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My Friend is a Family Caregiver: How Can I Help?


When one of your good friends becomes the family caregiver to an elderly parent or loved one, they may begin feeling stressed, overwhelmed and they can experience a plethora of emotions. They might need help, but they’re afraid to ask. Here are 6 ways you can support a friend as they embark on their family caregiving journey. Just listen. Your friend may need someone to talk to and share the concerns, frustrations or sadness they may be experiencing. Just listen and allow them to vent their feelings. Many family caregivers often feel very alone, and some can be suffering from…

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Why It’s Important to Manage Caregiver Stress


Family caregivers face a lot of stress. Many work full-time jobs and raise their own families on top of the responsibilities of looking after their aging parent. The demands of the job can take both a physical and mental toll on even the most resilient people, leaving them drained and exhausted. In order to be more patient and available, it’s important to keep caregiver stress within manageable boundaries. These tips reveal why it’s important for family caregivers to lower their stress levels and how to do so every day. Why is stress bad? While a little stress is natural, too…

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The Effects of Dementia on Family Caregivers


In 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association completed an extensive survey on the effects of Alzheimer’s on the family caregiver. Years since, their continued studies of Alzheimer’s and dementia have found that the effects of these diseases on the family caregiver are more paramount than ever. In fact, their ongoing research of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continues to prove an unsustainable physical, financial and emotional stress on caregivers. Dementia affects the caregiver and their family. Caring for a loved one with progressive memory loss can impact normal family life in a variety of challenging ways. Caregivers report a greater…

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The Difference Between Home Care and Home Health Care


Home care or home health care? This is a question we get asked frequently. There are quite a few differences between home care and home health care. Here we explain some of those difference so that you may determine what might be best for your loved one. And remember, oftentimes a combination of home care and home health services might be necessary and can go a long way to help improve one’s quality of life. Home care keeps individuals safe and comfortable in the place they call home. When an adult needs assistance with the activities of daily living, or…

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What is Respite Care and Why is it Needed?


Caregiving is a full-time job, and respite care is the means to provide relief for the caregiver. It is an ideal solution to give busy and often overstressed family caregivers the opportunity to relax, decompress, and re-energize while their loved one – an elderly parent, a family member living with a disability or a loved one recovering from recent surgery – continues to receive the care they need. Respite care is important for the health and well-being of the family caregiver to ensure that they can continue to provide care for their loved one. Respite care includes a variety of…

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How Smartwatches Are Changing the Face of the Medical Alert Industry


Smartwatches offer unique benefits over traditional medical alert devices Medical alert devices can be lifesaving for seniors who find themselves in an emergency situation. They also can reduce stress and anxiety for caregivers by providing peace of mind that a loved one will be able to get the help they need after an accident or injury. There are numerous medical alert systems on the market today, the majority of which are traditional in-home units and mobile options for more active seniors. In recent years, some companies have started offering smartwatch-style devices, which offer a fresh alternative for caregivers looking to…

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7 Heart-Healthy Tips for Seniors


February is American Heart Month, an ideal time to commit to making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is a major threat to senior health? The American Heart Association reports that 84 percent of people age 65 years and older die from heart disease. Here are seven smart heart-healthy tips to help seniors take care of their hearts and reduce the risk of heart disease. If you are an adult child caring for your parent, here is some advice you can give them to promote well-being and help them…

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5 Activities to Keep Elderly Parents Active and Engaged


Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age, but it’s especially important for seniors. Studies have shown that being active as we age is crucial for physical, mental and emotional health. Do you have elderly parents who could use a little encouragement when it comes to staying active and engaged? Here are five pieces of sage advice to help get them out, about and enjoying life. Encourage them to lend a helping hand: Volunteer opportunities, depending on your parent’s skills and mobility, are a great way for them to stay active and engaged. Libraries, schools, museums, hospitals,…

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Winter Driving Tips for Aging Parents


As winter weather sweeps across the country, here are some ways to help keep senior drivers safe on the road. These tips can also help provide peace of mind to families out there who might be a little uneasy about their parents driving in the snow and ice. HELP YOUR PARENTS WINTERIZE THEIR CAR Ideally, you should help your aging parents winterize their car in the fall when the weather is still nice. But it’s not too late! A well-maintained car is essential to avoid unnecessary problems on wintry roads. Key things to check: The battery. Cold weather can be…

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The Financial Impact of Family Caregiving


Being the family caregiver for your aging parent can take a toll on your finances and your personal life. At some point in our lives, we will either need a caregiver or we will become one. Many adult children automatically become the family caregiver as parents age and need assistance around the house or with everyday tasks. When it comes to providing some sort of assistance to aging parents, many adult children are thrust into the situation unexpectedly. When this happens, it can have serious economic implications for an individual. A recent survey from AARP indicates that 38 percent of…

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