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How Family Caregivers Can Avoid the Holiday Blahs

The holiday season from Thanksgiving through the New Year can mean a flurry of fun, delicious food, quality time with friends and family and a chance to reflect on the better things in life. However, the holidays can also bring anxiety, stress, frustration, sadness and even depression. If you are a family caregiver, you have the extra responsibility of making sure your aging relative is also happy and healthy.

Four Reasons Activity is so Vital For the Elderly

Everyone around you says it's important to keep your dad active. He's aging and has a harder time walking around. While it's tempting to let him stop being so active, he needs to do just the opposite. Staying active is key to staying healthy. Here's why.

Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

There are currently more than 5 million people living throughout the United States who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is steadily increasing. Experts estimate that by the year 2050, this number could have soared to as many as 16 million people.

Art Therapy and Pain Management

For those elderly adults that struggle with chronic pain, they are more likely to develop depression and other mental health issues because of it. Art therapy is an effective way for seniors to focus on personal growth, self-expression and exploring the best ways to deal with their pain.

Tips for Caring for a Senior Suffering from the Flu

The flu is a truly frightening prospect for senior adults, with up to 74 percent of hospitalizations and 85 percent of deaths related to the disease occurring in this vulnerable population.

Fire Prevention Checklist: The Living Room

As a family caregiver it is important to understand fire risk and take the steps that you can to help reduce the chances that your senior will suffer such serious consequences.

How to Protect Your Mom From the Latest Phone Scam

Scammers frequently target senior citizens as easy marks for getting hundreds or thousands of dollars. It's important to make sure your mom is protected from one of the latest scams: the Publisher's Clearing House scam.

What is the Recommended Diet for Dementia?

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a hybrid diet that has been developed with the goal of lowering people’s risk of developing dementia. This diet is a combination of two popular programs—the Mediterranean and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets.

Signs of a Heatstroke in Seniors

Summer seems like a great time for your aging parent to get outdoors and get involved with yardwork or gardening, or just enjoying the sunshine.

Allergy Relief for Seniors

Some people might think that spring allergy symptoms go away in the summertime. However, anyone who has woken up with a stuffy nose and post-nasal drip on a hot summer morning will quickly tell you otherwise.

Tips for Dealing with the Delusional Behavior Associated with Alzheimer’s

Delusion, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary. This behavior often occurs during the mid- to late-stages of Alzheimer’s.

How Often Should Someone With Dentures Visit the Dentist?

Family caregivers like you always have the opportunity to learn more each day and to try something new in caring for your aging loved one, like cleaning and maintaining their dentures. Dentures also require special care by professionals to keep them in good repair, free from damage and fitting well.

Symptoms of Asthma in Seniors

Asthma can occur at any age, but people most often associate it with a childhood malady. You might be surprised to learn, however, that many adults get asthma too, and that it is actually a very common condition in the elderly.

Should My Aging Loved One Be Swimming?

Some of the best summer days are spent by the side of the swimming pool, but those with aging loved ones may be wondering whether it’s okay for them to go swimming.

Fatigue and your Aging Parent

It is often difficult to determine when fatigue is just a natural part of aging or the sign of a more serious disease. Some clues include the depth of tiredness and the duration.

Fear of Falling and the Elderly

Once a person falls, they are twice as likely to fall again as someone that has never taken a tumble. This increasing number is often due to the fear of falling which causes them to shuffle their feet and stoop forward, shifting their body weight in a manner that actually increases their chances of falling.

Are Your Coping Methods Doing You More Harm than Good?

Family caregivers need to manage their stress carefully in order to make sure that it doesn't take over completely. The problem is that some coping mechanisms aren't as healthy as they should be.

Mental Health Month: Recognizing Mental Trauma in Seniors

Mental trauma can affect even the most resilient people, and it can lead to a number of challenges in continuing their normal lives. In the weeks and months after the traumatic event, it’s possible to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

How to Keep Your Senior Safe From Scam Phone Calls

In 2016, the number of seniors claiming they'd been contacted by scammers doubled over previous years. The Senate Aging Committee received more than 2,200 calls to its fraud line, including elderly callers who'd received fraudulent calls from scammers claiming to be agents with the IRS.

5 Tips that Help You Be a Better Caregiver

Being a family caregiver is difficult work, but you can make it easier on yourself by following some of these strategies. Incorporate even a few of them and you'll start seeing a huge difference.

