Safety, Security & Wellness

Tough Conversations to Have with Your Aging Parent

Tough Conversations to Have with Your Aging Parent

Our eyesight gets worse, reflexes get slower, and cognition can decline due to factors like Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Most of us don’t want to admit we are getting older and aren’t able to do things we once loved.  It can be especially challenging for children...

How to Effectively Communicate With Seniors

How to Effectively Communicate With Seniors

The aging process impacts seniors’ physiological processes. For this reason, it’s essential to understand communication styles that work for them. Sometimes, techniques that work for younger people won’t work for older individuals. With a bit of effort, you can...

Medication Management: Tips for Managing Multiple Medications

Medication Management: Tips for Managing Multiple Medications

Medications play a crucial part in helping people, particularly the elderly, maintain their health. However, managing multiple medications can be challenging for some. Compliance with medication ensures the drug’s effectiveness and reduces the risk of adverse events....

Stimulating Activities for Your Loved One with Dementia

Stimulating Activities for Your Loved One with Dementia

It is important for your loved one with dementia to engage in activities that provide both mental and social stimulation, and you want to do everything you can for them. Providing structure and routine through activities will keep their mind active and healthy....

Tips to Get Your Loved One with No Appetite to Eat

Tips to Get Your Loved One with No Appetite to Eat

More often than not, seniors deal with a lot of health and medical conditions, making proper nutrition essential in keeping their strength up. However, there are days when they don’t seem to have a healthy appetite. This can be especially worrying when this behavior...

Top 4 Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Top 4 Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Every year in the U.S., more than 7,000 seniors die at home due to easily preventable accidents including fires, poisoning, and slip-and-fall accidents. Since prevention is the best medicine, caregivers need to take the necessary safety precautions and measures,...

How Respite Care Can Help Your Family

How Respite Care Can Help Your Family

However, you might realize that the longer you try to do your best to care for them, the more demanding and stressful everything becomes. Soon, you start to forget about your needs, and all of a sudden, it’s taking a toll on your health. While you’re giving everything...

Guest Blogger: Deitra Hickey, PhD

Guest Blogger: Deitra Hickey, PhD

  Guest Blogger: Deitra Hickey, PhD Dr. Deitra Hickey PhD., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has utilized her life experiences to develop a passion to help others find their balance and honor themselves through physical, mental, and emotional wellness....

Alzheimer’s and Your Loved One—6 Tips for Daily Life

Alzheimer’s and Your Loved One—6 Tips for Daily Life

Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a journey requiring a great deal of patience and understanding. The progressive nature of this disease means you will need to be aware of and adapt to changes in the behavior of your loved one as the disease progresses....

3 Ways You Can Help the Senior in Your Life Make Healthy Choices

3 Ways You Can Help the Senior in Your Life Make Healthy Choices

If you have a senior family member who lives alone, you may be concerned about whether they are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting adequate nutrition. If you are unable to visit often due to long distances, it may be even more worrisome. There are several...

World Elder Abuse Day

World Elder Abuse Day

This month we want to highlight two special days. The first is The Longest Day. The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On June 20, people across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their...

The Blue Zones – Nine Lessons for Living Longer

The Blue Zones – Nine Lessons for Living Longer

Originally published in Dan Buettner’s bookThrive. If you live the average American lifestyle, you may never reach your potential maxi­mum lifespan. You may even fall short by as much as a decade. But what if you could follow a simple program that could help you feel...

Avoiding Portion Distortion

Avoiding Portion Distortion

Guest Blogger: Jarin Jaffee Jarin Jaffee is the owner of Profile by Sanford, a nutrition and weight loss coaching program recently opened on Secor Road. For Jarin, Profile is personal. He lost 32 pounds through Profile while living in southern Indiana. When his family...

Sun Protection Tips for Seniors

Sun Protection Tips for Seniors

Every year nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer; it is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States and most skin cancers occur in the elderly population. While we are all at risk, older adults are some of the most vulnerable to acute...

How to Prevent Injury Accidents on Stairs for Seniors

How to Prevent Injury Accidents on Stairs for Seniors

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65 and older will suffer a fall this year. Injuries from these falls range from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious strains and fractures. Other falls can lead to more serious injuries, and...

Senior Care Technology and Its Role in 2019

Senior Care Technology and Its Role in 2019

The constant advancements in technology today are radically changing our way of life in seemingly endless ways. One specific area where technology has been slow to impact is senior care. However, the development of new senior care  technology, as well as the...

