Every year, millions of family members serve as caregivers for elderly loved ones who are aging in place at home, usually a parent. But the physical and emotional demands of caregiving can become overwhelming, especially when the senior’s health is in decline. Over time, stress can cause caregiver fatigue, notably if the caregiver has their own household to manage.
When serving as a caregiver for a senior loved one with dietary deficiencies, it can be challenging to meet their nutritional needs as they continue aging in place at home. Starting with what a balanced diet looks like, there are several reliable ways to supply a senior with the nutritious foods they need.
You’re worried that mom’s not storing and taking her meds properly, and that it could jeopardize her health and wellbeing as she continues aging in place at home. Is careless medicine storage a dangerous problem for seniors? The answer may surprise you.
Guilt is a common emotion experienced by family caregivers who are providing at least some care for a senior who’s independently aging in place at home, usually their parent. Those feelings tend to intensify when that caregiver lives far away from their elderly loved one, a condition referred to as “remote caregiver guilt”.
None of us likes discussing hospice care or end-of-life care issues, but it’s a natural part of the aging process. When caring for a senior family member who’s made it clear they want to remain at home even after being diagnosed with a life expectancy limiting condition like cancer, liver failure or advanced pulmonary disease, it can be emotionally and physically draining to honor their wishes.
As seniors get older, it can become more and more challenging to handle daily tasks and to manage living independently in a single-family home. A retirement community, assisted living center or nursing home are always options, of course, but many times seniors want to spend this season late in life in the places they love and doing the things they enjoy most.
Summer is the season to travel and enjoy the great outdoors. But spending time outside is a little more complicated for seniors. They are vulnerable to conditions and reactions that younger adults simply don’t experience. It’s vitally important to help seniors get out of the house and spend time getting some fresh air. But, remember these 5 things before you spend any extended time outside in the hot summer elements with a senior citizen.
Many aging adults are determined to remain in their homes as long as possible. The challenge is this: As adults get older, living independently in a single-family home becomes more and more challenging over time and at-home care may become a necessity.
Travel with family and friends are great ways to get aging adults out of the house and to help them live full lives, even later in life. But to comfortably travel with an aging adult isn’t as straightforward as loading kids into a minivan and hitting the road. Are you planning to travel with an aging adult loved one? Here are 5 things to keep in mind as you map out your journey.
Family caregiving is hard work. Whether you’re an adult child caring for an aging parent or a professional caregiver working long days in service to a senior, the work is taxing. If you know and admire a family caregiver, you’ve mostly likely tried to think of ways to communicate your appreciation for all that the caregiver does on a daily basis.
Everyone needs care at some point. It’s often an aging family member who relies on others for their everyday needs — and it requires a caregiving team to help meet those needs effectively. If you’re faced with leading the care of an elderly family member, here are 5 ways to build the caregiving team that’s needed to meet his or her needs.
Elderly care is essential for your aging parents for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons why elderly care is so important is that identity thieves and scammers often target seniors who don’t have anyone supporting them on a day-to-day basis. As a caregiver it is important for you to know how to protect your aging family members from scams and identity theft.
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It is essential to do everything possible to make sure that you are communicating with at-home caregivers as effectively as possible. Following the tips below can guide you into a relationship with your at-home caregiver that is both professional and mutually-beneficial.
About 10% of Americans ages 60 and older have dealt with some form of elder abuse, and that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities. How do you help prevent your elderly loved ones from experiencing abuse? Start by looking for signs of abuse, and then use proven strategies for stopping and preventing any further abuse.
Time management is very challenging for caregivers. There’s so much to do for them and only so much time in one day. Managing your time effectively will enable you to accomplish everything and still live a full life. Above all, it can reduce your stress and give you a sense of control.
Helping your aging parents downsize may seem like a scary task. For those taking care of their elderly family members, it is a pivotal point that an individual must handle with understanding, delicacy, and care. Downsizing a home also might mean that your parent is going through some changes in living arrangements, which can make a senior anxious. With some care and a few tips from experienced professionals, you can make downsizing your aging parent's home much more comfortable for everyone involved.
