Caregiver Tips

A collection of post to provide valuable information to caregivers and provide tips that will help in day to day care.

Using Technology to the Full Extent

In a mobile world we think of how easy it makes our everyday life. We rarely stop and think about the people in our lives that it makes life hard for. While using your cell phone to look up restaurants or seeing who ate what during lunch on Facebook may be fun and exciting, to… Continue reading

4 Ways to Add Humor to an Elderly Life

There aren’t many people who will tell you that laughter and humor are bad for you. In fact, most would argue the opposite. After all laughter has been shown to: Lower blood pressure Increase your oxygen flow Reduce stress and increase relaxation Boost your immune response Support memory and learning Provide a full body workout… Continue reading

Laughter Throughout the Roller Coaster of Life

Focusing on humor is essential for caregivers, on the job and in personal lives. To focus on humor is to see the light in a situation no matter how grim. “Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings.” – Maya Angelo With… Continue reading

Restricted Diets: From Ordinary to Extraordinary

When you get a new diagnosis, it can feel overwhelming.  All of a sudden there are new rules to memorize and labels to read.  However, there are a few ways to add nutrition to your new diet that will also increase variety! Becoming Diabetic Friendly Bring on the Berries Some fruits contain as… Continue reading

A Heart of Service

In February our country typically celebrates a month of love, relationships and heartfelt warmth.  With red hearts and heart shaped chocolate boxes in every store front window you may think I am talking about Valentine’s Day. But this month I am focusing on those who are performing a “labor of love”- Caregivers. Many challenges… Continue reading

I Think I Can, I Think I Can…I know I Can!

Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation” – Audrey Lorde With a new year into full effect I can’t help but think of the many times I have told myself, “This is the year! This is the year I will treat myself better, sleep better, eat better and exercise regularly. I will dedicate more… Continue reading

Focus on WHO Matters

This time of year most people are exploding with joy, love, laughter and cheer. The holidays are a time to be thankful and embrace our loved ones. It is a time for celebrations, family and rest, if you can sneak that in. However, this may not be the case for our elders. For some elders… Continue reading

Caring for the Caregiver

November marks National Family Caregiver Month. It’s a time to thank, recognize and support caregivers who make personal sacrifices on a daily basis caring for a loved one. They give so much and ask for so little in return. Many family caregivers don’t think of themselves as caregivers and don’t expect any kind of acknowledgement… Continue reading

Admiring the Survivors

Finding out a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. Cancer affects not only the person diagnosed but all those who care about that person. You may be wondering, “What should I do now?” or “How can I help?” – There are many sources of support for people facing cancer. The American Cancer Society is… Continue reading

Step Up to Stop Falls

When you’re young and able-bodied, you don’t think much about a fall. You may simply dust yourself off and carry on. But for the elderly, falls can cause injuries from scratches, bruises, and abrasions to more serious harm such as fractures and head trauma. These falls can have serious effects on a senior’s life and… Continue reading

The Balancing Act

There are 66 million Americans who care for their children, spouses, and parents; emotionally, physically and sometimes financially. Research shows that nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s make up the Sandwich Generation: a term that describes people who are squeezed between the demands of caring for aging loved ones and their dependent… Continue reading

Helping the Senior in Your Life Remain Independent

As caregivers our primary goal is to help our seniors maintain quality of life for themselves and encourage independence. Seniors want to remain independent.  We have to respect that by helping them maintain their sense of independence and self-worth. And allow them to do whatever tasks they’re still capable of. Keeping our elders involved… Continue reading

Be Creative!

When looking for fun activities for seniors, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. An activity doesn’t have to be labeled “for seniors” to be enjoyable. Thinking through the things they love most or that they have always dreamed of doing will give you a good starting point in finding the best activities for your… Continue reading

Honoring the Mother in Your Life

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the influence of mothers in society. It’s a day honoring mothers and motherhood, a celebration of maternal bond. It’s a day to celebrate the mothers’ in our lives who have made an impact on us. I like to show appreciation to not only my mother, but to other mothers’… Continue reading

Tips on Spirituality and Aging

Spirituality is different from religion. Regardless of whether your senior loved one ascribes to a particular religion or not, they can benefit from talking about spiritual matters. A more universal approach to spirituality gives you an opportunity to engage your elders about things that are deeper than the everyday shopping list. You’ll be empowered to… Continue reading