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Mental Health / Support

Coping With Grief: Helping Aging Parents Move on After the Loss of a SpouseAging parents can often be affected by the loss of a spouse, and the impacts of this loss can worsen if they continue living in their matrimonial home. Thank you Claire Wentz for contributing this article.

Coping With Cumulative Grief As a CaregiverAs a caregiver, you can have a closer relationship to death than most people. You might even experience losses one after another, before you have time to fully process the first loss. This can lead to something called cumulative loss—also known as bereavement overload. Thank you Rhett Rivera for contributing this article.

Mental Health Benefits of Hot Tubs - In the world today, it is more important than ever to focus on mental health. With so much stress and negativity, it can be challenging to stay cheerful and well. That's where hot tubs come in! Thank you Peter Rossi for contributing this article.

7 Common Health and Aging Stressors Adults Face as They Grow Older - As your loved ones get older, it can be easy to forget that they're not exempt from common health and aging stressors. Just because they're living longer doesn't mean they don't have concerns about practically anything else in life. Thank you Andrea Gibbs for contributing this article.

3 Ways to Keep Stress Under Control in Stressful SituationsWhat is Stress? There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as stress can mean different things to different people. In general, stress is a feeling of tension or anxiety caused by events or circumstances both inside and outside your control. Thank you Johny Kershaws for contributing this article.

Tips for Caring For An Autistic Child At Home - Caring for an autistic child at home poses different needs for every caregiver. Since the symptoms of autism can drastically range from person to person, safety preparation often feels overwhelming. Thank you Charmaigne Ambas for contributing this article.

8 Lifelong Ways to Support a Senior Loved One with Disability - With the current aging population of our world, it is becoming more common to have a senior loved one with a disability. As they get older and start to curtail their daily activities, it becomes increasingly important for family members and close friends to be there to support them in yet another way. Thank you Andrea Gibbs for contributing this article.

8 Creative Ways for Caregivers to Protect Their Mental Health - As a caregiver, you are probably spending a majority of your time tending to the needs of your loved one, which means you may not have been having many chances to take time off for your own needs. Thank you Karen Weeks for contributing this article.

3 Ways to Stay Organized as a Caregiver - Caregiving isn’t always easy. There are times when it can be frustrating and overwhelming. You might even feel guilty about feeling that way in the first place. With that being said, know that these feelings are completely natural and happen to the best of us. Thank you Rhett Rivera for contributing this article.

8 Ways To Feel Great From the Inside OutAs a caregiver, you may feel that you simply don’t have enough time to pay a little TLC (tender, loving, care) to yourself. However, from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you go to bed at night, there are hundreds of ways to feel good and look great in your own skin. Thank you Mary Shannon for contributing this article.

How Parents of Special Needs Children Can Identify and Ease Caregiver FatigueParents of children with special needs may feel overwhelmed or guilty about focusing on their own needs. Parental fatigue and unhappiness, however, can lead to poor health outcomes for the entire family. Thank you Kristin Louis for contributing this article.

November is National Family Caregivers’ Month - It’s Time to Take Care of Yourself. November might be best known for Thanksgiving, but it’s also National Family Caregivers Month. Incidentally, November marks Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well. Thank you Claire Wentz for contributing this article.

Mental Exercise Games and Activities for the ElderlyAs our body ages, so does our brain which increases the risk for cognitive decline. This can lead to detrimental effects such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other ailments concerned with neurodegenerative problems. Thank you Maricris Tamondong for contributing this article.

Online Caregiver Training and Lifelong Learning for Caregivers - Online caregiver training makes it easy to find helpful information 24/7. If you are a family caregiver or a professional caregiver, you know that the list of what caregivers should know is never-endingBy Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA

3 Key Items to Establish Your Caregiving Support NetworkIf you consider yourself to be a typical family caregiver, like me, you haven’t received any training to become proficient at caregiving. For this reason, it is incredibly helpful to have a network of support. Thank you Leamon Hood Jr for contributing this article.

Physical Health / Exercise

How to Use a Pool to Reduce Stress and Soothe Your Mind - Do you feel like the stresses of daily life are getting to you? If so, it might be time to take a break and relax in a pool. It can reduce stress and soothe your mind, making it a perfect place to escape from the world for a while. Thank you Peter Rossi for contributing this article.

Healthier Living and More Savings: Upgrading Your Caregiver LifestyleBeing a caregiver is demanding on several levels: physically, mentally, and emotionally. While it’s an essential role you’re fulfilling, you should make sure it’s not at the cost of your own health and wellbeing. Thank you Suzie Wilson for contributing this article!

5 Tips To Keep Seniors Healthy During WinterWinter weather causes seniors to stay indoors even more than they usually do. It is much more challenging to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Aside from physical health issues, being indoors with little to no movement is just as bad for their mental health. Thank you Brookelyn Simms for contributing this article.

6 Benefits of Swimming for Seniors - Everyone understands that exercise is beneficial to one's health. But, as we age, we tend to exercise less. One explanation is that our bodies begin to show indications of aging. Going for a run isn't as enjoyable as it once was if your joints hurt. Thank you Brookelyn Simms for contributing this article.

