Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is synonymous with all that fall offers: Halloween, bonfires, pumpkins spice lattes, flannels and hay rides. What also comes to mind when we think of October at Great Care in-home care services is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease turns October pink. The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) […]

National Eye Exam Month Focuses on Vision Health

The timeless metaphor that our eyes are the windows to the soul means so much more every August, during National Eye Exam Month. Our eyes play a major role in how we view the world, and how others can learn more about our health and well-being. As the school year begins each fall, Great Care […]

Fall Car Care for Caregivers

As the seasons change and cooler weather starts to move in, Great Care knows the importance of sharing practical vehicle maintenance tips. Especially for our caregivers. “October is Fall Car Care Month, which is the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is up to date on servicing, including oil changes, wiper blade replacement, brake […]

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 […]

Avoid Weight Gain for Better Heart Health

Great Care recently took note of a report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The information confirms what we all know to be a difficult reality of aging: Weight gain may increase heart failure risk. “Researchers say maintaining weight and avoiding weight gain may be an important strategy to prevent changes in […]

Scams Targeting Seniors on the Rise

Great Care takes a vested interest in the trend of scams targeting seniors. The Senate Aging Committee recently announced the top scams from 2016 to warn the unsuspecting of danger. According to the Committe, the number of calls to its Fraud Hotline more than doubled in 2016, a sign efforts have increased awareness of schemes targeting older […]

Great Pumpkin Recipes for Seniors

Whether decorated for the holidays or baked in a scrumptious pie, pumpkin is a favorite during fall. Great Care loves that the orange-hued squash is a superfood that’s perfect as a key ingredient in healthy fall recipes. Mashed, raw pumpkin can be used in a variety of healthy recipes, as it is high in fiber […]

Senior Recipes: August is National Peach Month

Every summer, Great Care loves to celebrate the peach. The furry fruit is a perfect pairing with light, heart-healthy summer dishes, with only 34 calories in a medium-sized peach. Peaches are high in Vitamin C and low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat. They are a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, niacin and […]

Risk for Chronic Conditions for Caregivers of Elderly

Caregivers, help is coming your way. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and a new essay in the public health journal “Preventing Chronic Disease,” is focusing on the need for more support given to caregivers of vulnerable seniors, especially those with special needs. The nonprofit organization — committed to serving chronic disease practitioners in […]

Health and Safety Tips for Senior Pet Owners

Those dog days of summer are here, and Great Care knows the heat and humidity can take a toll on the well being of both dogs and cats. “Our pets suffer from summer skin irritations, sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion, just as we do,” says Traci Simo of pet care provider Canine Company. “The difference […]