5 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

We probably don’t need to tell you this, but being a caregiver is a hard job. It can take both a physical and mental toll. There are around 44 million caregivers in the United States and the Family Caregiver Alliance calls them “a population at risk.” Caregivers are at greater risk for depression, stress, and substance abuse. Many caregivers report that their own physical health declined after beginning their caregiving duties. Family caregivers can avoid the pitfalls that come with caregiving by ... Read more

How Can You Make Keeping Your Parent’s Kitchen Clean and Healthy Simpler?

The kitchen is an extremely important room in the home. This is where your parent's meals and snacks are prepared, and often this is considered the heart of the home, where family and friends spend time together. This room can also be potentially dangerous for your aging parent, especially when it isn't clean. Germs, spills, and more can create a hazardous situation, which makes it extremely important for you as a family caregiver to take the necessary steps to keep their kitchen ... Read more

Tips for Maintaining Your Relationships with Your Children While You Care for Your Senior

Being in the sandwich generation, that is, caring for an elder at the same time as raising your children, poses many challenges. When thinking about the stress and difficulties related to caring for both generations, you likely think about your own challenges, and how they impact your schedule and quality of life. It is important, however, to realize that being a family caregiver for your aging parent impacts your children as well. Especially if you have recently begun this care journey, and ... Read more

Five Tips for When You Can’t Be the Same Kind of Caregiver Any Longer

There may come a time when you need to step back from being a caregiver for your aging adult. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you do need to have a plan in place. Assess the Situation for Yourself When you first start to realize that caregiving is changing for you, it's vital for you to get a full understanding for yourself. You need to sit down and assess what you can still do or whether it's time for you to stop ... Read more

How Much Water Should Your Senior Drink Each Day?

As the weather gets warmer it is important to adjust your care routine for your elder to ensure they stay healthy and safe throughout these warmer months. One vital element of care during warmer months is increasing the amount of hydration they receive. Getting enough water is critical to health at all times of the year, but when the temperature is higher, hydration becomes even more important. Water helps the body to regulate temperature, and is used in virtually all processes within ... Read more

FAQ’s About Strike Out Stroke Month

May is Strike Out Stroke Month, which is a public awareness campaign aimed at spreading awareness about strokes and how fast responses can often make a difference in severity and recovery time. Many non-profit organizations are teaming up with major and minor league baseball teams across the country to include messages about stroke education during games and events. The more people they connect with, the more likely it is for someone to save a life. Strokes are very common in elderly adults, ... Read more

Tips for Coping with Your Emotions After Your Parent Suffers a Brain Injury

Brain injuries are a challenging experience for your aging parent and can leave them suffering consequences for long after the injury, even for the rest of their life. As a family caregiver, however, it is extremely important to recognize that this experience does not just impact them, but you as well. As their caregiver and their adult child, you are likely to experience a range of emotions that can impact your health, well-being, functioning, and the quality of care that you ... Read more

What Does a Day in the Life of a Caregiver Really Look Like?

Although every caregiver has a different daily experience, there are some situations that are similar from one caregiving experience to another. How you deal with those situations is what matters. Wrestling with Equipment Depending on your elderly family member's health issues, there may be some equipment that you need to wrangle for her. This can range from devices that are moderately cumbersome, like a walker, to equipment that gets more complicated, like a wheelchair. Regardless, it's still your responsibility as your elderly family ... Read more

How to Tell if a Senior Has an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal part of life, and one we can do little about. However, some people suffer from anxiety disorders that cause frequent, and often intense, periods of worry and fear. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Around 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. If your senior relative has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or you ... Read more

What Can You Do to Avoid Potential Caregiving Conflicts?

Conflicts among family members, yourself, and even your aging adult are not uncommon at all when you're a caregiver. Everyone has opinions and everyone has goals. You can reduce some of those conflicts just in how you approach them. Make Communication Open and Frequent The more comfortable that you and the rest of your family members are with talking about what's going on, the easier it's going to be to avoid misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can be a big source of conflicts. Family meetings can ... Read more
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