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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.

Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

If you are a caregiver for a senior loved one, you know how tough it can be, both mentally and physically. You need to expect some adjustments and know that even if it’s hard to manage the stress, there are ways to do it that will help you. We’ve put together several coping skills so you can deal with the tough times that always come from being a caregiver around the clock.

3 Ways to Keep Seniors Protected from Identity Theft

Research shows that seniors today have more access than ever to the internet. This includes the use of smartphones, tablets and even computers. As seniors dive into the world wide web, their identity information is at risk for hackers and thieves. So, how do we keep seniors safe from identity theft? Read on!

Special Father's Day Ideas for Seniors

If you’re fortunate enough to have your own father in your life as a senior, or are a caregiver for a senior dad, there are lots of ways to make their Father’s Day fun and special! Let’s look at some great ideas…

Making A Caregiver Feel Comfortable In Your Home

It’s always a little awkward to have a caregiver come into your home full-time, and it takes some adjusting for everyone to have a successful outcome. Let’s look at some helpful tips for making a new caregiver feel comfortable and valuable in your home!

3 Ways to Help Seniors Improve Their Memory

Everybody complains of memory loss as we grow older. Whether we’re looking for car keys, important paperwork or trying to remember someone’s name, it seems we have had to accept that memory loss just comes with the aging process. When older adults suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, memory loss can be much more pronounced and difficult to deal with. There are some ways to help make it better, though. Let’s look at some tips!

Common Challenges Caregivers of Dementia Patients Face

If you’ve ever been a caretaker for a senior family member, you already know how difficult it can be. The toll it can take emotionally and physically can be daunting if you aren’t prepared. Let’s look at some of the most common issues associated with being a full-time caregiver and what you can do about it. Remember, knowledge equals power!

Risk Factors for Strokes Among Seniors

As the fourth leading cause of death in America, stroke statistics are frightening to say the least. Someone will die from a stroke every five minutes. So, it pays to know more about stroke, how it happens, who is at risk, and what to do should one occur. If you are a senior, or a caregiver for a senior loved one, you need to know the facts on strokes!

Memory Loss: When to Be Concerned

Have you ever heard the phrase, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Many seniors start worrying that they are losing memory and cognitive thinking skills as they age, and many of them think it just comes with growing older. To some degree, that can be true, but how do you know the difference between normal memory loss from aging and a cognitive decline such as dementia? Read on…

How Sandwich Generation Caregivers Can Relieve Stress

It’s stressful enough being a caregiver for an aging parent, but when you are also in the “sandwich generation,” things can be even harder. The sandwich generation refers to adults caring for senior parents as well as children young enough to still be in the home. Here are some helpful tips for easing the stress of caring for two different generations.

How to Defuse Anger in a Senior with Alzheimer's

If you are a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, you already know that it can be difficult for them to appropriately express anger. So, what to do when that anger seems to be spewed at you? Read on.

What to Eat and Not to Eat with Parkinson’s Disease

You’ve probably heard of Parkinson’s Disease or know someone who suffers with it. It is a progressive disease that affects the central nervous system, making movement, balance and muscle control become very difficult. Over time, it can cause total loss of control over certain body functions. Although there is no cure, there are many treatments to help manage the disease. One such option involves nutrition. Keep reading to learn what seniors with Parkinson’s should be eating.

Helping Seniors Have Healthy Skin

As we age, our skin becomes thinner, less elastic and transparent, making bones and veins more visible. If you’ve had years of sun exposure, the aging process on your skin will be even more pronounced. Seniors often deal with skin problems as a result of aging. Here are just a few of the things to watch out for:

Lowering the Risk of Heart Disease Among Seniors

Did you know that heart disease kills more people than any other condition in the United States? While there can be genetic risk factors that increase your odds of developing heart disease, most often it is brought on by lifestyle choices that can be corrected. With one in four people dying from heart disease, it’s time to learn just what does put seniors at risk!

Healthy Food for Thought: How Nutrition Affects Seniors

Never has there been a time when we are more conscious about what we eat, our overall health, and how food affects us. There is no question that aging can be significantly impacted by the foods we eat, and as older adults approach their senior years, it will become clear that food choices will impact BMI (body mass index) and the measurement of the waist. Both things can put as at risk for many diseases when not kept at healthy levels. Learn more:

Caring for Someone with Dementia

Dementia is a condition that happens in the brain and is often marked by memory loss and confusion. It affects mostly seniors and can make normal tasks difficult to perform as it progresses. Here are some tips for those who are caring for a senior adult with dementia:

How Dance Can Improve the Lives of Seniors

Did you know that seniors can actually overcome many challenges of aging simply by dancing? It’s true! While we might not think of dance as something elderly people like to do, you might be surprised if you just ask them! Beyond the great physical benefits, here are some ways that dance can improve the quality of life for your older adult!

Is a TIA a Warning Sign of Stroke or Vascular Dementia?

Have you ever heard of a TIA? It is an abbreviation for “transient ischemic attack” that refers to having a “mini-stroke.” If the older adult in your life suddenly seems out of sorts or acts in a bizarre way, they may be experiencing a mini-stroke. They’re more common than you think. It would be very wise to know the signs and symptoms, and what to do if it happens. Let’s look deeper….

Managing High Blood Pressure in Seniors

If a senior loved one in your life is dealing with high blood pressure, you may be wondering how to manage it properly. It all starts with making sure they have regular checkups by their doctor so it can be diagnosed quickly. Here are a few tips that will help manage it as much as possible.

