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How to Helps Seniors Avoid Social Isolation

Loneliness and social isolation is never good for anyone, especially seniors. Research into social settings has shown that social interactions are both mentally and physically beneficial for people of any age. Conversely, loneliness and social isolation has been linked to a number of health issues, all of which can be detrimental to your loved one’s overall health and wellbeing. Numerous studies have even linked social isolation in seniors with a shorter lifespan. Unfortunately, social isolation among seniors is incredibly common, and continues to increase in prevalence as the baby boomers...

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Keeping Up and Connecting with the Grandchildren

For many grandparents, relating to their younger grandchildren and family members can be challenging. It may take some time, and a bit of both observation and investigation to determine what your grandkids are interested in, but after a bit of time, grandparents can definitely relate to their grandchildren. If you have grandchildren that you are struggling to connect with, then follow some of the tips below in order to break the ice with your adolescent and teenage grandkids and show them how much you love them. Play Video Games Video...

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Seniors

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Whether you wish to celebrate your love with your spouse, your children, or your elderly loved ones, Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday for this. Love is a beautiful human emotion that allows people to make connections with one another and draw support from each other. By giving your loved ones Valentine’s Day presents, you can show them how much you care about them and how much you love them. But, you may be at a loss for what to buy your...

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Dealing with Elderly Loved Ones Distorted Sense of Time

As people grow older, their sense of time may diminish slightly. Along with this, comes the inability to figure out time and distinguish the time of day. While this does not occur to every elderly adult, it does happen quite frequently in adults who are experiencing the early stages of dementia or who have already been diagnosed with the degenerative disease. Patients with dementia often forget time schedules and seem to be lost in their own minds when it comes to being places in a timely manner. From showing up...

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How to determine if a Caregiver is doing a Good Job

If you have finally taken the plunge and have decided to hire an in-home caregiver for your elderly loved one, then congratulations. Hiring an in-home caregiver is a big step for both you and your loved one. In-home caregivers allow your loved one to get the help they need in the setting of their own home. It allows your loved one to gain some of their independence back and to have someone to rely on throughout the day while you and other family members may be at work. Hiring an...

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Dealing with a Clingy Elder

One of the largest concerns on the minds of most caregivers is their elderly loved one’s behavior. As people grow older, they may resent being alone, and if they have a caregiver, they may not want their caregiver to leave them alone. In fact, many elderly adults never want their caregivers out of their sight. For caregivers, this can be extremely stressful and guilt-inducing, especially if the caregiver is a family member. If you are taking care of your elderly loved ones, then leaving them when they feel clingy can...

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Ways to Be a True Friend to a Family Caregiver

Caregivers often find that many of their friends drift away over time. Being a caregiver is a stressful, tedious job that takes up a lot of time and often has unconventional hours. Due to this, friends tend to fall by the wayside as a caregiver fully commits him or herself to their job. These friends are not bad people, but they simply do not understand how to help their caregiver friend and they may find it easier to hang out with people who have more time. Plus, caregiver’s often lead...

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Common Signs Indicating That Being a Caregiver is Not Right for You

Being a caregiver is not the right job for everyone. Each person in this world has their own unique talents and flaws. Some people may have talents that are more suited to the field of caregiving, while others may be better working in an entirely different field. However, being a caregiver often comes abruptly. Family members may get sick or become injured and suddenly need a caregiver. If this happens, then it may fall on you to become their primary caregiver. But, just because you suddenly get swept up into...

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How to Handle an Elderly Loved One’s Difficult Behavior (Part 2)

Caring for an elderly loved one can be incredibly rewarding, but if your loved one has begun to exhibit a few bad behaviors, your job may become tedious and exhausting. Part one of this series discussed four bad behaviors that are common in elderly individuals. This section will discuss a few more of the most common bad behaviors and give you tips on how to deal with them. Paranoia and Hallucinations Paranoia and hallucinations may take many forms in the elderly populations. Your loved one may accuse a family member...

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How to Handle an Elderly Loved one’s Difficult Behavior (Part 1)

Let’s face it, if you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, then you probably have faced the brunt of a few bad behavior days. As people age and their health diminish, their attitudes about life and their care often change drastically. This can cause your elderly loved ones to start exhibiting pretty bad behavior that may or may not be directed at you. While dealing with your loved one’s difficult behavior can be exhausting, you must remember that they are not being mean or obtuse to personally attack...

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