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Let's Celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week

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By Rachel Stetz
June 20, 2017
Category: Senior Health

Nursing assistants are wisdom keepers who play an important role in showing the industry what works in home care. Nursing assistants have developed a wide range of skills and wisdom about how to apply principals of person centered care to daily tasks of care. Nursing assistants, also known as nurse aides, direct care workers, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aids, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies, home health aides, or hospital attendants, provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the... Continue reading

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Join the movement to end Alzheimer’s

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By Rachel Stetz
June 12, 2017
Category: Senior Health

As we enter June, the Alzheimer’s Association needs you to get involved and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. June is declared to be Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. All people are at risk to develop Alzheimer’s and although some might misunderstand the disease it h... Continue reading

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National Senior Health and Fitness Day

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By Rachel Stetz
May 24, 2017
Category: Senior Health

May 31st serves as a celebration of the 24th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The common goal for this day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. This day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.


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Right here in our very own Pittsburgh, PA UPMC for Life is the Pennsylvania state sponsor of this day. An event in our area will be held at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aq... Continue reading

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Recognizing National Nurses Week (May 6th- May 12th)

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By Rachel Stetz
May 12, 2017
Category: Senior Health


National nurse’s week is supported by the American Nurses Association; this week celebrates nurses and their role in society.  By celebrating this week, there is a greater possibility of raising awareness about nursing as a possible career choice and also educating the public about the kind of work nurses are involved in. At Home Senior Services encourages you to thank and congratulate current and future nurses in your area.


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Seasonal Depression: How it Affects Seniors

By Rachel Stetz
December 09, 2016
Category: Senior Health

The holidays can be a wonderful time to get together with family and celebrate. Often the holidays represent a time of joy for people. For some, however, the winter season is not so festive, particularly for seniors. The holiday season, and the bitter weather which often comes with it, can intensify feelings of sadness which seniors often experience. Many people consider this phenomenon as a derivative disorder associated with seasonal affective disorder.  As many as 10-20% of the population suffer from what is... Continue reading

Fires Safety for Seniors

By Rachel Stetz
November 18, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

It is important that we all stay vigilant and take care to encourage the upmost safety in our homes. The sad reality is that few people do regular safety checks to ensure that their home is protected against unforeseen circumstances. It is especially important that we ensure the safety of our most vulnerable population, senior citizens.

 

Older adults face the greatest relative risk of dying in a fire. In 2016 seniors suffered Continue reading

How to Know When It Is Time to Stop Driving.

By Rachel Stetz
October 11, 2016
Category: Senior Safety

I was speaking with my Grandfather recently when the subject of driving came up.    

“You know what my friend told me recently?”

 

“What’s that, Pappap?”

 

“He said, ‘Andy, never let them take away your license’.”

 

“Oh?”

 

“Well, I thought about it, but I don’t want anyone to get hurt because of me. I think it’s time I stop driving.”

   

I could tell that it was a difficult conclusion for my Grandfather to come to. It made me start thinking abo... Continue reading

How To Help Your Parents From A Distance

By Rachel Stetz
October 11, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

Providing Care at a Distance:  

Feelings of guilt can be overwhelming when you are a caregiver in a separate state from the rest of your family.

    How can a long distance caregiver provide meaningful care for their aging parent?  

Caring for an aging parent comes with stress and added challenges for anyone, but these difficulties compound once distance is factored into the equation.

 

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3 Signs You Might Be In Denial About Senior Care

By Rachel Stetz
October 11, 2016
Category: Senior Safety

When beginning the long-term care journey, it is common for at least one party to suffer from a bit of denial. This denial can come from the parents, children, or grandchildren and it can come in many forms. The end result of succumbing to denial, though, is the parent not receiving the quality care that they need, which is never an ideal situation. 

 

When you are adapting to the behaviors of an aging parent, it can be difficult to accept. Sometimes we reject the idea of our... Continue reading

How to Have the Senior Care Talk

By Rachel Stetz
October 11, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

Those of the greatest generation, and the generations surrounding, are proud, independent people. When it comes time to discuss care with them, often the conversation does not come easily. However uncomfortable, it is important to discuss care with your parents or loved ones as early as possible. Finding proper care is not easy, and there are as many options for care as there are seniors who need it. To be sure, though, this decision is one which will impact the entire family and it is important to consider all factors before maki... Continue reading

How Hearing Loss Directly Contributes to Dementia

By Rachel Stetz
October 11, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

If someone you love has hearing loss you understand the many struggles that they can face daily. Conversations can become difficult to hold, they may no longer seem to have the comprehension that they once had, and in many cases it can expedite the progression of dementia. In fact, those with hearing loss are 24% more likely to experience cognitive decline than those who have normal hearing abilities.

