Senior Home Care Blog - Kenosha & Racine

Helping Seniors Enjoy Technology

Do you have questions about weaving in technology with the senior in your life? Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we encounter. Check it out!

Tips for Battling Boredom in Seniors

While in-home care does provide human touch and interaction with caregivers, it’s not the same as family and friends, and caregiving will eventually settle into a routine that leaves the patient struggling with boredom. So, how can you keep spontaneity and companionship in our lives? Let’s look at some interesting solutions…

Strategies for Seniors Dealing with Isolation

While both isolation and solitude can hit us in the places we feel most vulnerable, it’s important to understand that solitude is something that is welcomed, and even sought out, while isolation comes by force usually, and is not something we would ever welcome on our own. So, how do seniors cope when solitude turns dangerously toward isolation? We’ve got some tips for you!

Gardening for Seniors

Are you curious as to what great hobbies might be for your senior loved one? Look no farther! Gardening is a wonderful pastime for people of any age, but especially for seniors. Not only is gardening a nice way to get outside and enjoy nature, but it also provides a tangible touch to the life process all around you. Engaging with nature keeps your mind in a peaceful state, which is good for any age!

Practicing Social Distance for Older Adults

Social distancing wasn’t a concept we thought much about. But now, it is a crucial part of slowing the spread of transferrable diseases like COVID-19. But what exactly is social distancing and how do we practice it properly? Let’s look at how to help seniors who are the most vulnerable part of the population stay safe through social distancing…

Helping Seniors Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There’s a lot we don’t know about COVID-19 still, but one thing we DO know is that there are certain age groups who are more vulnerable, and seniors are at the top of that list. If you are a caregiver or just a concerned senior, here are some tips for safety and guidelines of best practices issued by the CDC, especially seniors and their caregivers:

Coping with Social Isolation Among Seniors

COVID-19 has caused isolation everywhere, and there is perhaps no group of people this has affected more than our senior citizens. Seniors can experience loneliness and depression without a global pandemic, so it’s imperative that we take care of them! Learn more…

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Have you wondered what the symptoms are of the coronavirus? You’re not alone! It seems COVID-19 is all we’ve heard about for the last three months each time you turn on the TV or listen to the news. It’s important to know what to look for, who is more vulnerable, and what to do if symptoms appear.

Maintaining a Positive Outlook as a Caregiver

Caregivers these days suffer from something known as compassion fatigue and burnout. While you may not have heard these terms before, they are very real, and you might identify with them as we continue to live in a state of emergency due to Covid-19. Just how do you stay positive as a caregiver during these times? Read on, we’ve got some tips for you!

How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus

Of people who are at risk, seniors and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease are at the highest level of vulnerability to the virus. This higher risk is mainly due to compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions, and weakened physical states due to aging. Here’s how to reduce your risk…

Quick Activities for Dementia Care

As seniors progress through the different stages of dementia, the main goal is to keep them able to care for themselves and enjoy life. They may get to the point where they need constant care at some point. At the very least, they will have much shorter attention spans so it’s important to use quick activities that stimulate different parts of their brain.

How to Have Meaningful Conversations with Dementia Patients

If you have a loved one with dementia, you probably already know how frustrating it can be to communicate sometimes. Limited understanding and cognitive decline can be very overwhelming for both the patient and the caregiver, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are some tips to consider…

Debunking the Myths of Falling for Seniors

Are you one of the millions of Americans who think that tumbles and falls are just par for the course in older adults? The truth is, falling can be devastating for seniors and should be prevented at all costs. It’s not normal to fall and no matter how old you are, there are things you can do to prevent it. Here are ten myths and realities about falls:

Helping Seniors with a High Protein Diet

Did you know that a diet high in protein is incredibly important for seniors? Protein is particularly important right before medical procedures or surgery and can help the healing time during an acute illness when the body doesn’t digest protein as easily. Seniors especially need high-protein diets to maintain good bone density and muscle mass! Read on…

Determining When Your Senior Loved One Should Stop Driving

Aging alone should not mean that a person must stop driving, but if there are safety concerns due to health or slower reflexes, it can become an issue. It’s important to have a good reaction time for any driver, no matter how old they are. So, when should you have the conversation about deciding the time to stop driving has come? Here are a few tips to help you know.

