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Attention Seniors: Enjoy a Better Night’s Rest Using These Tips

It’s a fact that we simply feel more refreshed when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, and for adults of all ages that means 7 to 9 hours daily. For those over age 65, getting a better night's rest improves memory, sharpens alertness, speeds up healing, and provides more energy.

By | June 18th, 2018|Categories: Quality of Life|Tags: , , , , , |

How to Prevent, Detect & Treat Dehydration in Aging Adults

Dehydration can occur at any age, with seniors being more at risk than other adults. This article summarizes the role of fluid in our bodies, and the effects of aging on fluid balance. It then provides you with tips for preventing your parent from becoming dehydrated. You’ll read about signs of dehydration in aging adults and treatment for those who need extra help to return to a healthy fluid balance.

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: Meals and Nutrition|Tags: , , , , |

At-Home Entertainment Ideas for Seniors

Many seniors today are choosing to age in place within their own homes with the support of their families. At some point, however, the aging process simply makes it too hard for seniors to get out and participate in activities like they once did. When a senior becomes homebound, excessive sleep or television viewing is [...]

By | May 28th, 2018|Categories: Life Expectancy|Tags: , , |

Signs Your Elderly Mother is Depressed

While growing up your mom was always there to lift your spirits when you were feeling down. Ever since your dad passed away, you’ve noticed that your mother just doesn’t seem to have the same twinkle in her eye or outgoing demeanor that she used to. It’s harder to get her to engage in conversation, [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Depression & Mental Health|Tags: , , |

Helping Your Aging Parents Manage Their Finances

The last few times you’ve stopped by your elderly parents’ home you’ve noticed a pile of unopened mail on their dining room table, and that several of the envelopes were stamped with “payment due” on the outside. Lately your mom and dad have also been complaining about bill collectors harassing them on the phone. What [...]

By | May 14th, 2018|Categories: Elder Abuse & Scams|Tags: , |

Hiring a Private Caregiver: Must-Know Questions & Answers 

Many families today are turning to private in-home caregivers for their aging parents instead of placing them in long-term care facilities. Private in-home care allows seniors to age in place with dignity and independence within the comfort of their own home. The two available paid caregiver options are hiring an independent contractor directly or going [...]

Pick-Me-Ups for Tired Caregivers

At some point, roughly 1 in 3 American adults will serve as caregivers for another family member, usually an aging parent. Being a caregiver is highly rewarding, but as time progresses the added responsibilities can be tiring. When a caregiver gets worn down, they can experience physical and mental fatigue, and later health and relationship [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Categories: Caregiver Wellness & Tips|Tags: , , |

Caregiver’s Tip: Coping with Dementia on Outings

Being a caregiver for someone who has dementia brings with it many challenges. One of these challenges is navigating public situations. The increased confusion and personality changes that often accompany dementia can make social situations stressful both for the person who has dementia and for caregivers. This can increase feelings of social isolation and caregiver [...]

The Challenges of Early Onset Alzheimer’s

This article about challenges associated with early onset Alzheimer’s focuses on information that families need to have when a diagnosis is likely or has just been made. The responses to each question offer an overview for planning next steps. What is Early Onset Alzheimer’s? Early onset Alzheimer’s begins when a person is younger than 65, [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Alzheimer's & Dementia|Tags: , |

Transitioning Mom’s Care: How to Make a Smooth Shift

As our parents age, we face a variety of new situations and challenges. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the number and complexity of decisions and daily tasks to be completed. We may also face limitations in our ability to care for our parents in their home, whether these be physical challenges, financial pressures, [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|Categories: Senior Care Advice|Tags: , |

Does My Family Need Home Care?

