What Can You Do about Caregiver Guilt?

Caregiver guilt is very real and can incapacitate you. You can become so riddled with guilt about your decisions and actions that you no longer know what to do. Accept that You're Going to Occasionally Feel Guilty Guilt is always going to crop up as a family caregiver. You might feel guilty for taking an afternoon away or for helping someone besides your elderly family member with a problem. There are a million ways that guilt is going to crop up. So ... Read more

When Should You Consider Elder Care Services?

Some caregivers avoid hiring elder care providers because they worry that they're passing off tasks and responsibilities that they should be handling themselves. There are quite a few different circumstances that contribute to whether this is the right option for you. When You're Out of Time Time is an incredibly precious commodity and you can't do anything to get it back once it's gone. You can only do so much yourself during a day, so having someone else that you can rely ... Read more

What Should You Do First When a Senior Needs Your Help?

Many caregivers are thrown for a loop when they first realize that a senior family member needs more help. Sometimes this situation crops up literally overnight, which complicates it further. Take your time to start putting some answers together. From there you can sort out what else you need and what other resources you can access. Assess the Situation Get as full a picture of the existing situation as you can. If your senior family member is having health problems, talk with ... Read more

How Can You Tell that You Are Feeling Overwhelmed by Caregiving?

When you've got a lot of different situations going on in your life, being a caregiver can become extremely overwhelming. Overwhelm is that feeling when you're battling upstream constantly and getting nowhere. You might even feel as if you have to step completely away from caregiving. In many cases, managing the overwhelm can keep you functioning as a caregiver. You're Experiencing Feelings of Depression Depression can be subtle, but the symptoms are usually the same. People suffering from depression tend to feel ... Read more

Is Your Parent at Greater Risk for Bone and Joint Pain?

The statistics regarding bone and joint health in this country are truly staggering. Experts estimate that there are more than 54 million adults over the age of 50 who are suffering from osteoporosis, 35.5 million of which are women, and nearly 23 percent of the adult population is living with arthritis. These are only two of the many conditions that can lead to pain in the joints and bones, all of which can lead to reduced mobility, compromised safety, and diminished ... Read more

Does Your Parent Need Home Care Services at Night?

In your role as a family caregiver for your aging parent one of the most important decisions that you will make is whether your senior needs home care services or how much of such care would benefit them the most. You want to make sure that you make the decision that will ensure they have all of the support and care that they need, but that you are kept at the forefront of their care, and their independence is not compromised. One ... Read more

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia?

Approximately 900,000 people throughout the United States suffer from pneumonia each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 5 and 7 percent of these people will die from the infection. Unfortunately, elderly adults tend to be the most at risk, along with young children. As a family caregiver it is important that you are able to detect when your aging parent might be suffering from this infection so that you are able to ensure that they get the ... Read more

Tips for Helping Your Elder Cope with Depression

Depression among older adults is not uncommon. In fact, approximately 7 percent of elders live with chronic depression and even more will experience bouts of it. This, however, does not mean that it is a normal issue, or that it is just something that your aging parent will have to deal with as they get older. As their family caregiver it is important that you recognize the negative impact that depression can have on your parent and what you can do to ... Read more

Can Low Vision Increase Fall Risk?

Falls are one of the greatest risks that senior adults face. Each year throughout the United States, approximately 25 percent of the older adult population falls, and more than 27,000 die as a result of these falls. Identifying the particular risk factors that your senior has that increase the chances that they will suffer such a fall is an important step in protecting them from the falls and from the potentially devastating consequences that can happen as a result. One such ... Read more

How Can You Help Your Elderly Adult Manage the Emotions of Moving into Your Home?

Making a move from her own home to yours is an extremely emotional time for your loved one. As her family caregiver, it falls to you to help make this process as easy as possible for your elderly family member. Here's what you need to know in order to keep the experience positive. Talk to Her before the Move Often family members and seniors avoid having deep talks before the move about how everyone is feeling because it might seem inevitable anyway. ... Read more