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Our Favorite Online Resources for Family Caregivers »

Many family caregivers feel overwhelmed, underprepared, alone, and stressed as they face the great responsibility of taking care of their loved one. As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month, we wanted to share our favorite resources to help the compassionate people who step into the family caregiver role every day. Elderwerks Elderwerks serves as a free senior housing and care resource network, helping seniors through the transition from one home to another. They specialize in person...  

6 Little Known Facts About the Real Life of Caregivers »

The vast majority of caregivers for seniors in the U.S. aren't nurses or trained professionals. They are the spouses, partners, family members, friends and neighbors of the older adults who need care. They are people like you. These caregivers humbly choose to care for their loved ones day in and day out, and they don't get paid to do so. Often, they don't get recognized as they should, either. Today, in honor of Caregiver Appreciation Month, we'd like to share a few lesser known facts about...  

An Open Thank You Letter to Family Caregivers »

Dear Caregivers, The month of November is National Family Caregiver Month – when we recognize the 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today. Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS) is proud to have gotten to know many of you who selflessly dedicate your time, energy, and attention to caring for your loved ones. You play such a significant role in the lives of those you care for – including those of you that receive assistance from outside sources such as home caregivers. You’re al...  

Sharing Caregiver Responsibilities »

As family members age, the responsibility of their care often falls on the younger generation, usually their children and grandchildren, and according to a study done by the National Alliance for Caregiving in 2009, that includes more than of 65 million Americans. Managing a loved one’s care is often a full-time job, as that person’s living situation, finances and physical and mental health often all need to be cared for. Sharing these responsibilities amongst other family members can help al...  

In the End, Who Really Rescues Who? »

Acadia, one of the many lovable cats available for adoption at Tree House Humane Society I’ve blogged before about the physical, emotional and mental benefits of owning a pet. From lowering your blood pressure to providing mental stimulation, pets not only reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, but they can also be trained to detect seizures and assist with various forms of rehabilitation. What I’ve neglected to discuss is where you can go to find the perfect litt...  

Neurologic Rehabilitation for Older Adults »

Older adults who have been affected by any neurological condition, including stroke, Parkinson’s, balance disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, or even carpal tunnel, often have difficulty with day-to-day activities and require neurological rehabilitation to return to a better quality of life. Neurological rehabilitation is just as it sounds: rehabilitation for those with diseases or trauma in the nervous system. Neurological rehabilitation can be a bit more intensive than orthopedic rehabilitatio...  

The Power of Habit »

Habits: good or bad, we all have them. In fact, they influence every part of every single day, from what we say to how we say it to what we eat and do and even when we do those things. Why is it that some habits seem like they should be easy to control while others seem so ingrained that no amount of will power could possibly alter them? Do we become our best selves through nature, habit or instruction? Aristotle seemed to think that the behaviors that occur without thinking provide evidenc...  

Technology for Older Adults »

Smartphones, laptops and tablets can be found in the hands of just about every millennial in the country. Mobile devices, apps and internet accessibility make connecting, learning and living easier than ever before. Fortunately, these modern tech luxuries are catching on, not only with the younger generation, but with older adults as well. A study from the Pew Internet Project found that 53 percent of American adults over the age of 65 use the internet and email. As these numbers have risen ...  

When is Inpatient Rehabilitation Care Needed for Older Adults? »

Temporarily living in a rehabilitation center after a fall or trauma has become a favorable situation for older adults. This residential setting can be more convenient and less cumbersome than traveling to and from a rehabilitation center for appointments - especially if the injury is orthopedic in nature and traveling to appointments risks re-injury. Many hospitals, nursing and assisted living residences offer inpatient facilities. You might think that being away from home in an unfamiliar...  

World Alzheimer’s Month - Can We Reduce the Risk? »

This September, we are observing the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, an observance designed to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding this illness on a global scale. Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans and is the leading cause of dementia in older adults. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are ways you may be able to reduce the risk of developing dementia by keeping your brain healthy. As we age, it becomes increasingly importa...  

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