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Every family has conflict.  However, when dealing with a senior family member, it can become even worse.  As a caregiver, you will find yourself in the middle of plenty of family drama.  This can make your job even harder, especially if the family tends to get you involved.

There are many reasons for family conflict.  Some of them include:

There are myths out there that warm weather is better for people over the age of 65. While moderately warm temperatures tend to be more comfortable for this demographic, extreme heat can be a serious threat to senior citizens.

Today, June 15 is Elder Abuse Awareness Day part of the official Elder Abuse Awareness Month, spanning the entirety of June.

As you get older, you are more likely to fall down and get hurt.  Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 or older falls down.  Falls are the top cause of injury for seniors.

That's because you are more likely to:

According to a new report by the California Employment Development Department the state “projects it will need 713,300 personal care aides in 2024, up from 525,200 in 2014 — a 36 percent growth rate.”

  • A segment of caregivers has evolved over the past fifty years known as the "Sandwich Generation" a cohort of middle-aged adults who are sandwiched between care responsibilities for young children and aging parents at the same time.
  • Sandwich Generation caregivers are being hammered financially, physically and emotionally.

The mind is one of the most powerful influences on how you or a loved one will age and live in the latter years of life. Maintaining a healthy mental capacity, in addition to physical well-being, is the gold standard of living a long, healthy and happy life.

Dementia affects an estimated 47.5 million people worldwide, and a new case of it is diagnosed every 4 seconds.  It is a syndrome caused by brain cell death, often as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

When looking for caregiving for yourself, a family member or friend it’s important to know the difference between these two types of caregiving services.

 

There are thousands of home care agencies in Southern California.  How do you navigate to find an agency you are comfortable with that will provide the best care?

To find the right fit for you or your loved one, there are certain questions that you should ask of any prospective agency, such as:

 

It’s the time of year that many Americans dread: Tax Season. As taxpayers start preparing to file their taxes, it is particularly important that senior citizens are proactive and aware when dealing with tax preparation.

Here are our top three tips for seniors this tax season.

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Visiting Elderly? Be Vigilant. Use Your Senses.

Elders who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are prone to wandering, can show aggression, combativeness and signs of confusion. A small number of these Alzheimer’s and dementia patients often exhibit these symptoms in the late-afternoon and evening, this is typically referred to as “sundowning.”

Dealing with the Holiday Blues?
Seniors are Vulnerable to Seasonal Depression

According to health experts, the phrase “Happy Holidays” isn’t the case for everyone. The American Geriatrics Society reports that this time of year can be especially hard for seniors.

Are you a working family caregiver?

Recent studies found that three out of five family caregivers are also working outside of the home.  The study estimates that these double-duty workers are providing 22 billion hours of unpaid care each year but it's costing these family caregivers billions of dollars annually in costs and lost wages.

Now that you and your loved one have decided to hire an in-home caregiver, it is time to start searching for a reliable home care agency. There are many questions you should ask the agency. Here are some of them:

There comes a time when you realize that your elderly parents can no longer take care of themselves and need a little help. If they are like most people, they would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home.