Food Safety for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


16 April, 2018

For those of us who provide in-home care for seniors, the issue of food safety is a serious one. Seniors are more likely to get sick from harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites in food compared to other age groups, and when they do become sick, it usually takes them...

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Bringing Art and Music Home

Susan Friedrich


19 March, 2018

Difficulty remembering conversations, names or events, problems speaking, confusion, and behavior changes are some of the most debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Verbal communication is the main way we express ourselves, and when that ability is lost it leaves the person less able to...

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The Unique Challenges of Dementia Care

Susan Friedrich


19 February, 2018

Dementia is often talked about as if it’s a specific illness or disease, but it’s not. According to the Mayo Clinic, “….dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “When Alzheimer’s disrupts memory, language,...

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Combating the Holiday Blues

Susan Friedrich


15 December, 2017

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!  This is indeed the time of year when we are expected to be happy. Holiday music is everywhere, and shop windows are decorated with everything wintery and jolly. In the article, How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays, the website, AgingCare.com writes, “There...

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The Healing Power of Touch

Susan Friedrich


16 October, 2017

As people age they become less sensitive to touch, yet, like young children, they may be the ones who need it the most. When we are children, the warmth and love of a parent’s touch is key to our growth into emotionally healthy people. Touch continues to be an...

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Dehydration Can Be Health Risk for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


16 August, 2017

This has been a particularly warm summer in Seattle. In July there were 11 days in the low to mid 80’s and so far this month we’ve had seven days above 85 degrees with the 3rd and 4th reaching into the 90’s. Thankfully the temperature seems to have gone back to our normal mid...

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Help Support Healthy Skin for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


19 July, 2017

Skin is the largest organ in the body, and for the elderly, one of the most delicate and prone to damage. With age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic and loses much of the protective fatty tissue that helps cushion blood vessels from injury. According to the Mayo Clinic...

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