January 15, 2020

Managing the Medications You Take is Essential to Aging Well

  The older we get, the more likely we are to be taking prescription medications. As we mentioned in this post, more than a third of Americans over the age of 65 take at least five prescription medications and the typical 75-year-old takes more than 10 prescription drugs. This can make taking the right doses... Read More
October 15, 2019

What Does It Mean to Be Old?

  You’ve heard it all before – old age means increasing aches and pains, constant visits to the doctor and a diminished capacity to live a full and fulfilling life. But is this really true? Does growing older necessarily mean giving up on a life of purpose and joy? At Family Home Health, we deal... Read More
September 16, 2019

Six Ways You Can Help Prevent Falls

  Fall Prevention Awareness Day is on September 23, which coincides with the first day of autumn. For seniors, fall prevention is particularly important, as the risk of falling increases as we age. And the consequences of falling also increase as we age – seniors are much more likely than their younger counterparts to experience... Read More
July 15, 2019

The Drug Epidemic Few People Talk About

  When we think of a drug problem in America, many think of illegal drugs, such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine crossing our borders and corrupting our youth. But, there’s another, often-ignored drug problem that kills thousands of Americans each year – adverse reactions from medications prescribed by doctors. Not surprisingly, seniors are the largest... Read More
February 15, 2019

How to Live Well with Congestive Heart Failure

  Congestive heart failure (CHF) sounds scarier than it is. While it is a serious condition that needs prompt medical attention, it doesn’t mean that your heart has “failed.” It simply means that the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s optimal needs. This can be because of a leaky valve,... Read More
October 15, 2018

Pets Provide Powerful Health Benefits

  October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. In addition to being a humanitarian act that benefits the adopted dog, research shows that owning a dog may provide numerous health benefits for its owner. Many humans can attest about their animal’s ability to provide joy, lift one’s spirits after a hard day and even... Read More
September 14, 2018

Can Lifestyle Changes Prevent Dementia?

  September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. And while there is no cure, there are things we can do to mitigate the risks. A team of experts created a bit of a stir last year at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference when they declared that one-third of all cases of dementia could be prevented through... Read More
August 15, 2018

The Most Important Vaccinations for Seniors

  August is National Immunization Awareness Month and with flu season just a few months away, now is a good time to review essential vaccinations for seniors. Research tells us that many seniors aren’t getting the vaccinations they should and yet, they are one of the age groups where vaccines are most important. As we... Read More
July 16, 2018

Declare Your Independence from Chronic Pain

  Our country recently celebrated Independence Day. Freedom to live our lives the way we choose is part of the American dream. But for those living with a chronic disease – and according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), almost half of all adults have a chronic disease or condition – freeing... Read More
April 5, 2018

Planning Ahead for End-of-Life Care

  April 16-22 is National Healthcare Decisions Week. It is meant to draw attention to the importance of planning ahead for your end-of-life care. One of the best ways to ensure your wishes are honored is through a variety of documents called advance directives. In Illinois, there are four main types of advance directives. Health... Read More