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Image: Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

What does this quote mean? Kennedy may have been talking about showing our thanks to others through our actions - which is certainly a form of gratitude. But, acting on gratitude may also mean that instead of just paying lip service to the idea that we are grateful for the things and people in our lives, we actually take an active approach to practicing gratitude on a daily basis.   Read More...

Image: 6 Easy Ways to Prevent Arthritis

While surgery and medications can help arthritis sufferers, the best course is to not get arthritis to begin with! Preventing a disease like arthritis does not have to require hours at the gym or a closet full of vitamins or special health food concoctions!   Read More...

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: Simplicity During a Family Crisis – Stand Still

Family Crisis:  Sociologists define a family crisis as a time when things are out of balance and potentially temporarily disorganized as the system of the family adjusts to an outside threat, challenge, or disrupting event. So, when things get crazy, what do most people do?   Read More...

Image: When Caregivers and Relatives Disagree

University Park, Pa. -- Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia.   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...

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