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A caregiver being kissed on the cheek by her child and older loved one

Coping with Challenges as Sandwich Generation Caregivers

Sandwich generation caregivers manage multiple responsibilities, including work, childcare, household duties and care tasks for their parents, in-laws or other aging relatives. The COVID-19 pandemic has made these responsibilities far more challenging, as we may be dealing with work, teaching our children at home and managing household duties. At the same time, we may also be doing more distant caregiving due to social distancing recommendations if our loved ones don’t live in the same household, and especially if their immune system is compromised. 

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By Branka Primetica | 08/12/2020

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Caring for an Older Loved One with Macular Degeneration

When a loved one develops macular degeneration, we may face a variety of emotional, mental and physical challenges as they learn to adjust and develop new ways of living. As caregivers, we can encourage loved ones to remain as self-reliant as possible and provide the support they need to maintain their physical, mental and emotional well-being through understanding the condition and adopting care planning strategies.

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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

An older adult putting on their protective face mask

Homebased Supports for Adults with Alzheimer’s or Dementia During COVID-19

As we continue to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are trying to get used to our “new normal.” This can be especially difficult for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), and their caregivers. The familiarity of a daily routine provides comfort and may be able to help a person with ADRD cope with short-term memory loss. Establishing a predictable pattern of events can help transfer the schedule of a daily routine into the long-term memory portion of the brain, helping a person retain their ability to perform activities of daily life.  

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By Todd Simmons | 07/15/2020

An older adult carefully washing their hands

Handwashing Health to Prevent Infectious Diseases

Handwashing is an essential precaution during cold and flu season, and has taken on an even greater significance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged people to wash their hands regularly as a key effort to reduce the spread of infection. Careful attention to washing hands throughout the day can prevent us and our loved ones from coming down with colds and the flu, as well as help with continued efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

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By Julie Hayes | 06/15/2020