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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, after skin cancer. It accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in women. By the end of 2013, an estimated 232,340 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and an estimated 39,620 women will die from breast cancer. The risks generally increase with age. Almost 8 of every 10 new breast cancer cases and almost 9 of every 10 breast cancer deaths are in women 50 years old and older. Because early detection is critical to survival, you need an early detection plan.
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Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Face Special Challenges
September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Across the globe 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia.  It’s going to take all of us to change these numbers.
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Caregiving Firsts
Family caregivers generally earn their job title in one of two ways. The first is “sneak up mode” and the second is “crisis mode.” Either way, you did not plan for this journey. Do realize there will be tough caregiving firsts, but also learn to create some good firsts that you will remember for a life time.
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ADLS and IDALS
June is National Safety Month and is sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC) to educate people and influence behaviors that lead to preventable injuries and possible death. Keeping our families and loved ones safe is always our top priority, and safety starts at home.
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Understanding and Dealing with Hoarding
Most of us enjoy our “stuff.” A new car, designer handbag, or gadget can simplify our lives and bring us great enjoyment and even status pleasure. At the extreme end of emotional attachment to possessions, however, are hoarders. Hoarders are compelled by an obsession to collect and store things — even items which most of us would consider junk, such as scraps of paper, leaky buckets, and old newspapers. Homes become almost uninhabitable. Narrow pathways referred to as "goat trails" wind through piles of stuff and stacks of things cover sofas and beds, rendering the furniture useless. Unbelievably, this problem is fairly prevalent, and even highlighted on television programs such as the Learning Channel’s “Buried Alive” series. It is estimated that there may be up to 15 million hoarders living in the U.S.
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National Social Work Month
The National Association of Social Workers kicks off a month-long celebration for one of the nation’s largest professions. March is National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.”
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I live with or care for someone with a disability. How can I protect him or her from the flu?If you provide care for a person with disabilities it is important that you take steps to prevent that person from getting the flu and provide help if he or she becomes ill. Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible, especially those who are at high risk of complications from the flu. You can do this in your home by creating a sick room.
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Whether it’s pink or ruby…these colors signify HOPE.
Two weeks into October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the color pink is showing up in some novel places. NFL players are wearing it, cereal boxes display it, and the hue has even found its way onto almost every website you click on.
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Fire Safety Lasts a Lifetime
Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
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Five Simple Steps to Help Prevent Cataracts as You Age
Many people are under the impression that vision loss is just a natural part of aging.  While age certainly contributes to vision loss, there are preventative measures that can be taken today, to help you protect the health of your eyes tomorrow.
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Top 10 Questions you need to ask your Home Care Agency:
In each issue of Home Helpers' Care Chronicle, experts provide information about topics of interest, such as heart health, respite care for caregivers, nutritional tips, and more. For this issue, we asked our own Home Helpers' owners from various offices what types of questions a family should ask when searching for a home care agency.
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Let's Truly Celebrate the Men in Our Lives During Men's Health Month!
As most of us are aware, Father’s Day is an occasion in June to celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Other father figures can include step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives.
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May is National Stroke Awareness Month
Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke, which is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. According to the National Stroke Association, a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people act FAST. Also, it is estimated that 80% of strokes can be prevented.
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Healthy Eating for Seniors
Healthy nutrition—the foundation of a healthy lifestyle—is a must, regardless of anyone’s age. As your loved one grows older, however, he or she has uniquely different needs for adequate nutrition. These unique needs are often the result of medications or treatments he/she may be taking or undergoing, symptoms your loved one may experience as a result of certain conditions, or just individual likes or dislikes for food.
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Occupational Therapy- Hands on education
April is Occupational Therapy month and each year, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students in practice, education, research, and science host a month long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy. It's the time of year when everyone in the profession goes out of their way to tell the world about what they do. Occupational Therapy identifies and addresses the aspects of injury or disability that prevent people from performing essential tasks or engaging in activities that are meaningful to them. Activities and adaptation are used to improve function, performance, independence and quality of life.
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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates that there are nearly one million people in the United States living with Parkinson’s disease and the number of people dying from Parkinson’s disease has quadrupled in the past 20 years. Because April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Home Helpers is dedicated to educating the local community by offering tips on what to expect when a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
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Professional Social Workers Month: A Profession that Improves Lives and Communities Every Day
The National Association of Social Workers kicks off a month-long celebration for one of the nation's largest professions.  March is National Professional Social Work Month and this year's theme "Social Work Matters" seeks to showcase the impact of more than 642,000 professional social workers in America.