Tips for Improving Your Heart Health

Your heart is where your life is! A healthy heart beats between 60-90 beats per minute and that may slow down a little as we age. That means your heart could eat more than 140,000 times each day! It’s crazy to think that the organ we depend on for the very breath of life is the one we so often fail to take the best care of. In this article, we will give you a few tips to take care of your heart and live the longest, healthiest life possible!

Losing Caregiver Guilt and Living at Peace

If you are feeling a bit guilty when it comes to taking care of your older loved ones, you are not alone. Negative emotions are quite common as you walk the caregiving process, and it’s important to know what to do with those emotions as they come up. There are steps you can take to mitigate your unwarranted feelings of guilt.

How to Reminisce and Remember with Seniors with Dementia

Therapy that involves sharing long-term memories is a very popular and effective treatment for those with Alzheimer’s. It helps them focus on the positive things that have happened in their lives, helps them feel connected, and generally boosts their sense of joy, belonging, and pride. Try these 3 reminiscing techniques with your senior loved one who struggles with dementia or early stages of Alzheimer’s:

Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe from Elder Fraud

These days it seems that robocalls are just a part of daily life that we have to contend with. While it might seem easy to most people as to which calls and emails are obvious scams, it’s not always so easy for seniors. This is precisely why scammers prey on older adults more than anyone else! Here are some common scams and how to avoid falling victim to them.

Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Has Alzheimer’s

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be frightening to everyone. Not only does it create memory loss, but also makes any communication at all very difficult as the disease progresses. If you have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, we know this can be a scary time, so we put together some tips to help you continue to have effective communication with your family member, as well as everyone involved.

Helping Senior Loved Ones Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Seniors often have a difficult time during the holiday season, but especially when it comes to New Year’s Eve. There are always fun activities and parties as we bring in the new year, and your senior loved ones may feel a bit down when they can’t party as the once did. The good news? There are lots of ideas to ring in the new year with older adults. Check out our tips for a fun and happy New Year’s Eve party!

Helping Seniors Avoid Holiday Depression

“Holiday blues” among seniors is very real and should be handled carefully. Older adults often have emotional, mental, and physical needs not taken into account during the holidays, and it can be a difficult time for them. While there are several things that can influence their confusion, or even depression during the holidays, here are a few that you might want to keep an eye out for.

Life-Enriching Activities for Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

It can be a bit more challenging to help a patient with Alzheimer’s continue to enjoy things they once enjoyed before this life-altering diagnosis. After all, we all need a sense of community and fellowship with friends in order to maintain a sense of well-being and peace. While it is more difficult to do the same things, it’s not impossible. Here are a few ideas to keep your senior with Alzheimer’s thriving.

How to Prepare Moving Aging Parents into Your Home

It can be a tough decision to move an aging parent into your home, but once the decision is made, there are some things you can do to make the process as easy as possible. Here are some tips to help you plan for the big move.

Managing the Symptoms of Sundowning

Alzheimer’s Disease presents many challenges, not the least of which is something called sundowning—a period in the late day/early evening when agitation or irritability can set in for no apparent reason. Confusion tends to worsen as the sun goes down, hence the name. So, what causes it and how can you manage it?

Causes for Concern During the Holidays with Seniors

The holidays can be a lot of fun but can also be a bit stressful, especially on seniors. They don’t want to feel like they are a burden to anyone, yet they still want to enjoy all the festivities of family and friends. If you notice some of the following signs in your senior loved one, it may be time to ask about an in-home caregiver.

Helping Senior Loved Ones Deal with Depression

One of the most difficult parts of caring for senior loved ones is knowing how to handle the depression that often befalls them. There is no doubt that seniors are more at risk for developing depression, and it’s important that family members and caregivers understand the warning signs and what to do about them.

Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver for Others

Being a caregiver to a family member has an impact on the other relationships in your life, making the personal priorities fall to the back burner. While we may tell ourselves, this type of caregiving is only temporary, it often turns into much longer months or even years. You must take care of yourself while you take care of a family member, and that self-care includes nurturing the most important relationships in your life. Here are a few tips…

How to Know When to Hire an In-Home Caregiver

Did you know that nearly half of all senior adults over the age of 65 need some type of assistance daily? It’s true. As many as 70% of seniors will need a caregiver at some point as they continue to age. One of the biggest challenges with caregiving is how to know when it’s time to hire in-home care. Here are some signs that can help you determine if the time is right.

