“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.
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”
Who knew that prunes have one of the lowest sugar concentrations in fruit, and may help in preventing bone loss? Or that avocados not only have healthy fats, but are 79% fiber, which slows down digestion and prevents a spike in blood sugar? Or that by combining popcorn with nuts, you get a healthy protein-fiber-fat combination that keeps you feeling fuller longer? These are just a few tasty recommendations that AARP provides for people with diabetes who are looking for some good ideas to keep your snacks healthy. One of their recent surveys revealed that about 70% of respondents saidContinue reading “Strategic Snacking for Diabetics”
Have you ever been with your aging loved one and found you are at a loss as to what to talk about? You’ve exhausted the usual topics of weather, your favorite sports teams and if you’re really desperate maybe even politics. Beyond those things you just don’t know how to begin a conversation that would be meaningful for all involved. The following article offers suggestions of leading questions to ask and many of them result in conversation that flows and brings up additional information about the specifics of your loved one’s life. When possible, it’s nice to record these conversationsContinue reading “How to Keep the Conversation Flowing”
For caregivers of a loved one with dementia, one of the ongoing challenges is communication. As the brain changes due to dementia, so does the ability of the person with dementia to understand what’s said and to express thoughts and needs. One of the struggles for caregivers is finding new ways to talk to their loved one and making the shift from what’s been the norm for communication in the relationship to the new, changing normal. This article from the Alzheimer’s Association includes tips for communication and specific suggestions for structuring communication to be more effective when talking with aContinue reading “Continue to Communicate”
Few things put as much fear in the minds and hearts of the aging population as the fear of a fall that results in a broken hip. Many feel that such an injury will result in them losing all independence and spending the rest of their days in a nursing home. While that can be the end result for some, in many cases it doesn’t have to be. The following article points out statistics, ideas for making your home safe to navigate (throw those throw rugs!), the types of hip fractures and the methods of repair. Don’t let a fearContinue reading “Hip Fractures – Oh My!”
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”
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”
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?”
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”
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
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