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Parents and Dementia

by Senior Care Society on 01/06/2016 - 05:23 am
Tag: Caregiver Advice

At the Senior Care Society we know both from professional and personal experience how hard it can sometimes be when caring for a loved one, and that is why we are here to offer you helpful hints that you may find a blessing. We offer useful guides, tips, listings and information to make your care giving experience a labor of love that will enhance your life as well as that of your loved one. The following article provides you with some useful tips on caring for a parent with dementia.
                   Caring for a Parent with Dementia´╗┐

How Seniors Can Stay Active

by Senior Care Society on 02/12/2013 - 03:33 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

No matter what your age, regular exercise is a vitally important component of life but especially so for seniors. It can be easy to get into a sedimentary routine but this can lead to poor health and inactivity as you reach those golden years so how can seniors stay active both in body and mind this New Year?
 
Gentle exercise
Exercise doesn't have to be unbearably strenuous; in fact for those who may not have exercised for a while, a gentle exercise routine is advisable. Even a brisk walk around the block can help stimulate the blood flow and get the heart pumping and this is an exercise many people can do. Treadmills are also a useful way to do some walking without going on a long ...

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Energizing Tip for 11-14-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/14/2012 - 12:00 pm
Tags: Caregiver Advice, Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
We can often feel sad and overwhelmed with thoughts of the approaching holiday season.  As the years pass, holidays do not seem the same as close family members and friends pass away or become frail with age.  For some of us who serve as leaders and caregivers, we tend to be the organizer and host for holiday meals with family.  This can add increased responsibility and work to already overflowing plates of tasks for home and work.  
 
It does not need to be this way.  Other family members may be eager to host a family holiday party or take more of a role of assisting with the event in your ...

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Energizing Tip for 11-7-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/07/2012 - 11:44 am
Tags: Caregiver Advice, Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
It is vital that we and the people we support make our voices heard on this election day.  Voting is not necessarily convenient but is very important to ensure that your interests as a caregiver are preserved.

When supporting an individual who is aging or with disabilities to get to the polls, it can be exhausting and overwhelming.  Back in 2008, I supported my aging parents to get to the polls.  My frail mother was proud and did not want extra special treatment so we waited in a long line to vote.  After we returned to the car, my mother said that she was really tired and she was not sure it was wo ...

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Special Needs of a Mesothelioma Patie...

by Senior Care Society on 07/17/2012 - 07:31 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

In order to be an effective caregiver for a mesothelioma patient, you must understand mesothelioma and the special needs associated with this disease. Caregiving involves challenging responsibilities that can only be accomplished after you understand the cancer, the special needs and the obligations of the role.
 
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Nearly 3,000 Americans die each year from this disease, with most cases having limited effective treatment options available at the time of diagnosis. This cancer is often diagnosed at stage III or IV because the symptoms don’t commonly manifest until later stages ...

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Universal Caregiver Concerns - And Wh...

by Senior Care Society on 07/06/2012 - 01:22 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

What do you do when illness lingers for many years? How do you manage the endless and extreme challenges of this unfamiliar life?  Along with everything you did before, you now have caregiving duties for which you weren’t trained, all the duties your sick spouse used to do -- along with household management, finances, sleep, sex/intimacy and the changes in and strains on your marriage -- all while bearing the agony of impending loss.  Although no two situations are alike, certain fears, worries and concerns are common for caregivers. These tend to center on intimacy, hygiene, money, decision making, disrespectful treatment, communication and strong emotions.
 
Typical ...

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Care Coordination

by Senior Care Society on 05/22/2012 - 10:15 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

It takes a village to raise a child: we’ve heard it said often and the same is true in caring for an elder.
 
You need a team of volunteers (friends and family members) to take your loved one to the doctor when you have a scheduling conflict, to cook meals for you once a week so you can take a break, to sit and talk with your loved one when he is lonely for company other than you.
 
You need a network of support to carry you on the days that you can’t get out of bed, the days when your loved one does not want you or anyone else near them, the days when your emotions are running high but your patience is running low.
 
You need help. Caregiving is a 24-hours a ...

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Tips for Approaching Difficult Conver...

by Senior Care Society on 05/02/2012 - 06:42 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

Maybe you’ve been there as a parent: that moment when you realize you must have a very difficult conversation with your child. If you don’t have children, at some point you’ve likely had  to approach dear friends or other family members about a sensitive issue.
 
Caregivers of aging parents will find themselves in this position too, and probably more than once during their caregiving experience. But when it’s the adult children who need to talk to their parents about a touchy topic, the rules are different. The approach should be too.
 
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Respite Care to the Rescue

by Senior Care Society on 04/02/2012 - 07:19 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

 
Respite care is a crucial resource that is sorely underutilized. The cost, accessibility and availability of these services may be obstacles, the reasons caregivers refuse the reprieve that they desperately need. But guilt, denial and exhaustion are perhaps equally significant hindrances.
 

I don’t need help; I’m just fine.
No one can care for Grandma better than me.
I just don’t have time or energy to think about setting something up.

 
Sound familiar?
 
If you know someone who is a caregiver that could benefit from a break, take action. Instead of saying, “You look exhausted. Take a break,” offer to help. Though your concern ...

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Tips for Aging in Place Successfully

by Senior Care Society on 02/26/2012 - 09:44 am
Tag: Caregiver Advice

 
If you had the choice between a semi-private room in a nursing home, or your bedroom at home, would you even hesitate?
 
AARP has formally asked people where they most want to be as they age, and well over 90 percent of survey participants said “home” (probably without flinching). Yet so many of us, when faced with the challenges of caring for an aging parent or relative, are quick to consider nursing home or assisted living care.
 
There are certainly exceptions. Sometimes, residential or skilled care is the best option. Sometimes, insurance coverage or the ability to pay privately determines placement. Occasionally, the person who needs care prefers a move ...

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