Senior Skin Safety

older woman showing sunscreen bottle

UV Safety Month The warm sun in July reminds us to protect our skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation while outdoors. It’s easy to forget that protection is important year round and for all ages. It’s even more important to protect aging skin from environmental factors. Since people are living longer, those that reach the age of 65 can

Pledge of Allegiance

Patriotism is being highly devoted to one’s country. A first step is an outward display by pledging an allegiance to our country, the United States of America. Memorizing the pledge can start at any time, usually in grade school. The day can start with all standing, placing their hand over their heart and reciting: I pledge allegiance to the flag

Outshine The Darkness of Alzheimer’s

Outshine the Darkness of Alzehiemers

Summer Solstice serves as a reminder of the cycles of light and darkness in our lives. While we bask in the joy of long sunny days, it’s important to acknowledge the shadows cast by Alzheimer’s disease. This condition can cause our loved ones to live in a world of fog and forgetfulness, isolating them from the world they once knew.

Newspapers are a vital way of communication in any society.

Newspapers are a vital way of communication in any society. Besides printing the news, they provide an opportunity to express opinions by the public. Most newspapers pay for their publishing cost through advertising. Currently newspapers are being challenged by the internet. The information can come from any source. Some newspapers have found it necessary to duplicate the paper on-line. So,

How 24-Hour Care Benefits Seniors Living with Alzheimer’s

A young, female nurse helps an elderly woman keep her balance. To the left of the nurse is the Good Shepherd logo.

An estimated 6.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia that affects memory. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is one of the hardest jobs a caregiver can take on, but it’s important not to give up hope. With 24-hour care from a licensed nurse or caregiver, seniors with Alzheimer’s can continue to experience the

Weather and Climate Change

Weather is the most discussed topic wherever you travel.  In more recent years it has been a major topic because as predicted, earth warming temperatures are coming true. We have experienced hotter summers and a much warmer winter. Much of our world weather change is due to man-made activity.   The winters, metrological December, January, and February, have been above average

How Occupational Therapy Promotes Independence in Seniors

An older, African American man lifts weights with the help of a female occupational therapist. In the bottom right of the graphic is the Good Shepherd logo.

Time moves fast; it’s important to attend to the well-being—both mental and physical—of aging loved ones so you can ensure their safety and focus on spending quality time with them. Occupational therapy (OT) uses clinically proven exercises and activities to improve seniors’ mental, physical, and emotional well-being, allowing them to live fulfilling, independent lives.   Understanding Senior Occupational Therapy  Occupational therapy

Presidents

Time is passing by very quickly and already it is February. As a young student in school, I enjoyed studying and learning about presidents; February was referred to as President’s month.  We celebrated two of the most popular men we had in that office – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Maybe we enjoyed learning about these men because we had

Coping with Winter Blues: Mental Health Support for Seniors

During the winter season, many seniors experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as “the winter blues.” SAD is a type of depression that is associated with a specific time of year, especially fall and winter. Mental health professionals don’t conclusively know the cause of SAD—the most popular theory is that a decrease in sun exposure alters the brain’s

How Socialization Promotes Positive Mental Health Among Seniors

A Series of Polaroid-style pictures depicting groups of seniors enjoying several different types of gatherings, including card games, meals, and more.

Studies have shown that staying connected with others plays a vital role in leading a fulfilling life, so it’s no surprise that seniors that regularly engage in social activities consistently report higher rates of happiness than those who live detached from their peers.   Regular socialization helps keep seniors’ minds active and naturally builds a network of social support they can