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blood pressure

Under Pressure: The Importance of Blood Pressure in Older Adults

According to the CDC, one in every three adults has high blood pressure. As people age, the likelihood of developing high blood pressure increases. In fact, 64% of men and nearly 70% of women aged 65-74 have high blood pressure. For those 75 and over, the risk increases to 66.7 and 78.5 percent, respectively. Blood

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Eclipse

Enjoying the Eclipse With Your Aging Loved One

Something very exciting is coming soon to the area! In just a little less than a month, we will experience a spectacular event. A total eclipse of the sun is coming on August 21, 2017. The moon will completely cover the sun. According to NASA, those in the path of totality will be able to

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vacation

You Need a Vacation

The average American worker only uses about 54% of their paid vacation time. Though 96% of people say that using their vacation time is important to them, workers in the U.S. rack up about 662 million unused days, according to Project Time Off. Financially, this results in $66 billion lost in benefits and a $236

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celebration

Summer Fun for Aging Adults

Summer is a time for celebration, vacation, and fun in the sun. Next week, we’ll celebrate Independence Day with parties, barbecues, swimming and fireworks. Often, aging persons find themselves staying at home or limiting activities due to health problems or other issues related to aging. Social activity is beneficial, however, and should not be neglected.

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fraud alert

Fraud Alert: Help Your Aging Loved One Avoid Being Scammed

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, Americans age 65 and older are more likely to be targeted by fraudsters and to lose money once targeted. This is due to the fact that aging individuals are more likely to have money built up, tend to be polite and trusting, are less likely to

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heat

Beat the Heat

June has arrived; and though summer officially begins in about three weeks, the time for outdoor activities and vacations is here. Here in the Midwest, extreme heat could arrive any day, bringing with it danger for aging individuals. According to the CDC, persons older than 65 years of age are more prone to heat stress.

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nutritional

Nutrition and the Elderly: Nutritional Needs

In recent blogs, we have been exploring nutrition in aging individuals. So far, we’ve discussed several challenges to eating well and how to overcome those challenges. We have also explored several very unique situations that may present additional challenges, as well as how to cope with those situations. Even though challenges are present, eating well

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deanna rice award

Meet Deanna Rice, the MAHC Paraprofessional Caregiver of the Year

We have exciting news! Recently, one of our very own team members received a prestigious and well-deserved award. Last week, our team traveled to Tan-Tar-A Resort in the Ozarks for the Missouri Alliance for Home Care (MAHC) Annual Conference. There, Deanna Rice received the MAHC Paraprofessional Caregiver of the Year Award. We simply couldn’t be

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nutrition

Nutrition in the Elderly: Unique Considerations

In recent blogs, we have discussed the special challenges to meeting the nutritional needs of aging individuals, as well as suggestions for overcoming those challenges. Unfortunately, in some situations, the elderly and those caring for the elderly will face even more challenges than previously discussed. Side effects of medication. Many aging persons must take a

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nutrition

Nutrition and the Elderly: Overcoming Challenges to Eating Well

Recently, we explored several challenges to eating well that are specific to the aging population. These include, but are not limited to, isolation, loss of ability, loss of memory, lack of knowledge, and apathy. There are also challenges unique to different physical conditions and illnesses, many of which we will address more thoroughly in future

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