End-of-Life Doula

Doulas are helpers. The word “doula” comes from the Greek, where it means, roughly, “female helper” or “woman who serves.” In 1973, the word was first used to refer to someone who helps and supports women through and after childbirth. But now the concept of the doula has been expanded. Instead of having doulas only…

Group of seniors at a barbecue binge drinking

Sure, college kids and young adults are known to drink to excess – at least on occasion. But did you know that one in 10 seniors also binge drinks? (Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a sitting for men and four or more drinks for women.) And the number of…

Severe Weather Preparation

Is your home ready for severe weather? We see some of the most destructive weather in late summer and fall. September is the peak of hurricane season for the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast. Secondary tornado season for the Southeast and Midwest begins in October. September is also FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Month, so…

Dining with Dementia

Our occupational therapist with Galberth Health would like to share a few tips to help improve the dining experience for residents with dementia and their caregivers. 1. Minimize distractions. Adjust noise levels and visual disturbances so that there is less competing stimuli during mealtime. 2. Simplify the setting. Remove “busy” linen and/or tableware that will…

Caregiving Employee

Not only does caregiving for an adult loved one put a personal strain on the individual providing the care, but it can also impact that caregiver’s productivity at work – and even whether they stay in a job. In turn, this can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line. Even so, most companies…

Self_Care Caregiver

Exhaustion. Digestive distress. Headache. Depression. Sleeplessness. If you’re a medical caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, you may have seen these symptoms. But we’re not talking about your patient’s symptoms; these symptoms just might be your own. While caring for your loved one is important, remember that you also need to take care of…

Talk to your parents about assisted living

You never know what will prompt the conversation. Maybe it’s a fall, but not serious enough to require hospitalization. Maybe you discover they’re not taking their medication. Maybe they’re not eating well, or they’re not able to clean or keep the house like the used to. It can be almost anything – just something that…

Primetimers Worldwide

In the United States today, about 1.5 million people over 65 identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That number is expected to double by 2030. While all communities can expect to face some challenges as they age, LGBTQ seniors often encounter unique hurdles. From lingering social and cultural prejudices to laws which either ignore…

Pre-retirement

Retirement equals relaxation, right? In theory, retirement is a stress-free time with few hassles, commitments, or deadlines. However, getting there can be stressful. Retirement is a major life change, and adjusting to it can even be as stressful as life events like moving, marriage, and bereavement. Retirement may bring financial worries, social and emotional changes,…