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Working with seniors quickly became a passion for me 12 years ago when I began my career with Porter Hills. Back then, I was a Resident Assistant. One of the first residents that had an impact in my life was a little lady of about 97 years. She was one of the kindest souls and I spent any free time read more.
In a career that focuses on caring for our elder population we are exposed to a variety of chronic and acute conditions that affect people. One of the most prevalent conditions we are challenged with on a daily basis is dementia. Specifically, we are called to find the person still inside, living wi read more.
Even though the temperatures are hot and the sun is shining bright, it’s hard to believe winter is right around the corner and with that comes the dreaded flu! At Porter Hills we are gearing up for our flu shot clinics. Getting your flu shot early is the best defense against the flu. Influenza read more.
Sun Exposure in Older Age It’s always nice to enjoy a warm sunny day. Just being in the sunlight can enhance your mood and helps our bodies absorb Vitamin D, essential for bone strength. However, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer at some point in read more.
Throughout my years of practice in home health care Occupational Therapy, I have seen how the majority of seniors live; sometimes not very safely! We all get set in our ways and resist change but sometimes that change is necessary to keep us safe and independent in the comfort of our home. In part read more.
As my parents have aged, currently 87 and 92, my sisters and I have continued to research the resources available to allow them to age in place. They enjoy life, with their crazy little dog, in a senior community apartment in Grand Ledge. We have found that our biggest challenge is keeping them read more.
Summer is here! We are experiencing longer days, more sunlight and warmer temperatures. There is no denying it – after the winter we have had, we deserve this great season! For many, summer is a time of adventure, opportunity and personal growth. Here are five recommendations to help you m read more.
MPA, ACSM CPT, NASM-SFS Fitness Specialist at Porter Hills Village There are many great ways to stay active and fit, even at home. This series of exercises can be done in approximately 15- 20 minutes and requires no equipment. Make a goal to perform these exercises 3 or more days per week. Begin w read more.
I recently heard someone make the comment, “We gather around the people experiencing a life.” What a wonderful testament to living a meaningful life. Life is reciprocal and cyclical. At some point in all of our lives, we rely on someone to help us. Although we are aware that our acco read more.
As West Michigan brushes off the effects of a harsh winter season the memories will soon be distant. But everyone can take a moment and reflect on how their lifestyle was altered, delayed or even cancelled by the weather. Now imagine being a senior who lives alone, unable to drive, reliant on other read more.