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How Technology Can Assist Family Caregivers


There is a common misconception that technology and seniors don’t mesh. For a portion of seniors, this may be true, and technology may be intimidating. But for a large and growing number of elderly Americans, technology is becoming a way of life. Computers, smartphones, social media, and other devices are helping more seniors live independently. These new trends in technology not only give family members peace of mind, but they can help family caregivers provide even better care. GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) A GPS tracker can be attached to clothing or be worn on the wrist to tell a caregiver…

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5 Helpful Tips for First-Time Caregivers


In November, we celebrate National Home Care and Family Caregivers Month, observances that are central to FirstLight Home Care. Throughout the month, our FirstLight weekly blog will focus on providing the tools, tips, resources and peace of mind that so many family caregivers need. If you are or have been a family caregiver, we invite you to comment and share your rewarding experiences caring for a loved one, as well as the struggles you have faced throughout your caregiving journey. Providing care for an aging loved one can be rewarding. But it can also be quite difficult. If you’re a…

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We Are Called to Support Family Caregivers


In November, we celebrate National Home Care and Family Caregivers Month, observances that are central to FirstLight Home Care. Throughout the month, our FirstLight weekly blog will focus on providing the tips, resources, peace of mind and inspiration that so many family caregivers need. If you are or have been a family caregiver, we invite you to comment and share your rewarding experiences caring for a loved one, as well as the struggles you have faced throughout your caregiving journey. The family caregiver – a person who provides regular physical, emotional or household support to a loved one who is elderly, disabled, ill…

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Holiday Travel: 4 Ways to Make Flying Stress Free and Safe for Seniors


The holidays will be here before we know it. If your senior wants to travel this merry season, be sure to get them where they need to go safely and with minimal stress. Holiday travel can be hectic and stressful if it’s not properly planned with a well-organized itinerary. If you are a son or daughter in charge of caring for a senior loved one – be it your parent or grandparent, or even close family friend – there may be times that they will want to fly for vacation or to visit other relatives during the holidays. And you may…

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Maintain a Healthy Brain


FirstLight Home Care and Ageless Grace partner on brain fitness program  It’s never too early to start doing whatever it takes to keep your brain young, healthy and active. Sustaining healthy brain function and keeping the mind sharp at any age may be more important than you think. “There have been several studies on the impact of how maintaining a healthy brain can help prevent early dementia and even diseases such as diabetes,” stated Jeff Bevis, CEO and Co-Founder of FirstLight Home Care. FirstLight is thrilled to announce that it is expanding its services to include Ageless Grace, an innovative program…

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Autumn Safety Checklist for Seniors


This autumn safety checklist can help you prepare your aging senior for the season. The weather is getting cooler, the days shorter and the air crisper. As we adjust to this “season of change,” it’s a perfect time to consider the safety, health and wellness of older adults who are aging in place. And planning for the change in seasons is particularly important for older adults who are living alone. Read this autumn safety checklist to help you and your loved one prepare. Before you turn up the heat, schedule regular maintenance for the home’s heating system to confirm it’s…

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Dental Care Tips for Older Adults


As you get older, new oral challenges can impact the health of your teeth and gums. Aging presents new oral challenges, therefore maintaining good oral hygiene is critically important as we age. When problems occur in the mouth, they can cause difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking and smiling — basic functions which can affect both physical and social well-being. There are several dental conditions associated with aging, including: Dry mouth: Dry mouth can result from physical changes within the body as it ages but can also be caused by medications. According to the American Dental Association, more than 400 commonly used…

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Physical Activity and Good Nutrition: Keys to Active Aging


This week, we promote the benefits of healthier, more active lifestyles. It’s Active Aging Week. Eat right and exercise. We’ve heard this message all our lives. But for those over the age of 50, this message is even more important. Countless studies have proven that staying active and eating properly can help older adults achieve a higher quality of life, and it can help them live longer too. Physical Activity and Aging Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial for sustaining health and happiness. Exercise can help older adults achieve a higher quality of life as they age. Seniors who avoid…

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5 Cool Trends Seniors Are Doing


Growing old isn’t for the faint of heart. The new and dynamic generation of seniors living around us aren’t sitting back in their twilight years pining for days gone by. Instead, they’re living it up! Baby boomers are changing what growing old looks like – and we love it. Check out these five cool trends seniors are doing to make the most out of every day. They’re traveling the world, and it’s okay to be a little green with envy. It used to be the young and responsibility-free who were crisscrossing the world, but this trend is changing. The Frequent Flying…

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Making the Choice: In-Home Care or Nursing Home?


If you have an aging parent, the term “age in place” is a topic that comes up in many conversations about their future. While most seniors want to remain in their home for as long as possible, life occurrences may not allow. And if they have reached a point when they cannot physically care for themselves, one of the options that must be considered is moving your loved one to a nursing home. Making the decision to have your aging parents remain in their home or to move them into a nursing home is a difficult choice. In-home care offers…

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