Got Cabin Fever? Plan for Senior Care

Now that we’re a month into winter, you may be starting to experience a touch of cabin fever. It’s also likely that you’re spending a lot of time online, especially if the weather outside is frightful. Guess ...

 
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Stay Warm, Stay Well: Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

There aren’t too many people who love cold, wintry weather, but even snow bunnies and winter sports fans need to be vigilant about preserving their health during this infamous season. Much like the dangers of summer heat and humidity, ...

 
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Tips for Beating the Winter Blues in Assisted Living

Even in the mildest winter, the decrease in sunshine -- and its beneficial by-product Vitamin D -- can wreak havoc on seniors in assisted living.

How do you know if it’s SAD, as opposed to depression or something else? ...

 
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Eat Right, and Light, In the Winter

Who wants to eat salad in the winter? I’m guessing a show of hands would reveal very few of us with arms raised, unless of course it was January 2nd and everyone was launching their “new year’s resolution ...

 
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Visiting Assisted Living in the Winter

Visiting a senior loved one in assisted living may not be an easy thing, depending on how far away the community is and what your work schedule is like. Sometimes, it is too emotionally painful to see your friend or ...

 
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Combat SAD Days in Assisted Living with Vitamin D

Winter is here, which means temperatures are dropping, nights are longer, and the sun isn’t making regular daily appearances. Enter a season of depression for many seniors, as all of these factors contribute to a syndrome known as SAD, ...

 
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Flu Shots, Home Care and Hats: Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

The winter weather hasn’t been too frightful in most parts of the country yet, but snow and ice and frigid temps are sure to come.

Extreme cold is no friend to seniors, so be prepared (or help a senior ...

 
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As Winter Approaches, Senior Caregivers Should Know SAD Signs

The days are getting shorter, and especially in non-tropical climates, the sun isn’t making regular appearances now that fall has officially begun. Thus, caregivers of seniors (whether at home, in assisted living, or in other care settings) should be ...

 
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Poetry & Aging: The Words Are Waiting

I love the slowing pace of late fall/early winter, especially in a state like Pennsylvania, where the seasons are so distinctive from one another. When it’s too cold to be outside, there’s nothing better than putting a pot of tea on the stove and settling on the couch with a quilt over my lap (my dogs snuggled underneath, warming my feet) and a good book. The plants ...

 
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Winter and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

As winter draws near, people with respiratory problems are waiting with bated breath. The winter months often cause an exacerbation or acute worsening of COPD symptoms, often leading to other illnesses and even hospitalizations. When I worked in the emergency room, I saw firsthand that a large percentage of hospital admissions this time of year are COPD patients. Even my mother suffered from COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is ...

 
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