President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.

Do You Know About National Library Lovers Month?

National Library Lovers Month is held every February and it’s a time for family caregivers and their aging parents to check out all that this public space has to offer. Too often, elderly adults and their family members discount the library as a place for children, or simply a storage space for dusty old books. In fact, public libraries have evolved greatly, using all kinds of technology to … [Read more...]

Is Music Therapy Something Your Senior Might Benefit From?

As your elderly family member ages, it’s important to find new activities that she can enjoy and that help her to keep her brain tuned up. Music is one of those activities, although it might not be one that you think of at first. Music therapy classes add a social element, too, which can be another reason to consider these types of events for your senior. Music Therapy Keeps Her Brain … [Read more...]

What Happens if You Fail as a Caregiver?

New caregivers often feel as if they’re in the deep end of a pool. There’s an awful lot of water there and you might not have a lot of confidence in your ability to swim out of it. But if you focus too much on the potential for failure, you might miss your chances to succeed. Fear of Failure Can Paralyze You. When you doubt yourself and your decisions as a caregiver, you’re opening the … [Read more...]

Close to 8 Million U.S. Seniors Don’t Have Family Nearby and Face These Risks

Wall Street Journal reported that almost 8 million seniors don't have friends or family they can rely on. Some never married or had kids, others don't live close enough. If your parent is in that situation, they face several risks that you should address. Falling Without Anyone Knowing. If your parent fell or had a stroke while alone, how long would it be before anyone noticed? For some … [Read more...]

Activa Partnered with the APDA to bring #StrengthInOptimism and #HopeInProgress to fight against Parkinson’s Disease

On Saturday, January 12, Activa partnered with Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute and the American Parkinson Disease Association - South Florida Chapter at their 4th Annual Symposium. The APDA is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson's Disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with PD live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, … [Read more...]

National Radon Action Month – What is Radon and How Does It Affect Your Dad’s Health?

The EPA named January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is not something you can smell. You can't see it. It is, however, a dangerous radioactive gas that can be present in homes and lead to serious health issues. Has your dad's home been tested for radon? Understanding the Dangers of Radon. Radon is a gas produced as other elements, such as uranium in bedrock, break down. It doesn't … [Read more...]

It’s National “Take the Stairs” Day – Can You?

Imagine standing at the bottom of the staircase and you quickly climb to the top without a second thought. For many, managing stairs is a daily challenge. Today is National Take the Stairs Day and Activa wants to take a step with those who can’t. If you or your loved one can’t manage stairs safely, we’d love to help!  We are a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency helping patients climb to the top … [Read more...]

Tips for Talking to Your Senior About Their Weight Goals During Healthy Weight Week

January 22nd through 26th is healthy weight week. As a family caregiver, this is the ideal opportunity to talk to your aging loved one about their goals regarding their weight, and any weight loss they may want to pursue. This is particularly effective during this time as it is the beginning of the year and you can look ahead to all the opportunities the fresh year presents to you. Talking to your … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Reduce Agitation for a Senior with Dementia

People with dementia aren't able to solve problems the same way that they did before they developed dementia. This can lead to situations in which they're agitated and upset because they have no way to correct what's going on. Here's what you can do. Check Her Comfort Levels. If your aging family member is experiencing discomfort on even a minor level, she might become agitated. This is … [Read more...]

What Is it that Makes Driving More Difficult for Seniors?

Your senior may not want to admit it, but driving now is more difficult than it was for her a decade or two ago. There are a lot of reasons for that and they all impact whether she'll be able to continue to drive on her own. Reflexes Slow Down, which Increases Reaction Time. Your senior's reflexes just aren't as fast as they used to be. She may want them to be at the same level as they … [Read more...]