Caring Currents Archive 2008

  1. Know Thy Father: A Guide to Dad's Day June 15, 2016

    Knowing your dad well is a good guide to celebrating Father's Day. Gift giving is tricky business, and is it just me, or is it particularly tough when you're trying to find something for an older man?...  Read more

  2. Don't Wait for a Doctor's Visit to Test for High Blood Pressure June 01, 2016

    If your parents have high blood pressure, add a home monitor to their shopping list. So suggests a bunch of high-powered and well-respected heart organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Society of Hypertension. ...  Read more

  3. Mom Far Away? Cool Gift Ideas, and Yes, There's Still Time! May 07, 2015

    Mother's Day ideas for a mom who lives far away. You can always go the flowers, gift, or card route -- reliable standbys. Or, take a look at some off-the-usual-path ideas:...  Read more

  4. 10 Signs a Senior Needs Assistance September 01, 2009

    A helpful article with 10 telltale signs that a senior needs stepped-up caregiving assistance. Make sure you know how to read the signs to avoid the pain, grief, or suffering of being too late....  Read more

  5. Exercise and Dementia Prevention January 02, 2009

    New research finds that a lack of blood sugar in the brain may trigger Alzheimer's or certain forms of dementia. This means that improving blood flow to the brain may hold both the prevention and cure keys to some types of dementia....  Read more

  6. Helping Seniors With "A Soft Place to Land" January 01, 2009

    Senior caregiving tips: Learn how to foster longevity through spirituality. Studies have shown a connection between religion and long life. Caregivers can cultivate health by enabling participation in spiritual activities for those in their care....  Read more

  7. How to Celebrate the New Year -- with Cancer December 31, 2008

    A helpful article addresses holiday related concerns about how much socializing is healthy and safe for cancer patients. Get answers to commonly asked questions....  Read more

  8. 2009: The Year of the Hug? December 30, 2008

    Hugging can be therapeutic to seniors, easing pain, boosting mood, and improving communication. Research on "therapeutic touch" is mixed. It probably can't actually heal illness....  Read more

  9. Middle-Age, um, Moment December 29, 2008

    A helpful article explaining how changes in the middle aged brain complicate caregiving. Chances are you're not having a senior moment, you're having a middle age moment....  Read more

  10. How Caregiving Can Help You Live Longer December 28, 2008

    Learn more about a new study on caregiving and life expectancy. It finds that a person who cares for an aging loved one may be significantly extending his or her own life....  Read more

  11. Alzheimer's and Dementia Resolutions December 26, 2008

    If someone you love has Alzheimer's, here are 6 New Year's resolutions to help you manage the stress of this difficult time. From  Read more

  12. How a Yoga Teacher and Caregiver Maintains Her Balance December 25, 2008

    A helpful article on how yoga can help a caregiver balance the demands of caregiving. Learn how many of the core concepts central to a yoga practice are applicable to caregiving as well....  Read more

  13. Discovered: A "Lint Brush" that Removes Cancer Cells from the Blood December 24, 2008

    Researchers are developing a "lint brush" that can filter free floating cancer cells from the blood. Michael King and his work on catching and killing free floating cancer cells early, could essentially amount to a commuted death sentence....  Read more

  14. Last-minute Gifts to Keep Elders Safe at Home December 23, 2008

    A helpful article with last-minute gift ideas that can help those aging in place hold on to their independence by keeping them safe. Home safety is high on the list of concerns for those with parents aging in place....  Read more

  15. A Flu Shot Mystery, or Family Lessons in Fuzzy Memories December 22, 2008

    When caring for someone with dementia or memory loss, advanced planning to give yourself legal access to their medical records is essential....  Read more