Aging and Depression

30. June 2016 Health 0
    Our society reveres youth, emphasizing the positive aspects of youth and negative aspects of old age. It can be difficult to accept our new self as we age, knowing that our youth is behind us. With changes such as the loss of a spouse, poor health and the changes of retirement, it can ...

Easy Brain Challenges

29. June 2016 Health 0
    According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a mere hour per day of mental exercise is enough to keep memory active and the mind sharp. An hour seems like a long time, but if you break it up into 20 minute brain breaks during the day, or engage your caree and do ...

Easy Self-Care at Home

    Caregivers don’t tend to have a lot of time to get away on a vacation or even to a spa day, so how can you work self-care into your life to preserve your well-being? I’ve rounded up 20 easy self-care activities you can do at home that take less than 20 minutes.   ...

The Emotions Behind Caregiving

  Whether you are the caregiver or the caree, there are a lot of emotions tied to caring for someone or being the person who needs care. Understanding what you are each going through can help you both accept and move forward.     Sadness: Both the caregiver and caree can experience sadness during the ...

Respecting Your Caree

    Sometimes, as caregivers, we get so wrapped up in the task of providing care and ensuring our caree is safe, healthy and well cared for, that we don’t treat them with the respect we would normally show, particularly if they have dementia or are physically or cognitively dependent. We don’t do it intentionally, ...

Add Play into Your Caregiving Role

    Are you struggling with the frustration of always doing something for someone else and having a mile long to do list that leaves no time for fun? This can be a common frustration for caregivers, who are maintaining two households and are stretched between caring for an aging relative and their own family. ...

Top 5 Caregiving Stories this Week

    I don’t know about you, but the weeks are just flying by and I feel like there are never enough hours in the day. I’ll be traveling with my family in a week so I’m trying to get our travel essentials handled and keep up with caregiving content while I’m away. Self-care is ...

Understanding Social Challenges of Aging

    As we age, we don’t just go through physical changes, there are many social changes that can impact our emotional well-being. Understanding what our elderly parents are going through can help us approach the situation with empathy.   Changes in Employment and Financial Status For many, our career is part of our identity. ...

Know the Signs of Elder Abuse

13. June 2016 Safety 0
  When we think of elder abuse, we think of a family member or caregiver physically injuring an elderly person. But elder abuse isn’t always what we think. It can, of course, be physical, but it can also be emotional or even financial. Would you be able to recognize the signs of elder abuse if ...