Articles For Families

How To Beat The Winter Blues

There are many reasons to be excited about the holiday season. But winter also means less sunshine and more difficulty getting out of the house. And while you may also be sad that Christmas is over, something else might be to blame: seasonal affective disorder....

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How To Make Thanksgiving Special For Seniors

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may have started to make your holiday plans. Thanksgiving traditions usually include watching football or the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade but make sure to plan some activities that bring everyone together....

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Family Caregivers Month

As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month in November, we’d like to honor the hard work and dedication of family caregivers. The theme this year is “Caregiving Around The Clock” because caregiving is a 24/7 job. Managing the needs of a loved one is never easy....

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Preparing Your Aging Loved One For Winter

Winter will be here before you know it! Taking care of a loved one during the winter is not an easy job. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. Fall is the perfect time to start planning ahead. There is no better feeling...

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Cold Weather Brings on the Arthritis Pains

Over 50 million Americans 18 and older have been diagnosed with Arthritis by a doctor. That’s 1 in 5 adults. You already know how painful and debilitating arthritis can be in it’s worst forms, but during the winter it is even worse. The cold and rainy climate often...

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What Seniors Need To Know About Flu Season

Adults 65 and older are at more risk of developing the Flu than the rest of the population. Data provided by the Center for Disease Control shows that this this age group makes up 70% of all flu related hospitalizations every year. The immune system simply weakens...

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Robert Van Dyk To Be Honored at AHCA/NCAL conference

Bob Van Dyk, President and CEO of Van Dyk Health Care, was named the recipient of the 2017 Jan Thayer Pioneer Award by the National Center for Assisted Living. He will receive the award Sunday, October 15 at the 68th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo in Las...

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Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

September is National Preparedness Month which is the perfect time to make sure that you have a plan in place during a crisis. When it comes to disasters, senior citizens are at the highest risk due to their vulnerable health. Disasters like severe weather can strike...

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Autumn Safety Tips for Your Aging Loved One

Fall is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy nature before the bitter cold of winter. While the conditions are not as extreme as the winter, you should take steps to ensure your aging loved one’s home is safe for the upcoming colder weather. Here are...

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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is a very demanding responsibility, and the constant emotional stress and long hours can eventually lead anyone to burnout. This is a real problem, but unfortunately is rarely discussed. Here are the warning signs to be on the lookout...

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How To Let Go When a Loved One Is Dying

Being able to come to terms that a loved one is dying is one of the most difficult things you and your family will ever have to do. It is an extremely trying time for all involved, the person who is ill doesn’t want to cause such pain, and many family...

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10 Tips on Communicating with a Person with Dementia

Taking care of a person with dementia is extremely difficult for both families and caregivers. People who suffer from dementia and related conditions such as Alzheimer’s have a degenerative brain disorder that make it increasingly harder for them to...

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Need Help At Home?

The majority of seniors wish to remain in their homes if they begin to need day-to-day assistance. We understand – maintaining independence and normalcy is often at the top of people’s priorities as they age. When it is apparent that assistance is needed, a family...

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Looking For Assisted Living?

They say, "There’s no place like home." And they’re right. Everyone wants to age in the comfort of their homes. Seniors have understandably grown accustomed to being independent and may be reluctant to move out of the house in order to receive the care they need....

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Suffering From Memory Loss?

Everyone forgets things from time to time, regardless of age. When your young you don’t worry about it, but as you get older you may begin to wonder, could it be Alzheimer’s or dementia? For this reason it is important to read up on the early symptoms of these...

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Just Got Discharged?

A hospital visit can be a difficult time for the patients and their families. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and not think about what happens once your loved one is discharged. It is important during this time to think about rehabilitation services after...

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