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  • Are You Making Caregiving More Difficult for Yourself? Too many family caregivers needlessly complicate their caregiving journey. You may worry too much about what you’re doing and whether you should be doing something else or you could be having negative feelings around having help. The reality is that there’s no right or wrong ... Continue Reading

Arthritis

  • Why Is National Arthritis Awareness Month So Important? When you know more about a particular health issue, it’s easier to help someone through it. That’s the case with arthritis as well. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and there’s a lot of information available about the different types of arthritis and how it might ... Continue Reading

Benefits of Home Care

  • Six Things to Change in a Kitchen to Make Your Parents' Lives Easier Falls are more likely to occur in a bedroom or bathroom, but a kitchen can be another problem area for older adults. Lower the risk of a fall and make daily chores easier for your parents by making these six changes to their kitchen. Rearrange Items to Keep Frequently Used ... Continue Reading
  • What Happens if Your Dad Forgets His Medications? A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of older adults report taking at least one prescription medication each day. More than half report taking four or more pills each day. It's a lot of pills each day. Not only does your dad have multiple pills he's ... Continue Reading
  • How to Help Your Senior Parent Deal with Depression It is not uncommon to sometimes feel sad or blue. These feelings can sometimes last for days at a time. This may happen due to any unfortunate event in life like job loss, break up, or death of a loved one. At these blue times life seems to be more monochromic and grey where ... Continue Reading
  • Shingles: Disease Facts and Tips for Caring for Your Senior Shingles, which is also known as Herpes zoster, is caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes varicella (chickenpox). Shingles most commonly causes a painful rash. Unfortunately, vaccination is only the way to prevent VZV from ... Continue Reading

Cancer

  • Know the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer is a term used to include cancer that started in either the colon or the rectum. Individuals over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing this cancer than younger people, so it’s important for you and your parent to recognize the symptoms in case ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Resource

  • How to Sneak Some Time for Yourself During Caregiving As a family caregiver to an older family member, it may sometimes feel like you never have any time to yourself. That can mean neglecting your own needs. You may not be exercising, doing activities you enjoy, keeping up with friends, or even just relaxing. However, there ... Continue Reading
  • Does Your Elderly Loved One Need Help Getting Into and Out of Their Bed? As your loved one gets older, they are going to lose strength in their muscles, as well as balance and flexibility. Your elderly loved one might complain of painful joints a lot, too. They may have diabetes, dementia, arthritis, and other conditions that make it difficult ... Continue Reading
  • Everything Elderly Adults Need to Know About Vitamin C Whenever someone is caring for an elderly adult, they need to be aware of the health needs of that individual. If you are taking care of your elderly loved one or an elderly neighbor, one of the things that you should know about is Vitamin C. This is one of the main vitamins ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Stress

  • Are You Making Caregiving More Difficult for Yourself? Too many family caregivers needlessly complicate their caregiving journey. You may worry too much about what you’re doing and whether you should be doing something else or you could be having negative feelings around having help. The reality is that there’s no right or wrong ... Continue Reading

Caregivers

  • Five Ways You Can Recognize Malnutrition in Your Aging Adult Before you can solve any problems that your senior has around eating, you need to be able to recognize them first. That’s easier to do when you know some of the signs that she might show that point to malnutrition. She’s Sick More Often Your senior’s body uses food as fuel ... Continue Reading
  • Are Your Parents Overlooking Their Safety While Living at Home? Living out the rest of your life in the community you love is not a surprising goal. Staying in a home that you've designed and upgraded to meet your needs is also understandable. As your parents follow through on their wish to age at home, are they overlooking their safety? ... Continue Reading

Caregiving

  • Living With COPD: A Caregiver’s Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common condition among people over 65, especially smokers and former smokers of tobacco. However, great strides have been made in treating it. If you have a mother or father with COPD, there are many things you and your home ... Continue Reading
  • Tips for Reducing Sundowning Caregivers in Midtown NY: Tips for Reducing Sundowning Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It is a group of symptoms that appear late in the day and often continue on through the evening hours. Their cause is not clear, though some relate it ... Continue Reading
  • Providing Support to an Aging Parent That Lives Miles Away Caregivers in Stuyvesant NY: Providing Support to an Aging Parent that Lives Miles Away Telltale signs may be evident. Your loved one doesn’t sound quite so optimistic during your weekly calls. There is a sense of hesitancy, even fear, when asked how they’ve been doing. Your ... Continue Reading
  • Does Rainy Spring Weather Really Affect Uncle Charlie’s Arthritis? Family Caregivers in Queens NY How often have you heard an aging parent, aunt or uncle say it must be going to rain because their arthritis or their back is acting up? Turns out it’s not just an old wives’ tale after all. There really is some truth to it. Though it’s not so ... Continue Reading

