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Jul 16, 2024 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Dementia Education Series for Caregivers Part 3 of 3 - Washington

On Tuesday, July 16, 2024 from 4:00 PM (Registration & Light Dinner), 4:30 PM (Presentation), 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Questions & Answers) at The Hillsview Chapel on the Washington Campus.  Presenter:  Jean Royse, Dementia360 Care Coordinator, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network.  It Takes a Village:  Community resources to support your family on the journey.  RSVP to Tara Gleason via email at tgleason@srcare.org or call 724-250-4981.

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Jul 10, 2024 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Christmas in July craft fair at Celebration Villa of South Hills

Join the festive fun at our Christmas in July craft fair at Celebration Villa of South Hills!July 10th from 10 am to 4 pm.Vendors include:Crafty SistersKims Custom CreationsPatti GolitkoThe Crafty ScrapperPaparazzi AccessoriesBaked With LoveCeil KitchenTammy GarvinWags, Wiggles & WhiskersOlive's Blanket Boutique 

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MediConnect Insurance

Medicare Insurance 300 Bilmar Dr Ste 200, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15205

Welcome to MediConnect Insurance, Your Only TRUE Independent Medicare Plan Concierge Service. Helping to Bridge the Healthcare Gap.- Fully licensed agents representing all of the major carriers- Local office in Pittsburgh- Unbiased Medicare coverage advice- No cost or obligation- All representative compensation is direct from carrier- All from the comfort of your home.As your trusted partner in healthcare, we take pride in bridging the healthcare gap and ensuring you receive unbiased, expert advice tailored to your needs. In this blog article, we'll explore why MediConnect Insurance stands out as your only true independent Medicare plan concierge service, with licensed agents, local offices, and a commitment to providing unbiased guidanceall at no cost to you.MediConnect Insurance Your Medicare Plan Concierge At MediConnect Insurance, we understand the complexity of navigating Medicare, and that's why we're here to simplify the process for you. Our fully licensed agents are dedicated to representing all major carriers, offering you a comprehensive view of available options.Local Offices for Personalized Service With local offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia, we bring personalized service to your doorstep. Our proximity ensures that you can access expert advice and support whenever you need it. Whether you have questions about coverage options, enrollment, or claims, our local offices are here to assist you.Unbiased Medicare Coverage Advice At MediConnect Insurance, we pride ourselves on providing unbiased advice. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your Medicare coverage. Our licensed agents are not tied to any specific carrier, allowing us to offer recommendations solely based on your needs and preferences.No Cost or Obligation Your Peace of Mind Matters We understand that navigating healthcare options can be overwhelming, and financial concerns should never be a barrier to accessing expert guidance. With MediConnect Insurance, there is no cost or obligation for our services. Our commitment is to ensure your peace of mind as you explore and choose the right Medicare plan for you.Direct Compensation from Carriers Transparent and straightforward, our representative compensation comes directly from the carriers. This means you can trust that our recommendations are driven solely by your best interests. Our focus is on providing you with the information you need to make decisions that align with your healthcare goals.Convenience from the Comfort of Your Home In today's fast-paced world, convenience is key. With MediConnect Insurance, you can access our services from the comfort of your home. Our virtual consultations and online resources make it easy for you to get the information you need without leaving your living room. As you embark on your Medicare journey, trust MediConnect Insurance to be your reliable partner. With licensed agents representing all major carriers, local offices for personalized service, unbiased advice, no cost or obligation, direct compensation from carriers, and the convenience of accessing our services from home, we are committed to making your Medicare experience seamless and stress-free. Contact us today and let us guide you toward the optimal Medicare coverage tailored to your unique needs. OR... Join us at of one our local FREE seminars throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania! Whether retirement is on the horizon or a few years away, our must-attend educational events are your key to understanding Medicare complexities.We can help you plan your future with confidence. Click Here to view upcoming Dates & Times in your area: https://bit.ly/47Qjiya

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Entrusted Legacy Law

Elder Law 100 Pinewood Lane Suite #303, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, 15086

