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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on May 11, 2015

Spices and herbs can add robust flavor to dishes, but they can also positively impact health. If you provide home care for a senior parent or loved one, adding the following ingredients into your loved one’s daily diet can promote overall health, helping to heal some of the common ailments…

By Dian Brannen, 11:28 pm on May 4, 2015

Most seniors know the importance of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet in their golden years. Yet, adhering to a healthy diet isn’t just for maintaining a normal weight. Eating certain foods can preserve short and long-term memory, and protect the brain against cognitive conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Today, the…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on April 27, 2015

Hospital stays after an illness, injury or surgery tend to be longer for seniors, especially for those with chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Although nobody is completely comfortable in a hospital, there are certain things that family caregivers can do to increase their loved one’s comfort level during…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on April 20, 2015

Bathing can sometimes be a dreaded daily ordeal for caregivers of loved ones with dementia. While there’s no surefire way to eliminate the occasional battle of wills, there are ways to make bathing a more positive experience for everyone involved. Check out these tips from the experienced dementia caregivers at…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on April 13, 2015

While often associated with vending machine items, carbonated beverages and fast food, empty calories can lurk in many of the foods your senior loved one eats throughout his or her day. If, as a caregiver, you’re trying to help your loved one maintain a healthy weight, it helps to know…

By Dian Brannen, 10:13 pm on April 6, 2015

Providing home care to an aging loved one can become more of a challenge when families disagree over how – or even if – care should be provided. Such matters can be compounded by emotional and financial burdens or widely differing points of views. Because knowing where conflict stems from…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on March 30, 2015

If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s, you’re likely familiar with many of the condition’s symptoms such as uncontrollable tremors, rigid muscles, slowed movement and speech changes, but are you familiar with the behavioral side effects? As a trusted provider of Lehigh Valley Parkinson’s…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on March 23, 2015

Studies show that family caregivers tend to neglect their own health needs, often foregoing preventative health measures like getting annual physical exams, sticking to a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Making an effort to stay healthy, however, can help family caregivers remain alert and attentive when caring for their…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on March 16, 2015

Just about any type of arthritis affecting seniors can result in pain that can make movements like walking or simply getting up from a sitting position more painful. If you provide home care for an aging parent or loved one, understanding the different types of arthritis can help you better…

By Dian Brannen, 10:55 pm on March 9, 2015

If you care for an aging parent or loved one, you are likely responsible for a number of activities, including filing his or her taxes. With tax season upon us, we thought it would be helpful to share some information about tax deductible medical expenses. The following are some of…