Gratitude is good medicine

December 12, 2018

Practicing gratitude boosts emotional and physical well being. A growing body of research is confirming that an ounce of gratitude is worth a pound of cure. “The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and a leading scientific expert…

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Bring your senses to the rescue to relieve stress

November 1, 2018

 To use your senses to quickly relieve stress, you first need to identify the sensory experiences that work best for you. This can require some experimentation. As you employ different senses, note how quickly your stress levels drop. And be as precise as possible. What is the specific kind of sound or type of movement…

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Does Your Life Insurance Pay Anything During Your Life?

October 16, 2018

Accident insurance pays a benefit in case of accident, right? Disability insurance pays if there is a disability. Fire and flood insurance pays if there is a fire or flood. You get the picture. So, doesn’t it make sense that life insurance pays something during your life? Well, it certainly can. Most of today’s policies…

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Tough conversations about relinquishing a driver’s license

July 27, 2018

At some time, you will feel concern or even fear that your parents should no longer drive an automobile. This is one of the most important deliberations, considerations and possible actions you will probably face as the family caregiver. A person’s age is not and should not be the reason for taking away the car…

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Why Volunteering is Good For Us All

July 13, 2018

The UN defines volunteerism as a basic expression of human relationships: the need people have to participate in their societies and to feel that they matter to others. Volunteering creates social relationships that are intrinsic to the work and are critical to individual and community wellbeing. The ethos of volunteerism is infused with values such…

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Caregiving Tips from the Pros: 8 Words of Advice

June 9, 2018

As a family caregiver, you play a vitally important role in the life of your aging loved one—a role that can also be overwhelming, exhausting and sometimes thankless. As our gift to you this season, and as an encouragement for all of the good work you are doing, we asked professional Home Instead Senior Care® Caregivers to…

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Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting fit for life

May 24, 2018

The National Institute on Aging has terrific exercise tips that will put some spring in your step! Go4Life offers free, evidence-based resources for older adults in one convenient place. Who should exercise? Almost anyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity. You can still exercise even when you have a health condition like…

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Home for the Holidays: Making the most of visits with aging parents

November 18, 2017

By Heather Imhoff MSW, LMSW Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country. For those with aging loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans. Notable changes in an aging person’s…

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Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease

November 2, 2017

There are more than fifty published evidence-based studies that attest to the benefits of exercise to improve daily living for Persons with Parkinson’s. The studies range from examining fitness programs necessary for things like household chores to more advanced fitness levels needed to ski, play golf or hike. My personal favorite of the many published…

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You’ve Won a Prize!

October 18, 2017

You’ve Won a Prize! I was sitting in my upstairs office, deep in thought on the subject of coronary artery disease (because these are the scintillating subjects I spend my days writing about), when I heard a commotion at the foot of the stairs. Mom was calling me, “Quick! Pick up the phone! You’ve won…

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