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Bathroom safety for seniors

Tips for Making a Senior’s Bathroom Safer

For many persons aged 65-and-over the bathroom is one of the most dangerous spots in the home. A bathroom’s slick surfaces, sharp corners, trip hazards and tight spaces all provide a recipe for accidental falls and serious injuries. For many family caregivers, making a senior’s bathroom safer is an important way to help ensure their at-home independence.

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Fun craft ideas for seniors

5 Fun Craft Ideas for Seniors that Caregivers Will Also Enjoy

As a senior caregiver it’s also important to keep their hands busy and minds sharp through various activities. Crafts are a great way to spend some quality time together, and there are literally dozens of fun craft ideas for seniors to choose from. Here are 5  fun craft ideas for seniors that should bring a smile to both your faces.

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Help a senior parent pay the bills on time

What to do When Your Elderly Parent Keeps Forgetting to Pay The Bills

Ever since dad passed away your elderly mother, who still lives alone, has been forgetting to pay the bills. You’ve noticed unopened envelopes lying around her house with “past due” stamped on the outside, and creditors keep calling her at home. What should you do? To help get mom’s bills paid on time, try these reliable steps.

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Woman enjoying nutritious meals for seniors

Quick, Easy and Nutritious Meals for Seniors

Many at-home seniors simply lose interest in grocery shopping and meal preparation, and for others the prospect of eating alone just isn’t appetizing. When providing care for an aging in place loved one, it’s oftentimes a struggle to prepare them a healthy meal after your workday is over. What follows are several nutritious meals for seniors you can use that will also save you some valuable time.

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Flu Prevention

Flu Prevention: How to Keep an Aging Parent Protected

Nobody likes getting the flu, but its effects upon the elderly can be quite serious, or even fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the U.S. there are more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths resulting from the flu. If you’re currently caring for an elderly parent who lives alone those flu statistics are certainly of concern. Fortunately, there are several reliable actions you can take to help keep them protected.

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Aging leading to a fear of falling

How to Overcome a Fear of Falling in Seniors

Many elderly Americans live with a fear of falling, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during an average year 2.8 million seniors are injured in falls, resulting in 800,000 hospitalizations and over 27,000 fatalities. Furthermore, the CDC reports that the annual likelihood of an elderly person sustaining a serious fall, at home or elsewhere, is 1 in 3.

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Ways to Prevent Caregiver Injuries

Protect Yourself from Caregiver Injuries

Serving as a family caregiver for an aging in place loved one is highly rewarding, but it can also be dangerous at times. Thousands of family caregivers are injured every year while assisting others. Those caregiver injuries oftentimes result in missed work days, costly medical bills, and neglected household responsibilities.

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Seniors considering moving closer to adult children

Should My Aging Mother Consider Moving Closer to Me?

You’re raising a family in the Midwest, but your elderly mother lives in the same southeastern Massachusetts home that she’s lived in for over 50 years. But mom’s health is declining, and you’re concerned. With your own household and career, it’s hard to visit; let alone provide the care she needs to keep her aging comfortably in place. Long-distance caregiving is very difficult, so wouldn’t it make more sense for mom to consider moving closer?

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How Respite Care can Help You

Is It Time to Consider Respite Care?

Serving as an in-home caregiver can be a very positive and rewarding experience. But it can also wear you down, especially when it seems like no matter how hard you try, their condition just keeps getting worse. If you’re not careful, fatigue, anxiety or even caregiver burnout, can occur, which will carry over into your personal and professional lives. Even the most dedicated caregivers sometimes need a break, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. How will you know when it’s time to consider respite care? Use these red flags to guide your decision.

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