4 Ways to Ease Seasonal Depression Symptoms

Seasonal depression is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD experience symptoms of depression that are associated with changing seasons. Most of the time, SAD occurs during the fall and winter months. Doctors aren’t sure why some people get SAD, but it may have to do with the way changing seasons affect the body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Whatever the cause, it can be difficult to live with seasonal depression. If your older family member has SAD, ... Read more

Simple Ways to Stay Connected to Your Partner During Your Care Experience

As a family caregiver, you need all the support you can get. Feeling supported reduces the risk for mental and emotional consequences such as depression, stress, and anxiety, and gives you the motivation and perseverance to work through the challenges of this care relationship. While there are many resources to give you the support, one of the most meaningful and beneficial sources can be your partner. Relying on your partner to provide emotional support not only helps you to be a better ... Read more

How Can You Help Your Senior Protect Their Lungs While Dealing with COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects millions of people throughout the United States each year. Experts estimate that around 11 million people have actually received a diagnosis of the disease, while millions more are suffering from it and don't even know it. The third leading cause of death in the country, COPD can be very serious and detrimentally impact your aging parent's health, functioning, and quality of life. One of the most important things you can do as a family caregiver ... Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

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Why Is Hearing Loss a Big Deal for Your Aging Adult?

Over time, your elderly adult may slowly start to lose her hearing. Sure, that makes some things more difficult for her, but is it really that important? It turns out that her hearing affects so many aspects of your senior's life. Hearing Loss Affects Relationships You might look at hearing loss as simply an inconvenience or something that makes life occasionally more difficult for her. But hearing loss can do so much more than that. Her relationships with you and with other people ... Read more

Why Go with Senior Care?

Your aging adult might not see the reasons at first for hiring senior care providers. She may argue that she's just fine or that she has help from you or from other family members. It can help her to understand just how senior care can directly offer her some significant benefits. From there, she may find it much more appealing an option. Your Senior Can Stay at Home Staying in their own home is a huge goal for most aging adults. If that's ... Read more

Caregiving and Respite Time

The average caregiver tends to have an unbalanced relationship with respite time. It's something that caregivers know that they need, but emotions and logistics often get in the way. If that's been the case for you, these tips might help you to determine a better way to approach getting the time away from caregiving that you need. Make Technology Work for You Technology can be far more helpful for you than you might realize when it comes to respite time. An electronic calendar ... Read more

Is Your Senior at Risk of Developing Pneumonia?

Pneumonia can be extremely serious for your elderly family member, especially if her health is compromised in other ways. Here's what you need to know as her caregiver. Pneumonia Is a Lung Infection Pneumonia sounds complicated, but it's just an infection in the lungs. There are a wide range of different bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia, so her doctor might want to culture some of her mucus to determine what the right medication is. When someone gets pneumonia, they might cough, ... Read more

October is National Depression and Education Month

October is National Depression and Education Month, where helpful organizations work to spread the word about the devastating mental health condition known as depression. While elderly adults are a high risk for depression, family caregivers of aging relatives may also develop depression at a higher rate than other adult their age. The demands of caregiving can take a toll on even the most helpful and patient person, leading to chronic stress and depression. Working with an elderly family member has its rewards, ... Read more

What Does Aging in Place Mean?

Aging in place. It's a term you hear when planning homecare services. It's something many senior citizens insist they want. What does it really mean? The CDC defines aging in place this way. It's being able to remain in your family home regardless of your retirement income, your abilities, or your age. You're supposed to be able to remain in your home safely, comfortably, and independently. It means your parents should be able to remain in the family home without fear or ... Read more
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