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Caregiving, COVID-19, and Cold Weather: 3 Tips to Help You Manage Another Winter During a Pandemic

    As COVID-19 spread across the world in 2020, family caregivers had even more to worry about. Older adults and people with disabilities are at a higher risk from suffering ...
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A Family Caregiver's Guide to Coping with a Loved One's Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Erika has many wonderful holiday memories of her mother. She always loved buying fresh Christmas trees for them to decorate together, although she remembers with a special ...
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Caregiving Can Impact Your Relationships with Family and Friends. Here’s How to Cope.

    Everyone has different expectations for the challenges that a caregiving role might bring, such as the difficulty of managing a loved one’s medical needs or transporting them ...
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5 Great Holiday Nutritional Tips for Loved Ones with Complicated Medical Conditions

For many of us, the holiday season is a time of celebration, reconnecting with friends and family, and eating lots of delicious food. But for people with medical conditions that ...
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Caregiver Resources, Events, and Support Groups in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, over 840,000 people care for a family member at home. See below for a collection of free resources, events and support groups for family caregivers in ...
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Caring for Someone with End-Stage COPD? Here’s What You Should Know

  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition for which a cure has not yet been discovered. It inflames a person’s lungs in a way that can obstruct the ...
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Helpful Daily Activities for Dementia Patients: 50 Expert Tips and Suggestions to Keep Your Loved One Engaged

Staying active and engaged is beneficial for both physical and cognitive health, so it’s particularly important for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to engage in daily ...
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7 Best Remote Support Groups for Caregivers of People with Dementia

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, your daily responsibilities can be overwhelming, stressful, and isolating; even if you’ve been ...
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The 30 Best GPS Trackers for Seniors

There are plenty of devices out there that can be used to improve the lives of seniors. GPS trackers allow caregivers to keep an eye on their loved ones when they’re out and ...
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Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis for Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: What Caregivers Should Know

    Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, also known as younger-onset Alzheimer’s, is the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms prior to the age of 65. A diagnosis is relatively rare at ...
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Caring for a Child with Disabilities? Here are Your Financial Assistance Options

    When your child has disabilities that require 24/7 care, caring for them at home might be the option that best suits their needs, with the added benefit of keeping them close ...
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Legal Guardians of Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities are Now Eligible for Structured Family Caregiving in Indiana

For many family caregivers of people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, programs that offer coaching and financial assistance through Home & Community Based Services make all ...
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Understanding Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms, Triggers, and the Link with Sleep Apnea

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib), also called an irregular heartbeat or arrythmia, is a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart (atria) flutter due to irregular ...
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Understanding Alzheimer’s Stigma and Quality of Life after a Diagnosis: A Guide for Family Caregivers

  Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. The disease currently affects over 6 million Americans, a number that is expected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050 according ...
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Does Your Loved One Suffer from Gastroparesis? Here’s What They Should be Eating

  Gastroparesis, also known as “delayed gastric emptying,” is a condition in which the contents of a person’s stomach empty too slowly, resulting in bloating, pressure, and other ...
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Understanding Strokes: How to Recognize Warning Signs of a TIA and Take Action

  A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a type of stroke. It is sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke,” because it can cause stroke-like symptoms. Some TIAs last only a few ...
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Caregiver Support Services in Indiana - How You Can Qualify, Enroll, and Get Paid

In December 2020, Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration launched an initiative to address an increasing need for services and supports for Hoosiers caring for a ...
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National Nurses Month: Celebrating the Critical Work of Nurses in Caregiving

May is designated National Nurses Month by the American Nurses Association. Nurses play a critical role at Seniorlink in efforts to care for our family caregivers and their loved ...
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Dealing with Stubbornness in Parents Living with Dementia: 50 Expert Tips for Communicating, Gaining Cooperation, and Understanding Behavior

Caring for aging parents gives adult children peace of mind to know they are providing loving care. It also allows for them to make more memories and spend more time with parents ...
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The Dangers of Hypertension: How to Recognize and Respond to a High Blood Pressure Emergency

  "Blood pressure" is the medical term for the amount of force exerted by circulating blood against the walls of arteries. It's normal for blood pressure to rise and fall ...
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How to Help an Aging Loved One Through a Mental Health Decline

  Mental health difficulties can impact anyone at any time of life, but older adults on average tend to be more vulnerable to depression and other mental illnesses. According to ...
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The Best Brain Games for Older Adults

If you spend a lot of time with an aging loved one, you may notice them becoming a bit more forgetful or misplacing things. While frequent forgetfulness or severe memory loss may ...
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6 Great Games and Toys for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  If you’re caring for a child or adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it’s likely you’ve watched them deal with some level of hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to their ...
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Defining and Classifying Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for Caregivers

  Until 2013, autism was treated under a handful of labels, such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which are no longer in use. It was the publication of ...
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6 Strategies to Care for Someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury

  Approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are living with a disability due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, ...
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