Caregivers: Sharing Sunshine

While I’m still a pretty independent gal, it’s nice to have others check on me. That’s why I’m thankful for aids like Sunshine who regularly drop by to see how I’m doing. As everyone here at my assisted living facility knows, Sunshine lives up to her name with her bright smile and warm nature. She…

Family Caregivers: It’s OK to Ask for Help

It is a tremendous responsibility to provide care for an aging loved one. It’s important to recognize the need of care for the caregiver, too. This is an extremely stressful time in anyone’s life, and an appropriate amount of respite time away is necessary for regenerating energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in the caregiver.…

Caregiving for a Loved One

Caregiving for a loved one is an occupation that changes with the times. As seniors are living longer with better health care and lifestyles, many of us who are almost (or are) seniors ourselves are more and more becoming caregivers for parents, spouses, and others. The growth in the senior population means that the need…

Put away the cellphone

I was visiting a friend at an assisted living facility recently. Nearby in the lounge was a family visiting another resident. A family of three, Mom, Dad, and a young teen, were sitting with a grandparent. I sadly noticed that the teen was totally absorbed by her cellphone the entire time they were there. Mom…

Optimism could be linked to a longer lifespan

According to new research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, your longevity could be related to your outlook on life. A study of more than 70,000 women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study revealed that older women who had a more optimistic attitude than their peers also tended to be healthier. After…

Face Aging at the Capitol

  The 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session is now underway. In the coming months, you’ll hear how legislators plan to prepare for the needs of our rapidly growing senior population. A big part of the discussion at the Capitol will be about ways to recruit and retain dedicated professional caregivers. Minnesota will need another 25,000 professional…

HEAR’S what you could be missing

“Eh, what did you say?” “Would you mind repeating that?” “I didn’t catch the last of your comment.” Sound familiar? Oh yes, for far too many of us! I started to lose my hearing when I was in my fifties. It was hereditary loss, an unappreciated gift from my mother. I was working as a…