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A caregiver taking a moment of respite

What Does Wellness Look Like for Dementia Caregivers?

Anyone providing care for a loved one with dementia knows how stressful it can be. Not only can the tasks involved be challenging and exhausting, but there is a very emotional level as well. But even with all the challenges , caregivers often neglect self-care, infrequently check in on their own health and either don’t know about or don’t use opportunities for respite.

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By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2022

A volunteer clearing out trash in a local nature spot

How Caregivers Can Get Involved in the Community

Many times, people think of volunteering or being involved in the community as another activity to add to their to-do list. This can especially be the case when the project we have signed on for is out of our realm of interest. Caregivers can also often feel they do not have enough time to engage in activities they enjoy. However, finding the perfectly tailored volunteer opportunity or community engagement program can be key to gratification in our personal lives.

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By Abbey Carney | 07/15/2022

An older adult enjoying a cool drink from a water bottle

Helping an Older Loved One Stay Cool at Home During the Summer Heat

With summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees or over in certain parts of the country, COVID-19 guidelines that recommend staying at home may seem like a blessing. After all, it’s easier to keep cool in a well air-conditioned room than it is outside in the blistering heat. However, staying cool at home isn’t always as easy as it sounds, especially for older adults. According to the CDC, people aged 65 and older are at an increased risk for heat-related health problems such as heat stress, heat intolerance and difficulty regulating body temperature.

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By Julie Hayes | 08/12/2020

Helping an Older Loved One Maintain Healthy Skin Care to Prevent Common Skin Conditions

Changes in the skin occur in almost all of us as we age and are a normal part of the aging process. However, many skin conditions common in older adults can vary from person to person, and some can even be warning signs of skin cancer. As caregivers, it is important to understand which skin conditions are harmless or potentially dangerous, and how to best take care of a loved one’s skin to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

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08/12/2020

Encouraging an Older Loved One to Get Tested for Dementia

Cathy Franz, LSW, a Care Consultant with Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s WeCare…Because You Do, discusses tips on how to encourage older loved ones with symptoms of memory loss to visit a doctor to get tested for dementia.

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By Cathy Franz | 06/16/2022