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Understanding Caregiving Burnout and How to Prevent It

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Caring for a loved one may be difficult, and that stress can negatively affect a caregiver’s overall health and well-being. Yet, some caregivers are hesitant to discuss their stress for fear of making their loved one feel guilty or making it look like they aren’t strong enough or well-organized enough to handle their obligations and responsibilities.  According to a 2020 research by the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly one in every five Americans is a family caregiver.  The care recipient usually requires special attention such as a child or partner with a disability, an older parent, or a loved one…

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4 Benefits of Meal Prep for Seniors

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Meal prepping is the process of cooking many meals in one sitting so that they are readily accessible when a person becomes hungry. Meal preparation can theoretically be any kind of cooking, but it is typically used to cook nutritious and enjoyable meals. The person would most usually prepare three or four meals in one sitting when meal prepping, however, he or she may opt to do more or less depending on their needs and preferences. Meal planning can assist a person in losing weight, adhering to an eating schedule, or merely preparing simple and nutritious meals.  There are a…

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Keep Your Kidneys Healthy with These 4 Tips

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In the United States, 33 percent of adults are at risk for kidney disease. Kidney disease is a serious public health concern. Kidney disease is often undetected until it is very advanced. Unfortunately, this is the point at which someone will need dialysis or a transplant.  According to the National Kidney Foundation, only 10% of people with chronic kidney disease are diagnosed. It can cause serious health problems if left unchecked. March is National Kidney Month, so now is a good time to learn more about kidney disease and how to keep your kidneys in good health.  What is the…

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Activities for Seniors During Social Isolation

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Over the last few months, we’ve been completely overwhelmed by the news of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us feel that there is no escape from the news reports, constantly updated numbers, and recommended precautions. One of the hardest to swallow pills? Social distance — or what we’ve come to find is social isolation, actually.  As humans, we are innately social creatures that thrive on interactions with others. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that social isolation can affect our physical and mental well-being, especially for the elderly who are particularly vulnerable. Knowing this, we encourage you to physically…

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November is National Home Care and Family Caregivers Month

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During November, Americans remember all that we have to be thankful for. For many seniors, the family caregiver is high on this list. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why November has been set aside as National Home Care and Family Caregivers Month.  There are so many reasons to be thankful for what caregivers do. Many have jobs outside the home, or other familial commitments, yet give of themselves and their time and love every day to ensure that their senior loved one is well cared for.  Thanking Those Who are Often Left Thankless Caring for an aging loved…

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What Senior Women Should Know About Breast Cancer 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most people know that breast cancer is a disease that impacts older women far more than younger, the actual numbers behind the statistics are alarming. For every 100,000 women, just over 80 were diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 65. In that same number, over 400 were diagnosed with the disease after turning 65.  This month is a perfect time for older women to learn more about breast cancer – and to take more meaningful steps toward prevention and care.  Know the Facts Knowing the truth about breast cancer can help…

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National Immunization Awareness Month – Perfect for Senior Vaccination Check-Ups

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. With so much misinformation currently being spread about vaccinations, this month is an important one for health care providers and families. As children, teens, and adults head back to school for the fall semester, accurate information about immunization is crucial for ensuring public health. But what about vaccinations for seniors? Oftentimes, this demographic is overlooked when efforts are being made to share information about immunizations. However, immunizations are not only still available for those in their senior years – they are extremely important! Here’s what you need to know about vaccines for seniors:  Annual…

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3 Things to Consider before Becoming your Parents Caregiver

Each year, more than 43 million men and women take on the role of caregiver for their parents, senior family members, or close friends. The National Alliance for Caregiving reported that 36percent of the 65 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. are caring for an aging parent. Caregiving can be very rewarding, however, it can also be very demanding. Caregiving allows you to spend time with your loved one, and it provides you with the opportunity to make sure they are receiving the best care possible. Every day, adult children are considering taking on the primary role of their parent’s…

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Five Common Myths About Home Care Services

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Although home care has been available for over two decades, home care is still very often misunderstood. To clarify any confusion about how home care can help you or an aging family member, here is the truth about the five most common myths about home care: Myth #1: Home care is only for those who are very sick Truth: Non- medical home care is available to those seeking a little extra help throughout the house, assistance with chores, and transportation to appointments or events. Non-medical care also includes assistance with activities of daily living, or ADLs. These activities include, but are…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Aging Parents Active & Engaged

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Staying healthy, and feeling your best, is important at any age, but it’s especially important for seniors. Studies from the National Institute on Aging have shown that being active as we age is crucial for our physical, mental and emotional health. Here are 5 different ways that you can encourage your aging family member to try something new when it comes to activity and engagement. Keep them active Local parks, recreation and senior centers offer exercise groups that are tailored to suit older adults. Activities include classes, group walks, and special outings to encourage daily exercise. These groups provide physical…

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