Caregivers of Older Adults

Assistive Devices: Independence for Seniors & Help for Caregivers

Posted on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Few people would argue that the aging process is easy, but there are ways to help make things easier. Many seniors struggle with mobility issues which can interfere with routine daily activities and lead to declines in independence and quality of life. Assistive devices offer a valuable "helping hand," not only for the aging senior, but they can also be a great help for caregivers, as well.  

About Assistive Devices

Assistive devices can mean the difference between the ability to perform simple daily activities and complete reliance on others. Assistive technology advances every day, and seniors have more options than ever when it comes to selecting the best tools for their individual needs.

Types of Assistive Devices

Products, tools and equipment available to assist seniors can range from low-tech to high-tech in functionality as well as serve a number of different needs. These include:

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Topics: Assistive Devices, Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Fall Prevention

Caregiver Training: End of Life Care

Posted on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Caring for a loved one living with and dying of a terminal illness is a challenging yet worthwhile experience. Offering physical, mental and emotional comfort during this difficult time is a significant responsibility, but a worthy one. Read on to learn more about end-of-life care, along with how you can best help your loved one have a peaceful transition.

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Hospice/End of Life

Understanding the Dangers of Hoarding, Clutter and Senior Adults

Posted on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Clutter isn't just an eyesore. When clutter is actually hoarding -- the compulsive acquisition and saving of items with no real value -- it can interfere with a person's ability to function, and over time affect his/her overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, hoarding is particularly problematic to seniors and the people who care for them. Here's what you need to know about hoarding, and what you can do as caregiver to help your aging loved one break free of this unhealthy habit.

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Topics: Hoarding, Caregiver Info, Falls

Caregiver Help: A Guide to Fall Prevention for Seniors

Posted on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults aged 65 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Considering that a third of senior citizens fall every year, it's no surprise that falls and fear of falling are a serious concern for seniors and their caregivers. Read on to learn about ways to prevent falls and boost independence through fall-prevention techniques. 

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues, Falls

Aging in Place: Often a Lonely Place to Live

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:51 AM

Portrait_Of_The_Elderly_Woman_at_Bus_StopIt was an early morning phone call from a concerned neighbor. She had been out for her evening walk the night before and noticed an elderly woman standing near the street. The woman summoned her over and proceeded to talk at length about her husband who had recently passed away then invited her into her nearby home. Although the neighbor did not accept the invitation, she felt the woman's attempt for attention was cause for alarm. In pastoral care within a large church community I've learned that every day brings to light challenging situations that very often have no immediate or concrete solutions. One of these areas of concern is the number of elders living alone with no family living close by. While aging in place at home is often the preferred choice for many; when there is a situation of declining health of an older person living alone, there is much more cause for worry. This is especially true if the person suffers from some form of dementia.

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Topics: Senior Health, Depression, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

Caregiver Training: Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

Posted on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 02:05 PM

Nearly 800,000 Americans have strokes every year, according to the Internet Stroke Center. Of these, more than 140,000 people die annually. In fact, stroke is the top cause of long-term disability in the U.S., and the third leading cause of death. While these numbers can be frightening, there's hope: the more quickly treatment occurs, the lower the risk of serious, long-term injury. This caregiver training information is valuable information for recognizing the signs of a stroke and understanding the need to act quickly to minimize damage. 

Educating yourself about stroke symptoms can lead to a brighter future for stroke victims. Scroll down for free helpful videos you can view today. 

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. The majority of strokes are ischemic, which means they are caused by an abrupt arterial blockage. Hemorrhagic strokes, meanwhile, occur when a blood vessel bursts causing bleeding in the brain. 

The effects of a stroke vary depending on the location and severity of the injury, and damage may be either temporary or permanent. 

Warning Signs

Vigilant caregivers can help promote optimal outcomes by quickly identifying symptoms in order to hasten treatment. Warning signs include: 

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Topics: Strokes, Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

Caregivers: Caught in the Middle

Posted on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

As a caregiver have you ever felt "sandwiched" right in the middle between having to care for your children and a spouse as well as caring for your elderly parents?   Generally known as the "Sandwich Generation," this growing population is estimated to be affecting one in eight Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 according to a Pew Center study. This same study found that one-in-seven middle-aged adults (15%) are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child. For many baby boomers caring for grandchildren is a further extension of this sandwich generation phenomenon, which may curtail retirement plans and place extra burdens on their finances. The bottom line is that most caregivers are caught in the middle when it comes to caring for others

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Topics: Caregiver Info

Has tradition changed the way we are caring for seniors?

Posted on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 @ 01:43 PM

It had to be the coldest day of the year, but there she came with her head wrapped snuggly with a beautiful brightly colored scarf, her long woolen coat that hung loosely over her severely curved back but with a look of sheer determination as she walked through the door of the chapel. I greeted the 90 year old at the door and asked if I could help her. Her old, but kind eyes looked up at me as if to say "don't you know?" I had forgotten it was the first Friday of the month and she had come to light her candles - after all that was what her mother had taught her and she never forgot .It was a tradition that had been passed down to her.

Being careful not to be obtrusive, yet feeling a need to assure her safety, I stayed quietly in the background giving her some time and space for prayer. As I watched her carefully light each candle, I was very moved by the beauty and grace of this woman as she knelt reverently in prayer. Even from my safe distance I could hear her heart-felt words - not asking for anything - but rather a sincere prayer of thanks for the many blessings she had received. It was not just a prayer, but the ease and comfort with which she spoke; she was having a conversation with a good friend.

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Topics: Spirituality & Aging, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

5 Tips for Coordinating Eldercare with Your Siblings

Posted on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The responsiblies of caring for aging parents are numerous. Having siblings to help with the day-to-day tasks can be helpful as it offers an extra set of hands, divided responsibilities as well as a close family member to talk with. This can be a blessing for many - but for others the challenges of shared eldercare can far outweigh the benefits.

Shared Eldercare Challenges 
For many adult siblings the childhood differences that we assumed were long gone seem to resurface in light of this new role as caregiver. 

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

Celebrate the Holidays while Caring for Older Adults

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Being a caregiver to a senior can be strenuous yet rewarding at times. However, the holidays are times to put all the stress aside and just enjoy being with family and the others you love. Older adults often find this time of year a bit lonesome and left out. Their children are living lives of their own and often find it hard to visit as promised. Make this holiday special for the aging senior in your life.

Plan Holiday Festivities

Plan a day to trim the tree and decorate. Since seniors should not be outside during cold months for an extensive amount of time think of festive things to do at home. Consider a night for trimming the tree and decorating the home. Give the senior their own special assignment to focus on doing. Everyone wants to feel as if they are needed so find ways to include seniors in holiday planning. 

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

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