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October 12, 2017

When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the first concerns may be whether they will be safe living at home. By implementing some home safety tips, Alzheimer’s patients can stay safe at home. Below are some tips for home safety.

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August 01, 2017

The most common form of multiple sclerosis (MS) is called relapsing-remitting MS, which means that their symptoms can vary from one day to the next. Some days, their symptoms will be less severe and on other days, they may experience flare ups during which their symptoms become more severe. 

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July 25, 2017

Summer is going strong around the country. And while many will enjoy the sweltering days of 100 plus temperatures by taking a cool dip in a lake or ocean, many elderly are no longer physically able to cool off this way.

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July 18, 2017

Cooking for an elderly loved one who isn't interested in eating can get frustrating. Try some of these ideas to jazz up every meal and see which ones spark your loved one's appetite the most.

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July 10, 2017

Sundowning is a period of extreme agitation that your loved one might experience later in the day as a part of her Alzheimer's disease. If you utilize some of the more effective techniques, you can help your loved one minimize her difficulties with sundowning.

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July 05, 2017

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people, worldwide, are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement. 

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June 27, 2017

Sometimes the biggest obstacle to finding the right solution for your loved one's care is your relationship with your other family members. Finding ways to agree with each other can help you find solid solutions for your loved one.

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June 14, 2017

It started when she was 65. Martha stopped driving at night, claiming that the headlights heading in her direction were blinding her. 

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June 06, 2017

June 18 through 24 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. As a family caregiver this is the ideal time for you to learn more about the dangers that are posed by lightning and how you can protect your senior from these dangers. 

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May 31, 2017

Socializing is difficult as a family caregiver. Your schedule can be unpredictable and you often don't have energy left over to spend on friendships. But you have to socialize at least a little to stay healthy.

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May 23, 2017

Being a caregiver for a loved one who has dementia is not an easy task to undertake. There's a lot that can feel out of control and overwhelm is an extremely common feeling.

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May 17, 2017

While everyone knows that eggs are pretty healthy, many don’t know all the details about how nutritionally dense eggs really are. Because May is National Egg Month, there’s no better time to learn more about how amazing eggs really are.

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May 11, 2017

ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Over time, the neurons in these areas degenerate leading to a loss of muscle control and eventually death, due to an inability to breathe on one’s own.

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May 03, 2017

May is Celiac Awareness Month. This is the perfect time for you to learn more about this often misunderstood condition and how you can make meaningful modifications to your care efforts for your aging parent.

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April 26, 2017

The power can go out with no warning and it can be a terrible problem for your elderly loved one. If you have a plan in place, it might only be a mild inconvenience.

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April 18, 2017

Most family caregivers realize that they need to be exercising regularly, but that's easier said than done. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you work more exercise into your daily life.

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April 12, 2017

Here are unique ways you can ensure a senior enjoys time in the garden without having to invest too much money.

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March 29, 2017

Sometimes a family meeting can devolve quickly into a bickering session. As a family caregiver, what can you do to help keep that from happening?

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March 21, 2017

Let these ideas for fun and beneficial crafts you can make with your loved one inspire you to get crafting with your elderly parent.

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March 14, 2017

If you're not managing your stress levels effectively, you can be hurtling toward something called burnout. Burnout is dangerous for both you and your elderly loved one.

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November 01, 2016

Asking for help as a family caregiver can be difficult enough, but it's important to learn how to do it effectively. One way to make your requests as effective as possible is to match tasks and people well.

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October 26, 2016

In order to determine if respite care is an option you should use, here are four factors to take into consideration.

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October 18, 2016

Boundaries can help you to make sure that you're engaging in a healthy caregiving experience for both you and your elderly loved one.

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October 11, 2016

As your loved one ages, simple tasks can become far more complicated. You can actually help to reduce her frustration quite a bit.

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September 27, 2016

October is Talk About Prescriptions Month. This is the ideal time for you to review your parent’s compliance with their medication and take steps to improve it. 

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September 20, 2016

Being a family caregiver means that you can suddenly find yourself deep in a stressful situation. Your life doesn't have to fall apart, however. Try some of these suggestions.

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September 12, 2016

Overwhelm is really common as a family caregiver. Here are just a few of the steps you can take to help yourself out of overwhelm.

