Benefits of Seniors Adopting a Pet

Research reveals that elderly adults can benefit physically as well as mentally from having a pet, specifically a dog or cat. With age comes a lot of stress, health issues and loneliness. A dog or cat can provide aging adults with a constant companion, a focus for their attention, and incentive to be more active. Family caregivers that may be hesitating on whether their elderly loved one should get a dog or cat should learn more about the benefits that adoption ... Read more

What if Your Senior Only Wants You to Help Her?

Being a caregiver is hard work and sometimes you need to take a break, but what happens when your elderly family member refuses that idea? If you’re the only person that she allows to help her, that can put a big wrench in your plans. This Isn’t Unusual Needing help from other people is embarrassing and your elderly family member may have come to terms with the fact that you’ll help her. But that doesn’t make this easier for you. It’s tough to ... Read more

Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don't want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them ... Read more

Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

Being a family caregiver for your elder loved one is stressful. In fact, adults who take on the responsibility of caring for their elder parent are much more likely to experience stress and its consequences than those who don't. This stress is increased dramatically when your parent is dealing with a serious health issue, a progressive challenge, or otherwise has serious needs. It is essential for you to manage this emotional stress in healthy, constructive ways so you can protect your mental, ... Read more

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

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

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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