Moving About the House Safely Begins by Being Aware of Your Surroundings

It certainly stands to reason that when you’re more aware of your surroundings, you are safer. The same holds true regardless of age. If your senior loved one is not paying attention to the things they are doing or the things around their house, they may be putting yourself at unnecessary risk.

The Value of Really Listening When a Loved One Is Hospitalized

It’s very important that people pay attention to instructions and listen to what somebody’s telling them, either the doctor, senior, or someone else. Those listening skills can pay dividends at helping people get through recovery

What to Do When a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Is Deluded

Delusions are a lot different than hallucinations. A hallucination is a situation in which somebody believes they are seeing or experiencing something. A delusion, on the other hand, can be all-encompassing.

Exceptional Caregiver of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that one of our caregivers, Billie Jo Witczak has been chosen as a finalist for the Exceptional Caregiver award.

Helping your Parent after a Diagnosis of Parkinson’s

Your parent has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Their emotions may be ranging from disbelief, to fear, to rage, and understandably so. It will take time to accept this diagnosis and the possible consequences.

How Seniors can Cope with Sleep Apnea

If you have ever heard your elderly parent sleep, do they seem to snore loudly? As annoying as it can be to try to sleep when this excessive noise is taking place, it can also be the symptom of a more serious health problem known as sleep apnea.

Signs of Caregiver Burnout and Stress

Caring for an elderly loved one can take a toll on your own health and well-being. These feelings could be the result of the endless list of tasks and responsibilities you need to handle on a daily basis.

3 Reasons Mom Might Be Refusing Home Care

It’s not always easy to figure out why people do certain things. You may be worried about your elderly mother and her safety. You want to take care of her, but you don’t live close enough or don’t have the time to be her primary caregiver.

Avoid the Need to ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ After a Senior Falls

When a senior is getting older, it’s important to avoid the need to pick up the pieces, especially when things can be done beforehand to improve safety and reduce the risk of accidents or other incidences that can devastate an entire family

How Healthy Seniors Stay Healthy

As our parents get older, a concern that many people have is how their mental and physical health will be as they age. However, now that more information is available on how to stay healthy, more and more seniors are living longer lives. This is especially true for elders who have been making healthy choices throughout their life.

How to Prevent a Senior with Alzheimer’s from Wandering

It is not uncommon that older adults with Alzheimer’s disease wander, but it can be extremely dangerous to their health. With these tips, your elderly loved one will be able to stay safe when the get the urge to wander.

4 Exercises Seniors Should be Doing

With the approval of their doctor and with assistance if needed, here are four exercises your loved one should start doing as soon as possible.

Do You Need the Help of Respite Care for Your Senior Loved One?

When caring for a senior with a disability, illness, or other health problem, you may feel as though your caregiving responsibilities have taken up all of your time and energy. As difficult as this can be, respite services are available for family members who need a break from this role.

Explaining to Your Parent Why You Want to Start Senior Care for Them

If you have decided that senior care is the right decision for your parent and will help them to live the quality of life that they deserve as they age in place, you already recognize the benefits. Use these tips to help you explain to your parent why you want to start senior care for them.

What You Should Know About Osteoporosis

As a family caregiver, you already know that your aging parent faces a variety of risks as they age. Understanding these risks and doing what you can to reduce them is an important part of protecting their health and supporting a higher quality of life as they age in place. One such risk is osteoporosis.

Important Vaccines for the Elderly

Older adults are more prone to chronic diseases and illnesses due to their weakened immune system. Some of these illnesses are manageable, while others could be fatal.

Handling Your New Role as a Distance Caregiver

Being a family caregiver poses challenges for any adult child, but if you live at a distance from your parent, you will face challenges and demands that are different from those of other caregivers.

How Can You Help Prevent Falls in the Yard?

Here are a few ways that you can make meaningful modifications that help prevent falls in the yard so that your parent can enjoy it with you or with the help of an elderly care provider.

Home Helpers of the Northern Lehigh Valley Earns Award

Home Care in Walnutport PA: Home Helpers of the Northern Lehigh Valley was the recipient of the BOLD Diamond Award presented at the National Convention held April 18-21 in Nashville TN. The award was earned by the 67% Growth Percentage that HH of the Northern Lehigh Valley experienced in 2015.

Home Helpers to Sponsor Chocolate Bingo

Home Helpers of the Northern Lehigh Valley was invited to sponsor Chocolate Bingo. It will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2 pm at the Lehighton Elderly Housing Bldg., 101 South First St. in Lehighton PA.

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