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Healthy Eating for Seniors: 6 Ways to Eat Well as You Age


Healthy eating for seniors is an important part of their overall health and well-being. Eating a well-balanced diet is critical as they age. Proper nutrition provides the necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and it can help maintain a healthy weight. Eating right can also lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Also keep in mind that as your parent, grandparent or other senior loved one gets older, their nutritional needs, diet and appetite may change. For example, they may need fewer calories because of a slower metabolism. They may experience a loss…

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Eye Care: 5 Healthy Habits for Aging Eyes


A look at some common age-related eye health problems and several healthy eye care tips that can help protect your vision as you age. Changes in vision can occur in your later years. As you reach the age of 60 and beyond, you can develop eye diseases and age-related eye health problems that could lead to vision loss. Sometimes these diseases present no symptoms and you may not even realize that you are experiencing changes in your vision until it’s too late. By getting regular eye exams and maintaining healthy habits for aging eyes, you have a better chance of…

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Alzheimer’s Disease Early Warning Signs


Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be an Alzheimer’s disease early warning sign or a symptom of another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. There are 10 Alzheimer’s disease early warning signs and symptoms that should not be ignored. People experiencing any one of these should see a healthcare professional. This previous post [Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: Early Detection Matters], one of our most-read blog posts,…

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Family Caregivers Need Vacations Too


We talk about it all the time – the tremendous responsibilities that fall on family caregivers. Caring for an elderly parent can be emotionally and physically draining. And for primary caregivers, it is often a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job. Taking any kind of break – let alone a planned vacation – seems impossible. Then when you begin to think about all the planning and preparation that is involved, you wonder if it’s even worth doing. The thought of taking time off from your caregiving duties also brings much worry. What if Mom falls? What if she forgets to take her medication?…

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New Law Involves Caregivers of Veterans During Transition Out of Military


FirstLight Home Care recently learned of news regarding the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 and additional assistance for veterans and caregivers of veterans. The following information was published on ConnectingVets.com: Thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, service members who are transitioning out of the military will have more assistance for them and their caregivers. Currently, caregivers of veterans are not involved when veterans are going through pre-counseling to learn about their VA benefits. The new law encourages the DoD and VA to work together to better integrate caregivers into the conversation around veteran’s and caregiver’s resources…

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Caring for Your Lonely Parent


Do you have a lonely parent who is struggling with feelings of isolation or depression? Are you having a hard time getting them to leave the house and enjoy social activities, especially during this festive season? With age comes an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation. And it can be even more prevalent in seniors who either cannot or do not want to leave their home. This can be problematic for seniors because loneliness can often result in depression and ultimately additional health problems. There are several factors that may be keeping your lonely parent somewhat secluded and feeling…

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How to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays


There are simple ways you can support an aging loved one you know and help seniors enjoy the holidays a little more this year. For most, the holidays bring feelings of joy, anticipation and excitement. Spending time with friends and family, attending holiday gatherings and exchanging gifts all symbolize the season of goodwill. However, not all people experience happiness during the holiday season. Close to 12 million seniors live alone. And many often struggle with grief over the loss of a loved one, sadness, confusion and isolation, especially if they don’t have family close by. This can bring on the…

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Travel Vaccines for Seniors: Stay Safe and Healthy While Traveling


Many seniors are fortunate enough to enjoy traveling the world during life’s later years. With a little planning and preparation – especially when it comes to travel vaccines – they can safely visit many different destinations, in or out of the country. Before jet-setting off to an exotic locale, it’s important that seniors do what they can to stay healthy and safe and to protect themselves from serious illnesses while traveling. Seniors should see a doctor in advance so they are aware of recommended travel vaccines and are up-to-date on routine immunizations. If you are a family member concerned about…

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Signs Your Elderly Parent Needs Help


How do adult children know when their elderly parent needs help? Oftentimes the parent won’t be the one to admit they need assistance. And sometimes they may even try to hide the fact that they need additional care. We’ve put together some helpful tips on how you – the adult child – can recognize the signs that your aging parent needs help, as well as recommendations on what you can do next. So, while you’re visiting with loved ones this holiday season, keep the following in mind: Their once tidy home is now being neglected Does your parent seem to…

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Bill Gates Invests $50 Million in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research


Could This Investment Spur Major Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research? Last week we learned of some exciting news in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Bill Gates announced a personal investment of $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund—a private fund working to diversify the clinical pipeline and identify new targets for treatment. This news could potentially impact anyone who has been or will be affected by Alzheimer’s or related dementias, as well as help accelerate Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Everyday Firstlight Home Care works with patients who suffer from many different forms of dementia. We see firsthand…

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