How to Talk to Your Parents about Getting In-Home Care

If you happen to visit your aging parents over the holidays, you may notice a considerable decline in their capabilities and realize that it might be time to bring in some at-home care. This could be a very sensitive topic for them, however, so it is important to approach the conversation in the right manner,…

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How to Talk with Aging Parents About Their Financial Affairs

‘Tis the season to see family members that you may not be around the rest of the year. If your aging parents live out of state and the holidays are the only time of year you see them, you may realize this year that the time has come to have some potentially difficult conversations. Arguably,…

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Why is There a Caregiver Shortage?

While it has become noticeably more difficult to find qualified caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this current shortage pales in comparison to the looming caregiver crisis facing America over the next decade. Any crisis usually has multiple and complex causes and explanations, but in this case, the number one reason behind the increasing lack of…

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Learn Pragmatic Strategies for Managing the Care of Adults with Dementia

The Cape Cod Alzheimer’s Family Support Center (AFSC) is offering their annual free conference for Alzheimer’s/dementia professionals and caregivers this Friday, August 20, 2021 from 8:30am to 4:30pm via live videoconference. This year’s John Levin Memorial Conference is titled, “Getting to Yes: A Pragmatic Approach to Dementia Care with Teepa Snow.” Nationally-known dementia care specialist…

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Body Heat Regulation in the Elderly

July and August bring on what are known as the “dog days of summer” – hot, muggy, sunny days that can cause lethargy and exhaustion. Extreme temperatures that make the rest of us seek out the nearest beach or pool can have much more dire consequences for the elderly due to their increasing trouble with…

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Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Garden Preparation

We’ve made it through another COVID-19 winter marked by few social interactions and a lot of time spent indoors. Now that warmer weather is here and more people are getting vaccinated, things are looking up! One of the best springtime remedies for improving your health and increasing your exercise routine is working in the garden.…

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Where, When, How & Why to Get It

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently authorized the emergency use of two vaccines to prevent COVID-19: one for people 16 years of age and older, and another for people ages 18 and older. (There is no vaccine approved yet for children under age 16.) Both vaccines require two doses per person, roughly three to…

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Ways to Engage Seniors During the Winter

‘Tis the season to stay warm, safe, and healthy – especially for our older population. The combination of navigating the cold winter months with an ongoing pandemic requiring social distancing can create extra challenges for those looking to engage the elderly. Here are some ideas of stimulating indoor activities for seniors that can be safely…

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Signs That Your Loved Ones May Need More Help

No one knows your parents or loved ones like you do – so you will likely be one of the first to notice any decline in them that may warrant bringing in a caregiver. This last year of COVID-19 has been especially challenging in that many of us have been more isolated from our elderly…

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