Timely Articles and Information to Help You Care for Your Aging Family Member
Being the full-time caregiver for a parent or other loved one can feel overwhelming. Knowledge and understanding can help relieve some of the anxiety and bring greater confidence in handling the daily challenges of caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer’s or chronic health issues such as COPD.
Our Caregiver Resource Library offers a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics that caregivers face, such as how to help manage chronic health conditions, deal with memory loss, and work through finances and estate planning. You’ll find access to hundreds of practical tips and tools, and it’s available to you anytime 24/7.
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This monthly newsletter is designed to bring you the most current information on common health conditions, helpful tips on daily caregiving activities, taking care of yourself, and dealing with changing life situations (think coronavirus) and the new challenges they present for you as a caregiver. Check out the current issue below, as well as past issues. Our archive contains over ten years’ worth of helpful articles. For added convenience, you can subscribe and receive each new issue emailed to in your inbox for as long as you like.
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- Coronavirus Resources – One thing is certain about the current coronavirus situation, and that is things change quickly. The virus is unfolding in different ways and at different rates across the country and health-related information is continually evolving. Here are materials, including a quarterly newsletter, we have created for you, or gathered from
credible sources, to guide you in providing optimal physical and emotional support to your older loved one.
- Insights on Aging– What can you expect as a caregiver, as you watch and experience your family member going through the aging process? How can you best support your loved one in maintaining their independence as much as possible through the changes to come? These articles describe the normal changes of advancing years, point out changes that are problematic, and offer valuable guidance on when it’s time to seek help.
- Important Documents – Being a caregiver often involves much more than assisting your family member with the day-to-day challenges of a chronic health condition. There are also long-term considerations and decisions that you and your loved one will likely face. Here are a series of practical and insightful articles to help you better understand what lies ahead, how to be prepared and how to have those important conversations with your loved one.
- Tips and Tools for Family Caregivers – The average family caregiver will spend 4.3 years actively assisting an ailing relative. With that in mind, you need to pace yourself to prevent caregiver burnout, take time for self-care, and also get help from family, community and professional resources when you need it. These articles offer guidance, support and suggestions that can help you in your elder care journey.
- Staying Independent – Helping your aging parents or loved ones to remain as independent as possible is a key part of being a caregiver. Older adults frequently decline after an episode severe enough to cause a hospitalization. Thus, helping prevent a crisis or injury is one of the best ways you can contribute to your aging parents’ health. These articles offer helpful information that addresses common, avoidable causes of injuries and complications that can result in hospitalizations.
- Common Conditions – Most likely your aging family member is experiencing one or more chronic health conditions. As a caregiver, active management of these conditions is key to helping your loved one maintain the best quality of life possible. Often this is easier said than done, especially when your loved one is resistant to necessary lifestyle changes or has dementia. These articles offer practical tips to help you and your loved one more effectively manage a variety of chronic health conditions, and communicate in ways that help minimize confusion if your loved one has dementia.
- Difficult Symptoms – If the person you care for is struggling with a serious condition, there are things you can do to help them address the common symptoms of their disease, or even
of the treatments. These articles will help you learn more about managing pain, assisting with shortness of breath, easing nausea and more.
- Medical Concerns – As a caregiver you work in partnership with your loved one’s physician and other health professionals to help support your family member’s well-being. In this section you’ll find caregiving tips and information on concerns you may have such as nutrition, recognizing and dealing with pain, and discussing treatment options and decisions with your loved one.
- Emotional-Spiritual Issues in Serious Illness – Caring for someone with a serious illness brings up a lot of feelings. For the person who is ill. But also for family members. These articles offer suggestions and resources to help navigate the emotional and spiritual side of caring for your aging parent or loved one.