Struggle of Dementia (contributed by Caring Friends Home Care)

By Lynne Phillips
April 20th, 2017 Long Term Care Comments Off on Struggle of Dementia (contributed by Caring Friends Home Care)

Dementia is not a disease.  It is a term that describes symptoms which may be caused by brain disorders.  These symptoms can disrupt daily life…your ability to plan, reason, solve problems and focus on tasks, among other things.  When you have a parent struggling with dementia, it can take a toll.
Mom and Aminata
It’s 8:00 am; a hazy, chilly February morning. My phone rings through to mom’s home…two, five, six rings. Mom lives alone now since Dad passed 2 years ago.  I call her every morning – the daughter alarm clock — to wake her up, make sure she takes h…

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Winning from Losing: Life Transformation

By Gail Tomarchio
April 17th, 2017 Care Coordination, For Members Comments Off on Winning from Losing: Life Transformation

This post finalizes our series on the potential for life transformation from inevitable transitions in our life that naturally cause us to feel a sense of loss and grief.  The focus is on things we can actively do and changes we can decide to make to adjust to new realities in life as we age.
Getting older, aging every day
We are all getting older every day. There is no doubt about that. And considering the alternative, most of us are pleased that we get the opportunity to do so. While each new day is definitely a gift, there are also inevitable losses that come with th…

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Staying Young Through Exercise

By Friends Life Care
April 13th, 2017 Health & Wellness Comments Off on Staying Young Through Exercise

The Fountain of Youth is a fairytale concept. The only real way to stay young, or at least look and feel less than your age, is through daily exercise. Even moderate exercise can shave years off your age, no matter how many times you’ve blown the candles out on a birthday cake.
The only real problem with a daily fitness regime, especially for approaching an advanced age, is that just the mere mention of the word “exercise” sends people into a panic. But here are some things to keep in mind before putting a foot in your running shoes.

Exercise Doesn’t Always Mean “Gym”…

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Making a Friend at Any Age

By Stephanie Shapiro
April 5th, 2017 Care Coordination, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized Comments Off on Making a Friend at Any Age
friends at any age - seniors boomers

This is the first post in our series about the potential for rich life transformation for Boomers and Seniors through the natural occurrence of loss and grief.  A loss is a part of life and everyone will inevitably experience it at some point. A big challenge many face understanding the loss, accepting the grief and powering up to move toward a new reality…sometimes maybe even a better one.  So, it is about life transitions, but more than that.  

One of the Friends Life Care Care Coordinators brings this heart-warming story.  It is about the sense of loss associate…

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Loss & Grief Lead to Life Transformation

By Maria Buehler
March 27th, 2017 For Members, Health & Wellness Comments Off on Loss & Grief Lead to Life Transformation

Each quarter of each year, we hold member meetings. They give members a chance to hear the latest news from Friends Life Care, to learn more about matters related to healthy aging and to engage with the Friends Life Care team and other members. In spring 2017, the member meetings will focus on discussions about the potential for incredibly rich life transformation through the natural process of loss and grief. This includes life transitions but is bigger than that. Our wellness and care coordinators told us that this is something many people were asking to talk more about. …

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