Caregiver Blog

5 Suggestions When a Sibling Won’t Help With a Parent’s Care

sibling careIf you are an adult child with an older parent, providing care for them while juggling your own career and family can be a struggle. On top of that juggling act, many adult children often find themselves having disagreements with their siblings over an aging parent’s care. One problem that arises is having one or more siblings who just won’t help.

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How to Celebrate the Holidays without Spoiling the Kids

young-girl-opening-gift-christmasThe holidays can be a tough time of year to keep your children from getting spoiled. From expensive toys compliments of the grandparents to Secret Santa at day care, the bounty your child receives can really add up. It makes it hard to keep them grounded and from expecting to receive a gift everywhere they go during the holidays. If you are struggling to teach your child gratitude this season, we’ve pulled together a few tips we think might help.

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5 Holiday Decorating Tips for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers

holiday-decoratingMany families enjoy the tradition of decorating together for Christmas or Hanukkah. Decking the halls with lights and sparkle is often the official kick off to the holiday season. However, if a senior loved one who has dementia recently moved in with you, some types of holiday decorations can present safety risks. To help Michigan family caregivers safely deck the halls this year, we are sharing a few tips from our memory care specialists.

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Will I Inherit My Father’s Alzheimer’s Disease?

grandfather-with-son-and-grandsonIf your aging parent or senior family member lives with Alzheimer’s, you know firsthand how devastating the disease can be. It’s probably led you to wonder if you are next. Does having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease increase your risk for developing it?

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Can You Fight Dementia with Your Diet?

inflamation-in-handThe role that diet plays in preventing or causing Alzheimer’s has long been a topic of interest. Researchers are fairly certain that food choices matter. While the cause of Alzheimer’s still isn’t known, there is evidence that seems to indicate food may play a role in both developing and preventing the disease.

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How to Help a Grieving Senior Stay Healthy

adult-daughter-and-mother-smilingThose of us who work with seniors have probably seen firsthand the impact grief can have on older adults. When a spouse or other close family member passes away, seniors often seem to experience greater physical symptoms of grief. From more frequent colds to new health conditions, the older you are, the more likely it is that grief will cause the immune system to become weaker.

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Healthy Aging to Prevent Heart Disease


Older Women Exercising42 million women in the U.S. live with heart disease. It is the leading cause of death among women. Heart disease claims the lives of more women every year than any form of cancer. It causes one in three deaths among women. In honor of National Heart Health Awareness Month, we have pulled together a variety of resources to help educate women on heart disease. We hope you will share this information with the women in your life. 

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Establishing a Bedtime Routine for Kids

Child Sleeping with Teddy BearEvery parent has likely struggled with this issue: how can you get the kids to go to bed when they just don’t want to? Parenting experts often say the best approach with uncooperative children at bedtime is to establish a routine. Knowing how to establish one is the key to making evenings go a little more smoothly. 

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Difficult Behaviors in Men with Alzheimer’s Disease

Man With HeadacheWhen a husband or father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, families often try to find ways to keep them safe at home. As the disease progresses, however, it can be increasingly difficult to do. A few of the behaviors that are common among people with Alzheimer’s disease make it difficult for a spouse or daughter to manage their care at home. Two behaviors that may force a family to consider a move to an assisted living community for their senior loved one are wandering and aggression.

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How to Survive Peak Flu Season in Michigan

Warning-Flu-Sign-with-SunsetJanuary and February are typically months when flu season reaches its peak. Children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions are considered to be at the highest risk for developing it. If you are an older adult or the caregiver for one, there are steps you can take to avoid the virus.

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