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Caring for Our Military Caregivers


“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” — Joseph Campbell Earlier this year, Veterans Affairs officials agreed to a set of 12 recommendations that are meant to assist family caregivers of veterans with things like including caregivers in medical check-ups, creating new training and support services and expanding research into their challenges. Read more about these recommendations. Because of the work we do in non-medical home care and the services we provide to military caregivers and their loved ones, a couple of these recommendations stood out to us: Recommendation 6: Conduct…

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Immunization Awareness for Older Adults


August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance meant to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. However, vaccines are particularly important for older adults because as you age, your immune system weakens, and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. The older you get, the more likely you are to get diseases like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles. Certain immunizations can help keep seniors from getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, medical bills and the inability to care for themselves. Getting vaccinated can help keep your older loved…

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5 Ways to Create a Healthy, Balanced Sandwich


“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa Are you part of the sandwich generation? You know, those adults who are “sandwiched” between their elderly parents and their own children. The Sandwich generation is made up of people who are caring for their aging parents while also supporting their own children. This generation typically includes people in their 40s, 50s and sometimes 60s. Most of these individuals work outside the home. It is predominantly women who take on the caregiving role. The majority struggle to balance the demands that…

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The Impact of Spousal Caregiving


The number of spousal caregivers in the United States is growing – nearly one-quarter, 22 percent, of the over 40 million caregivers in the United States are the spouse of a chronically ill, disabled or aged partner.  Caregiving to a parent is tough, but when it is a husband, wife, or partner you vowed “in sickness and in health”, this can be put to the test as you get older. There are still the usual challenges that come with caregiving responsibilities but when it’s also your partner in need of the care, this change can impact the marriage relationship, in…

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Protect Older Adults from the Summer Heat


The summer heat can bring health risks to aging loved ones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people in the United States die from extreme heat each year. It’s no surprise that people 65 years of age and older are more susceptible to heat-related health problems. Older adults do not always adjust well to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that can affect typical body responses to heat. They are more likely to be taking prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control temperature or…

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Summer Travel Tips for Seniors


A roundup of some of our most popular travel advice. According to a recent AARP report summarizing 2019 boomer travel trends, seniors are expected to take four to five leisure trips this year. Oftentimes, travel can be especially difficult for seniors. For some, there are certain considerations to keep in mind in order to ensure a safe, relaxing vacation, especially if they have mobility issues or are traveling with oxygen. And others may need to do some extra planning before going on a trip, like filling prescriptions in advance and packing all the medications they will need while away. But,…

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How does Alzheimer’s Affect the Family Caregiver?


The impact of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s has a ripple effect on the entire family and their network of friends, but most likely the biggest effect is on the family caregiver. The impact Alzheimer’s disease has on caregivers can lead to a variety of emotions, from guilt to anger, as well as influence their own physical and financial well-being. The most common effects include: Increased Risk of Physical Illness: A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic uncovered that family caregivers report a greater number of physical health problems and worse overall health compared with non-caregivers. Family…

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6 Tips for Long Distance Family Caregivers


Many families live long distances from one another, and caregiving from afar is more prevalent today than it has been in years. Trends in family mobility and urbanization are moving more and more adult children farther from their aging parents, making family care more difficult. If you are one of the many who don’t live nearby to care for your aging parents, no need to panic. You can still be actively involved and take on a meaningful caregiving role from miles away. At FirstLight Home Care, we help many families living miles between loved ones and have found the following…

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Simple Ways Family Caregivers Can Take Time for Themselves (and Not Feel Guilty!)


As a family caregiver, you are focused on the care of others. And often the one person you forget to take care of is yourself. We all know how important it is for you to stay healthy, fit and rested in order to be at your best. Caring for another is a rewarding personal experience, especially if it’s one of your own family members. But at the same time, factors like exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources, and continuous care demands can be enormously stressful. It is important that family caregiver takes time for themselves. Here are a few simple ways to…

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