10 Great Books for Caregivers

If you’re new to caregiving or elder care and don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a list of some top-rated books available at Amazon that will help answer your questions:

How to Care for Aging Parents – 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues – Feb 2014

By Virginia Morris and Jennie Chin Hansen RN MSN FAAN

“The bible of eldercare”—ABC World News. “An indispensable book”—AARP. “A compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion”—The Washington Post…”

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A Letter to Science Care – Why I Joined the Donor Registry

I lost a member of our cancer support group 2 weeks ago and she was my rock. She was the most giving person I know. Suzanne inspired us all to help others. I and another member were talking and we decided it was the right thing to do. I discussed it with my husband and he agreed that he would do it too. You see, I had a cavernous angioma in my brain 10 years ago causing severe headaches. They found it because I was having headaches and my neurologist did a MRI to see what was going on. The ventricles of the brain were enlarged and contained abnormal amounts of fluid. The neurosurgeon put a shunt in – a week later I got meningitis. I ended up in the hospital for a month after they removed the shunt. Later they put it in my heart. A year later I was found to have breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and then started the process or tissue expanders and chemotherapy.

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Senior Living – Shopping for a Retirement Community

Thinking about selling the old homestead and moving into a retirement community? Now may be as good a time as any to start looking. With home prices slowly on the rise, more seniors are able to sell their existing homes and move on to the greener pastures of a retirement community. Occupancy rates at these communities are steadily increasing and developers are once again doing what they do best – develop. Fortunately for those looking to buy, the rebound in the real estate market doesn’t exactly mirror the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. There are still deals and incentives to be had depending on where you plan to live.

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Exercise and Physical Activity in an Aging Population

By: Karie Wilson, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity, including exercise, is good for you. However, many people fear exercise, especially when they get older, believing it will cause pain or injuries. There are many different ways to be physically active and exercise; you just have to find what works the best for you.

So why is physical activity so important? Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. Regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. Now don’t worry if you already have health problems, exercise can still help you. Exercise can play an important role in the treatment of many chronic conditions such as: arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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