Cold Weather Tips for the Elderly

For people who are caregivers for elderly friends or family members, the winter months can be particularly difficult and worrisome. The drop in temperatures, snow and ice and the increase of illnesses make it a challenging time of the year for people who live in cold climates. Elderly who suffer from chronic illness and take multiple medications are more vulnerable to the cold temperatures. Poor nutrition and dehydration also make the elderly more vulnerable to colder weather. The cold is also felt less by the elderly, so their ability to control their body temperatures is significantly reduced. Even if an older person does feel cold, it is shown that they tend to be more reluctant to heat t

Tips to Make Thanksgiving Easier on the Elderly

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends and to be grateful for all we have in life. All the generations come together to eat a delicious meal and watch the parades and football games. It can be one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year, but it can also bring challenges in terms of travel, weather conditions, shopping and preparation, or just making sure the food comes out right. Most like to include the entire family in on the celebration, but the individual needs of elderly loved ones could also get lost in the hustle and bustle. Keep in mind that they can tire easily and their appetite may not be what it once was, so don’t get offended if they need to limit t

Family History

Have you ever thought about your family history? Do you find it’s important to connect with your roots? How much do you even know about your own parents? Just by letting your parents and grandparents open up to you, you can learn about important childhood memories, funny stories of their dating history, significant work achievements and favorite jobs, their view on aging, words of wisdom to share with future children and grandchildren, and especially health issues that may be common with family members and life-threatening disease diagnoses. Sharing your family history keeps the lines of communication between generations open, and ensures that important information like genetic health factor

New Thanksgiving Traditions

How does your family spend Thanksgiving? Do you have special traditions that your family participates in every year? For some families, football is just as popular of a tradition as turkey and pie. Traditions can be very important to families because they bring an opportunity for bonding, a special event to look forward to each year, and create memories to last a lifetime. If your family is looking to incorporate some new family traditions, we’ve created a good starter list for you. [if !supportLists]1. Give thanks. This can be an important tradition that families can share in unique ways. Some may take turns and go around the dinner table and share why they’re thankful or what they’re thank

Reducing Stress

If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress not only affects your mental and emotional health, but also your physical health. It can limit your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and generally enjoy life. It may seem like there is nothing you can do about the stress in your life. There may be financial difficulties or overwhelming work and family responsibilities, but there are ways you can gain control of your stress and knowing you’re in control of your life is the foundation of that control. Stress management is not one-size-fits-all. That’s why it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you. The follow

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