An senior citizen uses his cell phone while driving.

Seniors, Put Away That Phone While You're Driving!

Published in August/September 2017 Issue

If you’re on the road much, you’ve probably seen it all when it comes to distracted driving. Drivers put themselves and others at risk of injury or death as they text or talk on their cellphones, read Facebook posts, take a selfie, fiddle with their in-dash entertainment system, put on makeup, eat a breakfast sandwich…

Nurse holding hand of senior woman in pension home

Is My Loved One with Alzheimer's Safe at Home?

Published in June/July 2017 Issue

Once a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related condition, family must go into planning mode. What is the best way to care for their loved one? How will their loved one’s condition change over time? Is a nursing home the only solution?

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Cook Up a Healthier Summer Barbecue

Published in June/July 2017 Issue

We Americans love to grill! Whether it’s classics like steaks, barbecued chicken and burgers, or today’s more healthy choices, like veggies and fruits, we love to put on the apron, get out the tongs, and stand over an outdoor fire.

Senior man looks at the touch screen on his smart phone.

Warn Seniors About "The Grandparent Scam"

Published in April/May 2017 Issue

These scammers play on the emotions of a grandparent, knowing that love and concern often will override prudence. The request is always urgent, and the scammer often includes a plausible reason why the grandparent should keep the situation a secret.

Give Up the Car Keys…Or Get a New Car?

Published in December 2016 / January 2017 Issue

Medical conditions such as arthritis, dementia, hearing loss, visual impairment—and even some of the normal changes of aging, such as slower reaction time and decreased manual dexterity—can mean that it’s no longer safe for a senior to drive.

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An Often Overlooked Fall Hazard

Published in October/November 2016 Issue

Anyone with an elderly relative, and certainly anyone who works for a senior care organization, knows that falls are very dangerous for older adults. The National Council on Aging reports that every 11 seconds, a person age 65+ is treated in the emergency room for a fall injury; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. When a senior is no longer able to live independently, the reason often arises from the results of a fall injury.

Home Care in the Forefront as More Seniors Live Alone

Published in August/September 2016 Issue

September 18 – 24, 2016 is Unmarried and Single Americans Week

FDA Cracks Down on "Miracle" Skin Products

Published in October/November 2015 Issue

There are things we can do to protect our skin, but we won’t find most of them in a fancy jar.

Grandmother (70s) with granddaughter (11 years) at beach.

Five Tips for Traveling With Senior Loved Ones

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

Most of us have a limited amount of time and money we’re able to spend on travel. If you have parents who live far from home, the desire to spend time with them means there’s even less time for you to just run off and have a “real” vacation. Or, if you’re a caregiver, you may feel as if you’re never able to get away due to your responsibilities.

Is Winter Really Heart Attack Season?

Published in Dec/Jan 2014-15 Issue

We often hear of a person being rushed to the hospital with a heart attack after shoveling snow. Is snow shoveling really dangerous for seniors? It turns out that the extra exertion and the heavy weight of the snow are both culprits, as might be expected. However, a study from Pennsylvania State University shows that cold air itself puts extra stress on the heart, contributing to winter being peak season for deaths resulting from cardiac arrest.

Seniors Want to Age in Place—Are We Ready for the Challenge?

Published in October/November 2014 Issue

As we saw in the previous issue of Hand in Hand, U.S. Census figures show that fewer older adults are choosing to receive care in a nursing home. Yet the projections also shows major growth in the number of seniors who are living with chronic illness. It is clear that our population is aging, and providing quality care for our nation's older adults is already beginning to challenge our healthcare resources.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Published in August/September 2014 Issue

Aug. 24-30 spotlights vaccines for adults; what immunizations do seniors need?

Home Care Helps Seniors Manage Medications

Published in August/September 2014 Issue

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the percentage of seniors who are living in a nursing home has dropped by 20 percent in the last decade—yet there are more seniors than ever, and the number is growing. Are seniors just healthier these days? The truth is, older adults need as much care as ever, but they are receiving it in assisted living communities, adult day centers—and for a growing number, in their own homes.

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Prepping Your Produce

Published in August/September 2014 Issue

How is your garden going this year? This is the time of year when lovely fresh produce is in abundance. But be sure to take precautions before you dig into that delicious salad or slice of cantaloupe!

"Spring Into Summer Safely" Wordfind

Published in May 2014 Issue

Now that summer is here, most of us like to get outside when it's not too hot and get some exercise! Quick, put on your walking shoes and enjoy the neighborhood gardens! Or take a trip to the park or beach for a change of scenery.