4 Ways to Help a Loved One Recover from a Stroke

4 Ways to Help a Loved One Recover from a Stroke

  Guest Bloggers: Cindy Roshon & Sue Rindskopf Cindy Roshon and Sue Rindskopf started the Stroke Life Center to help stroke survivors continue their journey in healing. Both Cindy and Sue are stroke survivors themselves. They know from their own experience...

How to Improve Bathroom Safety for Seniors

How to Improve Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Bathrooms are generally not safe places and often present a danger to senior citizens. The combination of water and tile or linoleum flooring can leave seniors vulnerable to injuries at home. However, by making some inexpensive additions and modifications to your...

Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors

Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors

Taking care of an older relative can be difficult. Nobody wants to give up their independence, but there are real safety risks that come with age. Cooking, for example, is already the leading cause of house fires, and the elderly are two and a half times more likely...

Headaches

Guest Blogger: Chiropractor Taylor Mainous, D.C. is an Ohio native, growing up just outside Columbus, in Dublin, OH. He received his undergraduate degree in Pre-Physical Therapy, at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. Post undergraduate, he continued...

Staying Active While Staying In

Staying Active While Staying In

The sedentary life of an Ohio winter and early spring can induce a hibernation-like state for even the most active of people. It’s common to avoid the cold temperatures by staying home more, moving less, and spending more time on the couch. These lackadaisical winter...

Common Heart Attack Warning Signs

Common Heart Attack Warning Signs

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience: Chest discomfort. Most heart...

How to Protect Seniors from Scam Artists and Sob Stories

How to Protect Seniors from Scam Artists and Sob Stories

Today’s senior population is composed of men and women who grew up during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, typically have adult children as well as grandchildren, and have at least a minimal amount saved for retirement. Scam artists are well-aware of the influence of dementia...

Taking Care of You: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Taking Care of You: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Guest Blogger: Michelle Sandwisch, APRN, FNP-C Michelle is an Advanced Practice Certified Nurse Practitioner licensed in Ohio. She earned a Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Georgetown University and Bachelor of Science, Nursing, from Lourdes...

Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

How Vulnerable Are Your Elderly Parents to Fires? Winter is here, but the cold weather does not always signal holiday cheer and the end of the year. The winter months have the highest number of house fires due to increased electrical strain, holiday decorations, open...

Are You Dreaming of a Stress-free Caregiver Holiday Season?

Are You Dreaming of a Stress-free Caregiver Holiday Season?

In the early weeks of the holiday season you picture your days like a scene from “White Christmas” but soon remember that it’s more like the chaos of “Home Alone”. Every year you promise yourself that you are going to simplify and slow down and enjoy the reason for...

Protect Yourself with these Top 3 Vaccines

Protect Yourself with these Top 3 Vaccines

One of the best ways to protect yourself this winter season is to make sure your vaccines are up-to-date. The CDC recommends you follow a vaccine calendar. Immunity can wear off over time, making you vulnerable. Here is an overview of the top three vaccines the CDC...

Medication Management for Seniors

Medication Management for Seniors

Maintaining as much independence as possible for seniors helps them feel self-worth, confidence and purposeful throughout their day. From preparing their own meals to maintaining their finances, taking care of their pets to keeping their home orderly. But some tasks,...

How Seniors Can Create and Practice an Emergency Preparedness Plan

How Seniors Can Create and Practice an Emergency Preparedness Plan

  Guest Blogger: Daniel Hunt, Mobility Manager - TARTA Daniel Hunt has over 30 years of business experience, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Associate degrees in Health Facility Administration and Marketing. Currently Daniel is the...

Make National Senior Citizens Day Special for Your Loved Ones

Make National Senior Citizens Day Special for Your Loved Ones

Ronald Reagan formally declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day, to honor how seniors positively contribute to society. For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt...

Emergency Preparation Resources for Toledo Seniors

Emergency Preparation Resources for Toledo Seniors

  Guest Blogger: Daniel Hunt, Mobility Manager - TARTA Daniel Hunt has over 30 years of business experience, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Associate degrees in Health Facility Administration and Marketing. Currently Daniel is the...

Nutrition At Home – Tips for Safe Food Storage in a Freezer

Nutrition At Home – Tips for Safe Food Storage in a Freezer

With a health care background of 15 years, working in senior care environments including long-term care, private homes and agencies, Kathy is currently a member of Arista’s staff preparing healthy meals to serve to clients. Her experience includes 2 years in the...

