Category Archives: Family Members

8 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Make Their Lives Easier

America’s Sandwich Generation, men and women in their forties to sixties with both aging parents and children to care for, is one of the fastest growing populations. This group of people often find themselves stuck in the middle of trying to juggle a hectic schedule that includes caring for parents experiencing a decline in health, … Continue reading 8 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Make Their Lives Easier

Summer Self-Care: Resources to Take a Caregiving Break

When you are responsible for the care of an aging loved one, a summer vacation or weekend getaway may seem impossible or out-of-reach. Questions race through your mind: What happens if Mom falls? Who will remind Dad to take his medications? What if there is a storm? You feel overwhelmed and cancel your plans. But … Continue reading Summer Self-Care: Resources to Take a Caregiving Break

What to Look for When Visiting Aging Parents this Holiday

warning signs to look for during holiday visits

Visiting aging loved ones this holiday is a great opportunity to poke around the house and look for signs that he or she may need some extra TLC. These tips tips from the experts in aging well can help you start an important conversation.  To Grandmother’s House We Go by Amy Smialowicz Fowler, BA, CMC … Continue reading What to Look for When Visiting Aging Parents this Holiday

10 Ideas to Celebrate Holidays with the Elderly

holidays with the elderly

Your aging loved one may be slowing down, but it doesn’t mean grandma or grandpa doesn’t want to celebrate the holidays anymore. Finding ways to modify holiday traditions or by creating new ones that fit their lifestyle and speed will reduce stress levels and keep everyone connected and happy this season. 10 Caregiving Tips at Holiday … Continue reading 10 Ideas to Celebrate Holidays with the Elderly

Social Isolation and Loneliness

Loneliness linked to declining health in aging adults

Ask anyone for their top advice about living a long, healthy life and you’ll probably hear tips about the importance of eating well, stopping smoking, exercising and getting regular medical checkups. Don’t throw those good habits out the window; but, it may come as a shock to learn that connecting with others may be the … Continue reading Social Isolation and Loneliness

Aging Adults Need a Winter Storm Emergency Plan

help senior citizens get ready for severe winter weather

With winter storm Caly bearing down coast to coast, severe weather — snow, freezing temperatures, ice,  or heavy rains — greatly impacts the safety and well-being of the elderly. Here are some tips from the experts in aging well, Aging Life Care Association™ to help aging adults get ready for winter weather. Before a Storm Stay … Continue reading Aging Adults Need a Winter Storm Emergency Plan

Long-Distance Caregivers Seek Professional Help

long-distance caregivers need support

During the holiday season families and friends visit aging loved ones. Frequently this is the time when they discover troubling changes in health, behavior, or physical appearance of their family member. Many will discover their aging loved one now needs more help or attention. Recent Survey Reveals Top Reasons Long-Distance Caregivers Seek Help Long-distance caregivers … Continue reading Long-Distance Caregivers Seek Professional Help

Five Tips to Help Family Caregivers Balance Responsibilities

I am an only child caring for aging parents

November marks National Family Caregivers Month – a time to recognize the countless individuals like you who make the everyday commitment to care for a loved one. Today, an estimated 39.8 million Americans serve as caregivers for one or more of their family members.1 Of that number, many of these individuals care for an aging … Continue reading Five Tips to Help Family Caregivers Balance Responsibilities

How Do I Know If Grandpa Needs Help? What to Look for During Holiday Visits

warning signs to look for during holiday visits

Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country.  For those with aging parents or loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans.  Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look … Continue reading How Do I Know If Grandpa Needs Help? What to Look for During Holiday Visits

Turkey with a Side of Sibling Conflict

sibling rivalry, aging parents

The fight over the last piece of pumpkin pie  may not be the only struggle this Thanksgiving. As families gather around the table, many will have the difficult conversations of how to care for mom or dad.  These conversations can be emotionally charged and test sibling bonds. How to Overcome & Manage Sibling Conflict with Aging … Continue reading Turkey with a Side of Sibling Conflict