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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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Eye Health: Protecting Your Parent’s Vision


In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, we went through our blog library and found a few of our most popular posts related to eye health. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to raise awareness of this growing disease, as well as other eye health problems. If you are caring for an aging parent or other loved one, it’s important that they get an eye exam every year, especially if they are over the age of 65. These exams are even more critical if they have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of eye disease. Many eye…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Family Caregivers


New year. New you. A sampling of New Year’s resolutions to help family caregivers stay happy, healthy and energized in 2019. 2019 is just days away and the beginning of a new year is a perfect time to evaluate our lives, address challenges and move forward with positivity. For caregivers, this is an especially important time, so we’ve put together a collection of family caregiver New Year’s resolutions just for you: In 2019, grow your support circle so that you’re not doing everything by yourself. Create a support team of family, friends and/or local resources, like FirstLight Home Care, to…

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Preventing Caregiver Blues During the Holidays


Caregiver Blues: Tips to help family caregivers cope with depression this holiday season. Even though the holiday season is a time for family, friends and lots of activities, it can also be a stressful time for many people, especially seniors and their family caregivers. Unrealistic expectations, loneliness, reflection on losses, anxiety about an uncertain future, failing to get enough sleep, exercise, or not eating right are a few reasons that may cause caregiver blues over the holidays. Here are some great tips on how you, or the family caregiver in your life, can prevent the holiday caregiver blues: Set realistic…

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Free (or Cheap) Family Holiday Traditions


During the holidays, it’s a great time to gather up the family and start a simple, yet heartwarming, Christmas tradition. We’ve pulled together a list of free (or cheap) indoor and outdoor activities that would make great family holiday traditions. For our FirstLight Home Care caregivers, these are some of their favorite things to do with clients and families to bond and create lasting memories over the holidays. These 12-holiday traditions are designed to be fun for everyone (and that includes your wallet). Take a holiday light tour: Pile everyone into the car, put on some Christmas tunes, and go…

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