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For most of our life we are too busy doing more ‘important’ things to set aside a few moments to learn something new. Then, one day, we suddenly wake up and have time to fill, but nothing to fill it with. At this point in life, many seniors want to learn new hobbies but feel too old to do so. This is nonsense, however. Seniors are never too old to learn new hobbies; the benefits of doing so are even backed by science!
Soon I will have to hire an in-home caregiver for my husband. My thoughts have turned to the obvious: Who can help us? What skills must his caregiver have? Costs? How do we hire the right person? Such questions lead to more questions, and here is where I am: Should I use a senior home care agency or what about hiring a private caregiver? Differing opinions abound among family and friends. But facts count more than opinions, so I’ve started asking questions—and getting answers.
For many seniors, preserving independence is a daily struggle. Some may have accepted that they can no longer fully care for themselves, but resist the idea of bringing in professional help. Every family situation is unique, but there are some red flags that suggest it may be time to hire a professional caregiver to help your loved one live life to the fullest.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in people over the age of 65, and not only are they uncomfortable, but UTIs can further cause kidney infections, kidney failure and bloodstream infections (sepsis). While serving as a caregiver for a loved one who’s still aging in place it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a UTI.
Many seniors who are still living at home have special daily living requirements and medical needs that must be addressed within their emergency preparation plans. If you have an elderly loved one who’s still aging in place close by, or especially in another state, it’s important to discuss disaster preparedness with them before the next event presents itself. To assist your efforts, here are some tips on devising an emergency preparation plan for seniors to consider.
You love your parent, and want to provide them with the nurturing they need so that they can continue aging in place within the comfort of their own home. So what do you do? Convincing an aging parent that’s hesitant to accept at-home care is never easy. What follows are several ideas from experts you can use to help facilitate a smoother and more successful process.
It’s a fact that we simply feel more refreshed when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, and for adults of all ages that means 7 to 9 hours daily. For those over age 65, getting a better night's rest improves memory, sharpens alertness, speeds up healing, and provides more energy.
Dehydration can occur at any age, with seniors being more at risk than other adults. This article summarizes the role of fluid in our bodies, and the effects of aging on fluid balance. It then provides you with tips for preventing your parent from becoming dehydrated. You’ll read about signs of dehydration in aging adults and treatment for those who need extra help to return to a healthy fluid balance.
The nutritional needs of seniors may change as their body undergoes several physiological changes. And as a result, dietary adjustments must be made in order to keep them healthy and active for many years to come. Let’s take a look now at what some of those changes mean.
Many seniors today are choosing to age in place within their own homes with the support of their families. At some point, however, the aging process simply makes it too hard for seniors to get out and participate in activities like they once did. When a senior becomes homebound, excessive sleep or television viewing is [...]
While growing up your mom was always there to lift your spirits when you were feeling down. Ever since your dad passed away, you’ve noticed that your mother just doesn’t seem to have the same twinkle in her eye or outgoing demeanor that she used to. It’s harder to get her to engage in conversation, [...]
The last few times you’ve stopped by your elderly parents’ home you’ve noticed a pile of unopened mail on their dining room table, and that several of the envelopes were stamped with “payment due” on the outside. Lately your mom and dad have also been complaining about bill collectors harassing them on the phone. What [...]
Many families today are turning to private in-home caregivers for their aging parents instead of placing them in long-term care facilities. Private in-home care allows seniors to age in place with dignity and independence within the comfort of their own home. The two available paid caregiver options are hiring an independent contractor directly or going [...]
At some point, roughly 1 in 3 American adults will serve as caregivers for another family member, usually an aging parent. Being a caregiver is highly rewarding, but as time progresses the added responsibilities can be tiring. When a caregiver gets worn down, they can experience physical and mental fatigue, and later health and relationship [...]
Being a caregiver for someone who has dementia brings with it many challenges. One of these challenges is navigating public situations. The increased confusion and personality changes that often accompany dementia can make social situations stressful both for the person who has dementia and for caregivers. This can increase feelings of social isolation and caregiver [...]
This article about challenges associated with early onset Alzheimer’s focuses on information that families need to have when a diagnosis is likely or has just been made. The responses to each question offer an overview for planning next steps. What is Early Onset Alzheimer’s? Early onset Alzheimer’s begins when a person is younger than 65, [...]