Our Firm Prepares You for Life What makes our firm different is that we were built with the needs of growing families in mind. We understand you are BUSY, you are growing, you are planning for a life of prosperity and you value ease, convenience and efficiency. You are raising children, and caring for elderly parents, while also working hard to build your own nest egg for a lifetime of support. You want to know youve made the best decisions for your family and that your plan will work when your loved ones need it most. You want to make sure your minor children would be raised by the people you choose, and never by anyone you wouldnt want, and that your teens and adult children are properly prepared to care for you and what you leave behind.  You want to feel confident that youve made the right choices, and handled everything so that you arent leaving behind a mess, when something happens. That is our focus as well. Weve developed unique systems to give you the same access to a Personal Family Lawyer as was previously only available to the super-wealthy, so you can have the guidance you need to build and maintain a life of prosperity and wealth. And, to keep your family out of court and out of conflict, which is the greatest risk to the people you love and all you have created, even if youve already worked with a traditional lawyer or created documents online. Our Team Is Here for You We encourage communication with our clients. In fact, weve thrown out the time clocks so you never have to be afraid to call with a quick question. Everything we do is billed on a flat-fee basis, agreed to in advance, so there are never any surprises. We have a whole team to serve you. When you call our office to ask your quick question, you wont have to wait hours or days for a phone call back. Youll get your question answered, right away. And, if you need to schedule a more in-depth legal or strategic call with your Personal Family Lawyer, a call will be scheduled when you're both available and ready for the call so we can make the very best use of your time and not waste your time by leaving voicemail after voicemail back and forth. And, we ensure the most important details of your planning are followed through on and your plan continues to work throughout your lifetime. We have a funding coordinator to ensure your assets are owned the right way throughout your lifetime and none of your assets will end up going through a long, expensive court process or being lost to the state because they were missed after your death. Weve created unique membership programs to keep your plan up to date year in and year out as well as give you access to our Trusted Team of Legal Experts for guidance on ANY legal or financial matter. One day you will need a lawyer. I dont know why and I dont know when, but when you do, you will be grateful you can call on us and well be here to advise you or get you out of a jam. We Help You Transfer Your Life and Legacy Lastly, we believe your financial wealth is only a small part of your overall Life and Legacy Planning which is made up of your far more valuable and most often lost upon incapacity or death intellectual, spiritual and human assets. These assets are what make you who you are, and sum up whats most important to you. And, a survey of inheritors has revealed that what they care about even more than inheriting your money, is inheriting these intangible assets.   Most estate plans only focus on the transfer of your financial wealth to the next generation. Most people have such great intentions of passing on the intangible, but very few ever get around to it. Its just not a priority, until its too late. How much do you know about your grandparents values? Their most prized personal possessions? How they felt about you? What they had learned during their lifetime? If you are like most people, you know very little. Thats why we build the capture and passage of these most valuable assets into every estate plan we create. Not only will we help you pass on your money, but also your values, your insights, your stories and your experience the truly valuable assets your loved ones care about the most.  Weve developed a tool that allows us to capture and pass on your whole family wealth, including your Intellectual, Spiritual and Human assets.  I cant go into all of the details here, but well definitely talk about it when you come in for your Life and Legacy Planning Session.

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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Terrace

Assisted Living 5757 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15217

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg TerraceThe Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Terrace is a beautiful personal care community designed for more active residents who need occasional support to remain independent.Our friendly, supportive staff, along with a host of convenient services and amenities, helps you stay energized and vibrant.Quite simply, Weinberg Terrace is a wonderful place to call home.Spacious Apartments, Desired Squirrel Hill NeighborhoodOur spacious, comfortable apartment designs provide privacy and dignity and the touches and finishes you desire most.Conveniently located in Pittsburghs charming Squirrel Hill neighborhood, we are within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and more.At Weinberg Terrace, you receive the extra help you need, and our great location keeps you close to everything and everyone that matters.Active Senior LifestyleLiving at Weinberg Terrace gives you the opportunity to renew old friendships and develop new ones, find terrific partners for a game of cards, and join in singalongs to your favorite melodies. Each day, our full social calendar provides an array of opportunities for you to discover something new and exciting.  Best of all, you are surrounded by the warmth of a traditional community that makes you feel right at home, right from day one.

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Celebration Villa of South Hills

Assisted Living 5300 Clairton Boulevard (Route 51), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15236

