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The Scoop: News & Blog

The Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward story continues to evolve, and we’re excited to share with you all the ways we’re growing our mission! As we regularly add chapters to our beautiful care narrative, we invite you to check in often for our latest blogs, news and tips on how we’re Bringing Love into the lives of Seniors with Dignity and Respect®.

Five Thoughtful Ways for Seniors to Provide Support and Recognition on Memorial Day

Seniors Helping Seniors® 25 May 2024

Every year, on the last Monday of May, citizens celebrate Memorial Day to honor the brave US service members who sacrificed their lives for our country. It’s an impactful opportunity to remember and appreciate their selflessness and dedication.

Initially known as Decoration Day, this observance originated in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Every year, communities would gather to honor fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and tokens of appreciation. This tradition continues to inspire us today.

Declared as a federal holiday in 1971, Memorial Day has evolved into a day of remembrance for all US service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. Americans across the country are encouraged to take a moment to reflect on their bravery, courage, and dedication to our freedom.

As we draw closer to this significant day, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team would like to help you embrace its spirit of reflection, unity, and gratitude. We have put together a list of ways that seniors pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and cherish the memories they have left behind.

Keep reading to discover Memorial Day events, volunteer opportunities, and other heartfelt ways for seniors to show their support.

Meaningful Ways to Honor Heroes

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, a time for picnics, laughter, and cherished moments with family. However, for seniors, it’s also a chance to pause and reflect on the real significance of this significant day.

Amid your Memorial Day celebrations, consider taking a moment to incorporate some meaningful activities that honor the brave heroes who sacrificed everything for our country. Whether it’s attending a local memorial event, volunteering at a veteran organization, or simply taking a moment of silence, seniors can find beautiful ways to pay tribute to the brave souls who have made our freedom possible.

To help you create an impactful day, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team has compiled a selection of heartfelt Memorial Day activities that are perfect for seniors. Plus, most of these activities can be done right from the comfort of home with help from a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver.

Attend a Local Memorial Day Event

Check if there are any local Memorial Day parades, ceremonies, or memorial services happening nearby. Attending these local events is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with your community and honor our military heroes.

Need a ride to a local Memorial Day event? Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can provide transportation around town – all you have to do is ask!

Write Personalized Letters to Veterans

Support Veterans this Memorial Day by writing letters or cards expressing your gratitude. Personalized messages of thanks can be incredibly touching, and military personnel know that their service is appreciated.

Volunteer at an Event or Veteran Organization

Seniors can contribute their time by volunteering at veteran organizations, hospitals, or community events specifically dedicated to honoring Veterans on Memorial Day. It’s a great way to make a difference and show gratitude to those who have served.

Check out local Disabled American Veterans volunteer opportunities or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs you can volunteer with. You can also ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to help you find local organizations to volunteer with.

Donate

Seniors can make a difference on Memorial Day by donating to organizations that support Veterans, such as the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Legion. There are plenty of local Veteran organizations and groups you can support. These organizations also often host special programs on Memorial Day.

Participate in a Moment of Silence

For seniors who prefer to stay at home, observing the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day is a meaningful way to show respect for US service members who sacrificed their lives. This quiet moment of reflection allows seniors to honor the sacrifices made by our military heroes while staying connected to the commemorative spirit of the day from the safety and comfort of their homes.

How Seniors Helping Seniors® Supports Veterans

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services provides personalized care for the senior Veteran community beyond Memorial Day. Our ongoing support extends beyond a single day of remembrance. Through our care, we encourage heartfelt expressions of gratitude and ensure that the sacrifices of our military heroes are honored and remembered throughout every season.

Our caregivers understand the unique needs and cultural norms of Veterans. We create meaningful connections that encourage gratitude and aim to make a lasting impact in the lives of both seniors and veterans.

If you want to learn more about how our in-home care services can support you or a loved one, please get in touch with us today. We’re here to help.

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Older Americans Month: Top Senior-focused Tips for Healthy Aging at Home

Seniors Helping Seniors® 03 May 2024

This May, join the Seniors Helping Seniors® team in recognizing Older Americans Month. To celebrate, we want to share expert advice and tips to help seniors age healthily and happily at home. This article suggests simple lifestyle adjustments that make home life better for seniors.

Many older adults want to maintain independence in a familiar environment. Feeling comfortable and supported makes a huge difference. That’s why the Seniors Helping Seniors® family made this guide. Our simple tips can help seniors and their loved ones have a healthy and happy time at home as they grow older.

Read on for our easy-to-follow tips on living your best life at home during Older Americans Month and beyond.

What is Older Americans Month?

Older Americans Month is celebrated every May to appreciate the wonderful contributions and achievements of older Americans. This heartfelt observance, led by the Administration for Community Living, invites us to reflect on the challenges faced by seniors and ways we can promote their healthy aging.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Powered by Connection.” It focuses on the vital role of meaningful relationships in one’s well-being. The Seniors Helping Seniors® mission revolves around this concept. Keeping in touch with loved ones can become difficult as we age due to changes in our routines, health, or living arrangements. But staying social is key to living a happy, fulfilling life! That’s where having an in-home senior caregiver comes in. They can make a big difference in your overall well-being and help connect you with the people you care about.

Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers, who are seniors themselves, become close friends with their clients. This companionship brings so much joy and comfort to our seniors, and it leads to even better care. For seniors who want to remain at home in their golden years, our caregivers provide reliable support and a caring hand whenever they’re needed. With a compassionate caregiver, older adults can age in place with confidence.

Benefits of Remaining at Home

When it comes to deciding where to live as you get older, there are a variety of options available. While nursing homes or assisted living facilities may suit some, others may prefer to stay in their homes or communities for as long as possible. This concept of “aging in place” empowers seniors to maintain a sense of independence and comfort in a familiar setting. Creating an environment that caters to physical, emotional, and social needs is essential to make this happen with in-home care resources to assist you along the way.

Tips For Aging in Place

  • Prioritize Home Safety:Assess your living environment for any potential safety hazards and make the necessary changes, like adding grab bars, removing tripping hazards, and ensuring that you have proper lighting. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home caregivers are amazing helpers who can make your home safer. Lean on them so you can relax and enjoy your time at home without worrying about any safety concerns.
  • Improve Accessibility: Adjust furniture placement or install ramps to make the home more accessible. Your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can provide mobility aids and support to help you or your loved one maneuver their home more efficiently.
  • Simplify Your To-Do List: Call in for extra support if household chores are piling up. Our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can lend a hand with light cleaning, home maintenance, and repairs so you can have a cozy and safe living space.
  • Get On-the-Go Assistance: An in-home senior caregiver can offer rides to appointments, run errands, or socialize. Your caregiver would happily arrange transportation services or accompany them on these outings.
  • Stay Connected: Make sure to participate in social activities. A Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can join you and accompany you to community events or help you connect with others virtually. Having a reliable friend can help combat loneliness and improve overall well-being.

The Seniors Helping Seniors® Difference

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services can make a significant difference in the lives of older adults. By providing support that focuses on safety, accessibility, simplified tasks, on-the-go assistance, and social connections, seniors can truly thrive in their own homes. With the help of Seniors Helping Seniors®’s kind and compassionate caregivers, aging in place becomes not just manageable but enjoyable. As we celebrate Older Americans Month, let’s prioritize the well-being and happiness of our seniors and ensure they age with comfort, independence, and a strong sense of community.

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Spring Fever: Seven Seniors Helping Seniors® Allergy Management Tips for Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors® 17 Apr 2024

April showers bring May flowers… and a dusting of pollen. While we welcome the arrival of warmer days and sunny skies, many Seniors Helping Seniors® clients face symptoms from springtime allergies. As we age, weakened immune systems or pre-existing health conditions can make older adults more vulnerable to allergies. With the allergy season peaking in April, symptoms like congestion, itchiness, and sneezing often come in full swing. If you’ve been struck by spring fever this year, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team wants to help. In this blog, we’ll review seven senior-focused tips for navigating the allergy season. Keep reading to discover our best advice for enjoying the beauty of spring while minimizing the annoying symptoms of allergies.

Springtime Allergy Season

Colorful flowers, lush leaves, and warm sunshine beckon seniors to venture outside and enjoy the natural spring beauty. However, with all the new growth comes an increase in tree, grass, and weed pollen that can lead to itchy eyes and stuffy noses for many people. Spring weather can also be unpredictable, with fluctuations in temperature and precipitation affecting pollen levels and worsening allergy symptoms. The Seniors Helping Seniors® family cares about your well-being this spring, and we encourage you to take necessary precautions to protect yourself from excess pollen exposure.

Many seniors, especially those with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or cardiovascular issues, experience more severe and prolonged allergic reactions. Persistent symptoms may interfere with daily activities, sleep, and overall well-being. The Seniors Helping Seniors® team wants to ensure you enjoy the beautiful weather this spring. Below, you’ll find our best tips for managing seasonal allergies.

 

Monitor Pollen Levels

Pollen levels can change quite a bit throughout the day, depending on various external factors. But don’t worry! Local weather forecasts and other online references make it easy to keep track of pollen levels. When pollen counts are high, limiting your time outdoors might be a good idea. If you need help accessing digital resources, your friendly and helpful Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can lend a hand!

 

Invest in an Air Purifier

Air purifying devices boost indoor air quality by clearing out airborne particles like pollen. They work wonders in refreshing rooms that often gather contaminants, leaving behind noticeably cleaner and fresher air. Adding one to your home is a simple and effective way to create a healthier environment for you and your loved ones.

 

Keep Windows Closed

While opening windows can bring in fresh air, it also invites pollen and allergens indoors. If you struggle with severe allergies, keeping cool with AC might be a better choice. And don’t hesitate to ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to help you tidy up those pollen-prone spots in your home. They’re here to support you in creating a comfortable and allergen-free environment.

 

Replace Air Filters in Your Home

It’s important to change the air filters in your home every three months. If it’s been a while since you last replaced them, spring is the perfect time to do so. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters offer extra protection against pollen and other contaminants. The extra shield helps maintain a healthier indoor environment for you all season long.

 

Wear Protective Clothing

Just as you’d apply sunblock before spending time under the sun, it’s important to take precautions to minimize pollen exposure during allergy season. Before going outside, put on a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a pollen mask for added protection. And after enjoying the outdoors, don’t forget to take a shower to wash away any lingering pollen from your skin and hair.

 

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water each day offers numerous health benefits. It not only keeps you hydrated but also helps flush out pollen and other pollutants from your system, easing allergy symptoms such as dry throat and nasal congestion. Don’t forget to carry a reusable water bottle with you — it’s a simple way to stay hydrated and feel your best throughout the day.

Consult a Healthcare Professional

If you’re experiencing severe symptoms that you can’t manage at home, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. They can prescribe allergy medication to help ease the effects of pollen and other irritants. If you need transportation to your appointment, your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver would be more than happy to give you a ride.

Spring brings a sense of renewal and promise with longer days and warmer temperatures. The Seniors Helping Seniors® family understands how vital it is for seniors to embrace this rejuvenating season without the burden of seasonal allergies holding them back. We hope this guide has offered valuable insights to help you navigate and manage pollen exposure this spring. Remember, our compassionate Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are here for you, ready to provide the caring support you need to enjoy every moment of this special season.

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The Transformative Benefits of In-Home Occupational Therapy for Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors® 02 Apr 2024

Celebrated each April, National Occupational Therapy Month recognizes the valuable contributions of this specialized form of healthcare. While Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services provide daily support for those we serve, occupational therapy is another method that helps seniors maintain their independence. In this Seniors Helping Seniors® blog, we’ll review the field of occupational therapy and explore the ways it can enhance the lives of seniors. Keep reading to learn more about National Occupational Therapy Month and the holistic advantages your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can help provide and practice.

Ways Occupational Therapy Benefits Seniors at Home

 Before we dive into the many ways occupational therapy can help the senior community, let’s talk more about what occupational therapy is. Occupational therapy is an evidence-based, skilled treatment that uses activities of daily living (ADLs) to help individuals achieve personal independence. Occupational therapists undergo extensive training to assess seniors’ capabilities and develop individualized treatment plans that improve their independence and overall well-being.

By focusing on everyday tasks, occupational therapy practices can guide seniors in reclaiming their autonomy and mobility. Whether recuperating from injury, managing chronic illness, or adapting to age-related changes, many seniors find valuable support in occupational therapy. Below are a few ways that it can enhance the quality of life for seniors as they age in place.

Improves Independence and Quality of Life

As we age, everyday tasks that once seemed effortless can become more challenging. Simple activities like brushing your teeth, doing laundry, or moving around your home may require extra effort. Through targeted exercises and muscle retraining, occupational therapy can help you safely regain confidence in your mobility. Reclaiming control over your body’s movement restores a sense of independence, which can contribute to a more positive outlook on life.

Prevents Falls and Injuries

Occupational therapy incorporates muscle-strengthening exercises and gait training to improve stability and minimize the risk of falls in older adults. This training, combined with other efforts to safety-proof seniors’ homes, creates a safe and supportive environment that promotes mobility, independence, and well-being.

Manages Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

Chronic conditions often related to aging can profoundly impact seniors’ quality of life and their ability to carry out daily activities. Occupational therapists step in to provide valuable support through adaptive strategies and effective pain management techniques. These methods help seniors learn to navigate the limitations of long-term health conditions, allowing them to preserve their independence and overall well-being.

Provides Cognitive Stimulation

Practicing occupational therapy can help improve cognitive abilities that may have declined or become impaired. This might include participating in activities at home that boost memory, like solving puzzles, playing word games, sequencing tasks, and practicing exercises that promote attention.

The Seniors Helping Seniors® team loves watching our clients thrive, whether through the assistance of our caregivers or with the help of other senior-focused services. Occupational therapy provides seniors with comprehensive, personalized support that addresses their physical, cognitive, emotional, and environmental needs, enabling them to maintain independence and dignity as they age. This National Occupational Therapy Month, set aside some time to discover how this practice could benefit you or your senior loved one; it’s one more way that Seniors Helping Seniors® clients can stay active, engaged, and brimming with independence in the golden years!

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Unlock Financial Independence with Seven Expert Budgeting Tips for Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors® 19 Mar 2024

Seniors, it’s time to make every dollar count and thrive financially with our Seniors Helping Seniors® exclusive budgeting tips. In today’s rapidly evolving economic landscape, seniors in the southern region must manage their finances wisely, to ensure a comfortable and stable future. In this blog, we will explore various practical strategies and resources. From taking advantage of senior discounts offered at grocery stores to utilizing budgeting apps and automating savings, we’ll cover all the essentials. Whether you’re looking to extend your retirement savings, protect your investments, or explore sustainable energy solutions such as solar panels, our guide is here to help. Join us as we embark on a journey to empower seniors with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Keep reading and let’s dive in!

Shop Smarter at the Grocery Store

Many popular grocery stores offer senior discounts that can help you save money on your food and household item purchases. By taking advantage of these discounts, you can reduce overall expenses and stretch your money further. Your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver is happy to help you develop a meal plan that maximizes your weekly grocery budget.

Take Advantage of Free or Low-Cost Community Resources

As a senior citizen, you have access to a range of free or low-cost community resources and services that can help you stay active and engaged while saving money. These local resources include senior centers, meal delivery programs, transportation services, and recreational activities. By taking advantage of these community resources, you can maintain a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle without putting a strain on your finances.

Look for Senior Discounts

Keep your eye out for senior retail discounts, particularly at chain restaurants and fast-food establishments. Many restaurants often offer special menus or discounts for seniors. Also, retailers offer ongoing discounts for seniors on various merchandise. By actively seeking out and utilizing these discounts, seniors can enjoy affordable dining options and savings on essential purchases, making their money go further without sacrificing convenience or quality.

Use a Budgeting App to Track Expenses

Discover the ease of managing your monthly expenses with user-friendly budgeting apps. These handy digital tools simplify tracking across categories like groceries, utilities, transportation, and entertainment. If you’re not tech-savvy, your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can assist you in setting up the app, inputting data, and understanding your financial insights. Together, you can navigate your finances with confidence, ensuring a clearer understanding of your spending habits and empowering informed decisions for a brighter financial future!

Automate Savings and Bill Payments

Simplify your finances by setting up automatic transfers from your checking to savings account and automating bill payments. Automating payments is a straightforward process that you can quickly arrange online by visiting your bank’s web portal or your biller’s website. You’ll be able to choose the frequency and payment date. This is a hassle-free way to stay on top of your bills and avoid late fees and penalties.

Get a Helping Hand from Your Seniors Helping Seniors® Caregiver

If you’re looking for some help managing your finances, turn to your Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home caregiver. They know plenty of tricks to save you money, from finding discounts to tapping into government programs and community resources. Together, you and your caregiver can come up with a budget that works for you, so you can worry less and enjoy life more.

Install Solar Panels

Take advantage of the sunshine by installing solar panels to reduce energy costs over the long term. Solar energy systems can harness this renewable resource to generate electricity for your home. By investing in solar panels, you not only decrease your reliance on traditional energy sources but also contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, many areas offer incentives, rebates, and tax credits for solar panel installations, making it an even more financially attractive option.

As you reach your golden years, it’s crucial to take control of your finances. This guide provides valuable tips and strategies to help seniors budget better and save more money. Navigating finances can be overwhelming — that’s where our dedicated Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers step in. With their expertise and support, they can help you implement these strategies seamlessly into your daily routine. Together, you can develop a personalized financial plan that aligns with your goals and circumstances. The Seniors Helping Seniors® team is here to support you in confidently navigating the complexities of financial management and enjoying peace of mind, knowing that your bank balance is secure.

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National Sleep Week 2024: Improve Sleep Quality with These Six Senior Helping Seniors® Bedtime Strategies

Seniors Helping Seniors® 10 Mar 2024

How did you sleep last night? The Seniors Helping Seniors® family is celebrating National Sleep Awareness Week from March 10th to March 16th. It’s an excellent opportunity to reflect on your habits and consider any adjustments you can make to enhance the quality of your sleep.

A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in how you feel the next day — especially for seniors. It’s like hitting the reset button for your body and mind. Undisturbed sleep allows you to recover from the day, leading to improved cognitive function, better mood regulation, and a strengthened immune system. However, achieving a peaceful night’s rest becomes increasingly difficult with age.

Sleep patterns can change as you get older, leaving many seniors tossing and turning instead of snoozing peacefully. Environmental and psychological factors can also make falling asleep and staying asleep challenging. Do you find yourself counting sheep every night? The Seniors Helping Seniors® team is here to lend a hand. We’ve gathered six helpful tips to help you catch those Z’s. Keep reading to find out how to start sleeping better and wake up feeling rejuvenated every morning!

Establish a Bedtime Routine

It’s much easier to fall asleep once your mind and body know it’s bedtime. Create a consistent wind-down routine to signal that it’s time to relax and prepare for sleep. Try incorporating activities such as reading, gentle stretching, or meditation to help calm your mind and prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep. Your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can help incorporate these relaxing techniques into your home assistance.

Limit Screen Time Before Bed

Take devices out of your bedtime routine. The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and computers can stimulate your brain, hindering the natural production of melatonin in your body. Try to unplug and disconnect from screens at least one hour before bedtime.

Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment

Everyone hates waking up with a crick in their neck. Investing in a better mattress and supportive pillows can prevent discomfort and pains. Your bedding also makes an impact on the quality of your sleep. Consider the material and feel of your sheets; you want a fabric that will keep you at a comfortable temperature all night.

Limit Daytime Naps

As tempting as it is to take a cat nap in the afternoon, be mindful that longer or more frequent naps can throw off your nightly sleep routine. Keep your naps short and sweet, around 20-30 minutes, and schedule them earlier in the day. This way, you can still enjoy a refreshing break without sacrificing your ability to get a good night’s rest.

Stay Active During the Day

Regular physical activity can help you sleep better. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise each day can benefit your overall health and well-being. Just be sure to avoid vigorous workouts right before bedtime, as it can be too stimulating.

Watch Your Diet

It’s important to pay attention to what you eat and drink, especially before going to bed. Consuming heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime can disrupt your sleep schedule. Consider switching to calming beverages like herbal tea or warm milk in the evening to help you fall asleep. If you need assistance with meal planning or adjusting your diet, your Seniors Helping Seniors® team is here to support you every step of the way.

Set Your Alarm for the Same Time

Consistency is key when it comes to establishing a healthy sleep routine. Your body thrives on regularity, so try to set a fixed wake-up time and stick to it, even on weekends or days off when sleeping in feels even more tempting.

If you still have trouble getting a good night’s sleep despite trying different methods, it might be time to seek expert guidance. Consulting with a sleep specialist or healthcare provider can provide personalized advice and treatment options tailored to your unique needs. They can also help identify any underlying sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome, that might affect your sleep quality. Your health and well-being are important, and your Seniors Helping Seniors® team is here to support you in getting the restful sleep you deserve.

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Spread Love & Kindness: 5 Ways To Recognize Seniors Helping Seniors® Caregivers

Seniors Helping Seniors® 23 Feb 2024

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there are no rules on when you can show gratitude toward those who matter most. Throughout the year, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services demonstrate that Love is in our Care®. We do this with heartfelt acts of service and compassion. Our caregivers work tirelessly to provide exceptional assistance to seniors nationwide, and we cannot thank them enough for their hard work!

To show our appreciation, we’ve compiled a list of five simple yet thoughtful ways to help you surprise your or your loved one’s Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. These ideas will allow you to acknowledge their commitment and show how much you value and appreciate their service.

1.      Write A Personalized Card

Crafting a tailored card is an easy but also profound way to express gratitude to your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. Write down specific instances in which they made a difference in your life and let them know how much you appreciate their dedication. Whether it’s store-bought or homemade, a heartfelt card can convey genuine emotions and make your caregiver feel truly valued on this special day.

2.      Give A Small Token Of Appreciation

Small gestures can leave a lasting impression, so consider giving your caregiver a thoughtful gift that reflects your gratitude. It could be something as simple as a handcrafted item, a personalized trinket, or a homemade sweet treat. These small tokens of appreciation are tangible reminders of how much you care, and they’ll make your caregiver feel cherished and recognized for their hard work.

3.      Plan A Friendly Outing

Spending quality time together outside of the home can be a great way to express your appreciation and foster a deeper connection with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. Plan a “friend date” where you can enjoy a casual lunch, a relaxing coffee break, or even a visit to a local attraction. By making plans to spend time together, you can connect personally and create joyous memories that strengthen your relationship.

4.      Make A Care Package

Assembling a thoughtful care package with items catering to your caregiver’s well-being is another way to show your gratitude. Include scented candles, soothing teas, or a cozy blanket to create a relaxing atmosphere. Or put together a basket with their favorite candies and treats! Make this care package even more meaningful by adding a personalized note expressing your thanks.

5.      Perform An Act Of Kindness

Finally, kind acts can be a powerful way to display your appreciation. Whether it’s extending a heartfelt compliment, brewing your caregiver’s favorite coffee, or planning an activity together at home, these small acts of kindness show that you recognize their hard work and want to make their day a little brighter.

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Boost Brainpower: Eight Seniors Helping Seniors® Games For Better Mental Agility

Seniors Helping Seniors® 17 Jan 2024

While physical fitness is crucial for seniors’ health, nurturing one’s mind is equally as important. Brain exercises enhance cognitive abilities, memory, and focus, similar to how diverse workouts target specific muscle groups. At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we understand the unique needs of our clients in the Northeast. That’s why we’ve gathered eight enjoyable memory games designed to improve mental skills and keep the mind agile. Read on to discover these delightful, brain-boosting activities and let’s play!

Jigsaw Puzzles

Solving jigsaw puzzles can enhance visual-spatial skills and improve problem-solving abilities. Connecting pieces of different shapes and colors tests patience and sharpens an individual’s eye for detail.

Simon Says

Playing Simon Says, a classic childhood game, encourages active listening and short-term memory. It’s a fun way to exercise one’s ability to follow instructions accurately while encouraging quick thinking and coordination. Partner up with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver and give it a try!

Trivia

Answering trivia questions is a great way for seniors to test their knowledge of different subjects, while also learning new facts and improving memory. Looking for a topic? Consider exploring the Northeast’s history, geography, and local culture. Challenge friends, family, or a caregiver to a few rounds and see who wins the title of ultimate trivia champ!

Crossword Puzzles or Sudoku

Completing crossword puzzles and Sudoku challenges vocabulary, logic, and problem-solving skills. Tricky brain teasers promote mental agility and are a delightful, accessible way to keep the mind sharp and active.

Word Recall

Word Recall is a fun game that involves remembering and reciting words. To start the game, pick a word. Next, each player takes turns adding a new word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. For example, if the first word is “apple,” the next could be “elephant,” and so on. This simple game is an engaging way to improve language processing and recall.

Chess or Checkers

Challenge a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to a game of chess or checkers! Strategy games demand critical thinking, planning, and foresight. Playing a few rounds hones analytical skills and enhances concentration and decision-making abilities — all from the comfort of home.

Name That Tune

How well do you or your senior loved one know your favorite songs? Our clients can test their music knowledge with this enjoyable recall game. To get started, have a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver play a few seconds of a song and try to guess the title and who sings it. Studies show that music can stimulate the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotion. Not to mention, hearing familiar tunes can also bring back positive feelings of nostalgia.

Memory Tray

Improve short-term memory using items found around the house. Participants will need a partner for this one — a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver makes the perfect teammate! Start by asking them to place some items on a tray or tabletop. Study the pieces for a minute or two and then have them remove the objects. Afterward, try to recall as many items as possible. This game is an interactive way to challenge attention, concentration, and visual-spatial abilities.

These memory games are specifically tailored to engage seniors, providing enjoyable moments of connection while challenging their minds. Activities like playing word games or testing analytical skills can boost brain function, improve cognitive skills, and enhance seniors’ overall mental acuity. When paired with Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, mental agility training enables seniors to live their golden years to the fullest potential, while staying connected to their community and their roots.

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Remembering 2023: Preserve The Year’s Cherished Moments With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

Seniors Helping Seniors® 18 Dec 2023

Every passing year leaves behind its own set of special memories. The Seniors Helping Seniors® family loves helping those we serve to reflect on the past and document its most meaningful parts. The result is a tangible keepsake showcasing our clients’ treasured moments and personal growth.

From scrapbooking, organizing digital files, and creating memory boxes to journaling and expressing through art, we’ll explore various ways to reflect on the past year’s experiences below. Whether looking to capture the significant events that brought joy or the small moments that warmed the heart, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can help you or a senior loved one create a beautiful picture of the year gone by.

Document Valued Moments in a Journal

Writing down thoughts, experiences, and emotions at the end of the year is a personal time capsule, providing a vivid account of cherished memories for seniors to revisit and reflect upon. Through journaling, you or a family member can remember highlights, challenges, and personal growth encountered throughout the year in a reflective and meaningful medium.

Capture Memories with Scrapbooking

Transform treasured memories into tangible keepsakes by creating a personalized scrapbook. Artistically compile photographs, mementos, written anecdotes, and other important items in a book or binder to share with loved ones. This creative outlet helps you reflect on your or your special senior’s life, showcasing the resilience, joy, and beauty in everyday experiences.

Create a Personal Time Capsule

Gather special items from the year, like souvenirs, letters, and trinkets, to make a curated collection of memories. It’s like a treasure chest full of important moments, stories, and emotions, enabling seniors to touch the past in a meaningful way.

Organize Digital Files

Thoughtfully arrange digital photos, videos, and documents to keep them safe and accessible. Sorting digital files can bring back beautiful moments and feelings from the past, eliciting happy memories whenever seniors need a little nostalgia.

Chart The Year’s Journey

Create a visual map or timeline of places visited, events attended, or experiences had during the year. This guide allows seniors to trace their journey, giving them a clear picture of the special moments they’ve cherished.

Express Memories with Art

Artistic endeavors like painting, drawing, or crafting let seniors creatively show their feelings and memories. Use different materials to make something unique and forever capture a favorite moment.

Share The Experience!

The only thing better than walking down memory lane is doing it with a good friend, like a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. No matter which method you or your loved one uses to document 2023, there are so many opportunities to share stories and form closer connections along the way! Whether it is a tale of triumph, disappointment, or a story that always gets a laugh, our caregivers love learning about the events that make our clients who they are.

As the year draws to a close, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team recognizes that the power of journaling, scrapbooking, and creating becomes ever more apparent. These aren’t just creative outlets; they’re time capsules of a year lived fully. As we turn the page to a new year, try implementing one of these creative avenues into your routine or that of a loved one. The moments captured today will build a legacy of memories for tomorrow!

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Stay Connected During the Holidays! Eight Essential Tech Tips for Seniors Helping Seniors® Clients

Seniors Helping Seniors® 02 Dec 2023

The holiday season calls for joy, celebration, and connection! Technology can help increase accessibility during this festive period; however, many seniors feel overwhelmed navigating the digital space. To help our clients stay active and engaged during the holiday season, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team has put together a handy guide with easy-to-follow tech tips designed to elevate every experience during this special time of year.

1.      Monitor Winter Weather with a Mobile App

Stay updated and ready for shifting weather in the Northeast by using a dependable weather app on your phone or mobile device. Monitor conditions and declining temperatures to organize your plans and prioritize safety throughout the winter months. Unsure about downloading apps? Reach out to a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver for assistance!

2.      Add Smart Devices to Your Home

Simplify your daily routine with smart devices like voice-activated assistants or smart thermostats. Voice-activated assistants help you stay on track during the holidays by tracking shipments, providing information, and setting reminders. Smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature of your home so you can be comfortable without lifting a finger.

3.      Connect with Faraway Loved Ones via Video Chat

Virtually celebrate with long-distance friends and family this holiday season through face-to-face video chats. User-friendly platforms make it easy to share festive moments, exchange stories, and express love despite the miles separating you. Ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to help you schedule a call.

4.      Try Online Holiday Shopping

Avoid crowds and long lines during the busy holiday season by shopping online from the comfort of home. Using the internet, you can effortlessly search websites for gifts, compare prices, and have items delivered directly to your doorstep.

5.      Send Personalized E-Cards to Friends and Family

Add a personal touch to your holiday greetings by sending customized e-cards. Express your warmth and well wishes digitally, selecting from various designs and messages to spread joy to family and friends.

6.      Schedule Medication Reminders on Your Devices

The hustle and bustle of the holidays make it easy to forget to take medications on time. Maintain your health regimen throughout the season by setting up medication reminders on your devices.

7.      Embrace the Festive Spirit with Online Music and Video Streaming

Set the holiday mood by streaming your favorite festive movies and songs. Music streaming platforms have millions of seasonal tunes to create a cheerful ambiance at home. You can also use video streaming platforms to find the perfect film for a holiday movie night.

8.      Arm Yourself Against Holiday Scams

Scammers frequently exploit the festive spirit, aiming to deceive seniors through fake charity appeals, bogus online shopping offers, or fraudulent calls posing as relatives in need. Remain vigilant and stay informed to safeguard your finances and personal information.

The Seniors Helping Seniors® family wants to help you stay connected, secure, and enjoy the season’s festivities. Whether checking the weather or video chatting with family, these tech tips make the holidays cozier and more convenient. Paired with the compassionate assistance of a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver, you’ll be set to savor a fun and safe holiday season!

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Sounds of the Season: Create the Perfect Autumn Playlist With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

Seniors Helping Seniors® 06 Nov 2023

Autumn represents change and reflection, making it the perfect backdrop for seniors to embrace the therapeutic benefits of music. During this transformative season, sentimental and nostalgic feelings often arise. Creating an uplifting fall song playlist can be a cathartic way to express emotions. In this blog post, we explore music’s profound impact on seniors’ emotional, physical, and social well-being. Continue reading for a few Seniors Helping Seniors® recommendations on curating an inspiring autumn soundtrack.

Explore The Power Of Music

Music therapy, a method of using music to promote well-being, is a powerful tool for seniors in the autumn. The practice uses musical elements, such as sound, rhythm, melody, and lyrics, to facilitate personal growth. Music’s ability to evoke emotions and memories is particularly influential this time of year.

Listening to mindfully chosen melodies provides plenty of benefits for the senior community. These might include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved mood
  • Stimulated cognitive function

In addition, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can use elements of music therapy to foster social interaction, communication, and self-expression, contributing to a holistic approach to in-home senior care.

Introducing music therapy into your autumn routine can be as simple as curating a playlist that mirrors the season’s essence. You can make a compilation by jotting down your favorite songs, hand-picking albums from your record collection, creating a custom CD, or digitally organizing your songs on a music streaming platform. Whichever method you choose, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are ready to provide their support. Below, we’ve outlined four different categories and inventive ideas to guide you in creating an ideal fall-themed playlist.

1.      Let Emotions Lead

Autumn’s emotional depth can be your guide when curating a playlist. Consider a mood or feeling you want to evoke and choose resonant songs. For a joyful tone, go for lively tracks with optimistic lyrics and cheerful melodies. Alternatively, select songs with slower beats and contemplative themes for a more reflective sound.

2.      Stick to a Genre

Add thematic structure to your playlist by focusing on a singular genre. Select a style that resonates with the season’s mood. Consider genres like folk for a cozy, reflective ambiance or classic rock for a more celebratory feel.

3.      Pick a Topic

Base your playlist on an autumn-related topic. Whether it’s songs about cozy nights around a bonfire or the beauty of falling leaves, concentrating on fall subjects allows for a playlist with a consistent theme tailored to the unique aspects of the season.

4.      Stay on Beat

Mirror your autumn mood through your playlist’s tempo. Include slower, melodic tunes for reflection and introduce faster beats for celebration. Focusing on musical rhythm creates a dynamic soundtrack for your fall routine.

Crafting a themed playlist during autumn can be a simple and enriching experience. Listening to music that evokes certain feelings, whether through a singular genre, specific song topics, or precise musical rhythm, can stimulate seniors to connect with feelings that arise in the fall. No matter your musical preferences, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can help you find harmonious notes for an introspective autumn soundtrack.

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Break the Ice: 5 Fun Questions To Help You Get To Know Your Seniors Helping Seniors® Caregiver

Seniors Helping Seniors® 19 Oct 2023

The Seniors Helping Seniors® family takes pride in facilitating meaningful, lasting connections between caregivers, clients, and families. We base our mission around the importance of forming a positive relationship between those giving and receiving in-home senior care.

Strong, trust-based comradery contributes to an efficient, fulfilling, and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. So this month, let’s make it a point to get to know one another a little better!

The Benefits of a Positive Client-Caregiver Relationship

As dedicated companions, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers add moments of joy to each day. Fostering a deep connection offers countless benefits to physical and mental well-being. Once you feel comfortable around your caregiver, their presence can alleviate stress and anxiety surrounding your or your loved one’s in-home care.

A strong bond provides emotional support and instills a sense of belonging as well. As with any friendship, it’ll take time to get to know your caregiver. However, inquiring about their life and uncovering their personality is an easy-going way to become close.

The Purpose of Asking Questions

Giving your caregiver a friendly “3rd degree” helps improve communication skills and encourages them – and you – to open up. After all, sharing details about yourself is often easier when both parties are participating in the conversation! This dynamic exchange can lead to better understanding, reduced stress, and a more personalized care experience.

As you know, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services makes pairing caregivers and clients with similar interests and backgrounds a priority, so our caregivers often have plenty in common with those we serve. Who knows what similarities you can uncover with a few fun-loving questions! Enjoyable conversations form the foundation of a strong bond, and provide an endless array of meaningful topics to explore.

Ready to get started? Here are five lighthearted questions Seniors Helping Seniors® clients can ask their caregivers for a deeper friendship.

Question 1: Did you or your family have any traditions growing up? What were they?

This question encourages your caregiver to share cherished memories and customs that have been passed down. You’ll be able to glimpse into their cultural heritage, upbringing, and the bonds they share within their family.

Whether it’s a holiday tradition, a special family ritual, or a unique celebration, this question evokes meaningful stories from their past, fostering a deeper connection and understanding between you and your caregiver.

Question 2: Is there a book, movie, or song that holds a special place in your heart? Why is it important to you?

Preferences in literature, cinema, and music are often deeply rooted in our emotions and personal experiences. This question encourages your caregiver to share their artistic tastes along with the feelings, memories, and life events associated with it. Discussions about art, music, and literature can give you insight on the unique perspectives that shape your caregiver’s character.

Question 3: What is the most treasured item you own and what’s the story behind it?

Personal possessions frequently carry sentimental value and powerful memories. By inquiring about their most cherished belongings, you invite your caregiver to share the emotions, experiences, and stories attached to the physical object.

This question opens a window into their past, allowing them to reminisce about meaningful moments or relationships that have shaped their life. In turn, you’re able to gain a deeper understanding of their values, attachments, and what brings them joy.

Question 4: What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to, and why did you love it?

One’s choice of a favorite travel destination often reveals personal preferences, interests, and the experiences that have left a lasting impact. Asking this question to your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can lead to engaging conversations about cities, cultures, landscapes, and funny moments on the road. Their response reveals their unique experiences and perspectives that have contributed to their personal growth and worldview.

Question 5: Is there anything specific you’d like to know about me or my life?

Friendship is a two-way street; sharing is just as important as asking! Opening yourself up demonstrates your willingness to create a reciprocal connection. It encourages your caregiver to get to know you better, creating a space for deeper conversations and mutual understanding. You never know, they may surprise you with the fun questions they ask!

Watching our caregivers and clients form quick and lasting connections is one of the most rewarding aspects of our in-home senior care. It’s also one of the many ways we provide assistance that feels less like a service, more like getting a little help from your friends®! Ultimately, the act of asking questions, along with the genuine exchange of stories and insights, lies at the heart of our mission to provide not just care but also lasting connections and joy every day.

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Get Festive this Fall! 3 Mess-Free, Seniors Helping Seniors® Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving

Seniors Helping Seniors® 07 Oct 2023

Crafting beautiful and festive pumpkins doesn’t have to involve sharp tools and a big mess to clean up. For seniors in the Heartland looking for an orderly and safer way to decorate their fall gourds, the Seniors Helping Seniors® family has gathered a range of creative options that promise all the charm of pumpkin decoration without the fuss.

In this article, we’ll explore accessible hands-on crafts that allow seniors to showcase their creativity, embrace the season, and make beautiful decorations to display at home. Keep reading for a list of fun, pumpkin carving alternatives every senior in the Heartland can do this autumn!

Painting

You don’t have to be an expert artist to create a fall masterpiece. With a palette of acrylic paints, brushes, and a pumpkin as your canvas, you can let your imagination run wild without any sharp tools or messy pieces.

This art form can be easily tailored to individual preferences and skill levels. The sky’s the limit of what you can paint on your pumpkin! Draw a silly face, paint a fun pattern, or stick to one color to match your home décor. Need a bit of inspiration? Draw from the beautiful nature of the Heartland area.

Glitter

Add some sparkle to the season with this easy and fabulous DIY project. Start with a clean, dry pumpkin of your choice and apply a layer of adhesive or glue evenly onto the surface. Make sure the areas where you want the glitter to adhere are fully covered. Then, sprinkle glitter generously onto the glue, making sure to coat the pumpkin thoroughly. The result is a dazzling pumpkin that celebrates fall with a touch of glamor.

Buttons

Break out your button collection for this cozy, fall craft! Enlist the help of your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to pick a variety of buttons in different sizes, shapes, and colors to suit your creative vision. Using a strong adhesive like craft glue, carefully stick the buttons onto the pumpkin’s surface, arranging them in patterns, designs, or even creating whimsical faces. Your button-adorned pumpkin will be a unique and delightful addition to your space.

Tip: If you want to keep your buttons, use a pin instead of glue so you can remove them once the season is over.

Fabric

Add warmth and texture to your fall decorations by wrapping a pumpkin in fabric. Start by choosing the material. You can pick a fall-themed flannel or burlap, or think outside the box with vibrant colors and prints.

