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As we all know by now, true heroes don’t always wear capes.  Since February is Black History Month, we are taking this time to reflect on our own black heroes who have helped make the care industry what it is today. The heroes profiled here are men and women who not only dedicated their lives…

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Every 34 seconds, someone experiences a heart attack. February is American Heart Month, and while you may already know that heart disease is the number one killer in America, were you also aware that heart disease is a major cause of disability, too? 84% percent of those 65 and older die from heart disease. Yes,…

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Elder Care Alliance COVID-19 Update

January 27, 2021 It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of January already. The rollout of the vaccine has brought a sense of relief to many – even as it has been rocky – while creating anxiety for some. It is important for us to recognize the full range of emotions we…

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Updated: December 30, 2020 How will we know if a vaccine is safe and effective? The safety and efficacy of a vaccine is determined through clinical trials. Phase 1 clinical trials assess the safety and dosage of a vaccine in a small number of people, typically a dozen to several dozen healthy volunteers. Vaccine safety…

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According to a study in 2019 about seniors living alone and senior loneliness, the United States has nearly 13 million older adults living alone. Due to their living situation, 60% of those aged 75 or older report feelings of loneliness and social isolation. There are several reasons for the amount of seniors living on their…

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Music is a powerful thing. Perhaps more than any other human activity, music has the ability to cross cultural boundaries and unify people with its power.  However, music is especially powerful when it comes to the mental and physical well being of seniors. There is even such a thing as music therapy. In this older…

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Getting older involves a lot of transitioning from what you used to know as “normal” to an entirely new normal in a lot of different situations. One of these situations is when you find yourself having to downsize to a smaller home. Perhaps your home is just too big with your kids grown and moved…

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Bathrooms can be a dangerous hazard for anyone who is aging. Floors are tiled, surfaces are wet, the space is tight, and everything is made of hard materials. It’s no wonder then that 80% of the millions of falls that occur after the age of 65 occur in the bathroom.  January is National Bath Safety…

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Any kind of transition in life is challenging, but changes that involve aging parents are especially difficult. Aging parents often find their transitions involve the loss of normal things – driving privileges, financial control of assets and self care. These are never easy conversations to have with your parents.  Aging seniors frequently experience these losses…

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A natural part of the aging process is that our body’s immune defenses begin to change and grow weaker the older we get. That’s why, according to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are 65 and older get the brunt of flu season every year.  Five Flu Prevention Tips For Seniors It’s important to…

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