Companionship

  • Elder Care can Help Fight Depression and Isolation in Seniors When your aging parent is struggling with depression or isolation, it can be really tough to know how to help, especially when you live distantly or are busy with other obligations. Fortunately, there are ways to help support older adults when they are living with depression ... Continue Reading

COPD

  • Living With COPD: A Caregiver’s Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common condition among people over 65, especially smokers and former smokers of tobacco. However, great strides have been made in treating it. If you have a mother or father with COPD, there are many things you and your home ... Continue Reading

Depression & Mental Health

  • How to Help Your Senior Parent Deal with Depression It is not uncommon to sometimes feel sad or blue. These feelings can sometimes last for days at a time. This may happen due to any unfortunate event in life like job loss, break up, or death of a loved one. At these blue times life seems to be more monochromic and grey where ... Continue Reading
  • Elder Care can Help Fight Depression and Isolation in Seniors When your aging parent is struggling with depression or isolation, it can be really tough to know how to help, especially when you live distantly or are busy with other obligations. Fortunately, there are ways to help support older adults when they are living with depression ... Continue Reading
  • Does it Seem Like Your Elderly Loved One is Depressed? Here are Signs to Watch For. As you may know, depression can be tough to overcome. You may have experienced some depression yourself at certain times in your life. Maybe you are even experiencing depression now. With that being said, you may know some of the symptoms of depression. However, it is ... Continue Reading

Elder Care

  • Elder Care can Help Fight Depression and Isolation in Seniors When your aging parent is struggling with depression or isolation, it can be really tough to know how to help, especially when you live distantly or are busy with other obligations. Fortunately, there are ways to help support older adults when they are living with depression ... Continue Reading

Elderly Care

  • The Dangers of Hoarding Many of us have lots of stuff and as we age, we tend to gather even more. It can be hard to let it go. Occasionally the need to hold onto our stuff develops into a mental health condition called compulsive hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is the excessive and compulsive ... Continue Reading
  • Know the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer is a term used to include cancer that started in either the colon or the rectum. Individuals over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing this cancer than younger people, so it’s important for you and your parent to recognize the symptoms in case ... Continue Reading
  • Does it Seem Like Your Elderly Loved One is Depressed? Here are Signs to Watch For. As you may know, depression can be tough to overcome. You may have experienced some depression yourself at certain times in your life. Maybe you are even experiencing depression now. With that being said, you may know some of the symptoms of depression. However, it is ... Continue Reading
  • Why is Walking a Great Form of Exercise for Older Adults? You've heard that your parents should aim for half an hour of exercise a day. Walking seems to be the form of exercise that their doctors recommend the most. Why is walking so good for older adults? Walking Lets the Mind Wander One of the benefits of walking is that while ... Continue Reading

Estate Planning

  • Making a List to Assist with End of Life Discussions One of the hardest conversations a person will partake in has to do with end-of-life medical preferences. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most useful conversations, as well. It can be difficult and stressful talking about our wishes when we are faced with a catastrophic ... Continue Reading

Exercise

  • Don't Let Knee Pain Keep Your Mom From Staying Active Several things can cause knee pain in older adults. Your mom's knees are stiff, and she has a harder time with mobility when she stands up after sitting for a while or getting out of a car. Osteoarthritis may be the problem. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of ... Continue Reading
  • Why is Walking a Great Form of Exercise for Older Adults? You've heard that your parents should aim for half an hour of exercise a day. Walking seems to be the form of exercise that their doctors recommend the most. Why is walking so good for older adults? Walking Lets the Mind Wander One of the benefits of walking is that while ... Continue Reading

Fall Prevention

  • Six Things to Change in a Kitchen to Make Your Parents' Lives Easier Falls are more likely to occur in a bedroom or bathroom, but a kitchen can be another problem area for older adults. Lower the risk of a fall and make daily chores easier for your parents by making these six changes to their kitchen. Rearrange Items to Keep Frequently Used ... Continue Reading

