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

Study Finds Link Between Gum Disease and Dementia

The reasons to take good care of your teeth and gums as you age were numerous already. Healthy teeth are important for eating properly and getting good nutrition in food. The loss of teeth necessitates costly and burdensome replacements. Unhealthy gums can be linked to issues such as heart disease and can increase one's risks of infection. Now add the risk of developing dementia to the list of problems caused by gum disease. . . . READ THE REST

Dealing with the Loss of Independence as We Age

“I’ve always taken care of myself.” Our work can be quite frustrating. In a recent visit with a 90-odd-year-old woman still living independently, I was faced repeatedly with that sentence. Her poor adult kids who had run out of ideas for providing her with care were planning to be gone for two weeks. They knew Mom could no longer be left alone for extended periods of time. Their anxiety was palpable. They needed to go, but they knew their mom’s intractability put her at great risk. . . . READ THE REST

Preventing Heart Disease as You Age

The aging process brings about many physical changes in a person's body. Blood pressure might start to increase. Cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels might go up. So might one's weight and the ability to keep that weight off. And these same physical changes can also bring about a higher risk for heart disease. . . . READ THE REST

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