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August 30, 2016

Helping senior to live healthier lives does not have to be an impossible feat, as long as they follow these 6 lifestyle tips.

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August 23, 2016

Phototoxic can be very dangerous to the health of elderly adults, so take these precautions in order to keep your loved one healthy.

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August 16, 2016

To know whether or not you should stand up to your elderly parent, follow these tips.

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August 02, 2016

It might seem that being a family caregiver means that you're destined to experience burnout. But there are things that you can do in order to be successful without pushing yourself to the edge.

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July 27, 2016

Crisis caregiving keeps you in a mode where you're constantly putting out fires. That's not fun or productive, so how can you avoid that?

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July 20, 2016

Here are some of the potential dangers of using technology that you should discuss with your elderly parent.

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July 13, 2016

As a family caregiver, you may see or talk to your parent the most, and can therefore offer the most help to them as they work through the loss of a spouse.

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July 05, 2016

Summer can be a season that is filled with dangers, especially for older adults.

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June 29, 2016

Does your senior loved one complain of headaches?  Often, headaches can be frustrated because they don’t always have an obvious cause. 

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June 22, 2016

Understanding what causes or triggers your loved one's pain can help you to learn how to prevent it or make recurrences less common.

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June 15, 2016

With summer in full swing, the warm weather may be accompanied by a tornado, hurricane, flood, earthquake, or other natural disasters. Knowing how to protect oneself during these storms is important for your safety. 

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June 08, 2016

For many adult children trying to manage high quality care for their aging parents, diabetes and dementia are two issues that are particularly worrisome. 

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June 01, 2016

Taking steps to avoid fire hazards in summer can help your parent to enjoy the season while staying safe and healthy.

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May 25, 2016

Try some of these ideas for cooling water activities that you can enjoy with your family that do not require a dip in the pool.

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May 18, 2016

Use these tips to make your distance communication with your parent and their care provider more effective.

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May 10, 2016

Use these tips to help you ensure that the tires on your vehicle are properly maintained so that you can have peace of mind that you are going to be able to fulfill all of your caregiving tasks safely and efficiently.

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May 04, 2016

Is stress getting the best of you? Fight back with these helpful tips.

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April 27, 2016

If your loved one has some difficulty reading, there are devices out there that can help.

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April 19, 2016

Use these tips to help you deal with ticks and fleas safely throughout the warmer weather seasons.

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April 12, 2016

When a loved one has memory issues, that brings up some special considerations.

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April 05, 2016

Staying in touch with elderly loved ones is essential for the health of your loved one and for your family members.

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March 22, 2016

Foodborne illness is not something that you want to encounter in your elderly care journey with your aging parent.

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March 15, 2016

If you're new to caregiving, you may not be sure what exactly to expect. Here are a few things to know.

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March 08, 2016

A stroke is something that you never want to encounter in your home care journey with your elderly loved one. If he is one of the nearly 800,000 Americans who will experience a stroke this year, it is essential that you are ready to be there for him and help guide him through recovery.

 

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March 01, 2016

Isolation is common among the elderly for many reasons. Medical conditions may prevent them from driving a car or leaving the house and, if they have lost a spouse, they be less apt to go out and do social activities. 

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February 23, 2016

Even slightly diminished vision can create big problems for your elderly loved one. Here are some tips that can help.

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February 16, 2016

If your loved one is dealing with itchy, dry winter skin, here is some information that can help.

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February 10, 2016

Has your loved one considered walking to help out with his COPD? Here are some reasons that he should.

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February 02, 2016

Older adults are using technology more than ever, and many family caregivers are finding that integrating more forms of technology into their elder care efforts for their seniors makes a tremendous difference not just in the effectiveness of their care, but in their overall happiness, health, and quality of life. 

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January 27, 2016

Having a pre-made information packet on hand makes it so much easier to leave your elderly loved one in someone else's capable hands. If you've never put together an information packet, though, it might be an intimidating project to start. 

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January 19, 2016

One way to help your loved one deal with arthritic symptoms is to help him drop a few pounds of excess weight.

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January 13, 2016

No matter what age-related issues your loved ones may be facing, helping them to celebrate their anniversary can be one of the most memorable experiences of your elderly care journey.

