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Backyard Picnic Tips for the Whole Family

A picnic can be a fun summer activity the whole family can enjoy together, but there are some special considerations to keep in mind when elderly family members will be part of your get together. Luckily, planning a picnic right in your own backyard can simplify things without compromising the fun. Read on for easy […]

Medication Management Tips for Seniors

As a senior parent ages and his or her body starts to slow and break down, the need for prescription medicines will likely increase. Keeping track of multiple medicines and all that comes with that (dose amounts and times, side effects, contraindications, interactions, etc.) takes significant time and effort. The stakes are also high: improperly […]

Beat the Heat With These Indoor Activities for Seniors

As July turns to August, temperatures reach annual highs. While we all love to savor the outdoors come summer, it’s important to take care in the extreme heat, especially for seniors, who are more prone to heat-related illness. Keeping indoors is a winning strategy to stay safe and comfortable, and there’s no reason it can’t […]

Caregiver Spotlight: Wisconsin BrightStar Care CNA Brings the Beach to Her Client

If you can’t get to the beach, have the beach brought to you. That’s just what happened last week for Judy, a client from the BrightStar Care of South Central, Wisconsin office. Wisconsin’s weather had been unbearably hot, and Judy told her Caregiver Amy that she missed the beaches of her native Florida. Together, the […]

Answers to 10 Frequently Asked Cataract Questions

Cataracts affect practically everyone over the age of 75. Even though they are common, they can still be challenging to navigate. Progressive vision loss can be a scary and uncomfortable experience for a parent or grandparent. Arming yourself with information about cataracts is one great way to help your loved one. For instance, did you […]

How to Prevent Elderly Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Caring for an elderly parent through summer’s intense heat requires special considerations. This is due largely to the potential for heat stroke and heat exhaustion, which affect adults over 65 more than most. Why? As we age, our bodies’ internal temperature regulation can decline. Exacerbating the issue, many seniors may have a chronic condition or […]

Tips for Planning Fun Summer Activities for Seniors

We all enjoy engaging in fun summer activities, and seniors are no exception. Of course, heading outdoors with a parent who may require special food or medicines takes a little planning. Below, we’ve outlined five activities the whole family can enjoy together as well as a few questions to ask yourself when preparing to take […]

10 Activities to Do With a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are progressive illnesses. It’s understandable then that when a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, many families respond with an urgent wish to spend more time together. However, finding healthy activities that take into consideration a loved one’s changes in memory, thinking, mood, and behavior requires some thought. […]

The Three Most Common Types of Dementia

It’s not uncommon to hear the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” used interchangeably, but the two are quite different. Dementia is a general term for a severe loss of memory and other cognitive capacities caused by physical changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is just one of several types of dementia. In keeping with Alzheimer’s […]

What Is Alzheimer’s? Five Frequently Asked Questions

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 47 million people worldwide, and that number continues to grow. Experts estimate 76 million people will suffer from the degenerative cognitive disease by 2030[1]. Recognizing the ever-pressing need for research, the Alzheimer’s Association has organized Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this June to bring attention to this fatal disease. To bolster their […]

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