Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Caregiving and Staying Healthy

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Here we talk a lot about mental healthy and staying stress-free.  As we slowly crawl toward Spring, the itch to be outside is growing stronger and stronger. Naturally, that makes us think about being active and staying fit.  Most caregivers would laugh at the notion of staying fit and physically healthy while focusing on a [...]

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What You Need to Know: Shingles

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Have you ever entered a conversation about Shingles and realized that the person across from you was contradicting everything you thought you knew about the illness? Does it affect people who have or haven’t had chickenpox? Does it make your skin scaly and red or bumpy and bruised? Shingles is one of the most wrongly [...]

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Adapting a Bathroom: Giving the Toilet a Boost

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Aging brings new challenges. These challenges can often present themselves in the form of aches and pains. Bending down, walking up stairs, sitting in a car or even getting dressed can be harder and harder as our bones and joints become less willing to do what we ask them too. The hips and knee joints, [...]

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Easier Morning’s with Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s Disease challenges people as caregivers or as the diagnosed. Simple daily tasks, like getting dressed can become the most challenging part of the day. With simple, inexpensive tools, Parkinson’s does not have to be a mean a loss of independence. If you or someone you care for is challenged by getting dressed, these tools [...]

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Behavioral Changes Late in the Day: Sundowner’s Syndrome

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Like clock work, as the sun fades so does the mood of your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. You aren’t alone. This is not an anomaly. It’s known as sundowners syndrome, and you can take steps to reduce it’s severity. Specifically, sundowner’s syndrome is the behavioral changes that occur in a person around dusk. It usually [...]

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Signs of Caregiver Burnout

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Caring for a loved one is a trying, exhausting task. When we are exhausted and need a break from work, we take vacations or personal days. Taking a vacation from caregiving is almost laughable. How do you take a vacation? The unfortunate truth is, we all need a vacation from something that puts stress on [...]

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Avoiding the Flu this Season

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The United States has been shocked by the flu season of 2012-2013. In Boston, Massachusetts alone, 700 people have been reportedly diagnosed with the flu – 18 of those people have passed away. This number of reported cases is ten times the amount from last year. Most techniques to avoiding the influenza virus are common sense [...]

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Treating Dry Skin in Elderly Loved Ones

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We are still in the middle of a dry, brittle winter – unfortunately. This means the moisture from our skin is leaving our bodies at a rapid rate and not returning.  For younger people, this can be easily treated with once daily applications of lotions on afflicted areas. For our elderly loved ones, whose skin [...]

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