 

So does this mean that those with hearing loss are doomed to dementia?

 

Not at all.

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Understanding Veteran Benefits

By Rachel Stetz
October 11, 2016
Category: Caregiver Stress
Veteran Affairs Health Benefits  

With the countless Veterans returning home from war and the already numerous Veterans in our society today, it is crucial to fully understand the benefits you and your spouse may be eligible for.

 

Did you know that only 56% of our veterans have received benefi... Continue reading

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5 Tips for Decluttering a Seniors Home

By Rachel Stetz
September 20, 2016
Category: Senior Safety

Long lasting decluttering will not happen in one day, and if you try to do it all in one day you will only stress your loved one out. Ideally you should have 4-5 major decluttering sessions to start out. Set them once or twice a month and make a day of it. Have an objective for the day. Let one day be for organizing all of the old papers, and another going through old kitchen supplies. Start early in the morning so that by midday you can treat your loved one to lunch.

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1 in 10 Seniors are Going Hungry

By Rachel Stetz
September 19, 2016
Category: Senior Safety

If you ever need help planning care At Home Senior Services is here to be a resource for you. No matter which stage you are in, our expert staff is always willing to provide direct advice and guidance for you and your loved ones.

At Home Senior Services is your resource for all aspects of living as an older adult. If you ever need information or advice give us a call:

 



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How Finding Dory Can Help Explain Alzheimer's to Children

By Rachel Stetz
August 26, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

Finding Dory, Disney-Pixar's latest cinematic triumph, is a charming tale which can be enjoyed by both parents and children alike. This tale begins a year after its predecessor and chronicles the struggle a quirky blue tang named Dory has to find her family. The twist is this: Dory suffers from short term memory loss.  Simple things like traveling alone and interacting with others can be a struggle for Dory because of her illness.

 

To those who care for a loved... Continue reading

Managing Caregiver Stress

By Rachel Stetz
July 29, 2016
Category: Caregiver Stress
 

Numerous family members provide informal care for their loved ones every day. Providing care for a loved one can be a rewarding task. In 2015, family caregivers provided over 37 billion hours of care which was estimated to be worth 0 Billion dollars. Understandably, many family caregivers start to feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for a loved one.  In fact, 55% of family caregivers report being overwhelmed by the amount of care their family member needs. This... Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Veteran Benefits

By Rachel Stetz
June 06, 2016
Category: Senior Health
Veteran Affairs Health Benefits  

With the countless Veterans returning home from war and the already numerous Veterans in our society today, it is crucial to fully understand the benefits you and your spouse may be eligible for.

 

Did you know that only 56% of our veterans have received benefits since 20... Continue reading

Why Preventative Care is Vital

By Rachel Stetz
May 02, 2016
Category: Senior Health

 

It is difficult for us to perceive changes in the seniors we love. This is true even if we are fortunate enough to be able to visit our parents every day. There are many reasons for this.

 

1. We are in denial

We do not wish to acknowledge that our parent is experiencing a decline in health so we simply ignore it until the issue cannot be ignored any longer.

 

2. We are too close

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1 in 10 Seniors are Going Hungry

By Rachel Stetz
March 04, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

5.4 million seniors in our country experience food insecurity.

 

 

This statistic should shock you. That number adds up to about 1 in 10 seniors not having a stable source of food. We owe a debt to our seniors, they have created the world that we live in today and deserve to be taken care of.

 

So what can you do to help?  

 

More than you think, but first let’s learn a bit more.

 

So why does this matter? Seniors who do not have a secure s... Continue reading

5 Tips for Decluttering a Senior's Home

By Rachel Stetz
February 15, 2016
Category: Senior Isolation

Cluttering is an issue that can impact many seniors and their families. Over the years people tend to collect many things, trinkets, gifts, papers, and more, which hold sentimental value. Because these objects often represent a memory, seniors can be reluctant to let go when it comes time to sort through their homes and declutter.

 

It is important that we help our senior loved ones organize their homes. Having excess clutter around the home can significantly increase a senior’s fall risk. A senior who falls is at grea... Continue reading

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