1. Four Tips for Rekindling Your Social Life as a Caregiver

    Most caregivers wind up with a dwindling social life at some point. That's understandable, with everything that you have to do as a caregiver, but you can still have social interaction that doesn't have anything to do with your caregiving duties. Reach out to Other People. Whether it's in line at the grocery store or somewhere else, practice reaching out to other people. If it's been a while since…Read More

  2. Four Ways to Make Gardening Easier for a Senior Citizen

    Benefits to gardening go beyond healthy eating. Gardening is a good form of exercise. It gets your parent outside in the fresh air and sun. Gardeners work muscles when digging, raking, bending over to weed, and carrying a watering can. As mobility declines, it's tempting to give up gardens. Here are four ways to make sure your mom or dad continues gardening as physical abilities change. Raised Gar…Read More

  3. What Does it Look Like to Have a Companion Visit Your Senior?

    Companion services are just one of the many ways that elder care providers can help your senior. But what does it mean for someone to serve as a companion for your aging adult? This type of assistance can look different in every situation, but these ideas can give you a basic definition. They Can Make Sure She's Safe. Elder care providers offering companionship are right there with your aging adul…Read More

  4. Grilling Season Safety Tips for Your Aging Parent

    Spring and summer often see grilling season kick into high gear. With grilling season also comes an increase in fires related to the backyard grill, smoker, or hibachi. According to the National Fire Prevention Agency, about 7,900 home and yard fires in a four-year span were linked to grilling. While gas grills are linked to the most fires, charcoal grills and hibachis are not far behind. Prevent …Read More

  5. Loneliness and Your Aging Adult’s Desire to Age in Place

    It's extremely common for aging seniors to  express a desire to their family that they want to age in place, which means staying in their own home for as long as possible. Loneliness can make aging in place extremely difficult, however. A Little Time Alone Can Turn into a Lot of Time Alone. When she first decides to age in place, your elderly family member might find that she's spending some time…Read More

  6. How Can Your Mom Remain Social When She Lives in a Rural Area?

    In the city, you have stores, restaurants, museums, and public parks within walking distance. In a rural community, it can be miles before you reach your nearest neighbor. For senior citizens who live in a rural area, socialization can seem impossible. If your mom lives in a rural town and doesn't have neighbors close by, she may struggle with isolation and loneliness. Here are some tips to help h…Read More

  7. What Should Be in Your Caregiver Crisis Kit?

    Depending on how long you’ve been a caregiver, you may already be aware that being prepared is key to handling unexpected situations. Part of being prepared for dealing with emergencies when they pop up is having a plan in place. It can also help to have a “go bag” ready to grab in case of a hospital visit or other emergency. You might call these tools your “caregiver crisis kit,” and th…Read More

  8. Diabetes Snacks for Elderly Adults

    Diabetes is so common in elderly adults that it is estimated that as much as a fourth of the senior population in the United States is affected by the disease. With diabetes, the body cannot control the production of insulin, a chemical that helps control blood glucose levels. Besides insulin injections to control blood sugar, seniors can eat a carefully controlled diet to help regulate it. Family…Read More

  9. Warm Weather Safety Tips for Your Mom’s Pet

    When the weather gets warmer, people aren’t the only ones ready to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh spring air. Your aging parent’s pet may want to enjoy the sunshine, too. Unfortunately, the change of weather also brings some spring hazards with it. Because pets are such an important source of comfort, companionship, and entertainment to older adults, you want to make sure your parent…Read More

  10. Can You Really Find More Time for Yourself as a Caregiver?

    When you first hear about taking time for yourself as a caregiver, you might have to fight off a bout of laughter. Time for you sounds great, but how is that going to happen? It can take some careful planning, but it's definitely something you can do. Schedule Time for Yourself. What you schedule is more likely to get done. This is true for all sorts of things related to caregiving, but it's espec…Read More