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Practicing Mindfulness as an Older Adult

There’s no question that caring for our physical health is one of our most important concerns as we age. But maintaining physical wellness comes with concerns and sources of stress that can leave us feeling worse for wear. Whether it’s a disheartening doctor’s appointment or worries about flu season, our stress can start to impact our overall wellness, and the strain on our mental health can put strain on our physical health. But how can we cope with stress, when it feels like such an inescapable part of daily life?

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2020

Solutions for Millennial Caregivers: Life Doesn’t Always Have to be This Hard

In many situations, it is easy to identify problems, but far more difficult to identify possible solutions. The caregiving challenges faced by millennials are no different. We may know the statistics, such as that millennials now represent 10 million of the current caregiver population, with 73 percent juggling their caregiving responsibilities with at least one other job. We may know the impact on their physical, financial, emotional and relational health. Caregivers are forever instructed to “manage their stress.” But what can millennial caregivers actually do to ease the burden that they carry each day?

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By Lisa Weitzman | 04/15/2020

Quieting Restless Leg Syndrome: Caregiver Tips

Restless Leg Syndrome is usually diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and it affects an estimated 10 percent of older adults. Many with the condition view their restless legs as nothing more than an annoyance, and neglect to tell their doctor about their discomfort and let it go untreated. For others, the condition may disappear for a time for no apparent reason only to recur a few months later. If we are a caregiver of a loved one with RLS, knowing more about the disorder can help us understand what they are going through and explore different ways to help them find relief.

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04/15/2020

Scharf, L. (2020, March 5). Ambiguous Loss: Grieving a Loved One Who Is Physically Present but Mentally or Emotionally Impaired. Retrieved from https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/resource-center/ambiguous-loss-grieving-a-loved-one-who-is-physically-present-but-mentally-or-emotionally-impaired

Hayes, J. (2020, March 5). A 2019 Tax Tip for Your Loved One. Retrieved from https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/resource-center/financial-legal-advice/a-2019-tax-tip-for-your-loved-one