Gratitude and Resources for Family Caregivers

November 5, 2020 — November is the month our thoughts turn to gratitude – usually inspired by a certain holiday involving turkey and pumpkin pie. We love Thanksgiving as much as anyone, but we love family caregivers even more. And November is specially designated as National Family Caregivers Appreciation Month. We suspect most of our readers either are caregivers... Read More

Tips for a Healthier Heart in 2020

February 3, 2020 — With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s more than just love in the air—February is also American Heart Month. This year’s theme is controlling high blood pressure, which is especially common in people who are providing care for older or disabled family members. Fostering a healthy heart is a key factor in a long... Read More

How to Make for a Healthier New Year for Both Seniors and Caregivers

January 2, 2020 — The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. For both seniors and those who care for them, improving or maintaining their health is often at the top of their list of resolutions. If staying well is on your resolutions list, here are three... Read More

Should I Give Up Driving … Or Get a New Car?

December 5, 2019 — December 2–6, 2019 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week The inability to drive is one of the greatest challenges to senior independence. In some cases, this is simply the best choice. If advanced vision loss, severe mobility challenges or dementia make an elder unsafe behind the wheel, it’s time to learn about alternative transportation methods... Read More

Giving Thanks May Actually Improve Your Health

November 5, 2019 — Every Thanksgiving, the country turns its attention to being thankful. For many, unfortunately, that is the extent of focusing on what they have to be grateful for until next year’s celebration. What would happen if we practiced gratitude more frequently? If we woke up each morning and gave thanks for the opportunity to experience a... Read More

Working Caregivers Are Having a Tough Time of It

September 5, 2019 — This Labor Day, more workers in the U.S. than ever before are juggling two jobs—their paid work, and caring for a disabled spouse, their parents or other older loved ones. Did we say two jobs? Make that three! According to new research from Baylor University, “A big and overwhelming consequence of America’s aging population is... Read More

Pain Management and Medication Safety

September 5, 2018 — You’ve probably heard about the opioid epidemic—115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. But if you have a chronic pain condition, you may have been prescribed a heavy-duty painkiller to help you manage your symptoms. However, in recent months, many doctors have been making the switch from opioids to non-opioids for pain management, so... Read More

What is Wound Care?

August 10, 2018 — For seniors who have illnesses that may cause chronic-non-healing wounds, wound care can be an important part of aging in place. As we get older, our bodies are less efficient at healing open wounds, so seniors who undergo surgery or suffer an injury may have a hard time healing without a little extra help. When... Read More

5 Tips for Good Medication Management

April 9, 2018 — Older adults take prescription medications more than any other demographic. Remembering to take medication in the first place can be a challenge, so if you’re taking multiple medications several times a day, it can be overwhelming. Medication management plays a vital part in managing a health condition. Missed doses or improper use can be very... Read More

Creating a Loving Relationship When Your Spouse Has Dementia

February 5, 2018 — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This annual celebration of love means couples across the country will turn their attention to their special someone. Giving a gift of flowers, chocolates and/or a special dinner out have become part of the traditions of the day. But what if your special someone has dementia? According to... Read More