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Screening Offers Support for Caregivers

Family caregivers, particularly those who are caring for seniors with dementia, face potentially debilitating stress. A screening program, and professional respite care, offer support.

An American Association for Cancer study revealed that home-based diet and exercise interventions can improve the physical function of senior citizens who are long-term cancer survivors.

Study Reveals Home-Based Intervention Helps Senior Cancer Survivors

More older adults than ever are surviving cancer. But seniors must maintain a proper diet and exercise to stay healthy. The support of a Home InsteadĀ® CAREGiverSMĀ  also can help.

Planning is the best way to prepare for the unexpected, including making sure that the proper documentation for your loved one is in order and that someone in the family knows where it is.

Planning Can Better Prepare Families

Family caregivers often live in fear of an emergency call that an older loved one needs assistance. The Senior Emergency KitSM can help caregivers be prepared. Visit www.SeniorEmergencyKit.com for resources that include checklists and worksheets for medications, conditions, allergies, doctors, health advisors and important documents.

Physical activity and fitness reduce risk of osteoporosis and fracture and fall-related injuries.

Exercise, Nutrition Important to Fighting Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the most challenging of senior conditions, many times leading to bone fractures and breaks. That's why older adults should found out from their doctor how to prevent this condition and seek support when needed.

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Energy Audit Checklist and Tips

When performing an energy audit, first conduct a walk-through to identify maintenance and home improvement issues that could be creating energy problems. Consider the following suggestions and tips from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Home Instead Senior Care® network.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted.

Energy Audits, Tips Help Seniors Cut Utility Costs

Energy costs have hit hard the pocketbooks of many Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted.

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Seniors Should Strive to Keep Up with Those Younger

Age is no excuse for becoming a couch potato. In fact, all adults should strive for a regular exercise program to the best of their abilities, the experts say. Family caregivers can check out the resources that could help their loved ones get on the move.

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Conversation Tops Senior Activity List

Keeping busy can help seniors stay healthy and vital as they age. It may not be surprising that the simple act of conversation topped the list of favorite activities in a caregiving survey. That's why family caregivers should do everything they can to ensure older adults have companionship.

Healthy aging appears to be associated with reductions in the sleep duration and depth required to maintain daytime alertness.

Older Adults May Need Less Sleep

Rest for the mind and body can elude seniors as they age. That's because several issues of aging such as illness and increased medication use can contribute to interrupted sleep. Caregiving companionship is one antidote to address the apprehension that sometimes plagues seniors who can't sleep at night.

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Exercise and Companionship Can Minimize Fall Risk

Falls can sideline seniors like no other risk. But exercise is the secret weapon that may help seniors improve strength, flexibility and balance needed to prevent these mishaps. Sometimes all older adults need is little motivation. Companionship can be the motivator.

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