Senior couple sitting on porch with dog

Is Your Home Ready for Aging in Place?

Published in April 2014 Issue

It's time for spring cleaning! Most of us feel inclined to spruce up our homes and yards as the weather turns pleasant this time of year. But if you are a senior or family caregiver, or even if you have senior guests from time to time, your spring cleaning should especially focus on removing hazards and making improvements to keep these older adults safe and comfortable. Performing repairs and add features that allow the home to be more accessible means it will be a better environment for people of every age and ability.

Give Your Home a Senior Safety Checkup

Published in April 2014 Issue

Give Your Home a Senior Safety Checkup

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When a Senior Loved One Hoards

Published in March 2014 Issue

Do you own your possessions, or do your possessions own you? As we grow older, many of us must make decisions about what to do with a lifetime of belongings. In more extreme cases, families find themselves dealing with hoarding, a disorder which becomes more common as people grow older.

Young nurse and female senior in nursing home

When a Loved One Is Living with Chronic Illness, Home Care Can Help

Published in February 2014 Issue

In some cases, when a person's condition is medically complex, moving to a nursing home or other care facility is the best choice. But most people who are facing health challenges would rather stay in the familiar comfort of their own home. If your loved one is in this situation, home care can help.

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Useful Holiday Gifts for Loved Ones with Health Challenges

Published in December 2013 Issue

Holiday shopping—at the pharmacy? Loyola University Medical Center experts offer tips for practical, inexpensive gifts for loved ones who are recovering from an injury or living with a chronic illness.

Portrait of an elderly woman in a wheelchair and her caring nurse beside her

Hiring a Home Care Worker: The Agency Advantage

Published in October 2013 Issue

If you're not familiar with eldercare options and how to help an aging loved one, chances are you will be in the future! Today, 40 percent of Americans are already involved to some degree in the care of an elderly person. And when older adults prefer to stay in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home or other senior living facility, home care can be a real life saver for the older adult and family caregivers alike.

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Safe Social Networking for Seniors

Published in October 2013 Issue

In the September 2013 issue of Hand in Hand, we took a look at the growing use of internet communications among people over 65. This month, learn about some precautions seniors should take to avoid being victimized by scam artists.

"Grandchild-Proof" Your Home

Published in September 2013 Issue

Maybe your grandchildren live nearby, and you often fill in as a babysitter. Perhaps they live at a distance, and visits are an eagerly awaited special event. You might even be one of the growing number of seniors who are raising their grandchildren when the children's parents cannot. No matter what your situation, when grandchildren are in your home, you want them to be safe...and you want to be able to enjoy their visits without worry.

Don't Be Part of the Medical Identity Theft Epidemic

Published in August 2013 Issue

During the ongoing national debate over healthcare reform, there is one point most people can agree on: the need to curtail the growing epidemic of healthcare fraud.

Medication Safety for Seniors

Published in July 2013 Issue

For many seniors, medications play a big role in managing health problems. Remember, however, that all medications, whether prescribed by a doctor or bought over the counter, have potentially toxic side effects that can cause significant problems.

Medication Safety Wordfind

Published in July 2013 Issue

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Published in May 2013 Issue

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can occur as we age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence.

Fire Protection for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Published in February 2013 Issue

Older adults are at a greater risk of being injured in a fire. They may be less able to take the necessary quick action in a fire emergency.

December 3 – 7 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Published in December 2012 Issue

Is it time to give up the car? For most of us, the automobile represents independence, control and mobility.

Avoiding Charity Scams

Published in December 2012 Issue

For many of us, along with exchanging gifts and celebrating traditions, the holidays are a time to feel the spirit of giving by sharing with the less fortunate. This year especially, the need is great and there are many fine organizations that can help ensure our gifts of money or goods get to those who need them.

Online Holiday Shopping: Buyer, Be Cautious

Published in November 2012 Issue

In advance of the holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

September 22 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Published in September 2012 Issue

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is held on the first day of fall each year. This is a great time to learn more about protecting seniors from dangerous falls.

Keep Senior Loved Ones Safe During Emergencies

Published in August 2012 Issue

"Be prepared." That motto isn't only relevant for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts! As we approach the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will no doubt be reminded that during disasters, older adults and people with disabilities are disproportionally affected.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist

Published in August 2012 Issue

Emergency supplies checklist.

Warm-Weather Safety for Seniors

Published in June 2012 Issue

Summer temperatures can pose a danger to older adults.