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The Emotion You May Not Have Expected in Caring for Aging Parents

By |2021-08-31T14:44:28-04:00September 1st, 2021|Aging at Home, Caregiver Wellness, Family Caregivers|

Caring for aging parents brings about a variety of emotions. If you were to name the top 5 emotions you experience while caring for aging parents, what would they be? Maybe you would first think of emotions like love, compassion, and sometimes, even stress or frustration. Would anger make the list? In many cases, though family caregivers may not wish to disclose it, the answer is a definite YES. The truth is that lots of adult children grapple with the reality that their parents are getting older. Growing up, our parents might have exuded strength, health, and control, giving us an underlying [...]

Avoiding Elderspeak When Talking To Older Adults

By |2021-08-23T14:38:07-04:00August 18th, 2021|Caregiver Wellness, Family Caregivers, Quality of Life, Senior Issues|

Charter Home Health provides tips for talking to older adults. high-pitched voice, exaggerated facial expressions, and overly-simplified speech. Of course, this is perfectly normal and actually beneficial to an infant’s growing brain. Hopefully, when that infant's great-grandfather enters the room, loved ones refrain from reacting similarly. However it happens so often, and can be so detrimental to the elderly, that there is a word to describe this way of talking to older adults: elderspeak.  A recent research study by Susan Kemper, a professor specializing in gerontology at the University of Kansas, matched elderly listeners with younger speakers. Even with [...]

Talking To Your Doctor About A Dementia Diagnosis

By |2021-08-16T11:14:43-04:00August 10th, 2021|Dementia Care, Family Caregivers, Uncategorized|

Charter Home Health discusses talking to your doctor about a dementia diagnosis. Distress. Fear. Embarrassment. The feelings surrounding talking to your doctor about a dementia diagnosis can cause older adults to keep their suspicions to themselves. A recently available AARP survey peeled away a few of the layers of emotion to get to the reason – namely, worry over losing independence and becoming a problem to others. While there is some truth to those fears, there are also some misconceptions fueling them. For instance, virtually half of the participants, who were adults age 40 and over, believe they are [...]

Why Proper Medicine Storage is Essential

By |2021-08-10T17:04:59-04:00March 16th, 2020|Family Caregivers|

Your elderly father lives alone, and the last few times you’ve been over to his house there were medicine bottles strewn all over the bathroom vanity. Not only is it unsafe, you’re pretty sure that some of dad’s meds have special storage requirements. But whenever you’ve tried to talk to him about implementing a better medicine storage system, dad just mumbles under his breath and walks away. What should you do?

How to Provide Long Distance Caregiving

By |2021-09-14T12:00:08-04:00February 3rd, 2020|Family Caregivers|

Your elderly mother still lives about two hours away in the home you grew up in. Ever since dad passed away two years ago, mom has been able to continue aging in place on her own. But lately her health has taken a turn for the worse. Mom’s always made it clear to you and your siblings that she wants to remain independent for as long as possible. You want to honor mom’s wishes, but how can you assist her when you live so far away?

How to Protect Seniors from Financial Scams

By |2019-12-16T14:49:51-05:00December 16th, 2019|Family Caregivers|

Millions of elderly Americans are targeted by financial scam artists every year, and in many cases it’s their own family members who are involved. If you’re currently caring for an aging in place loved one, knowing how to protect seniors from financial scams is probably a priority. Thankfully, doing so is possible when taking these steps.

How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Others

By |2019-11-26T16:12:15-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Family Caregivers|

Providing care to an elderly loved one is a labor of love, but millions of family caregivers every year experience a condition called “caregiver fatigue”. Caregiver fatigue is common amongst members of the “Sandwich Generation”, or those adults who are caught in between raising children and caring for an elderly parent at the same time. Thankfully, staying recharged and refreshed is possible when using these tips from the pros.

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