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Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning Ideas

Pull out the broom and mop because its time to do some Spring cleaning. Wash the windows, sweep the floors, clean the carpets, declutter and organize the house from top to bottom. All done!

photo by Barret Anspach spring cleaning

Not So Fast!

Often times, its cleaning the small and unseen areas that can make the biggest difference. Forgotten closets, broken items and routine maintenance should be added to your list. We've put together a list of overlooked projects that can help you live in a clean, well organized and safer home.

Ten Spring Cleaning Ideas

Here are some spring cleaning ideas you may have overlooked:
  1. Give it away, recycle it or throw it away. The easiest way to clean and organize your home is to get rid of the clutter.
  2. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  3. Do one room a day until you're done. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to begin a new cleaning habit.
  4. Clean out your medicine cabinet. Throw away any expired medications.
  5. Check the inspection dates on your fire extinguishers.
  6. Make small repairs to items as you clean.
  7. Have the air conditioner checked and cleaned before it get's too hot.
  8. Pack up unneeded winter clothes.
  9. Clean your window dressings. Wash or dry clean the curtains and clean your blinds and shades.
  10. Reward yourself for a job well done!

Share your spring cleaning ideas with us!

We'd love to hear them! Check out our Cleaning and Organizing board on Pinterest for more ideas! Photo by Barret Anspach 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
senior home photo Parkinson's Disease

April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month so we collected our favorite Parkinson's resources for you. We've included some quick facts about Parkinson's and websites designed to help professionals, caregivers, spouses and patients on their journey.

Parkinson's Disease: The Facts

  • Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that worsens over time
  • 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and nearly one million people in the United States have Parkinson's Disease
  • The cause is unknown, and there's no cure
  • April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month, and April 11th is World Parkinson's Disease Day
The following organizations offer information and resources to patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals relating to Parkinson's Disease:

Parkinson's Disease Organizations

National Parkinson's Foundation

The National Parkinson's Foundation website has materials for patients, caregivers and professionals. Article libraries, forums, stories and white papers are just a few of the resources available on this site.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation's website has webinars and information on research initiatives, understanding Parkinson's, living with Parkinson's and getting involved.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation website focuses on providing information on living with Parkinson's and research opportunities. His optimistic message grows from his own experience with Parkinson's.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association is dedicated to its mission to "Ease the Burden - Find the Cure." With local chapters across the United States, it continues to research, raise awareness and serve patients.

Practical Advice And Help For Caregivers

Well Spouse Association

The Well Spouse Association is a member driven organization with events and support groups for caregivers. It's focus is supporting and educating the patient's spouse.

Caregiver Action Network

From the network's website, "The Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age."

Products To Aid Parkinson Patients

DME Supply Group - Aids To Daily Living

Patient's with Parkinson's can find it difficult to do the most routine tasks such as putting on socks or zipping up a coat. The aids to daily living section of the DME Supply Group website has products that can help. Reachers, steady write pens, large handled utensils, non-slip socks, and dressing aids make it possible for Parkinson's patients to thrive in their home.

What Do You Think?

Do you have a favorite Parkinson's Disease website to share? Please leave a comment. Photo by Ralph Zuranski 


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