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Drawing on the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging

Posted by CaraVita Staff on October 15 2020 | 4 minute read

Julia Child wrote her first cookbook when she was 50. Laura Ingels Wilder published her first book at age 65.  Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, started painting at 78.  Louise Bourgeois wasn't featured in the Museum of Modern Art until she was 71.

While aging used to be viewed skeptically— seen as a decline in abilities and functioning - over time, there’s been a shift in the way people see aging. Now people consider growing older to be a positive rite of passage. Healthy aging is about continuing old passions or finding new ones, using your talents, and finding purpose in each and every day.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wellness & Well-Being

How to Communicate with a Loved One with Dementia

Posted by CaraVita Staff on April 15 2020 | 3 minute read

Caring for an older adult can pose many unique challenges, especially if he or she is dealing with memory loss. If you are a family caregiver for a parent or loved one with a form of dementia, you may notice mood shifts, confusion, and changes in their personality, which can make it challenging to communicate with him or her.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wellness & Well-Being, CaraVita Home Care

Vitamins & Nutrients for Seniors: Which Ones Matter?

Posted by CaraVita Staff on March 15 2020 | 4 minute read

When assessing your parent or loved one’s diet, it’s essential to consider their vitamin intake. Vitamins for seniors are important, especially if there is a suspected deficiency. A vitamin deficiency can occur at any age, but it is more likely to happen as we age.

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Topics: Health & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-Being

10 Activities that Promote Social Wellness in Seniors

Posted by CaraVita Staff on February 15 2020 | 6 minute read

According to the Administration on Aging in 2017, 13.8 million people aged 65 or older live alone. That is 28% of the senior population, and as people continue to age, their likelihood of living alone also increases.

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Topics: Wellness & Well-Being

Recognizing 4 Common Types of Depression in Seniors

Posted by CaraVita Staff on December 15 2019 | 3 minute read

There are several types of depression that can occur during different stages of life, and even during different times of the year. The types of depression can vary, and it can be difficult to recognize depression in a loved one - especially an older adult.

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Topics: Health & Nutrition, Senior Care, Wellness & Well-Being

5 Things to Pay Attention to When Visiting Your Senior Parent

Posted by CaraVita Staff on October 15 2019 | 3 minute read

It can be difficult to know when the time has come to move your senior parent into a community or seek in-home care. If you don't live near your parent(s) or you don't see them often, it can be challenging to make this decision without knowing how they live on a day-to-day basis. 

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Topics: In-Home Care, Home Safety, Holidays, Wellness & Well-Being, CaraVita Home Care

Navigating Transitional Care: From Hospital to Home

Posted by CaraVita Staff on July 15 2019 | 2 minute read

At CaraVita Home Care, we understand that transitioning home after a hospital stay can be challenging. If you’re a senior making the transition from hospital to home, some changes may be necessary. CaraVita Home Care wants to help you with this transition so you can maintain your independence and create a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: Senior Care, Hospital to Home, Wellness & Well-Being

Dementia Life and Person-Centered Care Approach at CaraVita Home Care

Posted by Beth Cayce on October 3 2018 | 3 minute read

CaraVita’s Dementia Life program is an approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care that is focused on honoring the uniqueness of each individual we serve. Though dementia may steal a person’s memories, those living with dementia can still experience moments of connection and joy. At the end of the day, our lives are not measured by the number of things we have accomplished, but the relationships that we have formed along the way. In Dementia Life, we seek to create environments where those living with dementia can continue to connect to those around them and feel a sense of accomplishment each day. Whether it is making sure someone gets a hug before they get out of bed, or finding the right jazz song to dance to in the afternoon, we want each day in the lives of those we serve to be meaningful and full of engagement.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wellness & Well-Being

Supporting Your Immune System with Senior Home Care

Posted by CaraVita Staff on September 1 2018 | 3 minute read

As we age, our immune system weakens, raising the chances of illness. At CaraVita, we understand that keeping strong immunity is vitally important for seniors, especially during cold and flu season. A significant part of senior home care is ensuring you are healthy and energized. Here are a few tips for giving your immune system a boost:

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Topics: Health & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-Being, CaraVita Home Care

Ways to Stay Positive with In-Home Care

Posted by CaraVita Staff on August 1 2018 | 3 minute read

It can be easy to neglect your own health when you provide in-home care for a loved one. When you overexert yourself caring for another, you will most likely encounter caregiver burnout which can lead to more severe outcomes, such as depression or physical ailment. You can avoid the detrimental effects of caregiving by remembering to take care of your own health and stay positive with in-home care. However, preventing pessimistic thoughts can be easier said than done. At CaraVita, we know it can be challenging to stay positive but it is essential, so here are three tips to aid in optimism!

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Topics: In-Home Care, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources, Wellness & Well-Being