As our population ages, Boomer are taking on more and more caregiving responsibilities. According to a study conducted by MetLife, there are approximately 10 million people over the age of 50 who are caring for their aging parents. This is an astonishing number and the toll it takes on the caregiver is often immense.
Moving your parents or other aging loved ones into an assisted living facility or a nursing home is a task that no one looks forward to. It is a decision-making process fraught with stress and decisions, one of which is, “what do we do with all their belongings?”
If your bed is calling your name, but once you crawl between the sheets you can’t seem to drift off, it’s an exercise in frustration. Sleep is necessary to overall health and well-being and if you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, here are some tips to help you drift off more easily.
If your aging relatives are losing their ability to drive a car and get to the grocery store, they may be worried about being able to age in place. With technology and home delivery what it is today, your loved ones may be able to go online or pick up the phone and have almost anything they need delivered right to their doorstep. This is a valuable resource, especially if you don’t live in the same area that they do. They can have access to groceries and entertainment items between your visits and you can rest easy knowing they are not doing without.
Being prepared for an emergency involves a lot of things such as a list of important phone numbers, extra food, flashlights and batteries and more. Whether you’re preparing for an emergency such as a tornado, a hurricane or for winter storms, having a plan is important.
The holidays are fast approaching and that means you may be making your shopping list and are wondering what to get the senior or caregiver in your life. From easy-to-operate computers that allow the seniors in your life to stay in touch via email or video chat to a personal medical alert device system, there are many unique items on the market that could be ideal this gift giving season.
If you’re a caregiver who helps with an aging loved one suffering dementia or Alzheimer’s you understand it is a never-ending duty of love that you provide. During the month of November, awareness is raised through the National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
If you have a family member who is disabled, you know how difficult life can be for both of you. The frustration of not always being able to help them, understand what they want, and protect them when you’re not around is immense. Luckily, there are technology tools in the form of apps out there that can help make life easier, safer and better for them and you. Here are a few of the more helpful must-have apps for people with disabilities and their family members.
Being a caregiver can be difficult and extremely stressful especially if the one you love and are taking care of does not live geographical near by. Although this can create many obstacles in terms of making sure they are safe and their needs are met, technology has now given caregivers the tools to ensure their loved one is safe.
Music, for many people, is a daily part of their lives. Whether you listen to music while you work or cook, listen to the radio in your car or sing bedtime songs to your children, music is a universal item that draws people together and brings up fond memories. Specific songs and styles of music set the background for various times of our lives.