Falls

  • The Dangers of Hoarding Many of us have lots of stuff and as we age, we tend to gather even more. It can be hard to let it go. Occasionally the need to hold onto our stuff develops into a mental health condition called compulsive hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is the excessive and compulsive ... Continue Reading
  • Is Your Senior Frailer than You Realized? Frailty can sneak up on your senior and on you. This is especially true if you don’t live near your senior and suddenly realize that she’s lost mobility, muscle tone, and more. Talking with your elderly family member’s doctor about what she’s experiencing can help you to put ... Continue Reading
  • Stair Lifts vs. Elevators: Which Is Best After a Stroke? Moving your mom from her home isn't ideal. She doesn't want to move, but her house isn't on one level. Yet, her doctors and physical therapists all agree that she's going to need a wheelchair for the rest of her life. You're torn. You don't want to stress or upset your mom, ... Continue Reading

Family Caregivers

  • Planning a Family Reunion? Here are a Few Things to Consider Last year at this time, many of us were foregoing any family reunions. The global pandemic was active in almost all communities and in order to protect our family and loved ones, we did not gather together because it wasn’t safe. This year brings a whole different feel to it ... Continue Reading

Health & Wellness

  • Men's Health Month: Five Medical Tests Your Dad Should Be Asking About How often does your dad see his doctor? Men's Health Month occurs every June. It's a time for men to focus on their health and learn more about what they can do to stay healthy. Doctor's visits are just one of the things your dad should be doing for himself. Men should see ... Continue Reading
  • Five Ways You Can Recognize Malnutrition in Your Aging Adult Before you can solve any problems that your senior has around eating, you need to be able to recognize them first. That’s easier to do when you know some of the signs that she might show that point to malnutrition. She’s Sick More Often Your senior’s body uses food as fuel ... Continue Reading
  • Living With COPD: A Caregiver’s Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common condition among people over 65, especially smokers and former smokers of tobacco. However, great strides have been made in treating it. If you have a mother or father with COPD, there are many things you and your home ... Continue Reading
  • Is Your Senior Frailer than You Realized? Frailty can sneak up on your senior and on you. This is especially true if you don’t live near your senior and suddenly realize that she’s lost mobility, muscle tone, and more. Talking with your elderly family member’s doctor about what she’s experiencing can help you to put ... Continue Reading

Heart Disease

  • Learning to Spot the Symptoms of Heart Disease Heart disease is dangerous because many people suffer from it without knowing it until it’s too late. If your aging parent has a family history of heart disease or suffers from any conditions that can make heart disease more likely to occur, you may worry that his heart is ... Continue Reading

Heart Health

  • Men's Health Month: Five Medical Tests Your Dad Should Be Asking About How often does your dad see his doctor? Men's Health Month occurs every June. It's a time for men to focus on their health and learn more about what they can do to stay healthy. Doctor's visits are just one of the things your dad should be doing for himself. Men should see ... Continue Reading
  • Learning to Spot the Symptoms of Heart Disease Heart disease is dangerous because many people suffer from it without knowing it until it’s too late. If your aging parent has a family history of heart disease or suffers from any conditions that can make heart disease more likely to occur, you may worry that his heart is ... Continue Reading

Home Care

  • Why Is National Arthritis Awareness Month So Important? When you know more about a particular health issue, it’s easier to help someone through it. That’s the case with arthritis as well. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and there’s a lot of information available about the different types of arthritis and how it might ... Continue Reading
  • Could Light Therapy Help Your Mother? Some people get depressed in the winter. Perhaps it’s fewer daylight hours, perhaps the cold contributes. Winter depression is called “seasonal affective disorder” or SAD, for short. Back in the 1980s, science discovered that light boxes, which employed numerous bright light ... Continue Reading
  • Living With COPD: A Caregiver’s Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common condition among people over 65, especially smokers and former smokers of tobacco. However, great strides have been made in treating it. If you have a mother or father with COPD, there are many things you and your home ... Continue Reading
  • Is Your Senior Frailer than You Realized? Frailty can sneak up on your senior and on you. This is especially true if you don’t live near your senior and suddenly realize that she’s lost mobility, muscle tone, and more. Talking with your elderly family member’s doctor about what she’s experiencing can help you to put ... Continue Reading

Home Care Assistance

  • Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Aging Parents Many Americans saw record highs in the spring and throughout the summer. When it's hot outside, are your parents taking precautions to stay safe? Hot weather can lead to many health issues like dehydration, heat exhaustion, and sunburn. Go over these hot weather safety tips ... Continue Reading

