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Thanksgiving Survival Tips for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for Americans, meant to enjoy loved ones, good food and a relaxed atmosphere. Planning for all this fun and relaxation can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially if you’re a caretaker for the senior loved one in your life. But fear not! Our tips will help you get through Thanksgiving with ease, so you can get back to enjoying what the day is all about—giving thanks for the special loved ones in your life.

Communicating with Dementia Patients

Witnessing a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be a very painful experience. As they progress in the disease, memory problems become more noticeable. Eventually, that impairment causes the loss of self and they may not even recognize their friends and family. Communication with loved ones who have dementia can be tricky at times, but not impossible. Here are some tips on how to communicate with your loved one with dementia:

Protecting Seniors Against Scams

Each year, seniors are among the most targeted age group for scammers to work their dirty tricks. Criminals prey on seniors due to the simple fact that older people are deemed more trusting and willing to give up their financial information. This is a BIG problem. Here are some typical frauds attempted on seniors:

How to Determine When a Pet Has Become Too Much for Seniors

One of the difficult parts of pet ownership is knowing when to let go. If your senior parent has a pet, they are most likely very attached. The emotional bond between seniors and their pets can be a very powerful one, so navigating this subject can be tricky. Here are some signs to look for and helpful solutions to consider:

Benefits of Home Care for Seniors

Home care is the preferred option for most seniors today. There are many benefits that come with seniors remaining in the comfort of their home. If you are trying to determine if it’s the right choice for you, consider the following reasons home care is often the best care:

How to Plan Successfully for Aging-in-Place

There are times when staying at home becomes impractical or even dangerous. If you’re among those who want to age in place or have a loved one that does, consider the following questions:

Helping Seniors Who Refuse Help

What do you do when your senior loved one is refusing help? Unfortunately, this is a common issue for caretakers. All seniors want to stay independent as long as possible, so it can be a delicate balance to strike. Here’s some tips to help you:

Tips for Helping Seniors Downsize

If downsizing is to occur, you must help your senior loved one tackle this task. Instead of dreading it, why not have some fun and learn from them as they tell the story behind special items! Here are some tips to get you started:

Choosing the Right Home Security System for Seniors

When it comes to seniors, especially those who have dementia, not just any alarm system will do! Here are some things to look for when choosing a home security system for the senior in your life.

Benefits of Music Therapy for Seniors

Did you know that bringing in music therapy for seniors who struggle with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can make a huge difference? Well, it can and does! So, how do you utilize music into your senior loved one’s life? Read on and let’s learn!

How to Create a Memories Book for Seniors

Caregivers for seniors have a beautiful opportunity to help them preserve their family memories so that generations to follow will be able to enjoy their legacy. Preserving memories will not only stimulate their minds, but also gives them a way to express their love and affection. Studies show that memory books combat anxiety and depression and promotes well-being. So how do you help the senior in your life create a memory book? Here are a few tips and helpful hints to get you started!

Benefits of Regular Exercise in Seniors

Medical research has proven without a doubt that exercise is just as important for seniors as it is for anyone else. Staying physically fit has many benefits for seniors! Here are just a few….

5 Tips for Managing Stress While Being a Caregiver

Anyone who has ever been in a caretaking role for senior adults knows that it can be very rewarding, yet very stressful. The stress that comes along with that “round-the-clock” availability can be overwhelming for anyone, regardless of how good you are at managing stress. So, how do you handle it and what do you do?

AARP Virtual Career Fair

This live online event provides those 50+ with the opportunity to recharge their job search and connect with local and national employers – all from the comfort of home.

Checklist for Hiring Senior Home Health Care

Before you make the decision to hire in a senior health care agency, there are a few things you should check into. Following is a list of important check points to help you get the best home care possible.

5 Tips for Helping Seniors Accept In-Home Care

Do you have a senior loved one who adamantly refuses the idea of having someone come into the home to provide care? This is a difficult spot to find yourself in, as you no doubt need a break from the ongoing task of caretaking. Here are a few tips that will help you broach the subject with love and compassion.

Managing Hoarding Behavior in Dementia Patients

This can be troubling for loved ones caring for them and dealing with dementia makes it even more difficult. So how do you know when they are just collecting clutter or crossing the line into hoarding?

Understanding Your Odds for Developing Dementia

While genetics and age can greatly affect the risk for developing dementia, they aren’t the only factors involved. You may not be able to do anything about your genetics but there are definitely things you can do to help improve your odds. Learn more:

Proper Diet for Seniors with Diabetes

Eating right is the first and foremost way for seniors diagnosed with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives. In this informative article, learn our tips for the most important foods and tips for shopping to manage diabetes.

5 Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke in Seniors

Heat stroke can be deadly in seniors. As the summer heats up, so does the risk for heat stroke. It is a potentially fatal condition and can happen before they realize they are in the danger zone. As we age, our bodies become less responsive to heat, so it’s important that seniors understand the signs of a heat stroke.

The Benefits of Home Health Care vs Hospital Care

The vast majority of Americans assume that the best way to care for our elderly is to place them in a nursing home or other skilled care facility. But did you know there are many reasons why allowing seniors to recover at home is better? In this article, we’ll explain the differences between home health care and nursing home care.

Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

Depression among the elderly has many causes. Dementia is also a big cause of depression among our seniors. Each of these causes does have good solutions, so let’s look at them:

Seniors and Medical Alert Devices

One of the most dangerous parts of seniors living alone is the risk for falls. The best way to ensure the safety of your senior loved ones is to make sure they are carrying a medical alert and location device.

In-Home Care Services for Patients with Dementia

Since the needs of a dementia patient vary, the range of in-home services can also vary according to what is needed. Here’s a bit more information about these types of in-home care:

Avoiding Senior Accidents

For the elderly, slips and falls can easily fracture a hip or other bone that is very tough to recover from. So, what can you do to keep your senior parents safe at home? Read on!

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