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January 06, 2016

To help keep the elderly adult under your care (and yourself) safe and healthy, follow these simple household cleaning safety tips.

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December 30, 2015

A popular new year’s resolution for many Americans is to start eating healthy. We all know that eating healthy can help us lose extra weight, feel happier, prevent illnesses and have a better quality of life overall. 

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December 22, 2015

Fiber - it’s an important part of a senior’s diet. It aids digestion, keeps you feeling full, keeps you regular, and it can even help prevent medical conditions such as high blood pressure and stroke.

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December 15, 2015

If your loved one has COPD, you're probably concerned about his breathing all the time. Periodically your loved one might experience exacerbations, or flare-ups, of his COPD symptoms. Part of being a family caregiver involves being able to spot these flare-ups and get your loved one medical attention when the symptoms become too severe.

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December 09, 2015

Not a common ingredient in the average diet, eggplant opens up the opportunity for exploring new tastes and textures, as well as changing up familiar recipes to make them healthier.

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December 02, 2015

When it comes to the impact that stress makes on your health and your well-being as a caregiver, and your ability to offer the best care for your parents, one of the most important concepts to keep in mind is the idea of perceived stress.

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November 24, 2015

Trying new foods can be especially beneficial if it is a healthy food packed with the nutrients that seniors need to stay active, happy, and healthy. One food that is loaded with important nutrients and tastes great, too, is quinoa. 

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November 18, 2015

Everyone knows that feeling. You are walking along and suddenly your foot rolls under you. There is a sharp pain through your ankle, but you know that you have not broken the bone. This could be a joint sprain.

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November 11, 2015

Exactly what it sounds like, Buy Nothing Day is a holiday devoted to not spending a dime on anything and staying away from all of the consumerism that tends to occur on Black Friday.

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November 03, 2015

While getting out of the house encourages more physical activity and stimulates their minds, it can also create hassles and challenges if you do not take the time to address limitations and needs for your parents and your children before you head out.

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October 27, 2015

There is nothing like a cute and cozy sweater in the fall to make you feel comfortable and seasonal. Bring that same sense of toasty comfort and warm and fuzzy feelings to your home décor with this fun fall craft.

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October 21, 2015

November is National Sleep Comfort Month, the perfect opportunity for you to evaluate your and your aging loved ones' sleep quality so that you can make meaningful changes that will improve your quality of sleep and protect your wellbeing throughout your care journey with your seniors.

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October 13, 2015

Preparing for winter now ensures that you can feel confident going into the season and that you have what you and your parents need to stay safe and healthy no matter how early the winter weather decides to appear.

 

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October 06, 2015

Try one of these quick and easy ways to reduce your caregiver stress.

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September 30, 2015

Physical exercise is vital to supporting ongoing health and wellbeing throughout the body as well as keeping your parents' minds sharp and their emotions balanced. Click here for a safe and effective way to get regular exercise into your elderly care plan.

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September 22, 2015

Assuming that your elderly loved one is still quite mobile, his doctor has probably told him that some exercise would do him good. No one really likes hearing that from their doctor, though, so it's likely that your loved one is having a tough time incorporating more exercise into his day. Here are some exercise activities that aren't really exercise.

 

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September 14, 2015
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September 08, 2015

Fall is known for many things, but one characteristic of the autumn season that could have a serious impact on your elderly loved ones and their quality of life is the lower light conditions. Days are shorter during the autumn season, with fewer hours of sunlight that is naturally less intense than it is during the spring and summer months. This means that your parents have less opportunity to absorb the sunlight that they need, but it also means that they could be facing challenges related to low vision.

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September 01, 2015

Germ control is an important part of keeping your aging loved ones healthy throughout the year, but it is especially important during cold and flu season. Cold and flu flourish in the fall and winter, but you can make a tremendous difference in your elderly parents' risk for contracting the illness by helping to control the spread of germs.

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August 27, 2015

Labor Day is the unofficial ending of summer and beginning of fall, meaning this is your chance to get in all of those last-minute summer activities that you enjoy with your loved ones before settling in for the cooler season. Whether you are going to have the assistance of your entire care team or your aging loved ones' senior health care services provider is going to be taking vacation and you are on your own with your seniors, Labor Day weekend is a great time to make memories and celebrate the changing of seasons.

