Managing Stress – A Must for Caregivers

Susan Friedrich


13 July, 2018

Much well-deserved attention is paid to the physical and emotional impact on family caregivers of caring for an older or disabled family member. In Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance reminds readers that when on an airplane, the first rule is to always put on your...

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UTIs are Hard to Detect in Older Adults

Susan Friedrich


18 June, 2018

In a young person, a urinary tract infection (UTI), also known as a bladder infection, typically presents as a burning sensation during urination. It can be painful, but with proper treatment, it will be gone in a few days. But in the elderly, a UTI may not present such...

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Stand Up to Falling

Susan Friedrich


22 May, 2018

Most of us, if asked, would say that we want to live a long and healthy life. With advances in medicine, people are living longer than ever before – well into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond. While living a long life with good health is a blessing, without good health...

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Food Safety for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


16 April, 2018

For those of us who provide in-home care for seniors, the issue of food safety is a serious one. Seniors are more likely to get sick from harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites in food compared to other age groups, and when they do become sick, it usually takes them...

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Bringing Art and Music Home

Susan Friedrich


19 March, 2018

Difficulty remembering conversations, names or events, problems speaking, confusion, and behavior changes are some of the most debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Verbal communication is the main way we express ourselves, and when that ability is lost it leaves the person less able to...

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The Unique Challenges of Dementia Care

Susan Friedrich


19 February, 2018

Dementia is often talked about as if it’s a specific illness or disease, but it’s not. According to the Mayo Clinic, “….dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “When Alzheimer’s disrupts memory, language,...

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Combating the Holiday Blues

Susan Friedrich


15 December, 2017

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!  This is indeed the time of year when we are expected to be happy. Holiday music is everywhere, and shop windows are decorated with everything wintery and jolly. In the article, How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays, the website, AgingCare.com writes, “There...

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The Healing Power of Touch

Susan Friedrich


16 October, 2017

As people age they become less sensitive to touch, yet, like young children, they may be the ones who need it the most. When we are children, the warmth and love of a parent’s touch is key to our growth into emotionally healthy people. Touch continues to be an...

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