Next, cut the fabric into small pieces or strips that can be easily wrapped on the pumpkin’s surface. Using a strong adhesive like craft glue or a hot glue gun, carefully stick the fabric pieces to the pumpkin, layering and overlapping them to achieve your desired look. You’ll be left with a cozy, homespun pumpkin that will make a perfect addition to your fall décor.

Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love helping our clients tap into their creativity, so be sure to invite them to join the fun. After all, crafts are even more enjoyable with friends! A pumpkin decorating party makes for the perfect fall get together as well. Invite a few friends or family members over, whip up some fall snacks, and let’s craft some beautiful memories together!

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Tips for Balancing Caring for Aging Parents and Raising Children

Seniors Helping Seniors® 29 Sep 2023

Growing older can be an amazing experience, and having your aging parents involved in your life and your children’s can be an enriching and wonderful thing for all concerned. However, as our parents move through their golden years, some additional challenges may emerge around balancing caring for them and caring for the younger members of your family. While this may seem difficult, it’s generally not an insurmountable issue. Seniors Helping Seniors understands the complexities of elder care, so with that experience in mind, we’d like to offer some tips for balancing caring for aging parents and raising children. It is not a proscriptive list, so feel free to pick, choose, and adapt our suggestions to work for you.

Clear communication is key: As in all human relationships and all family ventures, clear, consistent, and open communication is the key to success. As we age, we may become less adaptive to change, be it personal or within the family. You might want to include your aging parents in the conversation if you’re moving, if your kids are changing schools or going to college, or if your work schedule is changing. Give them a space where voice concerns, ask questions, and otherwise get comfortable with the new things happening around them.

Listening is part of communication, but unfortunately, we all sometimes forget to listen to our family members–especially the elderly. The fact is that your aging parents are still adults, and they still have needs, feelings, and preferences. As part of clear communication, ensuring that you’re listening to their desires, opinions, and thoughts is a big step in ensuring that they’re being taken care of and that you can better balance their needs with everything going on in your life.

Just as you need to involve your parents and listen to their needs, it’s also important to keep your children in the loop when it comes to life changes, particularly those regarding your aging parents. Young children may need some help understanding why their grandparents are coming to live with them, are less mobile than they used to be, or are moving to an assisted living facility. Older children have their own emotional needs, and as young adults, they deserve to have their thoughts and needs heard.

Take care of–and make time for–yourself! In all of this, you are important, and you deserve to be loved, cared for, supported, and treated with kindness. You’re a human and you’ll need to take breaks, do things you enjoy, or just rest now and then. Involve other family members, reach out to friends and neighbors, and find supportive programs to help you take care of your parents and keep the kids occupied while you do the things that make you happy and help you feel good about life.

Finally, and maybe most importantly: ask for help when you need it and accept help when it’s offered. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that all of this is your responsibility, 24 hours a day forever. The reality is that you need time for yourself, as we pointed out above, and your aging parents may need some additional care or companionship that you’re not in a position to offer them. By using the available resources to get the help that you and your parents need, you’ll make everyone’s life easier and make the time you spend with them that much richer.

Caring for older adults can be challenging, but Seniors Helping Seniors is here to help. Our team of senior volunteers understands what their fellow seniors need, and are there to help with a variety of day-to-day tasks or provide a bit of age-appropriate companionship as needed. The golden years are a precious time, meant to be enjoyed to its fullest, and our unique approach to senior care helps all involved get the most out of them. If you’d like a little help or company for an aging parent, if you’re a senior who could use a hand at home, or if you’d like to volunteer, get in touch with us today!

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Make the Most Of Healthy Aging Month! Prioritize Personal Wellness With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

Seniors Helping Seniors® 26 Sep 2023

Healthy Aging Month, celebrated every September, brings awareness to the physical and mental changes seniors experience as they age. This month-long observance also reminds seniors to care for physical and mental health throughout the golden years. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services enable older adults to lead a vibrant and fulfilling life. A kind hand and a positive perspective will help you or your senior loved one remain connected, curious, and content as you navigate the later years.

The Significance Of Healthy Aging

Healthy aging is a conscious choice with remarkable benefits for older adults. The goal is not only living longer, but living better. Prioritizing physical and mental health enables seniors to improve their well-being and outlook. This includes lifestyle changes like engaging in regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and finding activities that bring joy. Continue reading for four Seniors Helping Seniors® ways to promote healthy aging this month.

1.     Focus On Physical Well-Being

During Healthy Aging Month, make movement an enjoyable part of your or your special senior’s routine. Non-strenuous activity helps us stay fit while improving overall well-being, and an active lifestyle builds muscle and mobility for everyday life.

Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Explore workouts that match your fitness level or that of a loved one. Some options that the Seniors Helping Seniors® family loves include yoga, swimming, walking, and even dancing!

2.     Nurture Emotional Health

Mental health matters as much as physical health. Prioritize self-care this month by incorporating mindfulness into a daily routine.

Peaceful activities like meditation, breathing exercises, or journaling center thoughts and reduce stress. Seek opportunities to connect with friends and family. Sharing stories, laughing, and being present with loved ones combats feelings of isolation and loneliness, contributing to a positive state of mind. If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for help.

3.     Take Preventative Measures

Healthy Aging Month is the perfect time to schedule regular check-ups with a healthcare provider. Monitor health and keep up with recommended screenings, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and bone density tests. Be sure to follow recommended vaccines, including influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles.

Your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver is happy to give you or a senior loved one a ride to any appointments. Proactive measures empower seniors to take control of health, allowing our clients to continue enjoying life to the fullest.

4.     Make Positive Lifestyle Choices

Lastly, this month offers an excellent opportunity to incorporate better habits into a daily routine. Consider setting specific goals that align with your well-being aspirations or those of a loved one.

Aiming to eat healthier? Start cooking with more nutritious, nutrient-rich foods. Want to build a better sleep schedule? Try going to bed an hour earlier and reading before going to sleep. Or, get more organized by committing to decluttering at home. It takes about two months for a new habit to stick, so don’t wait to make lifestyle changes.

Healthy Aging Month reminds seniors to take care of their well-being. As we age, each day presents an opportunity to make positive changes. Whether embarking on a new exercise routine, practicing daily mindfulness, or starting a positive habit, there are plenty of ways to nurture physical, mental, and emotional health. Add a layer of support by enlisting help from a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. With their assistance, the seniors we serve can confidently navigate this journey, knowing that their well-being is in capable hands.

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5 Fall Prevention Tips to Keep Seniors Standing Steady All Autumn

September marks Fall Prevention Month — a time dedicated to raising awareness about the risks of losing balance. Slips often lead to serious injuries, resulting in hospitalizations and a loss of confidence. Seniors can avoid these accidents by making thoughtful changes in their daily habits. As autumn approaches southwest Broward County, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team wants to help you and your senior loved one prioritize safety. In this article, we’ll review five easy fall prevention tips that seniors can incorporate into their routines to stay safe, secure, and stable.

Stay Active

Our muscles naturally weaken as we age, and our sense of balance becomes less reliable. Engaging in regular physical activity helps counteract these age-related changes. Strong muscles provide better support to joints and bones, reducing the risk of stumbling or falling.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services recommends light exercises like walking, yoga, and swimming to improve range of motion. As summer humidity eases, try taking a stroll around the neighborhood for a fun way to get moving this fall.

Modify The Home

The transition from summer to fall usually brings rain and unpredictable weather to southwest Broward County, which can cause mobility challenges. Adapting your or your family member’s living space to these seasonal shifts mitigates risk and safeguards against potential falls.

Simple changes include removing clutter from walkways, securing rugs with non-slip mats, and installing handrails along staircases. These quick adjustments reinforce the home and allow seniors to move with confidence, no matter the weather conditions outside.

Hydrate and Eat a Proper Diet

Heat lingers into autumn in southwest Broward County, leading many seniors to forget to drink enough water. Prolonged dehydration leads to fatigue, dizziness, and reduced cognitive function, contributing to an increased risk of falls. Remember to replenish fluids often!

Additionally, incorporate vitamin-rich foods into a balanced diet to fuel the body all season. Stock up on fall fruits and veggies by heading to the local farmer’s market!

Wear Proper Footwear

During storm season, surfaces become slick, making appropriate footwear essential for seniors. Shoes with good arch support, sturdy soles, and a secure fit offer stability and reduce the chance of slipping on wet pavement or uneven paths. Non-slip options are a staff favorite at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services. Proper footwear helps you or your loved one confidently navigate seasonal challenges and enjoy the outdoors in southwest Broward County.

Get Regular Check-Ups

Seniors face increased balance issues in autumn due to unpredictable weather conditions. Through routine healthcare visits, seniors can receive fall risk assessments and address emerging health concerns. These check-ups provide an opportunity to fine-tune medications, evaluate vision and hearing, and receive personalized guidance on safely navigating seasonal changes.

Need help getting to appointments? A Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can provide a ride and help avoid seasonal hazards.

Fall prevention for seniors requires a combination of practical measures and personal commitment. Strategies like staying active, modifying surroundings, wearing appropriate footwear, focusing on nutrition, and attending regular health assessments lay the groundwork for a safer and more secure lifestyle. Having a dedicated Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver provides additional balance support, particularly as autumn arrives with its distinct challenges. With a helpful friend in tow, seniors in southwest Broward County, Florida can easily adopt these practices and prevent falls while living life to the fullest all season long!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Make the Most Of Healthy Aging Month! Prioritize Personal Wellness With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

Healthy Aging Month, celebrated every September, brings awareness to the physical and mental changes seniors experience as they age. This month-long observance also reminds seniors to care for physical and mental health throughout the golden years. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services enable older adults to lead a vibrant and fulfilling life. A kind hand and a positive perspective will help you or your senior loved one remain connected, curious, and content as you navigate the later years.

The Significance Of Healthy Aging

Healthy aging is a conscious choice with remarkable benefits for older adults. The goal is not only living longer, but living better. Prioritizing physical and mental health enables seniors to improve their well-being and outlook. This includes lifestyle changes like engaging in regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and finding activities that bring joy. Continue reading for four Seniors Helping Seniors® ways to promote healthy aging this month.

1.    Focus On Physical Well-Being

During Healthy Aging Month, make movement an enjoyable part of your or your special senior’s routine. Non-strenuous activity helps us stay fit while improving overall well-being, and an active lifestyle builds muscle and mobility for everyday life.

Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Explore workouts that match your fitness level or that of a loved one. Some options that the Seniors Helping Seniors® family loves include yoga, swimming, walking, and even dancing!

2.    Nurture Emotional Health

Mental health matters as much as physical health. Prioritize self-care this month by incorporating mindfulness into a daily routine.

Peaceful activities like meditation, breathing exercises, or journaling center thoughts and reduce stress. Seek opportunities to connect with friends and family. Sharing stories, laughing, and being present with loved ones combats feelings of isolation and loneliness, contributing to a positive state of mind. If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for help.

3.    Take Preventative Measures

Healthy Aging Month is the perfect time to schedule regular check-ups with a healthcare provider. Monitor health and keep up with recommended screenings, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and bone density tests. Be sure to follow recommended vaccines, including influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles.

Your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver is happy to give you or a senior loved one a ride to any appointments. Proactive measures empower seniors to take control of health, allowing our clients to continue enjoying life to the fullest.

4.    Make Positive Lifestyle Choices

Lastly, this month offers an excellent opportunity to incorporate better habits into a daily routine. Consider setting specific goals that align with your well-being aspirations or those of a loved one.

Aiming to eat healthier? Start cooking with more nutritious, nutrient-rich foods. Want to build a better sleep schedule? Try going to bed an hour earlier and reading before going to sleep. Or, get more organized by committing to decluttering at home. It takes about two months for a new habit to stick, so don’t wait to make lifestyle changes.

Healthy Aging Month reminds seniors to take care of their well-being. As we age, each day presents an opportunity to make positive changes. Whether embarking on a new exercise routine, practicing daily mindfulness, or starting a positive habit, there are plenty of ways to nurture physical, mental, and emotional health. Add a layer of support by enlisting help from a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. With their assistance, the seniors we serve can confidently navigate this journey, knowing that their well-being is in capable hands.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Mind Over Matter: 5 Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For Practicing Positive Aging!

Seniors Helping Seniors® 14 Sep 2023

Seniors Helping SeniorsEveryone views aging differently. To some, the idea of getting older is scary. Others embrace it with a youthful ferocity! At the end of the day, your mindset is more important than you think. It plays a large part in the quality of life experienced throughout your Golden Years.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is committed to inspiring others to age gracefully and independently. One of the ways we encourage our care recipients to make the most of their senior years is by promoting “positive aging” techniques.

What Is Positive Aging?
Positive aging is all about mindset. It refers to the idea that if you maintain an optimistic outlook in your senior years — coupled with healthy habits, social engagement, and mental stimulation — you’ll feel good about yourself, remain physically active, and continue to engage fully in all aspects of life!

Incorporating positive aging techniques into your daily routine might sound difficult, but it’s easier than you think. Of course, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers will stand by your side, ready to help you create and practice a program that will do your mind and body good!

Now that you know why positive aging is important, let’s discuss five simple ways Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers can work the power of positivity into everyday life!

1 – Embrace Your Age!
Age is just a number, after all. Maintaining a youthful outlook and adapting to your changing abilities can help you accept that growing older is a normal part of life – one that every person (including your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver) is attempting to navigate.

The first step in discovering the power of positive aging is to accept the aging process by working with it and not against it. This makes it easier to cope with the challenges this stage of life presents, and instead, start looking forward to the possibilities!

2 – Make Fitness A Priority
Just thirty minutes of daily exercise can revolutionize your health. It can help you look and feel younger, complete tasks more easily, and prevent accidents and falls – all of which are essential for maintaining a positive outlook. Try the following Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions to jumpstart your fitness routine:

Go for a walk
Walking is an excellent way to get the blood pumping while improving heart health, boosting mental clarity, and lowering blood pressure. Commit to a daily walk with a friend, family member, or your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion!

Explore senior fitness classes
There are plenty of exercise options for active seniors! Look into what classes your local senior center, gym, or fitness studio offers. Activities like water aerobics, chair yoga, and body weight workouts are popular among seniors and provide low impact workouts that will still make you feel the burn!

Don’t get discouraged if it’s tough to keep up at first. Your workouts will become easier as you build strength. Be consistent and you’ll soon look forward to your daily exercise regimen!

3 – Stay Connected
Building and maintaining close relationships is also essential to a positive aging plan. Doing so can combat loneliness, improve self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging. Not sure where to begin? Try one of the following to make new friends or reconnect with some old pals:

  • Organize a monthly dinner with friends or family where everyone brings a different dish
  • Join a social group, like a birdwatching or book club, pickleball league, or volunteer service
  • Make it a point to attend your grandkids’ sporting games and performances – they’ll love having you there to cheer them on!

As always, remember to lean on your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. They’re available to get you to and from social events or to accompany you on a new adventure, so let’s go!

4 – Nurture Healthy Habits
Maintaining a balanced diet is critical to the aging process. Eating right helps keep your weight at an appropriate level and supports heart health. These simple diet rules can help you stay on track:

  • Incorporate lean proteins, plenty of vegetables (especially those that are orange, red, and green), substitute whole grains whenever possible, and stick to low-fat dairy products
  • Drink lots of (the right) fluids – water, tea, and coffee – and stay away from beverages that are high in sugar
  • Look for foods that are high in fiber and vitamin D as these are both vital for aging individuals

There are also certain habits you should avoid to continue functioning at the highest level. First, don’t skimp on sleep – a restful night’s slumber is essential in keeping the body functioning properly. Also, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake. Both of these can cause serious health issues in people of all ages.

5 – Sharpen Your Brain
Your mind, like your body, thrives when you push it to the limit. A strong brain keeps you sharp and is a key ingredient for your positive aging recipe. Add games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles to your daily routine so your brain gets the exercise it needs.

Learning a new skill can improve intellect as well. Check local resources, like a university or community center, to see if they offer any skill-building classes that peak your interest. Gaining a new ability cultivates positive thoughts and builds confidence. Not to mention, it’s fun and will leave you with an activity you’ll look forward to!

We told you it was easy to practice positive aging! In fact, you’re probably doing a lot of these things already. Don’t be afraid to ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion for ideas on how to keep a positive mindset as you mature – remember, they’re going through the same stage of life as you are. Incorporate the above Seniors Helping Seniors® tips into your daily routine and you’re bound to feel great, stay active, and retain your youthful exuberance for life!

Incorporating positive aging techniques into your daily routine might sound difficult, but it’s easier than you think. Of course, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers will stand by your side, ready to help you create and practice a program that will do your mind and body good!

Now that you know why positive aging is important, let’s discuss five simple ways Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers can work the power of positivity into everyday life!

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Things Every Senior Needs to Check Off Their Bucket List Before the End of Summer

Summer is on its way out, but there’s still time to pack in as much fun as possible. Seeking out activities that bring you joy is important for seniors’ well-being. But with so many possibilities, narrowing down your top priorities can take time and effort. That’s why Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services has created the perfect summer bucket list to inspire seniors in southwest Broward County to get out there and enjoy the season!

A summer bucket list is all about having a blast and enjoying the warm, sunny weather!  It’s like a personalized to-do list, full of things to do and experiences to have. Whether you want to explore nature, bond with your grandkids, or try something new with a caregiver, you’ll go on new adventures, rediscover old passions, and have the best summer ever!

Making a bucket list is easy and fun! You can start by thinking about activities you love and ones you want to try. You can also include places you want to visit. The sky is the limit. Get creative with ideas — big or small, anything goes! Write down all the things you want to do before the summer is over and cross them off as you complete each item. Below, you’ll find Seniors Helping Seniors® ideas to inspire your list to help you have the summer of your dreams!

For the Outdoor Enthusiasts

Getting outside has awesome perks for seniors. Being in nature helps melt away stress and improves your mood. For those who want to explore the great outdoors this summer, here are a few ideas you can try.

  1. Go on a nature walk in a local park or nature reserve.
  2. Have an outdoor picnic with friends or family.
  3. Try out gardening and grow your own flowers or vegetables.
  4. Go birdwatching and see how many local bird species you can find.
  5. Volunteer for a community outdoor clean-up event.

There are so many outdoor activities you can enjoy this summer and our caregivers are always up for an adventure.  Think about which activities are calling and add them to your bucket list!

 For the Social Butterflies

Summer is way more fun when you share the enjoyment with others. Make new memories and deepen connections with your friends, family, and a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. If your goal is to have fun with your loved ones and make new friends, here are some ideas you can try.

  1. Join a club or community center to meet like-minded people.
  2. Host a themed potluck dinner party with friends and family.
  3. Invite a neighbor to go out and get a scoop of ice cream with you.
  4. Coordinate a day trip with your friends or family to a nearby attraction or scenic location.

Fill your days with good company, laughter, and unforgettable moments!  By adding some social activities to your bucket list, you’ll make it summer for the books! Need help planning or getting to or from an event? Get in touch! Our caregivers love helping clients make the most of each day. Call 954-202-5200 or visit our Contact Us Page.

For the Imaginative Creators

Adding some artsy crafts to your summer bucket list is an absolute must! It’ll allow you to let your imagination run wild and create something beautiful. We’ve rounded up some creative ideas to get your list started.

  1. Take an art class or workshop to learn a new technique or medium.
  2. Start a nature journal and document the wildlife around you.
  3. Create a scrapbook to preserve your summer memories.
  4. Try a DIY project to add a personalized creation to your living space.
  5. Make handmade gifts to give to your loved ones.

Summer is the perfect time to explore new, creative hobbies. Make memories and masterpieces by adding crafty activities to your bucket list.

Summer bucket lists are all about sparking excitement and Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is here to help. Try new things, revisit old passions, and embark on adventures you’ve always dreamed of all with a compassionate and fun caregiver by your side. So, grab a pen and a notepad, sit back in your favorite chair, and jot down all those fantastic ideas. Let’s work together to make the season unforgettable, one bucket list item at a time.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Celebrate National Be Kind to Humankind Week With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services!

A simple, friendly gesture has many lasting impacts. We all have the power to brighten the day of those around us through compassionate actions. National Be Kind to Humankind Week encourages people of all ages to be nicer to one another and themselves, and it doesn’t have to stop when the week ends. We encourage you keep the spirit of kindness going and find little ways to spark joy every day!

There is no better time for our Seniors Helping Seniors® community to spread kindness and experience the joy it brings. Read on to discover the benefits of being nice!

 

Spark A Spirit Of Kindness

Simple yet heartfelt good deeds are at the foundation of the week’s celebrations. Start by offering warm smiles to those you encounter. You’ll give off an approachable impression that’ll boost your self-esteem.

You can also perform little gestures as an easy way to brighten someone’s day. Try the following:

  • Hold doors open for strangers
  • Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Tell your friends, family members, or a caregiver you appreciate them
  • Write a heartfelt thank-you note to someone who has made a difference in your life

Don’t neglect to show yourself some love too! Whether that’s going to your favorite bakery or taking a relaxing bubble bath – make time for self-care and find ways to spark joy. Remember, even the most minor acts of kindness can have a significant and lasting impact on others and yourself.

 

The Science Of Being Nice

Did you know, engaging in altruistic acts positively impacts mental well-being and overall happiness? It’s true! Friendly gestures trigger the release of feel-good neurochemicals like oxytocin and dopamine. An uptick in these leads to an enhanced sense of contentment and satisfaction.

Make A Better Connection

Feelings of loneliness and isolation – common challenges for many of the seniors we serve – can be decreased through good deeds as well. Showing kindness can foster a sense of belonging and help you connect with those around you.

Handle Challenges More Effectively

Additionally, being friendly and helping others is known to reduce stress and anxiety. Being nice not only feels good but also enables you to cope better with life’s ups and downs. You’ll be able to approach difficult situations with a more positive outlook, which improves your ability to respond to life’s challenges.

Become A Better Companion

Finally, being nice promotes a sense of empathy and understanding. By helping others, seniors can develop stronger social connections and support systems, like those made through our in-home senior care services. Through the practice of kindness, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers and clients cultivate emotional strength, compassion, and an enduring sense of fulfillment in one another’s lives.

The bottom line? National Be Kind to Humankind Week enables seniors to embrace the power of kindness! By participating in this uplifting week, you‘ll positively impact the world around you. You might also find a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in your own life. The journey doesn’t need to conclude at the end of the week either. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services encourages you to keep the spirit of National Be Kind to Humankind Week with you and find little ways to spark joy and generosity every day!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Step Into Self-Care With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

The concept of self-care has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and for good reason. Committing to a self-care routine boosts mental and physical health, reduces stress, increases productivity, improves relationships, and benefits overall wellbeing. Let’s dive into a few of the ways Seniors Helping Seniors® clients can incorporate this beneficial practice into everyday life.

What is Self-Care?

The definition of self-care is fairly straightforward: taking deliberate actions to improve overall health and happiness. In the case of our clients, self-care contributes to extended independence as well.

One thing that self-care certainly is not is selfish. Prioritizing health and wellbeing is essential to leading a full, active, and well-balanced life, so there’s no need to feel guilty for taking a little “me time!”

4 Ways To Practice Self-Care

Diving into a self-care routine doesn’t have to be difficult; small lifestyle changes often have significant benefits. Start by incorporating a few of the Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions below:


1.   Eat Well & Exercise Regularly

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine is a great first step in practicing self-care. A well-nourished and strong body is the foundation of wellbeing. Eating a well-balanced diet boosts immunity, lowers the risk of many diseases, and provides the fuel to take on each day. Combined with daily physical activity, which benefits both the body and mind, this practice offers a foundation for improved overall health.

2.   Practice Gratitude

Taking time to evaluate and be thankful for what one has is a wonderful exercise for gaining mental clarity. Practicing gratitude, whether through mediation or journaling, helps uncover all the good things in life and that proves essential in maintaining a positive outlook.

3.   Try Something New

Studies show that when seniors pick up a new hobby it improves both body and mind. Continually learning new things may also help to reduce the risk of dementia.

Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love seeing our clients stepping outside of their comfort zone. Not to mention, hobbies keep those we serve active and engaged! Our caregivers are happy to help our clients explore their interests and make a great partner in trying new activities.

4.   Speak With A Professional

Mental health is a pillar of self-care and seeking out professional assistance can provide perspective on one’s thoughts and feelings while encouraging a more positive mindset. These services not only help to strengthen relationships with others, but also with ourselves.


Self-care is not a one-time practice, but a continuing journey. Everyone is different and building the right self-care routine can take time. Be patient and lean on a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver along the way. Our team is here to support all the needs of the seniors we serve and though self-care sounds like a solo endeavor, it can be even more effective with a kind, trustworthy friend along for the ride.

A senior woman smiling and practicing self care with her pet cat and Seniors Helping Seniors In-Home Senior Care Services in southwest Broward County Florida.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Top 4 Chronic Diseases & How Seniors Can Keep Them In Check

There are plenty of ways that seniors in southwest Broward County can work towards a healthier and more active lifestyle, which can help lessen the severity of certain diseases. As always, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is a partner and resource for seniors who are committed to maintaining and improving health throughout the senior years.

Let’s explore a few of the most common chronic diseases and discuss some lifestyle changes that will help keep them in check.

4 Common Chronic Diseases

According to the CDC, chronic disease is defined as a condition that lasts a year or longer and/or requires ongoing medical attention. Research shows that 85% of adults 65 and older suffer from at least one chronic condition. Let’s dive a little deeper into four of the most common.

1. High Blood Pressure

Affecting 58% of seniors, high blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the body’s arteries stiffen. In turn, this forces blood pressure to increase. Typically, high blood pressure presents few, if any, noticeable symptoms, but it can lead to heart attack or stroke if left untreated.

2. High Cholesterol

The second most common chronic disease, high cholesterol, contributes to a hardening of the arteries, which can lead to reduced blood flow and cardiovascular complications. Forty-seven percent of seniors suffer from the condition and, though some cholesterol is needed for various bodily functions, excessive levels contribute to health problems like diabetes and stroke.

3. Arthritis

Next up, arthritis causes stiffness in the joints and affects 31% of seniors. The symptoms of arthritis may progress to severe, debilitating joint pain if left unmanaged and can affect nearly every part of the body, including hands, hips, and the lower back. Luckily, the disease’s symptoms can often be managed with a few lifestyle changes.

4. Heart Disease

Twenty-nine percent of the senior population will deal with heart disease in their lifetime. This chronic disease encompasses a variety of conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias. High blood pressure and high cholesterol can contribute to the condition as well.

 

Practice Prevention

While specific treatment and prevention options vary from disease to disease, there are a couple lifestyle changes seniors can make to decrease the risk of chronic disease across the board.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent chronic issues. Not only does daily exercise help with weight management, which is essential in preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease, but staying active helps stave off arthritis as well.

According to the CDC, seniors should shoot for 30 minutes of exercise per day, five days a week. Make a date with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to take a walk, play a round of golf, or swim laps at the local pool. The work that’s put in today will ensure a healthier tomorrow!

Eat Well

We all know that eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is also key to preventing health issues, including the ones we’ve discussed here. Follow the guidelines below to help ensure your or your senior loved one’s body is getting the nutrients needed to thrive!

  • Choose foods without added sugar, sodium, and saturated fats.
  • Get enough protein to maintain muscle mass.
  • Eat the rainbow: Enjoy fruits and vegetables of all colors.
  • Drink LOTS of water!

Consistency is key when it comes to keeping chronic diseases at bay and Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are committed to helping those we serve stay on track! Discuss your or your special senior’s needs with a caregiver or your local Seniors Helping Seniors® office. Together, we can stay healthy, happy, and independent!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Provider Spotlight: Meet Providence Living at Pembroke Pines

We are happy to announce Providence Living at Pembroke Pines as our featured provider for this month. Providence Living at Pembroke Pines will open this fall as the newest Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Pembroke Pines.  They will provide compassionate care to seniors in a beautiful environment providing many activities that will keep their mind, body, and spirit active and stimulated. Providence Living at Pembroke Pines is creating the most luxurious and comfortable experience for their residents including restaurant style exquisite cuisine, music, exercise, games, and much more to ensure they have the best day possible, every day!

Starting in the fall of 2023, Providence Living at Pembroke Pines will provide peace of mind for seniors who need a little extra support in their day while maintaining their independence as much as possible.

A Community Experience Unique to Pembroke Pines, FL

Executive Director, Marilyn Zenny, brings over 20 years of clinical experience as an assisted living Nursing Director to Providence Living which is something not all senior living communities count with as a former Health and Wellness Director in assisted living communities. This will ensure that the community will excel in providing the best care possible for their residents.

Everyone at Providence Living at Pembroke Pines, from the owners to the managers and staff, will be involved in providing support and presence in the community. This will give residents a more personal connection with everyone and make every resident believe that they truly matter!

Great Benefits for Assisted Living and Memory Care and Residents

Every assisted living resident will experience resort-style living with services and amenities including three meals a day in their restaurant, housekeeping and laundry service, transportation service, outings and activities in the community that range from intellectual, to fitness, artistic, spiritual, and more. Residents will also have peace of mind knowing that their staff is on-site 24/7 just in case any emergency assistance is needed.

Residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia will benefit from receiving support through an all-inclusive program that uses a life-centered approach that brings joy and comfort to memory care residents while honoring their past and cherishing the present and future moments. This program offers engaging physical and creative activities that cognitively stimulate them in a positive way, with a focus on living a meaningful life to its fullest potential.

Join the Founder’s Club for Additional Benefits

Providence Living at Pembroke Pines is now accepting reservations for their new community. Those who reserve now will become members of their Founder’s Club and will receive additional benefits including:

  • Pre-opening Pricing
  • 50% off the one-time community service fee of $3,000, to the first 25 Founder’s Club Members (This payment of $1,500 will count as a fully refundable reservation deposit.)
  • First choice of apartments
  • One-time complimentary family meal for up to 6 people in a private dining room setting when Providence Living at Pembroke Pines opens
  • One-time complimentary salon visit once Providence Living at Pembroke Pines opens

Partners in Senior Care

Providence Living at Pembroke Pines welcomes any Seniors Helping Seniors® home care client who moves into the community while keeping their own Seniors Helping Seniors companion. This partnership allows our clients to continue receiving private care services from their trusted companion and can continue enjoying the wonderful friendships they have built together.

 

For more information on Providence Living at Pembroke Pines, please contact:

Lauren Webb – Sales/Marketing Director

954-997-7776

sales@providencepembroke.com

https://providencepembrokepines.com/

10120 City Center Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

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How to Determine if Your Aging Parent Needs Additional Support

Seniors Helping Seniors® 30 Jun 2023

Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Agency thanks U.S. News and World Report for including us in their story on how to determine if an aging parent needs support. It’s important to be able to recognize the signs that your parent or loved one needs assistance. We were honored to lend our knowledge to this article, and we invite you to read the whole story at the link below! 

Can Your Aging Parent Still Live Alone?
Aging is a fact of life, and for many older adults, there comes a time when they can no longer look after themselves as they once did. Often, the adult children are left to determine when that time comes, and it can be a challenging period for both kids and parents.

While it’s not always easy to know when it’s time, experts say the following signs could mean you need to talk with your parents about changing their living situation.

https://health.usnews.com/senior-care/articles/assessing-aging-parent-cant-live-alone

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Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward Voted “Best Home Care” in Plantation, FL

Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward is honored to be voted “Best Home Care” in Plantation, Florida! For several years, Seniors Helping Seniors has been recognized as the best senior care provider in Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Weston, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, and Sunrise.

Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward is awarded the Best "In Home Care" in Plantation, Florida

We always strive to provide the best companionship caregiving experience and are grateful that we resonate as a top choice within our community.

“ A big thank you to our wonderful caregivers, to Our City Media, and to all of the community members who selected us as their preference for senior care! ”
– Diana Cabassi, Owner of Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward

 

Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward County Florida receives "Best Home Care" award for Plantation, Florida.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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National Men’s Health Month: Common Conditions Impacting Senior Men

It’s our goal at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services to keep our clients feeling their best and living full, active lives. June is National Men’s Health Month and a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on several health issues that affect senior men in particular.

Health problems like heart disease, prostate cancer, and stroke present a significant risk to men over the age of 65. While factors like genetics and ethnicity may play a part in the likelihood of developing one of these conditions, there are still plenty of ways our clients can work to prevent them.

This month, take a moment to improve your awareness of these conditions and talk about how to prevent them with a senior in your life!

Heart Disease

According to the CDC, men are more prone than women to cardiovascular issues, including heart disease. In fact, cardiovascular conditions affect nearly one out of every three men, and this risk increases significantly in those over the age of 60. For example, men are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack and usually do so at a much younger age than women.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer impacts a staggering 90% of men. It’s the second most common form of cancer in men in the U.S. and is most worrisome for those in the senior population.

The average age of diagnosis is 66 years old, but the likelihood of developing the disease increases in the senior years. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, individuals over the age of 70 are more than two times more likely to incur prostate cancer than their younger counterparts. Senior men are also more prone to developing advanced prostate cancer and suffering severe impacts from the disease.

Stroke

While individuals of any age can experience a stroke, the risk increases in men over the age of 65. It’s worth noting that 75% of all strokes occur in people 65 and older. Men are more prone to suffering a stroke than women, with it being even more common among African American and Hispanic males.

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke, a factor that makes men particularly vulnerable. However, many strokes are preventable and getting medical attention as quickly as possible can help avert serious disability.

Spotting the signs of stroke is easy if you know what to look for. The acronym F.A.S.T. provides an easy-to-remember guide:

FACE: Does one side of the face droop when smiling?

ARMS: Does one arm drift lower than the other when held out straight?

SPEECH: Is the individual slurring his or her speech or have trouble repeating simple phrases?

TIME: Acting quickly is essential, so call 911 immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one.

Prevention

While some factors, like gender, age, ethnicity, and genetics can’t be prevented and may increase the risk of certain conditions, there are a few habits Seniors Helping Seniors® clients can practice to keep heart disease, prostate cancer, and stroke at bay.

1. Stay Active

Participating in regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle. Work with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to find an activity you or your senior loved one enjoys – like walking, biking, or strength training – and make it a daily habit to get up and go!

2. Eat Healthy

Focus on eating a low sugar, low sodium diet with lots of fruits and veggies to help regulate weight and decrease risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and stroke.

3. Quit Smoking

Smoking damages arteries and adds to high blood pressure, which can significantly increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. While kicking this habit can be tough, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers and community are here to help! Try calling a friend, going for a walk, or working on a hobby whenever cravings creep up.

Understanding how different conditions affect seniors is the first step in staying active and engaged long into the senior years. We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services know keeping up with daily exercise, cooking, and other healthy habits can be a challenge, but our caregivers are a trustworthy resource to help support you or your senior loved one. Get in touch with your local Seniors Helping Seniors® office for the help you want at a price you can afford.®

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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3 Exercises To Get Seniors Pumped For A Fit & Fun Summer!

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we’re passionate about keeping seniors in Broward County fit, strong, and active! We all know that sticking to a consistent fitness routine benefits both the body and mind, and the start of the summer season provides good motivation to get moving.

But practicing the same exercises every day can be a drag. Luckily, there are tons of ways to get the blood pumping! If you or a senior loved one are looking to mix up a daily fitness routine, give one of the activities below a try. Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love helping our clients step out of their comfort zone and are always excited to assist those we serve in knocking out all their fitness goals!

Back To Basics

There are two things that are an essential part of any fitness routine: stretching and drinking plenty of water. These actions will help prevent injury and dehydration, in addition to ensuring you or your loved one are primed for each work out.

Stretch

Stretching not only keeps the body limber to help prevent injury, it’s also great for building core strength, engaging muscles, and boosting heart rate. In addition, it increases flexibility, while relieving stress and anxiety in the process.

Stay Hydrated

It’s important to keep the body hydrated all the time, but especially when exercising. In fact, seniors are more likely to become dehydrated through sweating, a recent study revealed, because seniors’ bodies don’t regulate heat as efficiently as younger individuals.

In general, experts recommend drinking one-third of our body weight in ounces of water each day. So, individuals who weigh 150 pounds should aim to drink 50 ounces of water per day.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s jump into some of the summer’s hottest senior fitness activities!

Pickleball

Pickleball was first created in the 1960’s but has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past few years, especially in the senior circuit. In fact, one-third of all pickleball players in the U.S. are 65 years of age or older!

A mix of tennis and ping pong, pickleball provides a variety of perks that boost senior health. For example, studies show that individuals who play pickleball three times a week experience benefits including:

  • Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Better range of motion, reflexes, and balance

Another perk is that pickleball is an extremely social sport with a tight knit and accepting community. Whether our clients play with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver, a group of long-time friends, or a new friend just met on the court, the social aspect of this sport keeps players committed and engaged!

Tai Chi

This ancient martial art covers a wide range of mental and physical health benefits for seniors. Tai chi combines strength, balance, and meditation for a holistic approach to fitness. Not to mention, the practice is a form of defense training and learning a few self-defense moves leaves participants feeling strong and empowered!

Tai chi can be modified for a variety of fitness levels. Many moves can be performed from a seated position to start, and the local fitness center may even have Tai chi classes designed specifically for seniors!

No matter your or your senior loved one’s skill level, Tai chi will help improve balance, range of motion, and build strength, while providing a meditative experience.

Water Exercises

Working out in the pool is a versatile – and fun – way to stay fit. There are tons of water exercises that are perfect for seniors, including water aerobics, swimming laps, and strength training.

One of the most alluring aspects of water fitness routines, however, is the fact that they are low impact. Exercising in water takes the pressure off joints, but still offers gentle resistance and a wonderful way to improve cardiovascular stamina. Better yet, exercising in the pool will keep you or your special senior cool on hot summer days!

Regardless of what kind of fitness activities float your or your senior loved one’s boat, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are committed to helping our clients stay active. Make fitness a top priority this summer and talk to a member of our team about how we can help!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Savor The Season With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services: 4 Tips For Healthy Summer Eating

Seniors Helping Seniors® 23 Jun 2023

The Seniors Helping Seniors® family loves seeing our care receivers enjoy the best parts of each season. With summer fast approaching in the Northeast, it will soon be time to break out the shorts, light the citronella candle, and dust off the patio table for the season’s first outdoor feast!

It can be tempting to indulge throughout the summer months. With family cookouts, vacations, and the urge to spend time enjoying the outdoors in lieu of the kitchen, we often opt for quick, not so healthy choices. A nutritious, balanced diet, however, is important for active seniors all year long.

The good news is, continuing to eat right over the summer months doesn’t have to be complicated. Soak in these four Seniors Helping Seniors® tips for a summer of healthy – and delicious – eating!

Keep It Balanced

Making good decisions isn’t hard once you know what to choose. Let’s look at the layers of the food pyramid and determine the best foods to reach for and which to skip.

Grains

The foundation of the food pyramid is the grain group, which encompasses things like rice, pasta, bread, and oats. When stocking the cabinets, whole grains are best. Whole grains are made using the entire grain kernel and, therefore, are good sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and Vitamin B.

Fruits and Vegetables

We all know fruits and veggies provide plenty of dietary value, but which are the most nutritious options? Look for produce that is red, orange, purple, and green, as these fruits and veggies contain vitamins and minerals that are especially important to senior health.

P.S. – The Northeast is known for its abundant fruit and vegetable production, so check the local section of the grocery store or visit community produce stands for some excellent options!

Dairy

When choosing milk, yogurt, and cheese products, go with low-fat or fat-free options. Calcium is the major benefit in this group, but dairy products also provide phosphorus, Vitamins A and D, B12, potassium, and more.

Protein

Protein covers a wide variety of foods, including meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and legumes (like beans and lentils). Look for meat and poultry that’s lean or low-fat and seafood that’s high in omega-3s and has a low mercury count. For a vegetarian meal, substitute legumes as a tasty and nutritious option.