Welcome to Celebration Villa of South Hills, a place that feels just like home. Imagine a cozy apartment painted in neutral tones, soft carpet, and plenty of natural light pouring in through a large window. With a private bathroom and spacious closet, weve designed every detail with a stress-free lifestyle in mind. Whether you choose a studio or a one-bedroom unit, we have an option for everyone. Outside, residents and families enjoy our inviting and lush outdoor areas. This isnt just a place to live; its a caring community thats tailored to provide support to each individual.Our commitment is to provide a vibrant lifestyle and personalized care catering to your unique needs and well-being. The moment you arrive, you will find your needs are met with utmost attention and mindfulness.Types of Lifestyle:Enhanced Personal CareIndependent LivingShort-Term Respite StayHospice CoordinationNestled in a serene location just off Rt 51, Celebration Villa of South Hills invites you to embark on a journey of tranquility. With three beautiful outdoor areas, our residents have the opportunity to immerse themselves in gardening or relish the delightful company of family and friends. As you step inside, youll be greeted by a staff that doesnt just provide care they become family. Our vibrant environment provides the perfect backdrop for residents to socialize, discover new hobbies, or simply unwind with a captivating book.At Celebration Villa of South Hills, you can live your best life! Through personalized care and services, our dedicated team handles your household tasks and maintenance, which gives you the freedom to make the most of your time. Whether youre interested in fitness, music, social events, or discussing a great book with friends, our life enrichment programming awaits you.With our dedicated team, we provide tailored assistance that is readily available whenever you need it. This offers peace of mind for residents and families. Upon move-in and throughout your stay, we assess the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and mobility, to create a personalized care plan.In our maintenance-free living environment, residents and their families can leave worries about home maintenance behind. No more replacing light bulbs or shoveling snow; we take care of the community inside and out, allowing residents to fully enjoy their retirement years.Culinary delights await as we serve up three delicious chef-prepared meals daily, along with snacks that nourish both body and soul. Dining in our welcoming dining rooms enhances mobility and socializing, but we also provide tray delivery during illness or as requested by doctors, always ensuring our residents well-being.At Celebration Villa of South Hills, we believe in providing a vibrant, caring, and worry-free community where residents can embrace their independence, stay engaged with life, and savor the moments that matter most. Join us, and experience a journey thats both enriching and fulfilling.Contact us to schedule a tour today!

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The Top 7 Brain Foods for Seniors

