6 Ways to Help Older Loved Ones Feel Less Isolated

Loneliness and isolation are growing health threats for many of our older loved ones, and the condition often goes unnoticed and untreated.

Despite the high-tech, hyper-connected age we live in, research shows that we, as a society, are lonelier than we have ever been. And those most affected are our older loved ones. Close to half of all US seniors feel the effects of isolation that living alone can bring.

Benefits of Exercising for Caregivers

Note from Terri Weber, UK Elder Care Coordinator: I would like to thank Ryan Mason, MS, CSCS, and Exercise Physiology PhD Candidate at the UK Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, for being our guest blogger for June/July.  Ryan is also a Health and Wellness Program Exercise Specialist with UK Health & Wellness. Thank you Ryan for sharing your expertise with us!

It's the Small Things

Finding joy in your life is not always easy when you are a caregiver. We all know caregiving is hard. It's a roller coaster of conflicting emotions, and those emotions can change in a heartbeat. It’s easy to feel joy when good things are happening in our lives. It’s much harder when we are feeling frustrated, exhausted, scared and put-upon.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

“The best defense is a good offense,” is an adage that applies to everything from the Super Bowl to caregiving. It is especially important to ‘play defense’ at this time of the year. The grey days of winter have settled in and dreariness and monotony have become routine for the caregiver. Daily life becomes repetitive, living the same day over and over.

The Holidays: A Season Filled with Joy...and Stress

The holidays are a time to share joy and laughter with friends and family, but it can also be bittersweet for many caregivers. The happy memories of the past can collide with the difficulties of the present, creating sadness and disappointment due to unmet expectations. Caring for an older loved one can be stressful and challenging in the best of times but during the holiday season the stresses and challenges can be more overwhelming.