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Obesity in Older Adults: January is National Weight Loss Awareness Month

combatting obesity in older adults

January is National Weight Awareness Month in The United States and while many of us don’t think about obesity in older adults, carrying around that excess weight can have a detrimental effect on seniors. Not only can it shorten their lifespan it can dramatically decrease their quality of life as well. But weight gain is […]

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Sleep Disorders in Seniors Can Increase the Risk of Stroke

Sleep disorders in seniors are more than just a nuisance. The results of a recent study (published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke) show that a decrease in the amount or quality of sleep that a senior enjoys can dramatically increase their risk of hardening of the arteries in the brain, This, in turn, […]

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Know the Risk Factors for Glaucoma — National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma affects over three million people in The United States, effectively stealing their sight within months. It’s the second leading cause of blindness in the country and, unfortunately, there are almost no symptoms before the disease takes hold. This can leave individuals with permanent disability or blindness even without a known history of vision problems. […]

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Knowing the Unexpected Side Effects of Aging Makes Life Easier

unexpected side effects of aging

Getting older is never easy. And try as we may it seems we’re never ready for the side effects of aging. With age comes much higher risks for a large number of serious health issues ranging from cancer and diabetes to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. However, as scary as these issues are, most people are […]

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Happy New Year from Second Family Home Care!

             From the entire staff of Second Family Home Care we would like to express our deepest thanks to both our clients as well as our partners in the senior health and lifestyle industry! We are so grateful to have you in our lives! We look forward to serving you […]

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Even Minor Falls Can Be Fatal Falls for Elderly Individuals

fatal falls are the leading cause of accidental death for seniors.

A pair of recent studies has confirmed what doctors and care givers already knew: even minor falls can become fatal falls for elderly men and women. Watching a loved one pass just months after falling and breaking a hip is so commonplace that it’s ingrained in our culture as “common sense.” However, what many people […]

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Help Seniors Take Brain Health Into Their Own Hands

brain health resources for seniors

One of the most significant changes people face as they age is a decline in brain health. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline related to physical, chemical, or hormonal changes can exact a serious toll on our ability to remember, perform routine activities, and even care for ourselves as we get older. However, many of […]

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

NAtional Alzheimer's disease Awareness Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:  You’re Not Alone November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. There’s nothing scarier to an aging individual than slowly being locked away inside your own mind. Unfortunately, the nightmare of Alzheimer’s Disease or some form of dementia becomes a harsh reality for millions of Americans every year. That diagnosis takes […]

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Overcoming Objections to Professional Home Care

professional home care can alleviate the worries of family caregivers

An AARP survey shows that 82% of seniors would prefer to stay at home even if they needed daily home care assistance. However, the decision to hire professional home care (rather than relying on family members) can be difficult to make. It can also be difficult for family caregivers to entrust their loved ones to […]

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November is National Family Caregiver Month

National Family Caregiver Month

This November is National Family Caregiver Month. It’s the perfect opportunity to recognize those who make hard choices every day to ensure that their loved ones can stay at home as long as possible. Without their dedication and service aging individuals would be forced to make decisions they would rather avoid, decisions that could very […]

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