How to Handle Common Dementia Behaviors

Dementia falls under the umbrella of Alzheimer’s disease and refers to the cognitive decline, memory loss, and several other behaviors that impact the ability to have normal function and routine. In advanced stages, it can also pose a safety risk, such as wandering off or getting lost. Here are a few of the behaviors commonly associated with the onset of dementia:

How Siblings Can Share the Load of Caregiving

Having an ailing parent is always tough, but things can be even more challenging when there are multiple siblings involved wondering who does what in the care plan. If you are a caretaker for your mom or dad and you have siblings who also want to help, this article will help you!

Why Routines are Important for Seniors with Chronic Illness

It’s tough for anyone living with a chronic disease, but it seems even more challenging when it’s a senior loved one who has worked hard to raise a family and are now faced with sickness. If you are a caregiver for an older adult in your life, you already know how important it is to maintain a routine and a predictable order. This is especially true for cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Learn more…

Helping Aging Parents Live Their Best Life

We all want to live long and healthy lives! As adults, we desire to do all we can to help our parents age well and gracefully. This may be going along beautifully until a health crisis or some other stressful event happens. What to do next? How do we give our aging parents the control they need to continue to feel independent while still stepping into the role of helper or caregiver? Read on.

Playing Bingo Has Great Benefits for the Elderly

Did you know that Bingo has been recognized not only as a great pastime for the elderly, but also a great way to sharpen memory and thinking skills? It’s true! There are lots of positive benefits to playing Bingo on a regular basis—let’s look at a few!

How to Sit Less and Move More

Did you know that sitting too much can also be a problem? While sitting too much is not a good habit to fall into, neither does it mean that you need to stand for hours on end. The point is not to stand more, but to sit less. So, the bottom line is gentle activity or even slow movement is better than sitting still for extended periods of time. Learn more…

Tips for Managing Stress as a Caregiver

The life expectancy continues climbing in this country, and with that comes even more caregiving responsibilities of adult children of elderly parents. For a few, this means just providing care and support after an illness or surgery. But for many other family caregivers, taking on the task of caregiver will last 5 years or more. So, how do we manage the stress that comes with caring for those we love most? Read on…

How to Communicate Effectively with Aging Parents Who are Stubborn

Anyone who has become a caretaker for aging parents knows that as they age, they can become stubborn. Whether it’s dementia setting in, medications, or just a loss of control, seniors can become obstinate as they age and that can present its own special set of challenges for those doing the caretaking. So, how do you deal with stubborn parents? Read on…

Exercises to Keep Your Mind Active and Memory Sharp

Check out the following ideas and exercises you can easily do with your senior loved one as well as yourself, to keep the mind sharp and help prevent memory loss. Remember, the goal is to stay mentally stimulated.

Anxiety in Seniors

All of us get anxious from time to time, no matter how old we are. But for seniors, anxiety can be harder to cope with as they age. If you have an older loved one who is struggling to get through normal daily tasks due to anxiety, it’s time to speak to a doctor and get a plan to help ease the symptoms before it becomes hard to manage.

Exercises for Improving Balance in Seniors

As seniors grow older, you may notice increasing problems with balance. This increases the risk of falling, which can have terrible consequences. The good news? There are many exercises that are simple and easy and can be done right from home with no special equipment! Here are a few exercises that will increase balance and mobility in your senior loved one.

Tips for Home Recovery After Surgery

Recovering from any kind of surgery can be a challenge, but if your friends and family who could help you don’t live close by, you may be having to recover on your own. Here are some tips to help make that recovery process easier, whether you are the patient, or you have a senior loved one who is the one recovering. The main goal, of course, is to get back to normal as quickly as possible!

Preparing Aging Parents for Downsizing

Moving is stressful when everything goes right! Moving aging parents from the home they have known for years can come with many extra challenges. For seniors who have been in their house for years and even raised children and grandchildren there, this process requires a special touch with lots of care. Use this checklist to help make downsizing easier on both you and your parents when it comes time to move.