It’s important to mix it up when it comes to protein. Many people eat plenty of meat and poultry, but often skimp on fish and legumes. However, each category has specific vitamins and nutrients that are key to a balanced diet.

Advantages of Sensible Eating

When a variety of nutritious foods are incorporated into a balanced diet, the mind and body will benefit in spades! For example, healthy eating helps:

  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
  • Promote proper bowel function
  • Support a healthy nervous system
  • Boost immunity and prevent infection
  • Encourage healthy eyes, skin, and gums
  • Maintain strong bones and teeth
  • Improve concentration and attention span
  • Increase energy and mental clarity

Preparation Is Key

How food is cooked contributes to a healthy diet as well. During the summer months, grilling is an excellent option and produces flavorful dishes. Better yet, it’s a wonderful time to gather with loved ones and your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion to enjoy the outdoors and fellowship while dinner is cooking!

Grilled to Perfection

Cooking on the grill is easy and requires little preparation. Simply apply your favorite seasoning combination or marinade and get grilling! As the food cooks, excess fat and oil drip away, leaving a wholesome and delicious dinner.

Try these tips and tricks from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services to make grilling a breeze:

  • Invest in a meat thermometer and always ensure poultry is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F and pork to 145°F.
  • Cook veggies in foil packets with seasoning and a little oil (extra virgin olive oil or canola are best). Ensure the packet is sealed at the top and place it directly on the grates until the veggies are tender.
  • Craving something sweet? For dessert, try grilling pineapple, peach, or watermelon slices for an after-dinner treat!

One of the best things about this method is there’s minimal clean-up required, leaving more time to spend enjoying your dinner companions!

Practice Proper Portion Control

Consuming the right amounts of each food group is important as well. When making a plate, follow these Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions for a balanced meal:

  1. Envision a vertical line directly down the middle of the plate
  2. On the right, add half whole grains and half lean protein
  3. Fill the left side with fruits and vegetables (heavier on the veggies)
  4. Eat dairy in moderation

Now, all that’s left is to choose a healthy option to wash it all down…

Drink Up!

Staying hydrated is key, especially when summer heat kicks into high gear! Water is an essential nutrient and should be the majority of what’s consumed throughout the day. Try fruit-infused water for a twist on the traditional or sparkling water for something bubbly. Tea and coffee are good options as well and provide several health benefits of their own.

Avoid sugary drinks or those with high salt content and stay away from consuming alcohol in excess. These actually contribute to dehydration and a number of other issues.

Who’s ready to welcome summer?! With these tips from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services,

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Suit Up & Dive Into 5 Benefits Of Swimming With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

chris 29 May 2023

We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services love seeing our clients trying new things, especially when it comes to staying healthy! This month, we’re highlighting the advantages swimming provides for both the body and mind. With summer just around the corner, incorporating water fitness into a complete exercise plan will not only help seniors stay fit, but can also provide a nice way to keep cool while still feeling the burn.

Whether you or a senior loved one are already a pro at the backstroke or are just dipping into the idea of incorporating swimming for a total body workout, it provides countless benefits that help seniors remain active and independent. Let’s dive in!

5 Reasons To Soak Up The Benefits Of Swimming

  1. Low Impact

High impact activities, like aerobics, running, or jumping rope, provide an excellent workout but can be tough on seniors’ joints and often increase the risk of injury. Swimming, however, is a low impact exercise that also gets the heart pumping and helps to build strength and endurance.

Because the body is submerged in water while swimming, it creates a “weightless” feeling and takes the pressure off joints. It can help ease symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia as well by stimulating blood flow, relaxing muscles, and increasing joint flexibility.

  1. Build Strength & Regulate Weight

Water exercises provide a full-body workout and are a wonderful way to strengthen muscles and increase overall body function. The strength that’s built by swimming is also linked to a reduced risk of falling for seniors. In fact, a recent study found that seniors aged 70 and older who swam regularly reduced their risk of falling by 33%!

Swimming is effective at burning calories as well. Depending on the intensity of the session, just 30 minutes in the pool could burn up to 900 calories.

  1. Improve Heart Health

Because swimming is an aerobic exercise, it strengthens the heart and improves its ability to pump blood throughout the body. In turn, water exercises are linked to lowered blood pressure and increased circulation. Additionally, swimming helps reduce stress, which plays an important role in good heart health and can decrease the risk of heart attack.

  1. Boost Mood & Brain Function

Swimming is good for more than just the body – the mind benefits from it as well! The act of swimming increases blood flow to the brain, which forms new brain cells and helps improve cognitive function. A dip also releases endorphins, or the “feel good” hormone, which brings about a sense of positivity, wellbeing, and happiness.

  1. Stay Social

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services always encourages our clients to remain socially engaged, as this has a long list of its own advantages for senior health. Water exercises are the perfect activity to do with a caregiver, friend, or family member!

Many community centers offer group exercise programs like lap swimming, water aerobics, and aquatic training. In addition to benefiting senior health, group exercises have a lasting effect on wellbeing and can help you or your senior loved one stay committed to fitness goals.

Ready to make a splash? A Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver is happy to help you or your special senior find the perfect aquatic fitness routine. With the hottest part of the year fast approaching, a dip in the pool instead of a hot walk around the neighborhood is sure to be a refreshing new challenge!

If you live in southwest Broward County, FL, give us a call to get started! 954-202-5200

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

 

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National Mental Health Awareness Month: Strategies To Help Seniors Boost Mental Wellbeing

chris 29 May 2023

We often hear about ways to strengthen physical health, but taking steps to improve and nurture mental wellbeing is just as important. May is National Mental Health Awareness month, so what better time for Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and offer a few ways seniors in Broward County can boost theirs.

What Is Mental Health?

The term “mental health” encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects several aspects of daily life, including how we think, feel, and act, as well as one’s ability to handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

When it comes to seniors, many deal with afflictions like depression, anxiety, isolation, and dementia. In fact, at least one in four older adults experiences some mental disorder like the ones listed.

Spotting a mental health issue in a senior loved one can be tough – symptoms often seem like ordinary reactions to a bad day or tough week. Though they vary by condition and from person to person, warning signs might include:

  • Significant changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Amplified worry and stress
  • Unwarranted anger, irritability, or aggression

If you notice persistent sadness, worries, sleep issues, and confusion in yourself or a family member, it’s time to consult a health care professional. Symptoms that last more than a couple weeks can indicate a more serious problem.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to boost mental health right from the comfort of home. If you or a loved one is feeling low, try a few of the following suggestions to improve mental wellbeing.

Talk It Out

Talking about a problem or worry helps release pent-up feelings and often aids in finding a resolution. However, many people find it difficult to share intimate emotions. It’s important to talk to someone you trust. This person could be a good friend, family member, or even a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver.

If you or a senior family member aren’t comfortable talking to someone familiar, consider discussing troubles with a counselor. There are lots of options for in-person, virtual, and anonymous therapy.

Adopt A Pet!

Pets provide companionship and unconditional love, which are automatic mood boosters. However, research shows that pets offer their human counterparts a lot more than that! For example:

  • People with pets experience depression less often than those without pets.
  • Pet owners have lower blood pressure and cortisol levels in stressful situations than people who don’t own pets.
  • Playing with a pet elevates serotonin and dopamine levels, leaving the person feeling calmer and more relaxed.
  • Animals have also been shown to reduce loneliness.

In addition, they offer owners a sense of purpose. Having an animal to care for motivates seniors to perform certain duties every day, like feeding, walking, or bathing their pet, which goes a long way in improving mental wellbeing.

Did you know that Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers help our clients care for their pets? That’s right! Whether you or your special senior already have a four-legged companion or are thinking about adding one to the family, they can help ensure all its needs are met.

P.S. – Though dogs and cats are some of the most common house pets, animals like rabbits, fish, birds, and even reptiles provide many of the same mental benefits.

Stay Connected

Spending time with loved ones is another way to address mental health and is especially important in combating feelings of loneliness and isolation. Research shows that seniors who regularly engage with others are also less likely to feel depressed, anxious, and stressed.

Providing companionship is one of the tenets of our mission at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services. Our caregivers, who are seniors themselves, understand how important it is for our clients to stay engaged and are always available for a friendly and meaningful chat.

They can also help you or your loved one build a broader social circle or get involved in the community. Here are a few ways to up social engagement:

  • Volunteer at organizations within the community, like local nonprofits or churches.
  • Join interest-based groups and clubs. Find ones based on hobbies, fitness, or learning a new skill.
  • When it’s not possible to meet in person, use video chatting technology to connect with loved ones.

Spend some time focusing on your or your senior loved one’s mental health. In addition to companionship, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers assist with other aspects that can decrease the worry and mental stress seniors sometimes feel – like finding transportation and help with daily tasks. It’s our goal to keep the seniors we serve feeling their best in all aspects of life. We’d love to discuss how we can help you or your special senior do the same!

If you live in southwest Broward County, FL, give us a call! 954-202-5200

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

 

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Crack Open The Power Of Pecans With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services!

The spring season is a wonderful time to reestablish good habits, including a focus on healthy eating. Helping clients in southwest Broward County create nutritious meals and keep healthy snacks on-hand is one of the many ways Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers support those we serve.

While almonds and cashews frequently receive credit as a beneficial addition to senior diets, there’s another nut we’re nuts about – pecans! Since April is National Pecan Month, let’s take a closer look at the nutritional boost these tree nuts provide and a few easy ways to add them into your or your special senior’s diet.

A Nutritious Nut

Pecans provide seniors with a variety of benefits that help keep the body and mind in top condition. We explore a few ways they pack a wholesome punch below:

Improve Heart Health

Pecans possess a plethora of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help seniors maintain a strong ticker. In fact, studies have also shown that just one ounce of pecans per day can lower cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels, both of which are linked to heart health.

Stabilize Blood Sugar

Diabetes is an issue for many seniors and, while pecans are a carbohydrate, they also register low on the glycemic index. This means that they won’t cause blood sugar levels to spike. In fact, as a source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber, they actually slow the digestion of carbohydrates, which delays glucose absorption and helps to regulate blood sugar.

Boost Brain Function

For a snack that improves the mind, look no further than the mighty pecan! This nut is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with less inflammation in the body and brain. In turn, they help alleviate brain fog and allow for clearer thinking.

Promote Strong Bones

Pecans are loaded with phosphorus and calcium, two minerals that are key to maintaining bone density. As we age, our risk of osteoporosis increases, but snacking on this nutritious nut can help seniors stay active and strong!

Dish Up A Diet Chalk Full Of Pecans!

There are plenty of ways to incorporate pecans into a balanced diet – and our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can’t wait to help you or your senior loved one cook up a delicious (and pecan-packed) meal! Looking for ideas? Try these!

  • Supplement salads. Pecans add a satisfying crunch and a nice helping of good fats and proteins to a fresh spring salad.
  • Make a pecan-filled energy bar. Homemade energy bars are easy to make and allow you or your special senior the flexibility to customize the ingredients to meet a range of dietary needs.
  • Whip up some pecan butter. Nut butter is a popular alternative to traditional spreads and is a perfect addition to toast, muffins, and stir fry.
  • Eat by the handful! Pecans are delicious all on their own too. Enjoy them as a healthy snack any time of the day!

See why we’re nuts about pecans?! Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is continually searching for ways to help our clients pursue an active, healthy lifestyle. Whether you or your family member could use an escort to the grocery store to stock up on pecans and other healthy snacks or a friend to help whip up a balanced meal, we’re always excited to serve our senior community!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

 

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Occupational Therapy & Seniors: An All-inclusive Approach To Continued Independence

According to a 2022 University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, 88% of individuals in the U.S. between the ages of 50 and 80 want to age in place. We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services completely understand this desire. Aging at home allows those we serve to remain surrounded by a supportive community, avoid the stress and expense of moving, and enjoy the familiar comforts of home for as long as possible.

While the services our caregivers provide help our clients realize this possibility, we believe it’s important to share other ways our senior community can foster independence – through occupational therapy (OT), for instance. Given that April is National Occupational Therapy Month, it’s the perfect time to showcase how OT can help seniors live the life they want!

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Simply put, OT helps seniors complete everyday tasks more easily, allowing them to remain independent for longer. An occupational therapist will work with you or your senior loved one to devise a plan to overcome physical, mental, and situational barriers that can stifle autonomy.

Another major benefit of occupational therapy is its holistic approach to senior wellbeing. Not only do OT professionals address the physical aspects that make daily life difficult, but they also deal with psychological, cognitive, and social issues that often keep seniors from continuing to participate in activities they enjoy.

What Might OT Look Like For Seniors?

As mentioned, occupational therapy covers a wide variety of needs, so the solutions providers offer their patients are quite varied as well. While the recommendations offered to you or your special senior will depend on individual needs, below are a few common ways occupational therapists help seniors age with grace and continued independence.

Build Back Basic Skills

OT providers help seniors improve basic and fine motor skills, strength, dexterity, and flexibility, all of which make completing everyday functions like dressing, eating, and bathing easier.

Recommend Home Modifications

Slips and falls are a big concern for many Seniors Helping Seniors® clients and their families. In addition to suggesting physical exercises to improve balance, strength, and mobility, occupational therapists recommend ways that seniors can make the home less prone to accidents. They might suggest adding handrails in the bathtub, slip-resistant flooring, or develop a plan of attack for clearing cluttered areas.

In addition to suggesting changes to prevent falls, occupational therapists encourage seniors to make modifications that help simplify other everyday tasks. These could include:

  • Replacing door knobs with pull handles
  • Rearrange cabinets to put commonly used items in easier reach
  • Adjusting the height of beds and the width of door frames
  • Adding lighting, and more

Cognitive Exercises

Furthermore, occupational therapists work to improve their patients’ cognitive abilities with things like memory exercises, puzzles, brain games, and sensory stimulation.

Improve Outlook

Seniors who participate in occupational therapy often realize an increase in confidence and a more hopeful outlook on life. OT focuses on the activities seniors can complete, not the abilities that may have been lost. This provides the motivation to continue learning and working to strengthen the body and mind.

Provide Support To Caregivers

Occupational therapists will also work with caregivers – both family and hired. This can include educating them on ways they can help their loved one or client continue practicing OT at home or providing techniques to better handle a loved one’s changing abilities. For example, they might:

  • Teach caregivers approaches to handle sudden personality changes in loved ones
  • Demonstrate specific ways to make daily tasks easier, like offering a limited number of clothing options for their senior to choose from
  • Provide caregivers with exercises their client or family member can practice to reduce stress and improve problem-solving capabilities

Additionally, OT providers act as a trusted confidant for family caretakers. They offer a safe place to vent frustrations, share concerns, and discuss their loved one’s condition. These professionals also suggest methods family caregivers can use to cope with the stresses of caring for an aging parent or relative and encourage them to maintain balance in their own lives.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the ways occupational therapy helps seniors continue living active and independent lives! We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services love seeing our senior community utilizing all of the tools at their disposal and would be happy to discuss how OT could help you or a senior loved one too. Let’s talk!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

 

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Occupational Therapy: A Seniors Helping Seniors® Suggestion For A More Independent YOU!

Seniors Helping Seniors® 02 Apr 2023

April is National Occupational Therapy Month and Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is taking a moment to champion this life-changing treatment. Occupational therapy (OT) helps people of all ages maintain, or regain, the skills necessary to perform everyday activities.

Similar to its better-known counterpart, physical therapy, OT provides a number of benefits throughout the body. Where the two differ most is in their purpose. Physical therapy focuses on improving pain in one part of the body, while occupational therapy is focused on adapting daily tasks to make them easier. For our care receivers, that means doing more of the things you love most!

Let’s explore the ways this branch of therapy can help our active senior community continue to reap the rewards of an independent lifestyle!

Physical Benefits

Occupational therapy helps strengthen the body by increasing flexibility, re-conditioning muscles, and teaching adaptive movements that put less stress on muscles and joints. Here’s a closer look at the physical advantages of OT.

Enhanced Range Of Motion

As a senior, improving flexibility can change a lot! Stretching allows the body to be less rigid. In turn, this decreases the chances of injuries like a muscle strain or pull. It can also make daily tasks – such as vacuuming, gardening, or walking – easier to complete.

Treatment to better range of motion can include a number of methods. For example, to improve shoulder flexibility, an occupational therapist might suggest seniors complete a series of stretches, practice dressing the upper body, and work on strength training exercises for that area.

Decreased Chronic Pain

When you lead an active and fulfilling life, chronic pain, like arthritis and muscle aches, can really slow you down. Getting support from an occupational therapist can help, however.

To assist with pain management, these professionals demonstrate adaptations for the activities that are most important to everyday life. The technical terms for these strategies include things like reduced muscle tension, ergonomics, safe body mechanics, and neuromuscular re-education. Simply put, these methods are alternative ways to complete tasks with less strain, and therefore pain, on the body.

Maximize Mental Health

The advantages of OT far surpass physical improvements. Cognitive functions like memory and brain capacity can see an uptick as well! It can even help relieve stress and anxiety.

Better Memory And Increased Brainpower

Occupational therapists are trained to evaluate thinking skills in addition to physical abilities. Again, there are a variety of techniques that can be used to improve cognitive function.

Memory-enhancing activities like crossword puzzles and brain teaser games are often encouraged to keep the mind sharp. An occupational therapist may also break challenging tasks down into a series of simple steps and cues, making them easier to complete for those with memory loss.

Additionally, occupational therapists can work with seniors on exercises that improve vision. It might not seem closely connected to memory and brainpower, but enhanced sight allows seniors to gather and process information more easily, benefiting cognition.

Reduced Stress And Anxiety

With age, the ability to perform everyday tasks often declines, taking a toll on mental health. You or a senior loved one might start to feel helpless and depressed due to this loss of function.

An occupational therapist, however, will focus on the tasks that CAN be completed, inspiring seniors with a sense of empowerment! As for weaker skills? OT is utilized to identify these and work to improve them.

Adaptive Living

Ultimately, the goal of occupational therapy is to enable individuals, seniors included, to live comfortably and independently. Improving physical and mental wellbeing is certainly helpful in retaining personal freedom, but OT extends beyond this.

Home Modifications

Not only will occupational therapists work with the body and mind to make life easier, they will also assist in adjusting areas of your home, or that of a senior loved one, with the same end goal. Here are some ways these professionals might alter a living space for better daily functionality:

  • Suggest safety improvements, like adding handrails in bathrooms, increased lighting, and clearing clutter from walking paths
  • Re-label medications, cooking items, and cleaners so they’re easier to distinguish for individuals with sight loss
  • Add visual cues throughout the home to help those with memory loss or dementias navigate and complete tasks

Shared Knowledge

Occupational therapists often encourage family members and caregivers to become familiar with the exercises their senior loved one has been practicing during OT. This ensures improvement doesn’t stop at the end of a session.

The more seniors can incorporate occupational therapies into a daily or weekly routine, the easier it will be to stay physically active, mentally fit, and autonomous. Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are happy to assist those we serve with the strategies learned through occupational therapy. From helping complete daily exercises to adaptive strategies, we’re here for you or the special senior in your life!

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4 Seniors Helping Seniors® Spring Cleaning Tips For A Fresh & Safe Home

The start of spring represents new beginnings and a season of rebirth. Just as the outside world takes this season to start fresh, seniors in southwest Broward County can use it to reset their homes with a good spring cleaning.

We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services are well-versed in the benefits our clients realize in keeping a tidy home. It aids in independence and promotes feelings of confidence and mental clarity, for instance. As we move into the spring season with a renewed burst of energy, we’re sharing four tips to help you or your senior loved one tackle spring cleaning like a pro!

1. Plan An Approach

As invigorating as spring cleaning can be, it can also be overwhelming without a clear plan of attack. Think about, or discuss with your loved one, what areas of the home need the most attention and how much can realistically be accomplished in one day.

Next, create a checklist of spring-cleaning tasks. To keep things manageable, break larger jobs, like deep cleaning the kitchen or clearing out the garage, into smaller tasks that can be finished within a few hours.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services recommends our clients dedicate a few days a week to checking off the items on their list. When cleaning, go slow and listen to your body or, if working alongside a senior family member, encourage them to take breaks often. If tasks become too strenuous, simply take time to rest and commit to tackling these chores at a later date.

 

2. First, Declutter. Then, Clean.

Did you know, decluttering boosts mood, reduces anxiety, and improves one’s ability to focus? While those are all excellent reasons to clear the clutter, doing so is also important in protecting seniors against trips and falls in the home. Not to mention, cleaning will be easier with fewer items to work around.

Purging can be tough, but it also results in feelings of empowerment and accomplishment. Focus on the following priorities to get started:

  • Clear tripping hazards from hallways, stairwells, and walking paths.
  • Start with smaller areas, like a pantry or even a drawer, removing the easiest things first.
  • Organize along the way, rearranging so that frequently used items are easily accessible.

Letting go of what’s no longer serving a purpose is especially important for seniors because it promotes safety and makes continuing to live independently more feasible. With less clutter and commonly used items within easy reach, our clients are able to navigate the home confidently and face less risk of injury. Designating an assigned spot for daily necessities like medications, glasses, and keys also means less time spent searching for these items and more time living life to the fullest!

 

3. Give Safety Features A Once-Over

Are the home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors working? Are flashlight batteries charged in case of emergency? Are vents clear of dust? Do air filters need to be changed?

Though these aren’t all “cleaning” activities, regularly checking safety features throughout the home is important and spring cleaning provides the perfect reminder. Ensuring items like these are in working order will offer peace of mind to you and your special senior all season long.

 

4. Ask For Help!

Spring cleaning is a significant task no matter how committed one is to daily and weekly housework throughout the year. Let one of our caregivers assist!

As mentioned, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers know the value those we serve discover in a clean and tidy home – from improved safety and security to better immune health, a lighter mental load, and easier access to everyday essentials. They’ll be beside you or your senior loved one every step of the way to provide encouragement, an extra set of hands, and conversation to keep things interesting! Like getting a little help from your friends®.

Ready to get started? Gather the cleaning supplies, cue up a few favorite tunes, and step into spring with a clear head and refreshed home!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Celebrate The Awesomeness Of Seniors With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services!

The month of March is noteworthy at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services because it recognizes International Day of Awesomeness – and that means we get to celebrate all the reasons our clients are extraordinary!

This fun day of recognition started as a tongue-in-cheek gesture between two co-workers on March 10th, 2008. They wanted to celebrate one another’s awesomeness, so they posted about it on Twitter. Since, International Day of Awesomeness has grown into a full-fledged social media phenomenon!

In honor of the day’s tagline, which reads “No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome,” we’re shining a spotlight on a few of the ways our clients inspire, motivate, and impress us day-in and day-out.

Seniors Are Awesome, And Here’s Why!

Seniors Helping Seniors® clients embrace the challenges that accompany aging with a fierce conviction to growing older gracefully and the ability to do it all with a positive mindset. Let’s further explore these fabulous characteristics!

Unmatched Resolve

When it comes to aging, continuing to live as an independent senior comes with its share of difficult obstacles. From unexpected health issues, finding the motivation to stay active, and struggling to understand the latest technology, we understand how discouraging these challenges can feel at times.

However, we continually see our clients finding new ways to rise above these obstacles. This could mean they seek the assistance of a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver or take the initiative to pioneer a neighborhood fitness group to keep themselves and their friends active. No matter what, our clients live with a never-ending drive to become better.

Winning Attitude

Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can or you can’t…you’re probably right.” This quote hits home on the Seniors Helping Seniors® team because we know the crucial role that mindset plays in our clients’ daily lives. Here’s to our senior community and their “can do” attitude!

 

How To Maximize Awesomeness Year After Year!

While “awesomeness” is a quality that is tough to define or manifest, there are several behaviors that can help each one of us become the best possible versions of ourselves.

Give Thanks

Gratitude is a powerful mindset that helps individuals cope with life’s stressors. Practicing for just ten minutes a day encourages a positive outlook. Try the Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions below to get started:

  1. Keep a journal and practice gratitude by making it a daily writing exercise.
  2. Participate in gratitude meditation every morning by focusing on the things for which you’re grateful.

Both approaches will set the tone for a wonderful day!

Prioritize Health & Wellness

Maintaining a strong body and mind requires hard work, but our clients are always crushing their goals! We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services love to see our clients taking control of their health and know their determination will help them age with continuing grace and independence.

Of course, health and wellness encompass more than just physical fitness. For continued awesomeness, incorporate all of the following into your or your senior loved one’s routine:

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week
  • Eat a balanced diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains
  • Stimulate the brain with mind games and puzzles
  • Maintain an active social life

Overall wellness is essential, especially when squeezing every drop out of fun out of one’s golden years!

Give Back

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we’re all about spreading kindness and compassion. Participating in acts of good will creates a sense of belonging and can help individuals feel more connected to those around them in the process. One small act of kindness can create an enormous positive response that will keep you and everyone around you feeling incredible!

There are no limits to the ways in which the Seniors Helping Seniors® community exudes awesomeness at every turn and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate it today and every day!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Riding The Wave! Keep Kindness Flowing In 2023

Showing kindness is the concept at the heart of Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services. We see the effects of compassion year after year as we watch our caregivers and clients in southwest Broward County support one another, share genuine laughter, and spread hope with thoughtful acts.

As we shine a light on this mindset, we’re excited to explore the many ways acts of kindness – large or small – create positive change in the body, mind, and in those around us. In addition, we love sharing ideas that inspire both those on the Seniors Helping Seniors® team as well as the individuals we serve to show they care!

Why Be Kind?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “kindness” means to exhibit a spirit of helpfulness, generosity, and consideration, and to do so without the expectation of receiving something in return. We see this quality on display in our caregivers day after day and understand how powerful it can be!

Although most people don’t need a reason to be kind, whether looking for one or not, the benefits of spreading cheer are plentiful. For example, doing something nice for another person has been shown to:

  • Reduce blood pressure and decrease cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone
  • Stimulate the production of serotonin, which improves mood
  • Increase one’s sense of purpose
  • Boost confidence
  • Foster a connection between individuals

Equally important, acts of kindness – whether random or planned – are contagious. Doing something nice for someone else inspires them to pay it forward as well!

Make It Your Mantra

Benevolence is innate in most people, but there are ways to help ensure you’re putting your best foot forward at every turn. For example, start each day with the mantra, “I will spread happiness today by…,” and then fill in the blank with how you plan to extend goodwill.

It’s that simple!

Now, let’s dive into some of our team’s favorite ways to show kindness!

The Power Of Love®

There are, quite literally, innumerable ways to spread cheer to those around us. No matter how you choose to brighten someone’s day, you can be certain that no good deed goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

Break Bread

Sitting down for a meal is a wonderful way to create happiness and joy. Whether cheering up a loved one by cooking their favorite meal or inviting a friend over to enjoy your most-loved dish, a few hours of engaging conversation, laughter, and meaningful connection will leave everyone in attendance with full bellies and full hearts!

Nice & Neighborly

Spreading kindness in your own backyard is perhaps the easiest way to show you care. A considerate gesture can make a new neighbor feel welcome or remind a long-time friend how lucky you are to live next door.

Watch for opportunities to:

  • Offer a hand carrying groceries or large packages
  • Assist with yard work
  • Bring the garbage cans in after pick-up
  • Deliver cookies or bread…just because!
  • Invite neighbors over for coffee or tea
  • Compliment an outfit, new haircut, or DIY project
  • Ask the person next door to join you for an evening walk

You just might start a wave of kindness throughout the entire neighborhood with one tiny act!

Make A Connection

Connecting with others – old friends and new acquaintances alike – always feels good! Call to let a senior loved one know you’re thinking about them during a difficult time. Ask a stranger who’s sitting alone to join you for lunch. Make it a point to support a friend as they learn a new hobby. There are tons of ways to spark a meaningful bond with others!

As American author and cartoonist Scott Adams once said:

“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services are ready to make some waves! Are you?

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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3 Unexpected Ways To Improve Heart Health with Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services  

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We all know a balanced diet and daily exercise are the tent poles of a healthy heart. In this article, however, we’re focused on a few of the lesser-known ways Seniors Helping Seniors® clients can maintain a strong ticker.

Reducing stress, sustaining an active social life, and incorporating simple stretches into a morning routine all help to bolster an already heart-healthy lifestyle. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is committed to helping those we serve hit all the right beats towards a healthy heart, so read on to get the ideas flowing!

1. Manage Stress

Equally important as eating smart and exercising, finding ways to deal with stress is essential in keeping the heart in top shape. The following ideas can help.

Practice Relaxation

Relaxing isn’t just important – it’s doctor’s orders! Staying relaxed goes hand-in-hand with stress management. Below, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team has gathered several exercises to help our clients feel at ease in any situation.

  • Breathing exercises, like taking slow and intentional deep breaths, send a message to the brain to relax. These breathing practices slow your heart rate and release more oxygen into the bloodstream, unleashing endorphins that combat stress.
  • Visualization helps reduce stress too. To start, find a quiet space, take a few deep breaths, and close your eyes. Picture yourself in a peaceful space. It could be the beach, a meadow, or a favorite comfy chair. Imagine having fun, smiling, and feeling serene.
  • Counting to 10 can help our clients stay calm when beginning to feel stressed as well. Simply close your eyes, take a deep breath, and count slowly from one to 10. Check how you feel and repeat this exercise until you reach a relaxed state.

Replace Bad Habits with Good Ones

Another side effect of stress are the vices we enact to help cope. For example, eating sweets may reduce anxiety in the short-term, but consistently indulging in not-so-great behaviors to de-stress can have unfavorable long-term results. Next time you find yourself gravitating toward a bad habit because of stress, break the cycle by completing a good habit instead. Try going for a walk, writing in a journal, taking a hot bath, or calling a friend.

Create A Plan To Stop Stress In Its Tracks

Now that you have a few stress relieving techniques in your arsenal, create a routine to practice any time you feel anxiety rearing its head. By recognizing the onset of stress and having a plan in place to stop it, you’ll be in total control of your reaction!

2. Stay Connected

For years, studies have shown that loneliness can negatively affect health. In fact, recent research uncovered that loneliness correlates to a 27% increase in the risk of heart disease for individuals 50 years of age and older.

Helping our clients remain engaged throughout their senior years is one of our top priorities at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services. Have you tried the following to build a social circle and keep connected?

Join Social Groups

There’s a group out there for everyone! Find like-minded individuals at the local senior center, fitness club, or through an online search of area clubs and organizations. Can’t find a group that fits? Gather some pals and start your own!

Keep In Touch With Family and Friends

With the hustle and bustle of daily life, carving out time to chat with loved ones can become a challenge. Nonetheless, it’s critical in remaining engaged! If your family lives close by, set up a monthly dinner or lunch date. Establish an ongoing connection with out-of-town loved ones by committing to calling or video chatting on the regular.

Take Advantage of Our Companionship Services

We offer a wide variety of in-home care services, including companionship! Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are friendly, fun, and love getting to know the seniors we serve. We even make sure to match caregivers and clients who have similar interests, so there will always be lots to talk about!

3. Stretch It Out

Daily stretching helps reduce injury, accidents, and…heart disease? Yes – you read that correctly! Kicking off each day with a stretching routine triggers the blood to start pumping and gets the heart-healthy habits going before your first cup of coffee!

Stretching also decreases stiffness in the arteries and damage to their walls, which leads to fewer heart-related problems. Not to mention, a quick morning stretch can help you relax, which we know is essential in boosting heart health as well!

Who knew there were so many ways to strengthen the heart?! Let’s get pumped for a happy and healthy year ahead!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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The Skinny On Blueberries: A Small (But Mighty) Superfruit That’s Bursting With Benefits!

Whether you enjoy them packed into a muffin or straight off the bush, blueberries are a sweet treat just about everybody loves. At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we love this berry not only because it’s tasty, but also because it’s packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients!

For example, just one cup of blueberries provides 24% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. One cup also clocks in at only 84 calories, so seconds (or thirds) won’t wreak havoc on your waistline.

There are loads of ways seniors in southwest Broward County can incorporate this antioxidant-rich superfood into a healthy diet on a daily basis. If you need ideas, we outline a few below. But first, let’s explore some of the ways blueberries deliver a healthy punch!

“Berry” Beneficial!

Blueberries are packed full of anthocyanin, which is a flavonoid, or plant compound, that possesses a powerful antioxidant effect. On top of the health benefits it provides, anthocyanin is also responsible for this juicy fruit’s distinctive blue color!

Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers who work blueberries into a balanced diet will enjoy a number of benefits, like the following:

1.   Reduced Memory Loss & Cognitive Decline

A recent study that looked at blueberry consumption in adults over the age of 60 came to two key conclusions: First, participants who ate one cup of blueberries every day showed a 72% increase in semantic memory, or long-term memories not drawn from personal experience (i.e. recalling basic facts).

Second, participants 94 years of age and older who had already begun experiencing memory decline saw an uptick in daily memory performance, felt better, and committed fewer mistakes after incorporating this superfruit in their diet.

2.   Fights Inflammation & Cancer

Blueberries contain antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A. These nutrients ward off inflammation and can inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.

3.   Stronger Bones

The blueberry is considered nature’s multi-vitamin for good reason! It contains iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K, all of which are key elements in maintaining bone strength.

4.   Heart Healthy

A Harvard study found that regular consumption of anthocyanins, the flavonoid found in blueberries, reduces the risk of heart attack by 32% in women. In addition, they’re chalk full of heart-healthy compounds like fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B.

The positive effects from consuming blueberries seem endless and aren’t exclusive to what we’ve highlighted here. Blueberries have also been found to play an integral role in decreasing blood pressure, boosting mental health, improving skin health, and preventing diabetes!

 

Part Of A Balanced Diet

Now that we’ve explored how blueberries benefit our bodies and minds, let’s talk about how to incorporate these superfruits into a healthy eating plan! Here are some of the Seniors Helping Seniors® team’s favorite ways to build a blueberry-full and delicious diet:

Grab A Handful!

Blueberries are sweet and juicy on their own, and just what the doctor ordered. And, at less than 100 calories per cup, a handful of blueberries makes an ideal guilt-free snack!

Tip: In Florida, peak blueberry season falls between April and late May! 

Whip Up A Smoothie

Smoothies are a convenient and healthy addition to a balanced diet. You can prepare them in about 5 minutes (just reach for the frozen fruit!) and there are endless flavor combinations to explore. Leafy greens like spinach or kale, bananas, Greek yogurt, and strawberries are all great options. Just don’t forget the blueberries!

Use As A Tasty Topper

Oatmeal is a nutrient-rich breakfast that’s filled with antioxidants and gut-healing qualities. To make this breakfast even better for you, add a cup of blueberries to the mix! They’ll give your bowl a burst of color and add a beneficial boost to your morning.

Seniors Helping Seniors® companions love helping those we serve discover new methods for incorporating superfoods into their diet. Put your heads together and see how many ways you and your caregiver can come up with to punch up breakfast, lunch, or dinner with this beneficial berry!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Start The New Year with Purpose! Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips for A More Meaningful 2023

As we ring in a new year, it’s time to reboot and think about your intentions for 2023. That’s why January is National Be On-Purpose Month! But what does it mean to be “on-purpose?”

Simply put, it means that you live with clarity about who you want to be, what you want to accomplish, and how you want to impact the people around you. Once you know your intentions, you set goals that will help you achieve them.

If the idea of purposeful living intrigues you but you are unsure where to start, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services can help! Our caregivers are thrilled to see those we serve working to better themselves and are happy to become a partner on your journey. With their help and the tips below, you can make the changes needed to live your life for a better, more meaningful tomorrow!

How To Discover Your Purpose

First things first, what’s your intent? Living with purpose can mean different things throughout each stage of our lives. Re-evaluating our interests, beliefs, and motivations each year gives us a chance to discover a new set of priorities.

If you already know where your intentions for the new year lie, great! If not, let’s start digging…

What’s your passion?

Thinking about your interests, hobbies, and talents can provide insight into your purpose. The activities that bring you joy are an excellent place to begin forming purpose-driven goals.

If you aren’t sure what you’re passionate about, explore a variety of activities with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver in the year ahead. After all, continuing to learn new things and improve upon your skills is an excellent intention for 2023 too!

What do friends and family say about you?

It can be difficult to look at ourselves objectively so paying attention to what others notice regarding your skills and positive attributes can provide additional insight into your purpose. For example, do people compliment your patience or ability to talk to anyone? Or perhaps they make it a point to tell you how your homemade desserts and beautiful garden brighten their day. Use this feedback to dive deeper into uncovering the person you want to be, how you hope to make people feel, and what attributes can help you get there.

What do you want to accomplish by living “on-purpose?”

Understanding your strengths and interests is the first piece of the puzzle. Once you’ve got that down, think about your reasons for pursuing it. For instance, do you want to improve your own skills or learn something new? Would you like to get others interested in your passion? Do you want to give back to your community?

Here are several examples of how you can make your passion purpose-driven:

  • If you love the theater, make it a goal to organize group trips throughout the year. This is a great way to see more shows, support your local arts scene, and share your passion with a group of like-minded friends.
  • Explore your love for painting by taking classes. Feeling adventurous? Commit to entering your work in a local art show or maker’s market by the year’s end!
  • Use your sewing skills to help others by making scarves that you can donate to area shelters during the winter season.

Knowing exactly what you hope to accomplish will help you set S.M.A.R.T goals (which we discuss below) and make it easier to stay focused on your overall intentions.

Get S.M.A.R.T!

Charting a purposeful path is only effective when you have a clear route to success. Now that you know what your intentions are for 2023, it’s time to set some objectives!

You’ve probably heard of the acronym “S.M.A.R.T” in terms of goal setting. Remember, those letters stand for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Every goal you set should meet these five criteria for the best chance at success. For even better odds, the Seniors Helping Seniors® team added a few more helpful tips below:

  • Write your goals down
  • Share objectives with friends and family
  • Split long-term or large goals up into smaller, more manageable objectives
  • Celebrate victories (even small ones)!

Keep in mind, sometimes deadlines won’t be met. That’s OK! Unsuccessful attempts aren’t failures, they’re simply part of the learning process.

No matter what your purpose is in 2023, your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver will be by your side every step of the way! And, while National Be On-Purpose Month ends January 31st, your mission to live more meaningfully doesn’t have to. Once you have an established system for defining your intentions and setting goals to help you reach them, you can live with purpose each and every day!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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4 Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For Discussing In-Home Care With Your Senior Loved One

Approaching the topic of in-home care can be tricky for children with aging parents. After all, admitting we need help is tough at any age! However, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services understands the nuances of this decision and is available as a trusted ally and resource.

We’ve helped families navigate this process time and again. With a thoughtful approach, a few expert tips, and a whole lot of compassion, you can have a productive and respectful conversation with your senior loved one about their wants and needs surrounding in-home care.

Take a moment to consider the following suggestions and put together a plan for breaching the subject with an aging family member or friend.

1.   Start Early

Waiting for a crisis to occur before talking about your loved one’s care needs often makes the entire process more difficult. Begin planting seeds before you jump into a full-on conversation.

Perhaps you can ask your parent how he or she feels about another aging family member having to move into a nursing home. Or casually ask what kind of tasks they’re starting to find difficult. This can be a good way to get your senior loved one thinking about the future.

Additionally, watch for outside cues or changes in circumstance that support the potential need for in-home care. For example:

  • Has your loved one recently received a negative health diagnosis?
  • Have they lost a spouse or close friend?
  • Have you noticed a decline in their appearance, habits, or health?

These can all be segways into a larger conversation about their well-being and continued independence.

2.   Prepare

Like most things in life, practice and preparation are key for this discussion. Before sitting down with a senior loved one, make a list of talking points to keep yourself on track. It can be difficult to think clearly in the middle of a conversation, especially if emotions are high, so having a few notes can help keep the discussion constructive and beneficial for everyone involved.

Think about who should be part of this conversation as well. Does your parent often turn to one particular family member for advice? Do you know of another senior who could share their experience with in-home care? Would it be beneficial to invite a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver in to explain our breadth of services? While you don’t want to create an overwhelming situation for your loved one, inviting a few knowledgeable friends to join can help offer answers and ease worries.

