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Don’t Wait for Tomorrow: A Lesson Learned in Hospice

My father’s hospice experience was brief. Less than four days passed between the afternoon he entered the facility and the morning he drew his last breath. In that short time, I learned much about this extraordinary world. Continue reading

3 Ways You Can Help Your Senior Mom Walk More

One of the best things anyone can do for their health is to walk and walk often. A new study found that running or walking 15 miles a week could help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. The American Heart Association recommends that people walk 10,000 steps—about five miles—a day to decrease their risks of heart disease and to improve overall health. While Mom might not be ready for five miles a day just yet, there are still some ways that you can help her add more walking into her routine. Continue reading

Signs You Could Be Suffering From Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is a very important job that requires a lot of skill, effort, and time from you, the caregiver. Sometimes, spending that much energy on someone else’s needs can cause you to neglect your own needs. The symptoms of caregiver burnout vary and are very similar to symptoms of depression, including feelings of stress, sadness, and guilt. Know the symptoms of caregiver burnout so you can watch out for them. Know the causes so you can try to prevent it. If ignored, caregiver burnout can become clinical anxiety or depression. You should always seek help from a medical professional if you have reached that point. Some of the more common symptoms of caregiver burnout are: Continue reading

3 Caregiving Habits That Can Improve Your Health

When you’re devoting so much time and energy to caring for Mom, it can be easy to let your own health and wellness take a backseat. But now more than ever, it’s important that you take care of yourself so that you are in the best possible health as a caregiver. Fortunately, practices you’ve adopted as a caregiver can help make sure that you aren’t putting your health on the back burner. Continue reading