Dealing with the Social Isolation of Older Adults During COVID-19

COVID-19 has meant that many people, particularly older adults, have spent a great deal of time alone. Visits with family and friends have been limited and even usually mundane activities, like a visit to the store, have either stopped completely or been a much less social experience. When we are limited in our contact with others, it can lead to feelings of anxiety and even depression. . . . READ THE REST

Surprise Visit from State Senator Pettersen Provides 500 Surgical Masks for Care & Comfort at Home Caregivers during COVID-19

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Care & Comfort at Home — an in-home care agency for seniors and veterans in Lakewood, Colorado — received a surprise visit from Colorado State Senator Brittany Pettersen. The Senator stopped by to graciously drop off always-needed personal protection equipment (commonly referred to as "PPE"), in the form of approximately 500 surgical masks. . . . READ THE REST

The National Family Caregiver Support Program: Help for Family Caregivers

Are you a caregiver who currently cares for a loved one at home? If your answer is yes, then you most likely know that in-home care is an intensely gratifying and rewarding experience. However, you also probably know only too well how overwhelming, demanding, and stressful caring for a family member can be. . . . READ THE REST

Keep Trying

I recently talked to a man who was very concerned about his mother’s situation. I could hear the heartbreak and frustration in his voice. She was in failing health and was living in her house with another son who had a major alcohol issue. She was dependent on this son for her care. . . . READ THE REST

What is the SilverSneakers program?

Activity and fitness doesn't have to go by the wayside as we age — nor should it. Staying active and fit is extremely important to a senior's health. . . . READ THE REST

What Is Respite Care?

If you are a caregiver for a loved one, you might have heard of the word "respite" or the phrase "respite care" — but you might not be sure what those terms mean. . . . READ THE REST

Helping a Sibling Care for an Elderly Parent

If you have a sister or brother who bears responsibility for the care of one or both of your parents, such a situation can cause unease between you as siblings. The person who is the main caregiver can feel isolated or resentful. You, on the other hand, might feel guilt over not doing more. You also might be hesitant to offer help, in case it's not welcomed or would appear pushy or controling. . . . READ THE REST

At-Home Activities for Seniors to Enjoy During COVID-19 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many seniors to spend much longer periods of time at home, and this can lead to feelings of boredom and isolation. It can be helpful, therefore, for seniors to be introduced to new activities that can help pass the time in an enjoyable way. . . . READ THE REST

Websites That Help Seniors Beat the COVID-19 Blues

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to be more limited in what we can do and where we can go. However, due to the fact that they are particularly vulnerable, seniors have been the most affected group during this long period of social distancing. Whereas before, an average week might have been broken up by visits or outings, now one day can seem just like the next. . . . READ THE REST

Dealing With Caregiver Burnout

Caring for a loved one is rewarding, but it can also have its challenges and difficulties. This can be particularly true if you are bearing the weight of caregiving by yourself. Caregiving is often a long-term, round-the-clock commitment. In such a situation — where hours are long and the burden of responsibility falls solely on one person — it’s not uncommon for "caregiver burnout" to creep up, sometimes without warning.  However, it's likely that the warning signs were already been there; the caregiver has simply continued, dutifully and valiantly, trying to hold it all together on his or her own. . . . READ THE REST

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