Archives for Chicago Home Care

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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Helpful Tips to Plan for Retirement

Simply put, it’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. For some, this can seem like a stressful task. But the better prepared you are by starting to save early and organizing your paperwork, the easier the transition will be. From fun adventures to unforeseen bumps in the road, we’ve listed a few of our helpful tips to plan for a retirement that can handle anything life throws your way.   Get Your Estate Plan in Order   While we hope you’ll be happily and healthily traveling the world in your post-work life, it’s just as important to
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How Stress Affects Seniors and How We Can Help

Ready or not, stress always seems to have a sneaky way of finding us. And while most of the time it comes and goes and we’re able to bounce back fairly quickly, as we get older it’s harder and harder to get a hold on stress—and stress ends up taking a hold on us. Unfortunately, along with the stress comes a boatload of health concerns that are directly caused by it. But there’s good news: there are so many things you, and your home care agency, can do to help manage your stress and take back your life.   How
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Go Green with Fun Earth Day Celebrations Perfect for Seniors

It’s by no accident that Earth Day falls right in the midst of a blooming spring season. After a long stretch of gloomy winter weather, your seniors will appreciate the chance to open up those windows, step outside, and enjoy some fresh air. This all-about-earth holiday is a fun opportunity to encourage seniors to engage in what brings them joy. And this year at our Highland Park Home Care, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Earth Day activities that you can do with the seniors that are dearest to you.   Getting Outside   Walking in the Neighborhood
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Music Appreciation with Jim Kendros!

At A Glance Event: “Music Appreciation by Jim Kendros” Location: Lake Forest Senior Center located in Dickson Hall. Dates: 3/7, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/8, 9/26, 10/24, 11/28 and 12/26 Time: 10:30 a.m. Registration: Due one week before each class     Starting this March and continuing through December, Music Researcher and Composer Jim Kendros will explore the world of music in the monthly music series, “Music Appreciation by Jim Kendros” at the Lake Forest Senior Center located in Dickson Hall.   Music Salon Magic Proudly sponsored by Highland Park home care agency Freedom Home Care, this event series
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Easy to Grow Plants for Seniors

If there’s one activity that benefits us all as we age, it’s gardening. Since at least the early 1900’s, Americans have taken advantage of gardening and all that it has to offer. Not only does planting and growing your own garden increase mental health, it also provides a host of other benefits like building endurance, improving sleep cycles, increasing mobility and flexibility, decreasing stress levels and reducing anxiety and depression. Desite all of the favorable aspects of gardening, your loved one doesn’t have to have a green thumb to get started on their own garden. Growing your own flowers and
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Senior Flu Prevention Tips

Influenza A and B are the usual suspects for the flu each year. And according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), between 54 to 70 percent of people age 65 and older who contract the virus are hospitalized annually. Statistics also show that seniors are more likely to suffer from flu complications than younger people. And with the record breaking cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in the U.S., now more than ever, it’s important to take the proper precautions to keep your senior safe and in optimal health. If you’re not sure exactly how to help your loved
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National Senior Citizen Fitness Day – May 31st

On May 31st more than 100,000 seniors will become part of one of the nation’s largest annual health promotion events for the elderly – National Senior Health & Fitness Day. With a goal of encouraging seniors to stay health and in shape, older loved ones all over the country will be descending upon more than 1,000 locations in celebration of the 24th annual senior fitness event. A public-private partnership coordinated by the Mature Market Resource Center, National Senior Health & Fitness Day, is hosted by local organizations advocating the health and fitness of older adults. By purchasing a registration packet, any group
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Slow The Progression of Parkinson's

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that worsens over time. It causes the eventual malfunction and death of neurons in the brain. Here’s what happens. The substantia nigra is the part of the brain that houses the affected neurons. These neurons create less and less dopamine over time. Dopamine sends signals to the portion of the brain that controls movement and coordination – over time, patients with Parkinson’s can no longer manage their body’s movement. While doctors are still unsure of what causes Parkinson’s Disease, they do know that older loved ones are at greater risk for developing the condition.
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How Seniors Utilize Ride Sharing

With a large number of Americans over the age of 65, mobility continues to be a major issue for our growing population of older loved ones. According to statistics, 20 percent of seniors have no way of getting around due to age, lack of vehicle ownership or health. The problem increases as a majority of seniors are homebound, receiving in home services or personalized elder care and for others that live in areas with a lack of access to public transportation. Social isolation challenges the livelihood of the ones we love anytime they are without transportation. And when there are
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