Spring is the perfect time to focus on the importance of a healthy and balanced diet in the life of your loved ones.  As we age, its important to pay extra attention to our diets and incorporate brain foods for seniors to support cognitive function.A healthy and balanced diet can benefit seniors in many ways, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving energy levels. As you play a crucial role in supporting your loved ones well-being the choices you make at mealtime will have a significant impact on their physical and mental health. Based on CDC survey results, over 35% of seniors aged 60 and above reported functional difficulties and 12.7% reported memory loss or confusion in the past 12 months. While cognitive decline cant always be prevented, you can reduce the risk by incorporating healthy foods that support brain health into your loved ones diet. According to Andrew Smyth, the lead author of the study and researcher at the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University and the HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway, its highly probable that a nutritious diet can positively impact cardiovascular risk factors and disease, and this is a significant factor in reducing the risk of cognitive decline.In this blog post discover the top brain-boosting foods for seniors, as recommended by esteemed nutrition experts.Foods high in B Vitamins B vitamins such as folate and B12 are essential for brain function. Below are some examples of foods that are rich in B vitamins and can be incorporated into the diets of seniors:Leafy greens: Dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli are excellent sources of B vitamins. These vegetables can be easily incorporated into salads, stir-fries, and smoothies.Whole grains: Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and oats are rich in B vitamins, as well as fiber, and other essential nutrients. Seniors can enjoy whole grain cereals, bread, and pasta, as well as homemade granolas.Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds are all high in B vitamins, as well as healthy fats and protein. Seniors can snack on these nutrient-dense foods or incorporate them into smoothies, trail mixes, or homemade nut butter.Legumes: Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are all excellent sources of B vitamins, as well as fiber and protein. These versatile foods can be used in soups, stews, salads, and dips.Dairy and eggs: Milk, cheese, and eggs are all good sources of B vitamins, as well as calcium and protein. Seniors can enjoy these foods as part of a balanced diet.Recipe Suggestion with Spinach and Feta OmeletIndulge in this delectable B vitamin-rich recipe, tailored to satisfy the discerning palates of seniors:Whisk 2 eggs with a splash of milk and season with salt and pepper.Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add a handful of spinach.Cook until wilted, then pour in the egg mixture.Cook until set, then crumble feta cheese on top.Fold the omelet in half and serve.Foods with Antioxidants and Healthy Proteins Foods that support brain health are usually high in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Good protein sources like fatty fish, whole eggs, nuts, seeds, tofu, and tempeh can help create the neurotransmitters that are necessary for mood stability and brain health.Elevate brain health in seniors by incorporating these antioxidant and protein-rich food options into their diet:Blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants and have been shown to have neuroprotective properties. Seniors can enjoy blueberries as a snack, added to smoothies, or as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.Salmon: Salmon is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health. Seniors can enjoy grilled or baked salmon with a side of vegetables or in a salad.Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of high-quality protein and also contain antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin. Seniors can enjoy eggs for breakfast, in a salad, or as a snack.Dark chocolate: High-quality dark chocolate contains antioxidants and can also boost mood and cognitive function. Seniors can enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate as a treat.Recipe Suggestion with Salmon and Egg SaladFor those looking to boost the brain health of their loved ones, weve got a mouthwatering recipe that is loaded with healthy proteins and antioxidants:Grill or bake a salmon fillet and let cool.Chop the salmon and mix it with hard-boiled eggs, sliced avocado, diced red onion, and chopped walnuts.Dress with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard.Omega-3 Fatty AcidsOmega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA, are crucial for normal brain function and development throughout life. Boost brain health in seniors with these omega-3-rich food options thoughtfully curated to support their dietary needs:Fatty fish: Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA. Seniors can enjoy grilled or baked fish with a side of vegetables, in a salad, or as a topping for whole-grain crackers.Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are a good plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Seniors can add ground flaxseeds to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt, or use them as a topping for salads or baked goods.Chia seeds: Chia seeds are another plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber and protein. Seniors can add chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt, or use them as a topping for salads or baked goods.Avocado: Avocado is a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins, and also contains some omega-3 fatty acids. Seniors can enjoy sliced avocado on toast, in a salad, or as a topping for grilled meats or vegetables.Recipe Suggestion of Baked Salmon with Lemon and Herbs:We have an appetizing recipe that is packed with omega-3 and are ideal for seniors:Baked Salmon with Lemon and Herbs: Preheat the oven to 400F. Place a salmon fillet on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or dill, and lemon zest. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the salmon, is cooked through.If your loved one experiences mild brain decline or depression, they might consider taking 1000-2000 mg of omega-3s daily, but be sure to consult with a doctor or registered dietitian first.Coffee Your loved ones morning cup of coffee can do more than just wake them up. It contains both caffeine and antioxidants, which help increase alertness, improve mood, and protect the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation. This can help delay brain aging. Also, the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.Recipe Suggestion for Coffee SmoothieWeve got a simple coffee recipe that is ideal for seniors:In a blender, combine 1 cup of cold-brewed coffee, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of rolled oats, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend until smooth and well combined. Add ice and blend again, if desired.By enjoying this delicious and easy-to-make coffee recipe, seniors can reap the cognitive benefits of this popular beverage and maintain optimal cognitive function as they age. Its important to note that excessive caffeine intake can have negative effects on health. So, seniors should consume coffee in moderation. Also, consult with a healthcare provider if they have any concerns.BerriesBerries, like blueberries, have antioxidants called anthocyanins. These can reduce inflammation and improve communication between brain cells, possibly slowing down short-term memory loss.Recipe Suggestion of Mixed Berry SmoothieFor seniors, we have a scrumptious and effortless berry recipe that is sure to delight:In a blender, combine 1 cup of mixed berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries), 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of almond milk, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend until smooth and well combined.Add ice and blend again, if desired.Turmeric The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is linked to improved memory in people with Alzheimers, the growth of new brain cells, and better mood and depression management. To enhance its absorption, add black pepper to dishes that include turmeric. This bright yellow spice contains a compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.Recipe Suggestion of Golden MilkHere is a delicious and easy-to-make turmeric recipe that is perfect for seniors:In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of black pepper over medium heat. Stir until the spices are well combined and the milk is heated through. Add honey or another natural sweetener to taste, if desired.Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants and essential nutrients like iron, copper, zinc, and magnesium, which are important for learning, memory, nerve signaling, and brain function.By incorporating these brain-boosting foods into your loved ones diet, you can help support their cognitive health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Be sure to consult with a doctor or registered dietitian for personalized recommendations, and remember that a balanced diet, physical activity, and stress management are also important for overall brain health.Recipe Suggestion of Pumpkin Seed PestoFor seniors, we have a delectable and effortless pumpkin seed recipe that is sure to please:In a food processor, combine 1/2 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds, 1 cup of fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/2 cup of olive oil. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Use the pesto as a sauce for pasta or as a spread on sandwiches or crackers.Wrapping up 7 Brain-Boosting Foods for SeniorsNational Nutrition Month highlights the importance of a healthy and balanced diet in the lives of seniors. The choices made at mealtime significantly impact physical and mental health. Incorporating brain-boosting foods, such as those rich in B vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy proteins can reduce the risk of cognitive decline in seniors. Seniors can enjoy these foods, such as leafy greens, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and blueberries, in various recipes, such as Spinach and Feta Omelet and Chickpea and Quinoa Salad.

