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Image: Health Benefits of Pets  for Elderly People

It appears that owning a pet can be very good for you! For seniors, it can literally save lives. What kinds of pets and how to go about owning a pet are considerations as well as how capable a person is. A pet is a great asset but can also be a big responsibility.


Image: The Staycation - Elderly Vacation Ideas

With rising gas costs, skim finances, or mobility issues, you may find yourself staying close to home without many vacation plans. So how about considering a “staycation?”   Read More...

Image: Chronic Conditions - Becoming a Huge Problem

Cost of Chronic Illness

The numbers are staggering. The United States currently spends about $1.4 trillion on all healthcare costs. Of that total, 75% of all money spent is for older people with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Obesity to name a few of the most common. And 95% of all healthcare spent on seniors is for chronic conditions.   Read More...

Image: Guide to Spring Cleaning the Elderly Household

Spring Cleaning the Elderly Household

One of the jobs of a family caregiver is to help an aging parent or relative with old-fashioned housekeeping. Routine house cleaning can be done easily on a regular basis.  But, every so often, the house needs a more thorough cleaning.  Getting outside help, if your parent is okay with this, can be a good idea.  Knowing ahead of time what tasks you will assign to that person can seriously reduce the load of spring cleaning while also caregiving!  Whether you do it yourself or get help, here are some special considerations for seniors.   Read More...

Image: 5 Tips to Keep Your Sanity as a Caregiver

Of course you know that what you are doing is “worth it.” Of course caring for your loved one brings many rewards. But some days you just feel like your loved one is driving you nuts! As somebody who cares for a loved one, you are part of a special group of people who contributes more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care each year--and that’s just for Alzheimer’s care!

Image: 5 Tips for Visiting with a Person who is Dying or Critically Ill:

There is nothing more difficult than watching someone we love struggle with a devastating injury or illness. We want to offer support and be there for the person – but how do you do it gracefully or meaningfully? How do you control your own grief so as not to burden the person with your own discomfort?   Read More...

Image: 5 Tips for Visiting with a Person with a Major Stroke-Induced Speech Disorder:

Aphasia is a common result of a left-hemisphere stroke, leaving a person unable to find words to accurately express thought. It can be mild to severe depending on the cause and extent of the damage to the brain. It can make communication quite challenging.   Read More...

Image: 5 Tips for Visiting with a Person who Has Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is not just one thing. It can look very different from person to person, from one day to the next, or even at different points of the day. So, communicating and visiting with someone can be tricky.   Read More...

Image: Caregivers Not Taking Their Medications

Doctors and pharmacists encouraged to identify and work with caregivers to improve chronic disease management and medication adherence


Image: Prescription Drug Abuse in Seniors Rising

Commonly when we think of “drug abuse” we imagine a young person smoking pot at a friend’s house or maybe seriously addicted heroin addicts on the street in some city. But, a recent study conducted by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has shown that of women age 60 to 64, non-medical use of prescription drugs is on a sharp rise and that 4.3 million seniors have used an illegal drug in the past year.


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