6 Things You Should Never Say to a Caregiver

Someone you know has just taken on the role of  caregiver to an elderly person. What do you say? Should you say or ask anything? 

It may not seem like this would be a life changing event for a person, so why does your friend/sibling/colleague/professor etc. seem so caught up in what they are doing? 

Well. It is a life changing event. And you may notice the impact as you see the caregiver less, or hear them speak of their caregiving duties more often. 

If you are wondering how to talk to them about what they do, please, refrain form saying anything like: 

1. What Do You Do All Day?

Indoor Entertainment Ideas for Seniors (Guest Post)

The winter can be a difficult season to get through, especially for senior citizens. The cold weather and can keep seniors cooped up inside and left without anything to keep themselves busy.

 Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities that seniors can participate in, both at home and in public venues. Discover the indoor senior activities that are sure to keep you entertained this winter!

Cheat Your Way to Less Holiday Stress, Caregivers

caregiver stress during holidays

Everybody experiences a spike in holiday stress to some degree. There is so much to do and a looming deadline. Behind all the Christmas cheer, there is that fear that the occasion will be a disaster and you will have to wait a whole year for your next chance. 

For caregivers, Christmas can bring a whole new level of anxiety. Not only are you in charge of shopping, budgeting, cooking, cleaning, wrapping, decorating, and scheduling--you have to care for an elderly adult who may or may not require most of your focus and energy. 

So how can you cheat yourself out of some holiday stress? By minimizing, prioritizing, and organizing. 

That may sound complex, but if you read on, you will see it can be easy!

12 Awesome Gifts For Seniors In Nursing Homes

You have a senior citizen on your gift list. You want an elderly-friendly gift to take to the nursing home. But you are clueless? Don't panic! This guide is for you!

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Really, buying for the elderly is easy, and can be so much more fun than just another pair of slipper socks. Don't believe me? Read on for some inspiring gift ideas:

1. Essential Oil Diffuser

15 Serious Caregiving Mistakes You Are Probably Making

caregiver mistakes to avoid

All caregivers are destined to make a few mistakes along the way. And that is okay. Mistakes are how we learn, grow, and evolve. 

But if a mistake (or two) could potentially harm your loved one, you would want to know about it, right? After questioning a few medical professionals and care providers, I compiled this list of common (and serious) mistakes that caregivers often make when caring for the elderly. 

And don't worry, its highly unlikely that you have made all of these:  

Long-Term Care Visits Do's and Dont's For Holidays

Planning to visit an elderly loved one in a long-term care facility this holiday? Make the day more pleasant by following some basic do's and don'ts, to guarantee everyone has a pleasant time:

Helping the Elderly Live on a Budget

Aging can be expensive. It can also mean less income to meet those new expenses. To keep a balance, the elderly may need help revising their budget plan. Spending habits that worked before may no longer be effective. 

How can you help your aging parent stay on the right track financially, while still covering all the comforts of life? 

Gift Ideas For Caregivers

List of caregiver gifts

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a caregiver on your list? Whether you are showing appreciating for a family caregiver's selfless efforts, or thanking a professional caregiver for their dedication, the list below should give you some good ideas .

Happy Thanksgiving--Gratitude Checklist

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the celebration, and caregivers across the country who are hosting the holiday as well as caring for a loved one; here are some reminders of all you have to be thankful for today: 

Quotes from Caregiving--Fun Things The Elderly Say

Guess what I uncovered during my office organization project? My old caregiving journals! These books are precious to me because they contain not only everyday details of the job, but also because they are filled with great quotes from the elderly. 

Anytime someone would say something funny, witty, philosophical or  sarcastic, I would jot it down in my book. It was a way of holding on to all the best moments in caregiving, and preserving memories of many wonderful people who touched my life before they passed from theirs. 

In honor of their eccentric personalities and excellent minds, I'm sharing some of my favorites with you today. Join me  and