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What is RSV?

RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus. It’s an illness that most people associate with young children. However, people of any age can get it. And, for older adults, it can be particularly dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are aged 65 and older are at the greatest risk of developing a severe RSV infection. In fact, around 177,000 seniors in the United States end up in the hospital because of RSV each year and ... Read more

How to Get the Most out of Meditating as a Caregiver

Meditation is one of those often-suggested solutions that a lot of caregivers scoff at because "Who has time?" The great thing about meditation is that you don't have to follow the "rules" if they don't work for you. You can tailor meditation to your life and your needs. Don't Worry if You Feel You're Meditating "Wrong" If you're meditating just for your own mental health and well-being, then worrying about doing meditation "wrong" isn't something you need to sweat about. The idea behind ... Read more

Dehydration is One of the Biggest Health Risks the Elderly Face

The July 2017 edition of Nutrition and Healthy Aging released a report on dehydration and the elderly. Of the seniors questioned, just over half said they drink at least six glasses of some type of drink each day. Nine percent said they drink fewer than three glasses each day. Dehydration is a serious concern in the elderly. Just a two percent deficiency in body fluid can impact physical health. It can also lead to cognitive issues. The sense of thirst decreases in ... Read more

Another Great Review From a Satisfied Client

My family and I simply love Sid Gerber and associates.  They represent the whole family when it comes to caring for your loved ones. My family and I have been with Sid Gerber and Associates for the past 6 years.  Sid and his team came into our family during a very difficult time.  Our mother was diagnosed with dementia and our father was very depressed and worn out from caring for our mom.  Sid was a wealth of knowledge in this ... Read more

What Can Home Care Really Do?

One of the questions your elderly family member might ask when you bring up the idea of home care is just what that type of service can do for her. Some of these suggestions might be ones that your aging family member could use help with now or in the near future. Help with Personal Care Tasks Personal care tasks, such as grooming and bathing, are ones that can be extremely embarrassing for your senior. Oddly enough, it can be easier for your ... Read more

Tips for Avoiding Burnout During the Holiday Season

Stress is more common among those who care for elderly adults than those who don't. Caregiver stress can lead to a variety of potentially serious complications and issues, and if it becomes overwhelming and excessively frequent, it can become burnout. Family caregivers are particularly vulnerable to burn out during the holiday season when more pressure is placed on them than on any other time of the year. Burnout can threaten your physical health and well-being, diminish your enjoyment of the holiday season, ... Read more

Three Reasons Some Family Caregivers End Up in This Role (Having Never Anticipated It)

Late at night, listening to the sound of rain gently cascading off the roof and dripping into puddles outside your bedroom window, do you ever wonder how this all started? You never thought you’d be a family caregiver, but there you are, struggling to sleep, your eyes so heavy, your body completely exhausted, and the stress showing signs of abuse on your body, mind, and spirit. You never anticipated having to do this. Most family caregivers don’t. November is National Family Caregivers Month ... Read more

Five Barriers to Aging in Place

A common goal for people who are growing older is to remain in their own homes for as long as is humanly possible. The difficulty is that often there are extenuating circumstances that can make aging in place more difficult. Senior care providers can help. Transportation Issues If your elderly family member can't drive herself to wherever she needs to go, that's a big problem. It might even lead to her voluntarily isolating herself, which can become dangerous. For many aging adults, driving ... Read more

7 Ways to Reduce Your Aging Relative’s Risk of Influenza

Are you worried about your aging relative getting the flu this year? You are right to worry about influenza’s impact on your elderly loved one, because many seniors suffer the harmful effects of this illness each year. In fact, influenza and its effects are responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospital visits for elderly adults throughout the country. Influenza-related complications can even cause death in some cases. If you want to prevent your aging relative from contracting the flu this year, there ... Read more

Staying in Touch with YOUR Needs

Recently, the wife of a client called me on my cellphone at dinner time. She was frustrated because she and the caregiver were having difficulty getting her 61-year-old, 6-foot, 2-inch tall, 220-pound husband out of his bed and chair. It was becoming risky that he would fall on them and injure her or the caregiver. “What do I do? I can’t handle him anymore,” she said. I told her how a Hoyer Lift could safely lift him. His rehab therapist had never mentioned ... Read more
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