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Motion is Lotion: How Sitting Down Is Killing Seniors

While physical rest and relaxation is integral to a healthy lifestyle, too much of a good thing can be deadly when it comes to inactivity. Numerous recent studies show that people who spend much of their waking hours sitting are putting themselves at risk for a host of chronic diseases and disabilities. When providing high-quality senior care for an elderly parent falls to you, educate yourself on how essential it is to keep you loved one consistently active every day.

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Coping with the Stress of Parenting a Parent—and Your Kids

As a member of the sandwich generation, you are surely feeling the squeeze of responsibility closing in from all sides. Both your children and parents may regularly require your attention, love, time and financial support. As you provide care for your parents and children, the time you have to care for yourself quickly evaporates. You may even find yourself spending your free time thinking about how you could be providing better care for your elderly parents and avoiding mistakes in the childrearing process. Unfortunately, wholeheartedly diving into the caregiving process without reprieve can quickly lead to burnout. If you are not feeling your best, it becomes difficult to care for the loved ones who are counting on you.

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What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?

As we all age, our bodies, as well as our daily routines, change. Many older adults go through bouts of insomnia and other sleep disruptions. Seniors can usually make small adjustments to their lives to help minimize these interruptions, and maintain the high-quality sleep important for an active lifestyle. But if the cause of a senior's sleepless nights is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), it may be time for a talk with a senior care medical specialist.

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When a Parent's Short-Term Rehab Stay Becomes Long-Term Care

For some seniors, short-term rehab can end up becoming a transition stage to long-term care. For all its collected wisdom, medical science can't always predict how the human body will heal. There are times when a person just doesn't respond as expected to treatment, or when there is simply more deterioration than the body can overcome. Sometimes a return home isn't possible. As a result, many family members and caregivers find themselves suddenly facing something for which they are unprepared. It can be stressful — for you and for your senior loved one.

So what do you need to know when your aging parent's short-term rehab stay doesn't go as well as expected? How do you go about the process of moving him or her into long-term care?

Let's take a look at what you should expect and at steps you should take.

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Here’s Why Self-Esteem Is a Senior Health Care Issue

Typically, when people speak of self esteem, they are talking about kids, teens, and young adults. However, one segment of the population that has just as many struggles with self esteem is those who are in the senior demographic. It is not unusual for seniors to wrestle with their feelings of self worth as they face major life changes like retirement, the death of a spouse, and illnesses. Once an older person begins to suffer the effects of aging, such as limited mobility, chronic illnesses, and other physical limitations, they may wonder what they have left to offer to their families and the community. If you are responsible for a senior's care, making sure that your mom or dad are still feeling useful, wanted, and loved is a crucial part of caring for their emotional health.

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3 Things to Do on Parent’s Day - Elder Care in Cincinnati

Parent's Day, observed on July 26, is an excellent time to say thank you to the ones that raised you—no matter how old you are. Parents love to feel appreciated, but, even if you have your own kids, it is easy to forget this about your parents as you go on with your daily lives. There are, however, many simple actions you can take to show your love and care for your parents. What you do to commemorate this day is as open as your imagination, but here are a few suggestions to get you started thinking about how to treat your elderly parents to a special Parent's Day this year.

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Senior Care on the Road: Vacationing with Elderly Parents

Your relationship with your parents means the world to you, so you want them to enjoy a family vacation along with everyone else. This means making everything from their travel time to their hotel stay to their tourist outings as convenient as possible. If you take the time to plan properly, you can meet your parents’ senior care needs and head difficulties off at the pass. Instead of spending your family vacation stressed out and overwhelmed, you can spend it making memories that last.

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Helping an Elderly Parent Plan for the Worst

A critical, and often over looked, component of senior care is to assure that elderly loved ones have the means to protect their health and wellbeing in the event of a disaster. Falls, illnesses, memory lapses: These are the “disasters” most children of aging parents worry about and do their best to either prepare for or avoid. Few people consider how their loved ones would manage in the face of a natural disaster, and few seniors think to prepare themselves and their homes for such an event.

There are two key actions you can take to help prepare your loved one to weather a disaster.

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6 Mind-Bending Activities That Can Help Build Brain Health

Is there any science behind the idea that brain games improve your memory? According to Scientific American the answer is yes— enriching your environment with mental stimulation will improve brain function. It makes sense that family members and caretakers would include some games as part of senior care, as well. Not all games are created equally, however, so let’s take look at some of the best games on the market that enhance mental acuity and memory by challenging the brain.

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For Seniors, Nothing Can Be Key to Living Well

Are you all stressed out and do not know what to do about it? Do nothing!

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