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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.

The Topic No One Wants to Talk About

Incontinence is something that is rarely discussed and often ignored, even when it causes issues on a regular basis. Yet it is an everyday problem for many seniors at some point in their lives, so let’s bring it out into the open.  First let’s get rid of one of the biggest mistakes – we’re not talking about diapers here. For anyone to mention that word to someone who’s dealing with incontinence, the term is unkind and disrespectful, and certainly a non-starter for a helpful solution. Most of us value our privacy about such an intimate issue, so anything we canContinue reading “The Topic No One Wants to Talk About”

With prediabetes, action is the best medicine

Diabetes is a disease we all know something about, but until it becomes personal, many of us don’t know enough. For most adults, Type 2 diabetes is the more common diagnosis when problems arise, and is a disease that we can control and many times prevent or delay with the right interventions. Prediabetes can be a blessing in disguise if you want to head off one of America’s most common and costly health problems.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2018, “34.2 million Americans had diabetes, and another 88 million US adults had prediabetes, a serious healthContinue reading “With prediabetes, action is the best medicine”

Does your loved one need help at home?

If you’re reading this, you may already know the mission of Interfaith Caregivers: Our mission is to help Older Adults living in our Community remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. So how do we do this? and how do family members know at what point they or their loved one will need some help to “remain independent in their own homes?” Caregiver consultants at Interfaith, like other people at clinics, hospitals, Medicare, Human Services, and senior facilities all use a handy list called the Activities of Daily Living. This list is used to determine anythingContinue reading “Does your loved one need help at home?”

When to hang up the car keys

We can probably all remember the day we first got a driver’s license: the promise of road trips, fun times with friends, and most of all, independence! It’s that last part, independence, that still means everything to a senior. Yet when vision or health problems, slower reaction times, or even cognitive decline become something we can’t ignore, it may be time to stop driving. A best case scenario is having seniors recognize their own warning signs and voluntarily stop driving. Perhaps a close call in traffic, a few dents in the car, or even a ticket for speeding may clueContinue reading “When to hang up the car keys”

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated, How to protect yourself and others

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more. Continue reading here

Improve your Immune System Health

It may seem that this article comes as we are reaching the end of the time where we are most concerned about health issues. For most of us, that concern is especially high during the winter months. However, keeping our immune systems healthy is just a good year around practice. If we work to keep things healthy on a regular basis our bodies aren’t trying to play catch-up at more critical times.  Even though we have vaccines available for some of the illnesses that regularly afflict us, none of them are 100% effective and when the viruses they are meantContinue reading “Improve your Immune System Health”

Be prepared against scammers targeting seniors

Many people have already heard this one – the voice on the phone warns that you “owe the IRS hundreds or thousands of dollars, and they will shortly be coming to arrest you. To avoid that, call this number . . .” Scammers posing as governmental officials, such as IRS agents or Social Security representatives, make a very good living separating seniors from their money and private information. They may call you on the phone, send you emails, or just hack your credit card or bank account.  While there is no end to the tricks they use, keeping in mindContinue reading “Be prepared against scammers targeting seniors”

Symptom Management: Is it PD, Medication, or Aging?

People who have lived with Parkinson’s disease usually find at some point that PD is a moving target. What works for someone with their PD newly diagnosed may not work in several years, and using medications to control symptoms is often a delicate balance, changing just when you think you’ve figured it all out.  We can’t avoid the aging process, but it’s something to take into account when you notice changes in your symptoms. The medications you use daily can work for some time, but slight changes in the progression of PD can affect how those medications work, so tweakingContinue reading “Symptom Management: Is it PD, Medication, or Aging?”

Is a tablet a good idea for a senior?

If you’d like to communicate with seniors from a distance, or a small screen on a phone just isn’t that great for FaceTime or Skype, it might be time to consider a tablet. They’re small but not too small, convenient, and much less expensive than a laptop or desktop computer.  There are certainly many seniors who already enjoy communicating online, and it’s a great way to stay in contact with grandchildren at a distance or others they are apart from these days. Plus it’s becoming more common to have virtual medical appointments, and a great way to keep people off theContinue reading “Is a tablet a good idea for a senior?”

Why Won’t They Listen to Reason?

For anyone who is a caregiver for their parent or parents, you have no doubt come across an experience where you had a really good idea (at least in your mind) for something you parent should do to improve their living situation. Then, to your great surprise they totally reject the idea. No matter how much you try to convince, cajole, beg, manipulate, etc., your parent stand firm on their original answer of “No!”. As a caregiver, you may be left wondering what has happened to your sensible, logical parent. Or feelings of frustration and anger may appear as youContinue reading “Why Won’t They Listen to Reason?”

Safety First

We all know it’s important as we age to take a look around our homes and consider what elements may pose a danger for us, especially in relation to keeping us safe from falls. A fall at 30, 40 or 50 typically does not have the same serious outcome as it can for someone in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond.  Yet, falls are not the only danger that we may need to consider. This is especially true if you have a loved one living with dementia. Because dementia affects the brain and its functions, it often becomes difficult forContinue reading “Safety First”

Plan to Be Active

For caregivers of someone with dementia, a daily challenge can be helping your loved one to continue to do things they find enjoyable. Since each person is an individual and because dementia affects each person differently, the caregiver that spends the most time with the loved one is best suited to suggest or plan activities for them. With modifications your loved one may be able to continue with a hobby they enjoyed before he or she was affected by the disease.  Simplifying any activity will likely make it easier for both caregiver and care receiver.  Maybe you are someone whoContinue reading “Plan to Be Active”

Care for the Caregiver

Many caregivers who valued the pre-pandemic days when they could leave their loved ones for just an hour or two to go to coffee or lunch with friends, or lose themselves in the stacks at the library, attend a support group, book club or any other activity they’ve enjoyed are struggling to find a new way to “take a break”. A key element of these activities was the ability to leave the house and just get away from the responsibility of 24/7 caregiving for a while. Many of those activities have been put on hold or simply are not safeContinue reading “Care for the Caregiver”

Anesthesia Can Be Risky Business

Statistics show that the need for surgery increases as we age. As much as 53 percent of surgeries are performed on individuals over the age of 65. Many surgeries require the use of general anesthesia which carries additional risks for older adults. One area that can be affected more severely in the elderly population is cognition. It is common for anyone undergoing surgery to feel foggy or sluggish for a few days after surgery as the anesthesia works its way out of their system. But for older adults, that same feeling of sluggishness can go on for weeks, or evenContinue reading “Anesthesia Can Be Risky Business”

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