In-Home Care Services vs. Nursing Home Care

If an elderly loved one in your life needs advanced care, you may be wondering about the differences between in-home care services and nursing home care. In this article, we’ll look at these two options and help you determine which care plan is right for your loved one.

Seniors and Insomnia

All adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, no matter our age. Older adults often find themselves feeling frustrated when they can’t get to sleep or sleep through the night. It can happen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which could be medications, pain, or even depression. Learn some of the causes and how to get better sleep.

Tips for Healthy Aging

It’s a lost art to embrace the aging process with grace and poise. The truth is, we go through many difficult changes as we grow older, and many of us see a decline in our health as we age, simply because we don’t know how to deal with all the changes of aging in a healthy way. Whether it’s retirement, loss of loved ones, grown kids leaving for college, or even declining health, the changes that come with aging can be scary. We want to help! Read on….

Quality of Life for Dementia Patients

It’s often thought that those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s will steadily lose their quality of life. While cognitive decline is certainly part of the process, there are things you can do as a caregiver to maintain as much quality of life as possible. Regardless of the stage of their disease, they need to be stimulated every day, both in mind and body!

How to Plan for Aging in Place

“Aging in place” is a term that has become more and more frequent these days. As people age, most prefer to do it in the comfort of their own home and familiar surroundings. Thankfully, most people will be able to do just that if they desire, although it takes a little advanced planning. Here are some tips to plan ahead for aging in place.

Healthy Meals for Seniors

As you begin to move into your senior years, choosing healthy food is a smart thing to do. When you approach the age of 60, your body begins to change, and your metabolism slows down. The food you eat is responsible to provide the nutrients that you need. Use these tips to select better for a healthier you!

What Seniors Should Know About Caffeine

Did you know that drinking caffeine can lower the risk for Alzheimer’s Disease? For many years it has been thought that consuming caffeine has a negative impact on one’s health, but in recent years it’s now becoming clear that drinking coffee in moderate amounts is indeed linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Let’s look at some of the most recent studies concerning drinking caffeine so you can feel better informed!

Recognizing and Preventing Strokes in Seniors

It’s estimated that nearly a million people will have a stroke this year. But here’s the good news: up to 80% of all strokes are preventable! The National Stroke Association and other agencies like it, have dedicated themselves to educating the public about how to recognize the symptoms of stroke, as well as how to prevent them. Scores of deaths could be prevented with this information.

Advice on Aging Gracefully

Depression, worthlessness, and anxiety are some feelings that are often found in seniors as they age. There is no need to allow these feelings to take over your life. When you begin to look at the positive things that come with the process of aging, it will allow you to age gracefully and gain the most from your senior years. Here are a few things that you can to do embrace the aging process:

5 Ways Poor Sleep Can Impact Senior Health

As your aging parent grows older, their immune system becomes more fragile, so sleep is crucial for them to stay healthy. Even though seniors tend to need less sleep in their older years, they should still get at least 6-8 hours of good rest each night. Read on to discover a few of the ways poor sleep can affect your health.

Survival Tips for Caregivers

If you’re a caregiver, you probably already know that it’s a very demanding job, requiring a lot of care and patience. So, how do you cope as a caregiver? Read on….

Keeping the Kitchen Safe for Seniors

Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Unfortunately, kitchens are also the number one place in the home for accidents, especially for seniors. How safe is your kitchen? Read on to find out what to look for to make sure your kitchen or that of your senior loved one is a safe place to be.

How Home Health Care Can Benefit You and Your Loved Ones

There are a lot of scenarios where home care may be warranted. Whether it’s a parent, a child with disabilities or perhaps you yourself need to research options for a long-term condition. Maybe an ailing loved one is going to be moving into your home and you’re wondering if you should hire a home health agency. Here are some of the many benefits to help you know which direction to turn.

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Did you know that seniors need regular exercise, just like the rest of us? It’s true! And one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise is yoga. Read on to learn more about the benefits of yoga for seniors!

