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Caregiver Tips

Sleep Problems Highlight Aging In Place Importance

The problem with not aging at home is that when issues like inability to fall asleep occur, a new environment such as a nursing home could create confusion and an unsafe environment. It’s not the sleeping part itself that is the problem but the after effects that are caused by lack of sleep and inability to gain proper rest. In the event that your loved one takes 30+ minutes to nod off, gets up over and over every night, has problems falling back to sleep, or gets up feeling tired and unable to work well the following day, they may be experiencing the effects of a sleeping disorder. One reason this may be occurring could be a direct result from things like acid reflux, a neurologic condition, prescriptions or even over-the-counter medications.

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Caring For Aging Parents Long-Distance

Caregivers face almost daily challenges when it comes to caring for aging parents. These challenges range from not having enough time or energy to care for them in addition to caring for a growing family and career responsibilities. When you add long-distance into the mix and it becomes even more difficult for a child to care for his or her aging parents.

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Three Tips For Long Distance Caregiving

In our increasingly mobile society, chances are you don’t live next door, or even within quick driving distance, of your aging parents. If you find yourself in this situation and find that your parents are in need of more care than you can give from your long distance vantage point, there are ways to address this. You can help them age in place, keep them safe and keep your sanity and guilt at bay.

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Helping Seniors Age In Place With Home Conveniences

As we age in place, errands that were once simple can become more troublesome or hazardous based on our mobility. So what's the clever present day senior to do?

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Spending Time Outdoors To Raise Spirits

Surrounding yourself in nature is a great method for revitalizing a tired soul. The University of Rochester agrees, in a new study demonstrating that open-air exercises can make individuals feel more invigorated.

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Causes And Warning Signs Of Dehydration

As temperatures soar, it’s important to drink plenty of water, especially if you’re outside and participating in activities. Dehydration, the loss of more water than you’re taking in, is a serious health risk during the summer months. But did you know that it can be a concern year round?

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Understanding The Signs Of Heatstroke

As any parent knows, hot weather can be dangerous. A study, conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center, found that “40% of heat-related fatalities in the United States were among people over 65.” Because of this, caregivers have to make certain the homes their elderly parents are staying in are cool and that their aging loved ones do not overdo it with outdoor activities in the heat of the day.

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Resources For Caregivers

In many instances, taking on the role of caregiver is something that most individuals aren’t prepared for and when it happens it is often in times of crisis. When you find yourself thrust into the role of caregiver whether it’s for an aging or ill parent or spouse, it’s ideal to have access to resources to help you though.

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Is It Time For Assisted Living?

Talking to your parents, especially if they are insistent on aging in place, about making a move into an assisted living facility is never an easy conversation to have. In addition to having to leave their own home, they are faced with the reality that they can no longer care for themselves. However, a move to an assisted living facility will provide them with access to health care, structure, meals, socialization and peace of mind for the family that they are being taken care of.

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New Technology Helps Caregivers

A study in June 2013 by the Pew Research Center studied 3,014 U.S. seniors and investigated the relationship between caregivers and their utilization of technology. It was found that most caregivers benefit from the use of computers, tablets, phones and medical alert devices and more!

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