Caregiver Blog

What Parents Should Know about Childhood Obesity

Childhood ObesityThe numbers on childhood obesity in the United States are frightening. Over 25% of pre-school aged children are overweight or obese. One in five children is overweight or obese by the time they start school. Chronic obesity from such an early age puts children at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. For parents, knowing how to help children develop healthy lifestyle habits is the key to prevention.

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Is There Trouble on the Horizon for an Aging Parent?

male-senior-talking-with-adult-daughterThe holiday trip home to spend time with an aging parent is something most adult children look forward to all year long. For families who are separated by long distances, it might be the one time each year they have to be together. For older adults, however, a lot can change in a year.

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Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

elder-woman-drivingThe first week of December is designated as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Organizations dedicated to supporting seniors use this week as an opportunity to help educate caregivers, adult children and the community at large about the challenges aging creates for older drivers. For an adult child, this can be an emotionally difficult topic to tackle. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Shingles Vaccine

shinglesIf you’ve seen the commercials promoting the shingles vaccine, they may have caused you a little apprehension. They definitely show just how painful a case of shingles can be. Seniors and their caregivers are probably wondering whether or not they should ask their doctor for the vaccine. To help answer some of the common questions about shingles, we’ve researched the topic to share in this week’s update.

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Understanding the Senior Care Benefits Available for Michigan Veterans

veteran-word-in-circle-flagAs we pause on November 11 to remember and honor those who served, we thought it was important to help Michigan caregivers learn more about the financial support that is available for their aging veteran. Many adult children are surprised to discover that the Veteran’s Administration has funding that can help cover the expenses of senior care for their veteran loved one and their surviving spouse. It is called the Aid & Attendance Benefit.

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Helping a Michigan Senior with Dementia Stay Fit

senior-woman-joggingAfter the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers often try to find ways to keep their loved one fit without putting them at increased risk for a fall or other injury. Because the disease can cause damage to the parts of the brain responsible for mobility, it isn’t uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s to struggle with balance. Activities that require complicated movements also can be difficult for them to complete because their abstract thought process may be impaired.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Has Arrived!

FotoliaThis year’s Medicare Open Enrollment period is here! Starting on October 15, Medicare recipients can make any changes they think will help improve their coverage for 2015. If you are a Michigan caregiver who hasn’t been through this with your senior loved one before, it may be a little confusing. To help you sort through the process and make an informed decision, we are sharing the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.

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