Overview of Family Caregivers in the U.S. A joint study between the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP estimated that over 34 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the past 12 months. And while millions sacrifice careers and personal ambitions in order to dedicate themselves to the [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Senior Care Advice|Tags: , , |

Tips on Dealing With the Grief When a Loved One is in Hospice Care

The word ‘grief’ can be quite personal. The meaning of grief for each person is defined by past experiences. Personal losses and life-altering tragedies, even those of long ago, affect today’s grieving process. Each past loss leaves its own memory, be it now faded or still raw with pain. The Hospice Foundation of America describes [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: Hospice & End of Life|Tags: , |

First In Care is Hosting a Food Drive with The Food Bank of Manatee

Do you know the look of hunger? Most of the time, it is difficult to see. Yet, 43% of households in Manatee County are living below the poverty level. One out of seven adults and one out of four children are food insecure, which means they do not have consistent access to adequate food. With [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Categories: Community Involvement|Tags: , , |

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Serving as a part or full-time caregiver for aging relatives is highly-rewarding, but on the flip-side it can be tiring and stressful. For example, you may be providing some daily care needs for one or both of your elderly parents, and you want to offer them the same attentive nurturing they showed you growing up. [...]

Urinary Tract Infections in Seniors: The Risks and How they Differ

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common in elders than in younger people, and symptoms vary for older people. This article reviews structure of the urinary tract; its changes as we age; risk factors and signs of a UTI; and prevention strategies, including the benefits of professional caregivers. The Urinary Tract: Its structure and age-related [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Senior Care Advice|Tags: , , |

How do I Find a Professional Caregiver?

Your aging parent has finally reached the point where they need some in-home care, and you’ve tried to step in and provide the nurturing assistance they need. Unfortunately, with everything else on your plate it’s starting to physically and emotionally wear you down. At this time you’re considering a professional caregiver for your mom or [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Categories: Senior Care Advice|Tags: , , |

Adapting to the Changing Needs of Your Elderly Parents

Parents provide nurturing and love to their children as they transition into adulthood. But one day you wake up and the roles are reversed. Most families eventually have to face the stark reality that their elderly parents are experiencing declining health due to aging. Balancing your elderly loved one’s diminishing health with their independence and [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: Caregiver Wellness & Tips|Tags: , , , |

Receiving Home Care Services During Hospice

When a family member is diagnosed with limited life expectancy, he or she often has a strong desire to spend the final days in the comfort of home. However, caring for a loved one at the end of life can be emotionally challenging and physically exhausting. First In Care Home Health Agency can support you [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Hospice & End of Life|Tags: , , |

Making Family Visits Pleasant and Safe for the Elderly

Visiting your aging family members is important for their physical and emotional well being. Remaining connected with family decreases social isolation and improves health outcomes. Yet, family visits can be challenging. Complicated dynamics, busy lives, and changing roles are things all families face. With a bit of planning and thoughtfulness, family visits can be less [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Aging in Place as a Family|Tags: , , , |

How to Avoid the Perils of Going Home After a Hospital Stay

Getting the news that you’ll be heading home from the hospital can be a big relief at first. Recovering from an injury or illness in your own home is, for the most part, a much more comfortable experience than it is in the hospital. Unfortunately, the reality of leaving the hospital is that you’ll be [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Senior Care Advice|Tags: , , , |

How Humor Helps the Elderly

Humor is enjoyed among people of all ages, but it turns out it’s particularly healthy for the elderly. That’s because laughter can prevent certain medical conditions for which older people tend to be at risk. Of course, not all senior citizens are aware of how helpful humor can be. That’s why their younger family members [...]

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: Senior Living|

Join Us at the Manatee County Caregiver Forum – November 9th, 2017

There are few challenges in life more difficult and rewarding than providing care for a loved one. The Manatee County Caregiver Forum has been established to recognize and celebrate caregivers and promote self care through motivational and inspirational speakers, provide education and practical tips in varied areas of care giving and attempt to define services [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Community Involvement|

See the Lighter Side of Life: Humor and Laugh Therapy

Humor / Laugh Therapy Benefits of Humor and Laugh Therapy Promotes Psychological Well-being & Improves Quality of Life Improves Relationships Builds Group Identity & Solidarity Enhances Mental Functioning & Memory Reduce Stress, Tension, Anxiety & Counteracts Depressive Systems Exercises & Relaxes Muscles Improves Respiration & Circulation Increases Immune System Defense Elevates Pain [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Community Involvement|

First In Care Raises Money for 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

First In Care Home Health Agency, a leading senior home care provider serving Manatee County, Florida, is raising funds for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's being held on October 21, 2017 in Bradenton, Florida. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Categories: Community Involvement|Tags: |