Peoria Blog

Heartis Knitters Have a Heart for the Young Guy in the Group

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This may be surprising, but one of the best knitters in the Heartis Knitters group is a young man. Harley DeFord, a 23-year-old housekeeper at Heartis Village of Peoria, joined the Peoria-area knitting group, which meets every other Thursday morning at the community, a little over a year ago after…Read More »

Wellness: How to Set Successful Fitness Goals

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Stop and think for a minute about your fitness goals. What do you want to accomplish through a well-rounded fitness routine? Obviously, “getting in shape,” “getting to a desired weight” or “to be healthy” are often the things people want to accomplish when starting an exercise plan. However, those are…Read More »

Keeping Your Loved One with Dementia Safe This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means lots of fun in store – but also lots of opportunities for your loved one with dementia to be at risk. “Caregivers always need to be on alert to keep their loved ones with cognitive diseases safe, but the warmer weather carries…Read More »

Caring for the Caregiver: Five Ways to Manage Stress with Mindfulness

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When you’re a caregiver to an aging loved one, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It can quickly become a full-time job, and in fact many caregivers end up quitting their primary employment in order to become a full-time caregiver. When you have to be on-call 24/7, it’s an automatic breeding…Read More »

Celebrating the Holidays with an Aging Adult in Senior Living

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When we think of the holiday season, we think of friends, family, fun and festivities. However, with all the shopping, cooking, entertaining and fa-la-la-ing, sometimes it’s easy to forget about our aging loved ones who are in a senior living community. “Even if you have plans to get together with…Read More »

Beat the Winter Blues

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The colder months – and all they bring with them – are just around the corner. Shorter days. Longer nights. Snow, ice and freezing rain. Fewer opportunities to get out of the house. All these factors can leave us cooped up, isolated from friends, fun and activity. Loneliness is especially…Read More »

When Parents Refuse to Leave Their Home

If you have a parent who needs some extra help and care to continue living at home, you may be unsure of where to turn. Are you able to provide the care they need to stay home, or will you need to hire services to come in and care for…Read More »

6 Tips for a Successful Visit to See Grandparents in Assisted Living

When a grandparent moves to an Assisted Living community, you may be concerned because they need more care than they used to. This doesn’t mean that your loved one has changed, however. Seniors who move into an Assisted Living community still want to enjoy independence and visits from their loved…Read More »

How to Effectively Redirect Shadowing in Those With Dementia

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When someone you love has dementia, the wide range of symptoms and side effects can be daunting. From emotional changes in their loved one to increasing care needs and trouble sleeping, caregivers often feel overwhelmed, stressed and particularly burnt out as dementia progresses in their loved one because of all…Read More »

Protecting Seniors from Scams

In a world that is becoming much more technology based, it’s important to know how to stay safe when surfing the internet or talking to strangers on the phone. As one of the most susceptible groups to be targeted for scams, seniors should be even more careful. According to the…Read More »

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