Keeping Seniors Healthy Through Friendships

All of us need close friends, no matter how old we are! It is a scientific fact that having a close circle of friends keeps seniors feeling younger, healthier and calmer. Here are a few ideas for expanding your social network during your senior years:

Battling Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Diabetes can be life-threatening if not managed properly. With today’s technology and medical advancements, it is easy to forget what a serious condition this can be, but it is possible to live a completely healthy and normal life!

Signs Your Senior Loved One Needs Assistance

Everyone wants to be independent and healthy as long as possible, and most seniors fear to be a burden to their loved ones above all else. If your older adult is showing signs of needing more care and assistance to have a full life, it’s best to approach it slowly and transition gradually. Read on to discover our tips and suggestions about easing your loved one into assisted living.

Tips for Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease changes everything for a person. Taking care of someone with the disease can be difficult and stressful. This article will give you some helpful tips for coping with the caretaking skills required to help the loved one stay as independent as possible for as long as possible!

How to Be the Best Caregiver You Can Be

If caregiving is new to you, it’s normal to feel some anxiety about your new position and what it may require of you. This article will give you the skinny on what you need to know to be the best caregiver you can be!

Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

You might have heard the term “aging in place.” It refers to the elderly, dementia, and Alzheimer’s patients aging at home for as long as possible. But how do you make sure that you as a caregiver survive this task and get the rest you need as well? Read on!

How to Reduce the Symptoms of Sundowning

Alzheimer’s Disease has a component that might be familiar for caretakers and their loved ones—it’s called sundowning, and it’s the increased level of confusion that tends to happen in the later part of the day. You may notice that they become more agitated as the evening wears on, and confusion increases. It happens more often as the disease advances, but there are things you can do to lessen the effects. Here are some tips….

Tips for Helping Aging Parents Stay Independent

For seniors all over the country, their main desire as they grow older is to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can. Their independence is incredibly valuable to them, so it’s important to know the signs to look for that may indicate they might need some extra help. Here are some signs to look for if you are concerned about their well-being living alone.

Tips to Keep Seniors Hydrated

For many seniors, the warm summer months are favored over winter, due to achiness and pain associated with colder temperatures. While summer brings warmer days and more activities outdoors, it also brings the danger of dehydration. It’s easy for any of us to become dehydrated, but it can be especially dangerous for seniors. Here’s why…

Avoiding Family Feuds over Power of Attorney

Deciding who will have Power of Attorney can affect family dynamics for years to come. That person will oversee major decisions, both medical and financial. Even if your parents plan ahead while they are fit and healthy, it can still cause problems in the family dynamic if not handled carefully.

Adopting an Exercise Regimen that Works for Seniors

While it may take a little longer for us to heal and bounce back from things as we age, an appropriate level of activity is ALWAYS a good thing, no matter how old we get! If your older adult has physical limitations or health problems, you might be surprised how easy it is to find some exercises that can be done safely. Let’s look at some benefits!

Preventing Falls in Seniors

Many things can cause falls in Seniors and none of them are fun. The good news is that with a few tips and preventative actions, you can help the senior in your life to avoid becoming injured from a fall. Let’s look at a few simple things you can do to create a fall-proof environment for the senior loved one in your life.

Tips for Coping with Repetitive Questions from Alzheimer’s Patients

Have you ever noticed that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s often repeat things? It’s natural to have tons of grace for the same questions being asked for a short while, but you can easily run out of patience as the disease progresses. So, what to do? Here are some tips that will help!

Outdoor Activities Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy

Getting out of the house to enjoy some outdoor activities with the senior in your life is easier than you might think. Spring has sprung in most areas of the country and any doctor will tell you that getting outdoors is good for all of us, especially after a long winter! Sunshine carries significant vitamins and other benefits that affect mood, balance and overall health. Want to know more?

5 Superfoods Seniors Will Love

Superfoods have gotten rather trendy lately. As we have learned more about them and all their benefits, it’s become increasingly clear how important it is for seniors to have superfoods in their diets. If you are a caregiver, here are several superfoods you should know about!

How Alternative Sweeteners Can Help Alzheimer’s

It is now known that sugar has a serious impact on Alzheimer’s Disease, so if you know or care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, now is the time to help them cut sugar out of their diet because their overall health depends on it! Let’s look at some tips and info that will help you stay aware of the sugar your household is consuming and what you can do about it. There are many myths revolving around the great sugar debate, so we will now break down some of the more known ones.

