There are approximately 44 million caregivers in the U.S. today. Balancing the demands of caregiving with the needs of work or children makes it is difficult for caregivers to get the help they need. I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite caregiver articles for the week so you don’t have to search for them.
1. Alzheimer’s and Living Alone: This article addresses the challenges of assessing whether someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is able to live at home, how they can do so safely and when they should no longer live alone.
2. Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors: Stay Balanced While Reaching: Watch a 7 minute video on exercises to prevent falls. Falls account for a high percentage of senior falls. For more information on fall prevention and causes for falls, check out my blog posts.
3. Eldercare: Caregiving is a Man’s World Too: Eldercare: Caregiving is a Man’s World Too: I have met several husbands who were caring for their wives with dementia and have a cousin who cares for my aunt, his mother, who had a stroke. While the stereotype is that caregivers are women, there are many men who are caregivers to their spouses, parents or siblings. While men and women do the job differently, their needs should be addressed.
4. 10 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living: Senior care is expensive, and not getting any cheaper. This list provides options to make living in an assisted living facility more affordable.
5. Utilizing Aging in Place Resources Available to our Seniors (and Us): This is a great guide for what caregivers can do to help their senior parents age in place. Planning ahead for everything from mobility issues to nutrition support is critical in ensuring that a senior can stay safely in their own home.
Do you have any favorite articles from this week?