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Caregiving, the Holidays and COVID

The COVID pandemic roller coaster has been operating since March, forcing us onto the ride and refusing to let us off. We have made adjustments: we restrict our outings into the community, wear masks when we do go out, maintain 6 feet distance and wash our hands until they turn red. We have been forced to accept that the pandemic is as much about loss as it is about health. And while we got used to a little taste of “normalcy” during the warmer months, just as the holiday season approaches, we are again asked to limit our travel and minimize contact with others. Now, rather than anticipating gatherings with friends and family, we must instead ask ourselves: “Should I?”, “Can I?” and “How can I possibly face another loss?”

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By Lauri Scharf | 11/16/2020

Tips to Prepare Your Older Loved One for Winter During the Pandemic

After getting by for most of the year under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been able to adapt to this new normal. However, the coming winter will reintroduce challenges not seen to the same extent since the early months of the pandemic, such as the return of cold and flu season and limited opportunities to interact in safer outdoor environments. The holiday season is also approaching, forcing all of us to consider how our usual celebrations and traditions will have to adapt to the times.

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By Julie Hayes | 11/16/2020

Coping with an Older Loved One’s Sleep Issues

While chronic health conditions and medication interactions may also affect the sleep patterns of older adults, living under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic has further added to these challenges. Activities and finances have been disrupted, isolation has made people feel depressed, many are less physically and mentally active, fears around health and contact with others dominate public thinking and uncertainty has filled every aspect of daily living.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 11/16/2020

Hayes, J. (2020, August 12). Make Sure Your Loved One’s Diet is Healthy Despite Covid-19 Challenges. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/make-sure-your-loved-ones-diet-is-healthy-despite-covid-19-challenges

Hayes, J. (2020, June 9). How to Make Sure Your Loved One Has Essentials During the Pandemic. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/how-to-make-sure-your-loved-one-has-essentials-during-the-pandemic