Tips for Reducing Agitation in Seniors with Dementia

Sensitivity to the surroundings around them is one of the main issues among seniors who struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In order to soothe agitation and lessen difficult behaviors, it’s important to create a calm and relaxing environment. Here are 5 ways to help create a calm environment for the older adult in your family.

Part 2 - Tips for Discussing the Aging Process with Your Parents

A lot of friction can happen when a family must watch their parents age. The old phrase, “age gracefully” doesn’t always seem so graceful, especially when it refers to those we love most. Communication skills are vital to any relationship! Last week we looked at tips for discussing the aging process with your elderly parents. Here are even more great tips for caregivers and family members to have a meaningful conversation with aging parents.

Helping Seniors Have Good Health Through Good Nutrition

As a society, we have never been more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet to preserve our health and live longer. This is also true of seniors today! Just like children have certain dietary needs, seniors and older adults do too. Our bodies and metabolism slow as we age, making it easier to eat fewer calories. Fewer calories, however, does not mean less nutrition! Let’s look at the role nutrition plays as we age….

Tips for Hiring a Transportation Caregiver for Your Senior

Seniors have a variety of needs that require transportation that is reliable and safe. If the day has come when your older loved one can no longer drive themselves safely, you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Family or friends may not always be available, so it’s helpful to have other options on the table. Here are a few tips to help you hire a caregiver who can transport the senior in your life.

How Pet Ownership Can Make Seniors Happier

Pets not only fills the need to nurture and take care of something, but they can also improve our health! Did you know that the benefits of owning a pet goes far beyond companionship? It’s true! Studies have been done that proves how a pet lowers blood pressure and heart rate, lowers the risk of heart disease and stress, and even prevents depression. If you or your senior loved one is considering a pet, think about the following pros and cons:

How Caregivers Can Overcome Winter Challenges

Ice, snow and other winter weather is difficult for everyone, but when you are a caregiver it can take even more challenges. Doctor’s appointments, social activities, church, grocery store runs….all of this can be far more difficult in the winter months. There’s no doubt that falling is a huge risk for seniors, but they are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Here are some fantastic tips to keep your senior safe from falls:

Encouraging Seniors to Remain Independent

If you are caring for seniors, you already know how important it is to protect their sense of pride and respect. You want to encourage them to stay active and stay independent. But how? Read on.

Boredom Can Be Dangerous to a Senior’s Health

We’ve all heard the phrase, “bored to death”. All of us need to feel purposeful in life, and seniors are no exception. While boredom makes most people lethargic, it can have even greater consequences for seniors. Even to the point of being life-threatening.

Why Most Seniors Prefer Home Care

If at all possible, most seniors will choose to stay in their homes as long as possible. They may need some care or assistance and home care workers make that a viable choice. Everything from housekeeping, meal and medication oversight and skilled nursing can all be done within the home. Let’s look at some key reasons that home care for seniors is the preferred course of care…

How to Bring Joy to Seniors with Dementia Through Reminiscence Therapy

When a person has Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, it is most often the short-term memory that is affected first. They are able to recall memories from long ago, which can make reminiscence therapy very effective in bringing joy to this group of seniors. Memories can be associated with specific parts of the brain, so doing the following activities can help stimulate brain function. Get creative!

Preventing the Flu in Seniors and Their Caregivers

It’s that time of year again where flu season is upon us. Did you know that seniors, as well as their caregivers, are more vulnerable to the flu? It’s true, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and shorten the lifespan of the illness if it does happen. To help you prevent colds and flu, here are some important tips:

Keeping Seniors Safe in Cold Weather

All of us get cold in the winter, but seniors are even more prone to being unable to warm up easily during those cold months. Most of us grew up with our mothers warning us we would get sick if we’re cold, but this is especially true with elderly people. They really can get dangerously sick just from being cold. Why is that? Read on…

How Seniors Can Boost Energy Levels

Let’s face it—all of us want to live well and age well. It all starts with creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime. But even if you’re late in creating healthy routines, it’s never too late to start! Here are some ways to boost your energy and feel great as a senior!