As our parents age, we face a variety of new situations and challenges. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the number and complexity of decisions and daily tasks to be completed. We may also face limitations in our ability to care for our parents in their home, whether these be physical challenges, financial pressures, [...]
Overview of Family Caregivers in the U.S. A joint study between the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP estimated that over 34 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the past 12 months. And while millions sacrifice careers and personal ambitions in order to dedicate themselves to the [...]
There are many ways that home care can be helpful for seniors and their family members. Home care can help for short periods of time, for extended periods, or around-the-clock in certain circumstances. Here are the most common reasons families set up home care for a loved one. Ways which home care is helpful There [...]
The word ‘grief’ can be quite personal. The meaning of grief for each person is defined by past experiences. Personal losses and life-altering tragedies, even those of long ago, affect today’s grieving process. Each past loss leaves its own memory, be it now faded or still raw with pain. The Hospice Foundation of America describes [...]
Do you know the look of hunger? Most of the time, it is difficult to see. Yet, 43% of households in Manatee County are living below the poverty level. One out of seven adults and one out of four children are food insecure, which means they do not have consistent access to adequate food. With [...]
Serving as a part or full-time caregiver for aging relatives is highly-rewarding, but on the flip-side it can be tiring and stressful. For example, you may be providing some daily care needs for one or both of your elderly parents, and you want to offer them the same attentive nurturing they showed you growing up. [...]
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common in elders than in younger people, and symptoms vary for older people. This article reviews structure of the urinary tract; its changes as we age; risk factors and signs of a UTI; and prevention strategies, including the benefits of professional caregivers. The Urinary Tract: Its structure and age-related [...]
Your aging parent has finally reached the point where they need some in-home care, and you’ve tried to step in and provide the nurturing assistance they need. Unfortunately, with everything else on your plate it’s starting to physically and emotionally wear you down. At this time you’re considering a professional caregiver for your mom or [...]
Parents provide nurturing and love to their children as they transition into adulthood. But one day you wake up and the roles are reversed. Most families eventually have to face the stark reality that their elderly parents are experiencing declining health due to aging. Balancing your elderly loved one’s diminishing health with their independence and [...]
When a family member is diagnosed with limited life expectancy, he or she often has a strong desire to spend the final days in the comfort of home. However, caring for a loved one at the end of life can be emotionally challenging and physically exhausting. First In Care Home Health Agency can support you [...]
Visiting your aging family members is important for their physical and emotional well being. Remaining connected with family decreases social isolation and improves health outcomes. Yet, family visits can be challenging. Complicated dynamics, busy lives, and changing roles are things all families face. With a bit of planning and thoughtfulness, family visits can be less [...]
Getting the news that you’ll be heading home from the hospital can be a big relief at first. Recovering from an injury or illness in your own home is, for the most part, a much more comfortable experience than it is in the hospital. Unfortunately, the reality of leaving the hospital is that you’ll be [...]
Humor is enjoyed among people of all ages, but it turns out it’s particularly healthy for the elderly. That’s because laughter can prevent certain medical conditions for which older people tend to be at risk. Of course, not all senior citizens are aware of how helpful humor can be. That’s why their younger family members [...]
There are few challenges in life more difficult and rewarding than providing care for a loved one. The Manatee County Caregiver Forum has been established to recognize and celebrate caregivers and promote self care through motivational and inspirational speakers, provide education and practical tips in varied areas of care giving and attempt to define services [...]
People want to live a full and rewarding life for as long as possible, and seniors are no exception. Independence is a big source of feelings of competence and self-esteem. But when you start noticing that some of your skills are less reliable than they once were, your confidence can take a real dip. The [...]
Humor / Laugh Therapy Benefits of Humor and Laugh Therapy Promotes Psychological Well-being & Improves Quality of Life Improves Relationships Builds Group Identity & Solidarity Enhances Mental Functioning & Memory Reduce Stress, Tension, Anxiety & Counteracts Depressive Systems Exercises & Relaxes Muscles Improves Respiration & Circulation Increases Immune System Defense Elevates Pain [...]
First In Care Home Health Agency, a leading senior home care provider serving Manatee County, Florida, is raising funds for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's being held on October 21, 2017 in Bradenton, Florida. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event [...]