers nationwide, with Caregiver of the Year award nominations coming in from all over the country. Nominees were evaluated based on dependability, advocacy, empathy, quality of service and…

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