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  • Awareness ·

Alzheimer’s Communication Tips

Changes in Communication As Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month continues, we want to discuss a very important topic- communication and Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, a person’s ability to communicate gradually diminishes. Changes in communication vary from person to person, but there are several common issues you can expect to see, including difficulty finding the right words and organizing words logically. Effective Communication If someone you love is living with the disease, you know it can be challenging at times to communicate with them. The video above discusses the following ten tips for effectively communicating with your loved one. Never…
  • Caregivers ·

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s

Dear Caregiver, If you are caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, you do not need us to tell you that it’s not easy. This progressive disease is difficult to cope with – for both the person living with it and their loved ones. People living with Alzheimer’s may become frustrated when they find themselves struggling to do things they used to do without any problem. And it is hard for you, as the caregiver, to watch the person they once were gradually fade away. They may have brief moments of clarity where it feels like…
  • Awareness ·

Hospice and the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ Aging A 2020 Gallup study observed Americans’ identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), by generation. The findings report that only 1.3% of the Traditionalist generation (born before 1946) and 2.0% of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) identify as LGBT. This number increases dramatically over the generations, reaching 15.9% for Generation Z (born 1997-2002). The question is – does the higher percentage of younger Americans reflect a true shift in sexual orientation? Or is it simply reflecting a greater willingness to identify as LGBT? Although those who make up the younger generations were born into a world where huge…
  • Honoring Veterans ·

Honoring Our Veterans

We Honor Veterans Program Hospice of the Midwest is a proud partner of the We Honor Veterans Program (WHV), a collaboration of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through this program, we have the honor and privilege of providing end-of-life care for those who have served our country. Our staff is dedicated to accommodating the specific needs veterans on our service may face. Pinning Ceremonies One of the ways we recognize veterans is through pinning ceremonies. These ceremonies are meant to acknowledge the military service and sacrifices made by the veteran and his/her…
  • Holidays ·

Memorial Day

Remember and Honor To remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country…this is the meaning of Memorial Day. Without their bravery and true heroism, we would not have the freedoms we do. And it is our responsibility as Americans to remember and honor them each and every day, especially today. History of Memorial Day Memorial Day was initially known as Decoration Day and honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a historic speech while 5,000 participants decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate…
  • Holidays ·

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Soak Up the Sun…Safely Summer is just around the corner, which mean barbeques, swimming, and SUN! And while most of us enjoy getting outside and soaking up a little Vitamin D, it is important to remember to be safe when heading outside into the sun. Per the American Academy of Dermatology Association, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and unprotected UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. With that being said, it is important to follow these three steps to protect your skin: Seek shade: Remember, the sun’s rays are the…
  • Holidays ·

National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Benefits of Physical Activity Today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, making it a perfect day to focus on the importance of exercise. There are plenty of benefits of physical activity for people of any age, but let’s highlight some specifically for seniors: Improves physical ability for everyday tasks Helps reduce the risk of falls Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis Improves heart health Can help reduce blood pressure Boosts mood to help combat anxiety and depression Exercises for Seniors We already know the importance of physical activity, but we also have to remember it is…
  • Holidays ·

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month Facts Each year, Better Hearing and Speech Month in May provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and other hearing and speech problems. The event also serves as a reminder to people to get their hearing checked. Early identification and intervention is very important, and getting your hearing checked is the first step! According to the CDC’s website, the World Health Organization’s first World Report on Hearing found that: Noise is acknowledged as an important public health issue and a top environmental risk faced by the world today Over 50% of people aged…
  • Holidays ·

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Getting the Facts What is now Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month began as one week of celebration. It was initially celebrated the first ten days in May in honor of two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869. Observance was then expanded into a month-long celebration by Congress in 1992. What to Read Looking for your next good read? Penguin Random House put together a…
  • Caregivers ·

There’s an App for That

Dear Caregiver, When you take on the responsibility of caregiver, you also take on a lot of extra stress. Between tracking medications and keeping other family members in the loop, you have a lot on your plate. We want to help lighten the load so we’ve put together a list of a few free* mobile apps that you may find helpful in keeping it all together. *Some apps include both a free version and a ‘full’ version available to purchase. Stress Management You have a lot going on. With work, home, and caregiving responsibilities pulling you in a million different…
  • Holidays ·

Jewish American Heritage Month

History of Jewish American Heritage Month Jewish American Heritage Month was born on April 20, 2006 when President George W. Bush proclaimed it would be celebrated in the month of May. This was, in part, thanks to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania urging the president to declare a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. Celebrate by Learning What better way to celebrate than through learning? There are so many fun and educational resources out there, including books, movies/documentaries, and podcasts! Read below for a…
  • Holidays ·

National Hospital Week – May 9-15

Recognizing Hospitals, Health Systems, and Health Care Workers As the week draws to an end, we want to take a moment to recognize that this week is National Hospital Week. Our hospitals and health systems – as well as the dedicated health care professionals who work there – are a crucial part of our communities. This past year has proven the lengths they will go to in order to ensure we are safe and healthy. And, now more than ever, we owe it to them to show our gratitude for all they do. Thank You, Hospital Workers! Thank you to…