Being an advocate for your senior can be as simple as making sure that she’s supported and loved at every stage of her journey. But if you’re looking to get more involved in helping more seniors, you can use your voice at a variety of levels.
Educate Yourself about Seniors’ Issues
When you first started being your senior’s caregiver, you might not have known as much as you wanted to about the issues that affect her and other senior citizens. But as you ...
Very often caregivers avoid respite as much as they can because the idea is uncomfortable or they don’t know what to do. If that’s the case for you, you need to know that having elderly care providers able to take over for you makes respite one of the easiest options you can use. All you need to do now is decide what type of plans you want to make.
Whatever Helps You to Relax
Once upon a time, you knew what activities you enjoyed that ...
It's hard to imagine, but some people do experience changes to their health when caring for a parent. The emotional strain can make you isolated and anxious or depressed. Dietary changes may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Does this mean your health will definitely change? Not necessarily, but you need to be proactive. You need to understand the warning signs and take steps to prevent family caregiving from impacting your health.
Why Does Blood Pressure Increase?
While there are links ...
When you’re brand new to being a caregiver, there’s so much that you don’t know yet and that you haven’t experienced. There’s so much to consider, in fact, that you might not realize fully what you’re getting into.
Here are just a few of the things you need to consider when becoming a caregiver.
If Anyone Else Requires Your Attention, Too
No one exists in a bubble. There are likely other people, maybe even a couple of pets, who need your time and attention. ...
Whether you are a family caregiver or your dad's medical power of attorney, you should always keep researching options for home care services. What's working for your family right now may change. If you stay up to date, you'll be ready to address changes as they arrive rather than rush to figure things out when you're already stressed.
Health Can Change Without Warning
It's said that there are no guarantees in life. That's very true. Your dad may seem healthy. He could have ...
It’s quite common for adult children to worry about their aging parents. Whether they are dealing with arthritis, diabetes, poor vision, surgery or something else related to health, elderly adults frequently develop a serious need for help in getting along in their own home. Because seniors often slow down physically and struggle to take care of their own daily needs, adult children need to step up and make some decisions.
Most of the time, adult children are happy to step into the ...
Has your aging loved one been smoking for most of their adult life? If they are battling a lifetime habit of smoking, they may have given up on ever quitting, thinking it is too late. While it’s true that quitting smoking is an extremely difficult challenge, millions of people do so successfully each year. As seniors and their family members grow increasingly concerned about their health, many try to quit smoking once and for all. Family caregivers can do a lot ...
Research reveals that elderly adults can benefit physically as well as mentally from having a pet, specifically a dog or cat. With age comes a lot of stress, health issues and loneliness. A dog or cat can provide aging adults with a constant companion, a focus for their attention, and incentive to be more active. Family caregivers that may be hesitating on whether their elderly loved one should get a dog or cat should learn more about the benefits that adoption ...
Being a caregiver is hard work and sometimes you need to take a break, but what happens when your elderly family member refuses that idea? If you’re the only person that she allows to help her, that can put a big wrench in your plans.
This Isn’t Unusual
Needing help from other people is embarrassing and your elderly family member may have come to terms with the fact that you’ll help her. But that doesn’t make this easier for you. It’s tough to ...
Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don't want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them ...