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“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.

Medicare Open Enrollment

If you have turned on a TV lately you already know that it is Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period from October 15th thru December 7th. Most people try to ignore or avoid this time completely, but truly that is not in your best interest. Now is the time to look ahead to 2022 and think about any medical things that may be coming up. Are you on track to get a knee or hip replacement? Do you have some medication changes coming? Is there a new risk to your overall health? Are you moving and need to find a new Doctor? All these questions should be kept in mind when you areContinue reading “Medicare Open Enrollment”

Alcoholism and the Elderly

Alcohol is part of many people’s lives, and that includes seniors. For most, it is something to be used in moderation, but for some it becomes a problem that can threaten their health, family relationships, and quality of life. While abuse can occur at any age, it is especially a problem as people age, and with other factors, can combine to cause serious concerns. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 20-30% of people ages 75 to 85 have had drinking problems. Use of illicit drugs, like marijuana and heroin, or overuse of prescription medications canContinue reading “Alcoholism and the Elderly”

Parkinson’s Outcomes Research

The Parkinson’s Foundation is always a wealth of information. One recent article is a fascinating summary of many key findings of their ongoing research on differences in care. Since 2009 this clinical study followed over 12,000 PD patients, and many results are summarized on their website. For example, there is an interesting correlation of PD and falls. Researchers found that people with more severe cases of PD, especially those with a more rapid rate of progression, were most at risk of an injury from a fall, regardless of age. Those with the highest fall risk were those with that rapidContinue reading “Parkinson’s Outcomes Research”

Let’s Make Every Week Falls Prevention Week

It’s never a good time to fall, and for many seniors, the fear of falling is something that weighs on their minds daily. According to the CDC, approximately one-fourth of Americans 65 and older fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and most common reason for hospital admissions among seniors. The National Council on Aging has designated September 20 through 24 this year as Falls Prevention Week. Their website listed below has several great articles, videos and even a self-quiz to see your own risks. Please check it out and share with others! Falls Prevention for OlderContinue reading “Let’s Make Every Week Falls Prevention Week”

Problems getting dressed? Here are solutions

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”

Seniors learn new tech skills when that tech has value to them

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: How to handle those “Curve Balls” life throws your way.

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.

Communicating and Coping with Hearing Loss

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”

I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?

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?”

What did you say?

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?”

Cataracts and your vision

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”

Handling the Heat

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”

Drink up, Seniors!

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!”

The Importance of Socializing for Senior Adults

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”

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