1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Special Care for Seniors in Warmer Weather

    Everyone is happy to see spring and summer, especially if they live in areas where winter cold is typical. From outdoor sporting events and family picnics to gardening, walks, and more, there are so many activities and fun times outdoors. However, warmer weather also means taking certain precautions toward health and safety, especially when it comes to aging adults. Family caregivers and elderly c…Read More

  4. Physical and Emotional Benefits of Container Gardening for Seniors

    Many elderly adults eventually rely on family caregivers and home care aides for even the smallest things like getting dressed or cooking meals. Losing their independence and having to slow down their life can be hard, physically and emotionally. As they lose mobility, they often must let go of hobbies and activities they once enjoyed. That’s why it’s important for elderly adults to develop or…Read More

  5. Tips for Relieving Fibromyalgia Pain

    Being a family caregiver to someone with fibromyalgia can be difficult and frustrating. The condition causes widespread pain without any apparent reason, such as an underlying condition or injury. Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, and there is no cure. Treating fibromyalgia is a matter of addressing the symptoms and trying to alleviate pain. Although there are medications that may be …Read More

  6. Could You Be Emotionally Overeating in Your Caregiver Experience?

    April is Emotional Overeating Awareness Month. This is the ideal time for you as a family caregiver to learn more about emotional overeating, the impact that it can have on health and well-being, and how to detect if you might be using emotional overeating as a way to cope during your caregiver experience, or if your parent might be using it for their own coping. This can allow you to take the pro…Read More

  7. Six Tips for Spring Cleaning a Senior Citizen’s Home

    A winter's worth of dust, soot, cooking odors, and pet odors can aggravate sinus health and overall enjoyment. Spring cleaning is one of the first things people think of as the weather warms up. You can open windows and patio doors and do a thorough cleaning. Here are tips for cleaning a senior citizen's house after a long winter. Do One Room at a Time. If you try to do it all at once, you'll beco…Read More

  8. How Can You Make Managing Incontinence More Practical for Your Senior?

    When you can approach incontinence from a practical standpoint, it becomes less of a problem for you and your senior to manage. Some of these ideas can help you to account for a multitude of different influences that could affect your senior as she goes through her day. Rethink Her Clothing. Wearing complicated clothing with a lot of buttons or zippers can make getting to the bathroom quickly much…Read More

  9. How Do You Cope with Less Encouragement as a Caregiver?

    Often caregivers find themselves in a situation in which they feel all alone and as if what they do doesn't really matter. What you do definitely matters and it might be up to you to turn the tide on your own encouragement so that you feel those benefits. Remember Why You're a Caregiver. Everyone has a different reason for being a caregiver, of course. The most common reason is that your aging fam…Read More

  10. What Can You Do if You’re on Your Own as a Caregiver?

    So many caregivers are completely on their own. Either family members live too far away to participate in caregiving or it really is just you. Regardless, you have to make sure that you've got as many other options as you can so that you don't burn yourself out. Make Sure You've Got a Way to Take Time for You. The biggest danger as a caregiver who is doing it all is that you can very easily burn y…Read More