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Heart disease is one of the top leading causes of death in women; one in four American women die from heart disease. Unfortunately, even with knowing the statistics, it’s common for women to wait significantly longer than men before seeking emergency care for a heart attack, and oftentimes their symptoms are misdiagnosed when they arrive at the hospital.

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If you are noticing signs that your senior parent may be struggling with keeping up around the house or with their personal care, you are most likely thinking about getting the help of caregivers. Considering the help of in-home caregiver for your elderly loved one may be a difficult decision and it becomes even more difficult when your senior loved one is refusing to accept caregiving help because of guilt.

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The holiday season is thought to be the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the time of the year when the family gets together, it’s a time for happiness, thankfulness, and faith. Unfortunately, due to the threat of COVID-19, this holiday season may be a little different.  Caregiving can sometimes be extremely challenging any time of the year, but with the challenges that tend to come with the holidays and when you add the pandemic into the mix, this holiday season may seem like things are impossible.

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Caring for your aging parents can be touching, but it can also be an overwhelming and stressful situation, but when you include sibling rivalry into the mix, the situation can become extremely emotional and physically draining. When adult siblings become aware of the fact that their parents aren’t “themselves” and they need help, it’s common for the old roles and the competitiveness of siblings to resurface.

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Even though the majority of states have lifted their “shelter-in-place” orders, the risk for seniors contracting the virus still remains high. So, for this reason, for their safety, older adults are remaining at home unless it’s absolutely necessary for them to venture out. Unfortunately, this means that many seniors aren’t able to do the activities and be connected like they were before COVID-19.

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Although states, cities and counties are starting to open back up, there is still a potential risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Older adults have a significantly higher risk for severe illnesses, including coronavirus. There are other factors that may also increase the risk for severe illnesses, such as having an underlying medical condition.

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Visiting your elderly parents is when you spend time catching up on each other’s lives and sometimes the visits are shorter than you would like them to be. So, it can be difficult to recognize some of the signs that your aging parents may need a bit of outside help. In many situations, the changes in behavior happen gradually and subtly. Unfortunately, many elderly people are also hesitant about voicing their concerns, especially when it is about needing help.

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Seniors and those with many types of underlying medical conditions, such as chronic respiratory illness, are most at risk for contracting COVID-19. For this reason, the CDC is continuing to recommend that those at risk stay at home. It is imperative to understand that although these people are following the recommendations, and avoiding social contact, many still require services from in-home care providers.

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Aging is a natural part of life; it’s also natural for seniors to need help and support with everyday lives. Unfortunately, many elderly people refuse to acknowledge that they may need a little extra help. Whether it’s needing assistance with personal care, such as bathing, needing help with transportation or even medication reminders; it is common for elderly adults to avoid asking for help. Encouraging elderly adults to get outside help is actually one of the most common and difficult challenges that adult children face.

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November is National Caregivers month, a time to recognize the compassion, love and care that family caregivers provide for aging, challenged and disabled loved ones. There are more than 40 million family members who have taken on the role of being a caregiver, a role that many were unprepared to accept.

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The responsibilities of providing care to an elderly, disabled or ill loved one can be difficult to manage. There are numerous duties that must be managed in order to ensure your loved one is getting the care they need. Being a caregiver is a wonderful way to show your loved ones that you care and concerned about their well-being. However, the responsibilities of being a caregiver, especially without help from an in-home care provider, can also be overwhelming and stressful.

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Seniors today are more independent, active and in better health than ever before. However, as the senior population grows, unfortunately, so does the epidemic of abuse and neglect. The elderly population is the most affluent, the fastest growing and the most vulnerable to abuse. In San Diego alone, there are more than 305,000 seniors aged 65 and older and statistics show that approximately one out of every twenty seniors will be a victim of abuse in their lifetime. Unfortunately, these statistics may be seriously low, because only 19% of elder abuse incidents are reported.

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