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Colorectal Screening: Early detection does make a difference
What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. The wall of the colon and rectum is made up of several layers. Colorectal cancer starts in the innermost layer and can grow through some or all of the other layers. Knowing a little about these layers is important, because the stage (extent of spread) of a colorectal cancer depends to a great degree on howdeeply it invades into these layers.
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Be Smart With Your Heart
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and is a major cause of disability. Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event; every minute, an American will die from one. One can reduce the chance of developing coronary heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control risk factors. Additionally, it is crucial to know the signs and symptoms of heart attacks to increase one’s chance for a positive outcome.
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Recognizing and Addressing Fall Risks Among the Elderly                                    
Falls and fall-related injuries are a critical public health problem for older adults. The National Safety Council estimates that persons over the age of 65 have the highest mortality rate from injuries.  Among older adults, fall-related injuries cause more deaths than either pneumonia or diabetes.  Falls account for about one-half of the deaths due to injury in the elderly.
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November is National Family Caregivers Month
It was back in 1994 that the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. Three years later, President Bill Clinton signed the first Presidential proclamation appreciating family caregivers, and since then, each year a Presidential proclamation has been made. Over the years, as interest has grown regarding family caregiver issues, National Family Caregivers Week has become National Family Caregivers Month, celebrated during the month of November. The NFCA coordinates National Family Caregivers Month as a time to thank, support and educate the more than 65 million family members, friends, partners and neighbors across the nation who are caregivers.
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Adult Day Centers: Tips for Coping with ‘Back to School’ Blues
As so many of us are dealing with the rush of back to school preparation, we thought it would be timely to speak about Adult Day Services (ADS).  ADS provide a protective environment for older adults who are not capable of full-time independent living. They also provide much-needed respite for primary caregivers, enabling them to work outside of the home or to take a break from the daily rigors of 24-hour caregiving. Daily services such as socialization, recreation, nutrition, transportation, supervision, basic personal care and self-help training can be found in most Adult Day Centers (ADCs). Some centers even offer additional medical care that can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, basic medical care, nursing care and more intensive personal care.
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Stretching the Truth: Therapuetic Fibbing as a Dementia Care Tool
Validate, an interesting word, and one that I suspect as a caregiver you may hear given as a suggestion to help you through your day-to-day caregiving tasks.  We all know how important quality of life is, but how do we maximize that quality when caring for a loved one who may be struggling with cognitive impairment? 
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May is Older Americans Month
In 1963, after meeting with The National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to honor its elders in a variety of ways. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name of this tribute to Older Americans Month, but the goal remains the same: to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and acts of public recognition.
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It’s Brain Awareness Month! Tips For Brain Protection
There are 1.4 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the U.S. annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to Dr. Michael Noir, approximately 5.3 million Americans (that’s almost 2% of the US population) currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help as a result of a TBI.  The estimated lifetime costs of brain injury (including direct medical costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity) totaled $60 billion in 2000 and has been on the rise ever since.  Most TBIs are the result of a fall -- and every year, one in three Americans over the age of 65 falls.
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Urinary Tract Infections: Warning Signs & Prevention
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can represent a serious problem for any senior. Although people of any age can suffer a UTI, it is most likely to occur in seniors, because as we age, our bodies have more trouble fighting off infections. In addition, naturally weakened bladder muscles promote poor bladder emptying and incontinence -- two big risk factors for UTIs.
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February Is Heart Health Month. 5 Ways to Show You Care.
Heart health is important for everyone, but it’s especially crucial for seniors. Like all muscles, the heart becomes weaker and less efficient as we age. Our blood vessels lose elasticity and may accumulate fatty deposits that weaken them. These changes force the heart to work harder to pump the same amount of blood, which can be dangerous for anyone, especially the elderly.
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New Methods for Detecting Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. If you are at risk for developing heart disease due to age, family history or lifestyle choices, you can take steps now to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Talk with your doctor about your heart health. You may need tests done to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD).
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The Top Seven Resolutions For Caregivers In 2011
If you’re a caregiver, you know that it’s a tough job -- and it’s even tougher without a plan for your own health and well-being. Fortunately, the arrival of the New Year is a perfect time to make a resolution: have a plan to simplify your caregiving duties and manage the  stress of being a caregiver.
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How To Help Caregivers Stay Relaxed For The Holidays
When someone takes on the responsibility of being the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one, they are giving an incredible gift.  They are also, however, embarking on a journey that will bring challenges all year long. The job of a caregiver is especially difficult during December, when shopping, traveling, and other preparations for the holidays make for an extra-busy schedule.  Strained, stressed and exhausted caregivers are especially at risk.
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November Is American Diabetes Month -- Find Out What You Can Do To Help
Almost 24 million Americans struggle with diabetes every single day of the year, and an estimated 10% of hospital admissions are attributed to diabetes .  This is 7% of the U.S. population, and a 30% increase from 2003! That’s why it’s so important for all of us to make the most of this month and spread the word about what we can do to slow the occurance rate of diabetes. Together, through education and proactive behavior, we can reign in the financial, physical and emotional damage of this horrible disease.
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Recognizing Our Caregivers For National Family Caregivers’ Month
