Archives for Senior Care Tips

Why Volunteering Is a Great Health Benefit

There are many benefits to volunteering that you might not even realize. While doing a good deed, you can make friends, learn new skills, better your career, and even feel much happier and healthier overall. This senior citizens day, spend it volunteering and feel great!   The nice thing about volunteering is that it doesn’t have to take up your entire day, it can range from 30 minutes to a few hours. You can also choose which type of volunteering you want to do and at what places.   The first benefit is it connects you to others while you
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The Effects of Stress on Physical Health

We all know that unfortunately, stress is a part of everyone’s life. When people experience stress more frequently, it can put a strain not just on your mental health, but your physical health as well.  For seniors, it can be harder on your body because of the physical impacts from stress. We here at Freedom Home Care Highland Park know just how important your health is and have shared some tips to eliminate stress.   The first sign of stress affecting your physical health is developing a sleeping disorder. While this is a pretty common one, being up all night
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Personality Traits That Increase Life Longevity in Seniors

  You might be wondering- what does it take to live a very long and happy life? For as long as we can remember, history has shown that some have lived to an older age and they all share a few things in common. Luckily for you, we at Freedom Home Care have put together a list of personality traits that seniors have in common.   Number one: having a productive and active lifestyle. Not only does an active lifestyle have health benefits, but it is widespread amongst seniors. Staying active for as long as you can is the key
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How Swimming Can Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health

There’s nothing better than floating in the pool or on a lake on a hot summer day. While it’s great for beating the heat, there are many physical and mental health benefits to swimming. This exercise is fun for people of all ages and healthy too! Find out why at Freedom Home Care.   The first health benefit is that swimming is a whole-body workout. It engages and uses almost every single major muscle group throughout your entire body. It also increases your heart rate without putting stress on the body.   Up next, swimming builds cardiovascular strength. Just as
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The Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

You may remember gardening with your loved ones as a child helping your mother or father in the backyard, or maybe it wasn’t a hobby until you grew up. No matter the age, there are many mental health benefits of gardening. Not only is gardening a fun, rewarding hobby, but it also can have many positive effects. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together a list of the benefits below.   Number one, practicing acceptance. Majority of the suffering one goes through is from things that we cannot control. By being outside in nature, it helps you understand that
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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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Fall Risk Assessment Tools: What’s Your Risk

Older adults are at an increased risk of falling. With thousands of documented cases of geriatric falls every year, it is imperative that older adults and their loved ones utilize fall risk assessment tools to stay healthy and safe. Falling results in minor or fatal injuries, so it is crucial to have a solid understanding of the different fall risk assessment tools. These tools are readily available for the public to use to evaluate how much of a risk a loved one is at for a fall. Below details three of these necessary tools.   Morse Fall Risk Assessment Tool
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Giving Up the Keys: Maintaining Independence When It's Time to Stop Driving

At the age of 16, the ability to drive has traditionally become a rite of passage for many American teens. And getting from one place to the next requires a person to be mobile in order to do so. But even a lifetime of safe driving practices can eventually change over time. It might start out as missing a stop sign while heading to the grocery store. Backing out of the garage starts to result in a few small dents to the rear of the car. Running over barriers in the parking lot becomes a common occurrence when visiting the
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Senior Home Care Hacks: Ingenious Ways To Convert Everyday Items Into Helpful Tools

As we age, a lack of mobility, physical ailments and chronic health conditions can make it more difficult to do things we used to as easily as we used to do them. But that doesn’t mean seniors have to give up on doing everyday tasks either. They just need to find a better way. Freedom Home Care came up with five life hacks that will not only allow older loved ones to exercise their creativity and know-how, but will also take the hassle out of the daily routine. Color-Coded Keys If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably accumulated more
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