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Admittedly, we lead busy, chaotic lives, and it’s easy to let everyday stressers overshadow all we have to be grateful for. There is so much we take for granted in our everyday existence. I want to practice mindfulness. Gratitude. Grace. If I am to see the good in the world, I must be the good in the world. Here are 5 ways to Be the Good in your everyday life.

Homecare Advocate readers, we are pleased to bring you our very first post by guest blogger, Kate Damron. She is part of our customer service team at our north Knoxville store, and she has a real heart for helping people. Read on as she explains how the act of caregiving embodies the essence of Saint Patrick.

We danced the night away at the Snowflake Ball & Silent Auction benefit for the Senior Companion Program! Lambert’s is on the program’s Advisory Board and chaired this year’s Silent Auction. We are thrilled to report a record-breaking $9,603 raised at this year’s fundraiser!

See photos & learn more about this great program that helps Knox Co seniors.

Today is a special day where we pay our respects to one of the great leaders and defining contributors to American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood for equality, compassion, nonviolent activism, and holding stead-fast to your principles. As we celebrate him today, read on for 5 ways that you can honor him and his legacy as it relates to the elderly.

It’s Homecare Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month! This November, we’re giving THANKS for the people, products, and services that help you live at home. Today we’ll give a brief overview of what homecare is and the important role of family caregivers.

Do you have plans for celebrating Grandparents’ Day this Sunday? Here are 7 ways to have a safe, fun day out on the town with your grandparent!

A must-read for anyone dealing with the aging process: this letter is eloquently written from the perspective of an aging mother to her daughter about their experience with growing older. Very touching!

Those of us in the Tennessee Valley have a special appreciation for Earth Day as we are nestled at the base of the Smoky Mountains with access to lakes, rivers, and beautiful blooms. Here are our Top 10 Senior-Friendly Nature Spots in and around Knoxville that you can enjoy this weekend, compliments of Mother Earth & her helpers who preserve its beauty.

10. Norris Lake
With over 700 miles of shoreline, Norris Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in North America and is…

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How is the most preventable, curable cancer also the second leading cause of death of all of the cancers in the US? In celebration of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Homecare Advocate is looking at 5 commonly asked questions about the #2 killer.

Learn about its symptoms, risk factors, screening options, and tips for having a colonoscopy. Ask Katie Couric eloquently stated, “Don’t (literally) die of embarrassment”–get over it; get screened! Regular screening can save your life and should begin at least by age 50. Learn more on Homecare Advocate.

As we celebrate Rare Disease Day, get educated, empowered, and emboldened to make a difference.

1 in 10 Americans are affected by a rare disease, yet they often feel isolated in their struggles with few resources & limited medical knowledge. Meet one family who is sharing what many facing rare diseases experience and their determination to save their child.

We each have the opportunity to make an impact; learn how on Homecare Advocate.

What is better in this world than having special people who lift us up, make us laugh, comfort us when we cry, and love us through it all? These are important people indeed, and Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to take pause to celebrate them and what they mean to us. Multiply that love even further by reaching out to the elderly in your community with these simple, thoughtful ideas. Plus, videos from Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, and more!

We’re traveling to Washington DC to speak with our elected representatives about homecare issues. Hundreds of homecare advocates from across the country will be flying in to attend a national legislative conference that focuses on ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries have access to quality home medical equipment (HME) and services.

However; we need your help! While not everyone can fly to Washington to speak out, you can make a difference from home. I urge you to contact your senators and Member of Congress and ask for a repeal of the Competitive Bidding Program and support of the Market Pricing Program. Read the latest Homecare Advocate post for talking points and a link that lets you send an e-mail to your elected officials in two easy steps.

10 days & counting til the Senior Snowflake Ball! Learn about this fundraiser event for Knoxville’s Senior Companion Program & how attending helps homebound seniors. Through the annual Snowflake Ball fundraiser, funds are generated that enable volunteer Senior Companions to spend 70,000 hours helping Knox County’s senior homebound population get the services they need to enable them to remain at home instead of moving into an institutional setting.

This year’s Snowflake Ball is Saturday, January 21 from 6-9pm at the Kerbela Temple in Knoxville. Tickets are only $20; you don’t want to miss it!

Homecare Advocate unveils 2012 TOP 5 Resolutions for caregivers, for seniors. Plus, 6 key steps to achieve them!

Last week, the government announced a new demonstration project that evaluates the benefits of home-based care. 10,000 Medicare patients can participate in this 3-year program if they have certain qualifying conditions and receive care by an enrolled practicing provider. Learn about this program, spearheaded by CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Ms. Tavenner has a medical background where she has seen first-hand the benefits of homecare. She says, “This program gives new life to the old practices of house calls, but with 21st Century technology and a team approach… In my days as a practicing nurse, I saw many patients whose health improved when they were happier with their living conditions. When a critically-ill patient can remain in familiar surroundings, the benefits are many: the person retains greater control over their daily lives, families and caregiver report greater satisfaction with the care, and unnecessary hospitalizations are avoided.”

Merry Christmas to you and yours! We’ll be back next week with more, only on Homecare Advocate.

Proof that you can have fun at any age– a video of the senior flash mob at Target dancing to “Last Christmas” by the cast of Glee. Enjoy!

We’ve compiled a list of our TOP 10 gifts for seniors, just in time for holiday shopping! Read our latest post for great gifts for grandparents, covering everything from promoting an active lifestyle to independent living to keeping their minds sharp.

As November ends, we want to thank everyone who helped promote Homecare & Family Caregivers Month. We’ll continue collecting your personal stories on how homecare helps you and your family; please send it to us at advocate(at)

Preview for December: Home for the Holidays focus! Send us your questions, and you may get $5!

An attitude of gratitude makes this world a better place. No matter the challenges we face, there are always things to be thankful for. We’ve listed 45 things that people affected by homecare can be thankful for this Thanksgiving and welcome you to add your own.

Happy Thanksgiving!