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Elderly Skin - Beating Sunburn & Monitoring its Harmful Effects

posted by Ted Ryan on June 29, 2015

We know that too much exposure to the sun is harmful (according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun). Skin precautions are especially important for the elderly because the odds of developing skin cancer rise as you age.

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Preparing for Productive Doctor Visits for Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on June 09, 2015

The benefits of a good relationship with your doctor are universal. However, as age brings new conditions and treatments needing attention, it becomes even more important to talk often and comfortably with your doctor.Read More…

Help Seniors Enjoy the Great Outdoors Safely

posted by Ted Ryan on May 28, 2015

It’s summer in St. Louis – the time of year many seniors enjoy sitting on the porch, taking leisurely strolls or getting back in the garden.

These are great activities for boosting a seniors’ health and overall outlook, but there are extra precautions that should be made before heading outdoors. These often apply to people of all ages, but for the elderly their importance and consequences are more serious.

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Is laughter the best medicine?

posted by Ted Ryan on April 15, 2015

Perhaps not, but there’s more to the old saying than you might think – especially for seniors and their caregivers. Life can seem humorless for aging seniors and their able-bodied yet overwhelmed caregivers, however, a good laugh might be just what the doctor ordered.

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A Great Snack & Caregiver's Secret Weapon

posted by Ted Ryan on March 30, 2015

Packed with nutrients and there’s no preparation required – nuts are a terrific snack for caregivers, who need to maintain their energy and are often short on time. They’re inexpensive, easy to store and convenient on the go. The fat content that once gave them a bad rap is now considered to be a “good fat.”

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Forgetfulness vs. Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

posted by Ted Ryan on March 17, 2015

Forgetfulness is a natural part of aging. Alzheimer’s disease is not.  So, just how is one to know when to take notice and when to figure they’re just hitting that age?

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Saving Your Vision – More Than Meets the Eye

posted by Ted Ryan on March 09, 2015

March is Save Your Vision Month. Contrary to popular belief, good vision doesn't necessarily mean that your eyes are healthy. The only way to ensure good vision and healthy eyes is to get a yearly check up by an eye doctor.

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St. Louis Home Care - Finding the Best Fit

posted by Ted Ryan on February 24, 2015

When it comes to finding care services for a loved one, you don’t want any caregiver – you want the best. Many considerations go into selecting an in-home care provider so thorough screening and background checks are key.  

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Overwhelmed? Stressed? Managing Caregiver Burnout.

posted by Ted Ryan on February 19, 2015

Professional caregivers and workers in the home care field are familiar with the role of a caregiver, however, most aging adults receive care from informal caregivers – family or friends who provide unpaid care.

Caring for aging loved ones, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, can become overwhelming. Stresses of caregiving often accompany the rewards. Studies show that caregivers are more likely to suffer from depression and other health issues.Read More…

Hooked on a Feeling - Emotions & Alzheimer's Patients

posted by Ted Ryan on February 03, 2015

A caregiver’s impact on the life of someone with Alzheimer’s is profound and wide ranging. Thanks to a recent study, we now know that a caregiver’s influence includes emotions – even after the actions that caused them are forgotten.Read More…