10 Tips for Helping Seniors with Personal Hygiene

As we age, routine tasks become more difficult. For many seniors, good personal hygiene can be especially challenging and may require some assistance. Here are some tips to help you help the senior in your life!

How to Help Joint Pain During the Colder Months

It’s not uncommon for seniors to have increased pain in their joints and muscles during the winter. Doctors will tell you that there are more prescriptions written for aches and pains during colder temperatures than other times of the year. Here’s some helpful tips for reducing joint pain and discomfort in seniors:

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.

Staying Socially Active as You Age

According to experts, staying engaged socially is one of the top ways to feel young. Let’s look a little deeper…

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? 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 varies, 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!

How to Become a Caregiver for the Elderly

Being a caregiver for the elderly has so many rewards, along with some challenges. But for the right people, there is no more fulfilling job! If this sounds like an interesting opportunity to you, consider the following benefits:

How to Talk to Your Parents About Senior Care

There are a few signs that can help you determine when it’s time to talk to your loved one about specialized senior care and what that might look like. Many of these signs just happen as they grow older, but often these same signs can lead to injury and other issues if they are ignored. Here are a few signs:

Making Life Easier for Alzheimer’s Patients

One of the most dreaded moments a family can face is receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. There are some things you should do to become more educated and empowered. Here are a few tips:

Financial Help for Caregivers of the Sandwich Generation

Sandwich Generation caregivers may find themselves in very stressful circumstances, as they are often saddled with the burden of their own kids as well as aging parents. Here are some creative tips that you may not know:

Is Palliative Care Right for Your Family?

In a nutshell, palliative care has one aim and that is to make life better for both the patient and the caregiver. This article will help you decide if it’s right for your family.

Things to Consider Before Moving Aging Parents Into Your Home

If you have aging parents and the time has come for them not to live by themselves any longer, you will likely need to decide whether or not to move them in with you. Let’s look at some key points to consider when making this decision…

Lowering Blood Pressure with Healthy Foods

With more than 75 million Americans having been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it has become one of the most common health issues among adults. Here are a few nutritious products that can help you bring that pressure down!

How Seniors Can Improve the Quality of Their Sleep

As we age, we are at greater risk for certain diseases, and seniors are especially vulnerable to high blood pressure, kidney disease, strokes and diabetes. That risk increases if they are not getting proper rest. There are many ways to prepare for rest and these tips are especially beneficial for seniors!

The Benefits of Pets for Alzheimer’s Patients

For most people, the sight of a playful dog brings a big smile to their face. Especially those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies show with overwhelming evidence that depression and anxiety are greatly reduced by the presence of pets.

Signs That Your Aging Parents Need Financial Management Help

Unfortunately, it’s a sad reality that aging parents often end up in financial duress. There are many signs that should alert you that something is going on behind the scenes, signaling for intervention. Let’s look at a few….

Understanding the Hidden Costs for Caregivers

It’s vitally important that if you’re planning on becoming a fulltime caregiver to your aging parents, you understand the costs and all that goes into it. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at all these issues.

Letting Go of Guilt and Getting Help With Caregiving

If you can’t remember the last time you got a full night of sleep, had a nice relaxing meal or you have more to-do lists than you can possible manage, this article might just be for you!

5 Tips for Caregivers to Take a Break

If you are a caregiver to an elderly loved one, it’s very important that you learn to take care of yourself as well as your patient. Let’s look at some tips that will help you through not only caring for your loved one, but also for yourself.

Signs Your Elderly Loved One Is Hiding Dementia

It’s important to know the ways that many elderly people might try to hide their symptoms, but it’s even more important that they get the proper help and treatment. Let’s look at some of the following ways they may try to hide dementia:

How Seniors Can Avoid the Hazards of Winter

While we’re all affected by bitter cold, snow and ice, the dangers our seniors are exposed to are very real for those of us who are caregivers, or just concerned family members. But the good news is, with a little planning and preparations, it doesn’t have to be scary time of year.

Deciding When Your Senior Loved One Should No Longer Drive

It’s a hard decision to make. When do you take the car keys away from the senior in your life? Here are a few things to think about when considering the right time for your senior loved one to stop driving:

Why Elderly Ones Need a Daily Routine

Most seniors need structure in their days and begin to feel a bit insecure without it. A daily routine they can count on does wonders in providing a sense of safety against the unknowns. Here are just a few of the ways seniors benefit from a structured daily routine:

Are You Providing Care for an Aging Parent or Loved One?