If you’d rather approach your parent alone, have a few examples ready that show how senior care services have helped others enjoy their independence longer and could help them too.

3.   Remember, This Is A Conversation

And, most likely, the first of many. Accepting in-home care is a big decision. Give your loved one a chance to work through the details and do your best to answer any questions or concerns directly, honestly, and with empathy.

Try incorporating a few of the following Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions:

  • LISTEN to what your loved one wants; don’t tell them what they need.
  • STAY POSITIVE. Mention things your parent is already doing well and focus the conversation on how these care services will benefit them in the future.
  • If your special senior isn’t ready for full-time help yet, suggest short-term or task-based assistance as a starting point.

4.   Stress The Benefits

Many seniors think that requesting help is the first step in losing their independence when just the opposite is often true! At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, our caregivers are fellow seniors who understand the challenges that accompany aging. Their goal is to help your senior loved one remain in the comfort of home for as long as possible and will provide as much or as little help as needed along the way.

We also match our clients with caregivers who share similar backgrounds and interests, which makes forming a meaningful and lasting connection easy! As a result, our care feels less like a service, more like getting a little help from your friends®.

 If you’re struggling to get the conversation started, give us a call at 954-202-5200. Our experienced team is happy to provide guidance, tips, and resources to make the discussion as easy as possible!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Gifts From The Heart: 4 Priceless Presents Your Grandchild Will Adore

Whether it makes the recipient laugh, cry, or jump for joy, nothing compares to the feeling of giving the perfect gift! Instead of opting for a present off your grandchild’s list this season, make them light up with a special memento.

Our Seniors Helping Seniors® team loves to help our clients in southwest Broward County find creative ways to share their most memorable moments and precious memories. Including a few special items under the tree is a great way to do this. And since you can find plenty of heartfelt gifts in your own home, that also means you won’t have to wade through a sea of last-minute shoppers – an added bonus!

If you already have the perfect present in mind, great! If not, read on for some Seniors Helping Seniors® inspiration.

1.   Prized Possessions

Gifting a special award, keepsake, or personal item is a wonderful way to give your grandchild a glimpse into your past and leave them with a token they’ll cherish for life. Pass down mementos from a military career, like medals of honor or a loved one’s burial flag. Or perhaps you have a few special trophies from your time as a college athlete, a book you’ve read time and again, or a meaningful piece of jewelry.

Your grandchild will love gifts of this nature because they provide a glimpse into your life before they knew you. It’s also a great opportunity to share a personal story about it, giving your loved one insight into why this present is so special to you.

2.   Cherished Photos

Do you have old photo albums in your home? Look through them with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to find a few snapshots of meaningful periods in your life. Our caregivers love learning about our care receivers’ younger years, so be sure to share the story behind the photos as you go!

Here are a few ideas what to look for:

  • Photos of you and your grandchild from when they were younger
  • Shots that make you say, “What on Earth was I thinking with that hairdo / outfit?”
  • Pictures from past family trips or get togethers

There are no wrong answers here – you know best what will connect with your grandchild. Once you find the perfect picture, frame it or use multiple photos to create a collage and a nostalgic gift your grandchild will cherish!

3.   Family Heirlooms

The holiday season is a wonderful time to pass along family traditions, including heirlooms. Perhaps you were given a special keepsake by your grandmother, who also received it from her grandmother. Items like these are family treasures and are an excellent prompt to share stories and memories of relatives you’ve lost.

4.   Handmade Gifts

Do you have a special hobby, like woodworking, sewing, or painting that you can use to create a one-of-a-kind gift? Whatever you enjoy, your grandchild will adore a present made with them in mind. This is simply one more touching way to show your loved ones how much they mean to you!

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we know it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Putting together a thoughtful and heartwarming gift can help us slow down and remember the true meaning of the season. Try adding a few presents like those above under the tree this year – it’s a wonderful way to forge an even stronger connection with those you hold dear!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Know The Facts

An estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Although the term “Alzheimer’s” is familiar to most, understanding the condition, its symptoms, and treatment options is a more difficult task.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is empowering our care receivers and their families to be proactive about Alzheimer’s. Read on to learn more about the disease and the steps you can take to help prevent and treat it in yourself or a senior loved one.

What Is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia, responsible for 60-80% of all dementia cases.

The most recognizable symptoms include:

  • Memory loss and forgetfulness
  • Confusion about surroundings
  • Inability to perform simple tasks
  • Difficulty finding the right words when speaking

Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms like memory loss or cognitive function; it is not a specific disease. Conversely, Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder caused by cell damage. Those with Alzheimer’s often experience symptoms of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Prevention

There is no surefire way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. However, certain proactive measures can help reduce the risk in yourself or a senior loved one. Work with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to practice healthy habits, like the following. 

Maintain A Healthy Heart

Studies show an increased link between cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s diagnoses. Maintaining good heart health throughout the Golden Years can help lessen the risk of developing many medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s.

Follow these steps to improve heart health:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Eat a nutritious diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week for at least 30 minutes

Stay Connected

Studies show that mentally and socially active seniors experience a lower risk of cognitive decline. Participating in enjoyable activities and hobbies creates a sense of purpose and aids in healthy aging.

Try these Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions for staying stimulated:

  • Engage in a creative outlet like reading, painting, or playing an instrument
  • Play brain games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles
  • Join group activities like a sports team or book club
  • Socialize with family and friends, either in-person or virtually

Diagnosis & Treatment

Though there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, early diagnosis and treatment can help those with the condition maintain a better quality of life. If you’ve noticed warning signs in yourself or a senior loved one, it’s important to make an appointment with a doctor.

Diagnosis is typically done through a combination of tests – including a neurological exam, blood tests, and brain scans. These help the doctor identify if Alzheimer’s is the cause of cognitive decline and rule out other possibilities.

Treatment includes prescription medications to help improve cognitive symptoms as well as adaptations to the person’s home to make living with the condition more manageable.

A Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver can assist you or your senior loved one in creating processes that ease demand on memory and make daily life easier, such as:

  • Establishing a spot for valuables (keys, wallet, phone) to prevent them from becoming lost
  • Developing – and sticking to – a consistent daily schedule and routine
  • Creating a daily checklist to track medication and doctor’s appointments 

It is important to surround yourself with trusted helpers when dealing with Alzheimer’s in yourself or a senior loved one. In addition to providing compassionate care after a diagnosis, our caregiving team is familiar with the signs and can play a vital role in helping to identify early indications of the disease.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is always available to be a part of your support network and we’re here to address any concerns and questions you have about Alzheimer’s. Together, we can raise awareness of this condition and help seniors living with it remain active and independent!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Fun For Everyone! Celebrate National Game & Puzzle Week With The Seniors Helping Seniors® Team

Playing games and solving puzzles might not feel like a serious brain workout, but these activities are some of the best ways to improve cognitive wellbeing. Even better – they’re a wonderful way to engage with family and friends! National Game and Puzzle Week is celebrated the last week in November, and what better time for Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers in southwest Broward County to get in on the fun?!

Below, we talk about a few different types of games and puzzles that are sure to get participants thinking, strategizing, and in some cases, moving. Not sure which game will hit the spot? Try a few! You or your senior family member can tap into a slew of mental and social benefits with any or all of the following games and puzzles.

Get In The Game!

Games come in tons of different varieties – there’s truly something that everyone can enjoy! Whether you or your family member love outsmarting an opponent, working as a team to reach a goal, or are simply searching for a lively icebreaker to play with friends, family, and a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver, one of the following suggestions is sure to do the trick.

Tabletop Games

Board games and card games cover numerous topics and skill levels. That’s why they’re one of our favorite ways to get into the competitive spirit. Here are a few other reasons they’re a go-to on game night:

  • Individuals with mobility issues can easily participate since tabletop games don’t typically require a lot of movement to play.
  • Many are suitable for elementary aged children to seniors, so there are plenty of games that friends and family of all ages can enjoy together.
  • The strategy behind games like chess and poker are often passed down from generation to generation, making them a great way to connect with grandchildren.

Video Games

It may sound strange to include video games as a fun activity for seniors, but they’re an excellent way to stimulate the mind and body by helping to improve coordination and critical thinking skills. If you or a senior loved one are looking to get the blood pumping, video games that encourage you to act out movements to complete a goal are a perfect choice. For example, these games allow players to compete in sporting competitions, play an instrument as a part of a band, or learn a new dance right in the living room.

Looking for more information about the health benefits of playing video games, and which options are great for seniors? Read more: Video Games for Seniors.

Digital Games

We’re all familiar with the saying: “There’s an app for that!” Digital games are no exception. Our favorite part? You don’t have to live in the same area to challenge a friend or family member to a round. Phone and computer games allow us to connect with players from around the world – all from the best seat in the living room.

Our caregivers love helping those we serve learn new skills and adapt to technology, especially when these technologies help our clients stay connected with loved ones. After all, our in-home services focus on Aging Reimagined®. Ask a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to help you or a loved one download a digital game and get the competition started!

Puzzles For Peak Performance

Like games, puzzles are fun for all ages and carry with them some rewarding benefits. They promote concentration, increase brain function, and can be a pleasurable way to stay engaged during the cool and dreary fall and winter months.

Jigsaw puzzles are an excellent way to work the mind. With choices ranging from those with dozens of pieces to thousands, there’s an option for every skill level. Not to mention, every scene imaginable is available in puzzle form, so when the work is done, you or a senior loved one will be left with a stunning image to enjoy!

“Brain” games like Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, and matching games require players to solve a puzzle as well, using strategy and critical thinking. On the days that you or an aging family member are looking for a fun and challenging solo activity, brain games are an excellent option.

Finding ways to gather with family and friends once cookouts and long spring and summer evenings come to an end can be tough. Planning a monthly game night is an excellent way to keep the fun going over the fall and winter seasons.

Our caregivers are happy to help, from finding a few fun and appropriate games to making appetizers for the whole gang to share on game night. So, get your game face on, gather the crew, and start an exciting new fall tradition!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward is Now Part of the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network

Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward In-Home Senior Care Services is pleased to announce they are now a provider for the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network! Services offered by Seniors Helping Seniors are now covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The VA provides veterans with world-class benefits and services, with the highest standards of excellence, compassion, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.

The Community Care Network is a resource to help veterans find the care they need through community providers when the VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by the VA. Community care is based on specific eligibility requirements, availability of VA care, and the needs and circumstances of individual veterans.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network,” said Diana Cabassi, owner of Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward. “It is an honor to be able to help veterans who have selflessly served our country on our behalf.”

Seniors Helping Seniors provides in-home senior care services with mature, compassionate, professional companions who are active seniors themselves.  This peer-to-peer relationship leads to a more enjoyable experience for all.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

Veterans throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Miramar, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Plantation, Sunrise, and surrounding areas can now access in-home care assistance from Seniors Helping Seniors with coverage and financial support coming from the VA.

For additional information and assistance obtaining referrals from the VA for the new benefits, veterans and their families may contact Seniors Helping Seniors at 954-202-5200.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches active seniors who want to help with those who need help.  Our companions can assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments or any other errand or outing, light housekeeping, medication reminders, overnight stays, 24/7 care, and much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve throughout southwest Broward County, FL, including the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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(F)ALL About Maintenance! Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For Seasonal Prep

With temperatures starting to cool and the hustle and bustle of summer at an end, autumn is a wonderful time to perform yearly maintenance around your home or that of a senior loved one. For Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers in southwest Broward County, more comfortable temperatures make it a great time to catch up on upkeep that was put off due to scorching summer heat.

Taking a day or two to inspect key areas of the home (both inside and out) can keep you and your loved one safe and comfortable, in addition to saving money on power bills and costly emergency repairs. What’s better, most of these fixes don’t require a professional – they can be done with the help of a Seniors Helping Seniors® companion, friend, or family member. Who’s ready to get started?

 

In-Home Areas To Inspect

Committing to a yearly fall maintenance routine is important in ensuring your home is ready for the cooler months ahead. It will assist in keeping equipment working properly, the air clean, and conditions in the home safe for yourself or an older family member.

 

Schedule An HVAC Check

After working overtime to keep the house cool during the hot summer months, your HVAC system will benefit from a fall checkup. Being proactive about upkeep makes certain your system works when you need it, like when temperatures dip.

While most of the items on this list can be done by yourself and a caregiver, this job is one for the professionals. Schedule a time for them to come out and make sure everything is in working order.

 

Track Down Drafts

Over time, houses develop drafts around doors, windows, and wall joints for a variety of reasons. Unsealed drafts force your heating or cooling system to work harder, which can cause your power bill to surge.

Luckily, detecting drafts isn’t difficult. Oftentimes, you’ll be able to feel one simply by standing close to the area where air is getting through. Apply caulking or weatherstripping to seal drafty spots and prevent the outside air from creeping in.

TIP: For even more help keeping warm on cool autumn evenings, switch the setting on ceiling fans so they rotate clockwise and push warm air down.

 

Change Air Filters & Clean Air Ducts

Replacing air filters regularly keeps the air in your home clean and fresh, a matter especially important to individuals with respiratory issues. Though filters should be changed more than once a year, making it part of fall maintenance ensures the air in your home is as pure as possible during the coming months, when you’ll likely be spending more time indoors.

Cleaning air ducts is simple as well. Ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver for a hand and follow these steps:

  • Remove the vent cover, clean off any dust, and set it aside.
  • Cover the vent opening, and then knock alongside the ductwork with your hand to loosen the dust inside.
  • Use a vacuum to suck up the loose dust and replace the newly cleaned vent cover.

 

Outside Upkeep

Inspecting your gutters and roof helps ensure the outside of your home is in good shape, preventing unwanted surprises in the months ahead. The Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions below will make sure you hit several key areas.

 

Clean Gutters & Touch Up Exterior

Fallen leaves and debris from summer storms can clog your gutters and cause damage if they’re not removed. Cleaning the gutters is straightforward, but these tips will make the job even easier:

  • Use an old plastic spatula to remove debris. It won’t scratch or damage gutters and you can cut it to the exact shape needed.
  • A toilet snake is the perfect tool for clearing clumps of wet leaves and debris from downspouts.

While gutter cleaning isn’t tough, it may require a ladder, so be sure to enlist the help of your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver or a family member to stay safe!

Once you’ve finished with the gutters, take a few minutes to inspect the exterior of your home. Use this opportunity to touch up paint and repair pieces of siding that have blown away or been damaged.

 

Inspect The Roof

Once a year, you should also have a professional perform a thorough roof inspection to check for leaks, cracks, or damage. Doing this in autumn will give you plenty of time to fix any issues before the winter season and unpredictable weather sets in throughout many areas in the region.

 

Discard Fallen Leaves

If there is one thing autumn is best known for, it’s leaves. It’s important to clear dead leaves from your lawn to keep it healthy and free of disease. Give the following Seniors Helping Seniors® methods a try this season:

  • Keep bending and stooping to a minimum by raking leaves onto a tarp and dragging them to a disposal site.
  • Shred leaves with a lawn mower, then gather them to use as mulch in flower beds or the garden.

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we know keeping up with home repairs and maintenance is a full-time job. But remember, our caregivers love lending a hand! We strive to give seniors The Gift of Independence® through caring companionship and assistance with daily tasks, fall maintenance included! Now, grab a jacket and let’s get to work!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, groceries and meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Map Out A Fun Fall Road Trip With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services!

October is the perfect month to hop in the car and “get lost” for a bit. Whether you or a senior loved one are looking to take in vibrant and dazzling fall foliage, pop into a top-rated breakfast joint, or discover one-of-a-kind creations, there’s a perfect fall road trip for everyone!

Before you pack the car, however, make sure you have a trusted companion set to come along for the ride. Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers make excellent co-pilots! You can rest assured our caregivers will be just as excited to begin the journey as you or a senior loved one are, and are always ready to share a laugh, trade memories, or sing along to a favorite tune!

So, gas up and fasten your seatbelt – here are three autumnal road trip ideas to start planning with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver today!

 

1. Fall Foliage Tour

Foliage is the word of the season for good reason. In many parts of the country, the leaves show off in the month of October with spectacular displays of reds, oranges, and yellows. If out-of-this-world views are what you’re looking for, a fall foliage tour should be at the top of your list!

The best news is there is probably a course already mapped out for you. A quick Internet search will populate tons of scenic routes in the area. Before you and your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion hit the road, however, make sure to prepare for a day away from home.

Load up the car with these road trip essentials:

  • Pack important medications needed throughout the day and keep them within easy reach.
  • Stock up on healthy snacks and bring plenty of water.
  • Have an energizing playlist ready to keep the tunes rolling or choose a favorite podcast or book on tape to enjoy along the way.

 

2. Seek Out Local Cuisine

Perhaps a journey to a nearby 5-star-rated roadside diner or quaint dessert shop is more up your or your senior loved one’s alley. This can make an excellent fall road trip too!

Sit down with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver and compile a list of restaurants, bakeries, and holes-in-the-wall that sound delicious and have others raving. Consider how far to travel and what kind of eats to enjoy and start planning a route. For example, a trip could include grabbing breakfast at the first stop, a mouthwatering appetizer or sandwich around lunch time, and a decadent dessert on the way home.

Before hitting the road, it’s a good idea to call ahead to the places that make the list to ensure they’ll be open. Restaurant hours often vary from day-to-day and season-to-season.

 

3. Look For Unique Finds

Want to visit the tallest lighthouse on the East coast? Or get a taste of the “World’s Best!” apple pie? No matter where you call home, there are sure to be a few one-of-a-kind attractions close by.

You and your caregiver might also decide to seek out farmer’s markets in the next town over to fill up a bag of fresh produce or start searching for the perfect artisan creation for a loved one’s upcoming birthday. Hopping between yard sales and antique shops makes for a fun road trip as well and these can be a treasure trove for those willing to take the time to search.

Whether your or a senior loved one’s trip focuses on one of these ideas or a combination of all three, the most important thing is to enjoy the ride! Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services delights in watching our clients experience the joy in each season and we’re always excited to provide a compassionate and friendly companion to join in the fun. After all, when it comes to road trips, the true beauty is in the journey.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, groceries and meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Dig In To Fall! Plan For Autumn Planting With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

Slightly cooler temperatures will soon start settling in southwest Broward County, FL, making it an ideal time for gardening. Green thumb or not, Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers will benefit from this activity for many reasons.

Let’s take a moment to uncover how gardening helps those we serve continue to stay active, social, and independent — in addition to creating the best-looking lawn on the block!

Unearth Health Benefits

Gardening is a fun fall activity that can help boost mental wellness and physical fitness. Our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are happy to assist those we serve in getting their lawn or garden in shape, allowing you or a senior loved one to blossom in the process.

Build Immunity

When it comes to gardening, getting a little dirt under the nails is a good thing! Studies show that Mycobacterium – the bacteria found in garden soil – provides a natural boost to the immune system and helps to fight off pesky seasonal allergies.

Battle Stress & Depression

A day in the sun provides a host of advantages to people of all ages, seniors included! It can help regulate emotions and reduce stress while certain flowers or smells cultivate a sense of nostalgia. Additionally, working in the garden on a sunny day increases the production of Vitamin D, a known combatant of depression.

Build Strength & Endurance

Since gardening requires continuous care and attention, it’s a wonderful way for Seniors Helping Seniors® clients to commit to regular exercise. Working in the yard or garden can help boost endurance, increase flexibility, and build strength, all of which keeps our care receivers active and feeling their best.

Top Fall Planting Picks

Gardening is all about choosing the plants that spark joy, but certain species of flora are better suited to particular areas of the U.S. than others. Southeast hardiness zones, or the area in which a plant can thrive, can range all the way from 7a to 11b, depending on your location. Keep this in mind when deciding which plants to incorporate into your space and you’ll enjoy stunning vegetation all season long!

Colchicum Bulbs

Also known as the autumn crocus, colchicum bulbs are sure to give your fall garden a facelift! This low maintenance species is ideal for pots and is deer resistant to boot. Come mid-autumn, white, pink, blue, and purple buds will ascend, sprinkling the garden with beautiful pops of color!

Perennials

Perennials are available in tons of varieties and come back year after year, making them an excellent addition to any flower bed. Not to mention, working perennials into your gardening plan can help cut down on the amount of planting required at the start of each new season.

Mexican bush sage typically does well in hardiness zones 8 through 10, making it a versatile addition throughout the Southeast. Its wand-like pinkish-purple blooms flourish when temperatures cool and it’s known for attracting an abundance of hummingbirds and butterflies.

Japanese Maple

Nothing encompasses fall quite like the maple tree. The Japanese maple is an interesting choice for Southeastern yards, just look for a heat-tolerant variety like the ‘Fireglow’. The tree will thrive best in a mostly sunny spot and boasts bright red and orange foliage, making it a beautiful statement piece.

Though gardening is a relaxing activity, it can also be strenuous if you take on too much. Don’t hesitate to ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to lend a hand – they love getting involved in our care receivers’ hobbies and interests! From helping with weeding and planting to offering engaging conversation along the way, our caregivers are the perfect gardening companion. Now, pass the shovel!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Change The Game, Seniors! Stimulate Mind & Body With Video Gaming

Continually finding new hobbies that engage the mind is important in staying active and independent with age. Though traditional book clubs, exercise classes, and lunch dates are all excellent ways to promote social interaction and continued learning, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services always encourages our care receivers to push the limits.

This fall, step outside your comfort zone and try a fun and unexpected way to stimulate body and mind — video games!

Yes, you read that right. Though video games are often thought to be an activity for the younger generations, Seniors Helping Seniors® clients can reap rewards as well and have a great time doing it!

The Original Gamer Generation

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It may seem like gaming is a relatively new trend, but it has actually been around for almost half a century. In fact, one of the most well-known video game systems – Nintendo – made its debut in 1983. That means a 65-year-old person was in their 20s when video games entered the scene!

But you don’t have to be in your 20s to get in on the action – and the benefits. As you can imagine, video games have come a long way since the 80’s and now more than ever, there’s a game for everyone! Not to mention, the technology used to create them has evolved as well, making them more lifelike and user-friendly.

Get In The Game

A study conducted by NC State found that individuals over the age of 63 who played video games at least once a week reported better overall emotional health. Additionally, challenging yourself to learn a new skill helps form new synapses between neurons in the brain. This new skill can then be applied to other situations.

Additionally, Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers who play video games can experience benefits like:

  • Enhanced mental stimulation
  • Better dexterity in hands and fingers
  • Increased social interaction through team-based video games
  • Improved hand-eye coordination

The type of video game you choose to play determines what kind of benefits can be realized. Discuss your goals with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver and work together to gather a few games that will help you achieve a better sense of mental and physical wellbeing.

Stand-Out Senior Gaming Choices

If you could use some help jumping into the gaming scene, try these options from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services.

Simulator Games

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Music- or sports-themed simulator games are an excellent choice for seniors who wish to improve their hand-eye coordination while getting their bodies moving. In these games, you’re required to physically act out a role – like playing the guitar or swinging a tennis racket – as part of the game.

Brain Games

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If mental dexterity is what you’re after, look into games of strategy where you have to solve a puzzle to win. These games focus on improving memory and quick thinking, in addition to enhancing visual recognition and critical thinking skills.

No matter what type of game you choose, research shows that picking one you’re not familiar with presents the most significant benefits for senior gamers.

Game Night: Version 2.0

Want to make your new video gaming hobby a social event? Ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to help you plan a virtual game night!

There are loads of team-based video games that allow for multiple players. Some may require you to work with other players to accomplish a goal while others have you competing to come out on top. Either way, it’s a great way to connect with friends and family with an activity that spans the ages!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services knows that stepping outside your comfort zone is a wonderful way for those we serve to discover new interests and expand their skill set. And now you know, video games aren’t just for kids– they’re a fun, convenient, and engaging way to get your brain and body working in new and helpful ways! So, take control of your independence and get gaming!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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3 Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For A Safe And Successful Day On The Links!

August is National Golf Month and there is no better way to honor the game than by playing a round! A recent study shows that seniors actually make up one quarter of all golfers – and that’s because a day on the course offers some major benefits. For example, Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers in southwest Broward County, FL could find that regular golf outings:

  • Improve strength and stamina with low-impact activity
  • Bolster hand / eye coordination and concentration skills
  • And provide an excellent opportunity for social engagement

If those reasons aren’t enough…it’s also just plain fun!

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, the safety of those we serve is always our top priority. Though golf is considered a relaxing activity for many, there’s always the possibility for injury. However, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring you or a senior loved one have a wonderful day on the golf course!

Play It Safe! 3 Tips For Senior Golfers

While the following advice applies to every golfer, no matter their age, it’s especially important for seniors. The Seniors Helping Seniors® tips below will have you or your special senior ready to walk, swing, and hopefully, get that ever-elusive hole in one!

  1. Keep Cool And Hydrate!
    It’s no secret, Broward County’s midday temperatures can be scorching in August! Whenever possible, schedule tee times early in the morning, when the sun isn’t quite as hot.Make sure to wear appropriate clothing as well. A hat and sunglasses will help protect your head, face, and eyes from the sun’s rays, but it may be too hot to don long sleeves or long pants. Be sure to apply an FDA-approved sunscreen to any exposed areas of skin.Bring enough water for the round and drink up! Most golf courses also have refreshment carts or water stations along the green, so take advantage of these resources to keep your body well-hydrated!
  2. Take The Strain Out Of Carrying Clubs
    Let’s face it, a golf bag full of clubs is heavy. Luckily, there are a few ways to avoid having to lug it all over the course.First, consider investing in a pull cart. Since they have wheels, maneuvering a cart like this along the fairway will be no problem – even with a cumbersome bag of clubs in tow.Or, ask a grandchild or younger friend to come along as a caddy. They’ll enjoy getting to learn the game, you’ll benefit from a more relaxing day, and you’ll both love spending time together!
  3. Prepare Before Hitting The Links
    To prevent any issues, there are a few simple steps you can take before ever swinging a club: 

     
    Bring A Buddy
    Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love helping our care receivers pursue their favorite hobbies, so don’t shy away from challenging them to a friendly match! Not only will golfing with someone else make the round more fun, you can help each other watch for signs of distress as well – like heat stroke, sunburn, and dehydration.

    Warm Up!
    Even the nicest of days on the links could lead to injury if you aren’t properly warmed up. Do a full-body stretch – making sure to hit your legs, hips, back, and arms – to get limber and prepare your muscles for physical activity.

    Pick Balls Up Properly
    Bending down to grab your golf ball might seem like the easiest part of your outing, but it’s important to do it right to prevent injury. Always bend your knees when scooping a ball off the ground and lean on a friend to steady yourself while bending over.Many parts of Broward County are known for their water-loving gators, so if you hit your ball near a water feature, make sure there’s nothing else hiding in the grass or shallows before reaching a hand in to get it.

    Have The Clubhouse On Speed Dial
    You could be up to a mile or more away from the clubhouse in the middle of a golf round. Make sure you have their number at the ready in case you or someone you’re with need assistance. They often have access to food, drink, and safety equipment that could help prevent a serious health issue.

We love to see our care receivers living life to the fullest and enjoying their favorite activities! Staying mentally, physically, and socially active into your senior years is essential in remaining engaged and independent. Golfing is a great way to have some fun while enjoying a host of positive benefits and the company of your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion! Now, who’s ready to hit the links?!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Get Out of Town with Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

Summer is a great time to plan a trip with family and friends for lots of reasons! You can generally count on nice weather, making delays and interruptions to your plans less likely. Your grandchildren may also be on summer break, giving you plenty of quality time with them. Most destinations are in full swing during the summer months as well, ensuring there will be lots of activities to enjoy on your getaway!

Vacations are also a wonderful way for our Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers to gain new experiences and enjoy some much-deserved R&R!

But, while traveling can certainly recharge your battery, it can also prove stressful if you’re not prepared. With a little forethought, however, you can enjoy a smooth road to relaxation.

Let’s look at a few simple ways to ensure you’re ready for a hiccup-free getaway!

Plan Ahead

Not every minute of your vacation needs to be scheduled out, but it’s a good idea to have a general plan for what you’ll be doing on your trip. Before leaving, take some time to research the area so you’re not faced with surprises that will disrupt your fun. Consider the following:

Transportation

Depending on the destination, you might need to make arrangements to help you get around. Check into what options are available where you’ll be staying. Many hotels provide a shuttle service to take guests to area destinations. If not, you may want to rent a car or plan on utilizing ride-share services for activities that aren’t within a comfortable walking distance.

Documentation

There are typically lots of reservations, tickets, and personal documents to keep track of during any trip and not being able to find them when needed can cause major issues. For example, if you’re flying, you’ll likely need an approved I.D., your plane tickets, and perhaps, a passport or vaccination information.

Before leaving on your trip, have your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver help you gather and organize these documents. Try keeping them all in one envelope so you know where everything is at all times.

Pack Smart

Organization is key when packing for a trip. It can be frustrating having to dig through a cluttered suitcase to find your essential items. The following Seniors Helping Seniors® tips, however, will get you packing like a pro!

Less is more

For the sake of convenience (and your own sanity), the lighter you can keep your suitcase, the better! It can be tempting to bring along lots of items “just in case,” but try to keep these impulses to a minimum. Ask yourself questions like the following to help decide what to bring:

  • What kind of activities do I have planned? Do they require special clothing or equipment?
  • What is the weather forecast?
  • Can I bring items that can be worn several different ways?
  • Are there laundry facilities where I’m staying?

Feel free to get your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver in on the packing as well. They can help keep you organized and pare down what’s essential, getting you off to a great start!

Keep medication handy

If medication is part of your daily routine, it’s important to pack it in a safe place. Keep all your essential medications together and easily accessible throughout the trip. If you’re flying, pack it in your carry-on in the event your checked luggage is lost or delayed.

Stick To A Routine

Routines are important and keep us feeling our best. Vacations, while fun, tend to make it difficult to stick with the schedule we follow at home. With a little planning, however, you can stay on track even when you’re on the go.

Proper rest is often one of the first things to fall by the wayside on vacations. You don’t want to miss a thing so there’s the temptation to plan an activity for every minute of every day. But it’s important to leave time for rest as well. For example, if you have an early morning activity planned, leave the afternoon open to relax by the pool or take a nap.

Eating consistently can be tough on vacation as well. You may be relying on restaurants for your meals, which can be unpredictable, or neglect to leave enough time to eat lunch in between activities. Whenever possible, schedule blocks of time to eat and keep your body fueled. It’s also a good idea to bring snacks on outings in case your meal plans fall through.

It was once said: “To travel is to live.” These simple travel tips can help our Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers follow this mantra and enjoy life to the fullest! As always, our caregivers love helping their senior companions plan for life’s adventures, so don’t hesitate to get them in on the fun! Now, the only question left to answer is: Where will you go first?

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors Eats! – Delicious Donut Recipe

Try out this delicious donut recipe from Seniors Helping Seniors in southwest Broward County, FL! You can get creative with your donut however you like! If you follow this recipe without toppings, you will get a tasty glazed donut.

 
For seniors wanting a cooking partner and some good conversation, our Seniors Helping Seniors caregivers are here for you!


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 packets of active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • 1 ½ cups of warmed milk
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ⅓ cup of shortening
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 1 quart of vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons of hot water
  • Flavored frosted icing (optional)
  • Candied toppings of your choosing (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Start by sprinkling the yeast over your warmed water and let it stand for around 5 minutes. When it appears foamy, mix in a large bowl along with 2 cups of the flour, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, and shortening. Whisk ingredients together slowly, using a wooden spoon for best results. Add in the remaining flour until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl.
  2. Knead your dough for 4-5 minutes. Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and set in a warm area to allow it to double in size.
  3. Next, place the dough onto a floured counter or cutting board. Begin rolling pieces of dough to approximately ½ inch thickness. Let doughnuts sit and proof, until double in size. Cover doughnuts with a cloth.
  4. In the meantime, melt your butter in a saucepan and stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, until buttery. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in hot water, one tablespoon at a time, until the icing is thinned. Set this aside for later.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet to 350°. Gently slide your doughnuts into the oil using a spatula or tongs. Turn your doughnuts over when they rise to the surface. Fry on each side until golden brown.
  6. Drain on a wire rack or place each doughnut on a paper towel to soak up excess grease.
  7. Now, grab your icing and dip your doughnuts into the glaze while they are still hot. Place on the rack and sprinkle on any other toppings you’d like.

Enjoy the sweetness while sipping on some morning coffee or even for a late-night treat!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with making donuts and other treats, meal preparation, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Meal Prep For Success With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

You may think that meal prepping – or the act of planning, cooking, and portioning meals in advance — is just for bodybuilders and diehard dieters. However, Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers in the southwest Broward County, FL can realize some serious benefits from it as well. In fact, it’s an excellent way to maintain a healthy diet, control food portions, save time and money, and prevent waste!

But the process can be intimidating for first-time preppers. While there is certainly plenty to learn about meal prepping, there are also lots of ways to ease into this lifestyle and start reaping the rewards that accompany it.

We’ve compiled a few tips for those new to the food prep scene. Read on to discover how to incorporate this strategy successfully into your weekly routine.

Keep It Simple

One of the most important rules in meal prepping is to start simple. Some people cook and portion out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks every week. If you are new to meal prepping, trying to do all this will undoubtedly leave you feeling overwhelmed and defeated.

Begin by planning out one meal for a 3-day span. This allows you to get the process down before taking on too much. Once you have the hang of it, you can start preparing multiple meals, recipes, and snacks.

Prepare To Prep

Before beginning, take stock of your Tupperware cabinet. You’ll be portioning meals into food-safe containers that you can grab for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, so you’ll need quite a few in a variety of shapes and sizes.

If you can use containers you already own, great! If not, start by purchasing one pack of reusable Tupperware that contains a variety of different shapes and sizes. Over time, you can gradually add to your stock or upgrade to better quality vessels. For convenience, make sure they’re microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe and try to use dishes that stack nicely to save space in the refrigerator.

It’s also helpful to dedicate one day of the week for planning meals and one day for preparing them. Otherwise, it’s easy to put these tasks off until tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after that. Choose two days that are typically convenient and stick to it…every week!

Our caregivers love to help those we serve accomplish their goals, so get them involved in the process too. Whether you need help gathering storage containers, finding recipes, or with a lift to the local market, they’re happy to assist!

Three Steps To Manageable Meal Planning

Now, the fun part – it’s time to dig in! There are three main steps in the meal prep process: planning, shopping, and prepping.

  1. Planning
    Before creating a meal plan, think about your main goal. Do you want to save money? Lose weight? Ensure you’re eating a balanced diet? Help control a health condition, like diabetes or high cholesterol? You may even want to consult your doctor to discuss any specific dietary requirements. When choosing recipes, keep this goal in mind and make sure the meals you pick help accomplish it.

    On your dedicated planning day, decide on the recipe(s) you’ll make for the week. Remember, one or two is plenty if you’re just getting your feet wet. If you’re preparing more than one recipe, choose dishes that have common ingredients to keep your list manageable. Write down all the ingredients needed for each recipe. Then, survey your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, crossing off items you already have. These measures will help you save money and reduce food waste.

    Pro Tip: There’s an app for that! There are lots of meal planning apps for your phone that help keep track of meals and recipes. Some will even sort your ingredient list according to what department items can be found in the grocery store!

  2. Shopping
    Now that you’ve done your pre-prep planning, grab your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion and head to the grocery store! Here are a few suggestions while you’re there:

    • Bring a list and stick to it! You’ll save money on impulse buys and avoid the temptation to grab items that don’t fit your ultimate goal.
    • If chopping and slicing is difficult, opt for pre-cut, canned, or frozen fruits and vegetables. They’ll save tons of time during prep!
    • On a budget? Check weekly ads for your local store and use coupons whenever possible.
    • Be sure to swing by the local produce section or the farmer’s market on the way home as well. In many places throughout the Southeast, summer is a great time to find locally grown fruit like blackberries and oranges!

    When you get home from shopping, wash all your produce so you’re ready to jump right in when it’s time for the next phase.

  3. Prepping
    Now, it’s your designated prep day and you’re ready to start slicing and dicing! Depending on what’s on the menu for the week, you may need to portion out dry snacks, like nuts or cereals, or chop up fruits, vegetables, and meat. This part of the process can be time consuming, so recruit a family member or Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to help.

    Cook your meals in batches and portion them out into individual servings using Tupperware containers. Small jars and zip-lock bags make it easy to keep dressings, dips, and toppings that might get soggy separate.

    Once everything is packaged and put away, sit back and relax – you’re done!

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we’re always searching for ways to help our care receivers live more independently and enjoy a better quality of life. Meal prepping can be a great tool in accomplishing these goals. Getting started can be tough, but we’re here to provide support, encouragement, and a helpful hand!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Building Bonds: 3 Seniors Helping Seniors® Ways To Make Friends In Your Golden Years

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we know that fostering new friendships can be difficult as a senior. We also know the impacts of meaningful social connections are priceless for our care receivers. Studies show that seniors who are more social live longer, have a lower risk of developing dementia, and enjoy better mental health!

It’s a fact of life that as we age, our social circle naturally grows smaller. As adults, there’s simply less time to focus on nurturing friendships. The bonds that are kept, however, are often stronger and more satisfying than those formed when we’re young.

But what if you find yourself lacking a close group of pals as you enter your Golden Years?

First of all, understand that you’ve got company. According to a recent study from the AARP, one-third of adults over the age of 55 feel alone. Now, this is not exactly a “fun fact,” but it does go to show that there are LOTS of seniors looking to meet new people, just like you!

Making friends as a senior is often more difficult than when you were a child, but there are lots of ways to meet people and spread your social butterfly wings. Below, we dive into some of the ways Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services encourages those we serve to connect.

1.   Join The Club!

Nowadays, there’s a social club for everything! These groups exist for anything your heart desires — golfing, reading books, bird watching, painting, exercise classes, lunch groups, outings, shopping, sewing – the list goes on! Whether you join to advance a hobby or to learn something new, becoming a member is a great way to meet people who share similar interests.

For some of our Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers, however, being the “new person” can be nerve-racking and uncomfortable. But with the right attitude, you can make a great first impression! Try these tips to start:

  • Make eye contact. This shows that you’re paying attention and indicates you respect the other person.
  • Smile! Showing off your pearly whites is welcoming and puts others at ease.
  • Be sincere. Don’t force it if a connection doesn’t feel right or pretend to enjoy something you don’t.

Still feeling the nerves? Ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion to tag along! Having a friend in tow can put you at ease and help facilitate conversation with people you’ve just met.

2.   Connect Online

Social media groups provide a space to meet like-minded seniors as well. Like in-person clubs, there’s a group for every niche you can think of. And if what you’re searching for doesn’t yet exist, start it up yourself! Online groups are a great place to chat about common interests, share photos and information, and might even spur a face-to-face get together!

Additionally, social media is a convenient way to learn about in-person events going on around the community. Keep an eye out for garage sales, live music in the park, or pickle ball league sign-ups!

If you struggle with using new technology or social media platforms, you’re not alone there either. Ask a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to lend a hand. After all, two heads are better than one!

3.   Find Your “Spot”

Explore places around town that interest you, like coffee shops, museums, or bookstores. When you find a spot you love, start going there regularly. There are likely other ‘regulars’ who frequent the establishment as well and may have hobbies similar to your own. Strike up a conversation by asking what they’re drinking or inquiring about the plot of their book. With time, you may find you both have a lot in common, turning this chance meeting into a “Same time next week?” kind of relationship.

Don’t forget — our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers make excellent companions too! They love trying new things and expanding on hobbies, so don’t hesitate to get them in on the fun. Because we spend time getting to know each caregiver through a detailed interview process, you and your caregiver likely have shared hobbies and interests that will make bonding a breeze!

