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Senior Living: Benefits of using a caregiver agency

| October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Benefits of using a caregiver agency

By Rhonda Kay Leonard 80-90% of all caregiving is provided by non-paid family members. Yet, when a loved-one’s needs increase, family caregivers need support. The big question is where to turn for help. As individuals and families consider hiring formal help, they need to make a critical decision: to hire a private caregiver, or to […]

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Senior Living: Celebrate the first day of Fall… by preventing falls!

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Celebrate the first day of Fall… by preventing falls!

By Rhonda Kay Leonard September 22: the first day of Fall Falls in the home are the most common type of injury among people age 65 and better. With just a few lifestyle tips and easy-to-do home modifications you will be well on your way to preventing accidents. Regular exercise and physical activity help lower […]

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Senior Living: Fall Prevention

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Fall Prevention

By Rhonda Kay Leonard The statistics are shocking: “One in four American’s over the age of 65 fall each year” and “falls are the number one cause of hip fractures”, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Sadly, falls were reported the cause of death for 27,000 Americans in 2014. Assessing fall risk […]

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Senior Living: Caregivers help prevent dehydration

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Caregivers help prevent dehydration

By Rhonda Kay Leonard Did you know that water makes up about 60% of one’s body weight?  Water is the key component that makes many systems of the body function properly. According to the Mayo Clinic, water: Gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements Keeps your temperature normal Lubricates and cushions joints […]

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Senior Living: Engage at every age

| May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Engage at every age

By Rhonda Kay Leonard President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May as Older American’s month in 1963. This month we celebrate the contributions older Americans make to Beaverton and surrounding communities. According the US Census Bureau, 12.7% of Beaverton’s population was age 65 or older in 2016, up from 10.7% in 2010. People in this age […]

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Senior Living: Combating Loneliness

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Combating Loneliness

By Rhonda Kay Leonard Anyone can feel lonely. It’s not surprising, perhaps, that people are at greater risk for loneliness as we age.  Some risk factors include living alone, experiencing strain in family relationships, lack of transportation to places one wants to go, inability to walk without assistance, having difficulty hearing and participating in conversations, […]

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Senior Living: Simple Pleasures

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Senior Living: Simple Pleasures

By Rhonda Kay Leonard The daffodils are blooming in Beaverton; spring is in the air!  Budding trees and spring flowers remind us of life yet lived.  Out of baron winter the earth breaks forth into spectacles of color and beauty.  Spring arouses the senses: a feast for the eyes, fragrant smells for the nose, the […]

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Beaverton Senior Life: Lessons Learned

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Senior Life: Lessons Learned

By Rhonda Kay Leonard I attended a funeral this week.  It was a beautiful experience.  I went away with a full heart, thinking about lessons learned from this man and other elders I’ve been privileged to know. Some lessons learned include: People don’t age on the inside. We reject the label, “senior”.  We prefer to […]

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Beaverton Senior Life: Laughter is the Best Medicine

| January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Senior Life: Laughter is the Best Medicine

By Rhonda Kay Leonard In my work at UHS, we aid and assist people at all stages of life, sometimes at the end of life. Times like that can feel serious and heavy; and surprisingly, they can be light and humorous.  I shared a funny moment recently with a client whose battle with cancer has […]

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Senior Talk: Emergency Preparation, Get Ready Now

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Senior Talk: Emergency Preparation, Get Ready Now

By Rhonda Kay Leonard As winter months approach, bad weather is bound to hit. Bad weather can lead to power outages and impassible roads. Now is the time to get ready! FEMA recommends getting ready in three easy steps: Get a kit: Basic supplies should include water, food, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and […]

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