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Preparation for Emergencies Tip #3

First Aid Kit For Caregivers to Have As a caregiver, being prepared for injuries and other medical emergencies is critical. As people age, they become more vulnerable to injuries and health events. Because of thinner skin and brittle bones, even minor and non-life-threatening injuries can demand particular care. That’s why family members of seniors should […]

Preparation for Emergencies Tip #2

Creating an Emergency Kit A Basic Disaster Supplies Kit is an essential tool for everyone because disasters happen.  As a caregiver, you must look at additional items to keep in your emergency supply kit .  According to Ready.Gov the following items A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: Water – one gallon of water […]

Preparation for Emergencies Tip #1

Staying With Family and Friends During Emergencies Whether it is a tornado, a hurricane or a fire, disasters can strike.  If they do, you and yourloved one may end up staying with family or friends for an extended period.  To make the adjustment as easy as possible, make sure everyone knows as much information about […]

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Choices and Challenges of Being a Caregiver for a Senior Loved One

Medical advances and healthier lifestyles are major contributors to the increase in lifespan that many people now enjoy. This is combining with people generally having a baby later in life and creating a ‘sandwich’ generation. These are people who need to provide care for elderly parents whilst looking after their own children. This can be […]

5 Ways for Seniors and Caregivers to Stay Healthy Together

Staying active has benefits at every age, which is why is ideal when seniors and caregivers can encourage one another and work toward common goals. Exercise helps relieve stress, strengthens muscles, and even helps manage high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions. Exercises like Kegels can even help individuals better manage incontinence by strengthening the […]

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

Good nutrition for Seniors is not too different from that of good nutrition for anyone else. However, changes to the body due to age can impact diet, and make it harder to stay healthy. Seniors can’t always get away with the treats, and unhealthy eating practices they may have had in their youth. The following […]

Finding the Right Urinary Incontinence Products

Urinary incontinence products include everything from medications to disposable undergarments and beyond. Useful for people who, for one reason or another, experience problems controlling their bladders, these types of products allow people to lead normal lives filled with dignity and freedom that would otherwise not be possible. Even with all of the good that they […]

7 Reasons Seniors Fall plus 3 Steps to Prevent Falls

People of all ages fall, but falls are more common for older people and more dangerous. One out of three seniors over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls are the number one cause of death from injury among this age group. The death rate from falls among seniors has risen sharply over the […]

5 Tips for Using Mobility Assistive Devices Safely

Many people find that as they grow older they need a walker, cane or other assistive device in order to help with mobility. These devices are often what allow an individual with mobility issues to remain independent. However, there are safety issues that both users and the caregivers should be aware of. When these devices […]

Benefits of Activities for Seniors: Decrease Depression and Anxiety

Most people have feelings of anxiety or feel depressed at times. Facing difficult and stressful situations can lead to sadness, nervousness and anxiety, and are normal reactions to these situations. Depression and anxiety are classified as disorders when they are experienced frequently (daily or near daily), when they occur for no apparent reason, or when […]

Meeting Your Loved One’s Needs with Basic Bedside Care

Learning the basics of bedside care can make taking care of a loved one far easier. The proper tools, resources, and support system is important, as well as taking the right steps to insure comfort, grooming, and emotional and mental care. Consider the following: 1. Comfort:  When someone is confined to a bed, it is critical […]

5 Essential Tips for Caregiver Health

With 80 percent of caregivers reporting high levels of stress and 17 percent of caregivers saying their health worsened while providing care, it is important to focus on caregiver health. Being a family caregiver requires a high level of compassion and personal sacrifice, and it’s easy to neglect one’s own health and interests. Here are […]

Benefits of Activities for Seniors: Social Interaction

Useful advice and strategies for planning and executing activities that enhance social interaction: Why is social interaction important for seniors? Humans are social creatures, and social interactions are important for all humans for a number of very important, very basic reasons. Human society is based on our shared interactions: the coffee you drink in the […]