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August 18, 2015

Going out to eat is an exciting treat, but it is not always practical to plan trips out to a restaurant. Your aging parents may have physical, mobility, medical, or cognitive limitations that make it difficult or even impossible to get out of the house and stay out for as long as it takes to eat a meal in a restaurant. This does not mean, however, that you and your seniors cannot enjoy your favorite restaurant-style meals as part of your elderly care plan.

 

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August 13, 2015

For most people, cookies bring up wonderful memories from their childhoods. Whether it was their favorite afternoon snack with a glass of cold milk, a holiday treat they knew their grandmother was going to bring to the family dinner, or the tradition of leaving a plate out on Christmas Eve, cookies have a special place in people's hearts.

 

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August 05, 2015

Finding ways to make celebrating their birthdays part of your aging loved ones' senior care plan is a loving and meaningful way to make them feel special, acknowledged, and important, and to offer them a boost in mental and emotional health.

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July 29, 2015

Caring for elderly loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia can be overwhelming and intimidating, but establishing a home care arrangement for your parents can mean they get the care and assistance they need while easing the pressure and stress on you. Here are a few ways a home care provider can help deal with the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

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July 22, 2015

When was the last time you took a few minutes to think about your own personal well-being? If you are like many family caregivers, your own health and well-being often take a backseat to your aging loved ones. You put forth so much time, effort, energy, and devotion to ensure you meet all of their needs and give them the highest quality of life possible that you may overlook your own needs and forget how important it is to your effectiveness as a caregiver to preserve your health and strength.

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July 15, 2015

The morning opens up with the sun peeking over the horizon and the temperature already well into the upper 70s. It’s clear that this day is going to be incredibly hot. The humidity is almost oppressive already and the forecasts have the temperatures climbing into the upper 90s and, in some places, over 100. You think about your elderly father living in that house all by himself and you worry he could be at risk of getting overheated.

 

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July 08, 2015

Your parents' eyeglasses are an important part of how they engage with the world around them and maintain a large portion of their independence. By taking care of them properly, they ensure the most benefit, reduce frustration, and eliminate the need to spend the time and money having them replaced frequently. 

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July 02, 2015

Staying fresh and comfortable during the summer is often a challenge because of the heat and humidity, but with a few simple tips and tricks you can adjust your senior care efforts to keep up with the shifting weather and ensure your aging loved ones are able to enjoy the summer months more.

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June 17, 2015

The Fourth of July is almost upon us, which means it is time to start planning fun ways to integrate patriotic activities into your senior care with your elderly loved ones. Whether you are your parents' primary caregiver or have a care team including a senior health care services provider, participating in fun and meaningful Independence Day activities this July is a great way to get your parents more physically active and stimulate their minds. 

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June 11, 2015

In most places throughout the United States, a garden is usually tilled and planted by the middle of May. In the northern climates, the later a garden is planted, the better it may be, especially if there remains a risk of frost or hard freeze. Many people, though, incorrectly assume that once the calendar turned over to June that gardening is no longer possible or feasible for the year. That’s simply not true.

 

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June 03, 2015

Color is a powerful influence in your everyday life and one of the most effective tools you can use in your elder care. By surrounding yourself and your elderly loved ones with certain colors, you can influence your mood, your energy, and even your thought processes. On June 23, bring one of the loveliest, most calming colors into your day on National Pink Day.

 

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May 28, 2015

Severe weather can strike at just about any time. Thanks to today’s meteorological technology and innovations, weather forecasts have become much more accurate. People can tell when severe thunderstorms or other severe weather is on its way or at an increased risk depending on many factors.

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May 20, 2015

Staying in shape is important for people of all ages. If you are a caregiver taking care of an elderly and disabled family member, you are among tens of millions of Americans doing this same type of work on a regular basis. 

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May 13, 2015

Visiting an art gallery or show could be something many seniors enjoy. Even for the elderly individual who hasn’t had an affinity for art for most of their life, just the prospect of getting out, walking around, and seeing something new could be inspirational for them.

 

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May 05, 2015

What kinds of fats are the right fats for seniors? Find out here which fats are an essential part of any senior's diet.

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April 29, 2015

Why is it that so many family members take on the role of a caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one? There are some estimates that put the number of family caregivers in the United States at 44 million. Others are as high as 68 million. Regardless of the actual number, it’s an interesting situation because along with providing care at home for their loved ones, these caregivers are often increasing the amount of stress they feel on a regular basis.

