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Reasons Seniors Shuffle When Walking in Cedar Valley, IA
Reasons Seniors Shuffle When Walking in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on December 10, 2018

As seniors age, they often develop mobility problems, which may manifest as a slow, shuffling gait. Mobility issues can be caused by a myriad of factors, ranging from muscle wasting to minor cardiovascular events. If your senior loved one is having difficulty walking, the shuffling gait may be due to the natural aging process, or it may be a sign of something more serious. Microscopic Strokes Microscopic strokes are a…

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Tips to Control Sundowning Effects on Seniors in Cedar Valley, IA
Tips to Control Sundowning Effects on Seniors in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on November 26, 2018

Seniors with dementia often exhibit a behavior referred to as sundowning, which increases agitation and wandering. You can use these tips to ease your aging loved one’s sundowning symptoms so you both enjoy your time together. Track Changes in Behavior Most seniors with Alzheimer’s have certain times during each day when they’re at their best, and you should also know that sundowning can occur at any point during the day…

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Helping a Parent Maintain Privacy in Cedar Valley, IA
Helping a Parent Maintain Privacy in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on November 12, 2018

For the busy caregiver, giving an aging loved one adequate privacy isn’t always at the top of the to-do list. Seniors deserve a certain amount of privacy, as giving them time to themselves communicates respect. Here are five tips for respecting an aging loved one’s privacy. 1. Make Sure Your Loved One Has a Private Room Seniors who live with their caregivers may not get a lot of alone time….

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Awesome Hobbies That Boost a Senior's Quality of Life in Cedar Valley, IA
Awesome Hobbies That Boost a Senior's Quality of Life in Cedar Valley, IA
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on October 22, 2018

Living a healthy lifestyle in the golden years is about more than eating nutritious foods and exercising. It also includes taking up enjoyable hobbies. Having a hobby can prevent boredom and significantly boost a senior’s wellbeing. Take a look at some hobbies that could boost your senior loved one’s quality of life. Volunteering Some adults continue to work in the golden years, while others want to enjoy their free time….

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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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