Determining if the time is right for your loved one to have full time caregiving can be difficult. The burden to make that decision usually falls upon family members to recognize the signs that their aging parents may need some help. At Caregivers Connection, we have some questions to help you make that determination. Continue reading
Being named an executor for someone’s estate is not always an easy job. As your loved one’s caregiver, chances are that job will fall on your shoulders. Caregivers Connection has compiled a list of six helpful tools for an executor. Continue reading
At Caregivers Connection, we are aware that one of your greatest concerns is the safety of your loved one. Whether or not they are properly taking their medication is probably high on the list of things you think about when you are not with them. Here’s six medication safety tips that are easy for you, and them, to follow. Continue reading
According to former First Lady, Rosalyn Carter; “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” In other words, at some point, everyone will face the challenges of being a caregiver. We at Caregivers Connections, have put together a list of three common challenges of caregiving, along with some tips to handle each successfully. Continue reading
As your loved one ages, it’s common for them to experience a loss of mobility. When they’ve spent their entire lives unaided, learning to walk with a walker, cane or even using a wheelchair is a struggle. As a caregiver, it may be hard to know how to help them. At Caregivers Connection, we would like to offer four tips that can encourage them to increase their mobility. Continue reading
As a caregiver, you are keenly aware of your family member’s patterns and their health. One thing you are always watching for are signals that they are experiencing memory loss. Caregivers Connection has some helpful tools for you. Continue reading
As a caregiver, you’ve more than likely heard: ‘take care of yourself’, ‘your health is important to your loved one’, and other thoughtful words along that line. The problem is, many shrug it off thinking, ‘I don’t have the time to take care of myself’. The truth is, it’s important to take care of yourself. Here are five steps to help you avoid caregiver burnout. Continue reading
As a caregiver, you may not believe it, but you truly are among a group of unsung heroes. The number of caregivers is about 34 million strong, and growing. November is National Caregivers Month. Caregivers Connection wants to honor you. Continue reading
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. Continue reading
Use it or lose it. This is the word from doctors recently when talking to senior citizens about their bodies. The good news is, seniors needn’t think they have to sign up for 10K races, high-impact aerobics, or heavy weight training. Instead, walking benefits them by keeping them physically strong and agile. Adding a simple 35-minute walk a day is all it takes.
According to Dr. Michael Pratt, the acting chief for the Physical Activity and Heath Branch in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, walking is a tremendously good activity for senior citizens. It’s cheap, simple, and almost anybody can do it. Walking has a number of health benefits for everyone. For seniors especially, it helps them maintain mobility and their independence.
Five benefits of walking:
1) Improves circulation: Women who walked 30 minutes a day reduced their risk of stroke by 20 percent – by 40 percent when they stepped up the pace, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
2) Strengthens your bones: It can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis, according to Michael A. Schwartz, MD, of Plancher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New York.
3) It supports your joints: Since our joints don’t get any blood supply, they rely on synovial or joint fluid that circulates as we move, which carries oxygen to them. Without walking, joints are deprived of life-giving fluid, which can speed deterioration.
4) It lightens the mood: Walking releases natural painkilling endorphins to the body – this is just one of the emotional benefits of exercise.
5) It helps you do more, longer. Since walking helps circulation, keeps the bones strong and healthy, and lightens your mood, the body stays healthy longer, increasing the ability to be more active as we age.
With that being said, when is a good time to start a walking program? Now! Perhaps they can’t begin with 30 minutes, however, they can start somewhere. Walking benefits the body in so many ways, so go out and enjoy your walk. Even when the weather isn’t the greatest, lacing up your shoes and heading to a mall is a perfect way to keep moving.