What Is an Elder Orphan?

Maria, aged 76, had never had any children and her husband, Alexander, had passed away a few years ago, leaving Maria to live alone. Though Maria missed Alexander, she had never minded living alone. That is, until she had a stroke that made it difficult for her to do some things on her own. Because Maria had no children, she had no one to come and help her with things like cleaning her house or shopping for groceries. Do you know an ... Read more

What You Should Know During Head Lice Prevention Month

September is Head Lice Prevention Month. There is a common misconception that lice is something that only impacts children, and that adults don't need to worry about infestations. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you should know this is not true. While children are more likely to contract lice, adults can and do experience lice infestations as well. This makes it extremely important that you understand these pests and how to protect your parent from them, or manage them ... Read more

Where Can You Get the Education You Need as a Caregiver?

When you first get started as a caregiver, there's a lot that you need to know. There's no way possible to know and to understand everything that there is to learn. You'll need to tap into as many different sources as you possibly can. Your Senior's Doctor Your elder's doctor can give you the most specialized information possible about your aging adult and her health conditions. This is an excellent place to start out collecting what you need to know. You'll add to ... Read more

5 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

We probably don’t need to tell you this, but being a caregiver is a hard job. It can take both a physical and mental toll. There are around 44 million caregivers in the United States and the Family Caregiver Alliance calls them “a population at risk.” Caregivers are at greater risk for depression, stress, and substance abuse. Many caregivers report that their own physical health declined after beginning their caregiving duties. Family caregivers can avoid the pitfalls that come with caregiving by ... Read more

How Can You Make Keeping Your Parent’s Kitchen Clean and Healthy Simpler?

The kitchen is an extremely important room in the home. This is where your parent's meals and snacks are prepared, and often this is considered the heart of the home, where family and friends spend time together. This room can also be potentially dangerous for your aging parent, especially when it isn't clean. Germs, spills, and more can create a hazardous situation, which makes it extremely important for you as a family caregiver to take the necessary steps to keep their kitchen ... Read more

Tips for Maintaining Your Relationships with Your Children While You Care for Your Senior

Being in the sandwich generation, that is, caring for an elder at the same time as raising your children, poses many challenges. When thinking about the stress and difficulties related to caring for both generations, you likely think about your own challenges, and how they impact your schedule and quality of life. It is important, however, to realize that being a family caregiver for your aging parent impacts your children as well. Especially if you have recently begun this care journey, and ... Read more

Five Tips for When You Can’t Be the Same Kind of Caregiver Any Longer

There may come a time when you need to step back from being a caregiver for your aging adult. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you do need to have a plan in place. Assess the Situation for Yourself When you first start to realize that caregiving is changing for you, it's vital for you to get a full understanding for yourself. You need to sit down and assess what you can still do or whether it's time for you to stop ... Read more

How Much Water Should Your Senior Drink Each Day?

As the weather gets warmer it is important to adjust your care routine for your elder to ensure they stay healthy and safe throughout these warmer months. One vital element of care during warmer months is increasing the amount of hydration they receive. Getting enough water is critical to health at all times of the year, but when the temperature is higher, hydration becomes even more important. Water helps the body to regulate temperature, and is used in virtually all processes within ... Read more

FAQ’s About Strike Out Stroke Month

May is Strike Out Stroke Month, which is a public awareness campaign aimed at spreading awareness about strokes and how fast responses can often make a difference in severity and recovery time. Many non-profit organizations are teaming up with major and minor league baseball teams across the country to include messages about stroke education during games and events. The more people they connect with, the more likely it is for someone to save a life. Strokes are very common in elderly adults, ... Read more

Tips for Coping with Your Emotions After Your Parent Suffers a Brain Injury

Brain injuries are a challenging experience for your aging parent and can leave them suffering consequences for long after the injury, even for the rest of their life. As a family caregiver, however, it is extremely important to recognize that this experience does not just impact them, but you as well. As their caregiver and their adult child, you are likely to experience a range of emotions that can impact your health, well-being, functioning, and the quality of care that you ... Read more
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