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What’s the Difference Between In-Home Day Care and Night Care?

Your elderly mom or dad may need you now more than ever as they slowly succumb to the effects of old age. Perhaps you’ve noticed that they struggle to shower or dress themselves. It may be that they can no longer clean or maintain the house like they used to. They might face mobility problems if they use a cane, walker, or wheelchair to get around. In other words, they can no longer live independently, but want to stay at home. ... Read more

Why Is Your Senior Lashing Out at You or Others?

It's incredibly upsetting to have your senior verbally or even physically lash out at you. This can happen for a variety of different reasons, so it helps to have some idea why it might be happening so you can do whatever is in your power to help. She's Uncomfortable or in Pain. Discomfort or pain can make anyone a little cranky, especially your aging adult. If she's uncomfortable or in pain often, this takes a greater toll. The problem can be exacerbated even ... Read more

What to Do About Common Pains in the Elderly

According to WebMD, around 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. As people age, they are more likely to experience pain in certain areas of their body. For family caregivers, it can be helpful to know what kinds of pain to expect and how to manage them if they occur. Below are some common kinds of pain and ways you can help to ease them. Back Pain. Older adults may have lower back pain because of arthritis. It can ... Read more

Tips for Adapting Care for a Senior with Anosognosia

Flexibility is critical when you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult with Alzheimer's disease, but when your senior also has anosognosia, it is even more important. Anosognosia is a lack of insight or awareness, meaning your parent does not know that they have Alzheimer's disease, or that they are suffering from the symptoms and challenges associated with the disease. This condition impacts a large percentage of those who are living with Alzheimer's disease, particularly those who are in moderate ... Read more

Four Solutions if Your Senior’s Regular Workout Buddy Isn’t Available

Your senior might be lucky enough to have a friend with whom she enjoys exercising, but that situation can change. Her workout buddy might move away or be unable to exercise and that can leave your senior in the lurch. Here are a few solutions. Join a Gym or Senior Center Class. Gyms are a great place to get help and companionship while working out, even for senior citizens. Many even offer classes and group settings that are geared toward older adults. Senior ... Read more

Why Do You Need More Self-Compassion as a Caregiver?

Being compassionate to yourself doesn't mean that you're letting yourself get away with being a terrible person. What it means is that you're not beating yourself up for real or imagined mistakes. You're acknowledging that you're human and that you're doing the best that you can. No One Knows Your Journey Better than You Do. Caregiving is undeniably tough and each caregiving journey is a unique one. That said, no one knows better than you do exactly what your journey looks and feels ... Read more

How Does a Routine Make You a Better Caregiver?

Setting up routines as a caregiver means that you're doing specific things at set times, usually every day or at least every week. Following routines gives life a specific flow that can help you to be a better caregiver and allow your elderly family member to relax a bit. You're Not Working Against Your Senior. When you're working with established routines, your senior knows what to expect for the most part and so do you. This means that your elderly family member is ... Read more

Online Matchmaking for Senior Living

Online matchmaking may work great for finding a spouse, but it’s not a good tactic for finding a senior living community for your loved one. Some websites can match your family member with a senior living facility that has paid a fee to be included in recommendations on the site. But these sites don’t actually endorse any facilities—they simply match your loved one to a facility’s availability, not based on what your family member needs. While site administrators may do a cursory ... Read more

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is an incredibly dangerous situation. The most serious heat-related injury, a heat stroke occurs when the body overheats to a temperature of at least 104 degrees. If not managed promptly and effectively heat stroke can lead to muscle damage, heart damage, brain damage, organ damage, and even death. Being able to recognize the potential signs and symptoms of heat stroke allows you to address them as quickly as possible, minimizing the chances of severe consequences and helping your parents ... Read more

Bathing Tips for Elderly Adults Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Many elderly adults struggle with mobility, balance, and other issues that make it difficult for them to bathe independently. This can be particularly true for an aging adult who is living with Parkinson's disease. The symptoms and challenges of Parkinson's disease often include tremors, loss of balance, dizziness, and other difficulties that can make bathing independently difficult or even impossible for your senior. You can help your aging loved one to stay safer while bathing and to maintain as much independence ... Read more
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