October 2023

Resources for Families

You missed an important meeting at work, because your mom fell in the shower.

You left your son’s big soccer game to take your dad to a doctor’s appointment.

You forgot to make cookies for your daughter’s school bake sale, because you were busy making dinner for your aging parents.

If this sounds like your life, you’re not alone.

A new report from AARP shows that there are 38 million family caregivers in the U.S. and they spent more than 36 billion hours caring for adults with chronic, disabling or serious health conditions. Other findings include: Continue reading 7 Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress

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Resources for Families

When is the last time you enjoyed a meal with your aging loved ones?

Research shows that seniors who regularly dine with friends and family tend to eat more and make healthier choices. More importantly, most older adults say they feel happier and more fulfilled when eating with others.

“Sharing a meal is about so much more than eating food,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “If your senior has  companionship during mealtimes, they’re more likely to be happy and healthy. It’s also an important way to help them maintain their independence.” Continue reading More Than a Meal on the Menu

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How bad will flu season be this year?

Because there has been significant flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere, experts say flu season in the U.S. could be severe – starting as early as October, peaking between December and February and possibly extending through May.

Doctors say one way to avoid the flu is to get the annual shot, which lowers the risk of getting infected or becoming severely sick from the flu. They say it’s especially important for older adults, because they are at higher risk of complications. It’s estimated that 70% – 80% of flu-related deaths and 50% – 70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 and older.

Here’s what experts want you to know:

Continue reading What You Need to Know About the 2023-2024 Flu Season

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