Have You Heard These Myths About ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition which affects the way that nerves and muscles function. Approximately 20,000 people in the United States have ALS, but despite its prevalence, it’s not a disease people are very familiar with. In fact, there are a number of myths surrounding the disease. If you have an aging family member with ALS, here are some myths and … [Read more...]

Make Sure Your Dad’s Getting in His 2,000 Steps Each Day

In BioMed Central's “How Many Steps/Day Are Enough? For Older Adults and Special Populations,” the authors look into the target numbers for seniors. After studying numerous reports, they summarized that healthy older adults should get at least 2,000 steps in every day. The more walking the seniors in the studies did, the better their overall health. You want your dad's mobility and balance … [Read more...]

Activa Superheroes Using their Super Powers to Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease!

On Sunday November 12, 2017 the staff of Activa Home Health took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease in Boca Raton, Florida.   *photography courtesy of @kavedigital … [Read more...]

What to Expect During Recovery from Cancer Surgery

Learning that your aging parent needs surgery to treat cancer is unnerving, to say the least. Of course, you worry about their prognosis. But, you might also be wondering what happens after surgery. How will your parent feel? What kinds of side effects should you watch out for? What can you do to make recovery easier? To ease your worries, the best thing you can do is to learn as much as possible … [Read more...]

National Gratitude Month: 30 Ways to Show Gratitude

November is National Gratitude Month and it is an excellent time to take stock of your life and realize the many things you have to be thankful for. With the hustle and bustle of regular life, plus the additional duties of caring for an elderly relative, it’s easy for you to operate on survival mode and overlook ways to show gratitude to others. Being a family caregiver is both rewarding and … [Read more...]

Effective Solutions for Alzheimer’s Biggest Challenges

When your mom or dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, challenges occur with even the simplest tasks. Things you never expected to be challenging present amazing hurdles. Here are some of the challenges you'll face. Haircuts. A haircut can be a traumatic event for someone with Alzheimer's. Fear of a new person blends with fear of the entire process. You might find your mom or dad pushing … [Read more...]

Activa Home Health Selected as a Top Home Health Agency

Activa Home Health is proud to announce selection as one of the top home health agencies in the United States! See the full press release HERE. See the certificate HERE. … [Read more...]

Can Home Care Help a Senior with Mobility Issues Feel More Confident?

Mobility issues are very common among elderly adults, but this does not mean that they do not impact your loved one and their quality of life. In fact, facing mobility issues can lead to not only physical dangers and hazards that threaten their health and safety, but also their mental and emotional health. Especially if they have already suffered a fall or other accident related to their mobility … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Help your Mom Through a Cold

The CDC states that the average adult becomes infected with the common cold two or three times each year. As it's a virus, there's little that can be done to quickly cure it. If your mom develops a cold, there are things you can do to help her handle the symptoms. Make Sure She Drinks Plenty of Fluids. Drinking lots of water, herbal tea, juice, and seltzer help with hydration. It also … [Read more...]

Three Things Adult Children Wish Someone Told Them About Alzheimer’s Care

Your dad's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was okay for the first few years, but his abilities are declining now. You've decided to save money and work with your siblings to provide the care he needs. Are you really ready for all it entails? Here are three things adult children wish they knew in advance. 1. Anger and Resentment Are Bound to Appear. Your dad is upset with the … [Read more...]