Kathy Green
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10 Signs of Dehydtration in the Elderly and What to Do About It

10 Signs of Dehydtration in the Elderly and What to Do About It

by Kathy Green  •  November 02, 2015
Dehydration occurs when a person loses more water than they take in. When an individual is well hydrated it allows the body to regulate temperature through sweating, maintain blood pressure, and eliminate bodily waste. Dehydration, depending on the severity, sometimes creates only small signs while having a big effect on the body, especially in the elderly.
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12 Tips to Protect Your Senior: Take the Sizzle out of Summer Heat ­­

12 Tips to Protect Your Senior: Take the Sizzle out of Summer Heat ­­

by Kathy Green  •  May 29, 2015
Ahh..Summer!People everywhere, after shivering all winter, look forward to the hot summer months. But along with the comfort this season affords, the summer sunshine, UV rays, and the heat, can bring health risks, especially for seniors. It is imperative to check in on seniors regularly during the summer, especially when there is excessive heat in the forecast.Heat­­ Related IllnessesThere are different heat­ related illnesses that a senior may experience in summer. It is important that they...
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Gifts from the Heart for Mother's Day

Gifts from the Heart for Mother's Day

by Kathy Green  •  May 08, 2015
With Mother's Day almost upon us, most of us are scrambling to find just the right gift for our moms. Long gone are the ideas of chocolates and a store-bought card being adequate. Indeed, figuring out what can appropriately express our love and appreciation to our mom is one of the toughest gifts we will give all year. As our mothers age, it can become more and more difficult to find the right gift for someone who has collected a lifetime of presents.Of course, the debate between the tangib...
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11 Tips to Treat  Winter Blahs in the Elderly

11 Tips to Treat Winter Blahs in the Elderly

by Kathy Green  •  January 19, 2015
Holidays are a busy and happy time with family and friends-- giving and receiving gifts, enjoying frequent visits and a keeping a faster holiday pace. But the flip side is that it ends, and this change often brings the January or winter “blahs.” Seniors especially, may experience sad feelings after the holidays. If these feelings are severe and untreated could possibly lead to depression. It’s important to keep an eye on the emotional state of the older people in your life, as they themselves...
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Caregiving - From a Distance

by Kathy Green  •  October 01, 2014
We live in a mobile society. Not only are our children moving away from home for school and employment opportunities, working adults are moving to take new jobs as well. Even seniors 65 and older are increasingly mobile, with the number of seniors who have moved over the last decade increasing 65 percent. When those seniors experience a change in being able to care for themselves, it’s often up to the adult children living some distance away to coordinate senior care, something most adult ch...
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The Hidden Costs of Family Caregiving

by Kathy Green  •  July 23, 2014
Family caregivers take on their responsibilities from a sense of love and duty. But also, for many, the decision to assume the role of caregiver was not just one of the heart, but also one of the pocketbook. Ironically, this is sometimes the more expensive alternative. Assisted living communities and nursing homes are quite expensive, and house cleaners can cost between $20 and $40 an hour. Following this, the logical assumption is that the more affordable option is caring for your senior y...
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10 Summer Health Tips for the Elderly

by Kathy Green  •  July 17, 2014
As we head into the hotter months of the year, There are at least ten easy preventative measures that we can enlist. Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics like cotton. Light colours are best as they reflect the sun unlike the darker colours that absorb the heat. Avoid extreme outdoor heat by staying indoors. call a taxi, a friend or a transportation service. Do NOT wait outside for the bus in extreme heat. Air conditioning. If you do not have air conditionin...
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Travel with Seniors Worry-Free: 10 Tips

Travel with Seniors Worry-Free: 10 Tips

by Kathy Green  •  April 02, 2014
As with any other vacation, preparation is key: but traveling with children and seniors makes it especially important to address special senior travel needs so that you will be able to enjoy a hassle-free trip that’s memorable for the right reasons. In this article, we share 10 tips for traveling with seniors...
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