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Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Caring for Your Aging Parents


Approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months [National Alliance for Caregiving, 2019]. Every day a new family caregiver becomes part of this large group of people dealing head-on with the tasks of helping their parents with daily living: personal hygiene, dressing, food preparation, walking and mobility, transportation, housekeeping, medication management and more. If you are the family caregiver – whether you’re new to the role or not – we have compiled some advice to help you avoid 5 common mistakes when caring for your aging parents. Mistake…

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5 Ways to Keep Seniors Safe at Home


As our loved ones age, you may have concerns about their safety at home. One of the most common issues for seniors is limited mobility, so it is crucial that you prioritize safety to help preserve independence. Fortunately, there are some simple updates you can make to the property to ensure that will put safety first. Replace Any Dangerous Flooring Seniors with balance issues or those who tend to drag their feet can be impaired by slick surfaces or high pile carpets. These risky flooring materials can promote slips, falls, and trips, so it is important to replace any flooring,…

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5 Ways to Ease the Stress of Back to School


Back-to-school time can be stressful and hectic for kids, and let’s be honest…for parents too. As families prepare to head back to school, parents may be feeling overwhelmed by the pressure that comes from managing their family’s needs in addition to their daily work and household responsibilities. Here are five ways to ease the stress of back to school for parents and help the entire family make a healthy transition from the lazy days of summer to the structure of the school year. 1. Establish routines: Before summer comes to an end, start establishing everyone’s school-day routines to avoid shocking…

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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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Should Parents Stay Home or Move to an Assisted Living? What is the Better Solution?


As our parents’ age, it can be a difficult process filled with worry and anxiety. While you may worry about how they are coping day to day, they may not feel ready to move into an assisted living facility. Even touring a facility can be a source of upset and arguments, so what is the better solution? Should your parents stay home or move into assisted living? Remember it’s Not Your Choice The first aspect of the decision making is to remember that it is not your choice. Unless your parents are already physically and financially dependent on you for…

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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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