The bottom line is, it’s never too late to make a new friend! Though this process can be uncomfortable and difficult at times, the rewards you’ll experience make it all worthwhile.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits or outings, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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The Purrfect Companion: Discover The Perks of Pets with Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services!

June is National Adopt A Cat Month and at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we’re purring with excitement! That’s because we know that taking in a furry friend has some excellent benefits for our care receivers.

Before you get elbow deep in kitty litter and catnip, though, let’s talk about how these loving furballs benefit their human counterparts and discuss some things to consider before adopting!

Pros of Pet Ownership

Pets of all kinds offer advantages to the senior community by improving mood and physical health. Cats, however, are especially good for seniors because they offer these same benefits while also being easy to care for.

Low-Maintenance Love

A cat’s ability to care for themselves is a nice perk for pet-loving seniors. Dogs are great too but require much more time and attention from their owners. For your new feline to be happy, all you need to offer is food, water, a clean litter box, and plenty of love!

Worried you won’t be able to keep up with all your furry friend’s needs? Don’t! Your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion is available to help. Lean on them for everything from keeping track of dinner time to making sure your new fur babe makes it to all their vet appointments!

Feel-line Great!

When it comes to improving mental and physical wellbeing, pets certainly do their part! Loneliness and depression can become issues for seniors, especially after a big life change. Pets, however, provide companionship, affection, and entertainment – all important in remaining positive and engaged!

Adopting a cat can offer physical benefits as well. In fact, the simple act of petting a cat can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety! In addition, your new feline will depend on you to keep them fed, their water bowl full, and the litter box clean, which gets you up and moving every day!

Adopting a cat also brings a new sense of purpose to the lives of those we serve. Now, you’ve got a four-legged friend who’s counting on you, and they’ll show their appreciation every day with a loving purr and rub around your ankles!

What To Look for in A Feline Friend

When it comes time to adopt, consider these Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions to help decide which kitty is right for you:

  1. Age: Kittens are adorable, but also have more energy than older cats. Senior felines are most likely already trained, requiring less time and attention, which equals a smaller commitment on your part.
  2. Temperament: No matter their age, cats have different personalities, just like people! Do you crave a companion who wants to cuddle? Or one that is content to do its own thing? Think about what you want from a pet and get to know a little bit about any potential adoptees before bringing them home.

Swing by your local adoption center with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver when you’re ready to add a furry friend to the mix. They’ll have plenty of wonderful cats to choose from and may even be able to point you in the direction of your purrfect match!

Already own a cat? Great!! Don’t forget to show your pet some extra love and attention this National Adopt A Cat Month!

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we love seeing our care receivers happy and thriving – and we’ve witnessed firsthand how the love of a pet can help achieve this! Our caregivers are always willing to assist with your four-legged friend too. So, if you’re considering adoption, get to your local shelter – the time to adopt is MEOW!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with pet care, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Energize Your Summer! Fight Fatigue With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services

Summer in southwest Broward County FL means longer days, more sunshine, and plenty of time to get out and about with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver! For those experiencing fatigue, however, keeping up with an active social life and tasks around the house can be tough. If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone – fatigue affects nearly half of individuals over 65!

The good news is there are ways to fight back. Read on to learn how to identify signs of fatigue, explore possible causes, and uncover tips for getting your energy back!

Tired vs. Fatigued: What’s The Difference?

We’ve all felt drained after a long day or exhausted from strenuous activity, so just how is this different from fatigue? Both conditions exhibit similar symptoms, so the telltale difference often lies in how easy (or difficult) it is to bounce back.

If you’re simply tired from an active week or restless night’s sleep, you’ll notice your energy diminishes throughout the day. Whereas individuals experiencing fatigue often feel lethargic from the moment they wake up.

Duration is a clue as well. When tired, a good night’s sleep will leave you feeling refreshed. Fatigue, on the other hand, can last for weeks despite a restful sleep schedule.

What Causes Fatigue?

There are often several factors at play with fatigue, so identifying the underlying cause might be tricky. The following are some common contributors.

Medical Conditions And Medications

Fatigue often indicates a bigger issue. For example, it regularly accompanies chronic diseases like diabetes, COPD, and heart, liver, kidney, or thyroid disease. Prescription medications – especially antidepressants, antihistamines, and those used to treat nausea and pain – are known to contribute as well.

Emotional Stress

Are you worried about your future, your health, a family member, or financial problems? Mindset matters when battling fatigue and concerns of this nature can be exhausting.

If you find yourself worrying about these issues, contact Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services. Our caregivers are here to ease these burdens or offer advice, helping you or a senior loved one get back to an active and fulfilling life!

Boredom

It seems counterintuitive, but not having anything to do for long stretches of time can bring on fatigue as well. To keep yourself moving and engaged, schedule activities throughout the day. For example, meet up with friends for lunch, take up a new hobby, or volunteer with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver!

Fight Back Against Fatigue

Try working the following techniques into your routine to help identify the cause of your fatigue and kickstart habits to ward it off.

Take Inventory

Keep a fatigue journal to track how it’s affecting your day-to-day life and identify recurring patterns. Get started with the following tips:

  • Fill out your journal before bed and two or three other times throughout the day
  • At the top of each entry, describe how you slept the previous night, your diet, and mood
  • With each entry, break your day into hours and note which activities you completed in the previous few blocks
  • Make three columns for each activity:
    1. Your level of fatigue
    2. The importance of the activity
    3. The satisfaction you get from completing it
  • As you record your actions throughout the day, assign them a number from 1 to 10 in each of these three categories – 1 being “none” (as in no fatigue, not important, no satisfaction) and 10 being “extreme”

Get Moving!

It seems like exercise is the answer to everything, and fatigue is no different! The key is to keep it consistent. Participate in low intensity workouts (or whatever feels good to your body) several times throughout the week. Exercises involving balance and focused breathing are known to combat fatigue as well.

Shortening the duration of activities might also help. For example, cut the length of your daily walk in half, garden for only 15 or 20 minutes at a time, or grab a quick cup of coffee with a friend instead of going out for lunch.

Rest Up

Of course, getting a solid night’s sleep is important as well. It can be tougher than you think when suffering from fatigue, but these Seniors Helping Seniors® tips will help you get in those “Z’s!

  • Establish a pre-sleep routine that calms you – drink a glass of decaf tea, read a book, or listen to music
  • Prepare your bedroom to be inviting for sleep with dim lighting, comfortable bedding, and sleep-inducing scents
  • Avoid long naps (keep them to 30 minutes or less) throughout the day and keep caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine intake to a minimum

While these suggestions should bring some relief, always listen to your body. If your fatigue symptoms persist over several weeks, check in with your doctor to get to the bottom of the issue.

If you need some extra support while you’re feeling sluggish, call on Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services! Our caregivers are committed to helping you or a senior loved one handle the issues that accompany growing older – fatigue included – and are here to lend a kind hand and empathetic ear.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Savor The Season With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services: 4 Tips For Healthy Summer Eating

The Seniors Helping Seniors® family loves seeing our care receivers enjoy the best parts of each season. When summer arrives in southwest Broward County, FL, it’s time to break out the shorts, light the citronella candle, and dust off the patio table for the season’s first outdoor feast!

It can be tempting to indulge throughout the summer months. With family cookouts, vacations, and the urge to spend time enjoying the outdoors in lieu of the kitchen, we often opt for quick, not so healthy choices. A nutritious, balanced diet, however, is important for active seniors all year long.

The good news is, continuing to eat right over the summer months doesn’t have to be complicated. Soak in these four Seniors Helping Seniors® tips for a summer of healthy – and delicious – eating!

1 – Keep It Balanced

Making good decisions isn’t hard once you know what to choose. Let’s look at the layers of the food pyramid and determine the best foods to reach for and which to skip.

Grains

The foundation of the food pyramid is the grain group, which encompasses things like rice, pasta, bread, and oats. When stocking the cabinets, whole grains are best. Whole grains are made using the entire grain kernel and, therefore, are good sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and Vitamin B.

Fruits and Vegetables

We all know fruits and veggies provide plenty of dietary value, but which are the most nutritious options? Look for produce that is red, orange, purple, and green, as these fruits and veggies contain vitamins and minerals that are especially important to senior health.

P.S. – Pears, peaches, and oranges are grown throughout the Southeastern states and are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, fiber, folate, calcium, and potassium!

Dairy

When choosing milk, yogurt, and cheese products, go with low-fat or fat-free options. Calcium is the major benefit in this group, but dairy products also provide phosphorus, Vitamins A and D, B12, potassium, and more.

Protein

Protein covers a wide variety of foods, including meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and legumes (like beans and lentils). Look for meat and poultry that’s lean or low-fat and seafood that’s high in omega-3s and has a low mercury count. For a vegetarian meal, substitute legumes as a tasty and nutritious option.

It’s important to mix it up when it comes to protein. Many people eat plenty of meat and poultry, but often skimp on fish and legumes. However, each category has specific vitamins and nutrients that are key to a balanced diet.

Advantages of Sensible Eating

When a variety of nutritious foods are incorporated into a balanced diet, the mind and body will benefit in spades! For example, healthy eating helps:

  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
  • Promote proper bowel function
  • Support a healthy nervous system
  • Boost immunity and prevent infection
  • Encourage healthy eyes, skin, and gums
  • Maintain strong bones and teeth
  • Improve concentration and attention span
  • Increase energy and mental clarity

2 – Preparation Is Key

How food is cooked contributes to a healthy diet as well. During the summer months, grilling is an excellent option and produces flavorful dishes. Better yet, it’s a wonderful time to gather with loved ones and your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion to enjoy the outdoors and fellowship while dinner is cooking!

Grilled to Perfection

Cooking on the grill is easy and requires little preparation. Simply apply your favorite seasoning combination or marinade and get grilling! As the food cooks, excess fat and oil drip away, leaving a wholesome and delicious dinner.

Try these tips and tricks from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services to make grilling a breeze:

  • Invest in a meat thermometer and always ensure poultry is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F and pork to 145°F.
  • Cook veggies in foil packets with seasoning and a little oil (extra virgin olive oil or canola are best). Ensure the packet is sealed at the top and place it directly on the grates until the veggies are tender.
  • Craving something sweet? For dessert, try grilling pineapple, peach, or watermelon slices for an after-dinner treat!

One of the best things about this method is there’s minimal clean-up required, leaving more time to spend enjoying your dinner companions! Looking for some tasty grilling recipes to add to your meal? Click here to read more.

3 – Practice Proper Portion Control

Consuming the right amounts of each food group is important as well. When making a plate, follow these Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions for a balanced meal:

  1. Envision a vertical line directly down the middle of the plate
  2. On the right, add half whole grains and half lean protein
  3. Fill the left side with fruits and vegetables (heavier on the veggies)
  4. Eat dairy in moderation

Now, all that’s left is to choose a healthy option to wash it all down…

4 – Drink Up!

Staying hydrated is key, especially when summer heat kicks into high gear! Water is an essential nutrient and should be the majority of what’s consumed throughout the day. Try fruit-infused water for a twist on the traditional or sparkling water for something bubbly. Tea and coffee are good options as well and provide several health benefits of their own.

Avoid sugary drinks or those with high salt content and stay away from consuming alcohol in excess. These actually contribute to dehydration and a number of other issues.

Who’s ready to welcome summer?! With these tips from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, you or your senior loved one will find plenty of health-conscious ways to enjoy the tastes of the season!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Senior Care Expert in Broward County, FL Explains Why Physical Activity is Essential to Healthy Aging

To recognize National Senior Health Fitness Day (May 25th), Seniors Helping Seniors® franchise owner Diana Cabassi outlines the benefits of exercise for seniors and offers examples of workouts they can do.

 

BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Exercise is good for you, especially if you’re over the age of 65. As we age, our energy levels decrease, and our bodies become more fragile. Doctors and senior-care experts say in order to prevent problems and risk of falling or injury, older individuals should aim to be as active as possible.

“Regular physical activity and exercise for seniors helps improve mental and physical health, both of which will help them maintain their independence as they age” said Diana Cabassi, owner of Seniors Helping Seniors® in southwest Broward County, FL. “Exercise can help prevent disease, decrease the risk of falling, and improve mental health and cognitive function. All of these are so important.”

 

Exercises for Seniors to Improve Physical and Mental Health

Wednesday, May 25th, is National Senior Fitness Day. For seniors and their caregivers who are looking to add a little activity to their routine, Diana Cabassi recommends that older adults spend about 150 minutes a week doing some sort of moderately-intense activity like brisk walking. Additionally, some household chores and yard work can increase the heart rate. Muscle strengthening activities and exercises to improve balance should be also included.

For a low-impact exercise option, yoga is a great choice with many physical benefits as well as the ability to help sharpen your mind and relieve stress. You can read about the benefits of yoga, the different types, and when it is not recommended, here. If you are looking for something simpler, there are many easy exercise ideas for seniors to start with here. These are activities anyone can do with a friend or with a Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver.

“What we learned during the pandemic was that people crave social interaction,” said Diana Cabassi. “Exercising together is a great way to connect.”

For the in-home senior care brand, it all comes down to The Power of Love® and providing compassionate care that makes seniors feel seen, heard and independent while providing purpose and passion for its senior caregivers.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Provider Spotlight: Meet Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida

Our featured provider this month, Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida is a non-profit organization offering Community Services, Outreach & Resources for the aging community. Heart2Heart mobilizes volunteers to C.A.R.E. (Connect, Advocate, Respond, and Engage), providing hope, sharing love, and restoring purpose to the aging community who experience loneliness and isolation.

Since 2010, Heart2Heart has been partnering with other businesses and churches in the community, offering resources and isolation visits to those who need them.

 

C.A.R.E. Tech Program Impact in the Senior Community

Heart2Heart’s volunteers have impacted the lives of isolated seniors in nursing homes throughout the years by providing activities, supplies, and care visits to seniors who have no family or support.

During the pandemic, Heart2Heart had an opportunity to bring 158 Amazon Fire Tablets to over 15 centers to connect the residents to their families, or even to Heart2Heart volunteers if they lacked family. Because many centers were closed and no one could enter, the impact these devices made was unforgettable as they allowed residents to remain connected with loved ones and added value to their lives.

At the end of 2021, Heart2Heart received a large grant to purchase 250 iPads for their C.A.R.E. Tech Program – these iPads will be distributed to 40 care centers throughout Broward County with the intention to facilitate virtual visits with volunteers in addition to other resources pre-loaded into the devices.

 

Connecting Care Center Residents to Their Loved Ones

Heart2Heart has successfully connected their clients/residents who reside in a care center to their families, which prevents further isolation and loneliness in the individual.

Here is a personal testimonial from Allie Eubanks – a life enrichment coordinator at one of the care centers that received the tablets – she told Heart2Heart how she introduced the tablets to the residents. One woman, in particular, had visited her daughter, who lived in a group home facility, once a week without fail for the last 20 years. However, during the pandemic, she was cut off from those visits and didn’t see her daughter for a whole year.

Allie coordinated with the other center and arranged a video call between mother and daughter.

“When I told her, she burst into tears,” Allie wrote. “Upon arriving at her apartment to start the chat, I was greeted with the biggest smile I have ever seen. She was so anxious and excited to see her baby girl.”

 

Person-Centered Care in Broward County, FL

Hearts2Heart empowers people to take charge of their own lives rather than being passive recipients of general services. Doing this allows them to cater resources to the needs of those we serve.

For 2022, Heart2Heart has started a new Relief C.A.R.E. program to prevent caregiver burnout. Relief Companions will visit clients one or more times weekly and provide two to five hours of respite care to support caregivers of less fortunate seniors in need.

Heart2Heart will launch an innovative Food for Hope program at the end of May for seniors in need in partnership with Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation. Trained volunteers will be delivering five meals a week to 50 Broward County, the meals will be nutritious and healthy; these volunteers will also visit with the seniors as they make the delivery. Their goal is to decrease hunger and isolation at the same time, amongst the aging community.

 

For more information on Heart2Heart, please contact:

Juan Gallo – Executive Director

Riana Samaroo – Community Relations Director

954-315-2218

info@heart2heartoutreach.org

www.heart2heasrtoutreach.org

2701 W. Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309

 

 

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Mind Over Matter: 5 Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For Practicing Positive Aging!

Everyone views aging differently. To some, the idea of getting older is scary. Others embrace it with a youthful ferocity! At the end of the day, your mindset is more important than you think. It plays a large part in the quality of life experienced throughout your Golden Years.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is committed to inspiring others to age gracefully and independently. One of the ways we encourage our care recipients to make the most of their senior years is by promoting “positive aging” techniques.

What Is Positive Aging?

Positive aging is all about mindset. It refers to the idea that if you maintain an optimistic outlook in your senior years — coupled with healthy habits, social engagement, and mental stimulation — you’ll feel good about yourself, remain physically active, and continue to engage fully in all aspects of life!

Incorporating positive aging techniques into your daily routine might sound difficult, but it’s easier than you think. Of course, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers will stand by your side, ready to help you create and practice a program that will do your mind and body good!

Now that you know why positive aging is important, let’s discuss five simple ways Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers can work the power of positivity into everyday life!

1 – Embrace Your Age!

Age is just a number, after all. Maintaining a youthful outlook and adapting to your changing abilities can help you accept that growing older is a normal part of life – one that every person (including your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver) is attempting to navigate.

The first step in discovering the power of positive aging is to accept the aging process by working with it and not against it. This makes it easier to cope with the challenges this stage of life presents, and instead, start looking forward to the possibilities!

2 – Make Fitness A Priority

Just thirty minutes of daily exercise can revolutionize your health. It can help you look and feel younger, complete tasks more easily, and prevent accidents and falls – all of which are essential for maintaining a positive outlook. Try the following Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions to jumpstart your fitness routine:

Go for a walk

Walking is an excellent way to get the blood pumping while improving heart health, boosting mental clarity, and lowering blood pressure. We have curated a list of beautiful parks in southwest Broward County for easy walking, including a quick check list of each park’s shade level, walking path type, and wheelchair accessibility. To view our curated parks list, click here. Commit to a daily walk with a friend, family member, or your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion!

Explore senior fitness classes

There are plenty of exercise options for active seniors! Look into what classes your local senior center, gym, or fitness studio offers. Activities like water aerobics, chair yoga, and body weight workouts are popular among seniors and provide low impact workouts that will still make you feel the burn!

Don’t get discouraged if it’s tough to keep up at first. Your workouts will become easier as you build strength. Be consistent and you’ll soon look forward to your daily exercise regimen!

3 – Stay Connected

Building and maintaining close relationships is also essential to a positive aging plan. Doing so can combat loneliness, improve self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging. Not sure where to begin? Try one of the following to make new friends or reconnect with some old pals:

  • Organize a monthly dinner with friends or family where everyone brings a different dish
  • Join a social group, like a birdwatching or book club, pickleball league, or volunteer service
  • Make it a point to attend your grandkids’ sporting games and performances – they’ll love having you there to cheer them on!

As always, remember to lean on your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. They’re available to get you to and from social events or to accompany you on a new adventure, so let’s go!

4 – Nurture Healthy Habits

Maintaining a balanced diet is critical to the aging process. Eating right helps keep your weight at an appropriate level and supports heart health. These simple diet rules can help you stay on track:

  • Incorporate lean proteins, plenty of vegetables (especially those that are orange, red, and green), substitute whole grains whenever possible, and stick to low-fat dairy products
  • Drink lots of (the right) fluids – water, tea, and coffee – and stay away from beverages that are high in sugar
  • Look for foods that are high in fiber and vitamin D as these are both vital for aging individuals

There are also certain habits you should avoid to continue functioning at the highest level. First, don’t skimp on sleep – a restful night’s slumber is essential in keeping the body functioning properly. Also, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake. Both of these can cause serious health issues in people of all ages.

5 – Sharpen Your Brain

Your mind, like your body, thrives when you push it to the limit. A strong brain keeps you sharp and is a key ingredient for your positive aging recipe. Add games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles to your daily routine so your brain gets the exercise it needs.

Learning a new skill can improve intellect as well. Check local resources, like a university or community center, to see if they offer any skill-building classes that peak your interest. Gaining a new ability cultivates positive thoughts and builds confidence. Not to mention, it’s fun and will leave you with an activity you’ll look forward to!

We told you it was easy to practice positive aging! In fact, you’re probably doing a lot of these things already. Don’t be afraid to ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion for ideas on how to keep a positive mindset as you mature – remember, they’re going through the same stage of life as you are. Incorporate the above Seniors Helping Seniors® tips into your daily routine and you’re bound to feel great, stay active, and retain your youthful exuberance for life!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of southwest Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care in Southwest Broward County, FL Now Officially Serving Sunrise and Plantation, FL

Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward in-home services is an award-winning program of care and compassion in Southwest Broward County, FL that matches seniors who want to provide services with seniors who are looking for help. Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward has recently expanded its official service area to include the cities of Plantation and Sunrise, FL.

“It was a natural progression to officially add Sunrise and Plantation to our service area,” said the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward, Diana Cabassi. “We have always had strong demand from seniors in those cities who have formed wonderful friendships with their caregivers. It’s truly a blessing to officially recognize Plantation and Sunrise as a part of our Southwest Broward family. This gives us the ability to build on those relationships and be able to help more seniors here by bringing joy and independence to their lives.”

 

Exceptional Senior Care Services Now Available in Sunrise and Plantation, FL

Seniors who participate in Seniors Helping Seniors services start with a short, specialized matchmaking interview handled by Diana Cabassi to find the perfect caregiver/companion based on each senior’s personality, interests, and needs. Cabassi’s background in the field of human resources and years of experience with caregiver selection helps ensure both parties have a rewarding experience, and an easy, seamless start to a new relationship. Cabassi’s unique skill in this matter has allowed Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward to excel in providing quality customer service for senior care receivers. In fact, the majority of customers say they are “very satisfied.”

“It’s important to have a caregiver who each senior can relate to and genuinely enjoy their time with,” said Cabassi. “Our hand-picked matching makes both our care receivers and caregivers happy to have someone who is like a friend with shared interests and similar life experiences.”

Seniors Helping Seniors caregivers can assist seniors with companionship, providing transportation doctor’s visits, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, running other errands, and so much more.

With the recent Plantation and Sunrise expansion, Seniors Helping Seniors is now serving all of south and west Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, and now Plantation and Sunrise.

For more information, visit seniorcaresouthwestbroward.com or call Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward at 954-202-5200.

 

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Occupational Therapy: A Seniors Helping Seniors® Suggestion For A More Independent YOU!

April is National Occupational Therapy Month and Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is taking a moment to champion this life-changing treatment. Occupational therapy (OT) helps people of all ages maintain, or regain, the skills necessary to perform everyday activities.

Similar to its better-known counterpart, physical therapy, OT provides a number of benefits throughout the body. Where the two differ most is in their purpose. Physical therapy focuses on improving pain in one part of the body, while occupational therapy is focused on adapting daily tasks to make them easier. For our care receivers, that means doing more of the things you love most!

Let’s explore the ways this branch of therapy can help our active senior community in southwest Broward County, FL continue to reap the rewards of an independent lifestyle!

 

Physical Benefits

Occupational therapy helps strengthen the body by increasing flexibility, re-conditioning muscles, and teaching adaptive movements that put less stress on muscles and joints. Here’s a closer look at the physical advantages of OT.

Enhanced Range Of Motion

As a senior, improving flexibility can change a lot! Stretching allows the body to be less rigid. In turn, this decreases the chances of injuries like a muscle strain or pull. It can also make daily tasks – such as vacuuming, gardening, or walking – easier to complete.

Treatment to better range of motion can include a number of methods. For example, to improve shoulder flexibility, an occupational therapist might suggest seniors complete a series of stretches, practice dressing the upper body, and work on strength training exercises for that area.

Decreased Chronic Pain

When you lead an active and fulfilling life, chronic pain, like arthritis and muscle aches, can really slow you down. Getting support from an occupational therapist can help, however.

To assist with pain management, these professionals demonstrate adaptations for the activities that are most important to everyday life. The technical terms for these strategies include things like reduced muscle tension, ergonomics, safe body mechanics, and neuromuscular re-education. Simply put, these methods are alternative ways to complete tasks with less strain, and therefore pain, on the body.

 

Maximize Mental Health

The advantages of OT far surpass physical improvements. Cognitive functions like memory and brain capacity can see an uptick as well! It can even help relieve stress and anxiety.

Better Memory And Increased Brainpower

Occupational therapists are trained to evaluate thinking skills in addition to physical abilities. Again, there are a variety of techniques that can be used to improve cognitive function.

Memory-enhancing activities like crossword puzzles and brain teaser games are often encouraged to keep the mind sharp. An occupational therapist may also break challenging tasks down into a series of simple steps and cues, making them easier to complete for those with memory loss.

Additionally, occupational therapists can work with seniors on exercises that improve vision. It might not seem closely connected to memory and brainpower, but enhanced sight allows seniors to gather and process information more easily, benefiting cognition.

Reduced Stress And Anxiety

With age, the ability to perform everyday tasks often declines, taking a toll on mental health. You or a senior loved one might start to feel helpless and depressed due to this loss of function.

An occupational therapist, however, will focus on the tasks that CAN be completed, inspiring seniors with a sense of empowerment! As for weaker skills? OT is utilized to identify these and work to improve them.

 

Adaptive Living

Ultimately, the goal of occupational therapy is to enable individuals, seniors included, to live comfortably and independently. Improving physical and mental wellbeing is certainly helpful in retaining personal freedom, but OT extends beyond this.

Home Modifications

Not only will occupational therapists work with the body and mind to make life easier, they will also assist in adjusting areas of your home, or that of a senior loved one, with the same end goal. Here are some ways these professionals might alter a living space for better daily functionality:

  • Suggest safety improvements, like adding handrails in bathrooms, increased lighting, and clearing clutter from walking paths
  • Re-label medications, cooking items, and cleaners so they’re easier to distinguish for individuals with sight loss
  • Add visual cues throughout the home to help those with memory loss or dementias navigate and complete tasks

Shared Knowledge

Occupational therapists often encourage family members and caregivers to become familiar with the exercises their senior loved one has been practicing during OT. This ensures improvement doesn’t stop at the end of a session.

The more seniors can incorporate occupational therapies into a daily or weekly routine, the easier it will be to stay physically active, mentally fit, and autonomous. Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are happy to assist those we serve with the strategies learned through occupational therapy. From helping complete daily exercises to adaptive strategies, we’re here for you or the special senior in your life.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation to doctor’s visits, companionship for outings, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of south and west Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Off The Leash! Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For A Tail-Wagging Walk

Seniors in southwest Broward County, FL can get the most out of walking their dog by following a few simple suggestions. After all, a stroll around the neighborhood is beneficial for us humans and our four-legged companions!

Our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers know the advantages of walking as we age – even a quick jaunt presents social, emotional, and mental benefits. But, did you know, it’s just as mentally important for pups?

Going on daily outings allows our canine counterparts to explore the world outside their backyard. They get to interact with other dogs, encounter wildlife, and watch other owners with their fur babies. It can also help build a stronger bond between owner and pup. Of course, walking keeps our four-legged family members in good physical shape as well!

Whether a seasoned dog owner or new to the club, these Seniors Helping Seniors® tips will ensure walks are safe and enjoyable for everyone involved!

Safety First

Before heading on a walk, it’s important to take a few precautions. After all, our furry friends are counting on us to keep them fit and healthy!

Get loose

A good rule of thumb before doing anything physical is to warm up a bit. Simple stretches for the body parts worked most during a stroll — like calves, Achilles’ tendons, and hamstrings – will make sure the legs are ready to move. Seniors Helping Seniors® companions are happy to help you or a senior loved one prepare, so don’t hesitate to bring them into the mix!

It’s a good idea to let our four-legged friends get loose before taking off as well. Play fetch or let them run around the yard prior to walking. A tired pup will likely be better behaved throughout the outing.

Choose appropriate clothing

A good pair of shoes is essential for dog walks. Proper footwear can help prevent slips and falls. Additionally, dress for the weather. Outfits should be warm enough for those cool, early morning walks and breathable when it heats up outside.

If balance is an issue, bring a walking stick or cane to help keep steady.

Be wise about time of day

Spring weather in the Southeast can get toasty. Go for a walk when it’s most comfortable (for you and your pal). Aim for stepping out in the morning or evening, avoiding the hottest parts of the day.

Pick a senior- and pup-friendly route

When deciding on a path, there are a few things to take into consideration. First, choose a route that offers a level walking surface. Avoid unkempt areas that might have tree roots and unexpected dips.

In urban areas, make sure the course provides a sidewalk or walking path and steer clear of heavy traffic – these are both important in keeping owner and pup safe! Additionally, consider you or your loved one’s limitations, as well as those of the dog. Small breeds and senior dogs may not have the endurance for lengthy walks.

Bring a friend

Our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love spending time with senior companions and their furry friends! Make sure to invite you or your family member’s caregiver to join in on the fun. After all, not only can they help ensure everyone remains safe, walks are always better when they include conversation with a pal!

Be The Master

A misbehaving dog can be a danger to its owner and itself. Unexpected lunging and pulling increases the chance of a fall and serious injury, especially with large breeds. With a little work and patience, however, our canine counterparts make excellent exercise buddies!

Act Like The Top Dog

To start, the following basic commands can help control pups during a walk:

  • “Heel” directs the dog to walk with its head even with its owner’s legs, discouraging pulling.
  • “Wait” instructs the pup to sit and stay until given a release command. This can be especially helpful in preventing four-legged friends from accidentally tripping you or your senior loved one on the stairs or running out into traffic.

Be confident and use a stern tone of voice when giving commands. Additionally, bringing along a bag of bite-sized training treats as a reward for good behavior can encourage canines to be more obedient.

Bring In The Professionals

For those having a great deal of trouble with obedience, professional training courses might be the answer. A dog trainer can give pointers, work with the dog, and help you or the senior in your life regain power.

Last but certainly not least…have some FUN!!

Walks with our pups are a great way to explore the neighborhood, a new park in town, or an area nature preserve. Keep the safety measures we’ve outlined in mind, and discovering new areas together will be a ball!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services understands the companionship of a dog can be just as important and beneficial as the relationships held with friends and loved ones. As always, we’re here to support our active senior community in all aspects of life, so grab your caregiver, your four-legged pal, and let’s roll!

What are Great Options for Walking Parks?

We have curated a list of beautiful parks with walking trails located in south and west Broward County, FL. Many parks are pet friendly, and Markham Park even has a dog park called Barkham Park.

You can click here to read our curated list of beautiful local parks.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation and companionship to walking parks or doctor’s visits, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We serve all of south and west Broward County, Florida, including Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, and Sunrise.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Southwest Broward County, FL

Walking in nature is a great way for seniors to stay active, and there are so many options available here in Southwest Broward County, FL.  Nature walking trails can help relieve stress, strengthen bones, boost your mood, and help improve brain/body performance. Get a nice breath of fresh air on a soft breezy day, or pick a park with plenty of shade for a hot sunny day. There are many nearby walking paths with shade, making any day a great day to take a walk in the park.

For seniors who would like some company for a park visit, a Senior Helping Seniors companion is a perfect partner to go with who can also provide transportation to the park, prepare a meal for a picnic, and so much more.

Each walking park we are curating here has something unique to offer. We will list any special sights, wheelchair safe choices, restroom availability, shade level, and whether there is any admission fee, so you can select a park with a walking path best suited to your interests.

 

Pembroke Pines Walking Paths

William B. Armstrong Dream Park

1700 NW 160th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

William B. Armstrong Dream Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Pembroke Pines, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Some shade provided by tall and wide trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Paved Walking Path
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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This beautiful park in Pembroke Pines, FL has a wheelchair-accessible walking path that loops around the whole park. On one side of the park you will find a pond with swans, ducks, and other beautiful wildlife. This walking path is mixed with sections of open sunlight and shade provided by the wide oak trees located around the whole park. This park also has benches and picnic areas available.

 

Chapel Trail Nature Preserve

19800 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Chapel Trail Nature Preserve - Walking Path Trail in Pembroke Pines, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Some shade provided by a few gazebos along the boardwalk
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Wooden Boardwalk
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Chapel Trail Nature Preserve in Pembroke Pines, FL is a wonderful environment to see lots of different species of wildlife in their natural habitat. This nature preserve has a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk path that allows you to safely travel through the preserve. You will see various types of birds, turtles, and fish in the water. There are a few gazebos along the path to provide shade, but most of the path is unshaded.

 

Ben Fiorendino Park

10211 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Ben Fiorendino Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Pembroke Pines, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and gazebo
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Medium: Mixed pavement and mulch walkways
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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At Ben Fiorendino Park you will see various types of trees and birds surrounding the walking paths. There is a big lake where you can sometimes spot fish swimming near the surface as well. The main walking path is made of mulch, so it may be a little more difficult to travel via wheelchair compared to a paved walkway. There are different type of trees along the walking path that will provide shade, some benches along the way, and a big gazebo with benches. However, the gazebo does not have a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the time of writing.

 

C.B. Smith Park

900 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

CB Smith Park - Walking Path Trail in Pembroke Pines, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and pavilion shelters
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – $1.50/person weekends and holidays

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This popular county park in Pembroke Pines, FL has many wheelchair-accessible walking paths around the park. These pavement paths will take you around lakes and under trees, and there are three paths with pavement bridges that take you over the water. You may see iguanas, ducks, peacocks, and other wildlife around the park. Although C.B. Smith Park is known for its Water Park, you can also find other activities, such as Miniature Golf, Fishing, an Outdoor Gym and a wide variety of activities to keep you moving. Public restrooms are available and the admission fee is $1.50/person weekends and holidays (admission is free on weekdays).

 

 

Davie Walking Paths

Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center

3501 SW 130th Ave, Davie, FL 33330

Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Davie, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Plenty of shade provided by trees and overhang structures
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement, Wooden Boardwalk, and Optional natural mulch/dirt walkway
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – Free

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Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center is an amazing nature experience with multiple types of walking paths for you to choose from. This county park offers a paved wheelchair-accessible path that travels around the trees, a wooden boardwalk to see the water wildlife, and a beautiful natural dirt/mulch walkway with a wooden railing surrounded by many plants and trees. There are restrooms located in the main building, and admission is free.

 

Pine Island Ridge Natural Area

3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie, FL 33328

Pine Island Ridge Natural Area - Walking Path Trail in Davie, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Plenty of shade provided by trees and overhang structures
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement, and Optional natural dirt/mulch walkways
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – Free

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This beautiful nature walking path in Davie, FL has a variety of wildlife you may see as you go along the path. Paved walking paths that are wheelchair accessible will take you along grassy areas with plenty of trees. You may sometimes spot turtles walking in the grass, and different types of birds walking around the lake. For the adventurous types, there are also some optional natural dirt/mulch walkways to see more varieties of trees. Admission is free.

 

Tree Tops Park

3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie, FL 33328

Tree Tops Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Davie, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Plenty of shade provided by trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement, and Optional wooden boardwalks and natural dirt/mulch walkways
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays

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Tree Tops Park is a wonderful walking experience that takes you along paved paths through various nature sights. The walking paths have sections with lots trees to provide shade. You will see different types of plants, trees, and wildlife surrounding the trees, as well as boardwalk paths that take you over water wildlife environments. Admission to visit this county park is $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays (free admission on weekdays).

 

Weston Walking Paths

Peace Mound Park

1300 Three Village Rd, Weston, FL 33326

Peace Mound Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Weston, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and gazebos
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement and Optional Wooden Boardwalk
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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This beautiful park has a paved walkway with an optional wooden boardwalk section that travels over the lake for a great waterfront view. It is a very cleanly styled park with some shade provided by trees and gazebos. Other amenities included in Peace Mound Park are restroom facilities, picnic shelters and grill, fishing dock, and a shaded playground. You may see ducks, turtles, different types of trees, plants, and other wildlife in the lake as you travel along the walking paths. Admission to this city park is free.

 

Library Park

4499 Bonaventure Blvd, Weston, FL 33332

Library Park - Parks with Walking Paths in Weston, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and gazebos
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Library Park is a city park in Weston, FL with a beautiful, serene design. It has a great variety of plants and trees, some of which have pink and purple flowers. The tiled pavement walking paths take you along the greenery and around the magnificent Florida Author’s Fountain at the heart of the park. The gazebos are wheelchair-accessible and have benches, and additional benches are located around the park as well.

A standout feature of Library Park is the Weston History Walk plaques which are embedded into the architecture itself. You will find the plaques on the pavement, ordered with a number and an arrow pointing to the next plaque that will take you along a walk through history of the City of Weston.

The park has public restroom facilities available and admission is free. Library Park is also adjacent to the Weston Branch Library.

 

Emerald Estates Park

16400 Emerald Estates Dr, Weston, FL 33331

Emerald Estates Park - Walking Path Trail in Weston, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and pavilion
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Emerald Estates Park is a 5-acre park located in the City of Weston. It has multiple a paved walkways which are wheelchair accessible. The paved paths will take you by a lakeside where you may see some bids and other wildlife, then around the rest of the park’s amenities. This park has fitness and sports facilities, shelters, and a playground. There are plenty of trees to provide shade as you travel along the paved walkways, as well as pavilion shelters with benches along the path. Admission is free and there are public restrooms available.

 

 

Cooper City Walking Paths

Jerry Morgan Park

9998-9734 SW 55th Ct, Cooper City, FL 33328

Jerry Morgan Park - Walking Path Trail in Cooper City, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Minimal, Some shade provided by trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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This is a wonderful simple clean wheelchair-accessible walking park in Cooper City. The city park has a paved path that follows around a lake with trees surrounding the park. The lake is fenced for safety with a thin metal mesh fence so you can still appreciate the beauty of the lakeside. You may see birds, iguanas, and other wildlife living around the park. There are no restroom facilities at this park, however admission is free.

 

Flamingo West Park

6201 S Flamingo Rd, Cooper City, FL 33330

Flamingo West Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Cooper City, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Minimal, Some shade provided by pavilions
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement, optional wooden boardwalk
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Flamingo West Park has a great wheelchair-accessible pavement walking path that takes you around two lakes with an optional wooden boardwalk pier that takes you over one of the lakes. Younger trees offer minimal shade around the walking path, however there are some pavilions with benches along the way offering shade and rest. You will find a bird watching chart along the lake that shows the different species of birds you may see in the area. This park has public restrooms and admission is free.

 

Tamarind Park

5475 SW 115th Ave, Cooper City, FL 33330

Tamarind Park - Walking Path Trail in Cooper City, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Plenty of scattered shade provided by big trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Tamarind Park is a wonderful walking park in Cooper City, Florida. It has a wheelchair-accessible pavement path that takes you under some big tree sections with great shade. The walking path will also pass by a lakeside where you may see owls, ducks, and other wildlife. This park is known to have Florida Burrowing Owls which make their nests underground. This park has no restroom facilities; however, admission is free.

 

 

Miramar Walking Paths

Miramar Pineland Park

3600 S University Dr, Miramar, FL 33025

Miramar Pineland Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Miramar, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Plenty of shade on the longer tree-dense walking path; No shade on the shorter wetlands/prairie walking path
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement and Wheelchair-Accessible Boardwalk
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays

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This is a great county park for nature lovers in Miramar, Florida. This park is divided into two main sections: A pine forest in the northern half, and a wetland/prairie in the southern half. It has various wheelchair-accessible nature walking paths that take you through the different environments with unique plants and views that you may not see in other parks. There is a shorter walking path which takes you over a wetlands and prairie area where you can travel along a wooden boardwalk with a solid aluminum railing to safely see turtles swimming around. The longer walking path takes you on a paved walkway through denser tree environments where you can see different types of migrant birds depending on the season (there is a bird chart along the walking path). Admission is $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays.

