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By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on August 3, 2020

Home care services cover everything from light housekeeping tasks to personal hygiene and post-stroke recovery care. Having this resource available helps you know your senior loved one is safe, yet you may be wondering exactly how much care is enough. Finding the right balance between keeping your loved one as…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on July 20, 2020

Poor personal hygiene is a common sign that an aging adult needs some assistance on a regular basis. But providing this type of care, which typically involves bathing, dressing, toileting, and other sensitive tasks, often comes with some understandable concerns about maintaining privacy, respect, independence, and dignity. Here’s what you…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on July 6, 2020

Anxiety about health issues tends to increase as people get older. It’s normal to accept that some health challenges will arise during the senior years, but there are also things your aging loved one can do to stay in control of his or her wellbeing. These preventative health actions are…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on June 15, 2020

Whether your senior loved one worked full- or part-time, he or she is likely to have many hours to fill after retiring. Many seniors begin retirement with a list of things they want to accomplish, but it’s still too easy to fall into the trap of thinking life suddenly has…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on June 1, 2020

When most people think about home safety for seniors, the thermostat setting doesn’t even come to mind. However, the reality is that a home’s temperature can have a huge impact on a senior’s health. As people get older, it’s difficult for their bodies to regulate their internal temperatures. Therefore, you…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on May 18, 2020

End-of-life discussions are often sensitive, and it’s common for seniors to have wishes that are not aligned with their families’ desires. As you begin this difficult conversation, use the following tips to respect your aging loved one’s wishes even when you may not fully agree with them. 1. Plan Early…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on May 4, 2020

Mentally and physically stimulating activities can help seniors with Alzheimer’s remain engaged, according to Alzheimers.net. AARP recommends focusing on known interests and preferences while also making appropriate modifications. If you’re looking for ideas for great activities your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s can enjoy and benefit from, here are some…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on April 20, 2020

As adults age, their minds and bodies experience more challenges and various changes. It’s not uncommon for an elderly loved one to encounter cognitive and mental changes that prevent him or her from handling daily tasks. Below are the most common types of age-related changes seniors face and what can…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on April 6, 2020

Because of immune system concerns related to age, seniors are considered the top at-risk group for coronavirus. Approximately 80 percent of older adults, according to the National Council on Aging, also have at least one chronic disease, which is another reason seniors are considered vulnerable when it comes to this…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on March 16, 2020

Many seniors are still independent enough to live on their own and manage most of the things that need to be taken care of on a regular basis. However, your older loved one may need some help with routine tasks, such as grocery shopping, that tend to be a bit…