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Celebrating Lesser Known Holidays With Seniors

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Now there are even more days for you to celebrate with seniors! We all know the major holidays, but over the years additional celebration days have been recognized – everything from National Donut Day to National Dog Day. Make note of some of these special fall days as they are good thought starters for you to plan activities around and celebrate with a senior that you are taking care of! They are also a great excuse to get some friends, relatives or neighbors together to enjoy these obscure but fun celebrations! October Lesser Known Holidays October 1 – National Homemade Cookie Day. Of course, this is a great one and an easy one to plan around. Pick a favorite recipe, …

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Keeping Your Parent at Home

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More and more seniors are electing to stay in their own homes as they age. Seniors living at home can make many people nervous as they think about their aging parents (or parent) running a household. However, there are some things you can do to make their surroundings safer while maintaining their desire to stay at home.

Coopertive Celebrates Its 30th Year

Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year

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As our 30th year anniversary approached, we wondered how to recognize this significant milestone. A party? Of course! So we kicked off our 30th (official date of incorporation: July 1st, 1986) with an employee picnic. It was really hot and really fun, and it gave us the opportunity to develop, as a group, our emerging ideas about how to celebrate our 30th. A Cooperative Connection Cooperative Home Care has about 500 employees. We firmly believe every employee who chooses to work in health care of any kind is driven to do so by a core desire to help people. They have other reasons too. Other reasons include wanting to always learn and grow in their profession, wanting to always have …

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Long-Distance Caregiving

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Long-Distance Caregiving Plans When family lives far from their aging loved ones, a caregiving plan can be very challenging. First, you are not around to notice sudden changes in health or needs. You are not able to jump in and help. Also, you don’t necessarily have a network of people and resources at your fingertips. Furthermore, adult age children are also managing their own careers and possibly caring for children of their own in addition to caring for aging parents. Time and energy are scarce. Financial pressures offer another challenge. Long-distance care may require traveling back and forth. As a result you may have to miss work and pay additional out-of-pocket costs. We often get calls from those who are …

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The Best Websites To Visit For Health, Food & Brain Stimulation

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Health & Wellness The National Institute of Health provides seniors with a range of information on nutrition, exercise, bone health and more. The site allows you to change the text size or have information read aloud!  Senior Health’s website offers a variety of topics to help seniors maintain a healthy and happy life. Topics range from exercise, healthy aging, disease prevention and more. Food With hundreds of recipes to choose from on Epicurious you are sure to find the perfect meal! This site also allows you to create and share recipes with family and friends. Trip advisor is a great site for finding the perfect restaurant near you. This site allows you to read reviews, see pictures of the restaurant, …

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“The Grandparent Phone Scam” – Seniors at Risk

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We recently heard about one of our employees’ relatives who had been the victim of the “Grandparent Phone Scam.” She was a woman in her 90s who believed that one of her grandchildren was in trouble. This is exactly what phone scammers are hoping for when they prey on older victims by playing the “grandparent scam”. These types of scams are costing seniors over $35 billion. Americans who are 65 and older are targeted for two reasons: that generation is kind and trusting and not as likely to hang up on a caller (or screen calls). Plus, this age group is typically a homeowner with a built up savings. The National Center for Victims of Crime confirms that elderly victims …

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Loving Relationship: How Pets Help Seniors

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Our caregivers are often asked by our clients’ families if pets help seniors with loneliness. The truth is that pets work wonders – beyond just providing good company. When a senior is considering getting a new pet, it can promote research and reading up on a breed – a mentally stimulating exercise in itself. A fun project to research and to anticipate – like the arrival of a new baby. Pets can actually lower blood pressure and cholesterol level of its owner. Pets tend to promote physical activity – walking the pet, cleaning up after the pet, etc. Pets actually benefit from being adopted by a senior, as this age group typically has more time to dedicate to the pet. …

Aging in Place

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More and more of our senior population wishes to age in their own home. Check out this great read on the “aging in place” movement.

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Adult Diaper Drive Aims to Fill Unmet Need in Missouri

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Now through Friday (July 15th, 2016) Cooperative Home Care is hosting an Adult Diaper Drive. The drive will take place at their local office locations and at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Couer. There is not a dedicated adult diaper bank in Missouri. The demand for adult diapers is high since Medicare does not cover incontinence supplies or adult diapers. Furthermore, food stamps do not pay for adult diapers. According to Alison Weir, Director of Policy and Research at the National Diaper Bank Network, only three out of the more than 4000 partnering agencies they work with are exclusively adult diaper banks. All diaper and monetary donations from the drive will go to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Online …