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Little-Known Winter Dangers For Elders

Falls, and hypothermia are likely to top the list of caregiver concerns during the icy winter months. But, elderly loved ones are also at risk for some lesser known, but still impactful, hazards brought on by frigid weather.  Seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D deficiency can be hazardous to a senior’s health. The good new […]

9 Free Resources to Take Control of Your Money

Making financial decisions can have long-lasting consequences, both positive and negative. To maintain your economic security as you age, it’s important to understand your finances and have a plan for the future. NCOA’s EconomicCheckUp® is a free online tool to improve your budgeting and saving, find work, and set financial goals. You can start with the comprehensive financial checkup. […]

Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen in the Fall

Fall is here, and this is the time of year when “sundowning” can be more prevalent, especially for individuals in the middle stages of dementia. During autumn, the days begin to get shorter. I notice it already, but that’s because I am outside most of the time. We will be turning the clocks back before […]

Caregiving Is a Lot Like Football

Football season is upon us! While I was watching a game over the weekend, I was struck by the similarities between football and caregiving. I watched the quarterback dodging tackles and doing everything in his power to avoid getting sacked. It’s hard to lead the team when you are running for your life. It’s hard […]

Create Your All-Star Care Team in 5 Steps

In this country, there is a growing problem regarding a lack of supportive resources for family caregivers. There are government programs, charities, and nonprofits that might be able to help intermittently, but what caregivers often need most is sound advice, regular respite and an extra set of hands.  Friends may scatter when one begins caring […]

Helping Mom and Dad Make the Decision to Relocate in Older Age

At age 90, Marta’s mother still lived in the two-story farmhouse where she had raised five children. The white clapboard structure held a wealth of memories beyond measure, not to mention an attic’s worth of personal possessions, pictures and mementos of birthdays and Christmases gone by. But Marta worried her mother could fall while walking […]

Pill-Swallowing Methods for Simplifying Medication Administration

About 40 percent of American adults have trouble swallowing pills, according to a Harris Interactive poll. Commonly cited issues include gagging, a lingering aftertaste from an incomplete swallow, and having a pill become lodged in the throat. These problems can be even more prevalent in seniors with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other […]