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Category: Caregiving

Newfound Hope for Dementia Caregivers Inspired by The 36-Hour Day

Although we all realize our parents will eventually need our help, we never really know when or how quickly they may need us to intervene. And, while we notice changes occurring, it’s hard to know when to get additional help if the…

Don’t Let Caregiving Give Way to Compassion Fatigue

‘Care’ is the root of caregiving. For seniors aging in place, caregivers devote time and energy — perhaps assisting with daily activities and chores, providing transportation, managing household expenses, or helping to cope with chronic illness and medication management. Yet in each…

The ‘Do-it-Yourself Vaccine’: Handy Reminders for Infection Prevention

National Hand Washing Awareness Week Disease prevention takes collaborative effort. If you avoid getting sick, you can help avoid getting others sick, and vice versa. As peak flu and cold season closes in, protect yourself and those around you by honoring National…

Spotlight on Family Caregivers This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Alzheimer ’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. This condition affects not only the millions of Americans who have it, but also family members and those closest to them. Although there is…

Health News Round-Up: Plan Ahead Before Driving Becomes Unwise

Making a ‘Retirement Plan’ for Driving A key component to aging in place is mobility — being able to get around independently. And in much of America, ‘mobility’ equals ‘driving.’ However, there may come a point when driving themselves is no longer…

Health News Round-Up: ‘Genetic Counseling’ to Comprehend Cancer Risks

What Does My Genetic Test Tell Me? Genetic Counseling Can Explain Genetics can tell us a lot, so long as we understand how to interpret them. In some cases, our genes can make us vulnerable to certain inherited diseases. One such example…

ValuableCaregiver Training Boosts Patient Safety and Capability

Residential in the Real World Improving mobility is a slow, strenuous process. Gains are small and incremental, and patients can require a lot of assistance before getting to a point of sure-footedness again. Some of this help can come in the form…

Health News Round-Up: Cracking Down on Added Sugars

The Skinny on Limiting Sugar We’ve been warned about the dangers of consuming too much sugar, but now the FDA is making a proposal that could make excess sugar harder to overlook. The organization has suggested two changes to nutrition labels: first,…

Compassionate Storytelling Uncovers the Value of Caregiver Self-Care

Book of the Month: August 2015 As seniors age or their health declines, caregivers juggle many emerging needs for their loved ones. Doctors might impart instructions for medications or post-operative care; therapists might demonstrate and teach safe practices to assist with activities…

Health News Round-Up: Even With a Cart, Golf Is Serious Exercise

Cart-Aided Golf Still Packs a Workout Ample fresh air and a moderate walking pace make golf feel like leisure, but this recent NPR piece reinforces that even with modifications like motorized carts, golf is indeed a sport. The number of steps a…

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