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Senior Safety Keeps Yard Work Enjoyable

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Few activities bring some people more joy than planting and caring for a garden or manicuring a lawn and shrubs. It is good for the mind, body, and soul. Though your plans for the lawn and garden may be about the same as last year, physically you have changed. Those changes can result in a decline in your ability to function at the same level of safety as before. Here are some ways to stay safe and products to make your job easier.

5 Ways to Stop Feeling Miserable

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Everyone can handle an occasional rough spot. Most people can even manage reasonably well when a crisis comes along – so long as it doesn’t linger. But sometimes, we get hit with one piece of bad news after another that just won’t let up. When you're a caregiver, you need to get out of a funk fast. Here are my favorite ways.

Reality Hit Hard When I Got the Flu

I Was Almost Unable to Do My Caregiving Work

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Several days ago, I woke up with a sore throat. Within a few hours, my entire body ached, I had difficulty maintaining balance and I couldn’t focus. I dreaded the thought of not having enough energy to take care of my loved one. I learned a lot in the next couple of days.

Why Your Body Fights Stress

Guest Post by Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC

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If you are feeling heavy, sleepy and/or bloated 60 minutes after you eat a meal; if you know that your body reacts poorly to certain foods like dairy, grains or meat; if you have an autoimmune condition or any chronic unresolved health problem, then you have weak digestion and your body is malnourished. Stress is a stealthy enemy.

Senior Socialization is Essential to Quality Caregiving

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According to the American Psychological Association, “… one of the most difficult problems family members face is achieving a balance between respecting an older adult's autonomy and intervening before self-neglect becomes dangerous.” Many seniors enjoy expanding their social circles and many prefer to shrink them. When they want to stay home all of the time, it can be a sign that something else is going on and it could be the early stages of self-neglect. Caregivers must be alert to this and take steps to ensure the well-being of their loved ones. Here's how.

 

Be a Healthy Giver

Guest Post by Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC

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Givers must set limits – takers don’t have any. People who like to give, help, and support others often have difficulty setting boundaries that allow them to stay healthy; and it costs them dearly. Takers can be energy vampires who thrive on the goodwill of those who don’t know how to say, “No.” Hang around them long enough and you’ll soon feel drained and exhausted; which will prevent you from helping anyone else. Dr. Keith shows you how to be a healthy giver. 

How to Make the Holidays Happier for Everyone

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Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time. 

What You Need to Know to Find Peace

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On Thanksgiving Day, as families were gathered around their tables, nearly every caregiver expressed gratitude for their loved one and genuinely meant it. After the work of getting everyone and everything ready, a sense of calm and thankfulness took over as they considered the blessings they had received. But for some, there was also a sense of guilt. Sometimes, no matter how hard people try to stay focused on the positive things in their lives, they can’t avoid recalling times when they didn’t measure up as they thought they should. 

Inactivity: The Mistake That Costs Everyone

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Betty’s family thought she was lazy and just didn’t want to do the exercises, but that probably wasn’t the reason. Whatever the source of her resistance, no one could get through to Betty with enough information that would motivate her; even though it would have reduced her pain and even saved her life. Talking seldom works. Find out how to help someone recover from couch potato syndrome.

What Will Mom Do If You Aren't There

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November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is, “Take Care to Give Care” meaning that caregivers ought to practice the things that keep them in good physical, emotional and spiritual health so they can be at their best when doing for others. Who will take care of your loved one if you aren’t able? Caregivers must make their own needs priority one: but it isn't easy.

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