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Highland Park Activities This February

The Highland Park area has no shortage of activities to participate in for fun, educational, or health purposes!   February Doesn’t Freeze Events The ground may be frozen outside, and everything may seem slower after the holiday season, but there are still plenty of activities around! There are outdoor and indoor activities in and around Highland Park for people of all ages.   Highland Park Senior Center The Senior Center website has a catalog and full calendar of activities you can sign up for. Browse the options and you’ll be very likely to find an activity that appeals to you.
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Heart Month and Heart Health Activities

What is Heart Month? February is American Heart Month, which is a month dedicated to the improvement of cardiovascular health. This month the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on hypertension or high blood pressure. This is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States across populations. Each year one in every four deaths is a result of heart disease. Heart Month is dedicated to reducing these odds and helping individuals learn to take better care of their heart.   Be Aware
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Staying Active During Winter

Winter Often Takes a Toll on Exercise Levels Winter stretches longer than it seems and without realizing activity levels take a dip. When it’s too cold to be exercising outside, it’s important to remember there are still plenty of creative options to stay active indoors. This article will outline a few indoor exercise ideas to incorporate during the winter in order to stay active and healthy.   Indoor, Low Resource Options Taking a stroll outside when the weather is nice is a low resource option. To replace this activity during the winter can be difficult so here are a few
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How to Have a COVID Safe Holiday Season

Longing to Return to Normal Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic it is safe to say that the availability of safe and effective vaccines has decreased the instances of COVID-19. Many are eager to return to normal celebrations with family and friends. However, COVID is not yet eradicated and with the increase of variants it is important to still remember safety guidelines to ensure the spread of illness is not part of this holiday season.   Remember Smaller is Safer and Ventilation is Key Gathering in a small group will decrease the risk of transmitting COVID to your family
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Freedom Home Care November Heroes of the Month!

Elise Cusick, RN is honored to receive the nurse of the month nomination. Elise just recently received her RN degree. She has been a LPN for two years and is so excited that she just completed her RN degree. Elise says being a nurse is her superpower! Elise truly believes it was her calling in life. She remembers being a caregiver and always wanting to know more about her patient’s condition and always having the desire to help them on a more clinical level. She ended up being blessed enough to marry a nurse. Her husband is the reason she
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Freedom Home Care Recent Events Spotlight

At Freedom Home Care, we love giving back to the community by either hosting or sponsoring events. While this blog covers events from the second half of 2021, we have been involved with internal and community events for years. This year has been busy, so we wanted to put a spotlight on what our amazing staff have helped to make possible. Here is a recap of some of our favorites from the last few months:   Nurse Appreciation Giveaways To show appreciation to all nurses we had a giveaway in which multiple nurses won cash prizes!   Community Pfizer Vaccine
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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Seniors

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to be with family. That being said, it can be difficult to come up with ways to make it truly enjoyable for seniors battling dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or the difficulties of aging. Here are just some ideas to get started on how to celebrate with senior loved ones during this holiday season. Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving with your Seniors if Apart A key starting point is to remember not to leave your seniors alone on Thanksgiving. Even if you are prevented from gathering in person for Thanksgiving with your seniors here are a few ideas to
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Freedom Home Care’s October Heroes of the Month!

In a short time Ronald Jean-Jacques has shown how incredible his skills are to help others. He just completed his Registered Nursing License this past summer. Prior to earning his RN license, he worked in the home health care capacity as a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2015. His passions and specialties are working with Spinal Cord injury and Trachea patients. Before he pursued a career in healthcare his concentration was in Government Administration. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelors in Political Science, from The University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana. He is excited
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Local Halloween Themed Activities for Seniors

Join in the Halloween festivities this year! There are plenty of creative and accessible crafts and activities to do from home or out in the Highland Park area. Halloween Is Just Around the Corner Crafts are a way to celebrate Halloween from home or with friends. Decorate pumpkins, make decorative spider webs, make spiral ghosts, make spooky candles, decorative Halloween garlands. If food is more up your alley, then make a seasonal cider or deviled eggs. An activity to get a group involved is by playing Halloween charades, by sharing scary stories, by making a homemade costume contest, by trick
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International Day of Older Persons

The world is fortunate to have older people around us. Whether they are our friends, family, coworkers, or general acquaintances, older people are sources of wisdom, experience, and storytelling. Their lives and advice can inspire us and help us live our lives the fullest. To recognize the value older people offer all of us, International Day of Older Persons celebrates the older people in our lives. It takes place on October 1st of each year.    The History of International Day of Older Persons The history of the Day starts back in 1948. At this time, the human rights of
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