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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

What You Should Know About Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, this is a great opportunity for you to learn more about stress, how it can impact you, and the effect that it can have on your caregiver efforts for your parent, as well as other aspects of your life. By being aware of the potential for stress, you are more likely to be able to identify when you are dealing with stress and prepare yourself to avoid stress, ... Read more

Can Frail Elderly Adults Use In-Home Elder Care?

Frail elderly adults are seniors over age 75 that have several specific characteristics. These include having moderate to serious medical issues, impaired physical or mental abilities, and a need for assistance in daily activities. Family members with frail elderly relatives spend a lot of time taking care of their needs, and also worrying about their health and safety. While moving them to a long-term care facility is one option, many family members are finding that in-home elder care resources provide more ... Read more

What are Parkinson’s Tremors?

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may experience a variety of symptoms. And, what one person experiences, the next may not. Usually, the symptoms of PD start when a person is between age 50 and age 60. They develop gradually and worsen over time. One symptom that is common in most people with PD is tremors. They occur in about 80 percent of people with the disease and can be one of the more difficult symptoms to deal with. Two Kinds of Parkinson’s ... Read more

Are You Ignoring Your Health in Favor of Your Senior’s Health?

Many caregivers find themselves surprised when they're suddenly facing a health crisis of their own. The problem is that they spend so much of themselves on their senior's health that they forget about their own. Here are a few ways you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible. Get as Much Sleep as You Can. Believe it or not, cutting back on sleep is not going to be helpful to you in your caregiving journey. You might think that you're gaining all ... Read more

Three Programs That Help Senior Citizens Complete Their Income Taxes

It's tax time again. It's the time of year that makes many people feel stressed. For seniors, tax time can be confusing. There's a lot of paperwork to do, forms to gather, and rules to understand. Changing tax laws complicate matters. Some seniors decide to spend money on tax preparation software each year. There are free programs that seniors can use to complete their yearly tax returns. Here are the three tax programs for seniors. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program. AARP has volunteers who provide ... Read more
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