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Skin Care Tips: Preparing for the Summer Sun

Dear Latonya: I’ve always spent a lot of time outdoors all year round. I think it has finally caught up with me. The damage to my skin is becoming more and more obvious. From brown spots to dry skin, I feel like sun damage is making me look older. Late night television seems to be… Read more »

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Planning a Summer Respite Stay

Are you planning a family vacation this summer and need a safe place for a senior loved one to stay? Respite is the ideal solution for you! Respite services offer a care solution for older adults and people with a disability who need extra support on a short-term basis. Your loved one can enjoy a short-term… Read more »

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Traveling Safely with Mom this Summer

Dear Ashlee: My husband and I decided to include his 85-year old mother on our summer vacation this year. While our plans are still in the works, we expect to be staying at a national park for five or six nights. We haven’t tried this before so we are hoping for a little advice on… Read more »

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How Diabetes Can Affect Rehabilitation

If you’re a person with Type 2 diabetes, you’re probably already aware that you will always experience medical complications. That risk is heightened if you’re older, overweight or in poor health. What can you expect from post-surgical rehab? Even if your blood sugar was under control when you went in for surgery, it may well not… Read more »

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Top 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

A green thumb is a healthy thumb. Discover the benefits of gardening for seniors to inspire you during this growing season! 1. Gardening helps keep seniors active. Gardening is a way to get your whole body moving. As you plant, weed and water, you’re putting your whole body to work. For seniors, an added benefit… Read more »

Volunteer Opportunities at Optalis Healthcare

Are you looking for ways to give back? Optalis Healthcare has plenty of local volunteer work for you to put your talents to good use! Local Volunteer Work with Seniors There are several senior care communities that make up Optalis Healthcare across Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. However, if you were to visit all of them,… Read more »

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11 Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe This Summer

If you are the caregiver of an aging loved one, be aware that summer can produce just as many safety risks as winter in Central Ohio does. Heat and humidity can be especially dangerous for older adults. Mosquitoes, pollen, and ticks can also be problematic. We’ve pulled together a list of the most common health… Read more »

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Transitioning Home After a Rehab Stay

Hello: Our dad is just finishing up a stay in a rehab center and will be discharged home soon. It’s been a long road for him since he had his stroke, and we want to make sure we do everything we can to help him make a smooth transition back to his house. Do you… Read more »

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Aging Loved One

Spring is the perfect time to take a proactive approach in helping your loved ones stay healthy and engaged with life. Clutter can have a negative impact on an adult’s mental and physical well-being. On the physical side, clutter puts older adults at risk for illness or injury. Piles of newspapers and magazines, for example, can... Read more »