Tag: Lifestyle and Leisure

Senior Friendly Father's Day Fun

posted by Ted Ryan on June 11, 2019

Father’s Day is when we honor and spoil our dads to thank them for all that they’ve done for us. As our fathers age, it can become tougher to think of ways to honor a guy who has everything thing he needs. Here are a few suggestions. Hopefully there’s something that you and the special guy in your life will enjoy.

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Including Seniors in Valentine’s Day Celebrations

posted by Ted Ryan on February 12, 2019

Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrating love. We often focus on our significant others on this holiday, but don’t forget other loved ones too. It’s a great occasion to show your love for all family and friends. This includes the senior loved ones in your life.

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10 Father’s Day Gifts for Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on June 07, 2018

Father’s Day is fast approaching. Showing appreciation for the special man in your life doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. We’ve put together some gift ideas to help with the annual dilemma of what to get for dad.

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Mother’s Days Activities for Seniors in St. Louis

posted by Ted Ryan on May 07, 2018

Celebrate Mom by spending time together this Mother’s Day. St. Louis offers lots of great opportunities for enjoying the big day. We’ve listed 10 popular possibilities.

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Celebrating Holidays with Senior Loved Ones

posted by Ted Ryan on December 18, 2017

Among the flurry of activities and excitement, remember that the greatest joy is time spent with loved ones. Regular visits, outings and involvement can raise the spirits of everyone in the family. The greatest gift for a senior during the holiday season is companionship. 

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National Senior Citizens Day - August 21

posted by Ted Ryan on August 16, 2017

August 21 marks National Senior Citizens Day, which originated in 1988 when President Ronald Regan issued Proclamation 5847. On this day, people are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.

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Happy National Parents' Day

posted by Ted Ryan on July 20, 2017

Sunday marks National Parents' Day. The holiday, which occurs every year on the fourth Sunday in July, is a day to be with family and show love, gratitude and affection to parents and parental figures for the role they play in our lives.

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15 Gift Ideas for Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on December 08, 2016

Shopping for elderly loved ones can be difficult. They’ve accumulated a lifetime of gifts and may feel they have everything they need. However, needs change with age and it is possible to find a treat to make a senior’s holiday season a little more special.

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Fall Fun for Seniors & Families

posted by Ted Ryan on November 14, 2016

Cooler weather and beautiful changing leaves make fall a great time for family activities. These are a few activities we think are worth checking out.

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Lifestyle and Leisure

Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day!

posted by Ted Ryan on August 18, 2016

Sunday is National Senior Citizens Day – an event that encourages us to reach out and honor the elderly population. Senior Citizens Day began in 1988, when President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847.

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Enjoying Summer Events with Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on June 28, 2016

The Fourth of July is a popular holiday to spend with friends and family enjoying barbecue, parades and fireworks. Celebrations with senior loved ones may require a little extra planning due to frail conditions or memory issues. These guidelines can help everyone enjoy the Fourth of July and other gatherings this summer. 

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Gardening – A Senior Activity for the Body & Mind

posted by Ted Ryan on April 28, 2016

Many seniors celebrate the arrival of spring by returning to their gardens. In addition to being a way to enjoy nature, gardening can also help seniors maintain their independence.

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Is laughter the best medicine?

posted by Ted Ryan on April 15, 2015

Perhaps not, but there’s more to the old saying than you might think – especially for seniors and their caregivers. Life can seem humorless for aging seniors and their able-bodied yet overwhelmed caregivers, however, a good laugh might be just what the doctor ordered.

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SHC’s Top 6 Summer Tips for St. Louis Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on July 29, 2014

The unusually mild weather makes it hard to believe that summer’s over halfway through. We’ve gathered some of our favorite posts to help you enjoy the rest of the season – whether it’s pleasant outdoor walking weather or a good day to stay inside and enjoy the A/C.
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Visits with Murray

posted by Ted Ryan on June 30, 2014

It wasn’t until recently that my view of senior living facilities started to change. For many years, the mention of a facility would conjure childhood memories of visiting bleak settings where loved ones spent their final years.

