Make Your New Year’s Eve Safe

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Whether this last year was a good or a bad year, you’ll most likely want to send it off in style this New Year’s Eve. While it’s no secret that many will enjoy a few drinks and get the party started well before, and carry on after the big countdown to 2017, there’s no point in starting off the new year with regrets. To help keep you and others safe tonight, here are some safety tips to ensure your celebration doesn’t go down a bad path.

Most importantly don’t drink and drive. Unless you’re planning on staying in tonight or hosting the bash yourself, get a ride to and from your destination. If you find yourself at a friend’s house, don’t be afraid to ask to spend the night. A rough night’s sleep on a sofa is far better than a DUI, or worse, an accid

Being Mortal Changing Lives

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As the end of another year approaches, many are working on their New Year resolutions. This is a great time to begin thinking of what kind of care you would want if faced with a serious illness. Although April is National Healthcare Decision month, this past year there has been an ongoing national campaign to raise awareness and start these important discussions among families, loved ones, and physicians. Coordinated through the Hospice Foundation of America and The John and Wauna Harman Foundation, more than 650 organizations have partnered to engage their local communities in “Being Mortal” events.

CompassionCare Hospice and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center have partnered to host screenings of this documentary in March of 2017. The events will include a showing of the PBS FRONTLINE FILM, Being Mortal, followed by a guided audience discussion w

Multigenerational Living

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Today, like many generations ago, extended families share the same household. Often this means that typically three generations (adult children, children, and grandparents) live under the same roof. Rising costs of real estate, healthcare and childcare make more families consider joining forces across generations. However, togetherness such as this has its benefits and drawbacks and can be very challenging. Each generation introduces a new set of potential complications, which must be addressed in order for a multigenerational household to function and co habitat.

Whether you’re considering meshing your family together or are already doing so, here are some things to consider that may be helpful in having the best possible experience for everyone.

Have regular conversations about how people are feeling about the living situation. Everyone should be comfortable in sharing the

Hospice is Hope

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Hospice is about quality of life-not quantity. Hospice does not hasten or postpone death. Hospice allows a terminal illness to run its natural course while giving patients hope. Hope for comfort, dignity, and hope for living each day of their life.

If you or a loved-one are struggling with an illness, hospice can help. It’s a different kind of care provided by a team of dedicated health professionals that come to your home wherever you need their help. Hospice is centered on palliative care, which means managing your pain and symptoms so that every moment can be as comfortable and rewarding as possible. While traditional medicine treats a disease, hospice attends, with compassion and respect, to the patient as a whole-mind, body and spirit.

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Holiday Fraud-Beware

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With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, many are still scrambling to find that perfect gift for that special someone. We should always be aware of the scams and frauds that are out there, but particularly this time of year! Our senior population become the target audience for many scam artists. Don’t become a victim of fraud if you can help it-remember, if something is too good to be true, it most likely is.

If someone is pressuring you to make a sell or promising “high returns” and “great success” –walk away. If you are asked to provide money upfront for something or main offices and people who you need to get in touch with to finalize transactions are not local and far away, most likely these businesses are bogus. Check your credit card and bank statements monthly for any charges you do not recognize or can’t identify. Your bank will not e-mail or call you for

Brain Power

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As we age it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. Our brain needs a good workout just as our bodies do. Exercising the brain helps improve our memory, concentration and overall intelligence, as well as, sharpening our decision making, and the ability to better remember facts, dates, and special memories. Keeping our minds active also helps in fighting against depression and emotional issues. Studies have shown that those 65+ who have consistent mental stimulation improve their brains function significantly.

There are many different ways for us to engage our minds. Learning something new is a good place to start! Pick up a new hobby, join a new class or learn a new language. Physical exercise can also play an important role in our brain function. Exercises that require concentration such as Pilates or yoga are great stimulants, the repetitions of the mov

The Sound of Music

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Music is a powerful force. It can evoke feelings of happiness, sadness, or just pure excitement. Learning to play an instrument can have a strong lasting effect on ones mind, body and soul, completely re-shape our brain and how it functions. This is true in any individual at any age. Research suggests that an instrument played on a regular basis can improve our cognitive skills. Those who play music have brains that function different from those who don’t have a musical talent. If we teach our brains something new, whether old or young, we are constantly shaping it.