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. It was early 1999 when colon...

3 Ways to Keep Loved Ones Active During Winter

3 Ways to Keep Loved Ones Active During Winter

Cold weather can make people want to hibernate, but it’s important as a caregiver to keep loved ones active and in shape. Regular activity can prevent serious health problems and do a lot for mental health as well. Movement improves circulation, helps ward off chronic...

5 Fun Indoor Activities for Caregivers and Loved Ones

5 Fun Indoor Activities for Caregivers and Loved Ones

When the season starts to turn in Ohio and Michigan, outdoor activities become limited. This is especially true for the elderly, who cannot easily navigate snow and ice. Luckily, there are plenty of fun and rewarding activities caregivers can do with loved ones...

3 Ways to Relieve Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

3 Ways to Relieve Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

Caregiving can impose physical and emotional stresses on the provider. With the holidays on the horizon, caregivers may find it difficult to maintain a busy schedule while providing care. This can lead to burnout, feelings of depression, or grief. Fortunately, there...

Protect Your Elderly Parents by Eliminating Germs

Protect Your Elderly Parents by Eliminating Germs

Your elderly parents have enough health risks without worrying about harmful germs cultivating right inside the home. As a caregiver, a top priority is the cleanliness of the house. A germ-free home protects elderly loved ones from illnesses and diseases that could be...

Small Space Gardening for Health and Wellness

Small Space Gardening for Health and Wellness

Summer is here and it's time to get back outside! However, full scale gardening is typically not an activity that caregivers have time or energy to pull off. That's why small space, or container gardening is the way to go. On a porch, in a window sill or in a sunny...

What’s The Most Contaminated Item in Most Kitchens?

What’s The Most Contaminated Item in Most Kitchens?

Cleaning the Kitchen:   The most germ-contaminated room in your house! Everyone knows it’s the cutting board, right?  Or perhaps a knife set or cooking utensils?  Nope, the most contaminated item in most kitchens is hands.  And since you’re taking the time to read...

Hazards Lurking in Your Elderly Parents’ Home

Hazards Lurking in Your Elderly Parents’ Home

Falls lead the way when it comes to injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, among adults 65 and older.  What can be done around their home to minimize the risk?  Everyone knows about the obvious things: eliminate clutter, manage electrical cords, ensure adequate lighting...

Are You Letting Strangers Into Your Parents’ Home?

Are You Letting Strangers Into Your Parents’ Home?

Questions to ask your home care provider Remember the popular phrase you taught your kids -- Stranger danger, stranger danger?  Now you’re taking care of your parents, but stop and think about it, isn’t this phrase just as applicable?  The same parents who you...

Giving Back to Those Who Served Our Country – VetAssist® Program

Giving Back to Those Who Served Our Country – VetAssist® Program

Aging Veterans Can Get Assistance in Their Homes Many people, including veterans and family members caring for veterans, are unaware that the VA (Department of Veteran Affairs) offers a special benefit to qualified war era veterans called Aid and Attendance - the...

Which Foods are Bad (or Good) If You Experience Joint Pain?

Which Foods are Bad (or Good) If You Experience Joint Pain?

There can be a lot of contributors to joint pain, and if you experience chronic or reoccurring episodes you should consult with your doctor.  Your primary care physician may refer you to a joint pain specialist, typically a rheumatologist or an orthopedist. There are...

The Average Person Forgets 4 Things Per Day

The Average Person Forgets 4 Things Per Day

Do older adults (55 years +) or younger adults (18-34) have worse memories? If you thought older...guess again! In fact, research reveals younger adults are 3 times more likely to forget to take a shower! A little fact from Brain Games, Brain Training & Brain...

Dementia-Friendly Communication Tips

Dementia-Friendly Communication Tips

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Could Delaying Retirement Be Great For Your Health?

Could Delaying Retirement Be Great For Your Health?

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Flu Prevention for the Elderly

Flu Prevention for the Elderly

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The Five Rights of Medication

The Five Rights of Medication

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Our Aging Parents – A Catch-22

Our Aging Parents – A Catch-22

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Dangers of Dehydration

Dangers of Dehydration

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When Should Seniors Give Up Driving

When Should Seniors Give Up Driving

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Diagnosis and Prognosis – What does it mean?

Diagnosis and Prognosis – What does it mean?

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