Juggling Home Caregiving and the Holidays

Caregiving can be emotionally consuming and physically demanding any day of the year. Add the stress of the holiday season to it, and caregivers become even more vulnerable, often falling into unhealthy behaviors, like eating unhealthy food, drinking too much alcohol, and not exercising enough. The good news is that there are ways caregivers can get through the holiday season with less stress and more joy. If you usually overextend yourself over the holidays, we hope that our tips will help you juggle caregiving and the holidays comfortably. 1. Accept Your Limitations It’s often difficult to accept that we have limits, both mentally and physically. We try to do it all, but this can lead to b

8 Things No One Told Us about Being Caregivers

There are about 65 million caregivers in the United States looking after aging loved ones, seniors, or people with disabilities, with a further 5 million professional caregivers. Family caregivers spend around 20 hours per week caring for their loved ones, and the caregiving period lasts on average for five years. Caregivers are often undervalued by both the care recipient and their family, and are commonly unprepared for the effect caregiving has on their lives. Here are a few things that you may want to know before becoming a professional caregiver, or things you need to be aware of in case you unexpectedly find yourself caring for an ill or aging loved one. 1. Caregiving Is Harder Than Ex

Health Benefits of Thanksgiving for Seniors

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends and to give thanks for all the good things in our lives. Thanksgiving also typically comes with a large, potentially unhealthy dinner. If you’re expecting a senior loved one to spend time with you this Thanksgiving, you may want to change your routine and recipes a bit. With proper planning, Thanksgiving dinner can be quite healthy and enjoyable for both seniors and the rest of the family. 1. Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner The traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes some healthy ingredients your senior loved one can benefit from, although they are often disguised with unhealthy additions. Here are some great ideas on how to have health

12 Ways Seniors Can Benefit from Companion Animals

Pets are affectionate, they love their owners unconditionally, and they all have their own, quirky personalities. Having a companion animal has many benefits, especially for seniors living alone. Throughout the country, there are programs that pair seniors with healthy but abandoned pets. One such dog rescue program in San Francisco, the Muttville’s Seniors for Seniors Program, matches seniors over the age of 62 with senior dogs. They even waive the adoption fee for all participating seniors. All dogs receive a wellness exam, which includes vaccinations and a dental exam. They also give a welcome kit to adopters, which include a harness and collar, leash, dog bowls, doggy bed, and a starter

Creative Ways to Help Seniors Manage Medication

A third of people between the ages of 75 and 85 take more than five prescription medications due to multiple chronic conditions, as well as additional over-the-counter medicine. It’s easy to get confused with times and dosages. Additionally, some seniors struggle with poor vision, so it is hard to read the labels, and impaired memory, which makes it tough to remember when to take medications. It can be dangerous should seniors take the wrong dosage, at the wrong time, or skip taking pills altogether. They may become sicker and need more hospital visits, causing their medical bills to increase. As a family member, you may be concerned about your senior loved one’s well-being and safety, but y

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