Caregiving is a hard job that can put a strain on marriages, careers and emotional wellness. Those who care for loved ones must be sure to care for themselves, too. Here are some essential suggestions for caregivers:

How to Find a Home Care Helper for Your Aging Parent

The key to choosing the ideal home care agency is knowing the amount of care needed by your mother or father. Listed below are some pointers for selecting a home care agency for your loved one:

Awareness and Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

Winter is upon us and now is the perfect time to for caregivers of seniors, as well as friends and family, to become familiar with the risks of senior falling. Falling can have serious consequences for seniors so it’s vital to learn more about the risks and the potential impacts on their health.

4 Ways to Help Seniors With Alzheimer’s Enjoy the Holidays More

There’s no doubt about it—the holiday season is the busiest of the year and can throw our normal routines into chaos. For seniors who deal with Alzheimer’s, this change of routine can be quite stressful. Here are a few tips to help seniors with Alzheimer’s find the holidays more enjoyable:

Why It Can Be Dangerous for Seniors to Live Alone

A recent study has revealed that isolation and loneliness can shorten a person’s life, so let’s look at some of the dangers of seniors who are living alone and what we can do about it!

Tips on Communicating with a Loved One with Dementia

The usual ways of communicating won’t work with someone with Dementia. A new understanding of how to communicate must be learned. We know it isn’t easy, so we want to cover some tips that will be helpful in connecting with your elderly loved one.

Here are 10 Tips to Keeping the Aging Mind Sharp

When we age, it isn’t just our bodies that change – our mind undergoes changes as well. In fact, the brain size actually gets smaller – sometimes up to 10% smaller. Here’s 10 ways to slow down this process and fight back. We offer you our 10 best tips in this article.

The Elderly Appetite: Causes of Change or Loss and How to Stimulate It

It’s natural that we experience changes in appetite or loss of appetite. However, these can also be signs of malnutrition or other health problems. Seniors might not need as much food as when they were younger, but they still need the right nutrition to keep them as healthy as possible. Learn more.

Elder Care and Role Reversal

No matter how much you think you have planned ahead, the day your aging parent can’t cope on his or her own comes as a shock. You begin to reverse roles: you become the “parent” and your aging parent becomes your “child” as the scope of Mom or Dad’s needs begin to mimic those you had when you were a child. It’s going to change the dynamic of your household. So what level of care will you need to provide?

Why Seniors Need a Living Will

No one wants to talk about end of life issues. Especially if those issues involve a beloved aging senior who isn’t near the end of his life. But no matter how hesitant family members might be to broach the subject, it’s crucial that a living will be discussed and legally documented while your senior is still able to make known his or her wishes for end of life care!

Five Tips to Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life

Life, as are many things, is often not always about quantity so much as it is about quality. Aging seniors often face losses in the quality of their lives well before they face the end of their days. Here are five tips you can use to help improve your aging senior’s quality of life.

Visiting Elderly Parents - Checklist to Track Their Health and Well-Being

At some time, you will find yourself wanting to keep abreast of changes in your elderly parents’ health and well-being. This will require a bit of subtle sleuthing and a lot of observation on your part. You might feel a bit like Sneaky Pete, but it’s for your folks’ good. Here's some tips on what to look for!

Caregiver Employment Opportunities at the AARP Virtual Career Fair

AARP is hosting their next Virtual Career Fair on September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. 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.

Seniors at Highest Risk of Hospitilization-Related Delirium

It’s important to know about delirium because in older patients, it’s often misdiagnosed as dementia. If that happens, they won’t get the right treatment and could even be sent to a nursing home. Learn more.

Keeping Aging Parents at Home

Many caregivers run themselves ragged trying to keep loved ones, especially seniors, out of assisted living or nursing facilities. Here are some ways to facilitate keeping your aging parents at home.

How to Deal with Denial About Seniors Needing Help

When family members refuse to face the fact that their aging loved one needs help, they can create anger, stress, and frustration for family caregivers. Here’s some techniques that will help.

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