An adult daughter experiencing firsthand the needs of family caregivers stands behind her mother.

Are We Being Heard? Insights Into the Essential Needs of Family Caregivers

If you’ve ever felt invisible as a family caregiver, you’re not alone. Caring for someone you love takes center stage, and you may find that your own needs are put on the back burner. A recent listening session, however, allowed family caregivers to speak openly and honestly about what they need—and the results may surprise […]

Birthday celebrations for seniors help people enjoy their special day to the fullest, as this gentleman is doing as he blows out the candles on his cake with his family cheering him on.

Try These Ideas for Unique Birthday Celebrations for Seniors

If you are interested in a fun way to celebrate the life of somebody you love, nothing beats a birthday party! The key to planning a successful birthday party for an older family member is crafting ideas that are unique to the individual. Start by thinking through: How large of an event should it be, […]

A woman considering 24-hour Alzheimer’s care embraces her mother.

Is It Time for 24-Hour Alzheimer’s Care?

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease requires continuous adaptation to the person’s changing needs. As the condition progresses, there comes a point when 24-hour Alzheimer’s care becomes not only beneficial but necessary for ensuring the safety, well-being, and good quality of life for the person. Here are key indicators that signal the appropriateness […]

A woman who has learned how to reduce family caregiver stress smiles as she writes a note in her daily planner.

Reduce Family Caregiver Stress With These Tried and True Time Management Tips

How much extra time do you have on your hands? If you are like most family caregivers, carving out sufficient time to meet each day’s basic requirements could be hard enough. The idea of having regular intervals of downtime may seem unattainable. Caregiving is definitely a time-intensive commitment. But what if there were steps you […]

A man lies awake in bed. It can be difficult for family members to know how to help a senior loved one sleep better.

6 Ways to Help a Senior Loved One Sleep Better

We have all been there: slowing down breathing, counting sheep, listening to white noise, all in an effort to force our brains to shut down to allow us the sleep we desperately need. As we age, it can be even more difficult to get enough sleep. Older adults may experience changes in their sleep architecture, […]

An older adult who is grieving clutches a photo in her arms as she gazes sadly out the window.

How to Help an Older Adult Who Is Grieving

By the time we reach our golden years, we’ve had many years of building deep connections with family and friends. These bonds are crucial to our quality of life, and when they are severed, it inevitably leads to feelings of deep loss. You may feel hopeless to help an older adult who is grieving, but […]

A young woman smiles over the shoulder of an older loved one as she rolls out biscuit dough, a great activity for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Why Meal Prep Is a Great Activity for Someone With Alzheimer’s

There is something so special about the kitchen. It’s the first stop kids make once they arrive home from school, in search of a snack as well as the chance to share about their day. It is the spot family members gather to cook holiday meals together. It’s also a place to heat up a […]

A woman contemplates who she is without her caregiver responsibilities.

Once My Caregiver Responsibilities Are Over, Who Am I?

Caring for a family member is often an all-consuming role. It takes a great deal of your time, focus, and energy that when your family caregiving role ends, for any reason, it can leave you feeling lost. Other common feelings to expect if you’re no longer serving as caregiver for a loved one include: Exhaustion […]

A senior smiles as he swims for his daily senior exercise.

The Ins and Outs of Senior Exercise

The countdown is on to the new year, and this means only one thing: deciding on a resolution you can make that you’ll actually be empowered to keep. How about setting a goal that will help both you and someone you love live healthier and feel happier? It starts with knowing effective exercise tips to […]

A caregiver helps guide a senior with dementia through reality orientation.

Reality Orientation in Dementia: The Pro and the Cons

Did you ever wake up in the middle of a dream and wonder, just for a moment, if what you were dreaming about was real? It can feel very disorienting until you open your eyes and take in your familiar surroundings. An experience like this can give you just a brief glimpse into the ongoing […]