Why Your Senior Years Can Be the Best Years of Your Life

Growing older certainly has its set of challenges. Between some cognitive decline and memory loss, to loss of mobility, aches and pains due to various physical ailments, growing older can be rough. But, have you ever considered that there are actually many great reasons why growing older can be the best years of your life? Read on to discover!

    • Grandchildren. It seems that most grandparents agree that they have a better relationship with their grandchildren than they do with their own children. It does seem as if they are more naturally aligned, and they can learn from each other along the way while having fun and bonding.
    • Time is on your side. Regardless of how you might feel as you grow older (that time is running out) you actually have more time on your side because being retired; your days are your own to do with as you please.
    • You’re happier than the younger generations. Research has indicated that seniors have better coping skills and therefore are more adaptable to various intense situations. This makes them, overall, happier.
    • You’ve gained wisdom. Having lived for six or so decades, you’ve gained a lot of wisdom along the way. This wisdom can be used to help your own children and grandchildren. And to help you make wiser decisions in the future.
    • Volunteer opportunities. With more time on your hands, you can now pursue volunteer opportunities and in return reap great rewards such as a more positive outlook on life and a greater sense of purpose.
    • Follow your dreams. When you were in your 40’s and 50’s, you didn’t have time to pursue your dreams, whatever they might be. Now, you’re retired and you can pursue your dream of writing the great American novel, traveling the world, creating a photography book, opening an online business, whatever your heart desires.

For the past 20 years, Always Best Care has been in the business of senior care giving. With locations all over the United States and Canada, they employ only the finest, most compassionate and dedicated caregivers. If you are a senior living in the Fresno area and would like information about elder care assistance in Fresno or free referrals for assisted living facilities in Fresno CA, call the Always Best Care Fresno location at 855-484-2378 today. They look forward to talking with you!

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Do You Know Your Skin Cancer Risk Factors?

Do you know what the most common form of cancer is in the United States? Yes, it’s skin cancer. And it’s likely due to the fact that the skin is the largest organ on the body, and it is directly exposed, sometimes on a daily basis, to everything that can damage it, pollutants, UV lights, and more. Learn about your risks for developing skin cancer and the best way to avoid it:

  1. Your skin type. People who are fair skinned have a greater chance of developing skin cancer because they have likely had more sun burns. People in this group should always wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen and seek shade during the times when the sun is at its peak. Those with darker or olive skin tones have a lower chance of developing skin cancer, but should still take precautionary measures.
  2. Too much sun. If you love soaking in the sun you raise your chances of developing skin cancer. Over exposure to sunlight means increased number of wrinkles as well as getting them at a younger age. It’s also true for the possibility of developing skin cancer.
  3. Using a tanning bed. Today’s culture dictates that tanned skin is beautiful skin, which has thousands of people flocking to tanning beds. Very similar to too much skin exposure, lying in tanning beds and booths will increase your chances of skin cancer due to too much exposure to UV rays.
  4. Family history. One of the biggest skin cancer risk factors is whether or not a close family member has previously developed the disease.
  5. Age. As people get older, their risk for developing skin cancer increases because of the cumulative exposure to the sun.

To help lower your chances of developing skin cancer, make sure to wear a hat on sunny days, wear suntan lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher, stay out of the noonday sun, wear sunglasses (to protect your eyes), and see your doctor regularly for all-over body skin checks.

Are you a senior living in the Fresno area? Would you like to learn about senior care in Fresno CA or elder care in Hanford California? Contact the Always Best Care in Fresno at 855-484-2378 to set up your own free care consultation. They look forward to hearing from you!

Why You Should Never Underestimate The Value Of A Good Night’s Sleep

Let’s face it; we all already know that sleep is good for us. There is no denying that after a good night’s sleep, we wake up and feel refreshed, happy, and ready to conquer the day. Those days when we get limited or broken sleep, we wake up feeling sluggish, in a bad mood, and just wanted to curl up and fall back to sleep.

