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8 Tips for First-Time Caregivers

Becoming a caregiver for the first time can be daunting, especially if it happens overnight due to illness or injury. One day your loved one is living a healthy independent life, and the next they need your help with basic activities of daily living. This sudden shift can be difficult for both caregivers and care recipients. It can be hard…

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10 Tips for Communicating With a Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease causes progressive brain damage and nerve cell failure, which can result in a wide range of symptoms. Although most people associate Alzheimer’s disease with memory problems, difficulty communicating is another major symptom. People with dementia may forget recent conversations, repeat themselves, have trouble organizing their thoughts, and more. This can make it difficult for them to carry on…

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Family Caregiving Considerations and Planning

Even when roles and dynamics change within a family, family members and relatives take care of each other. Whether children start taking care of their parents or a niece caring for a newly disabled aunt, or spouse-to-spouse care, no matter who the caregiver and no matter what the dynamic – the family caregiver experience is different for everybody but it…

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11 Simple Ways for Seniors to Stay Active Indoors

Getting enough exercise is an important part of staying healthy, especially for seniors. Working out can reduce their risk of falling and developing chronic conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Studies have even shown that regular exercise can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. During the winter when temperatures drop, it may be more difficult for…

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5 Tips For Caregivers to Help Seniors Overcome Loneliness

According to Time magazine, approximately 33% of seniors are lonely which, while completely normal, if left unchecked for too long, can be detrimental to their health in mild and severe ways. In fact, Time states “research shows that chronic loneliness can impact older adults’ memory, physical well-being, mental health, and life expectancy.” Now before this worries you too much, know…

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5 Halloween Activities For Seniors and Their Family

Halloween season (aka all of October) is a great opportunity to engage in Halloween-related activities with the family. These 5 Halloween activities are great for bringing the family together to enjoy some spooky good fun and help everyone get into the spirit of the season.  Decorate pumpkins Decorating pumpkins is a classic fall activity. Instead of using sharp knives to…

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9 Long-Distance Caregiving Tips

It’s not always possible for family caregivers to live near their loved one which may be stressful for the caregiver and their family. Whether you need to move away for work, school, or any other personal reason, you may be wondering if you can meet your aging relative’s needs from afar. While not impossible, it may be difficult to manage…