Archive for the ‘caregiving’ Category

A Caregiver’s Guide to Diabetes

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The United States has a diabetic population of almost 27% for those over the age of 65. Many caregivers work with elderly people who have diabetes; however, many don’t realize that the condition is unique to age. Dr. Medha Munshi, a geriatrician and endocrinologist who runs the Geriatric Diabetes program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass, says that “treating a 40-year-old the same ways as an 80-year-old is inappropriate.”

In order to properly help seniors with diabetes, caregivers must understand the different problems that seniors face. The American Diabetes Association offers a Senior Signatures Series that provides resources that can help caregivers and older adults understand geriatric diabetes and educate others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has a number of resources that can help caregivers and seniors learn more about diabetes.


Sites Help Caregivers Coordinate and Cope

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran an excellent article about how more and more caregivers are turning to social networking sites to organize and recruit friends and relatives to ease the burden and hopefully also save money in the process. Some of the sites just offer a place for discussion while others provide a place to coordinate care schedules, get help with finances and so forth. Here are some of the sites mentioned:

eCareDiary: Offers a free online calendar and a place for caregivers to store medical records, as well as a private blog to communicate with friends and family.

CareCentral: Create a private space for friends and family to communicate, share information and provide support.

Lotsa Helping Hands: Make a community of friends, family and other supporters, list tasks that need to be done, and even post photos to help everyone stay connected.

Several other sites are mentioned and readers contributed some good sites of their own in the comments section.

Funny Prayer about Getting Old at the Caregiver of the Year Dinner

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

LaLanne was an example for seniors and caregivers

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The passing of Jack LaLanne should remind all of us of the importance of exercising, eating well and staying fit. Few people personified the saying, “Age is just a number” better than LaLanne, who died on Sunday at the age of 96. The fitness guru is credited with starting the health club movement, opening his first club in 1936 in Oakland, California. LaLanne was a vocal proponent of eating right and getting plenty of exercise. He welcomed women into his health clubs, which was unheard of at the time, and encouraged seniors to not let age and physical limitations prevent them from exercising.

LaLanne’s life is an excellent example of how important it is to stay fit. Today, many health clubs have programs catering to older members, and there are plenty of good exercise regimens you can do at home. The National Institutes of Health has an excellent section of their web site dedicated to exercises for seniors and we frequently post information about exercising on this blog.

But LaLanne’s example isn’t just for seniors. In a recent blog post, Get Up, Get Out, Skip the Chips, Think of Jack,’s Paula Spencer offers an important reminder to caregivers that they need to focus on their own health as well. “If you get sick, who will care for your loved one? Who will have to step in to care for you? …But we can try harder to live by the amazing knowledge out there about how to amplify good health and reduce risks.”

If caring for your loved one makes you feel like you’re singlehandidly dragging 13 boats filled with passengers through the water (as LaLanne did at age 62), then it’s time to get in shape. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others?

Save on LifeStation for National Family Caregivers Month

Monday, November 8th, 2010

$2 per month offOn all orders placed through the end of November, you can get $2 off per month on your LifeStation medical alert service in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month. Enter code CG2010 at checkout.

Caring for Caregivers

Monday, November 8th, 2010

National Family Caregivers Month seems to be effectively raising awareness of the plight of those who have to care for elderly and ill relatives. We’re coming across many more articles on the topic than we recall seeing in the past.

In her recent blog post, Who Cares for the Caregivers?, April Rudin highlights a new organization, the Caregiver Relief Fund, that is focused on providing relief to those people who spend so much of their time providing help to family members. CRF’s mission is to “address the two major problems for caregivers: limited time and chronic exhaustion.”

Through donations, the organization provides vouchers to let caregivers get professional at-home care services to come help out so the caregiver can attend to their personal needs, whether it’s finally taking care of personal financial matters or simply getting a few moments to rest. CRF has also teamed up with hotel and travel partners to help caregivers really get time away. Caregivers need to apply for CRF relief on the organization’s web site.

For more information about the Caregiver Relief Fund, go to

A LifeStation medical alert system also helps give many caregivers relief by giving them the confidence that the people for whom they care will always be able to get help at the touch of a button even when the caregiver is away. When a LifeStation user needs help, Care Specialists at our UL Listed monitor center will immediately contact the caregiver, emergency services and others on the user’s emergency contact list. Two LifeStation Care Specialists always handle each call so that one can stay with the user while the other arranges help.

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, we’re offering $2 off per month on your LifeStation medical alert system order. Enter code: CG2010 at checkout.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Every year since 1997, the President of the United States has declared November to be National Family Caregivers Month, recognizing the more 65 million people in this country who take responsibility for caring for relatives. According to the National Family Caregivers Organization, the sponsoring organization, the focus of the month is on:

  • Raising awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrating the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educating family caregivers about self-identification
  • Increasing support for family caregivers

Many LifeStation consoles are purchased by family caregivers for loved ones. When users includes caregivers on their personalized emergency contact list, as is nearly always the case, LifeStation’s Care Specialists notify the caregivers whenever the user requests help. LifeStation makes sure caregivers stay in the loop.

10 sites for seniors and caregivers

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

More and more seniors these days are choosing to “age in place,” living in their own home for as long as possible. The Internet can be an invaluable resource to make this happen. Most seniors and nearly all of their younger loved ones have a computer and online access. In fact, over a quarter of all seniors are using social networking sites such as Facebook, according to a recent Pew Internet study.

Sometimes finding the useful information among the morass of websites can be difficult without a guide, so we gathered up a list of sites that provide directories of topics of interest to seniors and their caregivers: