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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caring for elderly parents and friends is stressful, no doubt. And caregivers must keep a close eye on signs of burnout. One of the contributing factors of caregiver stress is having the feeling that your opinion doesn’t matter to healthcare professionals. And during medical procedures and health care emergencies, it’s easy to get lost in the havoc and lose sight of your own health and needs.

Burnout isn’t an illness that a person can cure with medication in hopes of relief. Most of the time caregivers don’t notice when stress and burnout have them in a tight grip. Some experts compare the symptoms of burnout to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The signs can begin several months after an upsetting experience. It’s vital that you learn about programs and groups that offer caregiver support. READ MORE

Healthy Foods that Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

As of today, we have no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, through on-going research we are learning more and more about the disease and studies suggest that there are options to postpone or at least slow it down. Maybe one day it can be prevented altogether.

The one thing that research can tell us is that our lifestyle plays a big part in the prevention of the disease. This means no smoking, healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Implementing these factors can help increase an individual’s chances at holding off the disease. The following are some diet tips that may be helpful. READ MORE

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5 Ways to have the Money Talk with Aging Parents

It’s difficult to bring up money matters with older relatives. It’s a topic that they believe is no one’s business. Our entire culture carries the same belief. Many families think it’s a private subject and consider it to be insensitive if brought up. But in the case of older parents, it may be the only personal issue have control over. They may even be embarrassed if brought up.

A decade ago, my siblings and I had the money talk with our parents. It was our mom who felt very comfortable discussing financial issues, but dad wanted to avoid it altogether. He was old school felt insulted. He hesitated to share the key code to their personal safe. It took a lot of coaxing to persuade him. READ MORE

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Where Do the Aging Without Children Find Help?

It’s well-known that people needing care turn to family caregivers. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports close to 44 million family members give aid to another individual over 50 years of age. AARP says it’s a dilemma that America faces; the family caregiving force is shrinking, dramatically. That’s a big problem since so many older adults rely on them. But what about the individuals who live without children, who do they turn to when an illness or an emergency happens? READ MORE