5 Ways to Avoid Falls for Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of injury-related deaths among elderly Americans is falling. In winter, we often think of falling on snow and ice, and that’s very important to watch out for. However, most injury-causing falls happen to seniors inside their own homes, so here are 5 […]

5 More Hospice Myths Answered

Hospice is an often misunderstood branch of medical care, and as a result, many who may benefit from hospice or palliative care simply fail to seek it out. In our last entry, we answered 5 of the most common myths about hospice care. Below are 5 more all-too-common misunderstandings about hospice care answered. 1. Hospice […]

Symptoms, Not Stages, of Grief

Grief is a normal and natural response when we suffer a loss. While everyone will experience a loss at some point, the symptoms of grief are often misunderstood – both by the people going through it and the people around them. By raising grief awareness, individuals in mourning can better understand their own reactions and […]

6 Steps to Prevent Falls

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people ages 65 and older. One in four older Americans fall every year. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for […]

Hurricane Season Tips for Seniors

Hurricane season is quickly approaching. Even if the elderly in your life don’t live on the coast, the heavy rains and severe storms pose a potential safety threat. Careful planning ahead and a little organization help ensure that your loved one will be safe and ready. Here are five practical tips to make sure you’re […]

Dealing with the Death of a Friend

You can never really be prepared for the death of a close friend. No matter what age or stage of life, the death of a close friend is hard to handle. After a loss, the hole in your life seems overwhelming. But the symptoms of grief are common to many people, and there are concrete […]

Tips for Writing an Obituary

Writing an obituary for a friend or loved one is not an easy task. An obituary serves a variety of purposes. It’s a notification of someone’s passing, a description of their life, a recounting of the extended family and special friends who the loved one touched, an informational notice about an upcoming funeral. It can […]

Grief : Talk it Out

When a loved one passes away, it has become common to send flowers with a card that says something like: “I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.” “Thinking of you in these difficult times” “Our hearts go out to you and your family.” While cards are thoughtful sentiments, a person can often find difficulty […]

Telling a Loved One About Your Terminal Illness

One of the most difficult things one could ever have to do is share their terminal diagnosis with a loved one. Learning that a loved one is dying is difficult for those of all ages. Here are a few simple “do’s” and “don’ts” in communicating this unfortunate reality. Following these few suggestions could help make […]

Hospice Cost : Who Pays?

A loved one’s terminal diagnosis is one of the most difficult things a family will experience. In addition to the emotional toll it takes, the loved one in need often requires additional support and care. Families can sometimes delay in setting up much needed care because they are concerned about added costs. The question of who […]