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Caregiver Tips

The Benefits Of Green Tea

It might be a rare occasion when you sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, but the benefits of green tea – and frankly any other tea – might make you just decide to brew up a cup. Did you know that green tea can help you relax and de-stress? It’s not that tea is the cure-all for everything, but when you’re overwhelmed tea could benefit your heart and lower your blood pressure.

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Summer Skin Care Tips

Once the summer sun is high in the sky, we give into the urge to throw open the windows and the curtains and dash outside to soak up the warm rays. This is especially true after a long, cold winter. Along with the summer days come more times when you will be spending days and nights out of doors at barbecues and other family summer-related events.

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Independent Living Communities Explained

As our loved ones age their ability to stay in their home safely may dwindle. Daily activities many times become harder to accomplish and daily care may be needed or just wanted. Support and companionship not to mention the worry of safety of the loved one who is living alone is always a concern for a family caregiver. That is why independent living communities are a great way for your senior to keep their independence while surrounding them with the help, education and companionship they may need to continue living a long, healthy and productive life!

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Healthy Summer Snacks For The Elderly (and Everyone!)

As a caregiver, your plate is full with so many tasks and items you have to keep track of for your aging loved ones. It’s likely that one of those tasks is making certain they not only eat, but that they are eating healthy foods. What can you do to assure they’re eating healthy when you’re not there to share a meal with them? There are some simple steps you can take to make it easier for them to have healthy meals and snacks while making it easier on yourself. (Before you make any changes to their diets, you should check with their doctor to make sure it’s all right for them to make a change. )
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Don’t Miss Your Daily Medication

For years, seniors have been using pillboxes to help them remember to take their medication on a daily basis. As our loved ones age, their forgetful nature can many times create an issue when it comes to their medication schedule. As a caregiver, one of the most important things on our mind is their safety and ability to live as long as they can independently. Allowing your senior the ability to live independently starts with providing them with necessary tools they need to do so, safely.

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Why Can’t I Sleep?

Aging and lifestyle could play a part in the inability to sleep as fully or as deeply as we did when we were younger. There are close to 50 million Americans who say they cannot fall, or stay, asleep so you are not alone.

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When Should Your Aging Loved One Stop Driving?

If your aging loved one is getting to the point that they are starting to need assistance in their everyday life, it can create a sense of hardship and stress for everyone.  Specifically, driving a motor vehicle is one of those things that may need to be addressed sooner than later as your aging senior gets to a certain age or a point where there is a medical concern. The decision to address driving as a concern can many times be a heart wrenching one, especially knowing that it may result in taking away their freedom and ability to feel independent.

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Saving Seniors Money

The prices we pay for the essentials like gas, groceries, medical costs and more continue to increase year after year.  Many seniors are finding that money can be tight as they age so it is important to remind our loved ones of ways to stretch the almighty dollar.

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The Need For Future Caregivers

As the baby boomers age, the number of people needing a caregiver or home health aide in the near future will sky rocket. Based on a study done by the AARP, the ratio between caregivers and those needing care is currently around 7 to 1. That ratio will steadily dwindle over the next 20 to 30 years until it gets to a staggering 3 to 1 ratio in the year 2050 when most baby boomers will be around 80 years old. That is a scary statistic for those who will need the help in near to mid-future!

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Common Concerns When Hiring An In-Home Aid

As your loved ones age, their ability to live independently dwindles to the point where they may need daily help. This causes stress and creates the need for a caregiver to make decisions on what to do next. Choosing a home health aid may be the first step to creating peace of mind and safety for your aging loved one. That in itself is a great step but can cause stress in picking the right person for the job. Even with the security of a home health aid, a medical alert device adds extra protection for those times when no one is around.

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