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Who is Caring for the Caregiver? Healthy Habits for Family Caregivers

As our parents age, it is hard to watch the decline of our vibrant family members. However, aging in place is incredibly important to mental health, as well as one's sense of freedom and independence. Making the choice to become a caregiver for your parent, or the senior in your life, is a big decision, as it is going to result in some semblance of a loss of freedom on your part, as the senior is going to become dependent on the care you provide. It is also easy to...

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The Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

As seniors age, they often begin to slow down in pretty much every way. However, just because one begins to age doesn't mean that life has to stop. There are things that we can do with the seniors in our life that will help make them healthier, happier, and more resistant to the problems of aging. Exercise is important for everyone, not just seniors, but most seniors do not get enough, if any exercise. The body is, to an extent, a “use it or lose it” organism. If you fail...

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Becoming a Caregiver for a Senior: What to Expect as a Family Caregiver

When a family member, particularly a parent, begins to age, it is very hard on both the parent, and the child. Our parents have been, for our whole life, the people we look up to as to how to live our lives. They gave us life, taught us how to make our way in the world, and are our examples for our own families. To see a once vibrant parent, begin to decline and begin to need assistance is hard for any child to handle. However, it is not easy...

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Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Older Adults and Seniors

Depression is a real problem that many people, including older individuals face. Oftentimes, we fail to see depression in older individuals as there are extenuating circumstances in their life, such as the loss of a spouse or friends, or physical limitations that would seem to explain feelings of depression. However, depression among seniors is a real issue that needs to be looked at with care. The rate of suicide in depressed seniors is alarmingly high, and due to other changes in the seniors life that are often more salient, the...

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Pets and Seniors: The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

When someone begins to age, many aspects of their lives are changed completely. The physical and cognitive declines associated with aging makes life, as many know it, much harder to live as we once did. But there are things that we can do for ourselves or the seniors in our lives that can really improve their quality of life, and even improve their health. Take, for example, getting a dog or a cat for the senior in your life. It is important that only seniors who are capable of managing...

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Nutritional Risks: Warning Signs of Poor Senior Nutrition

When caring for an aging parent or loved one, there are some things that we need to look for to make sure that they are getting the care they need, and that we notice the signs that something might not be quite right. As our loved ones age, certain things can become more difficult, such as cooking and shopping. Malnutrition is a really big problem for seniors and can cause a variety of health problems or forms of physical deterioration. It is important that you keep an eye out for...

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Why Seniors Should Choose Care in Their Own Home

The realization that you or a loved one is aging and can no longer care for themselves without assistance is hard to handle. For family members of seniors, the idea that those who raised us and shaped who we are as adults can no longer manage on their own is heartbreaking. To the seniors themselves, it can feel demeaning, as they have been in control of their own lives for so long. Homecare provides a happy medium for those who are in need of additional assistance, but do not want...

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Long Distance Parent Care – Tips to Help Make it Work

Today, many of us are spread far and wide from our families. After we leave our parents homes, many of us find ourselves flung to the corners of the country, if not the corners of the globe. This distance makes normal family relations difficult enough, but what about when our parents begin to age? Having an aging parent that lives near you can be difficult enough, but when we live great distances from our parents, making sure they have the care they need as they age is even more difficult....

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Helping Seniors Get Connected Through Technology

One of the biggest challenges that seniors face today is a huge technology gap. For those of us who have grown up with the huge bevy of different technologies, it can still be difficult to keep up, but for seniors, it can be even harder as they have to learn from scratch. Many do not even know how to turn on a computer, let alone know how to send a message to their grandchild on Facebook. But the internet and other technologies hold a lot of potential to improve the...

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Stages of Alzheimer’s and What to Expect

Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder that affects many aging people across the world. It is a slow, and hard to detect disease until the signs of the disease are visibly present. It can take a toll on the senior’s life, and is especially hard for the family and the caregivers as the disease progresses. Most of us think of Alzheimer's as a memory loss disease, but it is much more than that. It follows roughly seven basic steps and while definitely rooted in memory issues, it affects all elements...

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