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Kindness is Good for the Heart! How Sharing Kindness Can Make You Healthier & Happier

Did you know - Kindness is Good for the Heart!

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year to spread love and kindness with others. In the season of giving, one of the best gifts that you can give is a gesture of kindness and thoughtfulness to both loved ones and strangers in need. But, did you know that spreading kindness is actually good for you?

According to the Mayo Clinic, "There's a science behind that phenomenon called 'loving kindness.' And research shows that learning and practicing loving kindness can profoundly affect your attitude, outlook and even your health. Better yet, you can rewire your brain to be more present and kinder to others, giving your mood a daily boost."

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Stress Reduction Tips

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Did you know - Kindness is Good for the Heart!

The Holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but can also bring a lot of stress and anxiety.

Constant stress and anxiety can lead to a multitude of health issues. However, there are little things we can do to alleviate worry, stress, and anxiety when those feelings or certain situations arise.

Click below to read a full list of tips for stress reduction.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

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Safety Tips for GHEC Clients & Caregivers in Snowy and Icy Connecticut

Winter can bring a lot of beautiful sights – dreamy snowfall, holiday lights, winter activities, and seasonal wreaths & holiday plants. As we get into the winter season, we’re highlighting some tips for dealing with winter, as there are some extra hazards to look out for. 

New England winters can be long and can even induce wintertime depression. Be sure to check in on your loved ones often throughout this winter season – especially if you have a loved one who lives alone or doesn’t have neighbors close by. One of the largest dangers to look out for in the winter is trip/slip/fall hazards. The risk of falling for all age groups is massively increased when ice and snow are factored in.

World Alzheimer's Day - Learn about the signs of Alzheimer's, what it is, the different stages, and more!

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What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease caused by complex brain changes following cell damage. It leads to dementia symptoms that gradually worsen over time. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is trouble remembering new information because the disease typically impacts the part of the brain associated with learning first.
There are different stages of Alzheimer’s that the disease can progress to – Early (mild), Middle (moderate), and Late (severe). As Alzheimer’s advances, symptoms can get more severe and can include disorientation, confusion, and behavioral changes. At its latest stage, it can be difficult for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s to speak, walk, or even swallow. There is no known cure or prevention for Alzheimer’s Disease currently. 

Read more about Alzheimer's Disease for World Alzheimer's Day by clicking "Read More" below.

September is Fall Prevention Month: 25 Tips for Slip, Trip, Fall Safety

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Whether you have in-home care present or otherwise, slips, trips, and falls can be one of the most common injuries, especially for elderly people. Caregivers, clients, and family members can all be at risk if a home is not optimized for reducing slips, trips, and falls.

One of the goals of Golden Horizons is to support our client’s in helping them remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

Read our 25 tips to prevent slips, trips, and falls.

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What Are ADLs and Why Are They Important?


When you or a loved one is thinking about receiving additional care, there are many factors that go into it. One of the first steps in needing extra help is assessing what areas may need extra attention. An indicator as to what type of care may be needed is looking into how much assistance is needed for a person to perform their ADLs.

Congratulations to Lisa S. 2021 GHEC Caregiver of the Year!


Lisa S. is our 2021 Golden Horizons Caregiver of the Year because she is an exceptional caregiver and employee. For the entire time that we have had the pleasure of having Lisa on staff, every client we’ve ever put her on has loved her and has requested her. Her attention to details, compassion, and caring nature makes her an amazing caregiver. Lisa goes above and beyond in her work with every client and all of her clients feel extremely lucky to have such an all-around great friend and caregiver. Lisa is the epitome of an amazing caregiver and her passion and dedication to the job is unmatched.

How To Help Someone With Dementia Cope With a Death


Article via Today's Caregiver, Written by Lisa Pahl, LCSW

After being off work for a period of time, I returned to find that one of my longer term hospice patients had died. I had spent a lot of hours with this patient, her spouse, children and hired caregivers over the course of her time on hospice. I reached out to the family to arrange a bereavement visit for support. 

Autumn Activities For Seniors And Families


New England in autumn is a special time of the year. With the air cooling down and the leaves starting to change colors, there are a lot of festive seasonal activities that can get you in the mood for fall! We have some great ideas of activities for you, family, clients, and friends this Autumn!