Caregiving can be an isolating and challenging experience. Family caregivers spend over 24 hours each week caring for a loved one, although some reports show over 40 hours in total caregiving duties.
The holidays are a great opportunity to spend extra time with senior loved ones and get a clear picture of their needs. The most precious gift we can give our elderly loved ones is our time. Spending extra time with seniors opens the door for honest conversations about health and daily needs. Even when seniors have difficulty being honest, family members can use the checklists below to determine whether or not it’s time for home health care. By simply spending more time in your loved one’s home and observing them in everyday life, you have a better chance of catching early signs of dementia or noticing changes that are signs of significant health or physical challenges.
Are you searching for ways to include a senior loved one in holiday activities? We've put together a list of ideas to help aging loved ones feel included, especially if you are all under the same roof! Create family costumes from household items. Decorate the porch for trick-or-treaters. Consider putting a bowl of candy on the [...]
If you are in immediate danger, call 911! Alz.org 24/7 Dementia & Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Assistance for families facing Alzheimer's and all other dementia is available all day, every day by calling our 24/7. Call the helpline at 800.272.3900. Consultants are standing by to offer personalized guidance, caregiving information, and support. The information [...]
What is Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority [...]
We don’t have orange and red leaves falling in Florida, but we are blessed with some of the best weather year-round! Many of the seniors we serve grew up in colder states and miss the changing colors. We want to encourage you to bring fall to Florida this year! Ten fall activities to do with [...]
Have you noticed a senior loved one's home is unkept or other worrying signs? Seniors are often reluctant to admit they need help. It's likely if you see minor signs, other issues are growing. Don't wait to have the conversation! Adult children can introduce home health care to their parents with light tasks like [...]
Alz.org tells us that more than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias. In 2021, these caregivers provided more than 16 billion hours of care, valued at nearly $272 billion! Eventually, these families need help and rest. Caregiving is a physically and emotionally taxing experience that can last for years. A [...]
Are you taking care of a loved one from home? AARP's November 2021 "Home and Community Preferences" survey showed that two-thirds of U.S. adults, and more than three-quarters of those age 50-plus, want to stay in their homes as they get older. Family caregiving is the primary way this wish is made a reality. The 2020 Caregiving in [...]
Are you nervous about a senior loved one being home alone? Prevention goes a long way in helping seniors live out their golden years from the comfort of home. Family caregivers or adult children can help aging loved ones by taking steps the ensure the house is free from fall risks, doctor's appointments are maintained, [...]