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Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a Joint Account with Your Elderly Parents

The decision to manage finances can weigh heavily on families, especially the finances of an aging parent. Properly managed finances can bring a sense of safety and security, not only to aging parents or family members, but also to their children or adult caregivers. Especially with the increase in online shopping, it is easy to manipulate those who are not as computer literate, as well as those who may not be able to recognize online scams. Furthermore, as we age, care tasks like paying bills and other financial responsibilities can...

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What to do when an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Recognize You

When navigating a loved one through the stages of Alzheimer's disease you may find that it is your own feelings that are the most difficult challenge. People with Alzheimer's must change and adapt to their new circumstances and often these changes are out of their control. As people who love those with Alzheimer's we change and adapt to these new circumstances as well, but we have a choice in the way that we adapt to these challenges. Often as this change comes, it builds resistance. It is natural to feel...

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2021: Here We Come!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021. The changing of the calendar year creates a sense of rebirth and renewal. While functionally, our responsibilities remain the same day to day, however emotionally, a new year can manifest a restoration of hope. This hope is a new flame that will burn bright in our hearts as we move forward with determination. This hope needs to be supported not only through feeling but actions. Consider building compassion into your new year’s resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions Safety First - Let us continue to support...

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Hindsight is 2020: 20 Hopeful Moments this Year

As 2020 draws to a close, and many people breathe a sigh of relief, we may take this time to be reflective. This year has presented many challenges that have been difficult to overcome. However, it has also proved that as a global community we can band together to accomplish great things! Let’s look back on 20 of the best moments humanity had to offer in 2020. A COVID-19 Vaccine - Through tireless effort and international cooperation, scientists all over the world have, at unprecedented speed, created and started manufacturing...

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Virtual Holiday Celebration Ideas with Your Elderly Loved Ones

This year is a year of being adaptive, compassionate, and building new traditions. While the holidays will look different this year, there are still methods to connect with our loved ones. We will need to be resourceful to create that holiday magic and look carefully for opportunities to make our loved ones feel special. These opportunities will present themselves to you and will vary according to your circumstances. Your local community’s health and safety guidelines are a good first step when planning your celebrations this year. Most families are making...

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Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Safely with your Elderly Loved Ones during COVID-19

The holiday season is full of light and love. You may decorate your homes with strings of lights, light the candles of the menorah or wait with bated breath for Santa Claus to find his way down your chimney. We connect with old friends and spend quality time with them and lean into the warm embrace of family. However, while the joys of the holidays may be affected by your local health procedure, helping keep the community safe is the best gift you can give and receive this year. Ensure...

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic is putting many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at risk, but because most know it to be a respiratory illness, it is not immediately obvious how. The reality is that dementia-related behaviors such as forgetting to wash their hands and other necessary precautions may increase the risk of contracting the disease. These behaviors, compounded with old age and common age-related health conditions may present a concerning combination for diseases like COVID-19. Whether your community is reopening services or taking more precautions, depending on the number of...

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Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors

As we move into the winter season, it is time for us to change our wardrobes from our fun summer outfits to our cozy sweaters to accommodate the increasingly colder weather. While comfy clothes and winter adventures may be something to look forward to, as an older person, it can present an uncomfortable challenge: the cold. Although getting cold during a brisk winter walk can feel refreshing for a younger person, a big chill can affect an older person’s immune system and even lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia  Hypothermia is the...

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Caring for an elderly loved one requires hard work, dedication as well as the ability to adapt to new and ever-changing circumstances both internal as well as external. Being a caregiver is a demanding role during the best of circumstances, however, the Coronavirus has presented even more unique challenges. There are new ‘best practices’, health and safety guidelines, and procedures to consider when keeping your elderly loved one safe. First and foremost, to protect your vulnerable senior, you must first protect yourself. Ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures to...

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Ways to Convince an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s to Shower

Hygiene management and bathing is an important yet stressful daily aspect of living with someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Often, it can be a battle to create a care routine that keeps your elderly loved one physically safe from the damaging effects of poor hygiene, as bathing can be nerve wracking for someone with Alzheimer’s. Attempts to get them to bathe and shower can result in arguments, negotiations, screaming, crying, and hostility. This increases your stress level and creates a negative connotation to bathing for your elderly loved one. This can...

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