An estimated 170,000 people in Michigan live with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2024, the Alzheimer’s Association predicts that number will climb by almost 30% to 220,000. For the family caregivers who look after them, finding meaningful activities to keep them engaged is often one of the best ways to manage agitation and restless. One tool that can help is an activity box.
May is National Geriatric Care Manager Month (NAPGCM). Professional geriatric care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, geriatric care manager expertise provides the answers at a time of uncertainty.
We’ve all heard the myths about aging. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks is a popular one. Getting old means getting sick is another. As boomers continue to move well in to retirement, they are busting many of the popular myths and stereotypes about aging.
Now that spring has arrived, many Michigan caregivers may be making plans to take a summer road trip after the children are out of school. If you care for an aging loved one, however, the idea of leaving town for a summer vacation may cause anxiety. It can be especially concerning if your senior loved one lives alone and counts on you for transportation, grocery shopping and support with other activities of daily living. One solution to consider is respite care.
Across the country, April is traditionally recognized as National Volunteer Month. It is a time of year organizations like ours work to raise awareness about the role volunteers play in supporting our mission. We thought it was also an important time to share the benefits of volunteering.
Early spring is the time of year when many Michigan families begin to explore the idea of sending a child to summer camp. Whether you are considering a day camp or a sleepover camp, there are many options from which you can choose.
Many adult children in Michigan are forced to make the tough call on when a parent living with dementia is no longer safe living alone. For some families, the next step is bringing their parent to live with them. If your family is preparing to make this transition, finding ways to safety proof your home is key.
Achieving life balance to help minimize stress and enjoy life sounds so good! For most of us, though, it is a constant challenge, especially if we are also caring for others.
The statistics on seniors and scams are frightening. AARP estimates that one in five seniors has fallen victim to a scam at some point in their life. Older adults are at higher risk for being victimized for many reasons ranging from being lonely to being too trusting. Technology has made it even easier for scammers to take advantage of seniors.
The arrival of a new babysitter can be stressful for parents and children alike. Trusting you have made the right choice in hiring someone new and leaving them alone with your little ones is tough. For kids, getting used to a new “boss” isn’t always easy either.