Communicating With an Aging Adult: How to Be a Good Listener When Working With the Elderly

When working with the elderly, many individuals undergo a great deal of professional preparation. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) and Registered Nurses (RN’s) go through years of schooling. Home health aides (HHA’s) must complete a training and certification process. Both these groups also have mandated continuing education to make sure they stay updated on skills and […]

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Senior Nutrition: How to Make Food More Appealing and Increase the Appetite of Your Elderly Loved One

“Man, I’m starving!” “What’s for lunch?” “Isn’t it time to eat already?” Most of us have no problem eating three—or more!—meals a day. Far from having issues with appetite, sometimes it can feel it has control over us. The silver lining to this is, of course, that we get the necessary calories and nutrients to […]

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How to Talk with Your Elderly Parent About Giving Up Their Driver’s License

My grandmother had many good qualities, but bless her, she really was a terrible driver. Not particularly confident in her abilities, she would often drive too slowly, hesitantly pull into traffic, and leave her turn signal on too long. Even my mother—her own daughter—wasn’t comfortable being a passenger when grandma was behind the wheel! As […]

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Working with Stroke Victims: Tips and Tricks to Communicate and Perform Caregiving Duties

Has the older adult that you care for suffered a stroke? If so, then you know that communicating with them post-stroke can be particularly challenging—both for you and for them. In addition to potentially limiting the strokes victim’s speech, these events can cause changes in memory, behavior, and physical abilities. If your loved one was […]

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