3 Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes to Help Lower LDL Cholesterol

To get ready for National Cholesterol Education Month in September, we remind seniors and caregivers to prevent heart disease by being aware of their cholesterol numbers and taking steps to lower LDL levels. These Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) can help. […]

Getting Chafed, Cracked Skin Back to Healthy

If you are an individual, or the caregiver to an individual who suffers from urinary or fecal incontinence, then chances are you have experienced chafed, cracked skin at some point or another. Unhealthy skin due to incontinence is not surprising, but it is avoidable and treatable. The following is a look at what leads to […]

Recognizing and Preventing Malnutrition in Senior Adults

Malnutrition can lead to a host of physical and emotional problems, from immune system and muscle weakness to depression. Older adults with poor nutrition are more likely to be admitted to hospitals or long-term care facilities if they have experienced illness, dementia or weight loss. Familiarizing yourself with malnutrition signs and solutions can help promote […]

5 Proven Approaches for Seniors to Prevent Falls

One in three is far too many. Many seniors and their families are concerned about falling. Studies indicate there is a good reason for this worry. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in 3 seniors fall at least once a year. These falls tend to be serious and lead to millions of emergency room […]

Helping Loved Ones with Parkinson’s Connect by Playing Games

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system. It is associated with dopamine deficiencies, and typically affects middle-aged and elderly people. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease make it challenging for those with it, as well as caregivers, to find ways to interact and connect. And because of these challenges, those with Parkinson’s disease […]

Using Medication and Dietary Changes to Reduce Urinary Incontinence

Pfizer Inc. recently announced results of a study showing patients with overactive bladder who took Toviaz experienced a reduction in the average number of urinary incontinence episodes per 24 hours. New treatments in medicine — combined with a change in eating and drinking habits — can help those managing incontinence. Although incontinence often goes hand […]

10 Things You Should Say to a Family Caregiver

One way to recognize those who give so much of themselves is to simply acknowledge the great job they’re doing. National Family Caregivers Month began as a celebration during the week of Thanksgiving 1997 and has since grown into an annual, month-long acknowledgement and celebration of family caregivers. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation on […]

The Importance of Meaningful Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Meaningful activities are of the utmost importance to those living with dementia. Many studies have shown that when a structured activity program is introduced, there is improvement in physical and mental capacity, as well as, improved emotional, behavioral and spiritual demeanor. When you engage someone by individualizing an activity, you offer them a chance to […]

5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

Heart health is integral to quality of life at any age. People of all ages and levels of mobility can take steps toward better heart health. Let’s get started with some basics: Eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and healthy oils found in fish and nuts. A good […]

When to Make a Switch in Incontinence Products

When it comes to incontinence there are a lot of options for absorbent products, and buying the wrong ones can get costly. Recognizing when the products you are using are not working for you can help save headache and expense. Sometimes a product works well for a while, but needs change. What would cause your […]

Eating Right to Prevent High Blood Pressure and Strokes

A few years ago my mother had a stroke, and I became fascinated with naturally improving cardiovascular health. I care for my mom at my family’s home where we unceasingly snack on almonds and drink tea. Once you start getting older, it’s important to stay away from certain foods. Foods that increase blood pressure are […]

Tools to Improve Care and Comfort for Your Senior Loved One

Elderly care involves caring for the comfort, safety, and health of senior loved ones, while helping them remain as independent as possible. This can be challenging, and often thankless, but the right tools, resources, and aids can make life as a caregiver much easier, while also improving the care provided. The following are some tools […]

Summertime Skin Care and Cancer Prevention: Important at Any Age

Rates of skin cancer are highest among people in their 80s, which is why prevention and early detection are important at any age. Seniors who also are managing incontinence can benefit from a skin care regimen that cleans, treats and protects. Skin cancer, the most common of all types of cancers, occurs in people of […]

