Journaling as a Mode of Self-Care for Caregivers

If you are taking care of elderly parents or others with a chronic illness 24/7 in your own home, you are under stress. The stress can go on for years! Typically, the interventions that help decrease caregiver stress include support groups, respite care, more education on the disease process, and counseling or psychotherapy. I want to t

Summer Travel with Seniors

Summers are often the ideal time for family to travel with elderly parents on vacations, to reunions, or on group outings with family and friends. When taking care of elderly parents, planning ahead will help ensure they stay safe and comfortable when traveling. About a month before traveling, be sure the senior consults with his/he

Are You Ready for Aging Parents?

Are you ready for the journey of having aging parents? As someone working in the senior care industry, I was ready, at least as much as anyone could be. When you are young, you get accustomed to seeing your parents making all the decisions, and you don’t think about the day when they may need you to help them. It truly is the case tha

Exercising the Aging Brain

A regular cognitive workout can improve your concentration, comprehension, and recall in everyday life. The more you challenge your brain, the more brain cells and nerve connection pathways you form. Instead of gray matter simply dying as you age, new cells can be activated to grow at any age. A number of brain exercise routines are

Keeping Track of Your Elderly Parents’ Health from Out of State

There are many factors to consider when caring for a loved one, and of course, having them close to home makes the situation easier. But what do you do when your loved one lives 50 or 500 miles away, or even across the country? Although it seems like it is unmanageable, there are ways to not only keep peace-of-mind, but also to ensure s

10 Caregiving Tips for Alzheimer’s Behaviors

One of the most challenging aspects of taking care of elderly parents with Alzheimer’s is adjusting to the troubling and sometimes abrupt changes in personality and behavior. Sometimes, family members are still in a phase of denial and aren’t ready to cope with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects their aging pare

Case Management: What Is It and How Can It Benefit My Loved One and Me

Anyone caring for elderly family members knows the amount of time it takes to coordinate their care. There might be in-home senior care providers involved and medical appointments to schedule with multiple physicians and specialists. There is also the task of making sure your family member makes it to the appointment and that someone is

We Are Always Hiring Caregivers!

Lois originally became a caregiver to earn extra money for a trip to Europe.  She already had a great telecommunications job, but she wanted extra income to save for her one-time trip.  That was 13 years ago.  Long after her trip to Europe, Lois is still working with the same client, “”Danny.”  She washes his floors, does his

Caring for the Caregiver

When the caregiver burns out, what happens to the person needing care?  The answer is never good. Burnout can happen when a caregiver is overburdened emotionally and/or physically, and burnout can manifest itself through emotions (depression; anxiety; symptoms such as lashing out, feeling down, resentment to the one needing care) or

Who Pays for Non-Medical Home Care?

                    We get numerous calls from elderly people living in the community or from families inquiring about getting some help with housekeeping, laundry, and other various non-medical tasks. Those calling are usually disappointed when they lea