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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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Let’s Talk Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Every June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month in the United States. This is a time for people of all ages to raise awareness and join in on the fight against this disease. To increase awareness, we at Freedom Home Care have provided some ways to get involved for all ages.   Let’s start with something for everyone. The first thing you can do to get involved is to maintain 67 seconds of silence. Every 67 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and showing some silence will help recognize just how frequent this disease is.   Wearing purple is
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The 4 Benefits to Using Music Therapy

Music has the ability to bring happiness to everyone no matter their age. The young and the elders can benefit from using music therapy to provide comfort. We here at Freedom Home Care have put together a list of how music therapy and alternative therapy can help your loved one.   Leading us off at number one is reduction of stress. By using music therapy and frequently listening to music, you can help deal with the stress and tension life brings. Choosing music that is more relaxed can reduce high heart rates and calm your loved one- helping to make
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The Nursing Crisis and Its Reality

There is a major crisis going on in the nursing world, and unfortunately, if you are not behind the scenes, you may not be aware of what is going on. A lot of hospitals today are highly understaffed and nurses are the ones being affected the most.   According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a study showed that every 1 out of 5 nurses will hand in their resignation just one year after getting their license. A huge factor going into this statistic is that there are not enough nurses in hospitals all across the United States.   Why
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6 Activities to Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Do you know what is held every last Wednesday in May? It’s National Senior Health and Fitness Day! At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we are here to provide six activities that you or a loved one can do to celebrate.   With over 100,000 people participating in retirement communities, park district, and hospitals, here is how you can get active as well. Leading us off at number one is going to the park. With the weather finally warming up, take a stroll in the park filled with trail walking, a picnic, etc.   Next up on our
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All About Dementia

Dementia as common as it may occur often goes misinterpreted. At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we are here to provide you with some answers to questions you might have. Find out all about dementia here.   Dementia is a progressive brain syndrome that affects someone’s memory, thinking, emotion, and behavior. Because dementia affects major body functions, it is the leading cause of disability amongst older people.   Dementia may be experienced differently depending on the person affected because each case is dealt in its own way. With over 100 forms of dementia, it is normal for some
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Gyro-What? This Rapidly Growing Workout Seeks to Lengthen, Strengthen, and Heal

No, not the food Gyro- we’re talking about the Gyrotonic exercise technique. At Freedom Home Care, we have a solution to provide your arthritis and hypermobile joints some relief. Find out what the gyro is all about at your home care agency.   Some people who have tried the Gyrotonic technique say they felt immediate relief and after about six months, patients found their overall biomechanics were much stronger. So what is this not-so-famous technique that is providing people with fast relief?   Gyrotonic is a form of allowing your body to always stay moving and changing directions. Similar to
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The History of National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week has been around for as long as some can remember, but the process took almost more than half a century. With the week quickly approaching and over soon, we at Freedom Home Care would like to tell you a little about its’ history.   So, from your home care agency, here it is! In 1953 a woman by the name of Dorothy Sutherland who worked for the US Department of Health proposed an idea to have a Nurse Day for the next year. On the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s Crimean mission, Nurses Week took place.   Moving
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Forget Me Not: Tips AND Tricks to Living with Forgetfulness

Do you know a friend or loved one suffering from dementia and/or remembering things? We all forget things from time to time, but with a memory loss disease or age, it may become part of an everyday routine. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together some tips to help with forgetfulness and better maintain independence.   Leading us off at number one is managing medication. Forgetting to take medication, or not remembering if you took it so you double up is the leading cause of why some patients end up going to the hospital.   Some ways to prevent
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4 Ways to Fight Back Pain at Home

We all know that feeling of…. Back pain. As you age, the most common and leading cause of pain is back pain. At Freedom Home Care, we might have some ways that can eliminate back pain and fight the stigma that getting older has to hurt.   The first tip to eliminating back pain is developing a healthier lifestyle. With that comes eating healthier and trying to watch your weight. Excess weight on your body will cause a strain on joints and muscles that work to support your back. Making a balanced diet for yourself will help to take some
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