Suffering from Lack of Sleep As We Age

As an adult, we need the same amount of sleep whether we are in our 20s or our 80s. You may, however, notice that residents’ sleep patterns differ from your own. They may rise very early in the morning, leading you to believe they need less sleep. In reality, they may be suffering from a […]

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Infection Control Practices for Flu Season

The height of seasonal influenza (flu) is typically October through February. With such a potentially long outbreak period, it is important to refresh your knowledge of infection control practices to ensure you remain healthy during flu season. Working in a long-term care facility, your casual interactions put you in close contact with residents, co-workers, and […]

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Best Practices for Senior Medication Management

As an assisted living caregiver, you see the effects of aging on your residents’ health. Because of these age-related health changes and challenges, doctors frequently prescribe medications to seniors to help manage their health. In fact, the following statistics on medication use among older Americans are quite surprising: 75% of older adults take one or […]

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8 Apps That Help Seniors Stay Healthy, Connected, & Entertained

Researchers have been advocating senior technology use, including accessing the Internet, texting, emailing, or using apps, as a means of cutting down on the risk of isolation and depression. One researcher showed that computer use among retirees cut down on their risk of depression by more than 30%. According to stats from the National Center […]

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Your Role in Preventing Senior Falls

Modern medicine is making successful strides in controlling many of the diseases that, in past years, caused the deaths of many older Americans. Medication, surgery, and other treatments can now help to control diagnoses of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, allowing seniors to live years longer. But by living longer, your residents’ health and safety […]

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Use Validation to Help Residents Coping with Alzheimer’s

As a caregiver, it can be difficult to support residents coping with Alzheimer’s. Day to day, even hour to hour, you may find that your resident is experiencing a present reality that is quite different from your own. How you react to these episodes can be the difference between your resident feeling safe and respected […]

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