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Caring for Senior Relatives Over the Holidays

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Are you home for the holidays?  Is your nest full of siblings, spouses, sons, daughters, cousins, and children? We know that hosting family can be stressful, which is why we’ve directed this post towards those who may be guests in the home of a senior loved one or their family-member caregivers. Having help from willing relatives can do so much to ease these relatives’ minds and relieve their stress. According to the Population Reference Bureau, family members provide more than 95% of informal care for older adults who do not live in nursing homes. If family like unoccupied teens or lounging uncles are willing…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts for Your Senior Loved Ones

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It’s that season of the year again; the holidays are fast approaching and time is running out to complete your shopping. As you write your gift lists, you may find yourself stumped when trying to figure out the perfect present for the senior loved ones in your life. This holiday season, what counts is consideration of an elderly loved one’s preferences, needs, and limitations. In addition to sending warmth and holiday cheer, focus on facilitating their care and well-being. Below are 10 holiday gifts that we’ve found are great for seniors.   1.  LIGHT IT by Fulcrum LED Wireless Magnifier…

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

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It’s known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many seniors, the holiday season brings sadness and depression. Seniors can experience this Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for physical reasons, such as shorter days, colder weather, and physical impairments that keep them from participating in holiday activities. Emotional reasons like loneliness and missing deceased loved ones can also trigger seasonal depression. SAD, also known as the winter blues or holiday blues during this time of the year, is considered by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a “specifier for a recurrent major depressive disorder… that…

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Home for the Holidays: Watching for Warning Signs

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For most, the holiday season means getting together to spend time with family and loved ones. For adult children who live far away from their elderly parents, it may be the only time of the year that they get to spend quality time with mom or dad. The holidays provide an opportunity for you to have those “must-have” conversations with your elderly loved ones and other family members about care options and planning for the future. You will also have the chance to watch for any warning signs that your senior loved one needs care sooner rather than later. What…

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Simple Ways to Support Family Caregivers

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During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the 30 percent of American adults who are caregivers for an ill or disabled loved one. As the senior population grows, and the need for in-home care increases as well – nearly four in 10 seniors have at least one disability – these volunteer caregivers provide an estimated 37 billion hours of informal care every year. Though caring for a loved one can be rewarding in several ways, the demands placed on family caregivers often lead to stress and burnout. This is most common for those in the sandwich generation ­– middle-aged adults…

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