Taking Care of Your Marriage While Taking Care of Aging Parents

 February 7, 2019 by Dean Bellefeuille

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In marriage, we consent to stick with each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness as well as in health – but what does not come up in our vows to one another is the way to handle the mounting needs of senior care as our parents age.

Yet with our life span increasing, it is highly recommended to have a strategy based on both the needs of our parents as they grow older, as well as the multitude of daily needs, all while honoring our cherished relationship with a spouse. It’s a challenge that’s causing tension and pressure for 80% of couples interviewed, resulting in detachment and much less quality time together. At Home Independent Living shares the following areas in a marriage that are especially impacted by caregiving for a senior loved one: (more…)


How to Help the Seniors in Your Life Feel Less Lonely

 January 16, 2019 by Dean Bellefeuille

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With over 325 million people residing in the U.S. alone, it’s hard to imagine that loneliness could be so widespread. Yet over 50% of seniors live alone, and over a million of them are likely to be chronically lonely. In reality, roughly 50% of seniors researched stated that their main source of companionship is the television. (more…)


Rethink Aging: The Benefits to Growing Older

 January 8, 2019 by Dean Bellefeuille

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A simple Google search for the word “aging” produces topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” as well as “the cure to aging.” The pessimistic connotations to growing older are, sadly, so deep-rooted in our culture that it is expected that by 2021, we will be spending over $300 billion in anti-aging merchandise. (more…)


How to Make the Holidays Enjoyable for Seniors and the Whole Family

 December 21, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Even though the yuletide season is usually thought of as a time that is joyous, filled with visiting with those who are nearest and dearest and picking out the perfect gifts, for older adults, it can be anything but merry and bright. A combination of lost loved ones, memories of holidays from the past, health struggles and more can impact seniors with feelings of lonesomeness and sadness. (more…)


Make Family Merry & Bright with These Holiday Tips for Seniors

 December 11, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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The holiday season is laden with parties, celebrations, and get-togethers. However, for an aging loved one, holiday activities require a little additional planning and preparation. Follow these holiday tips for Syracuse seniors from At Home Independent Living to be able to ensure fun and relaxed outings with family members of all ages this holiday season. (more…)


At Home Independent Living Named Syracuse’s Finest

 November 19, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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The team at At Home Independent Living is proud to announce that we have been named one of Syracuse’s top businesses in The Syracuse New Times’ Syracuse’s Finest 2018 Profile Series. This weekly series has been published in The Syracuse New Times since 1994, and profiles local businesses that are committed to excellence. At Home Independent Living in independent living home health care is honored to be featured and to serve our Syracuse community with compassionate, professional in-home care.

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Tips to Help Seniors Beat the Holiday Blues

 November 15, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Ah, the holidays: they’re either the most wonderful time of the year, or the most difficult. For many older adults who have lost loved ones, are battling chronic health conditions, or are experiencing isolation and loneliness, the holidays can trigger depression. And, the family caregivers who care for a senior loved one are also susceptible to holiday blues, due to the overabundance of stress. (more…)


Can Creating a “Fall Plan” Actually Prevent Your Loved One from Getting Injured?

 November 12, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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Falls among the elderly are all too common and can have dire consequences. Taking preventative measures is key, such as assessing the home for fall risks like throw rugs and other tripping hazards, insufficient lighting, and a lack of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there’s another tactic being recommended now: creating a fall plan of care, which, when implemented properly, is being shown to reduce fall-related hospital visits by as much as 40%. (more…)


Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and… a Trip to the Emergency Room?

 November 6, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

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While we may envision a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving celebration, with the whole family enjoying quality time together and Grandma’s traditional feast, the reality for many families includes something unexpected: a trip to the hospital. In fact, statistics show that E/R visits for the elderly jump an astounding 10% – 20% during the holidays. (more…)