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Health Resolution #4: See Your Doctor »

  Seeing your doctor regularly is an important part of staying healthy that can often get pushed to the backburner. Everyone has different health needs, meaning the types of doctors you see and how often you visit them will vary, but having some schedule in place is important. If you feel you have found the best doctor(s) for you, next step is utilizing these appointments to maintain and improve your health. Here are few tips for making the most of your doctor’s appointments. Prioritize co...  

Health Resolution #3: Eat Right »

After a holiday season of oversized meals and sweet treats, and with the Valentine’s Day candy surge just a few weeks away, many of us have not gotten the nutrients that we need to be fully functioning and feeling great. That’s why our third health resolution for 2015 is to eat right. While a nutritionist can offer a customized plan to help you eat better and meet your personal dietary needs and restrictions, there are some general eating guidelines that we can all follow to help our bodies....  

Health Resolution #2: Strengthen the Body »

As these winter days grow darker and colder, keeping your body in good physical shape gets harder and harder. A very popular New Year’s resolution for many people of all ages is becoming more physically fit. As our bodies age it is just as important to stay active as it was when we were younger, if not more so. Why is exercise so important? There are many reasons but here are few: Exercise can help maintain and improve your physical strength and fitness. Exercise can help improve y...  

2015 Health Resolution #1: Strengthen the Mind »

This year, we’re focusing on a number of health resolutions to keep ourselves feeling great throughout 2015. Our first resolution is to strengthen our minds. Below are five tips to help your mind stay sharp throughout 2015 (and beyond)! 1. Exercise Physical health plays a crucial role in helping our minds stay sharp. While exercising might not sound like the first step to staying mentally fit, it plays an important part in keeping our minds healthy. When we participate in physical activit...  

How Home Care Really Works: An Inside Look »

Home care is a viable option for older adults who are beginning to find daily activities more challenging but are looking for something other than a nursing home or assisted living facility. But how does home care actually work? It can vary depending on needs and situation, but here are a few of the basics. Home care providers are matched for your personal needs. The process of finding the right home care provider involves interviews on both sides. It’s important to make sure that both p...  

Are Your Older Loved Ones Really Ready for Winter? »

It’s December and winter is in full force! The temperatures are dropping, snow will soon fall and harsh winds will move in. When preparing your home for winter, think about the older adults in your life who may need help getting their homes ready as well. There are many preventative measures you can take to create a warm, comfortable and most importantly, safe home for your older loved ones. Keep the thermostat above 65. It may be tempting to turn the heat down at times to save on cost...  

Is Home Care Right For You or Your Loved Ones? 10 Questions to Ask. »

If you’ve been struggling to decide whether home care is the best way to help you or your loved one live a more comfortable life, you know that there are many factors to consider. Below are 10 important questions to ask yourself to help determine if home care is right for your situation. 1.     What kind of care is needed? What is it that a home caregiver will need to help with? Is help needed with personal care, housekeeping or do you or your loved one simply need someone to provide compan...  

Five Ways to Help Those with Memory Problems Cope During the Holidays »

The excitement of the holiday season can become stressful for anyone: from shopping for gifts and cooking lavish meals, to organizing get togethers and traveling, it’s easy to become overwhelmed during the holiday season. For those with memory problems, the holidays can be difficult to keep up with. If you’ll be spending time with a loved one with memory problems this holiday season, you have the power to make the activities easier and more enjoyable. The following tips can help both them an...  

What We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving »

This Thanksgiving, our residents shared with us the things that they are most thankful for. Our residents overwhelming agreed that they were most grateful for their family, friends, life, home and health. (We also loved that many folks said they were grateful for “everything!”) No matter what you are most thankful for, we wish you a joyful Thanksgiving holiday. From everyone at Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services, Happy Thanksgiving!  

A Day in the Life of a Caregiver »

   Have you ever wondered what a day as a caregiver looks like? Whether a live-in, paid caregiver or a family member, it’s hard to truly depict a caregiver’s day as each varies. Take a look at one of their busy days below. Morning: 7:30 am: Rise and shine! The caregiver wakes up, gets ready for the day and then wakes up the person they care for. The caregiver pays particular attention to any personal care that may be required first thing after waking. 9:00 am: The caregiver and care rec...  

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