Monthly Archives January 2013

What You Need to Know About Hypothermia and the Elderly

Shivering is one of those amazing things our bodies do to keep us operating at top speed. It’s as if we had an internal thermostat. Too hot, we sweat in order to cool off. Too cold, we shiver to stay warm. But did you know that as we age the thermostat doesn’t always work the way it should? Not good, especially in the kind of weather we’ve been experiencing lately, and one of the reasons why elderly people are at increased risk of developing hypothermia.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Alzheimer’s Association Announces A Telephone Support Group for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter has announced that it will provide a Telephone Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The purpose is to reach those caregivers who could benefit from a support group, yet find it difficult to travel to a meeting site. The group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings; help participants develop methods and skills health to solve problems and encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health. The calls with occur monthly on the last Thursday of each
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Categories: Recent News & Updates.

Common Sense Flu Advice for Elderly People

It’s only January and it has already been a rough flu season. Across the country, hospitals and other health care facilities are mandating employees to get a flu shot. If they don’t, in some cases, they must wear a mask when around patients, and in others, they risk losing their jobs. The rationale is that it will help protect patients. “The primary goal of requiring annual flu shots,” explains Maine’s top epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears, “is to prevent health care workers from spreading the disease to high risk individuals. It’s important to remember that people start shedding the virus a
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Welcome to Our Blog: Aging in Place

Advantage Home Care is happy to provide a blog about aging in place and issues affecting the elderly — whether it be safety, dementia, deciding when more care is needed or when to take the car keys. Please take a look through our posts. We think they are helpful for caregivers and others. We welcome your comments and suggestions for new blog entries. Click on the title of any blog entry to read the entire article. We’d love to hear your stories about aging, whether you are the person who is being cared for or you are the caregiver. You
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Blog, Dealing with Chronic Illness, Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness, and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.