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Preventing Falls in Older Adults

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. One in four older Americans experiences a fall annually. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and are a substantial medical risk that can result in hip fractures, cuts and sometimes life-threatening head and brain injuries. Oftentimes a fall is so scary that seniors may avoid certain activities because they are worried that they’ll fall again. The data is startling. Sixty and Me, an online community of 500,000 women over 60, provided us with some very helpful information that explores…

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Healthy Eye Care Habits for Seniors

By getting regular exams and maintaining healthy habits for aging eyes, seniors have a better chance of detecting certain eye diseases early on, helping to safeguard their vision as they age. It’s never too early to start protecting your eyes. Healthy eye care habits and routine exams can help maintain good eye health now and in the future. January is National Eye Care and National Glaucoma Awareness Month. There is no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment can often reduce the damage and protect your vision. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment and prevention of glaucoma. Read WHAT…

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Technology Helps Seniors Stay Connected

A guest post by Mary Shannon, 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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FirstLight Home Care Welcomes Amanda Nalepa as our HR Recruitment Specialist

Amanda Nalepa has joined FirstLight Home Care as our HR Recruitment Specialist.   In this new position, she oversees the recruitment process of finding the most qualified of caregivers to join the FirstLight team.  Prior to joining FirstLight, Amanda held Director and Manager-level positions in the home care industry over a seven year period. After graduating from Newbury College with her B.S. in Psychology, Amanda began her career of providing support to children & adolescents in the mental health field. In this role, Amanda supported families by implementing specifically tailored behavior programs in support of a particular child’s development.  Amanda has…

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