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Cooperative Celebrates 30 Years By Giving Back

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Cooperative Home Care, a trusted in home care company, turned 30 on July 1. They are choosing to give back in recognition of their milestone anniversary. The 30 projects range in size and scope and include partnerships with other local organizations. Cooperative company champions will lead each project, garnering internal and external support as they go. Cooperative Home Care, Inc. is unique in its longevity as well as its wide range of services. They can help almost every person that contacts them for help at home. Cooperative’s services include Medicaid in-home, Consumer Directed Services, Medicare, Private Home Care Services, and more. Healthcare’s constantly changing landscape creates many challenges. Most noteworthy of these challenges is shrinking and delayed government payments for services. There are many instances where …

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Enjoy the 4th of July Holiday and Celebrate with Your Senior

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As 4th of July quickly approaches think about how the seniors in your life can engage in the holiday. Your friends and loved ones should be able to celebrate the holiday in a safe and comfortable way, even if they are not able to attend a celebration. Whether you are a professional caregiver or simply a caring relative you can make your senior friend or relative part of the fun. Tips for including seniors this 4th of July weekend: ·Prepare some traditional food for the weekend – hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, chips. Purchase festive paper goods in red, white and blue – they are everywhere right now. Finish the meal with a blueberry or apple pie. You could even consider …

Signs of Senior Depression

Signs of Senior Depression; Are you at Risk?

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Have you lost interest in activities you’ve always enjoyed? Are you losing the energy and motivation to get through each day? If so, you are not alone. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), about 80% of older adults who have at least one chronic health condition, and 50% of people who have two or more chronic health conditions, are more prone to depression. Depression is more common in people who suffer from other illnesses, which is why the risk of having depression is higher in older adults. Though the possibility of having depression is greater in older adults, it is not a normal part of aging. Senior depression can be treated, and with the right treatment and support system …

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Are You Getting Enough Of These 8 Key Nutrients?

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As we age, achieving adequate nutrition is a challenge. According to WebMD, the amount of calories a person needs declines with age. This means there is a greater importance to ensuring that the calories you consume contain a variety of important nutrients your body needs. Here are eight key nutrients you might be missing, and the simple ways to ensure you get enough. 1. Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient for creating DNA and red blood cells. What to eat: Fish, meat, eggs, and milk. You can also talk to your doctor about whether or not you should take a B12 supplement. 2. Calcium is important for maintaining and building strong bones. Without an adequate amount of calcium your bones …

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Caregiver Advice: Protecting Seniors from The Summer Heat

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Heat is a major health concern every summer in the U.S., and it’s no surprise that older adults are at a higher risk. This is due to the fact that as we age, our bodies aren’t as efficient in terms of regulating body temperature. In addition, seniors are not as quick to notice a change in temperature, the way a younger person might. As a caregiver, we need to stay proactive to avoid getting into an overheated situation. Here is our top 10 list for keeping seniors safe when the thermometer rises:   Stay hydrated – Seniors may not notice that they are thirsty as quickly as a younger person. And with an older person’s body being less efficient, they …

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Caregiver Advice on Protection from Insects

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While we’ve all been itching for it to be summer already, it’s also the season for annoying insects. Mosquitoes and ticks are a real issue here in Missouri – and can be even more serious when seniors are involved. And while there have not been any Zika virus cases locally (or in the U.S.), protecting against mosquito and tick-borne illnesses should be top of mind. We thought we’d share the Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services top five recommendations for protection against bites from these critters: 1. Repel. The easiest way to keep insects away is to wear insect repellent on both your skin and your clothing. These repellents work best. 2. Loosen Up. Wear loose fit clothing that cover up …

Live to be 100 Years Old

100 Ways To Live To 100

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According to experts, your genes only have a 10% influence on how long you will live. What really matters are the choices you make throughout your life. 100 years ago the average lifespan was 31 years. Since then it has almost tripled. The longer life span is thanks to many, mostly minor, life tweaks. Experts say that you can have a very real effect on how long you will live. What can you do to live to 100? Turns out there are a ton of simple steps you can take every day to live a longer life. Nap, eat blueberries, take the stairs, wash your hands, smile big, dance, meditate, drink apple juice, the list goes on and on. Get …

Chronic Stress

Why, Exactly, Is Chronic Stress So Harmful?

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You probably know that chronic stress can affect your health. It can lead to depression, and even to a higher risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Why? Under stress, the brain’s limbic system — responsible for emotions, memory and learning — triggers an alarm that activates the fight-or-flight response, increasing the production of adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol, which work together to speed heart rate, increase metabolism and blood pressure, enhance attention, the immune system and anti-inflammatory response, and lower pain sensitivity — all good things when your very survival is on the line. When the stressful situation is over, the body resets back to normal. However, under constant stress, the body is unable to reset. High adrenaline and …

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Spring Allergies – Minimize Suffering in Seniors

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Spring allergies run rampant in the St. Louis area. St. Louis has fallen from the #1 city in the U.S. for allergies and asthma to #35, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Yet, for those who suffer from spring allergies, St. Louis can be a tough place to live. Over 30% of adults in St. Louis suffer from spring allergies. And the elderly are not excluded from the stuffy noses and uncomfortable itchy eyes that allergies bring on. In addition, seniors often have additional issues that they are dealing with which can make it troublesome to diagnose and work with their allergies. Here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Allergic Diseases:   …

Upcoming alzheimer's association event

Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Event!

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Join the Alzheimer’s Association and St. Louis Rabbinical Association to discuss Judaism, Jewish Life and Alzheimer’s on Sunday, June 5. To register, call 800-272-3900 or visit.