It’s obvious that sleep has a powerful affect on our mood, but did you know that it affects just about every other aspect of our being as well? Read on:

  • Cancer prevention. A rise in melatonin levels in your body at nighttime has actually been proven to combat cancer. People who don’t sleep well at night, or who work the night shift, are at an increased risk of developing cancer due to the lower amount of melatonin their body is producing.
  • Memory improvement. Although it’s still a mystery, when we sleep, our brain is still working overtime. But this is a good thing, because this activity is necessary for our brain to make lasting connections and memories for us. A good night’s sleep improves memory and allows us to process ideas and thoughts more easily.
  • Heart health. By getting between 7-9 hours of sleep, you are improving your heart health. Most heart attacks and strokes take place in the morning, and this might be because of how blood vessels and sleep interact with each other. Decreased sleep often raises blood pressure and cholesterol, thereby increasing the risk for heart problems.
  • Reduces risk of depression. When we sleep, our levels of serotonin increase. Depression is caused by a lack of serotonin or lower-than-usual levels. Get 7-9 hours to help reduce your risk of depression.
  • Repairs damage. While you’re snoozing away, your body is at work repairing all of the damage that’s been done to it including UV ray damage and the affects of stress. While you sleep, protein is produced and these are the molecules that help to repair the damage that’s been done to the body.

If you live in the Fresno area and are interested in learning about in-home senior care in Hanford California, or about your other options regarding senior care in Fresno CA, you can contact the Always Best Care Fresno location at 1-855-484-2378 or email rsuperales@abc-seniors.com to set up a free care consultation. They look forward to hearing from you!

The Best Gifts For Seniors

It seems there’s always a reason to buy someone a gift – whether it’s the holidays, a birthday, an anniversary, there is never any shortage of gift-giving days, but there are, however, a shortage of great gift ideas. Seniors can be especially difficult to buy for because sometimes it seems like they’ve got everything they need, after all, they’ve had many birthdays, many holidays, and so they’ve so far received many, many gifts. But fret not; here are some tried and true gift ideas for seniors that will make their heart happy:

  • Gift Certificates. Many seniors love eating out so a gift card to their favorite restaurant makes a great gift. Also consider a gift certificate to their local grocery store.
  • Customized gifts like scrapbooks and videos are especially dear to seniors when their entire family is involved. It’s a perfect keepsake they can look at over and over and the love involved will shine through.
  • Clothes or a gift card to a clothing store. Seniors don’t buy themselves a lot of clothes, after all, they are likely retired and don’t have to go to the office, and they often don’t justify spending money on clothes. Socks, sweaters, pants, all articles of clothing will be appreciated.
  • Customized gift baskets make a great gift because you can fill them with a variety of items that the senior loves. Whether it’s soaps, perfume, lotions, chocolates, cheeses, sauces, sausage, gift cards, books, etc.
  • Cozy blankets and throws never go unused, especially in a senior’s house. They are often inexpensive and can be soft as butter. If you want to, big box stores often offer the ability to customize throws with a special picture.
  • Give the senior the gift of technology with a Smart phone or a tablet. This is a great gift because they will be able to keep in touch with the family and they can use the tablet as a means of entertainment by watching shows and movies.

Always Best Care has been in the senior care giving industry for the past 20 years. Serving seniors all over the United States and Canada, they take pride in the exceptional care provided by their dedicated caregivers. If you are interested in learning about elder care assistance in Fresno CA or senior home care services in Hanford, contact the Always Best Care Fresno location today at 1-855-484-2378 to set up a free consultation.

How To Find A Hobby You’ll Love

With age comes some amount of privilege, and one of those privileges is having the free time to take up creative pursuits like hobbies. After childhood, most of us think we don’t have time to pursue a hobby, and we usually don’t, however, hobbies can be your best friend during times when you are feeling lonely, and they can also encourage longevity.

11If you’re retired there are a number of ways that you can spend your time and it all might seem a bit overwhelming. What should you do? Where should you go? Should you go back to school? Should you take a community class? What types of things do you like doing? Since money is time and time is money, being retired is almost akin to winning the lottery – the lottery of time. That’s why when you make a decision to fill your time with something specific, try and make sure it’s the right hobby for you.

Lots of people take up some sort of sport as a hobby. These people are generally competitive and have a lot of energy. Hobbies in the sports category might include bowling, golf, playing bridge, or even playing poker. There are leagues to join and you can do it with a spouse or a friend regularly, which will give you reason to practice and joy when you improve and win.

If you’re a technically minded person you can take up something like Ham Radio. Most popular back in the 1970’s, they are perfect for people who want to connect with others in faraway places and who enjoy being able to communicate during crises when no other type of communication is available.

