April is National Donate Life Month

Each April, Donate Life America observes National Donate Life Month by encouraging Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Great Care celebrates those who have saved lives through the gift of donation, and joins in sharing awareness of important local, regional and national activities this month. This year, the National Donate Life Month 2019 […]

Learn More About Glaucoma in January

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Great Care in-home care services is taking the time to share the symptoms, signs and treatments available for those diagnosed. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, and seniors are at a higher risk as they age. “Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated,” says the […]

Elevated Flu Cases Have Seniors on Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated information on the nation’s “high severe” flu season, which is in its 10th consecutive week of elevated levels. Great Care is taking special precaution to ensure everyone is educated on the update. In a special flu briefing Friday, CDC experts said the season — the worst since […]

Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Through Dec. 7

Oct. 15 officially marked Open Enrollment for Medicare for 2018 coverage. Great Care reminds enrollees to carefully review plan information sent by their providers, as the Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 Open Enrollment period covers any possible changes. “Or, you may decide you’re happy with the plan you have now,” says Medicare.gov. “If that’s the […]

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

In September, Great Care joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing National Cholesterol Education Month. The CDC recognizes the month as a good time to have blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. Especially for seniors. “National Cholesterol Education Month is also a good time to learn […]

Fresh, Sweet Corn is Ripe for the Eating

Great Care loves this season, when corn is fresh and readily available at farmer’s markets and produce stands. According to WebMD, “Corn is nutritious, providing fiber, which aids in digestion, plus folate, thiamin, phosphorus, vitamin C, and magnesium (about 10% of the daily value for each).” The World’s Healthiest Foods website reminds us that sweet […]

Staying Hydrated for Seniors This Summer

Staying hydrated is vital for seniors in the summer months, and Great Care has some important facts to share as the temperatures rise. According to Harvard Medical School, older adults often don’t get enough fluids and risk becoming dehydrated, especially during summer when it’s hotter and people perspire more. “Older people don’t sense thirst as much as […]

Safety First in the Summertime

When it comes to preventing injuries in the summertime, Great Care enlists the old adage, “Safety first!” “Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44,” says the National Safety Council. “But there are many things people […]

5 Steps for Older Adults to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 7, and Great Care is happy to share the National Council on Aging’s checklist to help those with Medicare and their caregivers evaluate their coverage. Across the country, folks with Medicare already have been bombarded with paperwork, sales pitches, and reminders, leaving many wondering where to start, says the council. […]

Fun Fall Crafts for Seniors

From handmade paintings with holiday designs to colorful fall foliage preserved in wax paper, autumn crafts are the perfect way to keep Great Care seniors active. There are a variety of arts-related ways aging adults can join in activities promoting creativity, brain exercise and hand-eye coordination, according to Dr. Barbara Bagan, a professor of expressive […]