One of the greatest concerns for older/ill people and their caregivers is falling down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every four adults 65 and over falls each year and more than 2.8 million receive treatment for fall-related injuries in emergency departments. Half of all falls occur in the home. The most common type of fall is falling sideways. To keep your loved one upright and safe at home, implement these four preventions:
REGULAR EXERCISE – make sure your loved one is moving around and exercising to keep legs strong;READ MORE
Are you a new caregiver looking for information to help you get started on your caregiving journey? Are you a veteran caregiver interested in discovering additional community resources to support you and your care receiver? If you answer yes to one of these questions, then you many want to take advantage of an opportunity offered by AARP that may meet your needs.
On Thu, Aug 24 from 6:00-8:00pm, AARP is offering CAREversations – a free and fun event for family caregivers – at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center in classroom B117. The Center is located at 1035 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. During this event, attendees will learn about five key steps for the caregiving journey, connect with other caregivers to exchange tips and ideas and will explore local community caregiving resources.READ MORE
While caregiving can be very stressful, caregiving can also be very rewarding. There are many positive benefits that can result from taking care of a loved one. Caregiving can be viewed as an opportunity to give back and take care of someone who once cared for them. This is often the case between children and parents, grandchildren and grandparents, and spouses. Many people become caregivers to continue an established tradition of caring for family members while providing a model for younger family members who may one day take care of them. At the same time, caregivers often receive a sense of satisfaction knowing that their loved ones can continue to live at home while receiving personal and excellent care from them. Many caregivers state that caregiving provides a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Research has shown that caregivers who view their caregiving as a positive experience report lower levels of depression than those who view caregiving negatively (Halley, et al, 2003).
For more information regarding the benefits of caregiving, visit the American Psychological Association website at www.apa.org/pi/about/publications/ caregivers/faq/positive-aspects.aspx.