Seniors & Caregiving

Caring for Caregivers Blog Round-Up

Since 1997, when then-president Bill Clinton signed the first proclamation, November has been National Family Caregivers Month. The purpose is to honor and recognize these unsung heroes.  Family caregivers often go unseen but give a lot. They are frequently juggling the needs of both aging parents and children of their own, as well as careers and spouses. There is a lot of emotional stress and little to no pay for people taking on this responsibility.  No matter how loving…

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Benefits of Journaling for Seniors and Adults

Do you keep a journal? It turns out that journaling is beneficial for everyone, not just lovelorn teens and struggling writers. Journaling can be particularly beneficial for seniors and adults. Boosts Communication and Writing Skills Keeping a journal forces you to organize your thoughts, which can help with both written and oral communication. It may also increase your vocabulary and improve your voice. Improves Physical Health Journaling is an expressive form of writing, which has been shown to benefit…

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Senior Downsizing

Around 51% of retirees over the age of 50 decide to move and downsize. This can be an emotional process, especially if you’ve lived in one place for a while. The following tips can help you decide if downsizing is right for you and make the process easier. Reasons to Downsize Weather. According to one study, 25% of older adults plan to move to a warmer climate. Logistics. Stairs, long driveways, outdated bathrooms, and other infrastructure can make it…

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Juggling Responsibilities in the Sandwich Generation

Being a parent is a big job. Caring for aging parents is, too. For the sandwich generation, juggling the responsibilities of both, often on top of working full time, can feel overwhelming. These tips help make it easier. Plan Ahead Saving for the future takes on a whole new meaning when you’ve got college-aged children, elder care choices, and retirement goals all looming around the same time. By planning early, you help make things easier when those big expenses…

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Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect

In the US, millions of cases of elder abuse and neglect are reported each year, and millions more go unreported. Elder abuse may include physical, sexual, or emotional harm as well as financial exploitation or neglect by their caretakers.  Unfortunately, elders are more susceptible to abuse and neglect as the aging process leaves them frail and less able to care for themselves. They can’t physically protect themselves and may also have difficulty thinking clearly.  Abuse and neglect often take…

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