Caregivers often devote countless hours and resources to their caregiving role, putting their loved ones before themselves and sacrificing their own time in order to provide the best possible care. Caregiving is a full time job, one that requires patience, love, passion, dependability and heart. Considering how taxing caregivers jobs are, each one deserves recognition for their extraordinary, complex and challenging role. Thankfully November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time for family, friends and neighbors to reflect on the caregivers in their lives who provide care for the sick, elderly and disabled members of American society.
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It's that time of year again with costumes, haunted houses, parades, tricks and treats, and parties for Halloween. Kids love Halloween - they love spending the night out and about with their friends, sometimes leaving parents worried about the dangers they may face on the most frightful night of the year. So parents, how do you better ensure your child's Halloween safety when you’re not around? Fortunately for you, there are discussions you can have with your kids and technologies you can invest in that can help keep them safety, track their whereabouts, and give you greater peace of mind throughout the night. Here are just a few Halloween safety tips to help ensure a fun and safe night:
Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and the leaves have changed colors and dropped. Fall is almost over. Many people find fall to be their favorite season while others see it only as the precursor to old man Winter! Soon many older adults will begin their annual trek south to escape the cold, snowy season they face at home.
Though the idea of fall cleaning creates thoughts of cooler weather, rainy days and the impending winter months, consider that the hours it takes to clean your parent's house or apartment and yard can equate to an afternoon of conversation, memory-building and bonding. Whether you're living in the same city as your elderly relatives or only make occasional visits, having a shared activity such as freshening up the house after the warm summer months is a great one. Additionally, it's sometimes easier to have a meaningful conversation while involved in a task.
Seeking resources to care for aging parents isn’t a task to be undertaken when in crisis mode. By the time an aging parent needs additional care, you may not know where to turn and you don’t want to have to make uninformed decisions on care for your aging relatives. If you’re in regular contact with your aging relatives it will likely be easy to see when they are reaching the point where they need additional assistance if they’re to remain in their own home.
In September we focused on falling, how to prevent them, how to equip a home to cut down the risk of falling, and how to help your loved one bounce back after a fall. September was also a month to focus on fruits and vegetables, and how healthy eating matters and is important to your overall health.
If your loved one has recently fallen, we want you to know they aren’t alone. The fact is, one out of every three seniors fall each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries for older Americans each year. These statistics help gain perspective as to why falling is a major concern, not only for you but for your loved one as well.
Did you know that about one in 10,000 people will live to be 100-years-old? It is further expected that the number of people over 100 years old will reach 110,000 by 2037 and those over 80 will reach six million by that same year. These individuals are deemed “slow agers.” Will you be among those who live to celebrate 100 years?