What Home Care Can Do to Help Seniors with Heart Conditions

When an older adult learns they have a heart condition, it can sometimes feel like a death sentence. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are many lifestyle changes that can help them to achieve better heart health and continue living an active and productive life. While making lifestyle changes can be hard, home care can be an excellent support system for seniors with heart disease. Below are … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Hire Home Care Providers

You might think that because you’re a caregiver, you have to do it all on your own. But that’s a dangerous mindset and you’re missing out on some big benefits that help with caregiving can offer. Your Senior Can Stay in Her Home For most aging adults, the biggest goal on their list is to stay at home for as long as possible. Working with home care providers allows your elderly family member … [Read more...]

Myths That Might Keep Your Parent From Becoming an Organ Donor

Each day nearly 100 people in the United States receives an organ transplant and thousands more benefit from tissue donations such as corneas and skin. There are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list to receive an organ donation, but many will die before a proper match is found. Unfortunately, there are many myths that keep people from signing up to be organ donors. By going over these … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize the risks your senior faces and to be prepared for the changes they may undergo as they age. Not only can this help you to better understand your loved one and support them, but it also allows you to create a care approach that helps them stay safe and healthy while coping with the issues they face. Low … [Read more...]

What Are the Activities of Daily Living?

Activities of daily living, called ADLs for short, are a way for you and for your senior’s medical team to determine how independent she truly is. These ADLs can help you to gauge when your elderly family member needs more help and the type of help she needs. Feeding Herself. Cooking may be difficult or consume too much of your elderly family member’s energy, but feeding herself is … [Read more...]

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...]