Five Ideas for Making Vision Loss Easier on Your Senior

It’s incredibly difficult to start losing your vision when you’ve always relied on it in the past. Your senior may have some emotional responses to her vision loss that surprise you, in fact. Finding ways to make vision loss less of a difficulty for her is essential. Talk to Her Eye Doctor Just because your senior is losing her vision, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need her eye doctor. Her eye doctor can still help to determine if her eyes are healthy and ... Read more

Natural Options to Handle the Pain of Aging

As someone gets older, they are more likely to be in pain. With the bone loss they experience and the weakness in their body, this alone can cause them pain. However, many elderly adults also experience back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and other painful conditions. If you are caring for an elderly adult, it is important to know that many prescription pain medications can lead them to have an addiction. The good news is there are many natural options to handle ... Read more

Are Your Words and Actions Causing Anxiety With Your Dad?

Are you stressed? Are your words and actions increasing anxiety in not only you but also your dad? It's a common issue with family caregivers. You're stressed and struggling. Even if you don't mean to give off a negative vibe, you are and your dad notices. He may start to blame himself and feel like a failure. It's time to change this. How to Stay Positive When You Feel Negative One of the hardest parts of being a caregiver is keeping a positive ... Read more

Four Reasons to Turn to Senior Care After a Hospitalization

Getting home from the hospital is an exciting time. But it might not be as easy as you expect and hope that it will be, especially if your senior’s situation is a complicated one. But senior care can help. Some Tasks Are Overwhelming at Home Some of the things that the nursing staff handled at the hospital are a lot trickier for you to handle at home, even after some examples. Plus, there are everyday tasks that are likely more difficult now, too, ... Read more

Can You Really Include Time for Yourself in Your Day?

One of the things that might frustrate you as a caregiver is that your time might no longer really feel as if it’s your own. You’re going to have to assert yourself, even to yourself, in order to get the time for yourself that you need. Make a List of What You Love Doing One of the first things you might want to do is to make a list of what you love doing when you can focus on yourself. What makes you ... Read more

Four Benefits You Miss if You Don’t Hire Homecare Services

If it feels as if you’re just not able to stay on top of everything, no matter how much you do, you might have better luck when you reach out for help. Homecare services can help with a variety of different situations and you might not even realize just yet how much they can take off your shoulders. Family Relationships Often Experience Less Strain When you and your senior are able to get the help that you need, you’re not struggling with getting ... Read more

How Can You Handle Tough Discussions with Your Aging Adult?

Just because your senior needs your help that doesn’t mean that you’re automatically right all the time as far as she’s concerned. In fact, there are probably going to be some times that you as her caregiver have to put your foot down and have some difficult talks about what’s going to happen next. Neither of you might enjoy this, but it’s still necessary to hash things out. Bring Notes and Reminders Tough discussions sometimes mean that you’re nervous or that you feel ... Read more

The Link Between Oral Health and Blood Pressure

As people age, certain daily activities of living can become more difficult than they were in the past. One task that can be hard is brushing teeth. Arthritic hands with poor grip and hands that tremble can make holding a toothbrush or putting toothpaste on it hard to do. However, good oral health is important no matter what a person’s age is. In fact, a new study shows there is a link between oral health and blood pressure. How Oral Health Impacts ... Read more

Making Your Task List Efficient and Helpful

Your task list can feel like a ball and chain around your ankle or it can help you to get more accomplished than you ever dreamed possible. Here’s how you can make yours more efficient. Share Your List with Others If you’ve got other people offering to help, take them up on that. Share your task list, either electronically or otherwise, with friends and family members and homecare providers. This allows them to see what there is to do and how they can ... Read more

Who Are the Caregivers of Older Adults?

According to a 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, there are primarily two categories of caregiver: Caregivers who assist an older adult with any need because of health or functioning deficiencies Caregivers who assist “high need” older adults with probable dementia or with at least two self-care activities (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, transferring in and out of bed)   According to According to the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), approximately 17.7 million individuals, which is about 7.7% of ... Read more
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