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

7 Important Questions to Ask When Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

The availability of in-home care means that older adults can remain living at home longer than without that option. In-home care has a number of benefits, but perhaps the most important one is that the person can remain in an environment they know and love. However, when it comes to hiring an in-home caregiver, there are a number of factors to consider. Inviting a caregiver into your home and essentially asking a stranger to care for a loved one definitely requires a level of trust. Therefore, you will feel much more reassured if you know the right questions to ask. . . . READ THE REST

Connecting Grandparents to Grandchildren During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the world, both in the United States and internationally, and until a vaccine can be approved and is in widespread use, it’s likely that we will all continue to be affected. For grandparents and grandchildren, this period of self-isolation has been particularly difficult. Children are more often asymptomatic. With older adults being most vulnerable, the advice to avoid contact has been vital. However, a consequence of taking that advice is that kids and their grandparents potentially miss out on a relationship that is important to both sides. . . . READ THE REST

COVID Continues

In between the COVID-19 pandemic and the political unrest, we are all pushing the edge of what our nerves can handle. Predictions are built and then, shortly thereafter, reduced to rubble. Not knowing about the future or even today is exhausting. . . . READ THE REST

5 Crafts That Help Seniors Keep Hands Busy and Minds Alert

Although we all get older — and often become less mobile as we age — we still can maintain and express our creativity. Staying creative is a great way to move and expand our physical bodies and the mental state of our minds. . . . READ THE REST

5 Facebook Groups that Support Family Caregivers

When you think of Facebook, a lot of things might come to mind: An outlet to express yourself. A way to connect with old friends and relatives. Political rants. Funny (and not-so-funny) memes. Cute cat videos. What you might not have considered is that it’s also a great way for you, as a caregiver to a family member, to get support. A number of Facebook groups exist solely for the support of family caregivers. . . . READ THE REST

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