“Caregiver to Caregiver” is a service of Interfaith Caregivers to accompany those caring for older adults on their caregiving journey. Our Caregiver Consultants are here for you–caregiver to caregiver–to listen, encourage and equip you perform your caregiving role while achieving a balanced lifestyle.
Getting dressed in the morning is one of those automatic chores we all do. Some people set out clothes the night before, others check the heap on the chair for the least smelly shirt, and some spend some time matching, ironing, etc. to look just right when stepping out for the day. But there are many reasons why that daily activity can become a problem. Anyone who’s had an injury or surgery has probably dealt with this: a broken wrist, a cast on a leg, or a frozen shoulder means that what was an ordinary movement becomes painful or impossible.Continue reading “Problems getting dressed? Here are solutions”
Like many Americans, including most of a certain age, the first thing I do in the morning is reach for my glasses and put them on. Without them I certainly could not do most of what I do every day. They are so helpful that I can’t imagine life without them. Yet long ago eyeglasses were a new technology. By now have proven their worth to generations of wearers. Similarly, many seniors today find much technology very useful in their lives: they communicate using smartphones and tablets, they buy cars with reminder tones to take the keys or check beforeContinue reading “Seniors learn new tech skills when that tech has value to them”
Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient doesn’t mean you don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval and suffering, it’s about how you handle it. Resiliency can be learned or acquired over time, here are some helpful tips for honing your resiliency as a Caregiver.
It’s hard to come to terms with hearing loss. Because it is usually a long, gradual process, many people don’t realize they aren’t hearing normally until someone else points it out. The TV volume goes up, the conversations change, especially with someone whose voice may be in a missing range, or sometimes it’s easier to skip an activity in a loud environment, like a family party, rather than become frustrated. The best thing to do for hearing loss is to use hearing aids or some other assistive device, but those don’t work in all situations. Some conditions require other solutions,Continue reading “Communicating and Coping with Hearing Loss”
One of my favorite childhood memories was the smell of Mom’s cinnamon rolls when I walked into our house after school, knowing there was probably a batch coming out of the oven at that moment. And working in the Flogstad Bakery for a few years had the same effect on me, as well as most of our customers. Who doesn’t love some favorite smell to bring you back to a pleasant memory or experience? That ability to smell and taste is something we take for granted – until it fades away or suddenly disappears. Then it can change our appetites,Continue reading “I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?”
Seven years ago, Frozen was the top Disney movie, and “Let it Go” became the song every young girl in the country knew by heart. Ebola broke out in Africa, causing the deaths of 6,000 people world-wide. The winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. So how long is seven years? That’s the average length of time it takes a person diagnosed with a hearing loss to be fit for their first hearing aids. Some studies put that even longer, around 10 years. Why do people wait so long before getting help? Is it the potential cost? Is it vanity,Continue reading “What did you say?”
We all enjoy birthdays, but the more you have, the closer you get to some unpleasant side effects, and one of those is the risk of cataracts. The National Eye Institute estimates that about half of all Americans 80 and over either have had surgery for or have developed cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens start to cloud, often in middle age, and gradually worsen. Proteins in the eye start to break down, clumping together and eventually blurring your vision. Some people experience a fading of colors, see double images, have trouble seeing at night, or have other visual distortions.Continue reading “Cataracts and your vision”
Minnesota’s had record-breaking heat already this summer, and while it’s good to feel the summer sun, excessive heat can cause all sorts of problems. Here are a few ideas to stay comfortable, healthy, and most of all, safe when the temperatures soar. For many people, it’s easy to stay cool if your house and car are air-conditioned, and you can avoid being outside in the heat. But if you need to be out, take precautions first. Try to run errands in the cool mornings or evenings, wear lightweight clothes, stay in the shade, and drink plenty of water and otherContinue reading “Handling the Heat”
Do you think you’re drinking enough water these days? You probably aren’t, and if you’re a senior, it’s even more likely that you’re not. Yet drinking enough water, especially on hot days, is critical for good health. Water is necessary for almost everything your body does, from pumping blood, lubricating joints or keeping a constant body temperature. So if you’re not hydrated enough, it doesn’t take long to affect your health and well-being. As we age, our muscles and kidneys lose some of their ability to conserve water, plus our awareness of thirst lessens, so we need the fluids, whetherContinue reading “Drink up, Seniors!”
Now that we have been through a pandemic and months of being and feeling isolated from family and friends, we can better understand why our aging loved ones so enjoy a visit from their children, grandchildren or friends. For those of us not yet in our “Golden Years”, it’s can become busy with life and too often forget that for our senior loved ones, there are often too many hours where they have nothing to do or at the very least nothing that helps them to feel useful and valued. The attached article speaks to the reasons it is soContinue reading “The Importance of Socializing for Senior Adults”
The Parkinson’s Foundation, working with the American College of Sports Medicine, has recently created new recommendations for a comprehensive exercise program geared to those with PD. Their collaboration over the past year has produced multiple goals to be included in this regular, ongoing program. Domains include aerobic activity, strength training, balance, agility, multitasking, and stretching. Within these categories are specific types of activities and safety considerations, with recommendations for frequency, intensity, etc. As always, anyone starting a new exercise program should first consult with a medical provider, and in this case, it’s important to work with someone familiar with yourContinue reading “PD New Exercise Recommendations”
Just as an advance Care Directive will help guide family members through medical decisions for an aging or sick loved one, a Power of Attorney will allow family or trusted caregivers to help with legal and financial affairs. It’s another part of a thoughtful plan that all adults should prepare so that someone they trust can help them through situations when they can no longer do it themselves. Because taking charge of another person’s legal and financial future is critical to making sure your assets are in good hands, naming the right person to act on your behalf is veryContinue reading “Power of Attorney”
Looking ahead toward the end of life is never an easy task for our elders, their caregivers or other family members. But having an Advance Care Directive can make the process easier for all involved, including their medical providers. It’s an opportunity for adults of any age to let their loved ones know what kind of care or medical interventions they want in the event of an emergency or serious illness. This legal document describes the preferences a person wants in the event that they become incapable of making their own health care choices. It may be something like emergencyContinue reading “Advance Care Directives”
Newton’s First law of motion explains that a body at rest will remain at rest, and nothing shows that better than some of us spending a winter sitting in front of the TV. Once that remote’s in hand, the next show may look just as good as the last one. But now that it’s spring, it’s time to break that habit and get moving! According to the American Diabetes Association, “sitting for long periods increases your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early death.” Yet breaking up those periods with short bursts of activity can turn itContinue reading “3-Minute Exercising for Everybody”
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