Lifestyle Strategies for Bladder Control Problems

Many women suffer from an overactive bladder or incontinence. It can be embarrassing to talk about this problem, leaving many with few ideas for how to manage their condition and find relief. The average woman waits 6 years before consulting a healthcare professional about her incontinence! Stop waiting and take steps today to get some […]

Free Parkinson’s Family Caregiver Courses

The Parkinson’s Family Caregiver Edcuation Program from caregiving 101 is available for free from Relias Academy.  The resource is one many developed as a result of the 10.10.10 Pushup Challenge fund raiser to provide resources to family caregivers of those with PD around the world. Topics covered in the program include: Home Safety & Fall Prevention […]

Is Your Elderly Parent Suffering from Malnutrition?

A question no caregiver ever wants to ask themselves is any variation of, “Did Mom forget to eat again?” Unfortunately, this is an all too common problem among seniors. There are many social, economic, and psychological factors that contribute to seniors not eating properly, and over six million seniors in the U.S. are malnourished or […]

Activities for Seniors with Dementia

One of the biggest challenges for caregivers who are caring for seniors with dementia is coming up with activities for the person in their care. It can be tempting to just leave the person with dementia alone but research has shown that providing activities can help that person keep and use what cognitive function they […]

Aging in Place: Tools for a Safer Living Environment

When you are young and healthy, you take many things for granted. By the time we move into our senior years, climbing a set of stairs can be extremely difficult, and a fall in the bathroom can happen in less than a second. Aging is part of life and we need to take the time […]

Tips for Reducing UTIs While Managing Incontinence

A urinary tract infection is very painful and irritating to a regular person, but in the elderly it can be very serious as they may not report a discomfort or an issue before it becomes a problem, or they may not  remember to consistently take the antibiotics prescribed  to treat the infection. If left untreated, […]

Uniting Against Parkinson’s

Organizations Uniting to Provide Caregiver Education, Caregiver Resources and Fund Research to Raise Quality of Life for Those with Parkinson’s Greensboro, NC (July 11, 2018) Caregiving 101 is pleased to announce our engagement as a partner to Pushups4Parkinsons in the global 10.10.10 Challenge. The movement is an effort to challenge the world to do 100 […]

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8 Tips for Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

If you or a member of your household must use a wheelchair to get around, you may benefit from modifying your home. Designing all the necessary wheelchair accommodations is a process, but you can save time by making some basic adjustments.  The key is to consider how you can promote independent living and provide a […]

Hard to Swallow: Get the Facts About Dysphagia

Eating is an activity of daily living that we as humans seem to take for granted since it has become something of second nature. But isn’t that mostly the case, until it gets taken away from you? Eating is something that provides nutritional value for energy and growth, is cultural, and is a sociable act. […]

Planning Summer Vacation Travel with the Elderly

The summer travel season is here, and with it, all across America, families planning on traveling with elderly persons are asking some common questions. Where to go? How to get there? What to do? Both caregiving and family travel can be highly rewarding experiences, but each has the potential to be stressful as well. Whether […]

3 Steps to Healthy Skin While Managing Incontinence

Here are three steps to healthy senior skin, especially for those with incontinence. Taking good care of your skin is important at any age, but over the years skin becomes thinner, less elastic, and more prone to injury and infection. For seniors managing incontinence, it’s even more important to keep skin clean, moisturized and protected […]

BGF Tips- Snacks

We all have hectic days where it is difficult to plan ahead and eat healthy. Here are a few tips and recommendations for when you are in a hurry and need a quick snack! While snacking, make sure to keep an eye on portion size. Here is a guide to suggested serving sizes: Raw Fruits […]

BGF Tips for Eating Out – Sandwiches

It might seem impossible to eat healthy when dining out. But with a few tips, you can choose healthier food options so you can continue to enjoy your favorite restaurants. Here are some tips: 1. Choose Whole Grains. Look for wheat bread instead of white bread. If you’re sensitive to gluten, ask for gluten-free bread […]

