June 14, 2024
Reading Time 4 min.

Beat the Heat: Hydration and Nutrition Tips for Seniors This Summer

Introduction: The Importance of Staying Hydrated and Nourished As summer temperatures rise, it's important to ensure that elderly loved ones stay hydrated and well-nourished. Seniors are more vulnerable to dehydration and poor nutrition during hot weather because their bodies don't regulate temperature as effectively. They may also feel less thirsty, making it easy to forget […]
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June 7, 2024
Reading Time 3 min.

Stay Cool and Safe: Essential Heat Safety Tips for Seniors This Summer

Introduction: The Importance of Heat Safety for Seniors As summer approaches, it's important to think about how to keep our elderly loved ones safe in the heat. Seniors are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses because their bodies can't adjust to sudden changes in temperature as well as younger people. This makes them more likely to […]
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May 31, 2024
Reading Time 4 min.

Strength in Compassion: Emotional Support Strategies for Caregivers

This week is the final week of mental health awareness month. It has been mentioned briefly in prior week’s post’s but this week is about you, the caregiver. I hope you find something that reduces your burden in some meaningful way. Introduction: The Heart of Caregiving Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one can […]
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May 24, 2024
Reading Time 4 min.

Calm Minds, Happy Hearts: Mindfulness and Meditation for Seniors

Introduction: The Power of Mindfulness and Meditation Taking care of an elderly loved one can be challenging, especially when they struggle with anxiety and depression. Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools that can help manage these issues. These practices are becoming more popular and accepted in mental health care because they are effective and easy […]
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May 17, 2024
Reading Time 4 min.

Healing Conversations: How Therapy and Counseling Support Senior Well-being

Introduction: Embracing Supportive Conversations Mental health is just as important for elderly people as it is for the rest of us, especially when they are dealing with anxiety and depression. It’s easy to overlook the mental struggles seniors face, but it’s crucial to bring these issues into the open and address them properly. Therapy and […]
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April 19, 2024
Reading Time 4 min.

Heart Health and Peace of Mind: Mastering Stress for Cardiovascular Wellness

Introduction: The Connection Between Stress and Heart Health Stress can sneak up on you and your elderly loved ones, making it hard to know when it's becoming a problem. It has been shown that being overly stressed can make you more likely to get heart disease or have a stroke. This is especially important for […]
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March 29, 2024
Reading Time 4 min.

Securing the Future: Navigating Legal and Financial Terrain for Elderly Care

Introduction: The Importance of Early Planning Getting ready for the future care of our elderly loved ones is something many of us don’t think about until we need to. But planning ahead is really important. It helps make sure that our parents or grandparents can have the care they need and that their wishes are […]
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March 15, 2024
Reading Time 3 min.

Beyond Duty: Navigating the Highs and Lows of Caregiving

Being a caregiver is a big job. It's like being a helper, friend, and nurse all at the same time. You might have become a caregiver for your mom or dad as they got older. This job is very important because you help them live a better life. But it's not always easy. Sometimes, it […]
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March 8, 2024
Reading Time 3 min.

Embracing Change: Managing Expectations as Parents Age

As our parents age, the inevitable changes in their health, independence, and roles within the family unit bring about a mix of emotions, from concern and fear to love and duty. It's a transition that many find challenging, not only for the elderly but also for those stepping into caregiver roles. The key to navigating […]
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February 16, 2024
Reading Time 5 min.

The Foundation of Senior Health: A Caregiver's Guide to Nutrition and Hydration

Taking care of our elderly loved ones means making sure they eat right and drink enough water every day. It's not always easy because as people get older, they might not feel as hungry or forget or avoid drinking water. Eating healthy foods and staying hydrated are super important to keep them feeling good and […]
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January 26, 2024
Reading Time 3 min.

Just Say the Word: Voice-Activated Assistants and Senior Independence

This week we are moving away from the seasonal and colder topics. This is the last look at technology as an assistive device to help our loved ones age in place. You may recall this began before the Christmas season with Smart Homes for Smart Aging which can be found here. Today we are taking […]
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December 29, 2023
Reading Time 3 min.

Cherishing Memories: A Guide to Year-End Reflection with Elderly Loved Ones

As the year draws to a close, I am taking time to look at 2023 and all that for which I am grateful. So many amazing things. I started typing them out and realized there is just too much to include it all. I’ll keep this part short. I am thankful for you who take […]
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December 1, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

Senior Safety Solutions: Navigating the World of Personal Emergency Response

Last week we took a look at wearable technology and part of that was a brief look at pros and cons of medical alert devices. You can find that post here. Another name for Medical alert devices is Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). Today we will look at an overview of this technology as well […]
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November 24, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

Step by Step: Empowering Senior Health with Wearable Technology

When it comes to taking care of our older family members, we want to maximize their quality of life. One good way to do this is with wearable technology.  These are small gadgets they can wear that help keep an eye on their health. Let's take a look at how these tools are making a […]
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September 29, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

Fuel for the Golden Journey: How Diet Shapes Elderly Well-being

Last week, we took a short journey through the world of exercise and activity, looking at it's benefits for those who choose to age gracefully at home. We saw how how movement, even in its simplest forms, can usher in a plethora of health benefits for our elderly loved ones. But physical activity is just […]
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September 8, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

From Hospital to Rehab: Ensuring the Best Transition for Your Loved One

The last two weeks we have been talking through the hospital discharge process. Two weeks ago we started looking at the hospital discharge process and what potential discharge destinations would be. You can find that post here. Last week we took a look at who, how and when to ask questions regarding discharging from acute […]
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September 1, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

From Confusion to Clarity: A Caregiver's Guide to Hospital Discharge Queries

Last week we started looking at the hospital discharge process and what potential discharge destinations would be. You can find that post here. Today we take a look at who, how and when to ask questions regarding discharging from acute care and when to follow up.  Who do I ask about the discharge plan?  Depending […]
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August 25, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

Discharge Decisions: Exploring Your Options for Recovery and Care

While writing my book, and continuing clinical work, I have found that there is a large need for a resource for people whose loved one is in the hospital. Now they need to be discharged, but are unable to return back home at their prior level of function. It seems to almost everyone that time […]
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August 18, 2023
Reading Time 3 min.

Addressing and Reducing Caregiver Burnout and Stress

Being a caregiver can be as rewarding as it is challenging. Last week’s post dove deep into understanding the symptoms of caregiver burnout. It's even more important to discuss ways to address it. Today, we emphasize the importance of self-care and seeking the necessary help. Preventing Caregiver Burnout Being a caregiver is a journey of […]
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August 11, 2023
Reading Time 4 min.

Recognizing the Causes and Signs of Caregiver Burnout and Stress

Introduction Last week we discussed actionable steps to help your loved ones set up advanced directives. That post can be found here. Helping your loved ones set up advanced directives is just one of the selfless acts the journey of a caregiver is paved with. But as you know it's also filled with many more […]
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August 4, 2023
Reading Time 3 min.

Implementing Advanced Healthcare Directives - A Georgia Caregiver's Guide

If you followed last week’s blog post about understanding advanced healthcare directives, you already know the crucial role they play for your loved ones.  They ensure your loved one's healthcare wishes are respected. This week, we dig deeper by providing a practical guide on implementing these directives in the state of Georgia for your loved […]
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