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7 Ways to Reduce Your Aging Relative’s Risk of Influenza

Are you worried about your aging relative getting the flu this year? You are right to worry about influenza’s impact on your elderly loved one, because many seniors suffer the harmful effects of this illness each year. In fact, influenza and its effects are responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospital visits for elderly adults throughout the country. Influenza-related complications can even cause death in some cases. If you want to prevent your aging relative from contracting the flu this year, there ... Read more

Staying in Touch with YOUR Needs

Recently, the wife of a client called me on my cellphone at dinner time. She was frustrated because she and the caregiver were having difficulty getting her 61-year-old, 6-foot, 2-inch tall, 220-pound husband out of his bed and chair. It was becoming risky that he would fall on them and injure her or the caregiver. “What do I do? I can’t handle him anymore,” she said. I told her how a Hoyer Lift could safely lift him. His rehab therapist had never mentioned ... Read more

Halloween Safety Tips for Elderly Adults

You don’t have to be young to enjoy Halloween, just a kid at heart. In fact, many elderly adults like to get into the spirit of the holiday and dress up themselves. Many elderly adults even want to decorate their homes and host other family members for a Halloween party. Seniors can have a lot of fun at Halloween, but there are some safety tips that family caregivers and senior care providers should enforce so that the elderly adult stays safe ... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions Family Caregivers Have About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's is one of the top chronic conditions in the U.S. As the disease progresses, home care services are necessary. If you decide to offer the care your mom or dad needs, you need to carefully look at what care is going to be needed now and in the future. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions family caregivers have when they start offering care to a parent with dementia. What Scents Can Soothe Anxiety and Agitation? Anxiety and agitation are ... Read more

What’s the Difference Between In-Home Day Care and Night Care?

Your elderly mom or dad may need you now more than ever as they slowly succumb to the effects of old age. Perhaps you’ve noticed that they struggle to shower or dress themselves. It may be that they can no longer clean or maintain the house like they used to. They might face mobility problems if they use a cane, walker, or wheelchair to get around. In other words, they can no longer live independently, but want to stay at home. ... Read more

Why Is Your Senior Lashing Out at You or Others?

It's incredibly upsetting to have your senior verbally or even physically lash out at you. This can happen for a variety of different reasons, so it helps to have some idea why it might be happening so you can do whatever is in your power to help. She's Uncomfortable or in Pain. Discomfort or pain can make anyone a little cranky, especially your aging adult. If she's uncomfortable or in pain often, this takes a greater toll. The problem can be exacerbated even ... Read more

What to Do About Common Pains in the Elderly

According to WebMD, around 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. As people age, they are more likely to experience pain in certain areas of their body. For family caregivers, it can be helpful to know what kinds of pain to expect and how to manage them if they occur. Below are some common kinds of pain and ways you can help to ease them. Back Pain. Older adults may have lower back pain because of arthritis. It can ... Read more

Tips for Adapting Care for a Senior with Anosognosia

Flexibility is critical when you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult with Alzheimer's disease, but when your senior also has anosognosia, it is even more important. Anosognosia is a lack of insight or awareness, meaning your parent does not know that they have Alzheimer's disease, or that they are suffering from the symptoms and challenges associated with the disease. This condition impacts a large percentage of those who are living with Alzheimer's disease, particularly those who are in moderate ... Read more

Four Solutions if Your Senior’s Regular Workout Buddy Isn’t Available

Your senior might be lucky enough to have a friend with whom she enjoys exercising, but that situation can change. Her workout buddy might move away or be unable to exercise and that can leave your senior in the lurch. Here are a few solutions. Join a Gym or Senior Center Class. Gyms are a great place to get help and companionship while working out, even for senior citizens. Many even offer classes and group settings that are geared toward older adults. Senior ... Read more

Why Do You Need More Self-Compassion as a Caregiver?

Being compassionate to yourself doesn't mean that you're letting yourself get away with being a terrible person. What it means is that you're not beating yourself up for real or imagined mistakes. You're acknowledging that you're human and that you're doing the best that you can. No One Knows Your Journey Better than You Do. Caregiving is undeniably tough and each caregiving journey is a unique one. That said, no one knows better than you do exactly what your journey looks and feels ... Read more
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