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Hot-weather dangers for seniors

Hot summer weather can provide plenty of opportunities for fun, but it carries some risks as well. 

While it's great to pack the family up for an afternoon at the beach, or to spend time outdoors for a cookout or picnic, when you're the caregiver for an older loved one you have some extra precautions to take. Older adults are more vulnerable to certain health ailments, due to age-related changes to their immune system and the possible effects of chronic illnesses or injuries. It's important to keep an eye on them when the temperature increases to quickly identify and treat any of these heat-related conditions:

1. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke
If your loved one's core body temperature rises too high, they can be at risk for hyperthermia, also known as heat exhaustion or the more serious heat stroke.

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4 easy meals you can make in 30 minutes

When you're a family caregiver, meal planning can be hectic.

From upkeep of the house, laundry, keeping track of doctor appointments and cooking meals, there's a lot of responsibility that rests on your shoulders. As such, you may not always have enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things you want, or need to.

Nutrition is a crucial element of your loved one's health, however. You need to make sure they're eating enough and getting nutritional meals. But this doesn't have to be a time-consuming task. Try one of these 30-minute meals to save time:

1. Honey-Dijon Sheet Pan Chicken
Sheet-pan dinners are always an efficient choice. It only takes a couple of minutes to prep all the ingredients for your dish, put them together on one tray and then pop it in the oven. You then have 20 to 30 minutes to take care of anything else you need to do around the house, or just sit down and enjoy a well-deserved break. 

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7 activities to do with Grandpa on Father's Day

Father's Day is right around the corner. 

While presents and cards are nice to give your grandfather, chances are good that he'll most enjoy one of life's greatest gifts: simply spending time together with you. 

Having trouble deciding what to do? Consider some of these activities for Father's Day:

"If he has projects he likes to do, ask him to show you how it's done."

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[Podcast] Episode 6: How to find the right senior living community

Starting the conversation about your aging loved one moving into a new environment for additional care can be confusing and emotional for everyone involved. 

When preparing for this possible transition, several factors come into play that could make it easier. In this episode, Kelly Myers, SVP of Sales for Sunrise Senior Living, cuts to the chase on some frequently asked questions and shares important tips to consider as you look into senior living options for your loved one.

Check out the highlights from this episode, and make sure to listen in on the full version here.

What is the difference between a nursing home and assisted living? (1:00) It’s common to wonder about what makes these options different, and realize that they are. The main difference between them are the services and levels of care that they provide.

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Does stroke prevention help decrease the risk for dementia?

Taking precautionary measures to ensure good heart and brain health is essential for aging well. 

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with cancer, stroke and Alzheimer's disease all placing in the top six. The risks for these conditions increase with age, making preventative measures crucial. 

Researchers around the world are continually trying to find steps we can take to stop these conditions from forming. Recently, a team from the University of Western Ontario conducted a study on preventing stroke for people over the age of 80. Improving diet and increasing exercises yielded positive results for lowering the rates of strokes, but these methods may help keep dementia from forming as well.

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