How Hearing Loss Hurts Seniors

Imagine not being able to enjoy the sounds of a birdsong in a forest, your favorite piece of music, or a grandchild’s voice. Or to be shunned for being anti-social, uncooperative, and unresponsive. All because you just don’t hear as well as you used to.

For many seniors with hearing loss, it’s a daily reality. The truth is that untreated hearing loss can affect every aspect of a senior’s life, from emotional well-being to personal relationships to physical health. It is much more common than you may realize.

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Taking a Fresh Approach to Senior Dining

Eating well is one of life’s great pleasures. At Hearthstone Senior Living, sharing time (and lively conversation) over meals together is also a wonderful way to socialize and stay connected to others. That is why both our communities put so much effort into preparing fresh, healthy, and delicious meals for residents.

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Valentine’s Gifts Your Senior Will Love

If there’s a special senior in your life, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do something sweet for them. Your gift doesn’t have to be big or extravagant — in fact, it doesn’t have to be a physical gift at all. It really is the thought that counts: showing your senior that you’re thinking about them and making sure they feel loved is what means the most.

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Caregivers: Recharging Yourself After the Holidays

The whirlwind of the busy holiday season, combined with caregiving and other responsibilities may have left you feeling physically tired and emotionally drained. As a new year begins, it’s important to take time to “recharge” your personal batteries to ease your stress levels and foster a positive mindset.

Read on for practical steps you can take today — and every day in 2018 — to feel revitalized and rebalanced.

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Is It Time To Take The Car Keys?

Mike Brundt, Home Instead Franchise Owner, having fun with Hearthstone’s Activity Director

It’s one of the toughest choices an adult child has to face: deciding that your aging parent should no longer be driving. Of course, age alone isn’t a reason to take away the car keys. Plenty of folks in their 80s and 90s still have their licenses and can drive safely (and statistically speaking, teens are the most dangerous drivers on the road).

That’s why making sure your parent can still drive safely is something you’ll want to evaluate on a regular basis.Even so, it’s important for you—and your parent—to understand that many of the changes that come naturally with aging, may affect driving ability. Decreases in vision, hearing, and reflexes; medical conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimers; and certain medications can all contribute to unsafe driving.

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Self-Care For The Caregiver

Many people find deep meaning in caring for an elderly family member, but it can be a demanding role to fill. The reality is that most caregivers, especially women, have a fullsenior woman with her home caregiver slate of other responsibilities to juggle alongside caregiving.

The challenge can get even harder with all the extra demands of the holiday season—as shopping, decorating, cooking, entertaining, church and social events—are added into an already stressful schedule.

As we near the end of the year, it is a good time to recognize the important work that family caregivers provide. If you’re a caregiver, it’s also a time to recognize how important it is to take care of yourself, too.

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Are You At Risk From The Equifax Breach?

Senior Couple In Home Office Looking At Laptop

Earlier this year, Equifax announced that the personal information of as many as 145 million Americans had been stolen in a massive security breach.

In addition to names, Social Security numbers, and addresses, the hackers also took birth dates and driver’s license numbers. That means they have the ability to cross-reference the data and specifically target people by age group.

If your information was stolen, you’re at risk for identity theft—and worse. Criminals could steal your tax refund, create a fake Medicaid account, or redirect your Social Security check to a new address. They might even be able to access your bank accounts and clean out your savings. So what can you do about it?

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