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Top 5 Caregiving Mistakes to Avoid in Cedar Valley, IA
Top 5 Caregiving Mistakes to Avoid in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on October 8, 2018

Providing care for an older adult can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. There are many pitfalls along the way that make the task much more difficult. Here are some common mistakes caregivers must be aware of. 1. Failing to Learn Before stepping into the role of caregiver, learn all you can about the medical conditions your senior loved one has. This way, you’ll understand how your loved…

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How Can Your Employer Help with Caregiving in Cedar Valley, IA
How Can Your Employer Help with Caregiving in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on September 24, 2018

When you’re a family caregiver who also has a full-time job, it can be difficult to strike the perfect work-life balance. While many employers have policies in place to assist new parents, it’s rarer to encounter an employer with supportive policies for caregivers. Nonetheless, there are many things you and your employer can do to make your life easier. 1. Be Upfront About Your Situation If you aren’t striking the…

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Tips for Millennial Caregivers in Cedar Valley, IA
Tips for Millennial Caregivers in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on September 10, 2018

There’s a rise in the number of millennial caregivers around the world. The responsibility of caring for an elderly loved one can be difficult for millennials, especially when it pertains to making major life decisions for an older adult. The following considerations can make caregiving easier on millennials and the seniors they care for. Technology Can Simplify the Role Millennials can use technology to check in on their aging loved…

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How Aromatherapy Mitigates Alzheimer's Symptoms in Cedar Valley, IA
How Aromatherapy Mitigates Alzheimer's Symptoms in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on August 27, 2018

As you know, for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, life can be frustrating, confusing, and scary. Aromatherapy makes the challenges of Alzheimer’s more manageable. This type of complementary medicine uses essential oils to confer wellbeing for the mind, emotions, and body. Here’s how aromatherapy can make life easier for your loved one. Science of Aromatherapy Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts with restorative qualities. The liquids are pressed…

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How to Respect a Senior's End-of-Life Wishes in Cedar Valley, IA
How to Respect a Senior's End-of-Life Wishes in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on August 13, 2018

As seniors approach the end of life, they may make specific requests for how they want everything to be handled, which may include instructions for care, methods for handling their funeral, and ways to manage their estate after they pass. It can be difficult to balance your parent’s end-of-life wishes with practical concerns and other family members’ feelings on the subject. Here are a few ways to ensure you respect…

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Social Media Strategies for Seniors in Cedar Valley, IA
Social Media Strategies for Seniors in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on July 23, 2018

Social media is not just for the younger generations. Seniors can use social media to reconnect with old friends and stave off the negative emotions that sometimes come with living alone. As your aging loved one gets ready to explore how technology enhances social interactions, he or she can use the following strategies to get the most out of making new connections. Start Simple With so many social media platforms…

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How to Prepare for Alzheimer's Care Journey in Cedar Valley, IA
How to Prepare for Alzheimer's Care Journey in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on July 9, 2018

Taking care of a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s can be a challenging task, but there are a few steps you can take to make this process a little bit easier. With some foresight and patience, you should be able to avoid many of the most common issues caregivers run into. Here is a quick look at seven tips you can use to get ready for the Alzheimer’s care…

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Dementia in Cedar Falls, IA
How to Talk to Your Kids About Dementia in Cedar Falls, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on June 25, 2018

The changes that occur due to dementia can be confusing to children who love their grandparents. Use the following tips to help your children preserve their relationship as they learn more about their loved one’s dementia diagnosis.  Start as Soon as You’re Ready Parents often worry about their children being too young to understand serious health conditions such as dementia. However, your children have likely already noticed a few changes…

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5 Steps to Take If Your Parent Is Moving in with You, Cedar Valley, IA
5 Steps to Take If Your Parent Is Moving in with You, Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on June 11, 2018

Many caregivers decide to move their senior parents into their homes instead of allowing them to live alone or move into an assisted living facility. The option of providing care at home is a benefit for both seniors and their caregivers. Here are some of the steps family caregivers should take before moving an aging loved one in.  1. Get Your Family’s Opinion and Approval  Make sure your spouse and…

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Positive Effects of Water Aerobics for Older Adults Cedar Falls, IA
Positive Effects of Water Aerobics for Older Adults Cedar Falls, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on May 28, 2018

Exercising is essential for seniors who want to preserve their overall health and increase their longevity. When searching for an exercise routine your elderly loved one will enjoy, make sure water aerobics makes the list. Working out in the water can provide many health benefits without putting excessive pressure on the body. Here are some of the top benefits seniors can gain when they take up water aerobics.  Boosts Overall…

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