How Do You Know When a Loved One Needs Help at Home?

As our loved ones age, admitting the need for help is difficult. So, how will you know when it is time to provide some assistance for your aging parent? One thing is for sure, Mom and Dad will not be the ones to tell you that it’s the time! We all have a strong desire to remain independent and control our lives. When daily living tasks become more challenging, we tend to downplay or hide any issues from those that...

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Mental Health & the Elderly

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While mental health concerns affect up to 1 in 5 Americans, it is often overlooked in our elderly population. It is estimated that 20% of people aged 55 years or older experience mental health concerns. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders such as depression. Often these concerns are disregarded as old age or frailty, however, this is not a normal part of aging and is a treatable medical condition. It's important...

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Baby Step Your Way to Your Goals

We often kick off the New Year with goals to “change our lives.” Whether we want to lose weight, exercise regularly, or organize our homes, we jump in and give it all we’ve got. By the time spring arrives, many of us have abandoned the effort for achieving our goals -  however, as our name implies, we have hope! Obtaining your goals does not have to be an all-or-nothing prospect and you may just need a change of perspective relative to your goal setting. Making small changes...

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Does Your Loved One Need Help? A Guide to Recognizing Red Flags for Our Aging Family Members

It can be difficult to know when your aging loved one could use assistance in their home. The desire to maintain independence can make them more secretive. As things become increasingly challenging, they may hide or minimize incidents. The fear of losing independence can outweigh their ability to see the risks to their health and safety. The bottom line is many older adults find it difficult to accept they need help. When you visit your loved one, you need to...

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Managing Grief During the Holiday Season

Holidays are often a time for celebration and time spent with loved ones; however, for those struggling with grief, this time of year can be difficult. This is especially true if it is the first holiday season since a loss. Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or something.  Each person’s grieving process is unique and there is no “one size fits all” solution. That said, there are a variety of tips on how to cope with...

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Use Your Family History to Protect Your Health

Elder Care - Six Ways to Help Your Parents Pay for Elder Care Services

Even though it’s not a super fun topic to think about, most people have a family health history of at least one chronic disease, such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes. If you have a close family member with one of these diseases, you’re more at risk for it yourself. This is especially true if more than one close relative has (or had) the disease or if they got it at a younger age than usual. Family health history is...

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Taking Care of Yourself During National Family Caregivers Month

If you’ve ever been the primary caregiver for a child, parent or someone with disabilities, you already know the strain being a caregiver can have as well as the importance of taking care of yourself.  The month of November was established as National Family Caregivers Month by President Bill Clinton to show appreciation and support to those who provide much-needed care for others. Below are some things to keep in mind while you are serving as a caregiver for your...

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Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

Whether it’s figuring out schedules to arrange a get together or squeezing in last minute shopping, the holiday season often adds responsibilities to your already busy schedule. Unfortunately, added responsibilities during the holiday season can cause feelings of stress, frustration and anxiety. In addition, the increased time spent with family members can cause additional strain for some. Stress management is an essential element of self-care, and can go a long way toward a healthy lifestyle. Below are four tips to...

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Spend Quality Time With the Grandkids

Many of us have had a grandparent or grandparent figure who had made an impact on our life. And if you are a grandparent, you know making a special connection with your grandchildren is important.  As we age, we might not be able to keep up with grandchildren the way we would like to. That doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop though! If you or your loved one has mobility issues, here are some activities for you to...

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Four Tips for Helping Your Senior Part with Things

Your senior’s belongings can get complicated, especially if there are so many of them that they’ve become clutter in their home. Clutter can be a safety concern, so that may require you and your senior to have some difficult talks and to make some tough decisions. Take a Memento of Some Sort. One reason so many belongings can find a home with your senior is that they’ve been collected over time. Each item may have sentimental connections to someone your...

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