Caregiver Tips

Take the Stress Out of Financial Caregiving

One of the least discussed aspects of caregiving is the financial responsibility it brings.

Financial caregiving can refer to either the amount of money that a caregiver contributes to the well-being of their family member or the role they take on as manager of the family member’s finances.

Tips for Safer Driving as You Age

Having a driver’s license is something that many Canadians take for granted. Yet it is a huge part of maintaining independence for people.

However, as we age our bodies tend to change as well, which can sometimes make driving more difficult. But it doesn’t have to mean the end of getting around. With some precautions you can continue to maintain your freedom while staying safe on the road.

Signs Your Caregiver Needs a Break

Caregivers often work long hours with little pay and a big need for a break. Unlike exhaustion or tiredness, which can be fixed through more sleep or a better routine, caregiver burnout is more of an overwhelming feeling of fatigue in all areas of life.

When Home Care is the Best Option for Your Loved One

“Mom’s 82, loves her home and is deeply attached to it” – says Sarah Lowry, eldest daughter of Betty Lowry. For some people, moving to a retirement community is a life propeller. For others, their home is what anchors them to life. The story you are about to read hits close to home. Betty was determined to remain in her home for as long as she would live.

Caring for the Caregiver - an Interview with Donna Thomson

On April 4th, it’s the Family Caregiver Day in Canada. SeniorsZen interviewed caregiving activist and writer Donna Thomson. Donna shared her experience and the precious information she has acquired throughout the years as a family caregiver. We talked about the changes, challenges and feelings that come with caregiving. Enjoy the read!

Fidget Quilts: a great gift to Alzheimer's and other dementia patients

Have you heard of a fidget quilt? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, you certainly want to know it. It’s easy to make or purchase and both, you and the patient, can benefit from it.

October 13th the World Thrombosis Day (WTD) - Know Thrombosis and Keep the Life Flowing

The alarming fact that 1 in 4 people worldwide die of conditions caused by thrombosis, commonly known as blood clots, makes it urgent for us to get informed about the causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms and prevention and treatment of it.

Dementia and The Power of Music

In his book, Musicophilia [1], the Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses the power of music in people with dementia. The response to music is, particularly, preserved, even in the most advanced stages of the disease. In the chapter Music and Identity: Dementia and Music Therapy, he says that, even when a person seems to be undergoing a “second childhood”, even in people with advanced dementia, the identity remains, it’s never completely lost, as long as a mental life exists.

Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one may go through when a family member develops dementia, discussing how to better cope with such a sensitive situation: "I hope this helps some of our readers. I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...” Pat  is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts at’s Ask the Expert section.

The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition

If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Changing homes means an impact to the routine and a need to adapt to a strange place. This can be significantly stressful for all involved. But there are easier ways to handle this situation and help your loved one to adjust to a new environment with qualified professionals that will offer him or her a better and happier life.

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