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Smart Renovations to Make the Bathroom Safer for Seniors

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 30, 2015

The bathroom can be a dangerous place. It's a place where you're alone. There are hard, slippery surfaces everywhere. And activities often include sitting, standing, and transferring in and out of a slippery tub. For seniors who are already at risk for falling, the bathroom may be the most dangerous room in the home. Luckily, a few bathroom renovations can help prevent falls and make the bathroom a safer place. Here are some tips on renovations and changes to help reduce fall hazards and make the bathroom a more comfortable and accessible place for seniors.

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Saving Lives with Music: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 29, 2015

Finding peace during and after a horrific life-event is often terrifically difficult. When a person lives through something as awful as the Holocaust, it is doubly traumatizing. Alice Herz-Sommer spent two years in the Terezin transit camp, but found solace in music, specifically that of the piano.

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Why Care Coordination is Important to the Health of Seniors.

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 23, 2015

Often our caregivers are in the home more frequently than any other member of the health care team. As the eyes and ears we think it is important to observe and report.

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Why Does My Elderly Mom Keep Falling Out of Bed?

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 22, 2015

Why does my elderly mom keep falling out of bed?  This may be a question you have recently been posing if you are caring for an elderly parent. This is a common problem for which there are quite a few possible causes. It may take some digging to find the reason that applies to your situation. But here are some reasons why seniors might fall out of bed and what you can do to help.

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Getting Out of the House With Elderly Loved Ones

Posted by Michelle Cemental on September 22, 2015

When your elderly loved one has trouble getting around, it can be challenging to find activities that make it possible for them to get out of the house without putting them at risk for a fall. If you take the proper precautions, however, getting out with your loved one isn't any harder than it ever was. Looking for safe activities to do with elderly loved ones who are a fall risk? Try these ideas.

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The Strong-Willed Life of Rita Levi-Montalcini

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 22, 2015

Rita Levi-Montalcini is among the smartest people who have ever lived. You may have never heard of her, but as a scientist who won the Nobel Prize, the late medical professional, neurologist, and educator deserves all of the posthumous attention she can get.

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What to Know About Shower Safety for Our Senior Loved Ones

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 16, 2015

There is nothing more frightening than the prospect of an elderly loved one taking a tumble. The fear is escalated when the fall occurs in the bathtub, where the hard and slippery surfaces make for a tragedy waiting to happen. Encouraging shower safety by completing a few bathroom renovations to prevent our elderly loved ones from falls will give them more independence and give everyone involved in their care, more peace of mind.

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Maxine Hong Kingston: Author and Advocate

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 15, 2015

Maxine Hong Kingston is a life force. At her current age of 74, the author, after writing and publishing several distinguished works, continues to move toward what she does best: being a voice for all who deserve equal treatment.

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Guide to Increase Mobility for Seniors

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 9, 2015

Creating ways to increase mobility for seniors isn't difficult, and with this handy guide, you'll be on your way in no time.

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Angela Lansbury: Strength and Determination Personified

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 8, 2015

Angela Lansbury is a living testament to the notion that old does not have to mean frail. At 89, Lansbury still considers many acting roles; in fact, just one year ago, at the age of 88 at a performance in London, she "hurl[ed] herself around the stage and rebound[ed] off the furniture as though broken bones were something that only happen[ed] to other people". There is seemingly no stopping her.

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Tips & Tricks to Renovating Your Home to Prevent Falls

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 2, 2015

As you grow older, it becomes necessary to make a number of modifications around your home to reduce fall hazards. Because millions of adults over age 65 fall each year, home renovation is increasingly important. Renovating the entire home to prevent falls sounds like a challenge, but in reality, there are a number of simple steps you can take to make the process easier.  

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer: An Inspiration for the Young and Aged

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 1, 2015

Dr. Ruth Westheimer stands at a petite 4'7, but that has not stopped her from tackling tall dreams. Born in Frankfort, Germany, right before the Nazis came to power, to an Orthodox Jewish family, she is believed to be the only member to have survived the atrocious events of the Holocaust. After being sent to a Swiss Girl's school, she never saw her family again, and yet she achieved goals of unparalleled magnitude for her time and situation.  

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