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Reimagining the Holidays: Finding a Portal to Smarter Aging

— For all who dream about just skipping the holidays this year, as John Grisham’s family decided to do in his novel “Skipping Christmas” – there really are alternatives. If lessons learned during Covid-19 hold true, finding meaning without a lot of pressure is a worthy goal for this special time of year. This goal is... Read More

Caring for Someone Who Hoards

— Lots of us have collections. Maybe you bring home a new refrigerator magnet from every vacation destination you visit. Perhaps you love jewelry and have a statement necklace for every occasion. Maybe rare baseball cards are carefully stored and organized in a box in your basement. But compulsive hoarding is different from an out-of-control collection... Read More

8 Stress-Busting Tasks for Family Caregivers

— During the pandemic, the role of family caregivers has increased, experts report. Caring relatives and friends have spent many hours keeping older loved ones safe, providing hands-on care, transportation, shopping for their loved ones, and doing what they could to support elders in senior living communities during quarantine. They’ve even been providing more tech support... Read More

Fourth of July Safety Precautions From Medical Experts

— In 2020 and 2021, many communities cut back or cancelled their Independence Day celebrations. Public safety experts reported that in the absence of traditional public fireworks displays, more people decided to put on their own amateur shows—and this resulted in an increase in injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year thousands of... Read More

If a Relative Has Alzheimer’s Disease, Am I at Risk?

— Today nearly six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16 million others are providing care for them. Most often, these caregivers are close relatives, and they often express concern about whether they, too, will experience memory loss as they grow older. They are right to consider this. Studies... Read More

5 Ways Hearing Loss Raises the Risk of Dementia

—   Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK recently shared a startling statistic: Epidemiological studies show that untreated hearing loss is responsible for 10% of all cases of dementia. For some time, scientists have studied this connection. Research shows that certain underlying causes can cause both dementia and hearing loss. But in many cases, hearing... Read More

Help! I Can’t Find a Caregiver for My Loved One

— 3 Important Ways We Can Ease Your Mind By: Janet Jackson-McCulloch  It takes a special person to choose a career as a caregiver. If you’ve ever tried to care for someone in need, even someone you love, for any length of time, you know how challenging the job can be. The hours are long, the... Read More

Reducing Caregiver Stress When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

— Each year in November, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America sponsors Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. November is also National Family Caregivers Month—so appropriate, because people who are providing care for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition face many challenges, and they deserve our support. The workload of these family caregivers... Read More

A Special Labor Day Shoutout to Working Family Caregivers

— During the pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that working family caregivers are stretched thin as they balance caregiving with their job responsibilities. Much attention has been paid to the stressful situation of working parents, who were suddenly called to serve as home school teachers during their working hours. But families who provide... Read More

Family Caregivers Should Consider Their Own Nutritional Needs

— During November, we have been celebrating National Family Caregivers Month. The year 2020 has certainly been a challenging one for the many family members and friends who are providing care for an older or disabled loved one! Whether their loved one lives with them, or in a senior living community, or independently, the workload of... Read More
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