Home Care Resources

  • Natural Remedies That Could Help Your Elderly Loved One Are you helping to provide care for your anxious elderly loved one? If so, it is important to know there are medications that could help with easing anxiety. However, many of those medications cause mild to severe side effects. The good news is that there are some natural ... Continue Reading
  • What Kinds of Changes Could Your Senior Be Seeing Now? It’s no secret that your senior’s body changes as she grows older, but what types of changes could she be experiencing? Trouble with Senses She’s Always Trusted Your senior may have always been able to rely on her hearing and her vision, which makes it extra frustrating when ... Continue Reading
  • Ways to Clean at Home to Prevent Coronavirus Coronavirus, or COVID-19 , is at the forefront of most people’s minds right now. With businesses and schools largely shut down, people are spending more and more time at home in pursuit of social distancing to prevent the spread of the disease. Part of that effort also needs ... Continue Reading
  • What Do You Need to Know about Energy Conservation? If your elderly family member isn’t practicing the necessary skill of energy conservation, now is the time for her to start doing so. You might not realize just how effective conserving even a little bit of energy can be for your senior. Energy Conservation Defined So, what ... Continue Reading

Home Safety

  • The Dangers of Hoarding Many of us have lots of stuff and as we age, we tend to gather even more. It can be hard to let it go. Occasionally the need to hold onto our stuff develops into a mental health condition called compulsive hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is the excessive and compulsive ... Continue Reading
  • How Do Caregivers Prevent Hospital Readmissions? Infection, failure to follow instructions, and falls are leading reasons for hospital readmissions. If your mom fell and was hospitalized or is recovering following surgery, it's important to keep her from having to return to the hospital. She'll heal better at home. How do ... Continue Reading
  • Stair Lifts vs. Elevators: Which Is Best After a Stroke? Moving your mom from her home isn't ideal. She doesn't want to move, but her house isn't on one level. Yet, her doctors and physical therapists all agree that she's going to need a wheelchair for the rest of her life. You're torn. You don't want to stress or upset your mom, ... Continue Reading

Injury Prevention

  • How Do Caregivers Prevent Hospital Readmissions? Infection, failure to follow instructions, and falls are leading reasons for hospital readmissions. If your mom fell and was hospitalized or is recovering following surgery, it's important to keep her from having to return to the hospital. She'll heal better at home. How do ... Continue Reading

Joint Health

  • Don't Let Knee Pain Keep Your Mom From Staying Active Several things can cause knee pain in older adults. Your mom's knees are stiff, and she has a harder time with mobility when she stands up after sitting for a while or getting out of a car. Osteoarthritis may be the problem. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of ... Continue Reading

Medication

  • What Happens if Your Dad Forgets His Medications? A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of older adults report taking at least one prescription medication each day. More than half report taking four or more pills each day. It's a lot of pills each day. Not only does your dad have multiple pills he's ... Continue Reading

Men's Health

  • Men's Health Month: Five Medical Tests Your Dad Should Be Asking About How often does your dad see his doctor? Men's Health Month occurs every June. It's a time for men to focus on their health and learn more about what they can do to stay healthy. Doctor's visits are just one of the things your dad should be doing for himself. Men should see ... Continue Reading

Nutrition & Diet

  • Five Ways You Can Recognize Malnutrition in Your Aging Adult Before you can solve any problems that your senior has around eating, you need to be able to recognize them first. That’s easier to do when you know some of the signs that she might show that point to malnutrition. She’s Sick More Often Your senior’s body uses food as fuel ... Continue Reading

Outdoor Safety

  • Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Aging Parents Many Americans saw record highs in the spring and throughout the summer. When it's hot outside, are your parents taking precautions to stay safe? Hot weather can lead to many health issues like dehydration, heat exhaustion, and sunburn. Go over these hot weather safety tips ... Continue Reading

Quality of Life

  • Making a List to Assist with End of Life Discussions One of the hardest conversations a person will partake in has to do with end-of-life medical preferences. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most useful conversations, as well. It can be difficult and stressful talking about our wishes when we are faced with a catastrophic ... Continue Reading

