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6 Tips to Help a Loved One Cook Safely

As we age, the possibility of accidents happening in the kitchen goes up dramatically. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, people over the age of 65 have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population. Our older loved ones are much more prone to falling when trying to reach something on the top shelf, and are more susceptible to food-borne illnesses that can be fatal from improperly stored food. If we help our loved ones cook, there are many steps we can take to assure their safety in the kitchen.

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06/11/2019

4 Tips to Help Loved Ones Use Computers and Smartphones

For much of the world, computers and smartphones are a necessity in everyday life. But for our older loved ones, these devices can provoke anxiety, hostility and resistance. To some older adults, learning how to use a computer or smartphone can seem like a very daunting task, but there are benefits to embracing technology and using devices.

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06/11/2019

Why Caregivers and their Loved Ones Deserve Respite

It is likely that at some point in our lives, most of us will be involved in providing care for an older loved one. A commonly requested type of caregiver assistance among family caregivers is respite, accounting for 15% of all assistance requests according to a study by the Family Caregiver Alliance. A variety of situations may give rise to requests for this type of assistance. For example, if we have a career of our own, the addition of caregiving responsibilities may leave us with very little time to manage our personal needs and day-to-day tasks. Or we may be a caregiver in the “sandwich generation” and care for both children and adult loved ones, which may increase our need for respite, due to the amount of our caregiving responsibilities.

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By Miriam Rose | 06/11/2019

Babysitting as Grandparents

If asked to take on a childcare role with grandchildren, grandparents may begin to feel worried and stressed about these new responsibilities. But while many areas of childcare may have changed from the past, many areas have remained the same over time. With some conversation and ground rules set, the babysitting experience can be rewarding for grandparents, and a godsend for working parents.

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06/06/2019

7 Tips to Help a Loved One Bathe

If our loved ones need assistance with bathing, it can be an uncomfortable experience for them to involve us, but it may be necessary for their health and well-being. We should be open with our loved ones about their bathing needs, and, if necessary, enlist the assistance of a doctor in stressing the importance of receiving help in this area. We can ask our loved ones their preferences regarding who they would like to have help them with this task. If the task falls to us, we can follow these tips to help make the experience go smoothly.

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06/06/2019