Loneliness is Bad for Our Brains

January 18, 2022 — Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. was seeing what was called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. Just before the pandemic, a study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. Experts believe that number has risen during the pandemic, due mostly to the isolation and distancing needed... Read More

Honoring Home Care Workers

November 10, 2021 — November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. Every year the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers – many of whom work at Family Home Health – play a... Read More

4 Medication Safety Tips for Adults

October 7, 2021 — October is Talk About Your Medicines Month, a great time to make sure you’re using and storing all of your medications – both over the counter (OTC) and prescriptions – properly. Here are some tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If you’re caring for an older loved one, help them stay safe too.... Read More

How to Manage Pain Safely and Effectively Without Opioids

September 9, 2021 — Physical pain can be devastating, and unfortunately it’s a daily reality for many people. Effective pain management can help people can enjoy doing what matters to them most – and in many cases it can be accomplished without the use of opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer three ways you can safely manage... Read More

Adapting Loving Relationships During Health Challenges

August 9, 2021 — Most people over age 65 are living with at least one chronic illness. While some of the most common of these, such as high blood pressure or arthritis, are not necessarily life threatening, they can still put a crimp in one’s love life. Sometimes the spouse of the person who is ill assumes the caregiver... Read More

Heat Waves Can be Hazardous to Your Heart

July 14, 2021 — With many areas of the country facing triple-digit temperatures and summer heat and humidity elsewhere, the American Heart Association (AHA) is urging people to take extra steps to protect their hearts. This is especially important for older adults and people with high blood pressure, obesity or a history of heart disease and stroke. Temperatures over... Read More

How to Prevent and Manage the Complications of Diabetes

June 10, 2021 — More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, a disease that happens when blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. Diabetes sometimes happens when the pancreas cannot manufacture enough insulin, a hormone that helps glucose from food get into the cells to be used for energy. Or, it might be that the... Read More

Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?

May 13, 2021 — More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that people of every age, race and gender are affected by the disease. Simply put, if you have skin, you can get skin cancer. However, some people are at higher risk... Read More

Be #VaccineReady During National Minority Health Month

April 20, 2021 — Did you know racial and ethnic minority communities and American Indian and Alaska Native communities are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic? We can help these communities get vaccine ready this National Minority Health Month. Every April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) raises awareness about disparities in the healthcare... Read More