When we think of caregivers usually, we picture a woman in her 50s or 60s caring for a parent. In reality, caregiving happens across the lifetime. A 2018 study found that the average age of caregivers was 47 (down from 53 in 2010). According to a 2018 study by the AARP, one in four caregivers … Continued
You love your family member and want to support them as they grow older…but you live in a different state- now what? The National Institute on Aging defines long-distance caregiving as caring for someone you live at least an hour-long car ride away from. Long-distance caregiving is more common than you may think! According to … Continued
Loneliness isn’t something that only affect older adults. With new technology and people living further apart, it can be easy to feel lonely. But it’s something to keep an eye on because one in three older adults reports feeling lonely, which can lead to a lot of issues including increased risks of heart attacks, depression, … Continued
Wishing you a bright and happy new year!
December 21 is National Crossword Day. Celebrate (and test your knowledge) with a special Ahead of the Curve crossword! To download the crossword and answers: Click on “download” button or hover mouse over the document title until it changes color. The crossword should open in a new tab (if it doesn’t, click “open” when prompted). … Continued
Grief is universal and can be especially difficult during the holiday season. GrieveWell is a non-profit organization that envisions a community in which individuals grieve well so that they can lead a full life after loss. To reach their vision, the GrieveWell mission is to provide resources and support to individuals in grief — as … Continued
Traveling is often an amazing experience that can broaden you as a person or just provide some much-needed rest and relaxation. But what can you do when you want to travel but are a full or part time caregiver? Don’t give up on travel, instead use these tips to travel smarter: Think ahead Are you … Continued
It’s that time of year… the days are getting shorter and grayer. It’s getting darker earlier and earlier and people choose to hibernate instead of going out. Winter can be an unpleasant time for anyone, but it can be especially dangerous for older adults. Our bodies are less efficient at sensing cold as we get … Continued
This month on the blog we’ve been focusing on stories from famous family caregivers in honor of Family Caregivers Month. We’re closing out the month with a video from actor Rob Lowe who acted as caregiver for his mother and is an advocate of the importance of self care for caregivers. During #NationalFamilyCaregiversMonth, I am … Continued
Patrick Dempsey and his siblings have famously stepped in to care for their mother when she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. My mom, Amanda, is a seven-time ovarian-cancer survivor. One of the times she was going through treatment I realized that I had my sister Mary, who is a nurse, available to explain to me … Continued
This month on the blog we’ll be focusing on stories from famous family caregivers. Lots of people find themselves acting as a caregiver- even celebrities! Today we’re sharing a touching video by Sean Hayes and his plea to reach out to the caregiver in your life. Make sure to visit the Ahead of the Curve … Continued
November is National Family Caregivers Month! This month on the blog we’ll be focusing on stories from famous family caregivers. Lots of people find themselves acting as a caregiver- even celebrities! We’re starting out the month with a video from Caregiving Club. Their CEO interviewed celebrities who have acted as caregivers and asked for their … Continued
Do you care for a loved one full time and live with them? Do you hire a nurse to stay with your loved one and visit periodically? Do you live in a different state and research resources for your loved one? Do you have a neighbor you regularly check up on? If you answered … Continued
We’re living in an increasingly digital world. It seems like every few years there’s a new technological device or service that we soon can’t live without (remember life before Netflix?). Some of these new technologies are aimed at caregivers…but can be prohibitively expensive. The good news is that if you’re creative and keep an open … Continued
October is National Crime Prevention Month. We all know that scammers exist and like to prey on older adults. What you may not realize is that scams are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. According to the FBI, between 2018 and 2019 scammers collected $700 million from about two million people, most of which were … Continued
Caregiving can easily feel overwhelming, especially when you’re starting out. A quick web search shows results for various guides, websites, and articles spread throughout the internet. Luckily, Home Instead Senior Care Services has created an interactive quiz to help you make sure everything is covered in your care-giving plan. This is a great jumping off … Continued
We’ve talked on the blog before about the importance of self-care for the caregiver. Today we’re going to focus on why self-care is so important: preventing caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue. What is compassion fatigue? “Compassion fatigue refers to the phenomenon of perpetual caregivers — whether familial or professional — becoming physically and emotionally depleted … Continued
The start of fall can mean a lot of different things- crunchy leaves, scarves, and more pumpkin-flavored things than you can imagine. The first day of fall is also Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are a huge issue for older adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 300,000 older adults … Continued
You or a loved one may have had trouble recently with self-care. Maybe it was a fall or forgetting to take medication. Either way it’s becoming to be clear- you (or your loved one) can no longer live alone. Luckily there are plenty of options for senior living, so many in fact that it can … Continued
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