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  • 4 Ways To Keep Your Loved Ones Engaged And Connected While Social Distancing Is Still Necessary

    As communities around the country are starting to rebound, re-emerge, and find their way back to normal (whatever that means now) from the effects of COVID 19, there’s one thing that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon — social distancing. Around the country, restaurants are attempting to reopen, but now they have significantly lower occupancy levels, large gatherings are still prohibited, and while grocery stores remained open for the duration, the markers on the floors remind us to keep our distance.

  • 6 Tips For Managing Caregiver Overwhelm

    Research shows 90% of seniors want to age in place, and while this may feel like the most comfortable and safe option for them, it can make things difficult for their loved ones. Remaining independent and self-sufficient is not always as easy as it sounds. In fact, it’s pretty common for caregivers to neglect their own physical and emotional health. Caregiving is especially difficult when caregivers are required to balance families and careers as well. The stress of the situation can quickly lead to caregiver overwhelm or caregiver burnout.

  • Our Top 3 Tips to Beat the COVID Blues

    by: Melanie Farley

     

    Summer is in full swing, and we are all getting used to what has become the “new normal.” While certain restrictions have been removed, we have been forced to accept masks and social distancing as a new way of life. Social distancing is especially important for more vulnerable populations, like seniors, but it can isolate elderly people from friends and families, resulting in increased feelings of loneliness and depression. This is especially true for seniors to do not have access to technological replacements (Zoom, Skype, etc.) for in-person connection.

    So, how can we continue to socially distance and beat the COVID blues? Read on for our top 3 suggestions!

  • 3 Ways to Save Money While Caring for a Loved One from Afar

    by: Claire Wentz

     

    According to Today’s Caregiver, average out-of-pocket spending among long-distance family caregivers sits at about $8,728 a year — accounting for things like household expenses, medical needs, personal care supplies, and professional care services. 

    However, there are a few things long-distance caregivers can do to save money while caring for a loved one from afar — and we’ll discuss them in the sections below. 

  • The Benefits of Pet Ownership for Older Adults 

    by: Melanie Farley  

     

    Study after study has shown that elderly people benefit exponentially from pet ownership. In fact, The New York Times even published an article recently about an up-and-coming trend in our rapidly advancing, technological world: robo-pets for seniors. While, robo-pets may not be available to every home in the immediate future, there are plenty of dogs and cats available for adoption at your local animal shelters and pet shops. 

    So, what are the some of the benefits of pet ownership for older adults, and should you consider purchasing a furry friend for the beloved senior in your life? Read on to find out. 

  • "Caregiving in Crisis": Celebrating National Caregiving Month in 2020 

    by: Melanie Farley  

     

    Each November, Northeast Adult Day Care joins organizations from all over the country to celebrate National Caregiving month. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” which feels like an apt way to acknowledge the more than 40 million Americans who dedicate themselves selflessly to caring for their loved ones.

     It is our honor each year to celebrate caregiver’s compassion and selflessness, by acknowledging their hard work and sacrifice for their loved ones. So how can you celebrate National Caregiving Month this year? Here are 3 suggestions!

     

  • A Message from our Founders . . . 

    by: Vlada Rubarkh & Anna Ufberg

     

    As 2020 comes to a close, we thought it was important to reflect on the incredible courage and resilience of our staff and community members. Unprecedented challenges in our personal and professional lives have forced us to devise new systems of care and support, and we humbly rose to the challenge.

    Read on to hear our message of hope as we head into the new year.

  • What Seniors Need to Know About the COVID19 Vaccine 

    by: Melanie Farley  

     

    Vaccines to prevent COVID19 are perhaps the best hope we have for ending the pandemic that has ravaged many of our communities, but it has hit our seniors especially hard. According to the CDC, 65% of COVID cases occurred in adults under the age of 50, but 95.4% of deaths occurred in adults over the age of 65. This staggering statistic shows us that while seniors aren’t as likely to contract the virus, it is far more likely to be deadly once they do.

    So, we know it’s important to vaccinate our seniors quickly, but you likely still have questions. Read on to learn more about how the COVID vaccine works, what possible side effects to expect, and when the vaccine will be available for seniors.

  • How To Know a Senior Needs More Care: Tips and Resources for Caregivers 

    by: Melanie Farley  

     

    As we age, the need for assistance with everyday living is one of life’s hardest truths, and often, it falls to family and caregivers to recognize that an older loved one needs extra help. So, how  do you know when your senior loved one needs more care? And, how can you help your senior get the support they need, while maintaining their independence?

    While there’s not a perfect answer to these questions, staying informed about your options can help you identify what’s right for your family. Read on for our tips and resources for caregivers.

  • Structured Activities That Reduce Depression and Anxiety in Seniors

    by: Melanie Farley  

     

    Even with the significant progress made with COVID vaccine availability and restrictions being lifted, many seniors are still experiencing increased anxiety, depression, and in some cases, cognitive decline, due to the impact of the quarantine orders.

    The good news is, introducing stimulating social activities into a senior’s routine can significantly reduce depression and anxiety by promoting emotional connection, independence, improving motor skills, and more. Need ideas for activities for the beloved senior in your life? Read on for our recommendations, based on what’s popular with our clients.

  • How To Improve Your Memory - At Any Age! 

    by: Melanie Farley  

     

    As we get older, some age-related memory loss is to be expected, and as long as that memory loss isn’t debilitating, it isn’t a cause for concern. Still, it can be frustrating to walk into a room and forget why you went in there, or to temporarily forget the name of your childhood best friend.

    The good news is, when it comes to the brain, you canteach an old dog new tricks. That’s thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity, which allows you to learn new things, even as you age. It turns out the brain is like a muscle – you’ve got to use it or lose it! That means, with practice, you can improve your memory (and cognitive function) at any age.

    But how, you ask? Read on for 3 key elements of a good brain-boosting activity.

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