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April 22, 2015

Throughout many communities across the United States there are generally numerous organizations that accept help from volunteers. For the senior who may be relying on some type of elder care, they may be interested in looking into various activities they could become involved with.

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April 16, 2015

Health Information Privacy and Security Week is April 13-18 and just because an elderly individual requires care doesn’t mean he or she has to give up privacy. Hiring through an agency helps to ensure that privacy is maintained by all caregivers.

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April 09, 2015

Gardening is a great activity for people of all ages. For any senior needing extra care on a regular basis could make it seem like planting and growing a garden is no longer something they should even consider. On the contrary, getting outside and getting exercise can offer plenty of benefits for people of all ages.

 

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April 01, 2015

Being a caregiver is a great responsibility and it’s also an incredible opportunity to spend time with an elderly family member who needs assistance or to support a senior in the community who may not have anybody else to rely on.

 

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March 25, 2015

The first time you mentioned home care for your aging father, it might have been met with some scorn, disdain, or flat out refusal to even listen to the notion. Maybe you were at the hospital after your father had been admitted following his heart attack or stroke. 

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March 18, 2015

Join seniors and elder care professional in celebrating American Red Cross Month in March. The American Red Cross calls for blood donations to restock the American blood supply.

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March 11, 2015

Although many may believe that social media is only for teens and young adults, people of all ages are using Facebook. Facebook is not only a form of entertainment, but it’s also a way for seniors to keep in touch with friends and family easily – without having to remember phone numbers and email addresses. 

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March 05, 2015

The moment a person begins to struggle with their vision, whether they’ve had glasses most of their life or have generally had clear vision, it can be unnerving. Seniors may try to disguise vision related problems because they fear what it could mean, that they have a more serious condition or that it could change their way of life, for example.

 

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February 27, 2015

The conversation wasn’t one Janice was looking forward to. She had been concerned about her mother for quite some time. She got in the habit of stopping by and checking in with her mother a regular basis, but the commute was more than half an hour each way and it was actually in the opposite direction from her job.

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February 19, 2015

If you’ve become a bit concerned about your aging father living at home alone, you may be wondering whether it’s time to talk to him about elder care. There are a number of different options when it comes to elderly healthcare.

 

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February 11, 2015

AMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a very serious vision-related issue that can affect millions of people throughout the United States. There are a number of common risk factors associated with macular degeneration and for an elderly individual who may be dealing with various health related issues, home care services can certainly make a difference.

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February 04, 2015

Building relationships takes time. It also generally requires a concerted effort on one or more of the invested parties. When you’re talking about senior care, the relationship that the elderly individual develops with their caregiver, be it a family member or paid professional, can determine the long-term impact of that care.

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January 28, 2015

With February being Heart Month, there’s lots to celebrate and think about. What can you do starting today to eat healthier for your heart? What exercises would give your heart the most benefit?

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January 22, 2015

Having difficulty sleeping is a common problem in modern society. However, just because somebody has difficulty staying asleep doesn’t necessarily mean they are suffering from insomnia. 

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January 07, 2015

Senior care is going to take a lot out of you. Even if you are providing senior care for a family member or friend, you will likely experience some level of stress and even possibly anxiety during the process.

 

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January 02, 2015

Making New Year’s resolutions may seem like a frustrating activity for a lot of people. Millions of people around the world actually get excited about the prospect of changing some aspect of their life for the better in the coming new year. However, the vast majority of people end up allowing those resolutions to fall away before too long. In fact, more than 90 percent of all New Year’s resolutions end up being forgotten about before the end of January, let alone the entire year.

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December 26, 2014

What kind of emergency plan do you have in place for yourself, your family, or even an elderly loved one? For individuals who require some type of home care, an emergency plan may be more than just practical. It may be lifesaving.

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December 18, 2014

Being a caregiver can be an incredibly rewarding job. You might be a home care provider for people you don’t know or a family member. In either case, it’s important to balance your life as a caregiver.

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December 10, 2014

There are plenty of reasons why a Parkinson’s patient may not feel completely safe at home. One of the most important to focus on has to do with balance and getting around. When it comes to elderly individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, relying on senior care is an important element to them staying fit, healthy, and comfortable within their own home environment.

