A recent study showed that nearly one in five caregivers in the United States provides more than 40 hours of care to a loved one every week. That is startling when you realize that many of those caregivers, the so-called Sandwich Generation, are also caring for families of their own as well as pursuing full time careers. It’s no wonder that so many adults are being faced with fatigue and chronic illnesses as stress takes its toll on your body both mentally and physically.
Monthly Archives: March 2014
One of the chores this time of year is typically to spring clean a house. Spring cleaning tasks are a way for families to connect and spend time together while clearing out the winter doldrums and opening up the windows (literally) to spring and summer. Talk with the seniors in your life and see if they would like help with a spring cleaning weekend. You can wash windows and walls together, clean curtains and perhaps even change from heavier winter curtains to breezier summer ones. Use this time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well.
With so many medical alert providers to choose from, how do you know which will be the best for your needs? You and your family need to sit down and evaluate the reasons you need a medical alert device and then you can begin the research to determine which provider will be the best one and provide the highest value and customer service to your loved ones.
As we age, one of the most harmful things we can do to ourselves is to become sedentary instead of remaining active. A quick way to “test” whether you need to get up and move more is the “chair test;” see if you can get out of a chair or off the couch with ease. If you find you struggle, you may need to get up and move around more.