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National Nurses Week History

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse [...]

By | 2018-05-10T17:09:16+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips for Difficult Family Conversations

There comes a time when family members start to notice that their elderly parents need assistance. Family caregivers encounter many difficult conversations from driving, personal care, housework, and finances. Hard conversations can leave older adults feeling like they are not in control of their life. This feeling would make anyone frustrated or angry. We [...]

By | 2018-05-04T15:20:03+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Caregivers|0 Comments

10 Ways to Help Seniors with Loss of Appetite

Seniors often experience a loss of appetite. It is natural to burn fewer calories as we age and see a decrease in appetite. However, it is essential that older adults do not fall into malnutrition. Caregivers might notice seniors increase hostility at mealtime for a variety of reasons. The older adult might have dental issues, [...]

By | 2018-04-25T19:23:31+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Health|0 Comments

How To Help A Senior Loved One Quit Smoking

Many older adults grew up with a different culture of smoking than is seen today. While they may understand that smoking is harmful, years of addiction may have made quitting feel impossible. The effects of tobacco have likely taken a toll on your loved one’s body. When you care about someone, you do not want [...]

By | 2018-04-23T16:29:27+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Health|0 Comments

Best Movies & TV Shows for Dementia Patients

Are you a caregiver looking for positive movies and TV shows for your loved one with dementia? It can be harder than one may first assume. We are exposed to a massive amount of negative stories and images which can cause emotional distress to someone with dementia. Even the content in commercials or the news [...]

By | 2018-03-30T15:08:07+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Dementia & Alzheimer's|0 Comments

5 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Active

Exercise is crucial for older adults. Physical activity can prevent disease, manage stress, ward off infection and boost mood. It is important for seniors to engage in physical activity that accounts for their physical limitations as well as their interests. The tips below will help caregivers, and older adults increase the chances of maintaining an [...]

By | 2018-03-28T18:28:04+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Health|0 Comments

Seniors’ Unique Nutritional Needs

Seniors experience physiological changes that influence the type of nutrition they should receive. Caloric needs change for seniors as they have less energy expenditure. Seniors also begin to experience changes in kidney function and changes in the nervous system. They even experience perceptual changes that influence the ability to smell, hear and taste. Perceptual changes [...]

By | 2018-03-23T17:25:05+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Health|0 Comments

How to Choose Healthy Foods at the Grocery Store

Have you ever noticed the first thing you see when you walk into the grocery store? We often see the produce aisle first and candy snacks at checkout. We're here to help you outsmart these marketing tactics so you can leave the store with heart-healthy items. These ten healthy items are staples for any grocery [...]

By | 2018-02-28T16:32:08+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Heart Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reduce Stress to Save Your Life

Stress triggers changes in your body. The body reacts to stress by releasing adrenaline, which causes breathing and heart rate to change. Stress can cause depression, anxiousness, tension, body aches, weight gain and sleep loss. Stress over long periods of time can even trigger a heart attack! Significant problems that come with stress, such as [...]

By | 2018-02-26T19:21:42+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Heart Month|0 Comments

February | American Heart Month

Each February, American Heart Month aims to increase awareness of our country’s top killer: heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Onyx Home Care is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Every year, 1 in 4 [...]

By | 2018-02-26T19:20:58+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Heart Month|0 Comments