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An older adult seated with her plate at a dinner table

5 Tips to Help a Loved One Manage Eating Difficulties

As a loved one ages, they may experience changes that impact their appetite; their ability to distinguish taste, smell, temperature and texture of food; and, if they have dementia, they may have difficulty feeding themselves. We can help our loved ones maintain proper nutrition and avoid unwanted weight loss and other negative outcomes.

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6 Tips to Help a Loved One with Dressing

If a loved one we are helping is having trouble manipulating buttons or zippers, or is finding it difficult to maintain their balance when dressing, it may be time to for us to assist them with getting dressed. Here are some tips we can use to help us aid our loved ones with dressing, while also helping them maintain a sense of independence.

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An older adult and caregiver cooking together

6 Tips to Help a Loved One Cook Safely

As we age, the possibility of accidents happening in the kitchen goes up dramatically. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, people over the age of 65 have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population. Our older loved ones are much more prone to falling when trying to reach something on the top shelf, and are more susceptible to food-borne illnesses that can be fatal from improperly stored food. If we help our loved ones cook, there are many steps we can take to assure their safety in the kitchen.

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An older adult confidently using the computer

4 Tips to Help Loved Ones Use Computers and Smartphones

For much of the world, computers and smartphones are a necessity in everyday life. But for our older loved ones, these devices can provoke anxiety, hostility and resistance. To some older adults, learning how to use a computer or smartphone can seem like a very daunting task, but there are benefits to embracing technology and using devices.

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A caregiver taking a moment to herself

Why Caregivers and their Loved Ones Deserve Respite

It is likely that at some point in our lives, most of us will be involved in providing care for an older loved one. A commonly requested type of caregiver assistance among family caregivers is respite, accounting for 15% of all assistance requests according to a study by the Family Caregiver Alliance. A variety of situations may give rise to requests for this type of assistance. For example, if we have a career of our own, the addition of caregiving responsibilities may leave us with very little time to manage our personal needs and day-to-day tasks. Or we may be a caregiver in the “sandwich generation” and care for both children and adult loved ones, which may increase our need for respite, due to the amount of our caregiving responsibilities.

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By Miriam Rose | 06/11/2019