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Caregiver Tips

Celebrating Caregivers During November

November has been designated as National Caregivers Month although for anyone involved in the caregiving process, it is a year round task when it comes to caring for frail, elderly or disabled friends or family members. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the term “caregiver” means anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help; this could be a husband who has suffered a stroke, a wife with Parkinson disease, a mother-in-law with cancer, or a grandfather with Alzheimer disease.

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Does Your Loved One Need New Shoes?

The quality of your footwear is very important especially if you are constantly on your feet walking or running. The quality of your shoes can also impact the health of your lower extremities. By continuing to wear shoes that are clearly worn, you risk injury and placing stress on your feet and joints in the knees and ankles.

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Age-Proofing The Home When A Parent Moves In

A medical monitoring system is an important step to creating a safe environment for parents when moving into a new home. Caregiving has changed in the past decade with more and more families opting to move Mom and Dad into the family home rather than moving them into an assisted living facility or a nursing home.

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Tips To Protect Aging Loved Ones From Phone Scams

There are many phone scams including the "grandparent scam" in which someone calls to tell them their grandchild is in trouble and needs money for bail or medical treatment. They're told to send money via Western Union or other methods.

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Adult Day Care May Relieve Caregiver Stress

It's not easy being a caregiver for your aging parents, and the idea of leaving them home alone all day may cause stress, especially if you feel they need assistance with aspects of daily living.

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The Dangers Of A Heat Wave

Weather is, at best, unpredictable, but a heat wave poses as much of a health risk for your aging parents as do winter storms or hurricanes. It is not unheard of for the frail elderly to succumb to extreme heat.

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Helping Your Seniors Cope With Hearing Loss

Aging brings with it many health issues, some which cannot be ignored though many aging individuals do try to ignore them. An issue that is typically brushed under a rug or otherwise compensated for is hearing loss.

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Dealing With Changing Roles When Mom or Dad Moves In

It can be a difficult transition when the time comes to move your mom or dad into your family home. Open conversations and planning prior is a necessity that creates all types of questions.

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Ways A Pet Can Help Seniors

Studies have shown that seniors who own a pet have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and are healthier overall compared to non-pet owners. A pet is more than just an animal that is kept around the house; it also serves as a loyal and nonjudgmental companion for seniors who live alone.

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Does Your Loved One Need New Glasses?

Is your loved one squinting or having trouble reading small print? As we age so do our eyes, so it is important to address vision problems as they occur and have frequent eye checkups. Visits to the eye doctor should occur once every two years or if the loved one begins to experience problems with their vision.

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