 

River Run Park

9400 Miramar Blvd, Miramar, FL 33025

River Run Park - Walking Path Trail in Miramar, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and gazebo
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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River Run Park is a wonderful waterfront park in Miramar, FL. It has one main paved walking path which is wheelchair-accessible. Along the path you will see a variety of trees, a river shaped pond with a fishing dock, and some nice big trees clusters to provide shade around the walking path. This park also features outdoor exercise equipment along the walking path, a covered playground, pavilions, a tennis court, and a racquetball court. Admission is free and there are public restrooms available.

 

Snake Warrior Island Natural Area

3600 SW 62nd Ave, Miramar, FL 33023

Snake Warrior Island Natural Area - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Miramar, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – No
Shade – Some shade provided by trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement and Wooden Boardwalk
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – Free

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If you enjoy bird watching, Snake Warrior Island Natural Area is a great spot for a nature walk in Miramar, FL. No need to worry about the name, it’s not an island filled with snakes. The name pays homage to a leader of the Seminole tribe, Chitto Tustenuggee, otherwise known as the Snake Warrior.

This popular bird watching spot has one main paved walking path that is wheelchair-accessible, which travels around the whole natural area with a variety of birds and other wildlife. The walking path has two wooden boardwalk bridges which takes you over a wetland area. The path then follows around a lake with wide trees that provide good shade in some sections along the way. You will find a picnic table with benches in some shaded areas. Admission is free.

 

 

Southwest Ranches Walking Paths

Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park

5840 SW 148th Ave, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330

Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park - Walking Path Trail in Southwest Ranches, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Plenty of shade on the pavement trail provided by big trees and pavilions, Some scattered shade on the natural dirt trails provided by big trees.
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy to Hard (depending on the chosen trail) – Pavement trails or Natural Dirt trails
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park is a beautiful park with a small pavement walking path and a long scenic natural dirt trail. The paved walking trail goes in a straight path under big trees that provide plenty of shade. The longer dirt trail has various loops around the park which meander through different trees, plants, and ponds. You may see horse riders around the park, various birds and other wildlife. There are public restrooms available and park admission is free.

 

Vista View Park

4001 SW 142nd Ave, Davie, FL 33330

Vista View Park - Beautiful Parks with Walking Trails in Southwest Ranches, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Minimal, Some shade provided by trees and park shelters
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy to Hard (depending on the chosen trail); Pavement trails or Natural Dirt/Mulch/Grass trails
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – $1.50/person weekends and holidays

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Vista View Park is a large county park with lots of wide-open greenspace and many different walking paths to choose from. There is a wheelchair-accessible pavement path on the south side that travels along a waterfront with two fishing docks. You’ll also find a similar wheelchair-accessible path on the north side of the park, with more trees and a nearby restroom on the northeast side. This walking path is also paved and offers waterfront views.

Several dirt/mulch trails will take you around the lakes and over big grassy hills. Around the park you may find burrowing owls, various birds, and other wildlife by the lakes and trees. Admission is free during weekdays and $1.50/person during weekends and holidays.

 

Heritage Park

1100 S Fig Tree Ln, Plantation, FL 33317

Heritage Park - Parks with Walking Paths in Plantation, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and gazebo
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement trails
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – $1.50/person weekends and holidays

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This beautiful 88-acre park in Plantation, FL has wheelchair-accessible paved walking paths and an ecologically diverse nature trail called the Anne Kolb Memorial Trail which also has a paved walkway. This park also features picnic areas, gazebos, shelters, disc golf, fishing, and marina. There is an entrance fee of $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays, and there are public restrooms available.

 

Rae Carole Armstrong Liberty Tree Park

7421 NW 5th St, Plantation, FL 33317

Rae Carole Armstrong Liberty Tree Park - Parks with Walking Paths in Plantation, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees and gazebo
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Flat brick pavement
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Rae Carole Armstrong Liberty Tree Park is a beautiful leafy park in Plantation, FL. It has flat brick walking paths with wooden benches along the way and nice big trees to provide some intermittent shade. You may see squirrels running around the trees or sometimes crossing along the brick walking paths as well. This park also features a Plantation Junior Woman’s Club Statue, picnic areas, gazebos, and a playground area.

 

Oak Hammock Park

9220 NW 44th St, Sunrise, FL 33351

Oak Hammock Park - Parks with Walking Paths in Sunrise, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy: Pavement and Wooden Boardwalk
Type of Park – City Park
Admission – Free

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Oak Hammock Park is a beautiful nature experience in Sunrise, Florida. You will find a variety of nature environments and paved walking paths that take you by a variety of plants and trees, and some wetland sights on the boardwalk. You will find some beautiful wooden statues of birds on the decorative wooden pillars that surround the boardwalk area. This park has public restrooms available and admission is free.

 

Markham Park

16001 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL 33326

Markham Park - Parks with Walking Paths in Sunrise, Florida - Broward County, FL

Restroom – Yes
Shade – Some shade provided by trees
Wheelchair Mobility Difficulty – Easy to Difficult (depending on path): Pavement, Wooden Boardwalk, Grass/Dirt
Type of Park – County Park
Admission – $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays

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Markham Park is a wonderful park in Sunrise, FL with various walking paths ranging from an easy-going pavement section to an off-road natural ground path with a Butterfly Garden and a Natural Trail Forest Path that takes you out to the levee.

There are many nice pavement walking paths near Markham Park Oasis which go around the trees and by the lakeside. The Markham Park Oasis also has a curved wooden bridge which takes you to a nice little island section with a pavilion and picnic table benches.

Across from the dog park area, you will find a sidewalk path that goes down to the entrances of the Silent Wings Butterfly Garden and the Markham Park Nature Trail. The Butterfly Garden is a beautiful area with trimmed grass and mulch walkways where you will see different colors of butterflies flying around the flowers. The Nature Trail takes you out to the levee for a view of the Everglades River of Grass where different species of wading birds live. The Nature Trail starts with a wooden boardwalk bridge which continues with trimmed grass and dirt walkways surrounded by various plants and trees.

Markham Park has an entrance fee of $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays, and there are public restrooms available.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with providing transportation and companionship to walking parks or doctor’s visits, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Three Must-Have Spring Houseplants For Greenery-Loving Seniors in Broward County, FL

Collecting indoor plants is a fruitful hobby that brings your home to life. Even better, once you find the right greenery for your space, you’ll enjoy beautiful foliage and flowers the whole year round! Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services delights in watching our care receivers in Southwest Broward County, Florida take on new interests and this pursuit is one that’s easy to begin and a whole lot of fun!

Spring is a great time to look for houseplants, as garden centers and greenhouses are often chalk full of options. So, bust out the gardening tools, prepare to clean the dirt from your fingernails, and let’s dig in!

Boston Fern

Boson Fern in Pembroke Pines, FL, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Southwest Broward County, FloridaThe lush, feather-like fronds of a Boston fern provide a captivating pop of color in any home. This hearty plant, whose lineage dates back hundreds of millions of years, is a survivor and an easy-to-care-for addition to your space.

Care Requirements

Great for beginner plant enthusiasts, Boston ferns are fairly low maintenance once you find a spot they enjoy. These houseplants can grow quite large, sometimes two to three feet wide, so enlist the help of a family member or Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver when moving mature ferns from place to place in search of the right location.

Adhere to the following tips and your Boston fern is certain to thrive:

  • Place it in an area that receives bright light, but not direct sunlight
  • Keep soil moist and make sure it doesn’t dry out in between waterings
  • Ferns LOVE humidity, so spritz its fronds with water several times a week or place a tray filled with pebbles and water underneath it
  • Make sure the pot it’s planted in has excellent drainage to prevent root rot

Boston ferns will enjoy the high humidity found throughout most of the Southeast and may do best if left outside over the summer, bringing it back inside when temperatures consistently breach the low 60’s.

Did you know: Boston ferns actually have humidifying properties themselves? It’s true! They put moisture back into the air, helping to relieve dry skin, dry noses, and sore throats.

 

Peace Lily

Peace Lily in Pembroke Pines, FL, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Southwest Broward County, FloridaPeace lilies produce breathtaking white flowers that pop against their shiny, dark green leaves. Often referred to as “closet plants,” they don’t need much light to thrive, making them a fantastic choice for the darker corners of your home.

Beauty and Benefits

In addition to their attractive appearance, the peace lily offers some wonderful perks to the homes it occupies. For example:

  • It purifies the air by removing toxins commonly found in paint, perfumes, air fresheners, and adhesives
  • It helps promote a restful night’s sleep, making it excellent to display in bedrooms
  • It absorbs mold spores and allergens in the air

Simple Care

Ideally, you should place your peace lily in an area that receives medium, indirect light, but as mentioned, this tolerant houseplant can handle low light as well. Its soil should remain evenly moist, and the best part? This plant will actually tell you when it needs watered! Pay attention to its leaves – if you notice they’re drooping more than normal, give it a drink and they’ll perk right up!

 

Gardenia

Gardenia in Pembroke Pines, FL, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Weston, Southwest Broward County, FloridaBest known for its evocative-smelling white flowers, the gardenia is a stunning houseplant that is sure to spark conversation! This plant is perfect for South Florida – where nighttime temperatures rarely dip below 60° — you can even move this beauty outside if it gets too big for your space. After all, some can grow to six feet or taller!

Care Requirements

Gardenias are best for seniors with an already green thumb, as their ideal growing conditions can be quite specific. However, if you have a little knowledge and time to devote to its needs, this plant is well worth the effort.

Use the following Seniors Helping Seniors® tips as a guide to maintaining this spectacular houseplant:

  • Place it in a sunny spot where it will get at least four hours of direct sunlight every day
  • Keep its soil moist but not soggy, watering when it’s dry to the touch
  • Ensure it gets enough humidity, applying the same tricks mentioned for the Boston fern
  • Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix

Keep a Watchful Eye

Inspect the leaves of your gardenia frequently, because this plant is vulnerable to insects and diseases like brown scale and aphids. It’s also important to note that its flowers are toxic to pets, so make sure it’s out of reach of any curious four-legged family members.

Whether you have an established green thumb or are just beginning to hone your houseplant-growing skills, the options above are all wonderful additions to any home. By bringing the outdoors in, you’ll enjoy a livelier home, as well as benefits like reduced anxiety and improved mood. And, just maybe, you’ll spark an interest in a relaxing new hobby!

Our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are a helpful friend to bring along on the journey too, happy to assist in researching, transporting, planting, and caring for new houseplants! So, get into the spirit of spring with some fresh greenery!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Four Seniors Helping Seniors® Steps To Tackle Spring Cleaning

March welcomes the start of the spring season, bringing with it a host of positive aspects like longer days, perfect weather, and a renewed sense of life in the world. It also means it’s time to buckle down and do some serious spring cleaning! With the right attitude and tips – like the following Seniors Helping Seniors® suggestions – tidying up your home can be truly satisfying and leave you feeling refreshed!

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of tackling this chore, however, let’s discuss some reasons you should actually look forward to this seasonal undertaking.

Benefits of a Well-Maintained Home

Deep cleaning your house carries with it some advantages that are helpful for both mental and physical health, as well as overall safety. In addition, it fosters a sense of accomplishment that will leave you feeling fantastic!

Maximize Mental Health

Aside from the sense of calm that accompanies waking up to an orderly, aesthetically pleasing house, spring cleaning provides a sense of control over your environment – something that can remain a constant when other areas of life feel hard to manage. The repetitive motions associated with scrubbing or polishing can be meditative as well, helping to reduce stress.

Boost Physical Benefits

Cleaning can be a good workout too! Moving items, buffing, pushing a vacuum, and wiping down surfaces all get the heart pumping and work muscles throughout the body.

But don’t go overboard – some housework can be quite strenuous. When it’s time to tackle heavy lifting, tasks that require lots of reaching or stooping, or the use of cumbersome equipment, reach out to a Seniors Helping Seniors® companion or family member for some extra assistance.

Support Safety

A decluttered home is a safer home, especially for independent seniors. Research indicates that one out of four seniors will suffer a fall at home each year but keeping spaces clear can go a long way in preventing these accidents. A clutter-free home is also easier to exit during an emergency situation, like a fire, and is better for overall health as piles of books, papers, furniture, and clothing can be a breeding ground for dust, mold, and bacteria.

Now that you know the importance of maintaining a tidy living space, check out this Seniors Helping Seniors® game plan for making spring cleaning efficient, satisfying, and fun!

Your Spring-Cleaning Action Plan

A seasonal refresh of your home doesn’t have to be a chore. Engage in the following methods and you’ll get into the groove in no time!

Step #1: Take It Room By Room

Trying to tackle the entire house can seem overwhelming and impossible. Instead, break up cleaning into smaller tasks that can be spread out over the entire month. For example, take on one or two rooms every weekend.

Before jumping in, however, go through each room and make a list of specific jobs to accomplish, jotting down areas that need extra attention and noting any special projects. Having a list for each section of your home will keep you and your helpers organized and on track!

Step #2: Declutter

For the most efficient spring-cleaning process, remove unneeded items before you begin. Purging can be tough, but these tips from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services can help make this part of the process a little easier:

  • Separate items into four piles: Keep, Toss, Recycle, Donate/Sell/Repurpose
  • Stay positive – keep in mind the reasons you’re getting rid of these items, like continuing your independence, making room for your grandchildren’s artwork, or clearing space to work on hobbies.
  • Organize important documents so they can be easily found in an emergency and dispose of expired medication and food items.

Step #3: Clean, Clean, Clean!

Equip yourself with all the necessary supplies and dive in! To ensure a thorough spring-cleaning experience, check off the following tasks:

  • Wipe down or dust baseboards, ceiling fans, light fixtures, vents, and blinds and remove dirt from window tracks
  • Launder linens, including furniture covers, throws, curtains, small rugs, shower curtains and liners, bed pillows, and mattress pads
  • Move furniture (if possible) and clean underneath
  • Sanitize surfaces and fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Clean the inside of appliances like refrigerators and ovens, and run disinfecting cycles on your washer, dryer, and dishwasher

Tip: As you put belongings back on shelves and in drawers, leave frequently used items within easy reach to cut down on stretching, stooping, and having to use a step stool.

Step #4: Get Social

Spring cleaning can be a tedious job, so enlist the help of friends, family members, and your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion! Not only will this help you knock it out quickly, it will also sprinkle in a bit of fun and bonding throughout!

Try these tips for tackling spring cleaning as a team:

  • Block out time to work – whether a few hours a day or a weekend-long marathon, make sure your recruits know when you plan on their help.
  • Go over your “to-do” list before taking on each room – this will keep the whole team on track!
  • Work together for efficiency. For example, have one person take all the items out of your kitchen cabinets, organizing as they go, while another person wipes down the inside of each cupboard.

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be something you dread – it can actually leave you feeling accomplished, clear-headed, and rejuvenated! Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services continually strives to share ways our care receivers can retain independence and a vigor for life, and no matter the job, we’re ALWAYS here to lend a kind hand!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seize Independence with Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services!

February is National Senior Independence Month, and that means Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services in Pembroke Pines, FL is celebrating our community of active care receivers! Remaining autonomous is an important goal for many of the individuals we serve, and entirely attainable with a little work. Preserving that independence into the “Golden Years” requires a safe living space, strong physical and mental health, and an active social life.

Start with these Seniors Helping Seniors® tips, and your upcoming years can be fulfilling and fun! Let’s dive in!

Redecorate for Safety’s Sake

Our homes have potential hazards that we often don’t realize. For independent seniors, being proactive can prevent slips and falls, make daily tasks easier, and ultimately, extend the length of time it’s safe to live alone.

If you’re unsure where to start in safeguarding your house, contact us – our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can help identify the most pressing issues, assist with the heavy lifting, or simply provide friendly, caring companionship throughout the process!

The following suggestions might spark some ideas on how to whip your space into shape:

Amp up the safety features

Install handrails around staircases, showers, toilets, and beds, and place non-slip rubber mats on surfaces that can become slick, like bathroom and kitchen floors and wooden steps.

Declutter and organize

Rearrange furniture to establish a clear pathway through every room and purge belongings that are no longer needed to gain extra space. For added convenience, reorganize cabinets, shelves, and storage areas so that frequently used items are easily accessible.

Address current hazards

Fix broken steps and floorboards that can result in a fall and secure rugs so they lie flat and don’t slide around. Tuck away loose cords and wires, ensuring they’re clear of walking paths.

Keep Moving!

A healthy exercise routine is crucial in sustaining physical wellbeing, mental sharpness, and personal autonomy. When developing a regimen, choose exercises that focus on each of the following categories for a total body workout that will keep you ready to tackle any obstacle!

  1. Endurance – walking, water aerobics, dancing, yardwork, and household chores all build stamina
  2. Strength – build muscle with you own body weight or hand weights, starting with light resistance and slowing increasing over time
  3. Flexibility – incorporate toe touches, arm rotations, and side stretches into your routine
  4.  Balance – practice activities that build your core strength and leg muscles, like standing on one foot

Seniors Exercising in Southwest Broward County, FL

Whether it requires a few words of encouragement, a steadying hand, or a lift to the gym, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are dedicated to helping those we serve reach every fitness goal. Our aim is to motivate our care receivers to keep moving for a long, independent life!

Manage Mental Health

Staying physically fit is important, but we also encourage those we serve to keep their minds sharp. The following suggestions exercise muscles in the brain and optimize mental health, improving short-term memory, planning skills, reaction time, and decision-making capabilities:

  • Stimulate brain activity – complete puzzles and crosswords, play board games, learn a new skill, read and write daily, and pursue hobbies
  • Eat smart – include vegetables, berries, walnuts, and fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids, but avoid saturated fats, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils
  • Prioritize brain use – free up space in the mind to learn new skills by using smart phone reminders, planners, calendars, and lists to remember everyday things like appointments, social engagements, and where you left your keys

Seniors Socializing in Southwest Broward County, Florida

Coming up with processes and routines to keep your day running smoothly can be tough, but our Seniors Helping Seniors® companions are here to help and love finding new ways to help our care receivers succeed!

Keep Social Skills Sharp

Maintaining an active social life is closely tied to mental health, as it helps ward off depression, loneliness, and anxiety. It also encourages participation in mentally stimulating activities which improve brain function and lead to happier and more satisfying lives.

Ensure Your Social Calendar Stays Full

If your social game has slipped, there are plenty of ways to kickstart it! Try picking up a hobby or activity that’s practiced regularly, like joining a lunch club, bowling team, or fitness group. In addition to providing something to look forward to, planning ahead helps ensure outings aren’t just a one-time event.

Worried about finding transportation? Don’t be! Our caregivers are committed to getting you where you want to go!

Visit Virtually

If leaving the house isn’t an option, engage online. Video chat with family and friends or join a virtual hobby group. These activities still offer mental benefits and the connection needed to keep the negative effects of social isolation at bay.

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, we strive to pair our care receivers with caregivers who share similar interests, passions, and hobbies. Just imagine the fun you and your companion can enjoy together!

Ask For and Accept Help!

Being independent doesn’t mean that you never need support. Lean on family, friends, and our caregivers to push you to try new things and provide a hand whenever needed.

Our care receivers’ independence is a philosophy that we at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services take seriously. With your best interests in mind, we provide the encouragement and assistance to live life on your terms. Bravo to all our independent seniors — we salute you and are thrilled to watch you thrive!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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American Heart Month: Seniors Helping Seniors® Tips For A Healthy Ticker!

Every February, American Heart Month raises awareness about the importance of maintaining cardiovascular health. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services is reminding all the independent seniors in Southwest Broward County, Florida, however, that taking care of your heart isn’t just a one-month project – it’s a year-round endeavor!

Whether you’re looking to tighten up an already heart-healthy routine, or need ideas for how to start one, read on. The three Seniors Helping Seniors® tips that follow are changes you can make today to live your best tomorrow!

Exercise Daily

Whenever possible, get moving – it’s the best path to a healthy heart! Experts suggest at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day to protect your ticker and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.

So, grab a friend, family member, or a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver and start working the following activities into your routine to build cardiovascular endurance, keeping your heart and body strong!

  • Weight training is a triple threat – it builds muscle, regulates weight, AND strengthens the heart! Start small, though, and gradually work up to heavier amounts to protect from muscle strain.
  • Cardio improves blood flow and circulation around the heart, which is key to keeping the small vessels surrounding it clear of blockages. Aerobic exercises come in many forms – walking, biking, dancing, swimming – as long as the blood’s pumping, your body is reaping the benefits!
  • Yoga involves deep breathing to reduce stress, another fantastic way to keep your ticker functioning well! In addition to lowering stress – a leading cause of heart disease – practicing yoga can decrease and regulate heart rate and boost circulation.

Adjust to Keep Active

If you can exercise outside, great! Fresh air is always a boost to the heart and mind. However, the weather in Southwest Broward County, FL can be unpredictable this time of year, so be prepared to adapt your routine. For example, do laps in your house for cardio or invest in a couple senior-focused weight-training or yoga apps when you don’t feel like leaving home or when the weather isn’t cooperating. The important thing is to keep moving – your heart will thank you!

Reminder: Everyone has different physical needs and capabilities, so always consult a trainer and/or your doctor before starting a new fitness routine.

Dig In to a Heart-Smart Diet

Being physically active is only one aspect of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Eating well is another significant piece of the puzzle.

Add the following to your regular diet – all are good sources of heart-healthy vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, and healthy fats, which are important in lowering cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, and minimizing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains — avoid refined grain products whenever possible
  • Lean meat, poultry, and fish (especially salmon and mackerel)
  • Low-fat dairy products and eggs
  • Legumes, like beans, peas, and lentils – all make excellent substitutes for protein
  • Green tea

Make Good Choices

Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats. Instead, choose olive, canola, or vegetable oil and use margarine rather than butter. Watch salt intake as well – too much can lead to high blood pressure, which is tough on the heart.

Fried food, which is generally high in cholesterol and unhealthy fats, and meals cooked with lots of butter are traditional preparations throughout many parts of the Southeast. For a healthier option, choose dishes that are grilled, steamed, or baked whenever possible. Controlling portion size is important as well, as overeating packs in more calories than needed and can contribute to heart disease.

Need some help getting started? Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers can assist with planning meals, finding healthy options at the grocery store, and offering personal knowledge and experience when trying different cooking methods. After all, new ventures are always more fun with the company of a friend!

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol

It’s good practice to limit smoking and alcoholic beverage intake in general, as these habits can lead to health issues in people of all ages. But it’s especially important for seniors who want to stay active and independent!

It’s Never Too Late to Quit

Smoking cigarettes increases the formulation of plaque in blood vessels and damages artery walls, significantly contributing to heart disease. Even if you’ve smoked for years, quitting now can lower your risk of developing the condition.

Take advantage of the help available from Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services. Our caregivers can provide the encouragement needed to finally kick this habit!

Be Smart About Alcohol

Drinking alcohol is also detrimental to your heart because it raises blood pressure and increases the chance of heart failure. If you can’t cut it out completely, moderation is key. Experts recommend limiting alcohol consumption to no more than one or two drinks a day.

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we’re committed to helping our care receivers feel great and remain independent – and maintaining a healthy heart is crucial! Our caregivers, who are seniors themselves, understand how important it is for those we serve to keep their ticker in prime shape and will be there every step of the journey to developing heart healthy habits!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services Honors Caregivers for National Caregivers Day

On February 18, the fast-growing franchise is placing a spotlight on the passionate and hard-working caregivers who have made Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward a leading in-home senior care brand.

 

Pembroke Pines, Florida — Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, a franchise with over 100 franchise partners across more than 30 states and international markets, has grown rapidly in recent years by building a workforce of talented caregivers who create meaningful relationships with their senior care receivers. In celebration of National Caregivers Day on February 18, Seniors Helping Seniors® services is honoring those caregivers, whose tireless work has made the franchise a leading in-home care brand.

 

“Caregivers are at the core of what we do, and their work is essential to the health and happiness of so many people around the world,” said Seniors Helping Seniors® President Namrata Yocom-Jan.

 

Celebrated nationally every third Friday in February, National Caregivers Day was established in 2015 by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA).

 

Nearly half of all caregivers in the U.S. are over the age of 50 and are themselves vulnerable to declining health, which is why Seniors Helping Seniors® services, which prioritizes hiring active seniors as caregivers, provides a wealth of supports to ensure the mental, physical, and emotional health of its caregivers.

 

“Our caregivers are essential to our organization, without the wonderful individuals that we employ we wouldn’t exist,” said Diana Cabassi, owner of Seniors Helping Seniors® of Southwest Broward County, FL. “They brighten the lives of our senior clients by providing a helping hand with love and compassion.  We prioritize caring for our caregivers just like our senior receivers.”

 

Recently, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services announced a new incentive designed to ensure franchise owners have access to the most qualified and passionate caregivers, offering generous sign-on bonuses of $100–$500, depending on the location. The brand is also the first senior care franchise to incorporate a charitable donation with its caregiver sign-on bonus, offering franchise owners the option to enhance the incentive by contributing to the Alzheimer’s Association. Seniors Helping Seniors® franchise locations aim to appeal to community-oriented caregivers who align with the brand’s core values by including this donation.

 

“We’ve put a lot of work into ensuring that Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care is not only the best option for our receivers but also for caregivers across the country,” said Yocom-Jan. “That’s something we are extremely proud of, but it’s not something we take for granted. We will continue to make sure anyone who has the passion and skills to be a great caregiver will find a great opportunity to grow and make an impact with Seniors Helping Seniors® services. Our caregivers truly have … a way to give and receive®.”

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Tea Time! A Soothing Sip With Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Services

With a wide variety of flavors to choose from, tea is not only tasty, it also offers an array of advantages for your mind and body. At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we decided to brew up a pot of our favorite blend and take a look at why tea is the perfect drink.

It’s Always Tea-O’Clock!

There is literally never a bad time for tea! If a morning kick of caffeine is your goal, reach for matcha or black tea. It’s also much less acidic than coffee, so choosing it over a cup of joe could alleviate your sour stomach.

For a more relaxing experience, try chamomile or lavender teas to soothe you right before bed. Green tea – hot or iced – with a dash of honey helps ease a sore throat and peppermint tea can clear up your sinuses.

If those benefits aren’t enough, sipping tea also is a wonderful addition to cozy, intimate gatherings with loved ones. Having tea bags and hot water at the ready improves any visit from family, an old pal, or a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver!

Wellness Galore!

The health benefits found in tea are quite astonishing. Each variety has its own special perks, so let’s get the skinny on how these leaves can keep you strong!

Green Tea

Often described as the “gold standard,” green tea can encourage improved brain health and heighten energy levels. For us active seniors, it’s the perfect drink to help us maximize our days. It’s also a wonderful mood booster, triggering the availability of dopamine to the brain.

Other studies show that green tea promotes heart health and decreases inflammation. Add this all up and you have yourself a safeguard against several issues that arise as you age.

Black Tea

Irish and English breakfast – two popular types of black tea – give you a dose of caffeine without the acidity, making them perfect substitutes for coffee. At the same, if you are looking to reduce inflammation and blood sugar levels, black tea can be the perfect natural remedy. Lastly, it can improve your gut health, which only adds to a strong immune system!

Chamomile Tea

The Egyptians weren’t wrong when they called chamomile a gift from the God of the Sun. It’s known for its holistic benefits,  like improved sleep, reduced stress, and aiding with the prevention of osteoporosis.

Tea Time in Southwest Broward County FL, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Davie, Weston, Miramar, Southwest Ranches and more

We’re always looking to share guidance on positive habits with our Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers. Tea is extremely diverse in its abilities to ease the mind and strengthen the body. So, let’s open up the cupboard and get the water simmering – It’s time to pour a cup!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors® Hobbies To Kick Off The New Year

With the sun setting earlier here in Broward County, it can be tough to stay motivated. Afterall, it’s dark before dinnertime these days! So at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we asked our caregivers to share some of their favorite hobbies to bide the time during duller, shorter days. Check them out and give them a try!

Walking

This blog isn’t long enough to cover all the benefits of walking, so we’ll cover a few high points. The act of putting one foot in front of the other – mentally and physically – can be one of the best ways to stay sharp with age.

A simple, daily stroll around the neighborhood can improve heart health, boost the immune system, enhance cognition, and strengthen bones, muscles, and joints. Still, we understand  outdoor walks aren’t always an option. Don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives:

  • Use a walking treadmill at the house or a gym
  • Head to the mall for some walking and window shopping
  • Utilize your local community or senior center

The key is to take it in stride and go at your own pace. It’s even better when you share the walking experience with a friend. Great conversation combined with exercise? Sign us up!

Scrapbooking

Seniors have so many rich memories from the past. Creating a scrapbook is the perfect way to preserve these cherished stories! Scrapbooking will transport you back to those vivid moments, while also fostering your creative side.

There are no rules as to the number of anecdotes, pictures and decorative flairs you can include in your book, as long as it serves as a prompt for meaningful recollections. Invite younger family members to share in this activity. What better way to pass on important family traditions than by reliving them with a loved one? And don’t be shy – our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love learning more about their companions too! What a perfect opportunity to show them your life through these metaphorical pages of time.

Start Collecting

With the advent of technology and relative ease of surfing the web, now is a great time to start scouring for collectibles. Places like eBay or your local Facebook Marketplace are full of vintage items that may churn up memories from yesteryear. Antiques, furniture, old magazines, or musical instruments are all fair game and at the tip of your online fingertips!

For the less tech-savvy, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers would love to help you build your collection! In most communities, antiquity stores abound. It’s the perfect day trip!

Reading

Let’s face it, television is no substitute for a great book. When you find a page-turner, it’s nearly impossible to put it down! It makes sense that we gravitate toward this captivating hobby.

Reading promotes cognitive function, improves your mood, and opens up new worlds. If you enjoy reading but also crave social interaction, why not find a local senior book club or start one of your own among friends? Afterall, discussing the stories and hearing other’s insights always puts life into a fresh perspective.

Of course, the activities our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers listed are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty of other ways to keep your days bright… even when the sun doesn’t want to cooperate. This New Year, share your favorite pastime with us, and let’s dive in together on a hobby that speaks to your heart!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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The Year Ahead: Creating Your Senior Vision Board!

Here at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, we’re all about planning ahead. As we usher in a new year, let’s map out our aspirations for the coming months. The changing weather in Southwest Broward County, FL makes the perfect time for designing your annual vision board!

This craft-turned life-roadmap is fun and simple to develop. The key is to SHOWCASE your goals through pictures, phrases, and artistic expressions.

What you’ll need:

  • Posterboard
  • Magazines
  • Images from your favorite artwork, books, or online printouts
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Pens and markers

 

Here are a few Seniors Helping Seniors® tips to get started:

  1. Consider your goals!
    This first step is important: Set aside time to sit down and write out what you’d like to accomplish in the new year. These aims can be big or small, tangible or intangible. For example, you might want to spend more time with family and friends, travel somewhere you’ve never been, organize your home, start a new hobby or simply remember to drink more water. Nothing is out of reach!Once you’ve got them down on paper, prioritize your initiatives according to their significance. Create a new list, recording your objectives from most important at the top to least important at the bottom.
  2. Lock in your layout
    Now that you’ve decided what you want to accomplish in 2022, draw a grid on your poster board. The easiest way to do this is by splitting your board into three equal sections, both vertically and horizontally. When you’re done, you’ll have nine evenly spaced blocks.
  3. Position your goals and intentions
    Group your list of objectives into categories, depending on the area of your life they fit into. For example, family, travel, and self-improvement could all be included as individual sections. Write one of these categories in each of the nine segments on your board. This step helps round out your vision. Take a minute to ensure you’ve covered all the areas you feel are important.After deciding a theme for each section, jot down the goals and aspirations you have inside the box for that category. This serves as a reminder of your specific intentions and a guide to what type of pictures and phrases you’ll want to incorporate.
  4. Gather pictures and words that relate
    Now that you know what types of images and phrases you’re looking for. Start browsing the magazines, books, and artwork you’ve compiled, clipping anything connected to your goals. If one of your hopes is to travel, you might use a photo of a sandy beach or the word “strong” if you plan to focus on fitness.As you extract images, put them in piles corresponding to the nine sections on your vision board. This can also be a great part of the project to invite your grandkids or a few friends to help with. The more the merrier!
  5. Arrange your materials and start gluing!
    Start positioning what you’ve clipped onto your vision board, but don’t glue anything down right away. You might want to rearrange or swap out a picture! Wait until you are completely satisfied with your design to make it permanent. You can also take this opportunity to trim the items you’ve gathered so they fit neatly in the space and don’t cover too much of your other clippings.Use whatever approach works for you, but to start, it can be helpful to add one or two pictures in each section of your board and continue layering this way until you’ve incorporated all your ideas. Feel free to add finishing touches like colorful doodles or stickers – whatever helps express your aspirations!
  6. Display your board
    You’ve finished creating your vision board…now what? Find a spot in your home to hang it proudly! Choose a place where you’ll see it regularly.For an extra special touch, get it laminated at an office supply store or find an inexpensive frame to make your masterpiece really pop!
  7. Assess your goals daily
    Your work isn’t done once you finish your vision board. In fact, it’s just beginning. Creating your board is important, but so is reviewing it regularly. Take a few minutes to look over your vision board every day. Doing so will allow you to truly focus on the areas you’ve chosen to improve and move you one step closer to conquering each of those 2022 aspirations!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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A Season of Senior Stories

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services cherishes learning about our care receivers’ legacies. As we gather with family for the holidays here in southwest Broward County, what better time to reflect on the meaningful life narratives of the seniors around us. This year, consider conducting a casual, recorded interview. It’s a gesture that will surely spark nostalgia for those involved and allow you to share their memories for decades to come. Whether you use video to capture their retelling or a digital audio recorder, hearing about your loved one’s journey will be the perfect gift for everyone.

Here are five interview questions from your Seniors Helping Seniors® friends to get the conversation started!

  1. What was your favorite thing to do for fun growing up?
    Start at the beginning. Childhood memories can reveal a great deal about our life’s story. Moreover, this question will likely invoke precious memories of our loved one’s early years and just maybe a few entertaining tales you haven’t yet heard.


  2. What was the happiest day of your life?
    Choosing just one day in our lives to declare as our “happiest moment” can be difficult. Your senior loved one may have many “happiest moments.” Marrying the love of their life, the birth of their first child, or finally moving into a home their family dreamed of for years, for example. No matter the answer, the reward you’ll receive from listening to your loved one recount their most precious memories is priceless.


  3. Who is the person who most influenced your life?
    From our favorite aunt to the teacher who pushed us to be our best, we tend to have one or two individuals who left a significant imprint on our life stories. Maybe this person changed the way we looked at the world, encouraged us to follow our passion, or just seemed always to know how to make us laugh. Who could this person be for your senior loved one?


  4. What are you most proud of?
    The answer to this question might surprise you. Discovering the instances that filled your loved one with pride throughout their life can reveal a lot about the people and places they hold dear, what they consider their greatest accomplishments, and how they sought to live their life day-in and day-out.


  5. If you could offer one piece of advice to today’s youth, what would it be?
    There is so much we can learn from the seniors in our lives. Just think, what a precious gift to have someone who has already been through the life experiences we have yet to encounter. From marriage and friendship advice to cooking tips and cold remedies, our senior loved ones often have more knowledge to impart than we realize. If you sit back and listen, who knows what golden nuggets you’ll receive!

Happy Senior and Daughter Celebrating Christmas Together in Pembroke Pines, Florida, South Florida, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Hollywood, FL

There are no right or wrong questions to ask your senior loved one in this exercise. Focus on inquiries that will reveal memories they’ll enjoy reliving and those that will help you gain insight into parts of their life story you may not know about. You’ll treasure the experience of getting to know your loved one better, and they’re sure to enjoy sharing these precious memories with the people they love most.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with transportation along with companionship and some good conversation, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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How Seniors Can Protect Themselves From Scams and Fraud

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care franchise in southwest Broward County, FL that employs active seniors to help their fellow seniors age in place is promoting awareness about the increasing incidence of scams as fraud reports surge during the pandemic.

According to a new scorecard released by the Federal Trade Commission, consumers reported losing more than $3.3 billion to fraud in 2020, up 83% from $1.8 billion a year before. Impostors pretending to be government officials, relatives in distress or others were the most common scams, accounting for nearly $1.2 billion in losses. Other schemes include fake lottery wins, online shopping scams and Medicare impostors.

While seniors aren’t the only population targeted, when they’re victimized by scammers, they tend to lose more money than younger people. According to the FTC, fraud victims aged 80 or older reported a median loss of $1,300, while fraud victims aged 20-29 reported a median loss of $324.

“Seniors have been an increasingly vulnerable target due to COVID-19-related isolation,” said Seniors Helping Seniors® franchise owner, Diana Cabassi. “Most of the seniors who we care for live independently. We want to ensure that all our seniors and their senior caregivers don’t fall victim to these scammers and con artists.”

Tips for Seniors to Protect Themselves from Fraud

  • Slow down. Scammers often use a sense of urgency as a tactic. Slowing down allows you to contemplate the situation, ask questions and listen to your instincts.
  • Don’t give out personal information. Never give personal information to any caller and limit the amount of personal information you post on social media. Scammers search Facebook, Instagram and other networks for family information they can use to fool you.
  • If you speak to someone who claims to be a police officer, call the police department to verify the person’s identity and any information they’ve given you. Call any family member allegedly involved in an emergency to verify the story. Scammers often plead with you to keep the emergency a secret, so you won’t try to confirm it.
  • Verify the identity of any individual who shows up at your home. Don’t hesitate to call the company to verify they have sent a representative to your home.
  • Remember that most government agencies won’t call you. If they need to contact you, federal agencies like the IRS, social security administration and Medicare will contact you by mail, not phone. And they won’t threaten you, ask for your personal information or tell you your account has been suspended due to “suspicious and fraudulent activity” and request a payment to have the account reinstated.
  • Don’t trust caller ID. Calls can be spoofed so they look like they’re coming from a government agency, even when they’re not.
  • Beware of delivery-status scams. These fraudulent notifications often arrive as text messages or emails, urging you to click on a fake tracking link and input personal information. The link may also install malware on your device.
  • Hang up. If someone asks for your social security number or bank information to get your new card or new benefits, that’s a scam and they’re not who they say they are. Hang up immediately.

If you or a loved one is already the victim of a scam, Seniors Helping Seniors® encourages you to:

  • Contact law enforcement. This will help you determine whether you are a victim, and they may be able to assist you in recouping any lost funds.
  • Call the National Elder Fraud Hotline. Run by the U.S. Department of Justice and dial 1-833-FRAUD (1-833-8311).
  • Close or cancel any compromised accounts. Act quickly to mitigate financial loss by immediately contacting your bank, credit card company or other financial institution.
  • Freeze your credit report. All three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — allow consumers to do this for free. You can freeze your reports online by phone or by mail. This prevents scammers from opening accounts in your name.
  • File a report. Coronavirus scam complaints can be filed online with the FTC at ftc.gov. Identity theft complaints can be filed at IdentityTheft.gov. Complaints of all types of fraud can be filed at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

The FTC advises consumers to report anything they might think is a scam, even if they’re unsure. Unwanted calls, as well as spam emails and texts, can also be reported.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

 

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Older Driver Safety Awareness: Seniors Helping Seniors® Offers Advice for Safe Travels This Holiday Season

December 6–10 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, and Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services in Southwest Broward County is recognizing the importance of driver safety. This holiday season, Seniors Helping Seniors® is helping to keep everyone safe on the roads by offering safety advice for older drivers.

This week of awareness, launched by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), has been established to promote the importance of mobility and transportation for older adults, and to ensure they can remain active while doing what they love. “The ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional and cognitive health,” the AOTA said. “Although changes are a part of normal aging, they occur individually and at different rates and times.”

 

Strategies to Ensure Older Driver Safety

Transportation is too often the barrier that prevents seniors from living their lives the way they would like to — but fortunately, there are a few key strategies that drivers can use to ensure their safety. The AOTA lists out some key details that can help promote transportation safety, ranging from simple conversations to fully-structured strategies:

  • Anticipating personal cognitive changes that can affect driving
  • Having conversations with family about potential concerns
  • Screening and evaluations with a therapist (or caregiver)
  • Having compassionate interventions with seniors over serious concerns
  • Staying engaged with the community, with or without a car

 

What Alternative Transportation Options Are Safe and Reliable for Seniors?

