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Stress and the Family Caregiver


April is National Stress Awareness Month Long-term stress of any kind, including caregiver stress, can lead to serious health problems. At FirstLight Home Care we understand how stress impacts families. When a family member is ill, aging, disabled, or unable to complete daily tasks on their own, a family member may find themselves becoming the caregiver for their loved one. Caregiving is a 24/7 job and the stress from the demands can take its toll on the family member leading the care. We’ve seen it often and we’ve written many blog posts to help support the caregiver and their families…

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Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease


April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and FirstLight® Home Care is honored to support the needs of those affected by Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that impacts more than 10 million people worldwide. The neurological disorder affects movement, and it typically develops gradually. For example, it may start with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. In early stages of the disease, your face may show little or no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. And, unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease symptoms worsen as…

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5 Benefits of Having a Travel Companion


The busy travel season will soon be upon us with spring and summer vacations, graduations, weddings and family reunions. Many aging seniors want to attend these special events, but for some, travel can be tricky – whether it’s because of mobility issues or just the anxiety that comes with making a long-distance trip. Additionally, if you are the adult daughter or son caring for your aging parent, you may feel a bit uneasy about them making the trip alone. At FirstLight Home Care we completely understand. Traveling can be hectic and stressful at any age, but for senior travelers especially,…

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The Impact of Family Caregiving on Work


The impact of family caregiving on work is on the rise. Most family caregivers juggle caring for an aging family member or relative with employment. A recent AARP study reports that the average U.S. caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who works outside the home and spends nearly 20 hours per week – the equivalent of another part-time job – providing unpaid care to an elderly person for nearly five years. An estimated 61 percent of family caregivers of adults age 50 and older are currently employed either full-time (50 percent) or part-time (11 percent). Female caregivers feel it the most…

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Getting Enough ZZZZs? The Importance of Sleep for Family Caregivers


This week is Sleep Awareness Week, a time to encourage better sleep to increase overall health and well-being. We all know how important a good night’s sleep is to our health. Regular sleep deprivation can increase the risk for many health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke and dementia. Quality sleep for family caregivers is critical as they can especially be at risk for sleep problems, including insomnia (the inability to fall or stay asleep), hypersomnia (problems staying awake), and poor-quality sleep. While taking care of a loved one, caregivers often get up in the middle…

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Helping Seniors with Spring Maintenance: 5 Tips


Spring will be here before we know it. In fact, the first day of Spring is Tuesday, March 20. And in a few days, Daylight Savings Time begins, clocks change, and some of us gain a little extra light in the evenings. As the weather warms and things begin to thaw, there’s often a need to do some general spring maintenance. For aging seniors, some routine tasks around the home can be difficult to take on, especially if they have mobility issues. There are several ways you can assist your senior to help get their home ready for spring and…

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Caring for Adults with Disabilities


March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion and show that a successful life is possible. FirstLight Home Care is proud to advocate for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we are honored to provide the assistance adults with disabilities need to live safe, fulfilling lives. More than 5 million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability. Many of them need support with life activities such as self-care, mobility and independent living. FirstLight provides compassionate home care to help adults with disabilities achieve the independence they desire and…

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Family Caregivers Can Balance Career, Caregiving


Family Caregiver – noun | fam·i·ly care·giv·er One who takes care of a member of his or her family, often a senior parent or disabled relative; someone who is responsible for attending to the daily needs of another person.   According to an AAPR Public Policy Institute study, the average U.S. family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who provides unpaid care of nearly 20 hours per week to her mother for nearly five years. The life of working family caregivers can be difficult. Caring for a loved one while also working a paying job is time-consuming and it’s physically and emotionally…

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Small Changes Can Lead to Lifetime of Heart Health


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – American author Robert Collier Small changes matter. That is true of many things in life, even when it comes to taking action to maintain heart health. Applying small changes at an early age can have positive, lasting effects. And making those changes before developing a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, is key. Why is this so important? Because heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. And most Americans aren’t even aware that they could be at risk…

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Cardiovascular Disease: Who is at Risk?


February is American Heart Month, an ideal time to commit to making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Know your cardiovascular disease risk. Cardiovascular disease (also known as heart disease) remains the leading global cause of death for men and women, with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23 million by 2030. There are several types of cardiovascular disease, including: Heart failure: sometimes called congestive heart failure, this means the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should. Arrhythmia: an abnormal rhythm of the…

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