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Assisted Living and Its Benefits

The number of seniors in the U.S. over the age of 65 is expected to rise to 21% of the population by the year 2050. This means there will be more than 80 million seniors living in the U.S. at the same time. Providing health care, daily support, housing, financial support and social opportunities for this growing population is a challenge for many communities and it brings up new questions for many families.As a senior loved one ages, there are many things to consider, including the individuals physical and mental health, social life, hobbies, happiness and their overall safety. If there are concerns about a senior living independently, a good first step is to examine theactivities of daily livingActivities of daily living (ADLs) help to evaluate how a senior completes basic activities that contribute to daily life. ADLs can be broken down into six categories: Eating, Bathing and Personal Hygiene, Dressing, Continence, Toileting and MobilityAdvancing age can naturally decline a persons physical function and ability to complete these activities. When considering a seniors safety at home, other factors can also play a part. Concerns such as money management, growing isolation, poor hygiene or worsening medical conditions could also be signs that your loved one requires more daily support.There are many levels of care for seniors who are no longer going to live at home. One of the most popular options is assisted living. When a person enters assisted living, they are usually able to do many activities on their own but may require assistance with one or several ADLs. Residents in assisted living usually have their own living space and have many opportunities for social activities, exercise and entertainment. At Anthology Senior Livings assisted living communities, residents receive a care plan designed to support their individual needs and provide the support and assistance needed to live a full life each and every day.Assisted Living BenefitsAfter a lifetime of taking care of others, seniors entering assisted living can look forward to enjoying the support and care they deserve. The programs and activities available at Anthology Senior Livings assisted living communities are designed with the health and happiness of the residents in mind. Some of the benefits of ASL communities include:Boredom Busters. With many hours of free time, seniors can find themselves searching for entertainment. AtAnthology of Midlothian, residents have access to classes to pursue their interests and hobbies, communal gardens for outside social time, exercise and fitness programs, a game room and access to transportation for off-campus outings.Support for ADLs.Assistance with activities of daily living can mean everything from help getting dressed to incontinence care or feeding help. AtAnthology of Overland Park, the team partners closely with the necessary doctors and specialists to create an entire team of support for each resident.Mental Stimulation.Intellectual stimulation is shown to slow cognitive decline. AtAnthology of Farmington Hills, residents enjoy an available calendar of cultural, spiritual, recreational, fitness and social activities.Safety.For seniors, safety considerations can range from ADLs to limiting tripping hazards. AtAnthology of Plano, the environment is designed with seniors in mind. Each piece of furniture and dcor was selected to help minimize fall risks, on-call staff members are available to residents and security is always a top priority.Healthy Choices.A healthy lifestyle takes work at any age. However, elderly adults have unique nutrition and fitness needs. AtAnthology of Northville, residents enjoy three gourmet meals prepared by an in-house chef and supervised by a registered dietitian, as well as fitness, exercise and wellness programs designed to engage residents of all activity levels.Building Your FutureAll of Anthology Senior Livings assisted living communities provide warm, dynamic care in a supportive, engaging environment. The team at Anthology manages everything to allow our assisted living residents to enjoy each day to its fullest. We provide housekeeping services, linen-services, laundry and groundskeeping. Additionally, our highly certified care managers work closely with doctors and specialists, utilizing smart technology, to coordinate all resident care.

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Caregiver Stress Awareness in Hospice Care

