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There’s Much More to Caregiving Than What Meets the Eye

Often, when people hear the word “caregiver,” they think of someone who is going to come in and take charge, run the household, and make them feel like a guest in their own home. In reality, a caregiver can not only help an elderly client to age in place but…

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Older Drivers and Auto Safety

For many, driving is as much a part of our daily lives as eating. It’s a sign of our independence and gives us the confidence that we can do for ourselves. But what happens when we get older, and we fear that auto safety is an issue? Does this mean…

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Tips to Communicate Effectively with Someone Who Has Dementia

Dementia can be devastating for both those who are experiencing it and the caregivers who are trying to communicate with them. The progression of it varies depending on the individual and the specific diagnosis, and it can become more pronounced over time. Imagine how frustrating it would be to lose…

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How to Avoid Becoming a Helicopter Child

Over the last several years, it’s become incredibly common to hear about helicopter parents. These parents micromanage every aspect of their children’s lives, making it impossible for a child to function on his or her own. What’s less common to hear about, though, are helicopter children. These are children of…

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Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation

Isolation can have serious effects on one’s mental and physical health. The feeling of being alone is hard at any age, but it is especially difficult for seniors. Sadly, isolation is becoming increasingly common among our seniors and will continue to increase as the senior population grows. Fortunately, there are…

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6 Common Emotions of Being a Caregiver

You may be familiar with the five stages of grief, which most people go through when a loved one dies. But did you know that caregivers experience emotional phases as well? Some of these feelings may happen right away, while others will surface over time. As a caregiver, it’s important…

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Do’s and Don’ts on Dealing with Dementia Behavior

Caring for someone with mid-to-late stage dementia can be challenging to say the least. Progressive dementia is full of life-altering changes, and everyone experiences them differently. When people experience confusion, communication difficulties, or the loss of memories, challenging behaviors may arise as they struggle to cope with a new normal.…

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What is “Sundowning”?

Are you caring for someone who exhibits confusion and agitation in the late afternoon and evening? This phenomenon is known as “sundowning.” According to the Mayo Clinic, sundowning isn’t a disease in itself, but a group of symptoms that occur at a particular time of day, typically in people with…

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Could it be Alzheimer’s?

About 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the world. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia—60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. It is a…

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