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Power of Touch: What We Learned During the Event »

On February 17, Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services welcomed music therapist Allison Setzke, MM, MT-BC, and massage therapist Donna Schiller, MPH, LMT, to Covenant Home, where they led a presentation about the power of massage and music therapies in pain management. Allison and Donna provide therapy for patients at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. They focus on providing customized care that takes into account the patient’s mood, interests and condition to help alleviate pain and increa...  

How to Bounce Back Faster After a Health Crisis »

Older adults can struggle to get back to their normal selves after a health crisis, mainly because their bodies have trouble adapting quickly to all the changes. Being in and out of the hospital creates stress and exhaustion, so it’s important to take extra care of yourself after a health crises. Often this entails asking others for help or giving yourself extra time to do daily activities. Here are a few tips for how to bounce back faster after a health crisis: Get plenty of sleep. R...  

Four Things to Avoid When Encouraging Senior Independence »

Aging seniors are often faced with a dilemma: how can they go about living an independent life when factors related to their age or health challenge their abilities to be as self-reliant as they are accustomed to? While many older adults are trying their best to live as independently as possible, their family and loved ones often unintentionally discourage these independence-seeking seniors from living as self-sufficiently as they are capable of. In recognition of National Senior Independe...  

Health Resolution #5: Get Rest »

Sleep can be a wonderful thing. A comfy bed, pleasant dreams and renewed energy in the morning can be just what we need to feel great.  As we get older, our sleep patterns may begin to change. It’s common for people to have an increasingly difficult time falling asleep and staying sleep as they age. Those who struggle with sleep can find bedtime to be an anxiety-riddentime, and can suffer during the day due to exhaustion. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours...  

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. Priorit...  

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...  

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