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National Nurses Week - A Salute to Our Superheroes in Scrubs

posted by Ted Ryan on May 06, 2014

Every year from May 6 to May 12 we celebrate National Nurses Week, in honor of Florence Nightingale (born on May 12), who is widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing.
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How To Enjoy Productive Holiday Visits with Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on December 16, 2013

For many long-distance caregivers and family members, holiday visits can be eye-opening. Spending time together may reveal aspects of a senior loved one’s condition that aren’t noticeable over the phone.

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Happy Thanksgiving From SHC!

posted by Ted Ryan on November 25, 2013

All year, and especially around Thanksgiving, we at Seniors Home Care focus on giving.

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Halloween Senior Safety is No Joke

posted by Ted Ryan on October 28, 2013

For many families, Halloween is an evening to enjoy time with the kids; but what about the other end of the spectrum. For seniors, the holiday can be scary in a very real sense. This is particularly true for individuals with dementia, physical limitations or living alone.

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Pet Therapy - Senior's Best Friend

posted by Ted Ryan on March 27, 2013

From guiding the blind to fetching the Sunday paper, “man’s best friend” has proven to be a great friend indeed. It seems that as research increases, the benefits provided by our four-legged friends do as well – particularly for seniors.

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March Madness and Stan Musial

posted by Ted Ryan on March 20, 2013

March Madness is here and sports fans are gathering with friends and family to enjoy the excitement. Although few people are aware, bonding over sports can be quite beneficial for senior fans – even those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Spending the Holidays with Those with Dementia

posted by Ted Ryan on December 17, 2012

While the holidays are times for good cheer, they can also be quite hectic and stressful. The season of celebration and breaking away from everyday life can be especially difficult for people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Senior Friendly Activities To Beat The Heat

posted by Ted Ryan on August 07, 2012

Another steamy summer is upon us, but don’t start that three month air-conditioned hibernation just yet. St. Louis offers lots of good times that won’t work up a sweat. These are five of our favorite senior-friendly summer activities.

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Prepare for Winter - Top 5 Home Care Recommendations for Seniors

posted by Ryan Whittington on December 06, 2011

St. Louis summers can be sweltering, but residents know that come December, the temperatures can stay below freezing for days and weeks at a time. The resulting ice, snow and cold weather can be a hazard for people of any age, but those over 60 should take extra caution. Winter weather and seniors just don't mix well. Below are a few things you can do to help you stay safe this winter season:

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Cell Phones for Seniors - A Home Care Ally

posted by Ryan Whittington on September 27, 2011

As a leading St. Louis home care company, we are always looking for ways to help our clients and their families.  A cell phone can be a helpful tool to both caregivers and clients.  Text and video messaging can allow a caregiver to talk with a senior on a very personal and confidential level.

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Put Your Feet In the Water; Not Your Phone - Keeping Electronics Safe

posted by Ryan Whittington on July 06, 2011

As a professional providing Private Duty Home Care , I am reminded more and more that we all rely on technology in every day life and business.  With just a phone call away, phones and electronic devices can allow family members who care for their relatives and loved ones, to enjoy the many pleasures the warmer weather brings.  Summer time in St. Louis is a great time to enjoy the many water parks, lakes and streams we are so fortunate to have.  Just dont forget to protect those items in your pocket.

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Technology for the Elderly - Choosing the Right Mobile Devices

posted by Ryan Whittington on March 31, 2011

With nearly 50 percent of adults 75 years or older owning a cell phone, according to Pew Research Center, many seniors are discovering how a mobile device can enhance their lives. In addition to the peace of mind from knowing you can reach someone when you need to, older Americans are using their mobile devices to stay in touch with loved ones, take pictures and connect on social media sites.

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Cela DeGamba - Keep on Performing "Care at Home and Beyond"

posted by Ryan Whittington on December 23, 2010

I recently spent some time with one of my favorite clients. Cela is 90 yrs old and full of life—a real fireball. Cela was a classical violinist whose concert career took her all over the world.

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What to Buy a Senior Citizen for the Holidays

posted by Ryan Whittington on November 24, 2010

Most gifts I recommend that people buy are geared towards helping a senior citizen increase their levels of independence.  There are always small gifts that you can find online or on the Home Shopping Network that an elder might find interesting.

If you are searching for the perfect gift for a senior citizen for the holidays, that the recipient will truly appreciate, here are some excellent tips and ideas.

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