20 Wheelchair / Seated Exercises for the ElderlyBeing confined to a wheelchair has its discomforts especially for seniors. Having to sit all day in the same position causes serious health threats as well as fatigue, discomfort, and often bad posture. It is very useful to provide at least a daily routine of exercises to counteract these downsides. Thank you Maricris Tamondong for contributing this article.

Caring for the Caregiver: 7 Ways to Get Help and Improve Your Health - Caregiving is emotionally and physically draining. It’s easy for caregivers to neglect their needs given the numerous responsibilities they are tasked with. Thank you Holly Clark for contributing this article.

The Role of the Caregiver in Helping Seniors Stay FitIf you are the caregiver of seniors, you know how important it is for them to stay fit and healthy.  And as a caregiver, you may play an important role in helping them exercise and stay in shape. Thank you Joseph Jones for contributing this article.

Dementia / Alzheimer's Disease

What to do when you can no longer care for your loved one with Alzheimer's Disease - As a caregiver, you may find that your loved one needs more care than you can provide at home. You may feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and even resentful. Thank you Johny Kershaws for contributing this article.

3 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease: An In Depth LookWhen it comes to most cases of dementia, Alzheimer's disease is usually the cause. Because of this, the focus of this article is going to be on Alzheimer's specifically. Thank you Gerry Allen for contributing this article.

Changing the ER / Hospital to Better Assist Dementia - What protocols do hospitals have in place when a person comes into the emergency room (ER) who has severe dementia? This article is an attempt to raise more awareness to ER and hospital settings, some that often have NO clue what is coming! Thank you Gayle Yarbrough for contributing this article.

Stages and Types of Dementia: In Depth Overview - Many people are unaware or uninformed about the various stages and types of dementia. The amount of different types may surprise you. This is because dementia is an umbrella term used to describe several different types of cognitive decline. Thank you Gayle Yarbrough for contributing this article.

Late Stage Alzheimer's Disease Care Tips - If you are struggling to care for a loved one that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, you are not alone. There are over five million Americans currently living with this disease. Thank you Marsha Cox for contributing this article.

Do Medications Help Dementia Symptoms? - This is an extremely complex question that has many variables. In short, some work for some people while others don't work at all. My experiences have been very mixed. Thank you Gayle Yarbrough for contributing this article.

Medical Field / Healthcare

5 Major Advantages of Externship Training in the Medical Field - The world of healthcare has expanded generously in recent years. They require various skills apart from just the knowledge in medical terminology. Thank you Bobby Mickelson for contributing this article.

Medical Assistant Career: Is it worth for you? - The medical assistant job is growing at a much faster rate on the global scale than any other job in the world. Even in highly developed countries, most professions have a growth rate of about 4%. However, the medical assistant job is said to have a growth rate of 19% to 23%. Thank you Margaret Jones for contributing this article.

Anesthesia: Answers to Your Questions and Fears - You didn’t sleep well last night because your loved one is scheduled today for a medical procedure which requires anesthesia. As the caregiver, you want to know that your loved one is safe. You offer your comforting, reassuring words, but you have fear and anxiety for your loved one’s safety. By Bryan Tanner, MSN, APN, CRNA

Finances / Insurance

Making a Difference With Your Side Hustle - In unconventional times, many people are looking for ways to build a side hustle. At the same time, as baby boomers get older and need care and companionship, some people are realizing that many seniors are feeling even more isolated due to the pandemic. Thank you Mary Shannon for contributing this article.

How Seniors Can Live Life to the Fullest on a Fixed IncomeLiving on a low or fixed income in your golden years can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean you have to cut back on everything you enjoy. In fact, by saving in certain areas, you can free up more money to spend how you want. Thank you Karen Weeks for contributing this article.

Complete Guide to the Best Life Insurance Options for SeniorsLife insurance is one of the most secure ways to financially provide for your family after you pass away. Nevertheless, it can be a challenge to decide which type of policy is right for you. Thank you David Duford for contributing this article.

New Policy Changes Make Medicare More Caregiver Friendly - New coverage guidelines take effect in 2019 that can make it more affordable for Medicare beneficiaries to get the caregiving services they need. Thank you Christian Worstell of TZ Health Media for contributing this article.

How to Pay for Different Types of Long-Term Care - A vast majority of seniors will need long-term care for at least a short amount of time. And while Medicare does a good job helping seniors pay for the increasing costs of healthcare, Parts A and B do not cover long-term custodial care. The amount a person will need to pay for long-term care depends. Thank you Dana Brown of for contributing this article.

Housing / Home

5 Best Countries for the Comfortable Life of Retirees - More people are opting for a retirement life abroad. They probably want to spend their later years in a place with better weather, or maybe just to experience something new. Thank you Lauren Webber for contributing this article.

Aging Parents at Home: 5 Top Caregiving TipsAging can be frightening. Seniors are typically afraid of the unknown. They are afraid of losing their independence and the effects of their conditions. This concern may be one of the reasons why many seniors are hesitant to seek help. Thank you Brookelyn Simms for contributing this article.

