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By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on January 11, 2021
Many seniors become reclusive as they grow older, and that social isolation can negatively impact almost every aspect of life, which is why caregivers and family members need to promote social activities and nurture their relationships with their aging loved ones. Here’s a quick look at just a few of…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on December 28, 2020
Genetics and aging are two factors that put seniors at higher risk for experiencing strokes. However, a stroke doesn’t have to be inevitable for an aging adult. Here are some of the steps family caregivers can take to help their elderly loved ones prevent strokes. Relieve Stress When aging adults…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on December 14, 2020
  Pet ownership offers a wealth of benefits for seniors. Studies show in addition to receiving companionship, seniors who own pets enjoy enhanced mood, lower blood pressure, decreased incidences of depression and loneliness, and more motivation to carry out daily tasks. However, it’s important to find a pet that matches…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on November 23, 2020
Caring for a senior with dementia presents many challenges. Oftentimes, caregivers experience frustration when spending time with senior loved ones who repeat questions or display uncharacteristic behaviors. Before frustration provokes negative feelings about your aging loved one, try these strategies and techniques that can enable you to better handle stressful…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on November 9, 2020
According to the CDC, around 50 percent of adults will develop some form of arthritis by the age of 85. Arthritis has a variety of effects, but most seniors will first notice issues such as joint stiffness, minor discomfort, redness, and inflammation. This condition can affect almost any joint in…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on October 26, 2020
Aging adults with Parkinson’s disease may experience what’s referred to as autonomic dysfunctions, meaning they have difficulty swallowing and efficiently completing the digestive process. These are among the most commonly overlooked symptoms of Parkinson’s. It’s important for family caregivers to be aware of these types of problems so they can…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on October 12, 2020
According to the National Institute on Aging, more than half of all seniors experience sleep problems. This includes having difficulty falling asleep, waking frequently throughout the night, and sleeping for fewer hours at night. Although some seniors and their caregivers assume this is normal and naps will make up for…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on September 28, 2020
Whether it’s because of personal safety reasons or the need to move into a smaller living space, many seniors will eventually face the need to get rid of certain things they’ve acquired over the years. When your senior loved one has to make some room, it’s likely he or she…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on September 14, 2020
Healthy habits are essential for a senior’s wellbeing, yet many seniors encounter mental and physical challenges that may make it challenging to eat, sleep, and exercise as recommended. As a family caregiver, you can play a vital role in promoting healthy habits by using the following strategies with your aging…
By Jessica Fairbanks, 9:00 am on August 24, 2020
Aging adults are at higher risk for experiencing loneliness compared to other age groups. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for your senior loved one. Here are some fun ways for your loved one to socialize and reduce the risk of loneliness. 1. Visit Regularly Visiting your loved…