Caregiver Stress Awareness in Hospice CareBy: Joelle Jean, FNPCaring for a loved one who is terminally ill and on hospice is emotionally and physically taxing. In 2015, an estimated 39.8 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult with a disability or illness. The estimated value of the service supplied by caregivers is up to $470 billion since 2013.Caregivers may deny help from others, perhaps out of guilt or obligation. However, 1 out of 6 caregivers report not being asked what they need to care for themselves. Caregivers can work up to 8.3 hours per day or 66 hours per week during their loved ones last days of life. Often, this is in addition to working a full-time job and caring for their own immediate family.Caregivers are at risk for depression, severe fatigue, or burnout, or even health issues such as hypertension, stroke, obesity, or weight loss due to stress.What is a caregiver?A caregiver, also known as an informal caregiver, is an unpaid individual or group of individuals who provide care to a loved one. Caregivers can be a spouse, family members, partner, friend, neighbor, or combination of these individuals.A caregiver assists their loved ones with activities of daily living which include:BathingDressingEatingToiletingShoppingHousekeepingTransportationMedical tasks such as giving medications, changing wound dressings, and managing painA caregiver can also play a significant role in coordinating care for their loved ones. Many are appointed power of attorney or the primary decision maker for their loved ones, managing finances, property, and most suitable medical care for the individual.    What causes caregiver stress or burnout?There is no clear definition of caregiver stress. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stress as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Burnout can be a response to stress, defined as extreme emotional exhaustion. According to stress.org, stages of burnout are:EnthusiasmStagnationFrustrationApathy or loss of interestA caregiver with stress or burnout exhibits signs of feeling overloaded, overwhelmed, emotionally drained, tiredness, detachment from the person they are caring for, and a reduced sense of accomplishment.Who is most affected by caregiver stress?Caregiver stress affects the person or people directly caring for their loved one. Stress can also affect caregivers in different ways. For example, one caregiver may find specific tasks stressful or overwhelming while another caregiver may find the task relaxing and rewarding.What are the signs and symptoms of caregiver stress?Often, caregivers are not aware of their stress or feeling of burnout. Signs and symptoms of caregiver stress can be subtle or obvious. It is important to identify caregiver stress so it can be eased.AnxietyAnxiety is a stress response, activating the fight or flight response that happens chemically in the brain. Physically, anxiety can be described as:Increased heart rateFeelings of doom or hopelessnessStomach pain and or spasmsHeadacheSweatingHeavy breathingFeeling weak or tiredWorryFatigueCaregivers suffering from stress may not realize they are fatigued. Fatigue is the bodys response to burnout and can be physical, emotional, or psychological.Weight changesStress can cause weight changes and affect eating patterns. Weight change can occur when dealing with caregiver stress. Rapid weight gain or unexplained weight loss is a warning sign of caregiver stress and should be addressed appropriately.IrritabilityCaregivers may become easily annoyed or short-tempered with loved ones, family members, or friends. Feeling irritable may be a warning sign of caregiver stress.Feelings of being overwhelmedFeeling overwhelmed or anxious is normal. Caregivers may become overwhelmed with the amount of care needed to provide to their loved ones. Trouble concentrating, changes in sleep patterns, and changes in eating habits may occur.DepressionLosing interest in activities can be a sign of depression due to the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. Signs of depression include:Little interest or pleasure in doing thingsFeeling down or hopelessChange in sleep patternsFatigue and tirednessThoughts of death or suicidePotential health risks as a result of caregiver stressChronic stress (or stress lasting for more than six weeks) can have lasting health problems. Caregivers exhibiting signs and symptoms of stress and burnout have a higher chance of developing health risks.High blood pressureCaregivers can suffer from high blood pressure due to the stress of caring for a loved one in hospice. If caregivers have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, stress can make the disease worse. Uncontrolled high blood pressure puts caregivers at higher risk for:StrokeAtherosclerosis or disease of the arteriesHeart attackOrgan damageWeakened immune systemThe immune system is in place to protect the body from illness and disease. Stress can cause a weakened immune system. With a weakened immune system, caregivers can become sick or develop chronic illnesses such as:Inflammation throughout the bodyIncrease in fat in the blood and bodyChronic painFrequent colds and infections Short term memory lossStudies have shown that a symptom of chronic stress is the shrinking of the brain. Shrinking of the brain causes short-term memory loss. Short term memory loss affects learning, judgement, and memory process. Headaches and body painsStress can cause headaches and body pains. On a hormonal level, the increase of cortisol causes headaches even at rest. The physical nature of caring for a loved one on hospice- lifting, standing, walking, and rotating- can cause severe body pain or injury. How to relieve or prevent caregiver stress and burnoutSelf-care is imperative for caregivers caring for their loved ones in hospice. Self-care means caring for yourself, so you can improve your health to care for others.Exercise regularlyFinding the time and the energy to exercise might sound difficult. However, even carving out 30 minutes a day has positive effects on your health. Exercising whether it is running, walking, swimming, or doing yoga will lower blood pressure, increase energy, and improve mood.Asking and accepting help from othersAccepting help can be difficult for some caregivers. It is important to ask and accept help so that you are available for your loved one mentally and physically.Under most insurances and Medicare, respite care is available to relieve the burden of caregiver stress. Respite care will give short term caregiver relief to those who are in need.Eat and sleep wellEating and sleeping well are fundamental in protecting your physical and mental health. A well-balanced meal of fruits, vegetables, and plant-based foods is important for physical and mental well-being. Adding vitamins such as a multivitamin, vitamin D, or vitamin B-12 can also help improve your mood and energy.Having a good nights sleep has many health benefits. Feeling well-rested and energized will only benefit you, as the caregiver, and your loved one. Improved memory, mood, and overall well-being are all benefits of quality sleep.Seek out support groupsSupport groups add immense value to caregivers who are caring for loved ones in hospice. Joining support groups reassures caregivers that they arent alone. Support groups:Allow you to talk about your feelingsHelp you realize others are going through the same situationReduces stress and depressionTeaches coping skills and ways to divert stressMaintain personal relationshipsMaintaining personal relationships is as important as joining support groups. Meeting up with friends or family members allows you to relax. It also allows you to take time for yourself and time away from your loved one. Awareness of caregivers stress and burnout must be addressed and acknowledged for caregivers to feel supported and recognized for their challenging work. The hospice team and its services are a fundamental part of bringing this awareness to the forefront.

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Seniors Blue Book Turns 40!