Ever since President Clinton made the first proclamation of National Family Caregivers Month in 1997, November has been a time of gratitude for our nation’s caregivers. If you’re currently caring for a family member or loved one, you deserve our biggest thank you.
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Getting Older Loved Ones To Accept In-Home Care
When those who are closest to you can no longer take care of themselves, you want to do your best to help them. And when your time and resources become scarce, the best way to help them is often in-home care.
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Is Your Elderly Loved One Taking Their Medication Properly?
Approximately 20% of seniors are using about 50 prescriptions every year! Keeping up with multiple medications can be a challenge, especially when certain prescriptions must be taken at specific times during the day. This task can be even more daunting for a senior who has vision or memory impairment. The rate of noncompliance is even higher in patients with chronic illnesses. This is because the drug regimens for these patients are often long-term and complex, and alter existing behavioral patterns.
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The Facts About Caregiver Respite
We all know someone who is caring for a loved one. In the U.S., nearly 65 million caregivers are helping a family member, friend or neighbor who is ill, disabled or elderly or has special-needs. This is roughly one-third of the adult population.
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America's Seniors Are A Strong Population
Every May since 1963, Older Americans Month has been honored with a presidential proclamation. In May 2005, former President George W. Bush stated, “Older Americans help others to understand the past, and they teach timeless lessons of courage, endurance and love.
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The Home Helpers Total Care Plan™
A Customized Care Plan Offering Help – Every Step of the Way. When looking for an in-home senior care provider, you won’t have trouble finding one. However, finding one who does it passionately and with a remarkable difference is another story.
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The Home Helpers Client & Caregiver Matching Program
At Home Helpers, we believe compassion and compatibility are essential to exceptional in-home care. We care about your physical and emotional needs and believe that a holistic approach is the only approach to total quality care.
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Home Helpers Client Testimonials
In mid-2009, Danielle and Linda Scheir were desperately looking for a caregiver to help their mother, Millie, who had just been placed in a hospice program as she battled the latter stages of emphysema. Millie was adamant that she wanted to stay in her home – a home that she loved and one which was comfortable for her.
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Raise Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease - Tuesday, March 16, 2010
April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. It’s a time to bring greater attention, focus and action to this debilitating disease. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) estimates that there are nearly one million people in the United States living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and 4.1 million people with PD worldwide.
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Durable Medical Equipment: What's Covered And What's Not? - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Family caregivers often ask, "What equipment does my loved one need to live safely in his or her home, and is covered by insurance?"
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Maintain An Active Lifestyle At Any Age - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
As people get older, they tend to move less and avoid doing the things they once loved for fear of injury and/or falls. But there is truth to the saying, "If you don't move it, you lose it."
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Look for Signs of Decline in Your Elders During the Holidays - Thursday, December 17, 2009
With the holidays fast-approaching, here are a few tips to consider while visiting loved ones this holiday season. If you are concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or relatives, take this opportunity to observe and note potential safety risks. Extended holiday visits provide opportunities to informally assess loved ones in a variety of situations. They're a great time to ask questions and uncover concerns...
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The Important and Sometimes Overlooked Role of the Caregiver - Friday, November 20, 2009
November is National Caregivers Month. It is a time to celebrate and appreciate the millions of people who unselfishly give of themselves to help others maintain their independence and maximize quality of life. Caregivers include unpaid family members and neighbors who lend a helping hand to those in need...
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Caregiver Screening Helps Protect Seniors from Abuse - Thursday, November 12, 2009
Financial, emotional, physical elder abuse – sadly, it’s happening with alarming frequency. Recently, there have been a growing number of reports of caregivers using their position to swindle older people out of their life savings, and inflict emotional and physical pain on those they’re supposed to help.
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Long-Term Care Insurance Getting Attention - Thursday, June 11, 2009
Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is an expensive and complicated product. It's sold by a shrinking number of financially challenged insurers and subject to differing state rules that aren't always effectively enforced. Consumers have faced large rate increases, and complaints about industry sales practices and claims denials are on the rise. No wonder that private LTCI paid for only 7 percent of the nation's long-term care bill in 2007. Why would anyone want to buy this product?
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Home Helpers Forms Partnership with International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) - Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The idea of an elderly parent or grandparent being abused is a sickening thought for most people; however, national statistics confirm that as many as 300,000 senior citizens are abused or neglected each year.
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Simple Steps Can Help Prevent Dangerous Falls in Seniors' Homes - Monday, February 9, 2009
For people who want to stay in their homes as they age, avoiding falls is a top priority.
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How to Set Up a Caregiving Agreement - Friday, January 30, 2009
More than 50 million family members provide more than $300 billion a year in uncompensated care to family members
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SENIOR SAVVY: Advice on hiring a personal care aide - Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Q: My father has finally agreed to accept help in the home with household chores and with personal care. He has the name of a person who is willing to step into that role. Is this a practical idea or should I go through an agency? Read More ...

 

Community Links:

» Alzheimer's Association of Delaware Valley
» Benefits Check Up
» Crozer Keystone Village
» Chester Co. Area Office on Aging
» Del. County Office on Aging / COSA
» National Family Caregivers Association
» National Private Duty Association
» Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services
» PA Senior Law Help Line



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February - In-Home Medical Equipment: The Facts
January - A Healthy Resolution for the Elderly
December - Holidays: Time to Notice Changes in Your Elders
November - Protecting Seniors from Abuse
October - Dementia and Living at Home
September - Hospices: Myth Vs. Fact
August - How to Avoid the Eldercare Nightmare