Bringing Depression Out of the Dark

Have you ever felt depressed? You know, that feeling that nothing really matters? You give up—just don’t care anymore. Maybe you were very sad and even a little anxious, or maybe you just felt nothing. Perhaps there was a trigger for your depression: the death of a loved one, problems at work, or relationship problems. […]

Depression

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Part 1: Mary’s Journey: The Beginning

Who would have thought constipation would have led to the diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized to the liver, lungs, and lymph nodes? Not me that’s for sure. It all started in May 2003. After years of alcohol abuse my father woke up one day and decided he was no longer going […]


8 Great Ways to Stress Yourself Out 1

According to the American Psychological Association, 61 percent of adults say that managing stress is extremely or very important, but only 35 percent say they are doing an excellent or very good job at it. Seventy-two percent report experiencing physical symptoms of stress. Can you relate? If so, you’re not alone. Let’s take a look […]

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Managing Precious Mementos

Here are some stats on the sheer volume of precious mementos we found in my parents’ home when we started sorting. 6500.  That is the number of photos we have found in boxes, bins, and albums.  We have since scanned almost all of those. 400.  The number of years of family history uncovered in boxes. […]


Keeping Your Brain Fit

Last week I wrote about the benefits of keeping our body fit as we age. But what about keeping our brain fit? Most of us have heard or seen advertisements for brain training games, but what’s it all about? Well, just as our bodies tend to slow down as we age, so do our minds. […]

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Recognizing Caregiver Burnout 1

Too often we try to help our loved ones with just one more thing, and just try to do a little bit more each day.  Whether it’s preparing meals, driving to doctor’s appointments, taking care of their house, or all of the other caregiving duties, sometimes it can get to be overwhelming.  I know that […]


Is Mom Confused?

Suddenly Mom is confused, saying or doing things that just don’t make sense. Does she have dementia, a new medical issue? Of course those are important things to consider but don’t forget to review her medications. Medicine is designed to help us whether it’s purchased over-the-counter or given to us by a doctor. However, beneficial […]

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NC Budget and In-Home Aide Section 12G.4 Proposed Change

Here at Extension of You Home Care, we are working with the North Carolina General Assembly to calrify Section 12G.4 of the budget bill (SB744) As currently written, section 12G.4 would extend the ban on new licenses for in-home services which includes hands on care. Our goal is to work to clarify that this ban does […]


Stay Healthy by Staying Fit 1

Have you ever said, “I just don’t have time to exercise?” Well, there is no better time than now to make time for your fitness and health. We all want to be able to enjoy retirement and the years leading up to it, and staying fit can really boost our ability to do just that. […]

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Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including 300,000 hip fractures, approximately 700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: What it is, Facts, Risk Factors Men and women are both affected by osteoporosis or degenerative arthritis. This disease is characterized by low bone mass and a deterioration of bone tissue leading to frail, brittle bones that increases the risk of fractures in the hip, spine and wrist. This disease can be prevented and treated. […]