The Seniors Blue Book was first published in 1983 by Clifton Chadwick. At the time Cliff was 69 years old and enjoying his retirement when his wife experienced a debilitating stroke. Cliff became her full-time caregiver, a job he cherished, but he was distraught that there was no place to turn for a comprehensive list of resources and services. It was from the love for his wife and commitment to his community that the Seniors Blue Book was born. Fifteen years later in 1997, when Cliff was 83 years old, Gil & Marion Hersch took over the reins from Cliff. With a history in publishing and Gerontology Gil & Marion were very impressed with the publication Cliff had nurtured along and wanted to become a part of it. After Cliff was certain that Gil & Marion had enough integrity to take over the guide and keep intact the many free listings and helpful editorials that he had published, Gil & Marion took over the Seniors Blue Book and soon joined forces with their children Oliver & Samantha. SeniorsBlueBook.com was launched soon after their arrival in 1999. Now, 40 years later, we have no question Cliff would be humbled and proud of where the Seniors Blue Book is today in 2023. Printing 2.7M copies serving 28 markets as well as a nationwide on-line database, the Seniors Blue Book helps thousands of seniors and caregivers every day navigate the confusing and often daunting senior landscape. Our local Publishers truly love the opportunity to help serve people in their communities and I know that would put a big smile on Cliff's face. Today all the Publishers of the Seniors Blue Book thank Cliff for his vision, and we work hard to make sure his vision is respected and honored. One of the greatest benefits of the Seniors Blue Book is the sense of community it fosters. By bringing together information on local resources and services, the book helps seniors and their families feel connected to their community and less isolated. It also provides a sense of empowerment, as seniors are able to make informed decisions about their care and well-being.  Please enjoy reading and learning from the local edition that you hold in your hands, and feel free to reach out to us at any time for any questions or advise we can help you with. The book is an invaluable resource for seniors and their families as they navigate the often-complicated world of aging.  As the Seniors Blue Book turns 40, it is a testament to the vision of its founder and the importance of providing reliable and comprehensive information to seniors and their families. We look forward to many more years of service and support for seniors and their families!

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Remote patient monitoring with Addison Care!

Addison, the Virtual Caregiver, is a state-of-the-art, 3D animated, connected caregiver designed to transform a residence into a digital Smart Health Home, providing chronic care management, rehabilitation, aging in place, behavioral health and care coordination, for patients of all ages.  Your Addison Care Console will include peripheral bluetooth devices you need for your care plan.  Options include glucometer, non-contact thermometer, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, weight scale or spirometer.  Easy set-up!  Our team has created an out-of-the-box experience unlike any other. Your Addison Care Console is already personalized to your care plan and automatically connects to Bluetooth health monitoring devices and emergency response wearables upon arrival.  All you have to do is plug it into an outlet and enjoy!Addison can be equipped with cellular backup communication and an uninterrupted power supply for additional protection during local power or Wi-Fi outages. A World of ExperiencesMirrors time of day and weatherCelebrates your faith and holidaysPersonalized environmentsCultural customizationInteractable features boost cognitionEncourages success and uplifts moodA World of ConnectivityTeleCare Center IntegratedVirtual Primary Care Connected24/7 Emergency ResponsePersonal hands-free calls to family or friendsCustomer service on demandCaregiver alerts and notificationsA World of BenefitsContinuous care support and coachingEarly identification of changes in health statusExpedited, expert interventionsImproved treatment adherenceBetter health outcomesKeeps care circle informedAdditional FeaturesVoice or Touch Driven InteractionMedication Reminders24/7 Emergency ResponseVitals MonitoringNotify the Parties You Authorize(Care Circle)Privacy & Security with Face Recognition

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SBB University welcomes Jeff Kosor, Owner of Senior Helpers of Southwest Pittsburgh

SBB University welcomes Jeff Kosor, owner of Senior Helpers of Southwest Pittsburgh!  Jeff shares with us what differentiates Seniors Helpers apart from other home care agencies, examples of the types of care that their caregivers can provide, and reviews the safety measures that his staff takes on a continual basis to ensure the safety of their clients.Jeff is currently hiring and in search of passionate caregivers to join his team!

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SBB University welcomes Kyle Harder with VITAS Healthcare

SBB University welcomes Kyle Harder with VITAS Healthcare. Kyle shares the many services that VITAS can provide that wraps around the individual (as well as their families), discusses common misconceptions when it comes to hospice, how to pay for hospice care, and how quickly can hospice services be introduced when someone is in need of the service.To contact Kyle Harder, Director of Market Development - call 724-584-2364

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Caregivers - ComForCare Home Care NW Pittsburgh - FT/PT/Flexible Positions Available!