Recognizing Vitamin D Deficiency in Seniors During Winter

Seniors, like all of us, need all the essential vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. During the winter months, Vitamin D is often depleted due to lack of sunlight and time outdoors. This problem can be even more compounded because vitamin D is not found naturally in many foods like other nutrients are. For aging adults whose bodies don’t absorb vitamins as easily, it’s even more important.

How Regular Exercise Can Protect the Aging Hearts of Seniors

We all know that exercise is super important for our health, but did you ever stop to think about the heart benefits as we grow older? It’s especially true of seniors. Even mild to moderate exercise in seniors can help them prevent stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. It can also lower cholesterol levels and even help eliminate type 2 diabetes. Here are some other benefits for seniors who get regular exercise:

Keeping Seniors with Alzheimer’s Active and Engaged in Life

We have pretty much been told nowadays that Alzheimer’s reduces people down to nothing more than a shell of what they used to be. Family and caretakers often feel they have to just stand by and watch their loved one slip away. The good news is that there ARE things you can do to help your senior loved one have a better quality of life by staying engaged and active! Follow the ideas in this article to help your senior loved one feel valued and secure.

Managing Arthritis Naturally During Winter

When it comes to arthritis, older adults and seniors are among the hardest hit. As the weather gets colder, pain from arthritis increases and natural ways to combat this disease are sought after. There are many prescription medications that can help ease the symptoms of arthritis, but many of them come with unpleasant side effects that can be tough to endure. However, there ARE natural remedies to help ease arthritis pain! Read on.

Hearing Loss and Its Impact on Independence

Studies show that as older adults age, hearing loss is common, along with some type of decline in cognitive health. In fact, seniors with hearing loss will experience cognitive decline nearly 40% faster that those without. The bottom line is, by taking active steps to prevent hearing loss as early as possible, you may also be protecting your independence as you age.

Seasonal Affective Disorder - What is It?

Millions of seniors are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder every year, causing depression and sadness that is tough to shake. Here are the things you should watch for if you’re concerned a senior loved one may be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Dealing with Anxiety in Seniors

We all get a little anxious at times. That just comes with being human! But what about senior adults? Do they deal with more anxiety than usual? How do you help them work through their anxiety? Read on.

5 Tips for Ringing in the New Year with Seniors

Christmas has passed and now 2019 is upon us! This means more parties and more celebrating for most of us. However, if you have a senior loved one, late night parties aren’t exactly an easy thing to endure. New Year’s Eve often includes staying up late and partying hard, but there are many wonderful activities that allow for a grand time with the seniors in your life, that don’t include staying up half the night. Read on for our tips!

How to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays

Holiday time can be tough for many of us, especially seniors. There are a variety of reasons that make this a difficult time for many people. Seniors often feel anxious about needing assistance or being a burden. They may fear they won’t hear well and can’t enjoy the conversation around them. Whatever the case, we have some tips to help the seniors in your life enjoy the festivities!

Preparing Your Home to Host Senior Loved Ones During the Holidays

Holidays can be a crazy for time for many of us, especially if you are hosting family members. Perhaps you remember everyone gathering at your parents’ house when you were growing up, and now the mantle of responsibility falls on you—how do you prepare for hosting elderly relatives? We have some tips!

What NOT to Say to Your Aging Parents

As we become adults, the tables begin turning as our parents start aging, and in some cases, we even become caretakers for parents who begin having cognitive impairments like dementia or Alzheimer’s. It can be tough on everybody when seniors know they have memory loss and can’t do anything about it. Even though they may seem checked out, it’s SO important to be careful of what we say around them. Here are a few tips to help you remember what NOT to say to your aging parents.

Tips on Hiring Home Care for the Aging Senior in Your Life

If you have found yourself needing to think more carefully about the plan of care for aging parents, you already know that you need help, facts, options and support. It’s not always an easy transition to consider hiring care for the senior in your life. Here are some tips.

How to Handle Criticism as a Caregiver

If you are a caregiver for a loved one in your family, you already know that outside opinions and criticisms seem to come with the job. If you find yourself dealing with critical opinions of friends and family, here are a few tips to help you handle it.

Helping Seniors Enjoy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year where family and turkeys converge. The big Thanksgiving get-together is traditionally a time to share a meal, gratitude for the good things in our lives, and just good fellowship with those we love. Many of us are mindful of our diets, including seniors, so how do you help everyone eat healthy at the Thanksgiving feast? Here are a few tips.

Benefits of Physical Activity in Seniors with Dementia

It’s no secret that physical activity is a huge benefit to people of all ages, especially seniors. The hard facts of scientific research show that exercise WILL improve overall health! But, did you know that seniors with dementia are among those who reap huge benefits from physical activity? Read on to learn more…

Helping Seniors Utilize Smart Technology

While it might seem like an impossible task to help the senior in your life learn and embrace new technology, it may just be a life-saving action. Here’s why.

Caring for Senior Parents When Your Siblings Disagree

Disputes among siblings are very common when it comes to providing care for an elderly parent. The good news is that there are ways to handle this situation without tearing the family apart. Read on…

Stress Relief Tips for Busy Caregivers

Being a caregiver is a demanding job and one that requires a lot from you, both psychologically and emotionally. In order to prevent burnout, you need to learn how to take care of yourself as you are taking care of your loved one. Here are some tips to help you de-stress and avoid caregiver burnout.

How to Care for Seniors After Heart Surgery

Helping your senior loved one through surgery can be a daunting task, but also a labor of love. As with anything else that comes with aging in place, post-op recovery takes special planning to ensure the comfort of everyone involved. If you are a caretaker for an older adult, you may find it easy to trust their doctors, but not so much when it comes to trusting yourself. Following, are some of our best tips for caring for your loved one after heart surgery.

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.

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.

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