5 Foods to Eat to Help Manage Arthritis

While there are several different types of arthritis the most common form is Osteoarthritis (OA). According to the National Arthritis Foundation , almost 27 million people live with OA. It is a chronic and degenerative disease that causes the cartilage in joints to deteriorate. That results in bones rubbing against each other causing pain, inflexibility and eventually a diminished or complete...
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The Dog Days of Summer: How to Protect Your Aging Loved from the Sun

The lazy days of summer … We all look forward to them. But along with barbeques and sunshine come concerns about dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion or worse. Our Northern Kentucky summers are notorious for being hot and hazy. Those conditions make our seniors especially vulnerable. So what can you do to help protect an aging loved one during the dog days of a Northern Kentucky summer?   The...
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Respite Allows Caregivers a Summer Vacation

Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati caregivers trying to plan a summer vacation may find that arranging respite for your loved one can make travel easier. You can head off on your holiday knowing someone will be looking out for them in your absence. There are a variety of types of respite available in the Covington area that range from home care services to respite suites in an assisted...
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Seasonal Allergies & the Elderly

Spring is a beautiful time of year in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Unfortunately, azaleas aren’t the only thing blooming. Ragweed and other pollen-producing plants also return in the spring. For seniors, allergy season presents a few unique challenges. The anti-histamines most of us use to help minimize the effects of allergies are not recommended for a large number of seniors. That...
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Summer Scams & the Elderly

Ants and mosquitos aren’t the only pests that come out in the summer. As the mercury rises and we head in to summer, the number of fraud cases and scams against our elderly also climbs. It happens every year across Kentucky. AARP estimates that as many as one in five seniors has fallen victim to fraud. In warmer months, scammers come right to the front doors of neighborhoods and areas where...
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Caregiver Travel: Top 5 Tips for Summer Road trips with an Aging Loved One

Now that that spring has finally arrived in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, many families are beginning to prepare for summer vacation getaways. If you are a caregiver, traveling with the person you care for can cause extra anxiety. Even if you are only going from Covington to Lexington, the logistics and safety concerns caregivers face can make travel seem impossible. What can you do...
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Bone Up: Top Four Tips to Maintain Healthy Bones as You Age

Aging can be hard on our muscles and bones. Primarily because as we age, we lose bone and muscle mass. That makes us more susceptible to falls and fractures. Estimates are that 1.5 million adults over the age of 50 experiences a bone fracture each year. 10 million adults in the U.S. live with osteoporosis. How can you keep your bones and muscles strong as you grow older? The aging experts at St....
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The New Numbers on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association just published their latest facts and findings on the state of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. Northern Kentucky caregivers may be surprised to see how high and how fast the numbers of people living with Alzheimer’s are climbing. From 2000 to 2010, Kentucky saw an increase in Alzheimer’s of 8%. By 2025, however, that number is projected to be an even more dramatic...
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Routine Eye Exams: Top Five Reasons Why Are They Important for Seniors

Older adults may underestimate the importance of having a yearly regular eye exam. If their glasses are working well for them, they may not want the expense of what feels like an unnecessary exam. But eye exams aren’t important just for the sake of vision. There are an increasing number of health care trials and tests that show routine eye exams can help identify a variety of problems ranging...
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Preparing for the Senior Living “Talk”

What to do before talking with an aging parent about moving to senior living? Most of us hope it is a conversation we will never have to have with our parent. We may have even gone as far as to promise them we would never make them move to assisted living or to a nursing home. But the odds are good that if your parent is 65 or over, they will probably need some type of senior care in the future....
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Fall Prevention: Top 5 Tips for Caregivers of Northern Kentucky Seniors

One in three seniors experiences a fall each and every year. In fact, falls are the number one source of both fatal and nonfatal injury for older adults. So what can caregivers in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati do to help keep an elderly loved one safe? The aging in place experts at St. Charles Community offer families their top five tips to preventing falls: 1. Evaluate Their Home...
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