Get out into the countryside around Norwell to enjoy fascinating glimpses of the past and ever-changing perspectives on our classic New England landscapes. From the tranquil banks of the North River to the famous Cape Cod shore, there’s plenty to enjoy just outside your door.
Continue reading for some amazing outdoor senior activities you can enjoy in Norwell whether you’re on your own or with family and friends.
Author: nrhcadmin | Posted in: Aging Care
The area around the old Massachusetts towns of Norwell and Plymouth is rich with history and culture, yet every season brings fresh perspectives and new things to try. Whether you’re a local retiree or a visitor to our South Shore, here are some great local events for seniors to enjoy.
Author: Julia Hawkins | Posted in: Holidays with Seniors, Senior Support
A customized diet is a cornerstone of any healthcare management plan. Healthy diets, focused on the latest research findings for particular conditions, help aging adults achieve or maintain healthy weight goals, minimize symptoms, and may reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medications.
Customized Diet Plans for Medical Conditions
The right combination of nutrition therapy,
Author: nrhcadmin | Posted in: Aging Care, Senior Health
After the shock of a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis fades, there are important decisions to make. Dementia is a progressive disease, and time is of the essence. As soon as possible, families should begin to explore the costs of in-home dementia care and care provided in memory care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Alzheimer's Care
A recent study from AARP found that 77% of adults 50-years old and older prefer to age in place. Multiple studies advertise the benefits of aging in place, such as the comfort of home, family, pets, social engagement in the community, cost-effectiveness, and the ability to maintain dignity and independence.
Author: Patricia LaCroix Nihill | Posted in: Aging Care
Caregiving is a full-time job. That means most spouse and family caregivers work the equivalent of two or three different “positions” when you combine the demands of paid work, family life, and personal obligations in addition to their caregiving responsibilities.
According to the Caregiving in the U.S.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Holidays with Seniors
Diet plays a significant role in managing diabetes. As anyone who has diabetes, or their caregiver, knows, diabetes becomes a game of numbers and math. The goal is to balance blood sugar levels as much as possible, and the more you can do that with diet and exercise,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Diabetes Care
Daily physical activity is a must for senior health and overall wellbeing. According to the CDC, regular even very moderate physical exercise or movement has exponential benefits for older adults, including:
- Strength and stamina
- Heart health
- Improved mental and emotional outlook
- Weight management
- Healthy sleep habits
- Reduced episodes of depression,
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Aging Care
One of the most telling signs that seniors need more support to age independently in place is a lack of fresh food ingredients or, even worse, bare pantries and refrigerators shelves. This is why professional home care agencies offer grocery shopping and meal preparation as part of their services lineup,
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Senior Safety
Pets make great companions no matter what age you are. They can be especially beneficial for the elderly as they lift your spirits, stave off loneliness, and even improve your cardiovascular health.
The benefits of pets for the elderly will vary depending on which animal you choose. While dogs offer the listening ear and loyal support of a close friend,
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Senior Support
You’ve made the important decision to move forward with home care to support your loved one. How do you take the next steps?
The first thing to do after deciding on home care is to choose the best agency for the job. To do that properly,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Long-Term Care Planning
Long before social distancing entered the public domain, health care agencies championed the importance of social engagement in the senior population. Decades of studies have correlated the multiple ways senior social isolation and loneliness affect physical and emotional well-being.
This is why we’ve continued to post articles supporting the many ways you can socialize for your good health and the wellbeing of those around you.
Author: Patricia LaCroix Nihill | Posted in: Aging Care Issues
After we’ve all realized how dangerous senior isolation can be, along comes COVID. Now our loved ones are more isolated than ever.
It’s heartbreaking to watch seniors and their families struggle to balance the health guidelines put forth by the CDC while simultaneously providing the level of care their loved ones deserve.
Author: Liam Kenney | Posted in: Home Health Care
Wouldn’t your loved one prefer to live out their lives in the comfort of home rather than in a nursing facility? Most older adults, needless to say, would choose their own homes. But for any number of reasons, from physical or mental health issues to dwindling finances, staying at home doesn’t always seem possible.
Author: Julia Hawkins | Posted in: Home Health Care | Tags: senior independence
When is the right time to start thinking about long-term care? If you are considering taking care of elderly parents at home, now is the time to take action. You should never put off planning long-term care and having a caregiver in place can help eliminate a great deal of stress.
