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  • At some point, many family caregivers realize that an aging loved one is no longer safe behind the wheel. Seniors are usually adamant about retaining their driving privileges, but there are a few ways to work around their resistance.
  • An explanation of the staging system used as a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia helps caregivers in understanding the levels of diminishing cognition and bodily functions that occur throughout the disease.
  • Self-care is equally as important as the care you provide for your loved one. If you’re struggling to balance these two priorities, it is time to modify your care plan and explore your options for respite.
  • As caregivers, we strive to meet all our loved ones’ needs. Our daily tasks are challenging, but one in particular gives families a lot of grief: ensuring our loved ones are stimulated and entertained.
  • U.S. veterans and their families are entitled to many government programs and benefits in exchange for their service to our country.
  • Criticism is an inescapable part of life. Although you aren’t likely to change how other people deliver their opinions, you can change how you perceive critical remarks and respond to them.
  • Familiarize yourself with the basic legal documents and forms that seniors and their caregivers use to create cohesive legal, financial and medical plans for the future.
  • Your aging parents think they can still take care of themselves, but if you’re noticing any of these red flags, it is time to consider in-home care.
  • Would you know what to do if you suddenly had to take over managing money and paying bills for your parent? Here are 10 things you need to know before assuming this responsibility.
  • The signs and symptoms of dementia vary from person to person, but certain behaviors are common indicators of increasing cognitive difficulties. Look for these red flags to determine if a loved one should seek a comprehensive medical exam.
  • UTIs are often difficult to detect in seniors, but early diagnosis can prevent serious complications. Know the age-related symptoms to look for and learn how to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Family caregivers work tirelessly to ensure their loved ones’ health and happiness, but many don’t realize that there’s a legal component to their role. Without these crucial healthcare documents, you may not be able to help when your elder needs it most.
  • Becoming a family caregiver can happen slowly or very suddenly, and it is often very overwhelming. Keeping a level head and following a few simple pieces of expert advice can help you start strong and persevere.
  • What caregivers should know about behaviors to watch for, changes in the level of care required, and possible housing cost increases during the transition from hospital back to senior housing.
  • When someone you love passes away, the last thing you want to think about is locating legal documents and handling financial matters. Use these steps to make the probate process as simple as possible.
  • Activities of Daily Living are used as an important measure to determine the level of care an individual requires. A thorough evaluation of a senior’s ability to independently perform ADLs will help determine what’s next.
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