Amada Blog

Caregivers of the Year Honored at Amada’s Annual Conference


“My friends and family call us the ‘Turtle Rescue.’ Any time my kids and I see a turtle trying to cross the road, we rescue it. We stop traffic, one of us watches the right, one of us watches the left and one of us gets the turtle off the road. Some people get really mad at us, but it doesn’t matter, as long as the turtle gets home in one piece!” As Amada Nashville caregiver Susan Jaco shared her heart through this story over lunch at Maggiano’s Italian restaurant, Amada Franchise’s receptionist Michelle Mendoza, and caregivers Britni Waller and…

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Six Clever Tricks to Help you Sleep


French novelist Jules Verne once said, “Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!” Caregivers and senior citizens are both familiar with what a struggle it can be to practice healthy sleep habits and routines. When aiding an elderly patient, caregivers may not know how to ensure that their senior gets an ample amount of sleep at the right times. Senior citizens, whose bodily, emotional, and mental well-being depends on the cornerstone need of sleep, feel frustration first-hand when they are not able to get a good night’s rest. There are multiple reasons…

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Excerpts of Love Through Decades Past

Lucille Ball

On Valentine’s Day, love surrounds those who are fortunate enough to have found it, while the rest of us may find ourselves annoyed by the online posts of dinner dates, flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. As irritating as it can be at times, true love and dedication to another is certainly something to be celebrated and to aspire for. Because of this, we’ve collected excerpts from love letters, songs, quotes, and books that go hand-in-hand with the history they belong to. On July 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, and World War I began. Cecil Slack served as an…

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Living Legends: 5 Retired Athletes & Their Senior Success Stories

Super Bowl VII: Don Shula

“Retirement” may evoke thoughts of snowbird winters in Boca Raton – of seniors who finally ditched the nine to five and began to enjoy themselves without the stress of the hectic life they moved on from. Retirement may mean age finally becomes a factor that can’t be ignored, and that the overwhelming demands of pre-retirement life must finally be put aside. Senior citizens who have experienced this life transition have much in common with the retired athlete. For athletes, “retirement” means hanging up the cleats, passing the torch and swallowing the reality of the final whistle. Like retired seniors, athletes who end…

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Lifestyle Strategies to Promote Cognitive Vitality

What is cognitive vitality? Or perhaps we should first ask, what is cognitive decline? It may be something you or your elderly loved one is experiencing right now. With normal aging, cognitive decline takes the form of slower mental processing. Verbal communication, written communication, and decision-making can be things your senior is slower to do and understand. Though some accept cognitive decline as an inevitable part of aging, studies show that it can sometimes be reduced. In other words, you or your elderly loved one can take steps to promote and achieve cognitive vitality. “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist, but the…

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