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5 Movies About Caregiving

Movies about caring for a loved one stir a special empathy and connection, often inviting us to chuckle and tear up with the films’ characters.

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Veterans Helping Veterans

While both Larry and James are veterans of the military, their time in the service could not be more different—Larry was on the frontline while James worked as a medic behind the scenes. But that doesn’t stop them from feeling connected to each other, sharing a mutual life-altering experience.

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Finding Success by Understanding whom You Care For

“My first Right at Home client was very special to me,” says Kim Schirrman, the Northeast Region winner of Right at Home’s 2017 Caregiver of the Year award. “She had high anxiety, and she was withdrawn and would not speak to anyone when I first met her.”

caregiver of the year 2017 central region winner laquita

The Caregiver's Challenge

“LaQuita has a lot of respect for everyone. Even if the situation is difficult, she always handles it gracefully and professionally. She does an excellent job at preserving the dignity of our elderly clients.” - Jon Searles, owner of Right at Home Central Texas.

Caregiver of the Year 2017 - Sherilee Hopper

2017 National Caregiver of the Year - Sherilee Hopper

The National Caregiver of the Year was revealed April 6 at Home Improvement 2017 in Omaha, Neb. And the winner is Sherilee Hopper of Jeffersonville, Ind.! Franchisees Linda and Terry Rogers nominated Sherilee, who has been a caregiver with Right at Home since May 2013.

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Can Table Tennis Help Prevent Falls?

Table tennis is an activity that many elders participate in, regardless of physical ability. Aside from being enjoyable, playing table tennis can also help elders avoid falling. As a physical exercise, table tennis helps reduce the risk of falls.

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5 Things We Learned From Reagan’s Alzheimer’s and Thatcher’s Dementia

In what is considered his farewell address to the American people, former President Ronald Reagan penned a November 5, 1994, letter announcing his recently diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease, the irreversible neurological condition that is the most frequent form of dementia.

Fall Prevention

Moving Keeps You Mobile

Decreased mobility due to aging is not irreversible, even though studies show that people typically lose 8 percent or more muscle mass every decade after age 40. Muscle mass gives you strength and is associated with mobility. For some older adults, it is also vital to their independence.

Diabetes-friendly Halloween Treats

Diabetes-friendly Halloween Treats

Do you have any healthy Halloween recipes? Share with us!

Centenarian Devoted Career to Civil Service

“People waste their later years because they feel defeated by age, or by health,” says Ladimer. “But there are still ways they can create change. It’s never too late for change.”

7 Things to Expect as You Age

Here are seven almost-givens for your truly golden years:

How Family Mediation Can Help You Manage the Aging Process

As our parents age, it is time for the family to unite to create a working plan that considers the needs and concerns of the entire family. Family members need to have these difficult conversations in a real way to ensure that their aging parents are safe and that family relationships survive. Elder/family mediation is a successful tool that gives families a way to effectively manage the aging process that confronts us all.

How to Spot a Guilt-Tripper

As caregivers, we often feel guilty for losing our tempers, for having negative feelings toward our care receivers, or for wanting a little time for ourselves. Unless you have intentionally inflicted physical or emotional pain on someone else, however, guilt is not an appropriate response.

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Safety Tips for Summer Family Fun

Summer is a wonderful opportunity for children, parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents to stack up fun memories while staying injury-free and healthy.

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Overcoming Caregiver Fear

As a caregiver, you will be confronted daily with people, situations and events over which you have little or no control, and if you allow yourself to dwell on what might happen, you could easily become overwhelmed by fear.

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National Cancer Survivors Day Honors Those Who Beat Cancer

A cancer survivor is a person living with a history of the disease from initial diagnosis through the rest of his or her life. Each year on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivors Day® honors the millions of courageous individuals who beat cancer.

Senior Allergies

Helping Seniors With Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal nasal allergies strain the body: runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, itchy eyes and fatigue are some of the resulting symptoms. Extreme weather swings, particularly in spring and fall, kick up the production of pollen, the fine powder released by flowering plants. Spread by the wind, pollen settles in a person’s skin, nose and lungs and can cause an allergic reaction. Other common nasal allergens include animal dander and dust mites.

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Bathroom Safety: A Shower Chair or Bath Bench?

Shower chairs, shower stools and bath benches are a good option to help with bathing safety and fall avoidance.

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Humor: A Radical Solution for Caregiver Fatigue?