Broward County public transportation for seniors is a useful alternative for older drivers to safely get around. Broward County has some options available at no cost or for a reduced rate for eligible riders.

When public transportation is not the ideal option, getting transportation and companionship from a Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver is the best safe, convenient, and reliable alternative for seniors living in Southwest Broward County, FL. Our friendly, compassionate caregivers come right to your door and can accompany you anywhere you need to go. We offer many more services as well.

If you or any senior you know would like assistance, we are here for you. Call us today to learn more.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with transportation along with companionship and some good conversation, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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What You Need to Know About Senior Transportation Services in Broward County, Florida

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care in Southwest Broward County FL is helping to keep everyone safe on the roads by offering safety advice for seniors. Public senior transportation services are useful options for seniors to safely travel around Broward County, Florida.

The following are some great options for public senior transportation.

TOPS!

For any seniors living in Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, Miramar, Sunrise, Hollywood, FL and some surrounding areas: This is a paratransit shared-ride service provided by Broward County Transit (BCT) for persons with physical, cognitive, emotional, visual, or other disabilities which functionally prevent them from using the BCT fixed-route bus system permanently, temporarily or under certain conditions. The one-way fare per trip is $3.50 and must be paid to the driver upon boarding the vehicle. Passengers must have the exact fare since drivers do not make change. Reduced fare programs are also available for eligible riders.

For more information, visit TOPS!

Century Village Trolly

For residents of Century Village in Pembroke Pines, this is a great easy option to travel around Century Village and to some of the neighboring shopping plazas. This service also has routes to Memorial Hospital West and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. There is no additional fee for Century Village residents.

For more information, visit Century Village Trolly.

Community Bus Service of Pembroke Pines

This is a free service provided by the City of Pembroke Pines and Broward County. There are three routes available travelling to various locations around Pembroke Pines. Many stop locations also have connections to Broward County Transit paid fare buses with many more routes available.

For more information, visit City of Pembroke Pines Community Bus Service.

 

Transportation with Caregivers in Southwest Broward County, FL

Senior Caregiver Transportation Assisting A Senior From Wheelchair to Car Safely In Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, FL, Sunrise, FL

Sometimes public transportation isn’t the ideal option. Waiting outside, the weather may be uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous. Other times the bus may arrive late or the bus schedule doesn’t line up well with an upcoming appointment. Seniors living in Weston or Southwest Ranches, Florida may not be in close walking distance to all the listed public transportation options for seniors.

Seniors Helping Seniors® can help! It is the ideal alternative for safe, convenient, and reliable transportation for all seniors living in Southwest Broward County, FL. Our caregivers are here for you and come right to your door, and can accompany you to doctor’s visits, events, trips and outings, or simply wait for you outside while you finish your visit – whichever is appropriate for you.

Transportation is only one of the many in-home services we offer. If you are looking for senior care in Pembroke Pines or anywhere in southwest Broward County, Florida – or if you just need a little help around the house – we are here for you. Call us today to find out more.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home senior care services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist seniors with groceries and meal preparation, companionship and some good conversation, light housekeeping, shopping, medication reminders, running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Gratitude Journaling With Your Seniors Helping Seniors® Caregiver

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we feel November is a great time to take a personal inventory on all the meaningful aspects of your life – health, family, friendships, accomplishments, independence, etc. After all, thankfulness is the hallmark of this month! As we celebrate a season of gathering and companionship, what better way to document our appreciation of the good things than creating a gratitude journal?

What Is It?

It’s only human nature to get mired in the weekly bustle, overlooking the important sparks of beauty that make our days so rich. A gratitude journal is as much a routine as it is a document. Keeping this book of thanks nearby reminds us to pause and jot down the bright spots in our journeys! At the same time, the act of writing positive thoughts helps memory and encourages calm.

It’s easy to get started!

  • Grab a notebook or traditional journal.
  • Find and write a weekly quote that inspires you. For instance: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Each day, document one good thing that happened to you and one aspect of your life you love.
  • Don’t hesitate to revisit past pages, reading about the grateful moments that you experienced.
  • Repeat this routine every week.

Other Ideas For Vibrant Entries

Remember, this is your journal! There are no rules, other than use it to reflect on the positives. Our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers have even discovered some wonderful writing exercises to enhance the experience.

  • Pick A Photo: Pictures are the ultimate keepsake and a wonderful way to rekindle memories. Select one of your favorite snapshots and place it at the top of the journal page. Next, write about the people in it: Why you love them, why you are thankful for them, how you felt in that moment, etc.
  • Hit The Magazine Racks: Find a feel-good story and write your thoughts about the article.
  • Think Ahead: Look to future plans that excite you, then write about them. It can be an upcoming trip or visit with friends. Again, it doesn’t have to be an elaborate adventure. Sometimes a routine card game with your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver brings all the joy needed for a journal entry! Just have fun wondering what tomorrow holds.

Regardless of how you craft your gratitude journal, your team at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services hopes it takes you to a wonderful, reflective place!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Provider Spotlight: Meet Joseph A. Rivera from New York Life

At Seniors Helping Seniors, we see clients from all walks of life throughout southwest Broward County. Interestingly, those who are the most financially stable are not always in that position from high-earning careers or family wealth. Most who are “comfortable” simply saved diligently and invested for the long term.

No matter your age or income level, when you need to consider financial planning and long-term care alternatives, Joseph Rivera from New York Life South Florida is a valuable resource.

Our featured provider this month, Joseph is an experienced financial services professional based in Sunrise, Florida. He helps guide, inform, and educate people all over South Florida on their options for Long Term Care and Financial Services.

Here at Seniors Helping Seniors in Southwest Broward, we first connected with Joseph and New York Life several years ago through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA).  The SCSA works to provide educational resources and training for professionals who work with seniors. Joseph and New York Life are very active senior advocates in the local South Florida SCSA chapter.

The team at New York Life is so dedicated to their mission of education that they went above and beyond when the pandemic hit to ensure South Florida seniors receive the best support possible. Joseph and his New York Life colleague Dan Pico began hosting the SCSA meetings virtually on Zoom so the bi-monthly meetings could keep on going. The extra support that Dan and Joseph provided ensured the group’s continuity and made a lasting impression on Seniors Helping Seniors local franchise owner Diana Cabassi. Joseph, Dan, and New York Life have been trusted partners ever since.

 

Long-Term Care Planning & Financial Safety in South Florida

According to Joseph, having the right plan in place helps you and your loved ones when any expected or unexpected expenses come. Living too long, dying to soon or becoming disabled are the three major risks that can change everything. Joseph and New York Life can help you and your family prepare for those risks and much more.

Here are a few scenarios where New York Life’s services have been a great help to individuals and their families right here in South Florida. These:

  • The Value of Long-Term Care Planning – After caring for his mother with Alzheimer’s for many years, David understands the importance of having a strategy for care in place. At age 45, David purchases an Asset Flex policy with the Pay to 65 option, adds 3 percent compound inflation protection, making annual payments of $5,000. Once in his 80s, David begins to face challenges in daily living activities and is able to tap into his long-term care provisions. He receives $1,183,035 in long-term care benefits between the ages of 85 to 91, and his beneficiaries receive a residual death benefit of $11,214 from his policy, which they use to cover final expenses.
  • Flexible Policy Options That Hold Value for Any Scenario – Mark retires at 62 years old and purchases an Asset Flex policy that he can fund over five years by making annual payments of $20,000. He chose options that accommodated future purchase inflation protection and partial return of premium for his policy. 10 years later at age 72, Mark suffers a heart attack and unexpectedly passes away. Since he didn’t use his policy for a long-term care event, his beneficiaries receive $137,140 as a legacy.
  • One-Time Investment to Provide Stability for Your Family – At 53 years old, Kathy is at her highest earning point in her career and will be approaching retirement soon. She purchases an Asset Flex policy with a one-time payment of $100,000. She adds the 3 percent compound inflation protection option to her policy and chooses the vested return of premium option. By age 58, Kathy is fully vested and has the option to receive her premium back in full, if she chooses. Kathy now has the opportunity to recover her $100,000 in premium to help her daughter pay for graduate school.

 

Customized Care Planning Solutions for All of South Florida

New York Life has a suite of solutions to help individuals and families in our community create the best financial plan for their future. An industry leader in the U.S. with over 175 years of experience, New York Life is the nation’s largest mutual life insurer. Joseph Rivera works with you to select a plan that works for your lifestyle and your needs.

For more information, please contact:

Learn More

Joseph A. Rivera

Financial Services Professional
Agent, New York Life Insurance Company
 
1300 Concord Terrace, Suite 500, Sunrise, FL 33323
786 899 9812 | Cell
jarivera01@ft.newyorklife.com
 
Se habla Español.

 
 
 
 

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Pointers to Brighten Your Mindset During Shorter Fall Days

October is National Depression and Health Screening Month. While the topic is not as festive as autumn crafts, it deserves some extra attention. That’s because some 20-percent of Americans report feeling seasonal depression this time of year.

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, we understand the emotional challenges that often arise as the weather turns cooler and daylight dwindles here in Southwest Broward County. A lack of companionship, routine and support can only add to the sense of melancholy.

As you know, Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers love providing meaningful camaraderie. We hope you find this blog helpful, and it shines a light on ways to stay mentally invigorated in the coming months.

Keep Moving

Exercise is the perfect mood lifter, sparking a release of valuable endorphins for a total brain and body boost! The key is to team up with an accountability partner and stick to a schedule. Whether it’s an afternoon walk with your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion or a morning workout with a neighbor, turn exercise into a planned, social habit!

Stick With Your Passions!

Seasonal depression often results in the terrible side effect of indifference – a complete lack of interest in the things that usually excite you. Regardless, stay committed to these activities. Keep them as staples of your daily routine. It’s not an easy task, but it forces the brain to concentrate on the moment – helping stimulate new thoughts, observations, and feelings.

Meditate

Meditation has been proven to sharpen the mind and improve emotional health. Many leverage the ancient technique to bring a sense of balance, peace, and calm to their lives. Even more, it can be practiced almost anywhere at any time. Meditative themes include:

  • Mindfulness: Directing all attention to the senses and feelings you’re experiencing in the moment.
  • Progressive Relaxation: Tightening and relaxing one muscle group at a time, while thinking calming thoughts – such as waves rolling through the body.
  • Visualization: Envisioning positive scenarios, images and scenes.

Each of these methods is paired with a quiet setting and controlled breathing.

As we enter fall in Broward County, we look forward to plenty of wonderful traditions. At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, we also know the shift in season can be difficult. We’re here to tell you, you’re not alone!  Don’t let shorter days dictate your happiness. Let’s continue to thrive together, no matter the time of year!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Quilt Making: A Fall Tradition Stitched In Time

September ushers in shorter days and cooler evenings. After a long, blazing summer, Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services always welcomes the change of pace! This time of year, a patchwork of leaves starts to color the trees, while we all lean into the cozy days ahead. One staple of chilly weather – the quilt – covers a rich, vibrant history! We invite you to sit back, warm up, and enjoy this latest piece on a threaded artform.

 

Quilting Origins

One of the oldest quilted pieces – found in Russia and dating back to 100 BC – was used as a carpet. Specifically, the artifact was discovered in a Mongolian cave and can be seen intact to this very day at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The practice of quilt making can be traced back, in some form, to ancient Egypt. In Europe, quilts were discovered around the 12th century. They were introduced by the Crusaders and were worn under armor for protection. While early quilting was a necessity, they became decorative in the 1300s and gained notoriety in Italy around the same time.

So, what makes these personal warmers so strong, durable and beloved? Well, quilting essentially is the act of stitching two pieces of fabric together with padding in the middle. The word itself – quilt – comes from the Latin term culcita, which means “stuffed sack”. Since their origination, they’ve been built for the long run.

 

Quilting In The U.S.

The quilt became commonplace in America in the 1700s and was a sign of wealth. In those days, only those with an abundance of money had both the financial means and time to craft such decorative pieces. As the country grew in prominence, so did this popular activity. As a result, the 1800’s saw a rise in three distinct types of quilts:

  • Whole Cloth – Usually made from single pieces of material on both the top and bottom of the padding.
  • Broderie Perse – A technique of cutting printed fabric and adding them to a solid background. These were generally used as bedding quilts in the 19th century.
  • Medallion Quilts – Built around a centerpiece and then surrounded by different borders.

 

Then And Now!

America’s Industrial Revolution brought about drastic change as equipment technology and manufactured materials gave rise to quilts produced in the States. No longer were they pieces tethered together by hand with clothing scraps and leftover fabric. Now, they incorporated cotton, woven at a much faster pace – thanks to the invention of the sewing machine!

Quilting continued to evolve over the years, and it was even viewed as a patriotic duty during wartime. Many were donated to troops to bring a piece of home to the fight. As a result, the Red Cross was largely powered by donated quilts through World War II.

Today, quilting is more of a hobby than a necessity. For many families, the craft has been passed on from one generation to the next. At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, we celebrate the role of such time-honored customs in our lives. Whether it be quilting, music, art or another tradition, our senior caregivers share these common interests with everyone they serve!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Stories of Love: Meet Joanne

The Scenario

Joanne Pearcy really enjoys her home in beautiful Broward County, Florida, where she can eat her own home-cooked foods that bring her comfort, surrounded by the things that are familiar to her. However, her children living down in South Miami were starting to get worried about not being able to help her on a daily basis. She did not want to move into an assisted living facility. “No! No! I did not want to move and that was it,” explained Joanne. “However, I knew I could use some help, so my family and I talked and agreed that if I could find the help I needed and it met my needs, as I use a walker 24/7, I could stay in my home.”

 

Help When You Need It Most

Joanne began researching different options and a friend recommended a company she hadn’t heard of before: Seniors Helping Seniors. She made the call to find out more. “That is when I met Diana. What a positive experience. She answered all my questions about SHS and then some I hadn’t thought of. I took what I had learned to my family and it was unanimous, SHS was for me. That was about 3 years ago. Now more than ever I know SHS is for me.”

She formed a close bond with her caregiver Linda Chiodo. “Better known as Sunny because each morning she pops in here, she is smiling, sunny and delightful,” said Joanne. “She just meets my every need. You know, she’s flexible and funny. I can be funny too, and between the two of us we get a lot of laughs.”

“The coffee is always ready because she always cleans the pot and resets it for the next morning. The first one to the pot gets to push the button! After solving the worlds problem’s, Linda is off and running. She can and does most anything from tightening the dining room chair legs to fixing the light, watering the plants (that incidentally she brought), feeding the squirrels.”

Joanne loves all the help and quality time she gets with her Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver. “I have a lot of mangoes. Linda just made me mango bread, oh so good! I made mango cheese pie last week. We made mango pudding, we made mango crisp. Oh it was delicious! The food she shares is delicious. I always tell her she can get a chef/cook job if needed. My kitchen is spotless when she leaves, the clothes folded, mail brought in, no clutter ever.”

 

The Caregiver’s View

Linda Chiodo really enjoys her time spent with Joanne. “It’s fun! It’s like being at home. We talk a lot. I keep things exactly at home like I do in her house. I make her coffee, I make her breakfast, I vacuum, I wash.”

“We come from the same era so we go back and talk about the old days. We talk about our families because we’re very family oriented. We get along very well, I feel like she’s my sister. I’m happy to get up and go to work, I mean I look forward to it.”

 

Voice of the Customer

“I met Linda and she met me, and we just hit it off,” explained Joanne. “She so great! She keeps this house running. She comes every day 9:30 to 2:00, but if I have a doctor’s appointment at 3:00, then she’ll change her schedule or somehow we work it out and she’ll come a little later that day and take me to the doctor. They’re so willing, you know. ‘Let me go get your pills or your medications. I’ll get them on my way in in the morning. What do we need?’ It’s almost like a family relationship, an extended family relationship.”

“We just have a lot in common and learn from one another. Fortunately, we like the same music. We grew up in that era, the Frank Sinatra era. It was a different day. And Linda and I come from the same day.”

Seniors Helping Seniors in Southwest Broward has allowed Joanne to happily stay in her own home and live independently. With Joanne’s needs being met with a lovely, enjoyable caregiving experience, and her children content with the service, Seniors Helping Seniors is truly a perfect match for in-home senior care.

Joanne and Linda celebrating a birthday

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Autumn Art: Senior Craft Ideas for Fall

As summer comes to a close in the Southeast, Fall whisks in with milder days and a wonderful slate of seasonal activities. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services draws inspiration from the world outside, using Autumn’s fiery landscape to bring light and beauty to everyday décor.

Yes, we’re talking about crafting: A quintessential hobby this time of year! With shorter days ahead, as well as a robust selection of harvest and natural materials at hand, now’s the perfect time to create.

Beyond crafting’s ability to spark inventiveness and keep the mind sharp, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers know it also may help with hand-eye coordination. In this latest blog, we’ve jotted down three of our favorite Autumn craft activities. Sit back, take a look and let your ideas flow!

Tri-Colored Pinecone Wreath

Wreaths are so versatile, adding a major accent to any front porch or interior wall! Moreover, these focal pieces don’t just apply to the holidays here in the Southeast. Fall foliage lends itself to these timeless arrangements. At the same time, they’re the perfect art activity for any skill level. Just follow these instructions to get started.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Purchase a wreath frame from any hobby or home décor store.
  2. Pick up some colorful, silk leaves.
  3. Take a walk outside, selecting your favorite pinecones.
  4. Wrap twine around the wreath frame. This will give your materials an easy-stick surface.
  5. Glue the silk leaves to the wrapped wreath frame, covering the entire surface.
  6. Position and glue your pinecones to the wreath frame.
  7. Feel free to add a colorful bow on the bottom of the wreath as a flourish.

CRAFT TIP: Take your pinecones to the next level by spray painting them with different Fall hue colors. Looking for some sparkle? Add glitter! Finish it off with an Autumn scented spray – something with an apple or pumpkin aroma never disappoints.

Posh Pumpkin

Carving a pumpkin can be difficult on your hands. Still, there are other ways to go all out with gourds! Using paints, stick-on jewels, beads, and lights, you can turn any jack-o’-lantern into a porch showstopper. Consider the following ideas as a starting point!

Polka-Dot Pumpkins

Grab circle stencils of various sizes and simply trace! Once you have the outlines sketched to your liking, fill them in with paint or colored markers. This is a relaxing creative outlet for adults and children alike, so invite others to join.

Pumpkin Light Globe

This activity takes a matter of minutes but makes a memorable welcome. Find your pumpkin of choice. Wrap outdoor holiday lights around the harvesttime staple. White bulbs look amazing, however, have fun with the color you select.

Autumn Leaf Lover

You can find all the materials needed for this craft right outside. Not only does it allow you to tap into your creativity, but it also serves as a workout! Just explore your yard or local park, gathering some beautiful Fall leaves. Next, simply glue them to your pumpkin to create a collage aesthetic.

Fall Fancy

Style runs from the stem down! Adhesive gems, beads and shimmering stickers can be found at most any crafts store. Apply these decorative flairs to your pumpkin or apples for a tabletop centerpiece.

Pumpkin Pouches

After you make these candy-filled jack-o’-lanterns, everyone who visits will simply glow when they see the sweet seasonal treats!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Grab a handful of your favorite sugary confection.
  2. Use some orange tissue paper to wrap up the sweets into a pumpkin-shaped pouch.
  3. Tie up the whole bundle with green ribbon or some floral-themed tape, creating a stem.
  4. Place the pumpkins in a patch! Garnish a tray with cinnamon sticks or decorative silk leaves.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services loves creating memorable moments between our caregivers and care receivers in the Southeast. We hope these Fall crafts bring you warmth, happiness and festive feelings in the weeks ahead. Enjoy the fun!

 

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Electronic Caregiver – 24/7 Protection On The Go

About Premier

The Electronic Caregiver® Premier is not only a smarter and more capable mobile health support system, it’s easier to use. Our customers enjoy 24/7 emergency response, monitored health and medication reminders, and the ability to pinpoint the customer’s location using geopositioning technology. We also do a better job of keeping family, caregivers, and health professionals informed of important life safety information through our app.

 

Protection On The Go!Electronic Caregiver Device

Electronic Caregiver® Premier includes a handheld mobile device and wrist pendant. Electronic Caregiver® Premier utilizes both Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Cellular Based Location Services (CBS) to locate the user’s current location should an immediate need arise. Our highly sensitive microphones allow operators to hear clients anywhere the mobile device is, whether in your home or on the go. ECG Premier allows seniors the confidence to live longer, safer, and more independently.

Care Reminders

The ECG Premier is programmed to match each client’s care plan and electronically reminds the client to take medications, to follow through on treatment tests (blood pressure or blood sugar), or of important recurring appointments. Failure to respond will trigger an EMD operator who will attempt to contact the client directly or notify a responsible party for a wellness check.

Physician-on-Demand

Our 24/7 pocketMD service is accessible from your ECG device, mobile phone, and online dashboard. With a push of a button, you are immediately connected to a physician facilitator who will verify your identity, record your symptoms, and contact a physician on your behalf. Within 15 minutes, you can have a prescription sent to your preferred pharmacy.

24/7 EMD-Staffed Monitoring Center

Rapid Response Monitoring Service is a quadruple-redundant, U.S.-based facility that has provided two decades of uninterrupted service. Its highly skilled operators provide stay-on-the-line service during any emergency situations.

Improved Connection

With our FamilyCare App, loved ones and caregivers can send a message directly to your Electronic Caregiver® device. Family and friends can receive important notifications regarding the system. For safety, monitoring and awareness, Electronic Caregiver® Premier can even send an alert when it leaves a home and arrives at a familiar location. Available on iOS or Android mobile devices.

Testimonials

Yellow quotation mark I had immediate response, wonderful response. Within 5 minutes they had an ambulance there at my house. I’m a diabetic and my blood sugar dropped to 20… I would not be here today if it was not for my Electronic Caregiver®.

– Nina
Yellow quotation mark I fell in my room one night. I couldn’t yell loud enough to wake up my husband. He had taken his extra-strong sleeping pill, so I had to call, and thank God the front door was nlocked. At least their knocking and constantly ringing the bell finally did wake him up, but they were here before he even woke up.

– Joellyn
Yellow quotation mark The very night they had put this system in, Robert fell in the bathroom and used it to get help for himself. That night the system paid for itself. If it hadn’t been for that system, I don’t know what would have happened to my brother.

– Athol

To inquire about an Electronic Caregiver device:

Call Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward at 954-202-5200.

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Senior Tips to Beat the Heat and Stay Healthy in Broward County, Florida!

For most of the country, the hottest time of year peaks in August and doesn’t let up until sometime in September. Here in the Southeast, temps can be brutally steamy right now. As you probably know, with soaring mercury comes the real threat of heat stroke and other related illness for us seniors.

The goal is to remain active, while staying cool. To help keep you moving — and comfortable — during these dog days of summer, your Seniors Helping Seniors team offers up a few pointers. Check them out and be safe out there!

Water Up!

Hydration is one of the most crucial details of our health at any age, and the stakes only grow as you get older. In fact, water consumption can affect all types of body functions, from digestion and blood volume levels, to kidney performance.

Ailments from dehydration can sneak up on you this time of year, so experts recommend individuals drink water regularly throughout the day — not just when you feel thirsty. Try these strategies to ensure you’re receiving the ideal amount every step of the way.

  1. Eat watery fruits like watermelon and grapefruits, or nosh on veggies like cucumbers
  2. Set a hydration timer on your watch to help build a routine
  3. Always have a water bottle at the ready

Exercises Inside

At Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, our caregivers often team up with care recipients for a quick, effective workout. Here are just a few of our favorite indoor activities, perfect for physical and mental wellness when the sun’s beaming down!

Yoga

Yoga’s effect on your physical — and often mental —  well-being is unmatched. For us seniors, it combines four key elements: Strength, Balance, Focus, and Flexibility. This builds muscle and promotes a more limber body, which reduces the risk of falls, instability and physical injury. At the same time, yoga has been said to help reduce  stress levels and  boost overall mood. Lastly, it’s easy to jump right into the ancient workout anytime, anywhere. It requires little space to conduct, and you need nothing more than a comfy mat!

Walking

Walking is versatile and can be done anywhere with level ground. During a heatwave, ideal indoor settings include shopping malls, museums and health club tracks. A stroll through Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines, FL , Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, FL , or Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation, FL would be a great choice to stay active. Visiting any of the wonderful museums in South Florida would be a fun option too. Of course, workouts are always better with company. So get a group together or call on your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to join you. Have some laughs while you break a sweat. We’re confident, your heart (and soul) will be glad you took the step!

Swimming

Nothing says full-body workout like using every muscle to paddle from one side of the pool to the other! Going for a leisurely swim is a good way to build muscle and generally comes with  lower injury risks than other popular cardio activities, like jogging or biking. Swimming also is a productive way to improve mental health and brain function for the active senior. When it’s a scorcher, we encourage hitting an indoor pool in your area. Clubs like the community YMCA, high schools, and gyms usually offer specific programs for seniors. The Pembroke Pines YMCA Family Center and Weston YMCA Family Center have Active Older Adults programs, and the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center adds on to that with an indoor pool and indoor walking track.

Here at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we understand staying strong and healthy year-round is a task. It certainly can be frustrating to miss a day because the sun’s on full blast! Still, we encourage everyone to be mindful of the heat, play it safe and apply good rules of thumb when striving to break a sweat.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can help get you started with exercise, assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Built To Last: Heart-Healthy Water Activities for Seniors

For active seniors, staying in shape can be tricky. Running is a fantastic cardio workout but comes with some limitations. It is vigorous, unforgiving, and may cause soreness in your joints, knees, and ankles.

Discovering water training, however, could be your ticket to strong cardio without the injuries that come with other activities.

The Southeast US has a humid subtropical climate, making water training ideal. Mixing a little Vitamin D along with your training will produce one happy camper! With enough luck, your water routine can last 10-months outdoors as opposed to some regions that dump snow through Mother’s Day.

Let’s break down effective exercises that any active senior can pull off. These three simple water exercises work well with water beginners or seasoned vets and are a blast. Grab your suit and let’s dive in!

Water Jogging

If running is a passion, move it off the road and into the water. Jogging side-to-side in the pool is a great cardio workout. Incorporating big wide arm swings will up the ante and build arm strength too!

Statistically, one in three 65-year-olds fall, and that number increases with age. Water jogging is the safest alternative in the game and an ideal setting to push yourself.

Arm Curls

Another “land exercise” that works well in the pool is basic arm curls. You can increase the burn with water weights or just use the water itself. Either way, your arms will feel the natural resistance building your muscles after your first set.

Arm curls aren’t necessarily a cardio exercise, but with the resistance of the water, you are able to curl faster without the risk of injury.

Leg Swings

Seniors need flexible hips for stronger confident movement and these swings are the answer. Swing your legs to the front, side, and back and hold them for a five-count to build muscle. Feeling extra buff? Hold them for ten seconds.

Your hips and legs are the nuclei. Don’t discount those for the flashier muscles during your workout.

Physical therapists also swear by the benefits of water exercise. Water training is a comprehensive full-body workout without the baggage of joint pain and muscle deterioration.

Training in the water burns up to three and a half times the calories as those on land.

Seniors Helping Seniors has one goal and that is to extend your independence. Staying healthy, maintaining muscle, and building your cardiovascular strength will ensure that your independence lasts well past your prime no matter the task. The Southeast’s humid weather may produce 100+ degree summer days, but you can usually keep your swimsuit on until Thanksgiving!

Get in the water to help maximize your cardio while minimizing the injuries of more strenuous workouts. Your lifestyle depends on it!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can help get you started with exercise, assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors Eats! Delicious Heart-Healthy Summer Recipes

Cookout season is upon us. As an independent senior, summer is the perfect time to break out the grill with friends and family. At Seniors Helping Seniors, we cherish these moments in the sun with loved ones!

Still, we know cookout staples – like burgers, hot dogs, ribs and pasta salad – are not always ideal for those trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, some 85 million Americans above the age of 60 have at least one or more types of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Keeping that in mind, it’s important we celebrate warm-weather days with a balanced menu. Afterall, we want to stay fueled with the right foods for chasing around the grandkids, gardening, or whatever outdoor activities you enjoy most!

Whether spending a quiet lunch on the patio or attending a big backyard barbeque, our Seniors Helping Seniors team has a few healthy, delicious culinary staples. Try out these heart healthy summer recipes and let your Seniors Helping Seniors team know what you think!

 

Bring The Beans!

Base your side dish or entree around beans. Aside from offering loads of protein and fiber, they also are super filling.

This colorful White Bean Salad marries all the flavors of the season in one dish. Great Northern beans, veggies, and fresh herbs mixed in a bowl. It’s literally that easy! Add an oil & vinegar base for some tang without the extra calories of mayo.

Fresh White Bean Salad

  • 2 can white beans (Great Northern Beans), rinsed and drained
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ bunch cilantro
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix! Serve cold or at room temperature.

Any burger fans out there? If you find the right recipe, an appetizing black bean burger has the potential to replace your traditional beef patty. This much-healthier alternative still tastes great right off the grill, especially when prepared with the classic toppings, like ketchup and mustard. Bring this recipe to your next gathering, and you may convert some party-goers!

Black Bean Burgers

  • 2 15oz. cans black beans
  • ¼ red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  1. Rinse and drain the canned black beans. Add the black beans along with the red onion, garlic, cilantro, mayonnaise, feta cheese, soy sauce, and pepper to a food processor.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the egg and breadcrumbs. Stir until all of the ingredients are evenly combined and let sit for 5 minutes. If the mixture sticks to your hands, then you need more breadcrumbs!
  3. Divide the mixture evenly and mold into patties. Depending on the size, this mixture will yield between 6-8 burgers.
  4. Heat a pan and add oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot add the patties and cook until browned on each side.
  5. Throw on a bun with all the fixings and enjoy!

 

Hello Veggies!

When it comes to keeping your cardio in check, vegetables are like an old friend. No matter what your needs are, you can find a few veggies that will fit you like a glove.

Adding marinated veggies to your grill will release a tasty aroma similar to meat. Asparagus, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes are ideal over a hot flame. If you want charred veggies for a side dish, grab a grilling basket, add your favorites from the garden, and go to town.

At Seniors Helping Seniors, we’ve become accustomed to slathering veggies with this marinade. It is zesty, tangy, and whips up in less than 10 minutes. Everyone will love it – Trust Us!

Vegetable Marinade

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  1. Add all of the above ingredients in a cup and mix well. Combine the marinade and your favorite vegetables and let sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Enjoy!

The Seniors Helping Seniors mission is simple. We provide in-home care services and companionship to seniors so they can enjoy an independent, fulfilling lifestyle. There is nothing that captures this sentiment more than barbecuing and enjoying a meal outside with those closest to you! Try out these simple heart healthy summer recipes at your next gathering and enjoy the tastes of summer in the weeks ahead!

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Fourth of July Festivities – City Events in Southwest Broward County

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and public events are back this year! A big change after COVID-19 shut down all public events last year.

Here are the main events planned in Southwest Broward County cities:

 

Pembroke Pines

The City of Pembroke Pines will be hosting an Independence Day Family Picnic and Fireworks Show. This event will be held at Pines Recreation Center located at 7400 Pines Boulevard. The picnic grounds will be opened at 7 p.m. with a Fireworks Show at 9 p.m.

This free event will be open to Pembroke Pines Residents ONLY and tickets will be required to enter the picnic area. Tickets will need to be picked up in person prior to the event. There is limited capacity so the tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. There will not be any no online or emailed registrations. Proof of residency can be in the form of a current City of Pembroke Pines water bill, FPL bill, or an auto insurance bill.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks, as there will not be any concessions stands or food trucks at the event.

For ticket pickup locations, visit: https://www.ppines.com/325/Special-Events

 

Davie

The Town of Davie will be hosting its Fun on the 4th event to celebrate Independence Day. This free event will have live music from New Shadow Creek and JD Danner Band, games, and food trucks. It will be held at the Bamford Sports Complex/Pine Island Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4. This event will be open to registered Davie residents only and residents must be pre-registered beforehand. One ticket will be available per household/vehicle for entry and individual tickets will be emailed prior to the event. Tickets are non-transferable. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

More details available at https://www.davie-fl.gov/1196/Fun-on-the-4th

For additional event information contact the Special Events office: specialevents@davie-fl.gov or 954-797-1181.

 

Hollywood

The City of Hollywood will be hosting its annual Star-Spangled Spectacular 4th of July Celebration on Hollywood Beach on Sunday, July 4 . Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a special recognition of a local NFL star at 6:30 p.m., and a dazzling offshore fireworks display beginning at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, visit https://hollywoodfl.org/867/Event-Details

 

Miramar

The City of Miramar will be hosting a free 4th of July Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display. Music artists performing are Taylor Dayne, Morgan Heritage, and TimbaLive. This event will be held at Miramar Regional Park located at 16801 Miramar Parkway. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and no entry permitted after 8 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold at the event. No personal coolers or fireworks permitted.

Registration voucher required for entry and space is limited. To register, visit: https://miramar4thofjuly.eventbrite.com. Call 954-602-3178 for any questions or information.

 

Weston

The City of Weston will be hosting a Hometown Fourth of July Weekend Celebration – multiple Fourth of July weekend events starting on July 3rd with an evening of family-friendly fun leading up to a spectacular fireworks display to honor Weston’s 25th Anniversary. This event will be held at Regional Park located at 20200 Saddle Club Road, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by the YMCA of South Florida, the Weston YMCA Family Center and the City of Weston, the Fourth of July Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk will begin at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, July 4. The race begins and ends at Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road. Registration fee: $25 race fee + $4.50 SignUp fee. All participants will receive a finisher medal and a race T-shirt. For more information and to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Weston/WestonJuly4thHometownCelebrationEvent.

Weston’s Fourth of July Hometown Celebration Parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 4 starting at the corner of Town Center Blvd. and Three Village Road, continuing east on Three Village Road to Bonaventure Blvd. heading south briefly to Bell Tower Lane, and winding through Weston Town Center to the heart of Main Street. This year’s theme honors Weston’s 25th anniversary of incorporation. For more details, contact the Parks and Recreation Department by email at specialevents@westonfl.org or call the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321.

 

Plantation

The City of Plantation and Baptist Health will be hosting the Land That I Love event, an Independence Day celebration happening on Saturday, July 3rd.

The event will start off with an Independence Day Parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of West Broward Boulevard and N.W. 46th Avenue. The parade heads west to N.W. 69th Avenue, turning right on N.W. 4th Street, ending at Plantation City Hall. (The parade route roads will be closed to traffic during the parade, starting at approximately 7:00 a.m. and ending at 11:00 a.m.)

Then in the evening, a live concert and fireworks show will be held at the Plantation Central Park Ball Fields. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m., featuring Shane Duncan Band, a Florida-based ultimate party band. The fireworks will follow at 9:00 p.m. Food is available for purchase during the evening program.

Full details and event flyer can be viewed here: https://www.plantation.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/631/276

For more information, call 954-452-2510.

 

Sunrise

The City of Sunrise will be hosting a Parade of Stars & Family Fun Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 4. Themed floats and marching units will travel west along Sunset Strip from Northwest 12th Street to City Park, 6600 Sunset Strip, where the fun will continue with free refreshments and a children’s fun zone. Call 954-747-4642.

Later the celebration will be continued Outdoors at the BB&T Center, located at One Panther Parkway, from 3:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This nighttime celebration will include a children’s fun zone, an assortment of food and beverage vendors, and live entertainment. The entertainment lineup includes three fantastic bands, a music mix by DJ Holiday of 102.7 The Beach, and an amazing fireworks display. Parking and admission are free.

For the event schedule and more information, visit https://www.sunrisefl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/special-events/july-4th-2021

For additional information, call the City of Sunrise Leisure Services Department: 954-747-4600.

 

Need Help Caring For A Senior Loved One?

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can get you started with exercise, assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Safe, Easy Ways for Seniors to Exercise

Only about 28%-34% of people aged 65-74 are physically active. Exercise is essential for good health, but it can be risky if not performed properly. Use these exercises to encourage seniors to stay healthy. (Source: HHS.gov)

Without physical activity, seniors are at greater risk of health problems like heart disease. Their bones are more fragile and their blood pressure is higher. A number of other problems can result from lack of activity. That’s why seniors should use safe, easy exercises to stay fit. (Source: Cdc.gov)

Simple Indoor Exercises

Exercising indoors tends to be safer for seniors than outdoors. It is important to ensure movements are gentle and can be adapted for different limitations so as to not over-exert aging hearts, muscles, and bones.

Seniors Exercising
Great indoor exercises include:

  • Walking
  • Climbing steps
  • Indoor swimming
  • Balance exercises (while holding something stable)
  • Light bodyweight exercises like squats

Since seniors are at risk of injury (especially from overuse) when exercising, it is best for seniors to learn and practice exercises with the help of an instructor or personal trainer. Performing exercises like these with a group can also make staying active more fun.
(Source: Medicare.org)

Make Exercise Part of Everyday Life

senior watering plants

There’s more to the body than major muscle groups. Seniors can stay healthy by exercising the following overlooked body parts as well:

  • Eyes
  • Brain
  • Fingers
  • Wrists

Keeping these body parts active may involve reading, memorizing new things, or even using small devices to increase finger strength and dexterity. While these exercises might not improve heart
health, they can help seniors maintain skills and abilities.

Best Seated Exercises

senior chair exercise

For seniors who have balance issues or other physical limitations, seated exercises are the safest way to stay active. Try these seated exercises and stretches:

  • Ankle and wrist rolls
  • Arm circles
  • Single leg calf raises
  • Sit and stand motions
  • Seated hip marches
  • Seated torso twists

To keep bones and muscles strong, seniors can add light weights to these exercises. Weights that can be strapped on their wrists or ankles are the safest options.
How to perform chair exercises – (Source: VeryWellFit)

Don’t Forget to Exercise These Body Parts!

senior knitting

There’s more to the body than major muscle groups. Seniors can stay healthy by exercising the following overlooked body parts as well:

  • Eyes
  • Brain
  • Fingers
  • Wrists

Keeping these body parts active may involve reading, memorizing new things, or even using small devices to increase finger strength and dexterity. While these exercises might not improve heart health, they can help seniors maintain skills and abilities.

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When seniors struggle with stiffness or diseases like arthritis, working out can seem intimidating and sound painful. However, exercise is a proven form of pain relief. Encourage seniors to get active in order to get better.

 

Indoor exercising is a great activity for seniors and is important to stay healthy. If you or any senior you know would like to try indoor exercises with a senior partner, we can help.

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services is an exceptional program of care and compassion that matches seniors who want to provide services with those who are looking for help. Our caregivers can get you started with exercise, assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, providing transportation to doctor’s visits, shopping, and running other errands, and so much more.

We like to say it’s… Like getting a little help from your friends®

We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida. Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Care Voted “Best Senior Care”

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Our City’s Best of Award

Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward is honored to be voted “Best Senior Care” in Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Weston, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, and surrounding areas!

We always strive to provide the best caregiving/companionship experience in our community and are grateful that we resonate as a top choice within our community.

