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Caregiving for Seniors 101

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 22, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one is not something many people plan for in advance. However, the number of people caring for seniors has been increasing in the United States. In 2011, 16 percent of Americans cared for seniors in a non-institutional setting, according to survey results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is important to know what to do when put in this position. It can be overwhelming at first, especially since caring for a senior is unlike caring for anyone else. If you are new to being a caregiver, there are some tips that will be helpful as you begin this process.

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Topics: seniors, tips for caregivers

Stress Management for Caregivers

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

 No matter whom your elderly loved one is, taking care of that loved one can be stressful. When people get stressed, they react in different ways, which may materialize as tears, anger or neglect.

When caretakers let their stress get the best of them and don’t cope with it, this could worsen their loved ones’ dementia or at least prevent mental health improvement. According to a study by researchers at Utah State University (USU), the mental decline of those with dementia may slow by as much as 37 percent when their caregivers use positive coping strategies.

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Topics: safety, seniors, stress, tips for caregivers

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