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Three Mindfulness Exercises to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Caring for an aging loved one will inevitably come with challenges along the way. If you sometimes feel like you are managing one crisis after another, it might be hard to take the time to celebrate and acknowledge the little things that go well and check in with how YOU…

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A Caregiver-Client Match “Made in Heaven”

After undergoing major surgery last spring, Peter was determined to handle his recovery all on his own. Living alone at 68, he had never needed help from a caregiver and he declined the suggestion. He had supportive friends and family nearby, and felt that after leaving the hospital he could…

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Dementia and Repetition: What to Do When Someone with Dementia Keeps Repeating Themselves

It is common for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia to repeat questions and stories throughout the day, but it can pose a challenge for those who are caring for them. Below are some tips to help you support a loved one with memory loss who says the same thing over…

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New Physical Therapy Services Keep Seniors Moving and Independent

The first time Dora fell it felt like a fluke. She suddenly lost her balance and found herself on the floor. At the time the 75 year old was quite active and enjoyed living alone, caring for the home she loved, and taking daily walks around her neighborhood. Though she…

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Caregivers Step into the Shoes of Someone with Dementia at a Recent Staff Training

What is it like to navigate the world as an older adult with dementia? How much more difficult are tasks like walking or taking your medication when you’re faced with changes in your sensory capabilities such as decreased vision, hearing loss, or arthritis pain? At Seniors At Home, we believe…

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How to Ask an Older Adult to Stop Driving

Is it time for them to give up the car keys?  Driving is one of our greatest expressions of independence. But for many older adults, there comes a time when age-related conditions make it impossible to drive safely. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the rate of fatal…

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How to Avoid Heat Illness during a Heat Wave

With increased temperatures predicted in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area this week, an excessive heat warning has been triggered for the area. During the heat wave, it is extra important for older adults to stay cool and avoid heat illness.Although everyone can be affected by the…

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The Importance of ‘Being There’ for People with Serious Illness

Two Palliative Care Volunteers Share their Stories The first time Gary Stower arrived to meet with Charlie, a critically ill client of Seniors At Home, Charlie point-blank said, “So, why are you here?” Gary, who had recently completed Seniors At Home’s in-depth Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program, was initially thrown…

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Do You Have a Home Disaster Plan?

In the event of a disaster, your household could be without water, gas, electricity and telephone for at least 24-72 hours. For older adults in particular, who may be more vulnerable or have limited mobility, it is especially important to stock your home with emergency supplies and to have a home…

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How to Respond When Someone with Dementia Says "I Want to Go Home"

One of the most common requests made by people with dementia is, “I want to go home!” This request may be repeated over and over, and unfortunately it doesn’t help to remind them that they already are home. Typically, people with dementia ask to “go home” when they are feeling…

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