“ A huge thank you to our wonderful caregivers, to Our City Media, and to all of the community members who selected us as their first preference in Senior Care! ”
– Diana Cabassi, Owner of Seniors Helping Seniors® Southwest Broward

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Seniors Helping Seniors® is an in-home care and companionship service, and our in-home care feels less like a service and more like getting a little help from your friends®. Our caregivers can also assist with cooking, run shopping errands, do light housekeeping, provide transportation, and much more. We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Intergenerational Care – The Sandwich Generation

Raising Children While Caring for Elderly Parents

Loved Ones

Raising children while caring for your parents is a special kind of balancing act. Your senior may feel like they’re in the way. Your kids may act out when they sense that you are stressed about the responsibilities. Some reasons why your children might act out are:

  • Anxiety about changes in the family dynamic
  • Sadness about the changes they see in their grandparents
  • Feeling ignored when the parent’s attention is elsewhere
  • Sensing they’ve been demoted in the family hierarchy
  • Fear of what might happen in the future

 

While adults can reason away most of these fears, children do not yet have the same coping mechanisms. As their parents, it’s important to give them the tools to handle change and chaos. Here are some ideas to help you get a handle on the stress:
Deep Breath of Relaxation Breathe! This may seem obvious, but studies have shown that when someone is stressed, they can forget to breathe. Taking mindful breaths will help increase oxygen to your brain and help you make better decisions.
Magnifying Glass Look into institutional help. Often school social workers, guidance counselors, or your faith communities can suggest services to help ease the burdens.
Thumbs Up Say “Yes!” when someone offers to help. Let them take your children and/or your parents for an outing to give you a couple of hours to collect yourself.
Conversation Bubbles Share your concerns with your children, keeping it age appropriate. Your children will benefit from a solid discussion about what is happening with their grandparent and may even have ideas for how they can help. “Helping” is one way to ease their own fears and give them a sense of control.
Heart Number 1 Make yourself a priority. It is hard to find the time or the energy but a little self-indulgence each day will help ease the edges of a rough time. Even if it’s just a piece of chocolate, a half-hour soak in the tub, or a call with a trusted friend.
Chalkboard Allow your parent to participate in decisions about their care. If appropriate, discuss with them the challenges of a multi-generational family and allow them to help out. Perhaps they are slower at housework, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t or are unwilling to help out.
Helping Hand Hire help. Having someone take care of the cleaning, grocery shopping, or other household tasks is not a sign of weakness, but a sign that you are putting yourself on the priority list.

 

Intergenerational Programs

Granddaughter and GrandfatherEspecially as adults are living longer and, for the most part, healthier lives, it is important to help give meaning to those later years. Eighty-three percent of older adults have expressed a desire to volunteer or perform community service to continue being a viable part of society. Intergenerational programs can help fill a void, both for seniors and youth.

Intergenerational programs offer multiple generations services at the same location. Examples include retirement communities with on-site childcare and housing for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

The number of single-parent families and the need for parents to work outside of the home continue to rise. The experience and time that a grandparent or older relative might have to give while parents are working can be a huge benefit.

Intergenerational programs can benefit older adults through improved physical and mental health, enhanced socialization, improved sense of self-worth, and increased independence. Those with dementia have experienced lowered levels of agitation, improved attitudes about other generations and, often, delayed necessity for entrance into care facilities.

Children benefit through enhanced social skills, increased stability, a growth in empathy, lower levels of aggressive or anti-social behaviors, and improved academic performance.

It is hard to be the sandwich generation, caught between the family that raised you and the family you are raising, but there are ways to make it work and even to make it an enriching time in all of your lives.

Source: Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century

 

How to Talk with Children about Aging Relatives

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  • Keep it age appropriate but honest.
  • If an illness or disease is involved, let them know that no one caused it. Children sometimes think they are to blame.
  • Help them understand that sadness and anger are normal. Offer them appropriate outlets for these feelings.
  • Let them help brainstorm fun activities that the family can do together (crafts, music, photo albums, story time).

 

Activities for Children and Seniors

Games and Entertainment

  • Take a walk
  • Feed the birds
  • Sit on a bench or swing
  • Listen to music
  • Look at photo albums
  • Play board games
  • Read
  • Do crafts, paint, or draw
  • Brush hair or do nails
  • Bake cookies or bread

Source: Alzheimer’s Association

Need Help With A Senior Parent?

Being the sandwich generation can be difficult, and it’s great when you can get some support with caring for your loved ones. If you would like a helping hand, we are here for you.

Seniors Helping Seniors® is an in-home care and companionship service, and we are here for your senior’s personal care, when you can’t be there®. Our caregivers can also assist with cooking, run shopping errands, do light housekeeping, provide transportation, and much more. We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Yoga is a great form of exercise for seniors. Many yoga postures can increase flexibility, mobility, strength, and balance through low-impact movement. Psychologically, it can help keep your mind sharp and increase positive emotions, mindfulness, and self-awareness.

Source: Chopra

How Seniors Can Benefit from Yoga

It is tempting to look at some of the extreme yoga poses depicted in movies and think that it is not an activity for our older adults. However, a good yoga instructor will find poses that work for any of their students. The benefits are not derived from hitting a specifically difficult pose but in moving one’s body mindfully toward that pose within your own individual limits.

A yoga class taught by an instructor that is aware of the challenges and limitations of an older student can yield many benefits:

Balance Falls are one of the most common causes of injury in older adults. Balance poses can give their bodies more “tools” to stay steady.
Stress Relief The calm mindfulness of yoga can center your loved one’s thoughts and even provide moments of clarity.
Mobility Working slowly through ranges of motion can increase overall mobility, in turn increasing independence and self-confidence.
Strength Slow, controlled movement forces the muscles to work harder, thus building strength as they work through the postures.
Flexibility Many of the poses focus on working through a range of motion. Increased flexibility and muscle tone can help protect your loved one from accidents.
Bone Density A recent study showed a connection between yoga and increased bone density in seniors who have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Increased bone density leads to fewer fractures than seniors who don’t practice any muscle-improving exercises.
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Yoga works on a healing premise that brings the mind, body and breath together to perform various poses. For example, as a mood booster, poses that open the chest and pull shoulders back, such as the Bridge or Modified Bridge poses, counteract the fact that, when stressed or anxious, we tend to round our shoulders and cave inward. Body language experts have determined that even moving into a posture that conveys strength, power, and confidence will inspire that feeling within ourselves.

Source: Yoga International and Philips Lifeline

 

Yoga is Adaptable

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About half of Americans over the age of 65 have a disability related to hearing, vision, or walking. More than 87% of seniors take at least one prescription drug and nearly 60% take 3 or more.

All of these can affect balance and the ability to understand or work through complex steps. It is important to find a yoga instructor who is familiar with some of the challenges of older adults. A certified yoga instructor should be familiar with adaptations to the traditional poses and attentive enough to step in to guide your loved one through these adaptations. Classes that are set up with a competitive feel may not be appropriate for someone who needs the extra attention.

Yoga can be adapted even to senior students who are chair-bound, with a variety of spine and hip strengthening exercises taking place in a seated position. As your loved one gains strength, the chair can become a stabilizing prop for leg and ankle poses as well.

Source: Duke Integrative Medicine

 

Types of Yoga

When looking for a class or instructor, there are many types of yoga to be aware of:

Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Power Yoga

Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Power Yoga tends to be fast paced and requires a lot of poses where the hands bear weight.

Hatha, Lyengar, or classes that are alignment focused

Hatha, Lyengar, or classes that are alignment focused tend to be slower and allow for a greater number of adaptations.

Kundalini

Kundalini classes are often primarily done in a seated position and work with breath and chanting.

Yin, Restorative, and Chair yoga

Yin, Restorative, and Chair yoga tend to be floor- or chair-based to help with adaptations.

 

When Is Yoga Not Recommended?

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While yoga is a highly adaptable practice, some conditions can make it riskier:

  • Unregulated blood pressure
  • Advanced Parkinson’s Disease
  • Advanced Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Medications that cause dizziness

Consult with your senior’s physician to determine if yoga is an appropriate activity. Sometimes, if it is something your loved one has their heart set on, it can still be accomplished in a one-on-one class with an instructor who is familiar with their health challenges.

Source: Philips Lifeline

Yoga is a wonderful activity for seniors. If you or any senior you know would like to try yoga with a senior partner, we can help.

Seniors Helping Seniors® is an in-home care and companionship service, and our senior caregivers can help you get started with yoga, assist with cooking, run shopping errands, do light housekeeping, provide transportation, and much more. We service all of Southwest Broward County, Florida.

Give us a call today at 954-202-5200.

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Stories of Love: Mille McNally is Tougher than 2020!

Carmella ‘Millie’ McNally found Seniors Helping Seniors through an ad in a church bulletin. But what you might not realize is that Millie is one of our caregivers.

“At 81 years of age, Millie is my oldest caregiver. The minute I met Millie in 2015, I knew that she was perfect for us,” said Diana Cabassi, Franchise Owner in Southwest Broward County, FL.

Within a week, Millie was cleared to work and she was assigned to Claire, who happened to be another one of her church’s parishioners.

Although Millie would occasionally take on other small shifts on the days that she wasn’t assigned to Claire, she worked almost exclusively for her four days a week and became part of Claire’s family until the pandemic caused businesses to shut down in March.  Because of the uncertainty, Claire’s family decided to put services on hold. However, this did not stop Millie!  She was immediately assigned to Helen, another one of our receivers, who’s regular caregiver decided not to work during the pandemic.

When Helen’s regular caregiver was ready to start working again, Millie was devastated because they had grown very fond of each other.  On her last day, they both cried and Millie promised to stay in touch, and she does so routinely.

Sadly, on Memorial Day, Claire, Millie’s original very long-term receiver, passed away from natural causes. Millie was heartbroken.

Nonetheless, Millie continued to fill in for other caregivers and did so willingly.  But each time, she would fall in love with them and parting became very difficult.

Now Millie has three receivers of her very own.  She cares for them like no one else does, goes grocery shopping for them, and prepares them delicious meals. She even calls them when she is off shift to make sure they are taking their medications on time.  

All of Millie’s families love her for who she is and so do we.

Millie, we thank you and celebrate you for being Tougher than 2020!

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Evaluating the Benefits of Home Care vs Assisted Living Facilities

Evaluating the Benefits of Home Care vs Assisted Living Facilities

The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone’s daily life in the world and the senior community has been hit especially hard due to their increased risk of contracting the very contagious virus.

The pandemic has placed a heavy toll on Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes which is not surprising as many residents are elderly and may have physical or mental limitations and/or suffer from serious chronic conditions.

At Seniors Helping Seniors®, we understand your #1 priority is the health and safety of your loved ones and it is our priority as well.  Considering the risks of communal living; home care may be a more beneficial alternative for keeping your loved ones safe.

In the United States, Assisted Living Facilities offer the allure of enjoying the “golden years” in resort style living.  They have beautiful common areas with luxurious lobbies and dining rooms.  They offer daily activities, entertainment, and even daily happy hours!  However, when all is said and done, few residents, for one reason or another, neither have the desire or ability to enjoy this “lifestyle”.  And now, as a result of this global pandemic we have realized that this communal living setting has fallen short of their expectations and have become extremely dangerous and even deadly!

In an effort at keeping their residents safe and prevent the spread of the virus, many Assisted Living Facilities have closed common areas and are keeping residents confined to their rooms; serving meals in their rooms and postponing or altering group activities for the foreseeable future.   Furthermore, they are enforcing strict visitor restrictions and family members and friends are not able to have physical contact with their loved ones.

With all these concerns, many families are reconsidering their decision of placing their loved ones at a facility and instead are studying the possibility of taking them home with help from the family or a home care agency, or both.

Keep these benefits in mind when choosing living arrangements for your loved ones and consider whether in-home care is a more suitable and beneficial option for their care:

  • Loved ones prefer the comfort of their own home.  Older adults may feel safer and more comfortable staying at home, whether with relatives or with visits from a trusted and familiar caregiver. 
  • Caregivers provide companionship.  Being confined to a house can get lonely. A caregiver visit generates conversation and provides stimulating activities, essential during this anxious time.  A caregiver can also bring a sense of calm and stability.
  • Caregivers can go grocery shopping or run other errands. This allows older adults to stay home and avoid crowds.
  • Caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, assist with organizing paperwork and paying bills, keeping the house tidy, assuring medication compliance and driving seniors to doctors’ appointments.
  • In-home caregivers are often the first to notice any changes in the health of the seniors they are caring for and as a result, they are able to help them seek care earlier and helping minimize hospital admissions.
  • By following safety protocols, caregivers can greatly assist vulnerable seniors to safely quarantine when necessary.

Senior Helping Seniors is here for you and your loved ones and we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy during these difficult times!

 

 

Whether your loved one needs companionshiptransportation medication reminderscooking or shopping, at Seniors Helping Seniors we can help them with these and other services and put your mind at ease. Call us today at 954-202-5000 or complete this convenient form to set up a personal consultation and learn more about us.

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Will the Covid-19 health crisis bring us closer together?

Looking at the bright side of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the last few weeks, we have been bombarded with news about Covid-19 and terms such as “social distancing”, “stay home, stay safe”, “cover your cough” and even getting reminded of the importance of washing our hands.  But even though many of us are separated from one another physically, we probably have not been this close together as a society since the 9/11 attacks.

With this in mind, we thought we would focus instead on the good and positive aspects and the opportunities we can gain from this current Covid-19 health crisis:

  • The opportunity to consider the impact that other people have on our lives – We are beginning to realize that the virus does not differentiate when it comes to religion, race or social status. The current lack of people being able to drive society will hopefully put into perspective that there is actually nothing more important in the world than the people in it. 
  • The time of Covid-19 crisis allows us to better appreciate the people we interact with – We often take for granted the people around us due to their continuous presence. This situation is allowing us to make a more intentional effort to build more meaningful relationships with them.
  • Opportunities to reconnect and create stronger social unity – We are seeing retired doctors and nurses returning to the workforce to help, people are checking on their elderly neighbors, friends and relatives are checking on each other and community and volunteer groups offer help to those most vulnerable. We can use this crisis to build a society in which we do a better job of taking care of each other.
  • We may be having more time on our hands – When suddenly all our daily routines, social gatherings and entertainment has been cancelled or forbidden, we find ourselves with significant amounts of extra time. And still, life goes on. This gives us the opportunity to spend this time on other things like reaching out to our loved ones more often, organize our living spaces —or simply relaxing during the free time.
  • The opportunity to reflect and reconsider our habits and routines – The fact that our daily lives have been suddenly disrupted, provides an opportunity to reflect on them and to reconsider what we do, how we do it and why we do it. Now that we haven’t been able to go back to our favorite restaurant every weekend, hang out with our friends or go to the gym after work, we could now reflect on whether we really want to continue doing so after the Covid-19 crisis.
  • A healthier climate – We are seeing photos all around the world not only of nearly empty streets, but along with it, views of cleaner skies, cleaner oceans, animals thriving in nature. Thanks to a global pandemic, carbon emissions are declining on a scale nobody could have imagined. Quarantine life is forcing people to more sustainable ways of living and as a result, there’s an unlikely beneficiary: the planet.
  • The importance of family unity – We are realizing that we are all in this together. As a result, we are becoming increasingly caring and kinder toward each other. We want to make ourselves more available to our loved ones, and as we spend longer hours together at home, we are realizing the importance of family unity. This unexpected time together can be creatively used in many different ways, from focusing on enhancing education, to exercising, to entertainment.

As people are temporarily sheltering at home and choosing to stay mostly indoors, we renew our appreciation for the value of relationships.  Parents spend more quality time with their children and children are enjoying the availability of their parents like never before. A forced workplace hiatus may come with a price tag but the opportunity to spend more time with loved ones may be priceless. The experience of this situation will hopefully be a reminder of what we can truly achieve when we all work together.

 

 

Whether your loved one needs companionshiptransportationreminding them to take their medicationcooking or shopping, at Seniors Helping Seniors we can help them with these and other services and put your mind at ease. Call us today at 954-202-5000 or complete this convenient form to set up a personal consultation and learn more about us. 

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SENIORS HELPING SENIORS® CELEBRATES IT’S 6TH YEAR OF SERVICE

February 20th, 2020 marks the 6th year Anniversary of Seniors Helping Seniors® South West Broward opening it’s doors to service and to support the senior community, making a huge difference in people’s lives. Since 2014 we have been here for our seniors in need providing companionship, care, assistance, and mental and physical support, helping them have a healthy, happy life living with dignity while maintaining their independence in their own homes.

We are excited to celebrate 6 years of service! Our commitment to seniors is our top priority and we are thankful to have an amazing team to help us make a difference and support our mission.

We are excited to share with you the nomination Seniors Helping Seniors® South West Broward received from the Best of Miramar, Florida Magazine, voted as “Best Senior Care”. We were also interviewed and were featured on the Cover for the Our City of Davie Magazine.

Our City of Davie Magaizne. Making a difference in this world one person at a time. City of Davie Magazine connects communities. Seniors Helping Seniors provides companionship and care to the surrounding communities.

We are proud of our past successes and we look forward to more progress and new opportunities in the future!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your families. It’s through the help of our supporters, caregivers, partners and the community that we are able to continue with our mission and our goals to give back to our Senior Community.

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Assisted Living Community vs. Senior Home Care

Assisted Living Community vs. Senior Home Care – What option is right?

Assisted Living vs. Senior Home Care - what are you options

If you are debating between home care and an assisted living community for your loved one, there are a number of factors to take into consideration in order to make the best decision.

Experts say the most important things to consider when evaluating whether your relative will stay home or move into a senior care facility are the cost of care and the level of daily care needed. Evaluate your loved one’s current living situation, their preferences and expectations, their routines, access to medical care, as well as other important factors such as level of social interaction, management of medication and a safe environment, and weigh those against your financial resources and safety concerns.

If your family member is mostly in good health but gets lonely, an assisted living community could be the best fit.  If your relative dislikes the idea of an assisted living community and needs a more focused attention, in-home care might be a better option.

At Senior Helping Seniors we understand the importance of evaluating all options and making the best decision for your loved one regarding this next phase of their life.

This month, we are featuring this article below from Contributor Elaine K. Howley, which we think will help you guide you through this process:

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What the Holidays might mean to you

The holidays can feel like they’re all about buying gifts, baking desserts, and decorating the house–and sure those are all elements–beyond all of the stuff, the holidays are about reconnecting to beliefs, to gratitude, and to our loved ones.

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For those who celebrate Christmas, the cultural tradition of Santa Claus sliding down the chimney to deliver presents below the garland-wrapped trees is a vital aspect of the day.  So are stockings stuffed with trinkets, homemade gingerbread houses, and epic family feasts. From a religious perspective, those who celebrate may also attend a special Christmas mass to recognize the birth of Jesus Christ, their savior.

Kwanzaa, derived from the Swahili phrase for first fruits, is a seven day holiday surrounding
African American heritage. It was founded in 1966 in the U.S. as a way for African Americans to foster unity during a time marred by incredible racial conflict. Today, many who recognize Kwanzaa gather with friends and families who decorate with red, black and green–the colors of the Pan-African flag. They celebrate camaraderie and reflect on the history of the holiday.

Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem following an 8-day battle known as the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means dedication in Hebrew is also known as the Festival of Lights. Each night, those of Jewish faith celebrate by lighting one candle of a menorah from left to right. They may say a prayer each night, while engaging in the cultural traditions of giving gifts, playing dreidel and eating foods like latkes.


Regardless of the religious or cultural tradition, the holiday season is such a special time to carve out and step away from daily to-do lists. It’s a time to be thankful for our lives, our possessions, and our families.

As much as we would like to have all of our family members gathered together for the holidays sometimes medical, logistic or other reasons prevent us from being able to have our senior loved ones with us during these days.

From short visits to overnight stays, we can help your loved one maintain their own independence, and put your mind at ease while you’re away.

Call us today at 954-202-5000 or complete this convenient form to set up a personal consultation and learn more.

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How to Take a Vacation When You’re a Caregiver

Being a caregiver is often a full-time job. In fact, for many caregivers, the responsibilities associated with looking after a loved one go far beyond those expected in a traditional 9-5 job, as the hours are often never-ending and they’re always “on call.” Time demands can be especially difficult if your loved one is still living independently in a separate residence.

Another overlooked challenge for caregivers is getting time for themselves during the day—let alone a vacation. But everyone needs opportunities to briefly break away from their responsibilities and recharge their batteries. Otherwise, burnout and a reduced quality in care are almost inevitable.

At Seniors Helping Seniors, we know that many caregivers view taking a vacation as a nearly impossible pipedream—especially when they have someone who depends on them almost daily. However, we also know that vacations are essential for caregivers in order to maintain their energy and their dedication to providing for their loved ones.

5 Things to Consider When Planning a Vacation

Planning a vacation is always stressful. There are plenty of things to worry about, including how much money you’ll spend, whether your accommodations will be suitable for your family, and how any loved ones staying behind will fare when you’re not easily available if they need you.

Those anxieties can be significantly amplified when you care for a loved one, and you may feel guilty about taking time for yourself when someone else depends on your presence and assistance to get through the day.

To make things easier for yourself and your loved one, consider these five factors when planning your next vacation:

  1. Notify your loved one about the upcoming trip, but don’t dwell on it—It’s important to tell your loved one that you have a trip planned, but the way you tell him or her is equally important. Mention it with plenty of time for him or her to process the information, but don’t continually bring it up or express your worries concerning your impending absence. That can create unnecessary anxiety and fears for you and your loved one in the months and weeks leading up to the trip.
  2. Find someone you can trust to take your place—Most separation anxieties for caregivers come from not knowing who will take their place while they’re gone. Appointing a trusted love one or family friend to take over some or all of your duties while you’re away can be a lifesaver during your vacation. If that isn’t an option, consider hiring a licensed home companion or healthcare worker to visit regularly or stay with your loved one until you get back.
  3. Give your loved one all necessary travel information before you leave—Technology has made it easier than ever for people to instantly get in touch with each other, even when they’re separated by thousands of miles. Make sure you travel with your cell phone and that it’s capable of making and receiving calls wherever you’re going. In addition, be sure to provide your loved one and his or her temporary caregiver with your itinerary and alternate methods for contacting you, including hotel phone numbers.
  4. Stay in touch with your loved one during your trip—Whether you communicate via phone calls, emails, or even postcards, be sure to regularly contact your loved one while you’re away. In addition to giving him or her something to look forward to, your touchpoints will also be reassuring for both you. You’ll be able to quickly ascertain how his or her care is going, while he or she will be able to stay updated on the status of your trip and begin anticipating your return.
  5. Remember why you’re taking the vacation in the first place—It can be difficult to take a guilt-free vacation when you’re a caregiver, but a stressful and anxiety-filled vacation can be worse than not taking a vacation at all. Taking care of as many tasks and small details as possible before you leave can help you clear your head, freeing you to unplug, recharge, and unwind while you’re sightseeing or just relaxing on the beach.

When it’s time for you to “recharge the batteries” this summer and get away for a bit, Seniors Helping Seniors Southwest Broward is here to help. Our professional in-home care services include a wide variety of non-medical services. From short visits to overnight stays, we can help your loved one maintain their own independence and put your mind at ease while you’re away. Call us today at 954-202-5000 or complete this convenient form to set up a personal consultation and learn more.

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5 Tax Planning Tips for Retirees

Just before Christmas 2017, President Trump signed a new tax law that will change the federal tax code significantly for the first time in three decades.

All U.S. citizens will be affected by the new tax law, including retirees. Knowing what the law changes and how best to take advantage of some of its benefits can help you keep more of your money and be smarter with your investments, your retirement savings and income.

At Seniors Helping Seniors, we’ve put together a few important tips that all retirees and their loved ones should know, as the new tax law could have a big impact on retirement strategies:

  1. Use your tax savings to tackle debt or build up your investments – One of the biggest and most publicized changes of the new tax code is the reduced tax burden that millions of Americans will face every year. Almost all income brackets are affected, which means most people will get to keep more of their money. And more money means greater opportunities to pay down debts and build up investments. Kiplinger recommends converting your extra cash and savings from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, as the conversion will cost less in 2018 than it would have in 2017.
  2. Increase your charitable donations – The new tax bill raised the standard charitable deduction for married couples to $24,000 per year. That’s a big figure, and most people don’t donate nearly enough to charity in a single year to take advantage of it. CNBC recommends stockpiling charitable donations for a specific year in the future to try and maximize the deduction. In addition, retirees who are over 70 ½ years old can make charitable deductions directly from their IRAs, allowing them to claim standard deductions while benefiting from charitable deductions.
  3. Move to a tax-friendly state – Although most Americans will see at least moderate savings via the new tax bill, some won’t—especially those who live in high-tax states. If you’ve been considering moving to another state to be closer to family or to enjoy better weather, USA Today says the new tax law could be the impetus you need to make it happen. Low-tax states like Florida, Tennessee, Nevada, and New Mexico make it easier to keep more of your money, and there are often fewer surprises when residents file taxes, making it simpler and more predictable to plan yearly expenditures and investments.
  4. Make sure your CPA or financial adviser understands the tax law – Many people working in accounting and the financial industry weren’t on the job the last time a major tax law was signed by a U.S. president. That means the new tax bill is a major shakeup of things that have been carved in stone for 30 years. Everyone will be affected by the tax law differently, and Financial Planning says it’s vital that the people you depend on to help you manage your tax burden and manage your investments know the new tax law inside and out, including how it applies to your personal financial situation.
  5. Be prepared to pay more if you buy an expensive or second home – While moving to a tax-friendly state can help you save money, it’s important to note that the new tax law lowered the maximum mortgage deduction from $1 million to $750,000. That $750,000 represents a hard cap for money used to buy, build, or improve any homes you own. Kiplinger says that the new law will also eliminate write-offs for interest on home equity debt on both old and new loans.

Seniors Helping Seniors: An In-Home Care Resource for Your Loved One

Retirees often need help with more than just tax planning. If your loved one needs assistance with any aspect of his or her day-to-day life, we’re here to help. Call us today at (954) 202-5200 or fill out a free online form to get in touch with us.

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Preventing Slips and Falls

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prevent slips and fallsFalls are among the biggest risks that seniors face in their daily lives. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for American senior citizens, and one in four Americans aged 65 or older falls every year.

Because falls are common among seniors, many older Americans and their family members may believe that they are an inevitable part of aging. However, the risks of slips and falls can be reduced and even eliminated with a few proactive steps around the home and by being aware of the primary risk factors.

3 Common Causes of Slips and Falls

The first step toward addressing the problem is knowing its causes. Three common causes of slips and falls among seniors and their solutions include:

  1. Health issues – As people age, their likelihood of developing chronic health problems increases. Conditions like diabetes, strokes, or arthritis can result in disability and difficulty walking. Certain medications can also make falls more likely, especially if they cause drowsiness, dizziness, or muscular weakness.

Solution – Make sure your loved one follows all his or her doctor’s orders and is compliant with prescription medication regimens, physical rehabilitation schedules, and daily exercise. Canes, walkers, and wheelchairs also may be necessary for some seniors who are unsteady or prone to falling due to physical ailments.

  1. Worsening vision – Having clear and unobstructed vision is essential for avoiding slips and falls. Both up-close and far-away vision can rapidly deteriorate during the aging process, making it difficult for older adults to see where they’re going or what obstacles are in their way.

Solution – Schedule regular eye exams for your loved one and consider the type of eyewear he or she wears. Glasses that change tint based on lighting can be dangerous indoors, as they don’t always lighten right away when entering buildings.

  1. Environmental hazards – Although we like to think of our homes as being safe sanctuaries where we can relax and unwind, they often contain many dangers that aren’t always obvious—especially for seniors. Slippery and difficulty to enter baths and showers pose serious risks, as do steep stairs, loose rugs, and uneven flooring.

Solution – Do a walkthrough of your loved one’s home and look for risk factors for slips and falls. Remove or secure rugs and replace carpeting or flooring that’s uneven or loose. Place mats inside showers and bath tubs to improve grip and install rails to help your loved one enter and exit.

Other inexpensive and effective solutions include adding lighting and higher wattage bulbs throughout your loved one’s home to improve visibility, changing medications or reducing dosages, and buying better-fitting and more stable footwear to wear both inside the home and in public places.

Worried About Potential Slips and Falls? Call Seniors Helping Seniors.®

Although reducing or preventing falls in seniors involves many practical steps, it can also involve difficult conversations—especially if your loved one feels that his or her independence and pride are threatened by changes in daily routines or surroundings. Similarly, when older people are worried about falling, they are likely to reduce their movement and go out less often, which can lead to social isolation and increased physical weakness. Help your loved one stay strong, healthy and independent with the help of Seniors Helping Seniors.

Whether your loved one needs a little extra help around the house, or assistance running errands, we’re here to help. Call us today at (954) 202-5200 or fill out our online form for more information.

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What Should You Tell an Elderly Parent Who Should Stop Driving?

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Driving is a privilege and an important aspect of independent living. Owning or having access to a vehicle gives people the opportunity to go to work, buy groceries and other necessities, and visit family and friends. While many people take driving for granted, it’s a task that’s anything but routine. Safe driving requires fast reflexes, clear vision, sound judgment, and a good memory.

Unfortunately, those traits are among some of the most profound losses that adults experience as they age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there were 40 million licensed older drivers in the U.S. in 2015—a 50-percent increase from 1999. In addition, the agency also says that more than 5,700 elderly adults were killed and 236,000 injured in auto accidents in 2014.

Because the risk of being injured or killed in a car accident increases with age, it’s vital to discuss the issue with your aging parents and help them understand the dangers they face when they get behind the wheel.

Tips for Discussing Driving with Your Parent

It’s important to honestly and objectively evaluate your parent’s driving skills as he or she ages.

You should also remember that age alone isn’t always a reliable indicator for a person’s driving ability, as some people retain the traits needed to drive safely for many years, while others may experience a decline in driving skills at a relatively young age. Warning signs to watch for in seniors and older adults include things like frequent accidents, traffic citations, unexplained vehicle damage, or getting lost while driving in familiar areas.

If you suspect that your parent should not be driving and that he or she could be a danger to himself/herself or others on the road, you should discuss the issue immediately. Following these tips can help make the discussion productive and less likely to result in conflict:

  • Initiate a conversation about his or her driving. Some seniors may already know that their driving could be dangerous, but they may be reluctant to stop due to fear of burdening others. Starting a conversation can help you learn about how your parent feels about his or her own driving.
  • Enlist the help of a healthcare professional or peer. Whether it’s your parent’s physician, eye doctor, or trusted friend, seniors can be more likely to be receptive to alternative arrangements for getting around town if they get a second opinion on their driving abilities. It’s especially important to get the support of your parent’s doctor if he or she is suffering with dementia or Alzheimer’s, which can significantly increase the chances of car accidents.
  • Look for alternative arrangements. Seniors who stop driving don’t have to rely exclusively on family and friends to get around. They can maintain their independence by utilizing a variety of transportation services for things like doctor appointments, daily errands, trips to the grocery store, and more.

Having a plan in mind before you initiate a potentially difficult conversation can go a long way when it comes to helping your senior parent understand the dangers he or she faces on the roadway.

Seniors Helping Seniors® In Home Care is South Florida’s Choice for Transportation Services

At Seniors Helping Seniors, we know that discussions about driving are always difficult for adult children and their aging parents. If you need help navigating this complex and often emotional issue, we’re here to assist. And should the need arise, our services include driving our clients to a variety of errands and appointments. Call (954) 202-5200 or complete our online form for more information.

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5 Warning Signs Your Parent May Need Help at Home

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Family roles change over time, especially among parents and children. For some families, these changes happen rapidly due to disease and illness, while others may experience subtle changes over the course of several years.

The sooner you recognize these changes and warning signs, the better you’ll be able to help your parent resume living a fulfilling and independent life. Bringing up these issues with your mom or dad can be difficult, but your assistance can relieve burdens that he or she may deal with every day.

Act Right Away If You Notice These Changes

It’s easy to dismiss some of the following changes as just being a part of the aging process, but they can be disruptive to your parent’s life—especially if physical and mental changes make it difficult for him or her to handle these issues:

  1. Sudden disorganization, including a cluttered home or neglected lawn
    If your parent previously took great pride in having a spotless home and well-manicured lawn, any sudden changes in those habits could indicate that your parent is experiencing reduced mobility and even pain, or perhaps forgetfulness associated with age-related dementia. Consider helping with housework and lawn maintenance or finding reputable companies that can take care of those tasks.
  2. Empty pantry and refrigerator, low supply of medications
    Take notice of your parent’s food supply and the amount and date of any medications he or she takes. If you notice a sparsely stocked pantry and refrigerator—or empty and expired pill bottles—your parent may be having trouble remembering to replenish these items. Try to arrange alternative ways for him or her to get these supplies, including trips to the supermarket on their behalf or utilizing delivery services.
  3. Irregular vehicle maintenance, unexplained dents and scratches
    Driving is a source of pride for senior citizens. However, the aging process can make driving difficult and dangerous. Be prepared to discuss alternative arrangements with your parent if you notice that his or her vehicle has unexplained damage or hasn’t been maintained properly.
  4. Unfinished home repairs and maintenance tasks
    A dripping faucet, a half-painted wall, or a burned-out lightbulb in the foyer aren’t just annoyances—they can also be signs that your aging parent may need help at home. Be on the lookout for small unfinished projects and maintenance tasks when you visit your parent’s home, as they may indicate that he or she needs help with these routine tasks.
  5. Unexplained bruises and lapses in personal care and hygiene
    As strength and coordination deteriorate over the years, your parent could experience minor to major injuries that go untreated for long periods. Additionally, seniors who are dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia often suffer from disorientation and may neglect their personal hygiene and fail to maintain grooming habits. If you notice frequent unexplained cuts, bruises, and sores—or uncharacteristic hygiene problems—it may indicate that your parent needs help with day-to-day living.

Got Questions about Assisting Your Parent? We’re Here to Help.

Adult children may feel overwhelmed when it’s time to act as caregivers for their parents. At Seniors Helping Seniors, we know this can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss with your mom or dad, but it’s important to make sure that he or she gets help with day-to-day routines and tasks as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to best assist your parent, contact us at (754) 202-5200 or fill out our free contact form. We’re happy to provide a free evaluation of your situation, including tips for helping your parent regain his or her livelihood and feeling of independence.

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A Helping Hand

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As originally seen in DRW Magazine

By Jason Zauder

Seniors Helping Seniors® Home Care Connects Senior Caregivers With Seniors in Need

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Moving from Virginia to Florida would be stressful enough; but moving after leaving an executive level job of 35 years and not having a new job lined up would certainly induce extra sleepless nights. Add to this moving to take are of an aging family member, and you have a perfect storm of crises. Rather than be overwhelmed, Diana Cabassi turned these challenges into an opportunity by bringing a Seniors Helping Seniors franchise to Central and Southwest Broward County.

Active Seniors Provide A Range of Services For Their Peers-Including Companionship

Seniors Helping Seniors offers in-home non-medical services by matching seniors who are in need of care with active seniors who can empathize with and understand their needs. This peer-to-peer approach to business is based on the idea that the the best person to take care of a senior is someone who can understand and relate to their needs. Said Ms. Cabassi, “For the people who help in the Seniors Helping Seniors community this is not just a job, and you are not just a client. We’re interested in who you are, what you need, and what you, in turn, can share with us.”

She continued, “Our main goal is to provide loving, compassionate care. The most important thing for me is that seniors, who often are not respected, are treated with dignity and given the respect they deserve.”

Seniors Helping Seniors can assist with light housekeeping,  grocery shopping, cooking, transportation services to go shopping, run errands, attend doctor’s appointments, and much more!

While some seniors may initially need help with the aforementioned services, the companionship that comes with having a fellow senior around is often their service’s best feature. Some seniors may be living with physical health challenges, but being alone can also wear on ones’s mental health.

“At Seniors Helping Seniors we like to say it’s ‘Like Getting A Little Help From Your Friends®,'” said Ms. Cabassi.

Personal Experience

Ms. Cabassi learned firsthand about the challenges of seniors while caring for her elderly mother. After much personal soul searching, she partnered with Seniors Helping Seniors when, in the process of conducting a thorough due diligence, she realized that their values aligned perfectly with her own. Mrs. Cabassi said, “Seniors Helping Seniors provides the most vulnerable and overlooked population with care and dignity in their last years by providing services that can help them stay independent in their own homes.”

Ms. Cabassi, who in addition to being a professional Life Coach and a Certified Senior Advisor, has found that running a Seniors Helping Seniors franchise has been a very rewarding and eye-opening experience. “I’ve learned a lot about myself. Talking about this business and the idea of seniors helping their fellow seniors is so enjoyable,” she said.

Qualified & Screened Providers with Deep Empathy

The providers working for Seniors Helping Seniors have as diverse backgrounds as the people they are caring for, and are all interviewed by Ms. Cabassi personally. In addition, all of their references are checked and they must undergo a Level 2 FBI background screening, which is done at the national level.

Ms. Cabassi understands that the qualities a caregiver possesses are much more important than their resume, as she was previously responsible for human resources operations in the US headquarters for a global organization of 68,000 employees. “We look for people who have volunteer hearts and that don’t mind getting paid for their services,” she said.

Seniors Helping Seniors understands that providing care for a senior in need also often means being aware of the needs of the people around the senior. Caregivers run the risk of overlooking their own needs when caring for a loved one. Ms. Cabassi noted, “We often work with the family of the person who is receiving care and can give them advice and referrals so that they can take care of themselves as well.”

How It All Began

Kiran and Phillip Yocom began Seniors Helping Seniors in Berks County, PA, where initially it was a non-profit organization that provided a much-needed and appreciated service in their community. Seniors Helping Seniors was incorporated in 1998 as a way to spread their philosophy across the country through franchises, but the original seniors Helping seniors continues to provide more than 1,000 hours of community service a year.

Prior to launching Seniors Helping Seniors, Kiran Yocom served with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) in India for 14 years. They now have 250 franchises throughout the world with 21 offices in Florida. The Central and Southwest Broward Franchise opened in March of 2014 and has already proven to be quite a success.

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Contact Diana Cabassi of Seniors Helping Seniors at (754) 202-5200  or email her at diana.srshelpingsrs@gmail.com

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Seniors Helping Seniors® Provides Compassionate Care

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As seen in: Our City Pembroke Pines Magazine

By: Debby Teich

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services matches seniors who need help with seniors who want to help. Helpers work with seniors to provide companionship, ensure their safety, and to encourage their participation in life. It’s a unique relationship built between people who understand the ups and downs of life.

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Diana Marrero Cabassi, Certified Senior Advisor and franchise owner

Diana Marrero Cabassi, Certified Senior Advisor and Franchise owner, answered some commonly asked questions about the business.

What type of services do you provide?

Seniors Helping Seniors® provides in-home, non-medical, homemaker, companionship and transportation services. Our mission is to provide seniors with the ability to maintain their independent lifestyle at home for as long as possible with the dignity and respect they deserve.

When did you open?

Seniors Helping Seniors® was established in 1998 and we currently have 250 franchises in 40 states, the United Kingdom and Malta. I opened the Central and South West Broward County franchise is March 2014.

Kiran Yocom, Seniors Helping Seniors® founder
Kiran Yocom, Seniors Helping Seniors® founder

What services do you provide?

Non-medical services may include, but are not limited to, companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, handyman services, pet care, and yard work.

Is there a minimum requirement?

We work with  you to find a senior who can help meet you personal needs, schedule, and personality. We can help out as much or as little as you like.

What distinguishes you from your competition?

We hire loving, caring, compassionate seniors who truly care for the well-being of their clients. We like to say, it is  “Like getting a little help from your friends.®”

Describe the helpers.

We know that for the right people being a senior helping other seniors is really a very rewarding position. Each of our helpers works as many hours a week as he or she wants. Most of the people who work with us were looking for volunteer jobs, seeking activities that would add meaning to their lives. Working as a senior helping other seniors allows them to make an important contribution. It also provides them with an hourly wage that can help cover the extras.

Is experience necessary for helpers?

Although no specific experience is necessary, helpers must come to work full of heart and enjoy caring for other seniors.

What cities do you serve?

We serve Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Southwest Ranches, Cooper City, Sunrise, Davie and Weston.

For information on Seniors Helping Seniors®, send and email to  diana.srshelpingsrs@gmail.com or call (754) 202-5200

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