Memory – It Changes Over the Years

By | 2018-07-08T21:20:16+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better|

Twenty-two years ago, I devoured anything I could learn about the brain. I tried to understand what was happening to my father’s mind / brain as he lived with Alzheimer’s. I remain fascinated by the brain. We’re learning so much about the computer in our head – far more than my initial ill-fated introduction to [...]

Somebody’s Hero

By | 2018-07-08T18:47:39+00:00 July 8th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, Caregiver|

I don’t fight fires or cure the sick. I’ve never scaled a mountain or scored a winning touchdown. In many ways, my time on this earth is spent living an average life. But everyday, in little ways, I get to be somebody’s hero and the feeling is like no other. For you see, I am [...]

What’s backpacking got to do with caregiving?

By | 2018-07-08T18:45:08+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care|

I enjoy hiking above the 10,000-foot level where the colors are vivid and the air is crystal clear. To see these beautiful sights in the Sierras means hiking 13, 16, and even 20+ miles roundtrip in a 10 to 14-hour day. I’ve learned there are similarities between caregiving and backpacking. Don’t take on more than [...]

I See You

By | 2018-07-08T18:43:49+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care|

She raised her hands, exasperated. “They don’t have my yogurt!”“Is there some other brand you could eat?” I prompted.“I can’t get back here to the store. I’ve got a sitter taking care of my husband who is crazy! Crazy! You don’t know,” She shook her head as if clearing visions that she wanted to forget. [...]

Summer Fun for Seniors

By | 2018-07-02T01:20:57+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Making Life Better|

It's that time of year when the outdoors beckon! Spending time outdoors is good for all ages, but especially beneficial if you are "getting up there" in years. It increases our vitamin D levels, which helps fight certain conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, heart attacks and depression. Make getting outside one of your goals for [...]

5 Wheelchair Van Shopping Tips for Caregivers

By | 2018-06-18T17:49:48+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

If you’re the caregiver for an individual who uses a wheelchair, owning a wheelchair accessible van is helpful and can be more affordable with these tips. Family Caregiver As the caregiver for a family member, you can choose a wheelchair van based on the needs of the person in your care. Wheelchair vans come with [...]

Preparing Seniors for Surgery

By | 2018-06-18T17:48:47+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

As a growing number of the estimated 78 million Baby Boomers transition into their senior years, an increased focus is placed on the health of this important group of Americans. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 12 percent of the total U.S. population is over age 65 and, of that segment, more [...]

Keeping the Home in Medical Equipment

By | 2018-06-18T17:47:04+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better, In-Home Senior Care|

The varieties of situations caregivers deal with on a yearly basis often include one or more experiences with medical equipment brought into the home. Medical supply companies deal in everything from oxygen to diabetic supplies, depending on the company. While caregivers breathe a sigh of relief when the medical supplies are first delivered, prolonged exposure [...]

Tips for Talking about Alzheimer’s with a Family Member

By | 2018-06-18T17:44:13+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that is vitally important – talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline. Guest article by the Alzheimer’s Association Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband, Darrell after she noticed [...]

10 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

By | 2018-06-18T15:07:22+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Senior Care, Safety|

For many of us, the summer is a time of fun, time with friends and family, heading to the pool or the beach, and making lasting memories. Unfortunately, along with the summer, come high temperatures that can pose a risk, especially to seniors. Your body works hard to keep to a normal temperature. Excessive heat [...]