BGF Tips for Eating Out – Breakfast Foods

It might seem impossible to eat healthy when dining out. But with a few tips, you can choose healthier food options so you can continue to enjoy your favorite restaurants. Here are some tips: 1. Watch Out For Sugar. Pastries and dishes with syrup and powdered sugar are filled with empty calories (calories that contain […]

BGF Tips – Choosing a Restaurant

Here are a few tips for things to look for when choosing a restaurant: Chain and Franchise Restaurants 1. Many chain and franchise restaurants will have similar physical layouts at each location.  If you find a chain or franchise restaurant group that meets your mobility needs, it may be helpful to eat at their sister […]

BGF Tips for Eating Out – Asian Food

It might seem impossible to eat healthy when dining out. But with a few tips, you can choose healthier food options so you can continue to enjoy your favorite restaurants. Here are some tips we’ve collected: Asian Food 1. Choose Whole Grains. Mmany Asian restaurants offer brown rice. Ask your server if you can substitute […]

BGF Tips for Eating Out – Italian Food

It might seem impossible to eat healthy when dining out. But with a few tips, you can choose healthier food options so you can continue to enjoy your favorite restaurants. Here are some tips we’ve collected: 1. Choose Whole Grains. Many restaurants are now offering whole wheat pasta, which contains more fiber and nutrients than […]

BGF Tips for Digestion

People with PD can have problems digesting food once it enters the stomach. Gastroparesis, for example, is a condition in which the stomach muscles or the nerves controlling them aren’t functioning correctly. It’s common in PD, says Leslie Harper, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech/language pathologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. . “It affects the […]

BGF Tips for Swallowing

Getting foods and liquids from the mouth to the stomach is a complex process, involving coordination between the many muscles in the mouth and throat and the autonomic nervous system. Depending on a variety of individual factors, Parkinson’s disease (PD) can affect muscular control of all or part of this process, says Leslie Harper, MS, […]

BGF Tip Meal and Kitchen Prep Quick Tips

Meal preparation, however, can be challenging with PD. Strategic planning and reorganization will make meal preparation easier, safer and less tiring. The goal for all caregivers and families is to make sure their loved one can stay as safe and independent as possible.  Here are some tips to help 1. Make your kitchen user-friendly. Remove trip […]

BGF Tip Boot Camp for Parkinson’s Principles

BGF’s Boot Camp for Parkinson’s incorporates a variety of activities designed to combat the common symptoms of the disease. The Boot Camp for Parkinson’s is based on research from the Balance Disorders Laboratory at OHSU. The movement principles for the Boot Camp are described below. The goal is to incorporate these principles into each exercise […]

BGF Tips – Use It or Lose It

Regular exercise is essential for people with Parkinson’s. Overall, exercise can improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, and it may help some of the most difficult motor and non-motor symptoms of the disease. Many studies suggest exercise may improve how the brain uses and protects remaining cells that produce dopamine. In animal […]

Brian Grant Foundation Exercise Boot Camp

Exercise Boot Camp Jenny Wilhelm, PT, DPT leads a 60 minute class incorporating a variety of activities that can help manage the common symptoms of Parkinson’s. Whether it’s your neurologist, physician or physical therapist, make sure you’ve talked to a health care provider about your exercise program, especially if you’re considering a new physical activity. […]

BGF Tips – Recommendations for Exercise for Parkinson’s

Recommendations for Exercise Intensity and Duration Any exercise is better than none. Parkinson’s patients enrolled in exercise programs for longer than six months, regardless of intensity, have shown significant gains in function. However, greater intensity reaps greater benefits for people with Parkinson’s. That’s why experts recommend that people with Parkinson’s exercise with as much intensity […]

BGF Tip – Parkinsons & Exercise

Exercise is important for maintaining health for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s, exercise can improve quality and may help alleviate some of the most difficult motor and non-motor symptoms of the disease. Overall, exercise can benefit people with Parkinson’s in the following important ways: Motor Symptom Management: Research has shown that exercise can improve flexibility, […]