Relocate to Help a Senior Loved One Using This GuideCaring for a loved one who lives far away can be frustrating and challenging, which is why it’s often easier to move closer to the senior in your life. Thank you Claire Wentz for contributing this article.

What Are 5 Dangers That Plague Nursing Homes? - First of all, I must give significant credit to the ever-improving living standards in society today, from advancements in medical sciences, to improving treatment modalities for the elderly. Thank you Farlyn Lucas for contributing this article.

Are You a Long Distance Caregiver? - Get to know your loved one’s neighbors. When you live hundreds of miles away from an elderly loved one, you are in a constant state of worry. Thank you Claire Wentz for contributing this article.

A Change of Arrangement in Your Senior Years - If you are 65 or older, the time is well overdue to start thinking about where you will live after retirement. Many people choose to remain in their homes, but that’s not always the best option. Thank you Andrea of for contributing this article.

Prepping to Sell a Home While CaregivingSelling a house while caring for a loved one can be a serious challenge. A lot of work and time goes into preparing a house for sale, from the initial real estate legwork to making sure the house is ready for viewings and photos. Thank you Kristin Louis for contributing this article.

Ups and Downs of Being a Family Caregiver in the Home - This is my personal journey of being the sole caregiver for my parents in their home. If you are in a similar situation, please seek out help. It is too much for one person to handle alone. Thank you Gayle Yarbrough for contributing this article.

Tips for Moving Your Aging Parent into Their New Senior Living Home - Caring for an elderly parent can feel like equal parts heavy responsibility and priceless gift of time spent with a loved one. Most of us must take on that task, and the emotional baggage, at some point in our lifetime. Thank you Elise Morgan for contributing this article.

In Home Care / Home Caregiver

In Home Care or Assisted Living: Which is Right for Your Senior?Approximately 90 percent of seniors want to continue living in their own homes as they get older, according to AARP. This is called aging in place, and it is the best option for many of them if they can arrange for in-home care when needed. Thank you Joseph Jones for contributing this article.

What Type of In Home Caregiver Should You Be?There are many different types of in home caregivers and contrary to what many people believe, the various types are different in several ways. Not all of them supply the same type of care or supply the same care in exactly the same way. Thank you Gerry Allen for contributing this article.

Top 5 In Home Caregiver QuestionsAs an in home caregiver, I am asked questions about my job by many people. Some are interested in the job and some are just curious about the options. In this article, I will discuss the top five questions I am asked most frequently by those interested in the job. Thank you Gerry Allen for contributing this article.

4 Must Have Aspects of an In Home Caregiver - Becoming an in home caregiver is not a decision you should take lightly. It may sound like an easy and more laid back type of job, but there is a lot involved in caring for elderly or disabled individuals, especially when the work is being done in their own homes. Thank you Gerry Allen for contributing this article.

7 Adjustments to Make Home Caregiving Easier - Home care is a trying transition for everyone involved. If you’re about to embark on a new journey with at-home care, take a look at these seven simple adjustments you can make to make home caregiving easier. Thank you Kay Pascale for contributing this article.

Personal Experience / Stories

Caring for My Grandfather at Age 28I am not a certified caretaker, but I wanted to share this life changing story with you all. Three years ago, my grandfather unfortunately suffered a stroke in his bedroom. Thank you Amanda Taylor for contributing this article.

The Struggles of Being a Student and a Caregiver - When I was only 20 years old I began my first job as a personal caregiver in the home caring for three children. As if this wasn't difficult enough, I simultaneously attended my degree course of Bachelor of Secondary Education. Thank you Faye Galicia for contributing this article.

Death and Dying: A Battle with Stage 4 Lung Cancer - Death and dying is something that all of us, including everyone we have ever known, will one day face. What are these experiences like? What can we do to better prepare ourselves for this inevitable fate? Thank you Marsha Cox for contributing this article.

Other / Misc

What NOT To Do At Your Job Interview - Landing an interview is often the first step toward a new and exciting job. Getting the interview doesn't mean you're a shoo-in for the position, though. You still need to impress the people interviewing you and prove to the company that you're the best person to hire. Thank you Charmaigne Ambas for contributing this article.

What Do You Need to Become a Caregiver: A Guide to GuardianshipThe responsibilities of guardianship include, among other things, looking out for the rights and interests of minors and ensuring that they get an appropriate education. The Family Code establishes the parameters for guardians' and trustees' legal powers and obligations. Thank you Matthew Ellington for contributing this article.

Pet Caregiving: A Nose-to-Tail RoutineExcluding the cost of feeding, the single largest expense that dog owners encounter every year is typically veterinary care. We love our dogs and want to keep them healthy, of course. Thank you Susan Doktor for contributing this article.

The Best Tech Tools to Help Seniors Stay Connected - Whether you’re a healthcare worker or a family member, caring for a senior can be very rewarding. But the job does not come without its challenges. Fortunately, you have access to numerous online resources, such as the one you're on right now, where you can find information, guidance, and support. Thank you Mary Shannon for contributing this article.

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