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Lonnie Ali Talks about Being a Caregiver for Someone Living with Parkinson's Disease

Muhammad Ali will forever be known as "The Greatest," the fighter with skills and charisma our world has never seen previously.

How Celebrities Are Raising Money and Awareness for Alzheimer's

In the June 12th issue of Parade magazine, an article by Paulette Cohn highlighted an very important health issue for seniors, Alzheimer's disease. In this article, "Stars Rally for Alzheimer's," Parade discusses the many different celebrities who have joined the fight against Alzheimer's by raising money and perhaps more importantly, awareness.

How Those Living with Alzheimer's Disease Can Overcome Stigma

At Senior Helper Contra Costa, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our clients, many being seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia.  But, well-being encompasses more than just a physical state, but also a recognition that mental and emotional issues affect many elderly client’s life in a significant fashion. One of the main concerns of those diagnoses with Alzheimer's is often…

Why It's Important to Keep Conversing with Those Hard of Hearing

Senior Helpers of Contra Costa recently came across an article published on the AARP website, which discusses a common struggle faced by those interacting with or being a caregiver for the elderly: trying to communicate with individuals…

Senior Helpers' Parkinson’s Disease In-Home Care Training Program

At Senior Helpers, our caregivers understand and prioritize the need of adequate training for caregivers supporting individuals who are living with Parkinson’s. Caring for those living with Parkinson’s disease can be a difficult task, as caregivers have to adapt and adjust to new challenges as the disease progresses. 

The symptoms…

Can Music Help?

At Senior Helpers, Moraga, we have found this article Can music help people with Alzheimer's? and agree completely.

Clinical Empathy

Caring for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be extremely taxing and heartbreaking. Sometimes it’s extremely difficult to figure out why they are upset. One reason can simply be feelings hurt by lack of respect. The cure for this may seem difficult, but it’s really simple.

The Limitless Timelessness - Caregivers Take Time for Yourself

As caregivers, it is important to take time for yourself, but finding that time is often difficult. For many caregivers, it is enough to juggle work, family, and giving themselves enough time in the day to remember to eat, let alone take hours to be alone and do what they want for themselves. Many caregivers offer the advice to take time for yourself when you can get it- get a manicure, read a book, pick up a new hobby- but what do you do when finding the time for these activities takes more energy than it’s worth?

Spring Into Caregiving!

Spring is practically here, and as the trees begin to blossom, and the sun shines brighter and longer during the day, it is important to remember what these changes can also mean for your senior. As we know, those with Alzheimer’s and dementia rely heavily on routine and consistency when it comes to care and comfort. While to most, the change in seasons is an exciting time, it is important to remember that the change can cause confusion and anxiety for your senior unless you take the necessary steps to help them make the transition as smooth as possible.

Risks of Hiring Under-the-Table Caregivers

Any family who has a senior who is need of extra care knows the struggles of choosing between either caring for your parent or family member personally, hiring a professional caregiver, or saving a few bucks and some time for yourself by hiring a caregiver under the table. While this may seem like a good idea, and the most logical choice for both the client and the caregiver, as the client may pay less and the caregiver could earn more, there also comes with it many more risks that may make you think twice before hiring for yourself. Senior Helpers of Moraga has provided a list of a few things to consider before attempting to venture into the caregiving world alone.

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