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.

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and LATE?

In the spring of 2019, scientists revealed the discovery of a new type of dementia they named LATE. Like Alzheimer's, LATE seems to be milder than Alzheimer's and doesn't appear until after the age of 80. When studying the brain, the scientists found that unlike Alzheimer's, LATE patients don't have the build-up of amyloid plaques or tau proteins. The reason they say this is so important is … [Read more...]

Tips for Managing Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, known as xerostomia to doctors, is a condition that occurs when the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. In addition to being uncomfortable, seniors who suffer from this problem can also have trouble eating and speaking. Dry mouth can be caused by medications or an underlying problem, so it’s a good idea to have your aging relative checked out by a doctor … [Read more...]

Does Caffeine Affect Blood Pressure?

When you’re a family caregiver to an older adult with high blood pressure, you may put a lot of thought into what they eat. Of course, eating a heart healthy, low salt diet is important. But, how much thought do you give what they drink? It turns out that, for some people with high blood pressure, drinking caffeinated beverages may be a problem.   About Caffeine Caffeine is a … [Read more...]

How Can I Start My Aging Parent on Container Gardening?

Container gardening is ideal for seniors with mobility issues because it doesn’t require them to get close to the ground. There is also less bending, stooping, and full-body digging. Traditional gardening requires a lot of physical ability and strain, but many aging adults can be successful at container gardening, even those in wheelchairs. As long as they have some support and help from family … [Read more...]

We Loved Celebrating our Nurses this Month!

ICYMI: We Loved Celebrating our Nurses this Month! This May we enjoyed celebrating National Nurses Week! Each of our locations took time to honor our nurses in a special way! This included a little "Guess Who" fun with our Palm Beach team! With 4 million nurses registered in America, we loved the American Nurses Association's 2019 theme "4 million reasons to celebrate!" We celebrate the … [Read more...]

The Right Balance of Protein Helps Your Dad Stay Healthy

Falls can be devastating in older adults. One way to maintain balance and avoid falling is by keeping muscles strong and bones healthy. A lack of protein impacts both. One thing experts are finding is that a chronic health condition often impacts how well the body uses protein. If your dad has a chronic health condition, as the majority of aging adults do, is he getting enough protein? Chronic … [Read more...]

Four Fast Tips for Blasting Stress

Being a caregiver means dealing with stress. And sometimes that stress comes out of nowhere with the speed of light. Your responses to stress also need to come at the speed of light and they will if you practice. Rephrase What You’re Thinking Right Now When stress hits you right between the eyes your first thoughts are not going to be pretty. You can’t necessarily help that just yet, but … [Read more...]

Hearing Aid Care in Warm Weather

If your older relative uses a hearing aid, you may not think too much about it. Sure, it’s a handy device that improves their quality of life because it makes it possible for them to enjoy conversations. But, aside from occasionally changing the batteries, you may not give the care of a hearing aid much thought. However, there’s actually more to it than that. During warm weather, hearing aids need … [Read more...]

Are You Using Sunscreen Properly?

As a family caregiver, your parent's health and safety are at the top of your priority list. You take many steps throughout your care routine to support this, and one of the most important is making sure they wear sunscreen on a regular basis. While this might not be the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking about the ways you take care of them, it should be a part of your regular … [Read more...]

Four Ways to Get Better Sleep that Your Senior Might Not Consider

Getting better sleep is a big goal for so many aging adults. But if she hasn’t considered some of the things that she does while she’s awake, she might not be doing all that she can to get that quality sleep that she needs. Get Out in the Sun and Commune with Nature Getting outside and enjoying nature, whether that’s on a hiking trail or in a park down the street, is a crucial part of … [Read more...]

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