Resources

It is that time of the year for everyone, especially seniors and children to get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot really early in the season may not protect you towards the end of the flu season, especially if the season is long.  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends getting a flu shot by October.   photo credit: USACE Europe District via photopin cc   Eac  ... Read More

04Sep

2014

Category: News & Events , Senior Health , Resources , LGBT Seniors , Senior Veterans , Wellness and Fitness

Massachusetts Legislature approved the bill H.2047 to create a special commission on LGBT Aging. The Commission is tasked "to investigate, analyze and study the health, housing, financial, psycho-social and long-term care needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults and their caregivers and to make recommendations to improve access to benefits and services where appropriate   ... Read More

30Jul

2014

Category: Resources , LGBT Seniors

Mugwort, a spongy herb, has been used in Asia, predominantly by the Chinese, for tens of centuries, to aid healing through a process called Moxibustion. While it is part of acupuncture, moxibustion is a non-invasive procedure.  The herb Mugwort, also known as Artemesia vulgaris, is burned on or near the acupuncture sites of the knee.   Herb – Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris L.)Image c  ... Read More

18Jul

2014

Category: Resources , Illnesses and Symptoms

In the United States, according to ACL (Administration for Community Living), about 5 million older Americans are reported to be victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. However, it is believed that for every reported case, a whopping 23 cases go unreported. With 10,000 people turning 65 each day in the United States, the problem of elder abuse continues to grow.   What is Elder Abuse?   ... Read More

03Jul

2014

Category: Resources , Caring and Caregiving , Senior Veterans , LGBT Seniors

Numerous outdoor and indoor recreational and sports activities are available in Massachusetts.  One such program is run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) called the Universal Access Program.   The activities include boating, sailing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, skating and skiing.  Most of the activities are free.   Participants   ... Read More

02Jun

2014

Category: Resources , Adults with Disabilities

Three essential questions to ask - to ensure the company you choose has a strong set of core values.   1. Communication. Will I be able to easily communicate with the personal attendant and have continued access to my case manager? This is the core of our approach. We believe that you should never feel there is a lack of control or communication with your personal attendant. For this  ... Read More

14May

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options , Senior Veterans , LGBT Seniors , Caring and Caregiving

  Did You Know? One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year; but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. Half of all falls happen in and around the home. Among older adults (those 65 or older), falls are the leading cause of injury death. Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of t  ... Read More

17Apr

2014

Category: Resources , Wellness and Fitness , Caring and Caregiving

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide 10 to 20 hours a week of free personal care services for veterans and their spouses. Long Term Care May Be the Greatest Crisis Veteran Seniors Will Face.  Long-term care can be very expensive. The Veterans Administration (VA) has programs to address this need.   Source: National Archives and Records Administration. Retired WWI  ... Read More

16Apr

2014

Category: Resources , Senior Veterans

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. The disease destroys brain cells and symptoms can include confusion, anger, mood swings, language breakdown and long-term memory loss. Over 5.4 million people in the United States and 35 million worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease involves specialized services that differ from other types o  ... Read More

10Mar

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options , Alzheimer’s & Dementia

What are Retirement/Independent Living Communities? Retirement communities or independent living communities cater to seniors who are very independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments available in a variety of sizes from studios to large two bedrooms. Fine dining services are offered with custom-designed meal packages. Also Known As: Payment So  ... Read More

07Mar

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options

What is a Residential Care Home? Residential Care Homes are known by different names depending on where you live. In some areas they are called Adult Family Homes , in other areas they may be referred to as Personal Care Homes Adult Foster Homes Group Homes or Board and Care Homes . Typically they all have the same things in common: they provide care for seniors in a homelike setting that's very  ... Read More

03Mar

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options

What is Assisted Living? Assisted Living Communities (ALFs) help promote health, safety and well-being among the senior residents that live there. Assisted living was developed as a type of senior housing to provide housing, health care and personal care services to seniors in need of assistance with activities of daily living in a more independent environment than a traditional nursing home. Am  ... Read More

20Feb

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options

What is a Nursing Home? Nursing Homes, also known as Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), are for seniors who require constant medical care and need significant assistance with the activities of daily living. Today in the United States there are over 16,000 nursing homes. The goal of care in a nursing home is to help individuals meet their daily physical, medical, social, and psychological needs.   ... Read More

15Feb

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options

Using A Home Care Agency vs. Hiring a "Direct' Household Employee We realize that your budget may not allow you to hire a home care agency like Hestia Care Services to care for your family's needs. Therefore, we have designed a program to fit your budget! Our Direct Hire Program helps families find, screen, pre-qualify, and background-check qualified caregiver candidates that can be hired directl  ... Read More

10Feb

2014

Category: Resources , Living Options

What is the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit? Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a tax-free non-service connected disability pension. Unlike a service connected pension, this pension must be used to pay for un-reimbursed ongoing medical expenses.   Three requirements to qualify for Aid and Attendance: Military Service Medical Need Meet Income and  ... Read More

01Aug

2013

Category: Resources , Senior Veterans