Music has also proved to help our health-specifically breathing. Wind and brass instruments help us breath properly and help the respiratory system altogether. If you decide to pick up the guitar or piano, chances are your dexterity will improve. Playing a relaxing or soothing song can completely alter your emotional leve

Hospice Care With Expertise

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Hospice is a special way of caring for someone with a limited life expectancy, when the prognosis is discussed in terms of months rather than years. Hospice care affirms life. CompassionCare Hospice’s goal is to enhance the quality of life by keeping the patient comfortable and pain-free.

Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care. Therefore, patients can receive hospice care wherever they call home. This may include a personal residence, nursing facility, assisted living residence, or a hospital setting. CompassionCare Hospice is charged with the mission of helping patients and families complete the journey of life in comfort, peace, and dignity. We are able to achieve our mission through the expertise of our hospice and palliative care certified hospice team.

Our team of medical staff oversee the medical component of the care. A hospice team usually consists o

Senior Holiday Travel Tips

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With Christmas just a week away many will be traveling to be close to family, loved ones, and friends. An international study conducted found that those age 50+ are the largest group of travelers out there. In and out of airports and stuck in an airplane for several hours can leave us susceptible to germs and infection-below are some safety travel tips to ensure you are safe and protected this holiday.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can occur from lack of movement and sitting for long amounts of time. The thighs, legs and pelvis can develop blood clots which can become life threatening. You can avoid drinking alcohol on flights to prevent this and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Wear compression socks if necessary to help circulation in your legs. Also, if you can get up stretch about every hour and/or do easy calf and leg exercises while seated. If you take medications throug

An End to Alzheimer’s?

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/an-end-to-alzheimers/

A California neurologist (Dr. Dale Bredesen) conducted a study on 10 individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his findings were astonishing. Six of these individuals who had been struggling with work due to memory loss and other issues had improved in their work performance due to a well-balanced diet, adequate sleep, stress reduction, specific supplements, and overall reduced stress according to an article on senior planet. Nine of the overall participants improved, the one who did not was in the late stages of this terrible disease. Could these simple day to day actions be a step toward reversing Alzheimer’s?

More than 5 million Americans are living today with Alzheimer’s and by the end of 2016 this disease and other related dementias will  have cost our nation around $236 billion dollars according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s

Hospice Holiday Help

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The value of hospice volunteers cannot be overstated. The spirit of hospice volunteering comes from a genuine desire to give support, peace, and comfort to patients, caregivers, and families during their end of life journey. Hospice volunteers have a tremendous impact on the lives of the patients that they serve along with the hospice team members. There are many individuals without family or loved ones around and that can be hard enough, let alone around the holiday season. If you’re looking to give back this year or want to get involved helping others in 2017-hospice is something to consider.

CompassionCare Hospice volunteers provide companionship and emotional support while respecting our patients individual rights to privacy and autonomy. Volunteers can provide assistance with various tasks and also provide much needed social interaction. Whether it’s going into an indivi

Rheumatoid Arthritis & the Cold

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Many people with arthritis swear by the pain in their joints as a predictor of cold weather that’s on the way. Whether the joint pain and weather connection is scientifically true or not, you can still use these pain-relief tips when your aching joints act up this winter season.

Try to keep yourself nice and warm by wearing extra layers. Keep blankets in every room of your home and add additional space heaters where needed. If that doesn’t do the trick, try taking a warm shower. This is good for your blood flow and gets in your joints. Oils and lotions may help too, use them for massage. Your diet makes a difference in how you feel when the seasons change as well, try to stick to a healthy plate limiting sugar. A low cholesterol diet can help fight inflammation.

Staying active by exercising can help ease the pain. Come up with an indoor exercise plan to avoid going outside