Could Positive Affirmations Help You Be a Better Caregiver?

If you’re like most caregivers, you spend a lot of time worrying about how to be a better and more effective caregiver. You might be surprised to discover that something as simple as positive affirmations can help you to do just that. Affirmations Work When You Use Them. Affirmations are short statements and they seem…

Early Detection Helps Chronic Conditions in the Elderly

While people of all ages can contract chronic illnesses, there is a greater than average risk for elderly adults. Chronic illnesses and diseases are long-term conditions that usually don’t have a cure. Many can be well-managed with medicine and effort, while others lead to less independence due to decreasing abilities. One of the best ways…

It’s Almost Tax Season – Four Things Seniors Need to Know

With the New Year comes the time to start gathering paperwork and filing taxes. The Senate approved the tax bill, as did the House. It’s going to bring sweeping changes for some. Most changes won’t take place with this year’s tax filing, but there are things people need to do in 2018. Here are four…

What Can You Do to Silence Caregiver Guilt?

Guilt is a common feeling for caregivers. In fact, you might feel as if no matter what you do, guilt is right there with you all the time. Listen to What You’re Saying to Yourself. Your inner monologue is what you’re saying to yourself every day and in every situation. If you’re constantly berating yourself…

Tools to Help Keep Your Parent Clean When They Cannot Bathe Regularly

Many elderly adults deal with mobility issues, balance problems, or other issues that prevent them from being able to bathe regularly. These issues can be temporary, such as in the case of a senior who is recovering from surgery or other medical procedure, or an extended illness, or can be chronic, such as in the…

Increasing Home Safety for Your Senior During the Holiday Season

One of your most important priorities as a family caregiver for your elderly parent is to keep them safe and secure at all times. While the holiday season seems like one that should be filled with only joy, laughter, love, and happiness, it is an unfortunate reality that it is also one of the most…

Three Things Family Caregivers Often Think and Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of

You’re caring for your parent. Whether your mom has Alzheimer’s or your dad had a stroke, taking care of an elderly parent is hard. You often feel alone. You feel incredible guilt for some of the thoughts that cross your mind. You’re not the only one in this situation. Here are some of the things…

What Factors Can Influence Whether Your Aging Adult Might Need to Consider Moving?

Moving is a scary proposition for your senior family member and possibly for you as well. Your elderly family member’s health is one of the biggest influencing factors that determines whether she might need to move sooner rather than later. Getting a full assessment of all of these factors can help you figure out if…

Recognizing Depression in a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

When thinking about the challenges and issues that your parent might face as they live with Alzheimer’s disease, and those that you will deal with as their family caregiver, it is likely that there are specific needs and issues that come to mind. You likely think about memory loss, difficulty with basic tasks, and even…

Should Hospice Care be a Part of Your Parent’s Planning for Their Future with Alzheimer’s Disease?

When planning for your parent’s future early in their journey with Alzheimer’s disease something that you are likely to hear about is hospice care. Doctors, friends, and family might mention this as something to consider for during the later stages of the disease, and you may find it mentioned in planning guides meant to help…

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