BGF Tips – Foods, Chewing and Swallowing Challenges with Parkinson’s

Chewing & Swallowing Problems with chewing and swallowing can lead to choking or breathing food and liquids into the lungs. Both of these conditions can be dangerous, but a speech therapist can help you focus on safe swallowing. Additionally, choosing foods that are easier to chew and swallow can help. The table below, from ParkinsonNet’s Dietetic […]

BGF Tips – Food, Constipation and Weight Management with Parkinson’s

Constipation Increasing your intake of fiber and fluids may help if you have constipation. Eating 30-40 grams of fiber daily, which is about one cup of legumes, may help with this symptom. Drinking 1-2 liters (6-8 glasses) of fluids can also help. Though the scientific evidence for the use of probiotics is limited, you can […]

BGF Tips – Antioxidants and Parkinson’s

Antioxidants You may have heard of beneficial nutrients called antioxidants, which help to reduce damage to cells in the body that are caused by free radicals. There is some evidence that suggests antioxidants can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and support healthy brain function. But antioxidants are an important nutrient for everyone, and can be […]

BGF Tips – Dietary Recommendations

Dietary Recommendations for Parkinson’s Plant-based, whole food diets are healthy for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s, loading up on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds can help manage symptoms and support a healthy lifestyle. Research suggests that the staples of a Mediterranean diet – which also includes fish and olive oil – may […]

BGF Tip – Parkinsons Nutrition Information

A nutritious diet is important for maintaining good health and preventing chronic illness. For people with Parkinson’s, nutritious foods can also help manage some of the common symptoms of the disease and support healthy brain functions. Whether you’re making a meal at home, or eating out with friends, the nutrition information on this website can […]

Intimate Care for Your Senior Loved One

One of main duties of caregiving is providing personal care for your senior loved one, while still helping him or her maintain independence and dignity. This can be a difficult time for the senior in your life. They may be embarrassed or even angry about their loss of independence, and their new, sometimes unwelcome reliance […]

4 Ways to Prevent Falls at Night

One of the most devastating things that can happen to an elderly person is a fall. Even a healthy person, no matter his or her age, can suddenly slip and fall –and life can then be VERY different. Many times, a senior who slips and falls can go from being healthy and independent to someone with little mobility requiring a […]

Protect Your Clothing (and your dignity) with Adult Incontinence Undergarments

Maintaining a sense of dignity is an important part of successfully dealing with the issue of incontinence, and finding the right adult incontinence garments can help in that success. These undergarments can provide you with the protection that you need at home and when you go out in public. Wearing incontinence undergarments can help you protect […]

How the Glycemic Index Works with Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be done with a good glucose monitor and a healthy diet and exercise program. While intense exercise may not be feasible for everyone, there are several exercise programs you can participate in that allow you to get adequate exercise for your body’s needs. The glycemic index is used to control the blood […]

4 Tips for Managing Arthritis Pain

Suffering from arthritis pain? Don’t let it ruin your life anymore, there are hot and cold wraps and other things that will allow you to manage your arthritis pain and start living your life again. Here are some tips that can help you manage your pain: Tip # 1 – Identify the type of arthritis […]

4 Effective Ways to Deal With Caregiver Stress

No matter how loving and close your relationship is with your elderly family member, caregiving can be difficult and stressful. Statistics show that most often when the elderly are being cared for in the home, they are being cared for by family members. This is an interesting dynamic as many times parents find themselves in […]

Ways to Make the Bathroom Safer for Seniors

It may surprise you to learn that one of the most important rooms in your home can also be one of the most dangerous when it comes to accidents. That room is the bathroom. This is never more true for seniors who may be facing decreasing mobility. Impaired mobility, coupled with the hazards of water, […]

