Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

  September 22nd is the 10th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day! It is the first day of fall and is a notable milestone that raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 years and older falls each year.

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is healthy aging awareness month! Healthy aging is defined as the development and maintenance of optimal mental, social and physical well-being and function in older adults. People in the United States are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives but there is no getting around one thing.

How to Reminisce With a Older Adult

Reminisce is defined as: indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. Talk, think or write about things that happened in the past. This is something everyone can do with an older loved one, friend, neighbor or patient. You can connect with that older adult, you can bring joy to them, and more than anything you can help their mind remember and reminisce.

Seniors and Technology: The Many Benefits

  Believe it or not seniors are using the internet and social media like never before. Technology does not end at internet use, there are cell phones, tablets, computers and many more and the use of technology is increasing for those in the 65 plus age range.

National Immunization Month!

Did you know August is National Immunization Awareness Month? Relevar Home Care would like to remind seniors and their families of the importance of staying up to date on vaccines. Flu and pneumonia are among the top health concerns for the elderly; according to the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) flu and pneumonia are combined to rank seventh on the list of leading causes of death for those over the age of 65. It is important to stay up to date for seniors because some of their vaccinations could have been when they were younger, their immunity faded, or there have been new vaccines developed since their last immunizations.

Dance Therapy: Dance like No One is Watching!

  Dancing is an excellent way to connect with someone, get exercise but most of all have fun! Most people think they cannot dance, they look silly dancing or do not have rhythm but that does not matter at all, as long as you are moving your body and feeling the music it will have an effect on you.

Music Therapy: Food for the Soul

  Music can have an effect on your body, mind and soul; whether it is the rhythm or melody it has a way of taking over your being and transporting you somewhere else.  Listening to music can help relax you, it can help ease pain, it can spark a memory, and it can also give you something to dance to, or even relate to.

Art Therapy Benefits for Seniors

Art therapy has a lot of benefits for older adults who want to manage stress or pain, as well as older adults living with memory loss. You might be asking what art therapy is, and it is a therapeutic use of art for those who suffer from illnesses, trauma, or any other kinds of challenges faced in everyday life.

Dehydration and Summer Safety

In the hot and humid summer months it is very important to keep yourself hydrated, especially for older adults. The rule of thumb is to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day. But most people do not drink enough water because water is tasteless compared to other choices that are more satisfying.

How to Find a Geriatric Care Manager

If you have an elderly loved one who needs to transition from living alone to being in an independent living facility or maybe even living in a nursing home, you know the endless worry that accompanies making that important decision. Which place will be the right fit for mom or dad? What kind of care will they need going forward? And can they — or you — afford it? That’s where a geriatric care manager can help Care for the seniors in your life is such an important topic.