Our friends at ComForCare Home Care NW Pittsburgh is hiring Caregivers!Live your best life possible by helping others live theirs. Our caregivers are the heart and soul of what we do. At ComForCare, we like to celebrate successes and have fun while building meaningful relationships. Join our team and be a part of a certified Great Place To Work!Full Time, Part Time and Flexible Schedule Available!Click Here for Open Positions: www.comforcare.com/careers or contact them directly at 724-759-7674.

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Hiring Caregivers - Rita's Home Care Agency

We are Hiring!Join Our Team! - Free Training- Competitive Pay - Flexible Schedule- Paid Time Off - Team Building Events- Bonuses- $300 Caregivers Referral BonusApply Now or contact admin@ritahomecarepa.com to learn more! 

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Senior Licensed Practical Nurse

UPMC is hiring Senior Licensed Practical Nurse The LPN will visit patients in their home for the areas of Forest office to Braddock, Greenfield, Millvale, Sharpsburg, Swissvale, Etna, Blawnox.  These roles are Monday Friday daylight shifts and will have on call after orientation, which is mostly done via phone calls. The goal is for Geriatric nursing working to keep senior in their home safety and healthy.  Our department is small but mighty   Our staff stay working with us until Retirement.  It is a family environment.  You develop a relationship with your clients.  This is a great thing, but it is also hard because you are working with a population at the end of their lives.Act as a member of the health-care team by exercising sound nursing judgment based on preparation, knowledge, experience in nursing and competency and able to provide care and IV therapy following UPMC LPN Practice Guidelines and policies, and the State Board Regulations. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) participates in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care using focused assessment in settings where nursing takes place under the direction of a Registered Nurse or other licensed UPMC provider. A senior LPN is responsible for selecting and completing 1 contribution annually that will assist in improving patient care OR must have and maintain a UPMC approved certification. The role of the Senior LPN encompasses partnership, and collaboration with the health care team and the patients and families to achieve desired patient outcomes.We will all levels of the career ladder. The final title and salary will be determined by education, experience, and certification.  Responsibilities:The LPN is licensed to function as a member of the health-care team by exercising sound nursing judgment based on preparation, knowledge, experience in nursing and competency. The LPN participates in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care using focused assessment in settings where nursing takes place.Home visit (driving), Documentation, Assessment for Medical and MedicalFollow up with clients, families, pharmacist and physicians office.                An LPN shall communicate with a licensed professional nurse and the patients health care team members to seek guidance when: The patients care needs exceed the licensed practical nursing scope of practice. The patients care needs surpass the LPN knowledge, skill or ability. The patients condition deteriorates or there is a significant change in condition, the patient is not responding to therapy, the patient becomes unstable. Qualifications:Senior LPN RequirementsSuccessful completion and graduation from a Licensed Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing.One (1) year of experience.Successful completion of an IV therapy curriculum required within 4 months of hire/transfer.Must commit to obtain within 4 months of hire/transfer within 30 days of start. If graduated in 2012 to present day, IV therapy curriculum is included in the PA State Board Approved Programs. If graduated prior to 2012, the LPN will need to provide official proof of completion of IV therapy approved program. Must select and complete 1 contribution annually that will assist in improving patient care OR have and maintain a UPMC approved certification., The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures. Ability to identify process improvement opportunities to improve patient care and encompasses collaboration with the health care team and the patients and families to achieve desired patient outcomes. Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families. Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment. Mobility and visual manual dexterity. Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients. Computer skills required to utilize the electronic health record.Prefer Home Health Geriatric experience. LPN Requirements19.58 24.60 -30.17 Successful graduation from a Licensed Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing. The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified belowPrefer Home Health Geriatric experience. Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:LPN must maintain state licensure where they are practicing or in a state covered by a licensure compact agreement with the state where the facility is located. If graduated prior to 2012, the LPN will need to provide official proof of completion of IV therapy approved program within 4 months of hire/transfer. Must select and complete 1 contribution annually that will assist in improving patient care OR must have and maintain a UPMC approved certification.Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*Current licensure either in the state where the facility is located or, if the facility is in a state covered by the multistate Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) agreement, a multistate license issued by a participating NLC state. Hires and current employees working on an out-of-state NLC license who later change their residency to the state where the facility is also located will have 60 days upon changing their residency to apply for licensure within that state.UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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Caregivers - Greater Pittsburgh Area

Are you a caring and compassionate individual looking to make a difference? Join our team at Senior Helpers and become a caregiver! Enjoy a personally rewarding work environment, build meaningful relationships with clients, receive specialized training, and have the flexibility to work on your own terms. Apply today and start making a positive impact  https://bit.ly/48yaTAt

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