Needham, MA

Finding Stability During the Uncertainty of the Pandemic


Being a caregiver is already overwhelming, even if every day is calm and peaceful. Caring for a person adds stress across nearly every aspect of life. And with the added challenges of COVID-19, that stress can blossom into difficult challenges. However, there are means by which family caregivers can take control of the world around them. With a few simple tips, anyone can increase the dependability of their own resources. Here are three straightforward tips for caregivers looking to reduce instability due to the uncertainty of the pandemic. Focus on Adapting and Stress Management Managing stress during this time is…

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Celebrating the Positivity of Aging


Active Aging Week celebrates the positivity of aging today. It also focuses on the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way. This week-long campaign, started by the International Council on Active Aging®, challenges society’s outlook on aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live a full life in all areas, including physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental. The purpose of this annual health observance is to give older adults the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a…

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Moving Your Elderly Parents


Moving is one of the most stressful events a person will experience in their lifetime. Going to a new home at any stage in life is not an easy decision and it can be extremely emotional. When it’s an elderly parent, that can bring even more challenges. Whether you are moving your elderly parents into a new home, a senior living community, or having them live with you, the entire process can be overwhelming. This is especially true for their adult children, as any of the major decisions will fall on them. Of course, everyone involved in a loved one’s…

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How Temporary In-Home Care Can Help Your Family


Temporary in-home care can help individuals who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery, as well as after a hospital stay. This short-term care can last anywhere from several weeks to a few months, and it is typically provided in someone’s home. This care may include unskilled or skilled care for the elderly, veterans or people with disabilities. Unskilled or non-medical home care assists people with activities of daily living as well as basic tasks around the home, such as these companion care services: Regular visits, conversation and company Medication reminders Light housekeeping Grocery shopping Meal preparation Laundry services Shopping,…

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Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease


Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In case you didn’t know, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a general term that describes a group of symptoms. Every September during World Alzheimer’s Month, people from around the world strive to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia. 2021 marks the 10th year of this important global campaign. The Alzheimer’s Association®, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, is a valuable resource for those…

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Resources for Veterans and Their Family Caregivers


There are a number of resources for military veterans and the family members who care for them. We’ve collected several helpful links for you here, from assistance with benefits to caregiver support to how to save on housing costs. We invite you to share in the comments below any additional resources for veterans you have found to be helpful to your family. VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound Allowance VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you or your loved one needs…

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Home Modifications to Support Aging in Place


A 2018 study by AARP revealed that 76% of US residents over the age of 50 would prefer to live in their homes indefinitely as they get older. It’s easy to empathize with this desire, particularly when you consider how continuity of location can help with staying connected to your loved ones and engaged with your community. Adapting certain features of your home to make certain daily tasks easier can help seniors maintain their independence longer. Here are a few of the most common home modifications for aging in place. Converting a tub into a walk-in shower Reduced mobility in…

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Understanding Our Services: Alzheimer’s Care


Alzheimer’s can be one of the most difficult diagnoses to face. There’s so much uncertainty about your loved one’s future and what kind of care and support they will need. At FirstLight Home Care, we offer Alzheimer’s care designed specifically for this condition. It can help in a range of ways, ensuring your loved one is happy, safe, comfortable, and still enjoying life. Our Alzheimer’s Care Begins by Getting to Know Your Loved One Just because your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean they are a different person. It’s why we always build our services around the individual,…

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Senior Safety Tips for the Home


National Senior Citizens Day is a time set aside to recognize our older population. Celebrated on August 21st, this day is meant to show appreciation to those who have worked, achieved, sacrificed and accomplished so much to make our lives and our world a better place. If you have a loved one who’s older, one way to help show your gratitude is by making their home safer – so they can live more independently – with these senior safety tips: Tip #1: Eliminate Fall Hazards  Falls are one of the biggest safety threats to seniors. In fact, on average, one…

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Mobility Aids Make Aging in Place Possible


When you have a loved one with mobility issues, it’s scary to leave them alone. It can seem like there are fall hazards everywhere, from the staircase and area rugs to the bathroom and bedroom. You might want them to move to an assisted living community where they can get more help. Yet, they want to remain in their home. How can you keep them safe while they’re aging in place? Here are some aids that can help both of you gain peace of mind. Walkers & Canes According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult dies from a…

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