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How Medical Equipment can ease Daily Living of Senior Citizens

August 12, 2014
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As the aging process progresses, many senior citizens  require in-home medical equipment to assist with both their health and continuing their activities of daily living (ADLs.) Many of these tools will be suggested by a healthcare professional, but some are tools you can invest in if you see that mobility, stability, range of motion, or overall health begin to decline. When used properly, these medical aides can make you or your loved one’s life healthier, happier and stress-free. Some of these products can be paid for through Medicare services, depending on condition and level of coverage. Below are just a few of the in-home medical tools and equipment you can turn to.

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Tips for Handling Alzheimer’s Disease in Loved Ones

August 7, 2014
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When a loved one starts to show signs of memory loss, it can be difficult - if you have ever watched a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, you know how hard this all too well.  Unfortunately, with an aging Baby Boomer generation, millions of people will experience the first-hand effects of Alzheimer’s and related ailments. How can you help your loved one through this disease and what can you do to care for yourself as a parent or loved one potentially forgets who you are?

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Choosing a Senior Care Home with the Right Services

July 9, 2014
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There comes a point in most of our lives when we will no longer be able to care for ourselves without some form of assistance from a skilled professional. When the need arises for long-term care as we age, our care options depend on the level of assistance needed as well as the financial resources necessary to meet our needs. When considering how to choose the right senior care home for yourself or a loved one, here are some of the items you should have on your checklist.

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Senior Care Services: How much is the Right Amount?

July 9, 2014
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There are several factors to consider when determining the type of senior care services necessary for a loved one as they age. Those factors include a person’s ability to live independently, with little to no assistance from another person. They also include your loved one’s state of mind and any concern that you may have about their welfare in the event that they suffer from some cognitive impairment such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Benefits of Personal Care Homes for Senior Living

July 9, 2014
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A loved one who is able to stay in his/her home or independent living community may benefit from those home and community based services provided to meet their needs as they age. These types of services may include meals on wheels services in your local community, transportation services, home health aide services and other home based services. However, an individual who is no longer able to function in the home without assistance due to their inability to perform any 2 of the 6 activities of daily living (i.e. bathing, continence, dressing, feeding, toileting and transferring) or limitations caused by a cognitive impairment, may look to receiving care in a facility. These facility based care service providers include personal care or assisted living communities and skilled nursing care for senior living.

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Summer Nutrition Tips for Seniors (2014)

July 8, 2014
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Not much is better than enjoying a beautiful day in the sun. But sometimes, those warm temperatures can decrease our hunger, along with the motivation to cook. And that can make it hard for some people – seniors especially – to keep a balanced diet. Believe it or not, it’s true: Too much potato and macaroni salad can be a bad thing!

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8 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

June 27, 2014
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Ah ~ finally the warm summer days and blue skies are upon us! We couldn’t be more happy about the official start of summer and the exciting Concordia events that come with it!

However, hot temperatures and sun exposure can be hazardous to our older population if the right measures aren't taken. To help ensure a relaxing and safe summer, here are eight tips for seniors and caregivers to follow; if you have any you’d like to add to the list, leave it in the comments section below! As usual, always consult with your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your lifestyle.

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Coping With the Loss of a Spouse – Chapter 3

May 6, 2014
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The following article is part 3 of 3 in a firsthand account of coping with the loss of a spouse. This series was written by Richard Sater, who cared for his wife, Dolores, for over a decade as she battled Parkinson's disease. While he was Dolores' main caregiver, she did use Concordia for a few short-term rehab stays, and attended Adult Day Services two or three half-days a week for a year. His hope is that by reading this story, spouses who have experienced the loss of a husband or wife can be more prepared for some of the challenges that may lie ahead.

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Coping With the Loss of a Spouse – Chapter 2

April 29, 2014
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The following article is part 2 of 3 in a firsthand account of coping with the loss of a spouse. This series was written by Richard Sater, who cared for his wife, Dolores, for over a decade as she battled Parkinson's disease. While he was Dolores' main caregiver, she did use Concordia for a few short-term rehab stays, and attended Adult Day Services two or three half-days a week for a year. His hope is that by reading this story, spouses who have experienced the loss of a husband or wife can be more prepared for some of the challenges that may lie ahead.

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Coping With the Loss of a Spouse – Chapter 1

April 22, 2014
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The following article was written by Richard Sater, who cared for his wife, Dolores, for over a decade as she battled Parkinson's disease. While he was Dolores' main caregiver, she did use Concordia for a few short-term rehab stays, and attended Adult Day Services two or three half-days a week for a year. His hope is that by reading this story, spouses who have experienced the loss of a husband or wife can be more prepared for some of the challenges that may lie ahead.

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