Many caregivers have sacrificed sleep; however, when we don’t get adequate sleep, it affects our ability to think and reason. It can lead to poor decision making, erratic behavior, and increased falls and accidents.

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Counseling Assistance for Every Need

How do you gain a better balance and not discount your mental and emotional health as you care for another?

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Coconut Fat May Slow Aging

Nutrition experts praise coconut fat as a super food that improves brain function, boosts energy and burns the body’s excess fat. Plus, research is finding that a diet high in coconut fat also may delay brain cells from aging.

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3 Steps to Developing an Attitude of Creative Indifference Toward Caregiving

Maintaining emotional equilibrium while caring for a loved one who is aged, chronically ill or disabled is not easy. It takes constant effort, and some days you will do better than others so you must be gentle with yourself.

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Coping With Caregiver Stress

Most caregivers frequently struggle with anger, fear, frustration, guilt, depression and grief. Coping with caregiver stress is something many people struggle with, although it’s hard sometimes to remember that you are not alone.

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Decreasing Fall Risk Through Dancing

A new study showed that elders who participated in a half hour of ballroom dancing (three days a week for three months) had a 50% improvement in balance and fewer falls.

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National Nutrition Month®

The 2016 theme of the March healthy eating campaign is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” One of the main goals of the March healthy diet focus is to help children through older adults make informed food choices and develop sound eating and regular physical activity habits.

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Medical Skepticism Over Brain Games

The influx of computer-based brain games has promised people even more command of their mental acuity—improved memory skills, faster recall of childhood stories and even prevention of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive decline. But are these brain games really working?

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National Social Work Month

Commemorated every March, National Social Work Month highlights the significant contributions that social workers make on behalf of all citizens, serving as champions for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in every U.S. community.

Tax Credit Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Tax Credit Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

If you are a senior receiving care or are caring for an older relative, you may be eligible for additional tax deductions and credits. Examples of elder care tax benefits include claiming a parent, stepparent, father-in-law or mother-in-law as a dependent on your tax return or deducting contributions you made toward your aging relative’s medical expenses.

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High Blood Pressure and Alzheimer’s Disease

If you have high blood pressure, known as hypertension, and are taking certain medications for the condition, you also may be lowering your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Biomarkers Help Predict Illness

Biomarkers help predict illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Through the decade of measurements and a final round of tests and a physical exam in 2009, researchers discovered biomarkers in the cerebrospinal fluid that can help predict Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment years before the onset of disease symptoms.

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Heart Disease and Women

Two types of heart disease, coronary microvascular disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome, are lesser known but pose a specific risk for women. The American Heart Association reports that 64 percent of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease, showed no previous signs of heart trouble.

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Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer’s Disease

As Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are expected to rise with the upsurge in America’s baby boomers, the good news is that guarding your rest may just keep your memory sharp. And that’s something you can sleep on.

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What are the Stages of Dementia?

Most forms of dementia have no cure, but are reversible if caused by treatable factors including nutritional deficiency, an infection or brain bleed. Right at Home senior care providers can help patients who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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What Are Driver Rehab Specialists and How Do They Help Seniors?

Because of his fused spine, 83-year-old Jim is unable to rotate his neck fully. His family frets about him driving. Another family worries, too. Is Marilyn's arthritic knee slowing her from reaching the brake pedal?

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3 Home Modifications to Help Your Aging Family Members

87% of adults ages 65 and older “want to stay in their current home and community as they age.” How can you ensure the safety of your loved ones to age in place?

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4 Online Safety Tips for Older Adults

Every year, thousands of seniors join the ranks of those exploring the Internet to chat with grandchildren, view family reunion photos and handle personal finances. But with every online interaction comes a risk: savvy Internet thieves are eager to steal from unsuspecting senior citizens.

Gift Ideas for the Elderly

In an effort to reduce your stress when shopping for your parents or grandparents, Right at Home has put together a brief guide to gift ideas for the elderly. We’ve taken into account budget, lifestyle and interests. After all, the holidays shouldn’t be about the stress of finding the perfect gift; they should be about the joy you feel when watching someone you love open it.

A Caregiver’s Gratitude at Thanksgiving

I discovered firsthand that caring for someone who is suffering changes a lot of things – including how you count your blessings. Before, I never thought to be thankful that Alex could get into or out of bed by himself. It hadn’t occurred to be grateful for conversations that weren’t focused on pain levels, medication schedules or bowel functions. Above all, I had no idea of how thankful I could be for a good night’s sleep.

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