Do you love a specific war? Some people are fascinated by the Civil War, or the Revolutionary War, whatever “floats your boat” can be the launching pad for your hobby including creating shadow boxes of war scenes, painting war characters, building a chess set of war figurines, and more. Decide what you love and bounce ideas off from there. If gardening isn’t your thing, but you love exotic plants, find a course nearby that you can take, or make yourself a catalogue of exotic plants for your own viewing. The world, as they say, is your oyster.

If you’re interested in learning about elder care services in Hanford or want to find out more about Dementia care in Fresno CA, you can call the Always Best Care Fresno location at 1-855-484-2378 to set up a free consultation. They look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t Let These Common Household Items Hurt Your Pet

Our pets are our buddies. They follow us around, they pick us up when we are feeling down, and they make us laugh when we are sad with their cute little antics. We want to provide for them, and we want to protect them. So, keep in mind these everyday household items that can cause Fido or Fluffy extraordinary harm.

  • Wires and cords. Electronics are a staple these days. Homes are filled with errant cords that are too long, wrap around each other, and are unsightly. But, not only do they look hideous, they also pose a tremendous health hazard to your cat. Cats love to bite things, and to claw at things, and a frisky cat can easily find herself choking in a wire that’s too long, or electrocuted after biting a live cord. Wrap the cords in a plastic sheath (there are even ones specifically made to ward off your cat’s attention), or spray them with a repellant, non-toxic spray.
  • Bleach-based cleaning products. Many of us use bleach-based cleaning products for kitchens and bathrooms. Just a tiny amount can cause a cat or dog irreparable harm to their throat, food pipe and mouth. If you’ve been working with bleach-based cleaning products, make sure the area is dry before your pet comes back into the room.
  • Certain foods such as coffee grounds, dark chocolate, diet pills, macadamia nuts, vitamin supplements, grapes and raisins, cough drops, and even tea, can pose a danger to dogs and cats. Although it’s tempti2016JunTue14671308521614344329

    ng to feed your pet the food you’re eating, refrain because you never quite know if it can cause more harm than good.

  • Human medications. Yes, they’re good for us – things like ibuprofen, heart medications, ADD medications, antidepressants, and other pain relievers, but they can cause things as serious as kidney failure and stomach ulcers in your beloved pet.

If you live in the Fresno area and are interested in learning about elder care in Fresno California or geriatric care in Hanford California, you can call the Always Best Care Fresno location at 1-855-484-2378 and set up a free consultation. With 20 years of care giving experience, Always Best Care has a trusted reputation both in the United States and Canada for compassionate and dedicated senior in-home care.

Choose the Compassionate Care Delivered by Always Best Care in Fresno

For the past 25 years, Always Best Care Senior Services has been delivering compassionate and dedicated in-home care to seniors all over the United States and Canada. During that time, the Always Best Care caregivers have provided assistance to over 25,000 seniors, logging over three million hours of caregiver time. If you live in the Fresno area, you can call the Always Best Care Fresno office at 1-855-484-2378 and set up a free consultation for information about in-home care in Fresno, as well as for information about Alzheimer care in Hanford.

The services that the Always Best Care caregivers provide fall under different categories including home helper, companion, and personal care services. These include, but are not limited to housecleaning, pet and plant care, escorting to various locations (like places of worship, the grocery store, etc.), preparing and serving meals, grocery shopping, lively conversation, playing card games and board games, supervising home maintenance, morning wake up and evening tuck ins, and many others.

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In addition to the many services that the Always Best Care caregivers provide, the company also offers a number of Special Services to help keep their senior clients safe. These include:

– Always in Touch – A telephone reassurance program that gives seniors who live in remote locations or who have limited mobility peace of mind through a daily phone call.

– Always on Call – A program that offers seniors and their family to be able to contact a doctor 24/7. This allows medical savings and also cuts down on non-emergency visits to emergency rooms.

– Always Safe – A fall prevention and detection program that gives the senior and their family peace of mind by detecting if the senior has fallen, which can be fatal.

If you are interested in receiving more information about in-home care in Fresno or about Alzheimer care in Hanford, you can call the Always Best Care Fresno office at 1-855-484-2378 to set up a free consultation. A Care Coordinator will visit you and together you will create an individualized Care Plan, a medical, intellectual, spiritual and intellectual blueprint of your current needs. And since Always Best Care is always looking out for their senior clients, this blueprint will be changed as your needs change, too.