 

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December 02, 2014

As the cold winter months start, so does the beginning of flu season. Flu season is from October to May. December 7-13 is National Influenza Vaccination Week and this is a great time to emphasize the importance of protecting the elderly against flu.

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November 28, 2014

Physical activity is important and beneficial at every age. Exercise for seniors is not only safe but may actually help lessen symptoms of medical conditions. Seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can all benefit from adding some physical activity into their daily routine. 

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November 21, 2014

Nuts contain plenty of high quality proteins and make a great substitute for meat. They are rich in dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins and are gluten and dairy free. Consuming a few nuts in a day will help decrease your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, gallstones and other health problems. Walnuts are one of the most nutritious nuts.

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November 13, 2014

What causes loneliness among elderly adults and how can you alleviate it?Loneliness is an unlikeable feeling of despair and emptiness. It can happen to people at any stage of their life, but elderly people are the ones most affected by it. Some of them are left alone by family and society but there are older people who, despite living with family, feel alone. This feeling of solitude and isolation can lead to several mental and physical illnesses.

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November 07, 2014

Osteoporosis in post-menopausal women is of a major concern. Complications from osteoporosis can cause debilitating conditions such as fractures in the hip and spine. When a person falls with one of these fractures, the results are often grim, leading to surgery to repair the fracture. In some cases osteoporosis sufferers do not survive the surgical procedures due to complications, as age is sometimes a factor.

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October 31, 2014

There are many different services offered by home care providers, and it's a good idea for you and your senior loved one to determine which services are most important to them. Some may not apply to their needs at all, while some may be the only help they can really pinpoint that they need. Here are 10 of the most popular services provided by elder care, to help you narrow down the list of what your senior needs: 

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October 23, 2014

The stress and rigor of providing care for a senior citizen, or disabled adult can lead to negative impacts on a caregiver’s mental and physical health. Not unlike any demanding job or career, caregivers can suffer from “burnout.” Here are four tips to prevent burnout, and how to recharge if you are feeling increased anxiety in your role as a family caregiver.

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October 16, 2014

There have been numerous studies conducted through the years about the impact that physical exercise can have on mental health and well-being. One such study was published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this study, it was determined that the more physical activity that people received, the better it was for memory related issues.

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October 09, 2014

A few of the direct routes to poor health in the elderly are social isolation and loneliness. Seniors in this predicament also have shorter lifespans. Social isolation and loneliness increase the risk for dementia, falls and re-hospitalization.

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September 25, 2014

Stacy had never prepared to become an elder care provider, but when her grandfather slipped and fell at home because he was living alone, she knew that he needed help. She decided to step up and be his caregiver and being relatively young, unmarried, and having no children, she felt that this was a job that she could easily handle.

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September 18, 2014

The research into herbs and spices is continuing to point towards their strengths as protectors against illness from the common cold to cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Spices have been used as a medicine for thousands of years by many different cultures. There is deep-rooted culture behind the use of some spices.

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September 11, 2014

Did you ever think that playing video games would be considered a pretty good idea for an elderly individual? For someone who relies on home care services, they are likely going to be limited on the things that they can do physically.

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September 05, 2014

Attention Deficit Disorder is most commonly associated with younger generations. Yet it can affect anyone of any age. It’s impact on senior care can be minimal or significant, depending on the severity of the ADD of the patient or even the caregiver.

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August 28, 2014

Regret is like a disease that no one really wants to have. Yet most of us have some level of regret in our life. When it comes to elder care decisions, you may be experiencing a number of regrets.

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August 21, 2014

Caring for someone whose vision is beginning to fail cannot only be challenging but it can be frustrating and scary for the patient. 

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August 15, 2014

The public library is a really great place to enjoy free benefits of education, socialization, relaxation and recreation. You’d be surprised at the free activities provided by some of the nation’s public libraries!

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August 07, 2014

When an elderly loved one requires senior care, hiring a provider can seem like a complicated process. The family wants what’s best for their elderly loved one, but the elderly individual should have the final say on the actual caregiver hired.

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July 31, 2014

There are certainly going to be times when you need to say no to being a caregiver. If the elderly individual who requires care refuses to do anything to make their home safe, or doesn’t allow anyone to change things or remove clutter, for example, then you will end up in a dangerous situation.

