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American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. This month gives us all the chance to focus on heart health and the steps we can take to make our heart function better. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in the United States. One in four deaths are caused by heart disease. However, this is a disease that can be prevented when people make healthy lifestyle decisions. February is American Heart Month, so we are helping to get out the word and help people make some lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease. How Can You Prevent Heart Disease? There are
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Surround Yourself with People Who Make You Laugh

You know what they say- laughter is the best medicine, so why not surround yourself with people who make you laugh out loud for hours. Researchers have found that there are health benefits from laughter and they are even more effective in senior citizens.   At Freedom Home Care we take pride in giving your loved ones the best care while stressing the importance of laughter. Not only will it brighten your loved one’s day, but it also can do way more health wise like the following below.   Increased endorphin levels are a result from laughing. Because endorphins are
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5 Winter Activities for Seniors That Warm the Heart

  The wintry months make it hard to leave the house. Not only does the cold weather keep you indoors, but it also brings about a sense of isolation. Fear not! Blow details five ways older adults can stay active and warm during these cold months.   Heat up around food Did you know that cooking stimulates more than just our stomachs? Not only does making a meal actively exercise the brain, but it also allows older adults to engage in a heartwarming activity. Because cooking involves setting timers and reading recipes, older adults are fighting memory loss and cognitive
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Ground-Breaking Plans for 2017!

Sharon Burack, founder of Freedom Home Care and resident of Highland Park, saw the need to provide seniors in the Chicagoland area with an opportunity to live happy and healthy lives within their own homes.  During the time, Burack had not known there was such a demand for in-home care services but 20 years later, she and the rest of the staff at Freedom Home Care are celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary. Within these 20 successful years, Freedom Home Care  opened their first location in Highland Park and now serve clients all over from Chicago’s lakeshore through Cook and Lake
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Links Found Between Air Pollution and Degenerative Brain Diseases

The latest research indicates yet more reasons to go green — namely because not doing so could cost us our mental health. Air pollution has now been linked with degenerative cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The immense number of cars on the road with inefficient combustion infuses the air we breathe with fine and ultrafine particles — specks of waste at least 36 times finer than a grain of sand, often riddled with toxic combinations of sulfate, nitrate and ammonium ions, hydrocarbons, and heavy metals. We have long known that these tiny particles cause and exacerbate respiratory problems like asthma and
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New Research Finds More Ways to Prevent Cataracts, While Others Create Bionic Lenses

At Freedom Home Care, we’ve heard if we eat our carrots we’ll have great vision, but has anyone told you to eat your spinach for the same results? Sure, we associate the leafy green with strong PopEye muscles, but in a recent study done by a team at Qingdao University Medical College in China, it turns out that maybe spinach has been the answer to our vision problems all along. The study, involving nearly a quarter of a million people, found that foods that are rich in vitamin E, like spinach, seed and broccoli, are incredibly beneficial for the health
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A New Way to Prevent Alzheimer’s

The latest research into Alzheimer’s suggests there may be a new way to prevent the debilitating disease. Scientists have not yet discovered the exact cause of Alzheimer’s, but it is believed it has something to do with abnormal amounts of faulty proteins – amyloid plaques and tau tangles – frequently found in sufferers’ brains. The production and accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in the brain cause irreversible memory as well as cognitive and motor impairments. It is the major neurotoxic agent in Alzheimer’s Disease. The use of certain compounds may block the formation of beta-amyloid, a faulty protein that clogs
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Glen Campbell’s Family on Coping With His Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Since 2011, country music icon Glen Campbell has been living with Alzheimer’s disease. You may have already heard though, since Campbell and his family have been working hard to raise awareness for the disease for several years now. Upon receiving his diagnosis, the Grammy Award-winning singer embarked on a farewell tour with his family, including his wife Kim Campbell, and their three kids Cal, Shannon and Ashley. The tour became the centerpiece of a documentary called Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me, which the family says will offer an uplifting and positive outlook on handling an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The tour ended
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Home Remedies Backed By Science

Have you ever thought of putting a banana peel on an itchy bug bite? Probably not. Well there are some strange home remedies that have surprisingly been proven to work! If you have a minor injury, but can’t get to the store for medicine, you may want to rethink some of these unique home remedies! Believe it or not, there are actual studies to prove that these remedies actually work. Here are some of the home remedies that sound strange, but actually work: 1. Have an itchy bug bite?  Find a banana peel.  Holding the inside of the banana peel against
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Understanding the Senior Housing Crisis

As our nation’s largest demographic group, the baby boomers, head into their senior years, some may encounter housing difficulties. Modern seniors are often choosing to “age in place” by staying at home rather than moving to a nursing facility. Those who remain at home see enormous financial and health benefits. Living at home tends to be less expensive and provides better care than living in an assisted care facility. Freedom Home Care is a major advocate for seniors “aging in place.” However, baby boomers may find difficulty finding acceptable places to live. As the number of seniors increases, the demand
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