Companioa is a Caregiver’s New Best Friend

Anti-Aging, Diseases, General

There’s a caregiver crisis out there that almost no one is talking about.

According to the California Master Plan for Aging, recently released by the California Dept. of Aging, nearly five million Californians are unpaid family caregivers, helping their parents, spouses, and friends who need assistance with everyday tasks to live well in their homes and communities. Of these, almost 1.7 million are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia

Those caregiver numbers will only increase alongside the growing number of aging Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. By 2030, 10.8 million Californians will be an older adult (60+), making up one-quarter of the state’s population – and many of those individuals will need caregiving help.

Yet, more often than not, care...

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Simple Ways to Dramatically Increase Home Safety

Anti-Aging, Diseases, General, Good products - Bad products, Health and Wellness

This month, we’re partnering with AARP California to present HomeFit, a new AARP program to increase the safety of older adults at home. The free program will be presented online in two identical sessions on December 3 and 17. Details and registration information here

By 2030, nearly 30 percent of all Americans will be 65 and older—and most of those individuals will want to continue living at home for as long as possible. However, many of today’s homes are not adequately built nor equipped to properly handle the needs of aging individuals.

We all like to think of our homes as our safe havens, but the truth is that more than half of all accidents, including fatal ones, happen there...

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A Virtual Thanksgiving Feast

Anti-Aging, Diseases, General

The recent spike in coronavirus cases means that many of us will feel extra lonely and isolated on Thanksgiving this year. After all, Thanksgiving is a gathering oriented holiday centered on good food and good company, but many Americans are looking at the possibility of a very scaled back celebration this year. There are activities we can do both for ourselves and for others, including older family members and friends not able to join us, in order to retain the joy this holiday brings.

Bring a meal to a senior. Many older adults, including those who are high-risk for contracting Covid-19, will be spending Thanksgiving alone...

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Caring for a Family Caregiver

Anti-Aging, Diseases, General

November is National Family Caregivers Month – and it’s safe to say that 2020 is the most pivotal year that family caregivers have ever experienced. Nearly 8 months into the pandemic, what family caregivers are experiencing is nothing short of a crisis when it comes to balancing care for senior loved ones with life’s other priorities.

Samara Miller, Institute on Aging’s Regional Director of Client Services in Home Care and Support Service, interacts with family caregivers on a daily basis, and is acutely tuned in to their elevated stress levels. “Even in normal times, caregiving comes with a lot of stress and anxiety,” she says. “Adding in the restrictions created by a global pandemic combined with a shifting economy only worsens their  stress.”

With all these factors,...

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September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day

Anti-Aging, Diseases, General

Alzheimer’s is a mystifying disease that can strike older adults 65 and up, and even begin in adults as young as 50. Every September 21, World Alzheimer’s Day, recognized globally, aims to raise awareness of the disease and challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer-related dementia. Studies have shown that on average, 2 out of every 3 people worldwide have little to no understanding of Alzheimer’s.

Here are a few interesting facts and tidbits related to Alzheimer’s.

Currently, There is No Cure for Alzheimer’s.

More than 100 years after the disease was discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the origin of Alzheimer’s is still largely a mystery, although countless studies have been done and there are varied explanations...

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