Senior Care

  • Don't Let Knee Pain Keep Your Mom From Staying Active Several things can cause knee pain in older adults. Your mom's knees are stiff, and she has a harder time with mobility when she stands up after sitting for a while or getting out of a car. Osteoarthritis may be the problem. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of ... Continue Reading
  • Men's Health Month: Five Medical Tests Your Dad Should Be Asking About How often does your dad see his doctor? Men's Health Month occurs every June. It's a time for men to focus on their health and learn more about what they can do to stay healthy. Doctor's visits are just one of the things your dad should be doing for himself. Men should see ... Continue Reading
  • Planning a Family Reunion? Here are a Few Things to Consider Last year at this time, many of us were foregoing any family reunions. The global pandemic was active in almost all communities and in order to protect our family and loved ones, we did not gather together because it wasn’t safe. This year brings a whole different feel to it ... Continue Reading
  • Teach Your Parents Smartphone Safety A smartphone is extremely helpful if your parents like to spend time in their yard or going for walks. It gives them a way to call someone if they need help. It also allows you to track their location if they're gone for too long. Smartphones do require some knowledge of how ... Continue Reading

Senior Care Advice

  • How Senior Care Can Help During a COPD Flare Up Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is a condition that affects the lungs. It can sometimes get worse without warning. When this happens, it is called a flare up. While a COPD flare up can be frightening, senior care can help your aging relative to deal with a ... Continue Reading
  • How Senior Care Can Help with These Conditions Many Seniors Face Even with the best of intentions, caring for a parent who has a chronic health condition is hard work. Offering some of the care on your own is a true act of love, but you shouldn’t lose sight of your own needs. You need time to socialize, work without interruption, and have ... Continue Reading
  • Get Legal Paperwork in Place Before an Emergency Strikes In a high-stress situation, you don’t need extra things to do. When it comes to your parents’ care, having paperwork in place as early as possible will make a big difference. That’s why it’s important to sit down as a family, discuss your parents’ preferences when it comes ... Continue Reading
  • Feel Frustrated by a Senior’s Tendency to Wander? Wandering is a common problem for people with dementia. Most commonly it’s a response to an unmet need of some sort. That’s why it helps to run through a list of basic needs to see of those resolve your senior’s urge to wander. But there’s a lot to learn as a caregiver to a ... Continue Reading

Senior Home Safety

  • Six Things to Change in a Kitchen to Make Your Parents' Lives Easier Falls are more likely to occur in a bedroom or bathroom, but a kitchen can be another problem area for older adults. Lower the risk of a fall and make daily chores easier for your parents by making these six changes to their kitchen. Rearrange Items to Keep Frequently Used ... Continue Reading

Senior Safety

  • What Happens if Your Dad Forgets His Medications? A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of older adults report taking at least one prescription medication each day. More than half report taking four or more pills each day. It's a lot of pills each day. Not only does your dad have multiple pills he's ... Continue Reading
  • Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Aging Parents Many Americans saw record highs in the spring and throughout the summer. When it's hot outside, are your parents taking precautions to stay safe? Hot weather can lead to many health issues like dehydration, heat exhaustion, and sunburn. Go over these hot weather safety tips ... Continue Reading

Seniors and Health Issues

  • Shingles: Disease Facts and Tips for Caring for Your Senior Shingles, which is also known as Herpes zoster, is caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes varicella (chickenpox). Shingles most commonly causes a painful rash. Unfortunately, vaccination is only the way to prevent VZV from ... Continue Reading

Shingles

  • Shingles: Disease Facts and Tips for Caring for Your Senior Shingles, which is also known as Herpes zoster, is caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes varicella (chickenpox). Shingles most commonly causes a painful rash. Unfortunately, vaccination is only the way to prevent VZV from ... Continue Reading

Social Activities

  • Planning a Family Reunion? Here are a Few Things to Consider Last year at this time, many of us were foregoing any family reunions. The global pandemic was active in almost all communities and in order to protect our family and loved ones, we did not gather together because it wasn’t safe. This year brings a whole different feel to it ... Continue Reading

Staying Active

  • How to Help Your Senior Parent Deal with Depression It is not uncommon to sometimes feel sad or blue. These feelings can sometimes last for days at a time. This may happen due to any unfortunate event in life like job loss, break up, or death of a loved one. At these blue times life seems to be more monochromic and grey where ... Continue Reading

Technology & Aging

  • Teach Your Parents Smartphone Safety A smartphone is extremely helpful if your parents like to spend time in their yard or going for walks. It gives them a way to call someone if they need help. It also allows you to track their location if they're gone for too long. Smartphones do require some knowledge of how ... Continue Reading

Therapy

  • Could Light Therapy Help Your Mother? Some people get depressed in the winter. Perhaps it’s fewer daylight hours, perhaps the cold contributes. Winter depression is called “seasonal affective disorder” or SAD, for short. Back in the 1980s, science discovered that light boxes, which employed numerous bright light ... Continue Reading