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When a Loved One has Dementia

Watching a loved one go through mental changes can be devastating. You feel like you’re losing your connection and your past shared memories. It can be very difficult, but there are some things you can do to make the best of the situation. There will be good days and...

How to Avoid Scams Aimed at the Elderly

Sadly, seniors are often the target of scams. They can be vulnerable and are seen as easy prey by many would-be scammers. Why? They often have substantial savings. They may be lonely and willing to talk to strangers. They tend to follow rules and may trust strangers...

When is it Time for Your Parents to Stop Driving?

There is no easy answer to this question, especially because driving is so closely tied with being independent. Every person is different and changes usually come slowly. Yet, there is no doubt that as we age, we experience physical and mental changes that can make it...

What Happens After a Hospital Stay?

After any major surgery or illness, there will most likely be changes needed at home. You’re the main caregiver, so how can you make sure your loved one has a smooth transition back to home? What changes will be required to keep mom or dad safe and comfortable? Get...

Home Care Services and Home Health: What’s the Difference?

Home care services and home health may sound very similar, but there are important distinctions between the two. Both are provided in the home, but one is focused on medical care and the other is for just about everything else. Often, seniors need both types of care...

Switching roles: Parenting your parents

Watching your parents age can be challenging. They may be slowing down, losing their independence or developing dementia. Most likely, they will need various kinds of help and support as time goes on.

When is it Time to Ask About Hospice Care?

The short answer? Now. If you are caring for or worrying about a loved one who is elderly or very ill, it is never too soon to start educating yourself. It’s best to learn about hospice care and ask questions in advance so you know what to expect. Although end-of-life...

Chair Exercises for Seniors

We all need exercise, but how can you get it if you have limited mobility? You can use your chair as a mini-gym! Just find a sturdy chair without wheels or arms and try the exercises below. They’re a great way to help you stay in shape and they can be adapted to...

UTIs in the Elderly

UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections, are common infections that are usually easily treated with antibiotics. But, when they go undiagnosed, they can cause serious health concerns. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out if an older adult has a UTI because they don’t...

In-Home Care: Hire an Agency or Use an Independent Caregiver?

When you are hiring someone to take care of your loved one in their home, your primary concern is that they are compassionate, trustworthy, patient and skillful in the role of caregiver. At first glance, it may seem that the simplest solution is to find an independent...

5 Tips to Prevent Falls

This fall, help your loved one avoid an injury. Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22 by fall-proofing the home of an older friend or relative. Six out of every 10 falls happen at home where we spend much of our time and also tend to move around...

Vaccines for the Elderly

Did you know that getting vaccinated is just as important for seniors as it is for children? Based on decades of research, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends several vaccines for the elderly, after age 60. All adults should ask their doctor...