Author: Julia Hawkins | Posted in: Home Health Care | Tags: long-term care
Remarkable scientific studies are honing in ever nearer towards the eradication of Alzheimer’s disease, this time in the form of two medications already developed and approved by the FDA. This permits accelerated clinical trials and we hope fast-tracking us closer to a treatment.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Alzheimer's Care | Tags: Alzheimer's Treatment, Senior Health Care
With more than 325 million people residing in the U.S. alone, it is not easy to think that loneliness would be so common. However, more than 50% of older adults live alone, and more than a million of them are estimated to be chronically lonely. In fact, nearly half of older adults researched stated that their most common source of companionship is the television.
Author: Patricia LaCroix Nihill | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Caregiver Tips, socialization
Whether you’re caring for someone with dementia and memory care issues or you’ve been afflicted with them yourself, it’s critical for you to understand that this is one journey you do not have to take alone.
According to one recent study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, the total number of people in Massachusetts living with these conditions rose to 120,000 in 2016.
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Dementia Care | Tags: dementia treatment, resources
Have you ever walked into the office or a get-together with friends or family and had someone say to you with great concern, “You really look tired today!” Although you may have been feeling pretty perky before that moment, suddenly you really DO feel tired and rundown. The words we speak to each other and the way we interpret them are powerful.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Caregiver Tips, Senior Health Care
Thomas Edison’s infamous words ring true today in the race to find both the cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Each day seems to bring hopeful news of yet another clinical trial, followed soon after by the disappointing news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the cycle continues.
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Alzheimer's Care | Tags: Alzheimer's Treatment, Senior Health Care
For seniors, experiencing surgery always includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that people all need to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors during the days after non-cardiac surgery, and can present with a variety of symptoms,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Dementia Care | Tags: dementia causes, Senior Health Care
It is always best to tell the truth, right? Even so there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging parents. Although we may have the finest of intentions in wanting to help senior parents navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements such as the following:
Author: Christine Patnaude | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Caregiver Tips, Communication
“I don’t have dementia There is nothing wrong with me!”
If you have ever heard a loved one with dementia frustratingly communicate this or perhaps a similar sentiment, you may have believed the person was just in denial and unwilling to accept a tough diagnosis. The stark reality is,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Dementia Care | Tags: dementia treatment, Senior Health Care
Researchers are shedding some new light on treatments to potentially impact Alzheimer’s disease: light therapy. The effects of light are only just beginning to be tapped, and already showing some interesting and promising results.
For example, MIT researchers are testing a type of flickering light therapy,
Author: Jen Davis | Posted in: Alzheimer's Care | Tags: Alzheimer's Treatment
The prospect of losing your vision can be a scary one. We depend so much on our eyes and what they tell us about the world around us. Aside from showing us the beauty around us, our eyes tell us of the dangers ahead, such as a dangling electrical cord or an over-boiling pot.
Author: Rachel Randolph | Posted in: Senior Safety | Tags: senior independence, vision care
Losing your vision, particularly later in life, can have a great impact on your independence, and often, your sense of self as well. If vision deteriorates as your loved one ages, he or she may be reluctant to talk about this, perhaps out of fear of the unknown or worry that he or she may be taken out of her home environment.
Author: Christine Patnaude | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Caregiver Tips, vision care
One of the top concerns for diabetics, aside from managing the disease itself, is the havoc diabetes can wreak on the feet. Because of the potential for nerve damage, restricted blood flow, and a weakened immune system, wounds, particularly on the feet, can be difficult to heal.
To stay a step ahead of diabetes-related foot problems,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Diabetes Care | Tags: diabetes
As you start down the sometimes difficult road of caring for your parents, you’ll confront a range of challenges from the profound to the practical. You’ll find it’s a life-changing experience — one that’s often as inspiring as it is painful. To get you started, here’s a list of the important life issues you’ll face in the months and years to come:
- Understanding your parents’
Author: Christine Patnaude | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Caregiver Tips
North River Home Care has completed and received its Home Care Pulse Certification. This certification program is dedicated to the measurement of client and employee satisfaction scores, North River Home Care is now officially certified in home care quality.
“We know that sometimes it is difficult to make care decisions when you don’t have specific experience with an agency.
Author: John Asuncion | Posted in: Home Health Care | Tags: north river home care
At North River Home Care, we’ve increasingly been asked about Live In Care, what the difference is between Live In Care and 24 hour/ 7 day per week care and when Live In Care makes sense.
Author: Liam Kenney | Posted in: Home Health Care | Tags: senior independence
Did you know that roughly 25% of senior citizens take more than 3 pills per day? With most seniors taking some kind of medication necessary for their health, it’s an unfortunate reality that many do not take their medication as prescribed. Here are a few suggestions on how to remember to take medications on time for you or your loved one:
Author: Rachel Randolph | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: medical treatment, Medications