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How to Create a Safe, Senior-Friendly Living Room

Aging in place can allow elderly adults to live independently in the comfort of their own homes —  but it’s also important to make sure that their most-used spaces are safe, accessible, and ready for their changing needs. This includes the room where so many of us love to relax, unwind, and spend quality time with family and friends: the living room.  The living room is the centerpiece of many Chicago homes. These spaces are typically large and centrally located, and people of all ages tend to use them each and every day.  Ready to help your aging loved one [...]

Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas for Seniors

For people of all ages, food is one of the biggest cornerstones of good health. Unfortunately, for older adults, eating well can be a pretty significant challenge. Many elderly adults have unique dietary needs, which can change and develop over time based on their lifestyle and their overall health. Some older adults have difficulty with chewing, swallowing, or serving themselves, which can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner feel more like chores than welcome events. As a result, many older adults and family caregivers turn to snacks as a way to help seniors get the nutrition and energy they need to [...]

How to Find Senior Deals and Discounts In Chicago

Growing older definitely comes with perks — including wisdom, experience, and the ability to slow down and enjoy life on your terms. To help make your golden years even greater, Chicago seniors can take advantage of impressive discounts and deals on everything from movie tickets, to meals, to museums.  Many local and national businesses offer special savings to adults of a certain age; some actually start offering benefits and price reductions to people as young as 55! These discounts are a great way to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that come with aging in place, while making the most of [...]

3 Safe Senior-Friendly Vehicle Ideas for Getting Around Chicago

For older adults aging in place here in Chicago, it’s important to be able to get around safely and independently. With that being said, many elderly adults can find it challenging to get in and out of vehicles — making it all the more important that your senior loved one has reliable access to a vehicle that is safe and senior-friendly.  From choosing the right car to seeking out automobile aids specifically designed for elderly passengers, let’s explore what family caregivers can do to help make getting around easier and safer for their senior loved ones: […]

How to Set Up a Senior-Friendly Dining Room In Your Chicago Home

With Thanksgiving coming up, all of us at Companions for Seniors are reflecting on the vital importance of the dining room. Here in Chicago, this is a space where people come together to celebrate, to discuss their day, and to enjoy tasty and nourishing meals.  For seniors, this room is particularly important. During the holidays and all year long, older adults benefit enormously from being able to share meals with family, friends, or companions. Studies have shown that older adults who share meals tend to make healthier choices, enjoy the food more, and enjoy better overall nutrition.  Enjoying shared meals [...]

Thanksgiving 2020: How Seniors and Caregivers Can Celebrate During COVID

With COVID-19 continuing to spread here in Chicagoland and across the country, millions of people find themselves wondering about the best way to have a safe, healthy, and fulfilling Thanksgiving this year. Is it safe to see friends and family? If so, what are the best ways to travel home or welcome company? Should you start thinking of alternative plans and ways to celebrate for 2020?  This is sure to be a Thanksgiving like no other. If you are the caregiver of an elderly adult, or are debating whether or not you should spend the holiday with your aging parents [...]

Practicing Gratitude for Seniors and Caregivers

The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful and much-needed opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things you’ve experienced over the past year. This year, we are also reminded of the incredible importance of practicing gratitude.  Gratitude is about giving thanks for the good things in your life, large and small. It is both a practice and a way of looking at the world — and studies have shown that regularly taking time to reflect and share your gratitude can offer some remarkable health benefits. […]

7 Fall and Winter Day Trips from Chicago Perfect for Seniors

Why should spring and summer have all the fun? While most people tend to think of taking road trips during the warmer months, the Chicago area is full of wonderful places for older adults and caregivers to explore during the fall and winter seasons.  From charming farms and nature sanctuaries, to scenic boulevards lined with some of the most iconic and inspiring architecture in the world, our area is full of safe, socially distanced getaways great for alleviating your cabin fever.  Fall and Winter Chicago-Area Day Trips Perfect for Seniors and Caregivers Looking for day trips and outings perfect for [...]

Aging In Place In Chicago? Try These 10 Home Projects for a Safe and Cozy Winter

Here in Chicago, the temperature outside may be dropping — but that doesn’t mean that the pace of life needs to slow down. While winter is often thought of as the deep freeze around here, the coldest months of the year can also provide a wonderful opportunity for elderly adults and family caregivers to get to work on fun projects around the house. Ready to make this the season of taking on projects and tackling your DIY goals — while staying safe and cozy along the way? Here are ten projects and ideas perfect for caregivers and older adults aging [...]

Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Seniors

Breakfast and dinner may get all the glory, but lunch is an incredibly important meal in its own right. This mid-day meal is a great opportunity to slow down, catch your breath, and get the fuel you need to dive into the rest of your day.  With that being said, it can also be difficult to squeeze in time to eat lunch, which makes it essential to have quick and nutritious options ready to go in your back pocket.  This is particularly true for seniors and family caregivers. Eating well can be a major challenge for the elderly. Older adults [...]

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