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 […]

Pledge to be Healthy For Good This Holiday

Great Care loves the call to action the American Heart Association is encouraging, especially during the holidays, for living well. Healthy For Good is a revolutionary movement to “inspire people to create lasting change in their health and life, one small step at a time.” ”The approach is simple,” says the American Heart Association. “Eat smart. […]

Alzheimer’s Caregivers and the Holidays

Each holiday season, Great Care celebrates the joys of the season, including time spent with friends and loved ones. These moments are especially important for those we care for who may have Alzheimer’s. The holidays can present bittersweet challenges while playing host to the making of cherished memories for families and caregivers, says Julie Sullivan, Founder […]

Apples Make Autumn Even Better

Great Care looks forward to autumn every year, when the crisp, fresh apples of fall are picked at the orchard or purchased at the farmer’s market. Apples have many health benefits, according to organicfacts.net. They include prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, heart disorders, stomach disorders, gallstones, constipation, liver disorders, anemia, and diabetes. “They also lower your […]

Breast Cancer Awareness: How You Can Help

Great Care recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness in October, focusing on early detection and increased awareness to help save lives. “Thanks to earlier detection – through screening and increased awareness — and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer […]