Parenting a Parent: Less Stress is Best

At Great Care, we all know stress can get the best of us — specifically when it causes adverse health issues. This can be especially true for seniors and caregivers. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), stress can affect our mental and physical health in so many ways. “Long-term activation of your body’s stress response system, […]

Quitting Smoking Can Change Your Life

Great Care knows that the benefits of quitting smoking are wide-ranging, from lowering cancer risk and boosting immune systems to building strong bones and muscles and preventing emphysema. Even Disney has made its dedication to healthy families clear here in the U.S. by banning smoking and vaping from its parks in California and Florida starting May 1. […]

Spring Into National Nutrition Month

Each March, Great Care in-home care services joins the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to celebrate National Nutrition Month. The annual campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. “At Great Care, we encourage healthy diets and lifestyles as an important part of the aging process,” […]

Random Acts of Kindness for Seniors

In February, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week to inspire everyone to practice and spread kindness in their own lives. At Great Care, we encourage everyone to take a special focus on being kind to senior citizens, who could specifically benefit greatly by the simple act of kindness. Kindness ideas from […]

Overcoming Senior Loneliness During the Holidays

As an in-home care services provider, Great Care understands the needs of seniors as the holidays get underway. Not only are there physical demands associated with adapting to the cold and ice, as well as winter health concerns. There’s also an emotional element to the holidays that can leave seniors feeling sad and lonely. “Some older […]

Honor National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and Great Care joins the National Alliance for Caregiving in celebrating the selfless commitment of millions of Americans who care for loved ones. “This is a time to celebrate the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability,” […]

Parenting a Parent: Caregiver Resources

As the need for caregivers increases in today’s aging society, Great Care understands the demand for resources to help them cope with this all-important, much-needed role. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. Of course that […]

Healthy Shopping Helps the Heart

Great Care knows the spring season is a great time to embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle, especially focusing on fresh produce from the grocery store or local farmer’s markets. The American Heart Association reminds us all that eating healthy starts with shopping healthy. “Eating right — what you put in your mouth — starts with what you put […]

Parenting a Parent: Filing Taxes for Elderly Parents

Tax season is upon us, and Great Care is here to provide some helpful pointers for those caregivers who may be helping their parents file before the April 17, 2018, deadline. The first question many in the elderly population and their caregivers may ask is, “When do seniors on Social Security stop filing taxes?” According […]

January is National Sunday Supper Month

Great Care has fond memories of supper with the family on Sundays, a time to regroup and revisit with loved ones. Luckily there’s a National Sunday Supper Day, observed annually on the second Sunday in January, to bring back the traditions of Sunday supper. “These days families are busy with after-school activities, jobs and homework,” says […]