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July 24, 2014

There are many health related issues that senior face and for many of them, elderly care is an important factor in helping them stay safe at home. Some of the most common health issues that they face are:

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July 18, 2014

Caregivers are always looking for ways to relax and have a peaceful rest from the busy-ness of their day. It’s good to cut back on caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, and flavorful herb teas are the perfect way to do it!

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July 10, 2014

The word resilient refers to one’s ability to bounce back after a tough situation and avoid being the victim of helplessness. There are a lot of benefits to being resilient, and they include lowering risk of depression, helping to manage stress and even prolonging life.

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July 03, 2014

Senior care is not always just about providing support for the elderly individual in their home, or in an assisted living community, or in your own home. It’s not just about making sure that the elderly individual is safe within their home, or that they have the right foods to eat, or that they get the proper level of exercise.

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June 27, 2014

You can’t really blame your senior for not wanting to accept care. After all, they value their independence just as much as you do. But when it interferes with their safety, you must find a way to overcome their resistance to getting the care they need.

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June 20, 2014

For the longest time, I was one of those people who had to have everything just right. Some would call me a perfectionist, but I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe that anyone can do anything perfectly, and if they do, it’s more likely a fluke. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have high standards and expectations and when I started my role as a caregiver for my father, I had set those expectations incredibly high.

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June 12, 2014

It can take a tremendous toll on a person to care for their loved ones fulltime day in and day out while the loved one experiences declining health. If this sounds like something you are experiencing, you are one of over 65 million Americans who are serving as a family caregiver for a disabled or ill family member.

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June 05, 2014

Even though the first thing you may think of is the loss of a loved one, there are other losses that a senior person can experience. A loss of health, a relationship, a job, or dream can make a person experience some of the same emotions as any other loss, such as anger, shock or guilt.

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May 29, 2014

By the time most family members are facing the prospect of senior care for a loved one, it’s in the aftermath of a serious injury, illness, or other medical event that has led to hospitalization. It’s usually that moment when family gather around together, hoping that their loved one will pull through and be okay, and when they vow to do whatever they can to improve the chances of them making a full recovery.

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May 22, 2014

Caregiver burnout is real. If you’ve heard about it but just thought that it was referring to in home care providers who had been doing this type of work for a long time, think again. Caregiver burnout can affect anyone at just about any time, even if you have only been providing home care for a few days or weeks.

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May 15, 2014

The morning started off well for Selma, but by the time that evening hold rolled around, she was frazzled and completely unable to think straight. Her mother had suffered from a hard fall at home and, being 81 years old, needed to spend the night in the hospital due to the injuries. The doctor told Selma that it was time to think seriously about home care services as a way to support her mother, but she only had limited knowledge about it; she didn’t know what she was going to be able to do.

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May 09, 2014

Family caregivers can quickly feel they are sinking beneath the ever-growing demands of caregiving. It’s a disheartening feeling to say the least. Even when you enjoy caregiving and it’s something you always wanted to do, the rigors of the role can be weighty. 

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May 01, 2014

Every May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) comes around. It’s an opportunity to increase awareness about the endeavors to improve speech and hearing. This is especially important for the elderly population. Catching a problem at the beginning when it first surfaces gives the best result for diagnosis and recovery.

 

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April 17, 2014

Did you know that if you’re one of an estimated 43 million Americans who provide caregiving support to an adult that you’re at risk for physical, mental and emotional health problems? The reason is because of the stress and strain of the complexities of caregiving. Families and family members have more of the burden of caregiving placed on their shoulders due to the changing horizon of health care.

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April 10, 2014

It might be time for your father to think about home care services. If he’s elderly and living alone, and if you notice that he’s beginning to have trouble tending to his own care, then you might assume that he needs someone to check on him, help him around the house, and make sure that he’s eating properly, that he’s tending to his personal hygiene, and that he is, essentially, safe.

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April 03, 2014

Huntington’s disease is a hereditary disease that causes a degeneration of brain cells. This can lead to progressive dementia. Like any type of dementia, the patient who has this disease requires a high quality of care. For older patients, the right elder care can certainly make a difference when it comes to Huntington’s disease.

 

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