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UV Safety Month

Summer is in full swing, which means long days of having fun in the sun!Due to the warm weather, and prolonged exposure to the sun, July is known as UV Safety Month.Let's take a few minutes to learn about UV rays, and how to protect yourself from them. UV stands for ultraviolet radiation, and is the culprit for most skin cancers.UV rays come from t...
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Older Americans Months

Evergreen Senior Living is devoted to providing care, support and resources to older American and their families. For nearly 20 years, our mission has been to support and maintain the dignity, independence and wellness of each senior and their family. Now, in May 2017, we celebrate Older Americans Month; a time set aside to acknowledge and honor th...
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Orland Park: One-Year Anniversary

Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park is celebrating their one-year anniversary of providing senior living options to the residents of Orland Park and the surrounding areas. This campus, set next to Parkview Christian Church, provides assisted living and memory support for seniors. We are proud to have been in business for one year and look forwar...
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Happiness is Ageless: Supportive Living Week 2017

The week of April 24-28, 2017, is a celebration of the success of the Supportive Living Program as an alternative living option for seniors as well as persons with physical disabilities. The theme for 2017's Supportive Living Week is "Happiness is Ageless". This is the 10 th year of this celebration, sponsored by the Affordable Assisted Living Coal...
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The Sweetest Holiday

The Sweetest Holiday

Fresh red and pink flowers, the delight of sweet chocolates, festive little heart decorations strung about, and cards, cards, cards! Love is in the air … And in the post offices, our mailboxes, and in stores waiting to be purchased. Valentine’s Day is filled with notes of friendship and love – quite a bit of love actually, with an estimated 150 million greeting cards exchanged each year in the United States alone. Whether you prefer to hand make your cards or choose the perfect store-bought version, a little love goes a long way. Let’s check out the history of Valentine’s Day cards long before the “Hallmark” era.

 

Valentine’s Day festivities in the United States most likely began sometime during the 17th century, after the U.S. adopted the idea from Europe, where it was custom to share confectionary sweets and cards in honor of Saint Valentine. By the mid-1700s, lovers of all social classes began to share handwritten notes and little trinkets to express their affection for one another. Half-way through the next century, elaborate Valentine’s cards were massed produced in the United States. Cards were now adorned with lace, ribbons and pictures imported from England, which boosted the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day cards. By 1900, technological advances like more common printing technology and cheaper postage rates made it easy for even more love letters to float about friends and devotees, much like the traditions we still have today. The mass printing of cards made it a bit easier to express love or affection in a time where emotions were a little less expressed.

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Staying Healthy through Winter

Staying Healthy through Winter

The thought of spring is blossoming in our minds. As we long for the first warm day of the season, where we can crack open our windows and put our winter coats back in the closet, it’s important to remember that it’s not yet time to stop worrying about germs and to what they may lead. While the seasonal influenza viruses begin to spike in December, and the flu seasons can vary in length and severity each year, February is most often the peak month of flu activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1983 the highest percentages of respiratory specimens that have tested positive influenza have occurred in February. Even though it is tempting to daydream about warmer and healthier days, it’s very important to keep up with the oldest rule in the “book of hygiene”: wash up!

 

A little soap and water can go a long way in preventing diarrheal and respiratory illnesses that are easily spread by human contact. A thorough wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry, are five very important steps that can make a big difference in reducing the spread of these viruses, especially if you are caring for a senior with a weakened immune system. Most of us are familiar with the ritual before we eat, after we sneeze or cough, and after using or touching the toilet, but it’s important to use good judgment and wash thoroughly after handling anything that involves food, waste, animals or open wounds. If soap and water is not available, try to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a replacement until water and soap are available. While alcohol-based hand rubs can be efficient, there is nothing quite like warm water and some suds. Washing away germs is a small habit that makes a big difference in keeping germs at bay.

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