6 Tips to Help Manage Elderly Incontinence

Incontinence is a difficult and emotionally fraught problem. Caregivers are often hesitant to address the subject with their elderly loved one (especially if the loved one is a parent), but find themselves frustrated with trying to manage this situation. Maintaining dignity is most important when dealing with incontinence issues. Even though incontinence is a difficult […]

Tips to Help a Senior Loved One Manage Diabetes

Unfortunately, diabetes is very common among the senior population. Because of the myriad of issues that surround this disease, it often falls to caregivers to help their elderly loved ones and patients manage their diabetes. This can at first seem like an overwhelming task. However, if caregivers educate themselves about the needs and considerations of […]

Mobility Products to Help Your Senior Loved One Get Around

One of the major problems for the aging population is a decrease in mobility. Whether this is from disease, injury, surgery, or is the result of the natural process of aging, it can be devastating for those who are trying to deal with it. Caregivers often find that a lack of mobility can cause the […]

Using Exercise to Improve Incontinence

Incontinence affects both women and men.For women, pregnancy, childbirth and being overweight can weaken the pelvic muscles. For men, prostate surgery can weaken pelvic muscles. For both genders the natural process of aging, can weaken pelvic muscles. Incontinence often occurs as the pelvic muscles get weak. Pelvic muscles help stop the flow of urine. There […]

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Preparation for Emergencies Tip #3

First Aid Kit For Caregivers to Have As a caregiver, being prepared for injuries and other medical emergencies is critical. As people age, they become more vulnerable to injuries and health events. Because of thinner skin and brittle bones, even minor and non-life-threatening injuries can demand particular care. That’s why family members of seniors should […]

Preparation for Emergencies Tip #2

Creating an Emergency Kit A Basic Disaster Supplies Kit is an essential tool for everyone because disasters happen.  As a caregiver, you must look at additional items to keep in your emergency supply kit .  According to Ready.Gov the following items A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: Water – one gallon of water […]

Preparation for Emergencies Tip #1

Staying With Family and Friends During Emergencies Whether it is a tornado, a hurricane or a fire, disasters can strike.  If they do, you and yourloved one may end up staying with family or friends for an extended period.  To make the adjustment as easy as possible, make sure everyone knows as much information about […]

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Choices and Challenges of Being a Caregiver for a Senior Loved One

Medical advances and healthier lifestyles are major contributors to the increase in lifespan that many people now enjoy. This is combining with people generally having a baby later in life and creating a ‘sandwich’ generation. These are people who need to provide care for elderly parents whilst looking after their own children. This can be […]

5 Ways for Seniors and Caregivers to Stay Healthy Together

Staying active has benefits at every age, which is why is ideal when seniors and caregivers can encourage one another and work toward common goals. Exercise helps relieve stress, strengthens muscles, and even helps manage high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions. Exercises like Kegels can even help individuals better manage incontinence by strengthening the […]

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

Good nutrition for Seniors is not too different from that of good nutrition for anyone else. However, changes to the body due to age can impact diet, and make it harder to stay healthy. Seniors can’t always get away with the treats, and unhealthy eating practices they may have had in their youth. The following […]

Finding the Right Urinary Incontinence Products

Urinary incontinence products include everything from medications to disposable undergarments and beyond. Useful for people who, for one reason or another, experience problems controlling their bladders, these types of products allow people to lead normal lives filled with dignity and freedom that would otherwise not be possible. Even with all of the good that they […]

7 Reasons Seniors Fall plus 3 Steps to Prevent Falls

People of all ages fall, but falls are more common for older people and more dangerous. One out of three seniors over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls are the number one cause of death from injury among this age group. The death rate from falls among seniors has risen sharply over the […]

5 Tips for Using Mobility Assistive Devices Safely

Many people find that as they grow older they need a walker, cane or other assistive device in order to help with mobility. These devices are often what allow an individual with mobility issues to remain independent. However, there are safety issues that both users and the caregivers should be aware of. When these devices […]