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What Makes a Healthy Brain?


The human brain is a powerful organ. It controls how we remember, learn, play and concentrate. Practicing brain-strengthening habits every day keeps your mind sharp and can help prevent or delay cognition problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Here are six tips that could help you maintain a healthier brain and improve brain function. Exercise daily. Spend at least 30 minutes most days doing some type of activity that gets your heart pumping. Focus on a combination of cardio exercises, strength training, flexibility, and balance. Make sure you are doing activities you enjoy so that you…

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Personal or Companion Care: Which is Better?


“Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.”— Unknown If you are caring for a loved one, whether it’s an aging parent who needs help around the home or a family member with a disability, there may come a time when you – as the family caregiver – need an extra helping hand with personal and companion care. Enlisting the help of non-medical home care and hiring a caregiver to deliver personal and companion care services can be the next step in providing respite and peace of mind for you. But home care can include such a…

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What Are the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout?


April is National Stress Awareness Month. Most people are under some level stress due to everyday life situations, and our family caregiver is not immune. In fact, caregiver burnout is more common than most families think. WebMD defines caregiver burnout as a “state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned”. Caregivers often burn the candle at both ends. They are so busy caring for their aging loved one and their own family members that they tend to neglect themselves. The demands on a…

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Why Family Caregivers Should Consider Joining a Support Group


Caring for a family loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming. The family caregiver is only human, and they need both emotional and practical support to maintain a healthy self. Joining a local support group is one solution to help the family caregiver feel less isolated, and it provides the opportunity to be around people who know exactly what they’re going through. The benefits of joining a support group. Research has shown that participating in caregiver support groups has many benefits and can significantly improve the quality of life for the caregiver and their…

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Tips for Caring for an Adult with Disabilities


March is Disabilities Awareness Month. If you are a family member who cares for someone with a disability, whether a child or an adult, handling personal, caregiving, and everyday needs is hard work. Home care services are not limited to seniors – adults with chronic needs or disabilities can benefit from a professional caregiver to help them live independently and help you keep stress at bay. Our FirstLight caregivers support families with family members who are autistic and those with Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Working closely with these local families, they have found the…

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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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