10 Ways Elders Can Get Active This Spring
April 28 2014
by Deborah Dorsey
Exercise is good for us. We hear this all the time. But how can you effectively exercise as you get older? Is it safe? The truth is, it is never too late to start exercising, and the benefits will help you in every way possible as you age. Exercise has been shown to help maintain bone mass, reduce blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of arthritis, and improve immune and digestive functioning. People who are active may also have improved posture, balance and flexibility. Increased activity levels during the day can help people fall asleep faster and more deeply. As though these benefits were not enough, endorphins produced when exercising can also reduce feelings of sadness or depression. So how can you get started?
Shut-in But Not Shut Out: How I Live a Full Life at Home
April 28 2014
by Linda Sweet
I am often asked by social workers, nurses and even psychologists if I am depressed. They all find my response hard to believe. Arthritic knees, obesity, breathing problems and diabetes have left me a shut-in. Our house at the top of a hill accessible only by unrailed stairs combined with my own disabilities keep me housebound. While this is occasionally inconvenient, I am, for the most part, cheerful and active–not depressed.
10 Tips for Elders to Meet Their Nutrition Goals
March 19 2014
by Kathy Swiderski
Elders who have diabetes, heart disease, or a weight loss goal may be on a nutrition plan. People who suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia should also pay close attention to their nutrition because they may not get enough exercise. Before making any changes to diet or activity level, it is always advised that people consult with their primary care physicians to plan the right approach. In many cases, a physician may refer people to a nutritionist. Some benefits to practicing better nutrition include improved health, increased energy, and weight loss.
Nutritional Tips for Consumers and Caregivers During the Holidays
November 07 2013
by Kathy Swiderski
The holiday season is upon on us, and for many people that means celebrations with friends and family and a lot of delicious foods. Many consumers, and even caregivers, have diet restrictions, which can make the holidays a difficult time to stay on track. Around-the-clock caregivers and their care teams have the ability to collaborate with consumers on a realistic plan around healthy eating. As a nurse for 30 years, I've seen strategies that allow people to still enjoy the holidays while maintaining good nutrition.
Cultural Competence Is An Advantage In Serving Family Caregivers In The Community
October 07 2012
by Maureen Sturzo
Our mission as Caregiver Homes is to support caregivers who are living with and providing care to elders and disabled adults in the community. The ways in which we do this can be challenging yet rewarding given language barriers ...
Parkinson's Disease and Caregiving
September 27 2012
by Julie Ely
If you are like me and love photography and Life Magazine, the name Margaret Bourke-White might mean something to you. Margaret Bourke-White was my first contact with a disease called Parkinson's, and I have been fascinated by this disease ever since. I was about 12 years old when I read an article in Life Magazine about one of its staff photographers and her battle to continue taking pictures in spite of the difficulties caused by Parkinson's disease. Even with balance problems and fine motor control deficits, Ms. Bourke-White continued with her award-winning, internationally-acclaimed photography from the time of her diagnosis in 1952 until about 1959. After that, she went on to write several books.
How Elders And Individuals With Disabilities Avoid Nursing Facilities And Receive Full Time Care At Home
August 03 2012
by Teresa Arnold, M.S.
Baby boomers and others are increasingly navigating the eldercare maze; that labyrinth of options that can be a little scary to the novice caregiver. Families are searching for the right option for aging parents or younger disabled family ...