The CareGiver Partnership Presents Its Annual Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

While shoppers make their lists and check them twice, we’ve been busy researching products that meet our high standards for this year’s gift giving season.

The Challenges and Benefits of Being a Mesothelioma Caregiver

Being a caretaker for a mesothelioma patient is difficult,
but has benefits for both the patient and caregiver.
Guest Blog Post by Joan Evans

Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a protective membrane that lines most of the body's internal organs such as the abdomen, lungs and heart. Over the last 50-60 years asbestos exposure has been one of the leading risk factors for and causes of mesothelioma. In fact, some estimate that over 70% of mesothelioma cases can be linked directly to asbestos exposure. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of asbestos such as the Johns-Manville Corporation, resulting in millions in jury awards and settlements. While asbestos has been banned in the United States for many years 2000 cases of mesothelioma develop each year. This is in part due to the fact that mesothelioma often does not develop until 30 years or more after initial exposure. Sadly, for mesothelioma patient’s death often occurs within 4-12 months after diagnosis as it often is not diagnosed until it has already metastasized. The hardships that accompany a mesothelioma diagnosis does not only affect the patient but also deeply impacts the patient's mesothelioma caregiver.

Benefits of Activities for Seniors: Decrease Depression and Anxiety

Add a structured activity program into a senior's life
to reduce or limit anxiety and depression. 
Most people have feelings of anxiety or feel depressed at times. Facing difficult and stressful situations can lead to sadness, nervousness and anxiety, and are normal reactions to these situations. Depression and anxiety are classified as disorders when they are experienced frequently (daily or near daily), when they occur for no apparent reason, or when the feelings are out of proportion to the causal stressor. 

Caregiving Through the Ages and What the Future Holds

Aging in place is an important part of living well.

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, we examine the past, present, and future of caregiving and tell you how caregivers can access 1,500 resources.

Benefits of Activities for Seniors: Social Interaction

Useful advice and strategies for planning and
executing activities that enhance social interaction. 
Why is social interaction important for seniors? Humans are social creatures, and social interactions are important for all humans for a number of very important, very basic reasons. 

Human society is based on our shared interactions: the coffee you drink in the morning, the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the book you are reading, the device you are reading it on – all were likely fashioned by a group of people, many of whom you may have never met, but with whom you have interacted - by the very process of buying, using and enjoying the fruits of their labor. No longer isolated hermits in caves, modern humans now depend on many interactions with other humans, directly or indirectly, to meet their daily wants and needs.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia

Keep your brain stimulated to, at the very least,
slow down dementia and Alzheimer's.
by Tiffany Matthews, a freelance health writer with 20 years medical experience. 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two entirely separate conditions. Many people develop dementia as part of the aging process. Alzheimer’s is thought to be the final stage of dementia, however, there is scientific proof that Alzheimer’s also comes in stages and there are a few different major symptoms that determine the outcome. For example, some people with Alzheimer’s have a more severe loss of memory while others become easily agitated and can be very mean.

5 Myths About Bladder Incontinence

Lynn Wilson

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

In recognition of Bladder Health Week Nov. 11–15, here are some common misconceptions about bladder incontinence and solutions for managing the condition.

Diabetic Skin Care Management Tips

Many who suffer from diabetes, also suffer from incontinence. 
Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. Unfortunately, diabetes is a wide spread condition, and as many as 30% of people will experience some form of diabetes in their life. The skin often is the first indicator of a diabetic problem. 

Many who suffer from diabetes also suffer from incontinence, and the two combine to ill effect on the skin. Diabetics may find themselves suffering from a variety of skin conditions including:

Caregivers and Seniors Can Enter in November to Win a Prize Bundle from The CareGiver Partnership

Enter in November for a chance to win three great prizes!

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

We are bundling prize items in our “Helping You Get On With Life” monthly sweepstakes. Here’s how readers can enter to win a hands-free reading light, a case of Prevail underwear or pads, and a 50-pack of scented disposal bags.

Is It a Common Elderly Disease or Symptoms of Emptiness?

Guest blog post by Alana Vial from Daughterly Care
For those who have elderly people in their homes or families, we cannot deny the fact that when something goes wrong or deviates from their usual activities of daily living, we usually suspect that they have a health problem. However, not all elderly people showing signs of decreased physical activity or the desire to actively participate are having any health problems or possible symptoms of a disease.

Getting Healthy Skin With a Skin Care Regimen

Consider a skin care regimen for healthy skin. 

In incontinent individuals, absorption, fit, and other factors dealing with catching leaks is important, but so is skin care. When the skin is not properly cared for, it can become compromised. Skin breakdown, irritation, rashes, ulcers, pressure sores, and more can occur, leading to significant discomfort, infection, and can even lead to amputation of limbs. 

Healthy skin is not something that should be ignored, especially if you are incontinent, or a caregiver for someone who is incontinent. Here are a few reasons you should consider a skin care regiment:

The Better Business Bureau Gives Terror Group Hamas an 'A' Rating

The Better Business Bureau was accused by business owners of running a "pay for play" scheme in which A plus ratings are awarded to those who pay membership fees, and F ratings used to punish those who don't.
To prove the point, a group of Los Angeles business owners paid $425 to the Better Business Bureau and were able to obtain an A minus grade for a non-existent company called Hamas, named after the Middle Eastern terror group.
This was exposed by Brian Ross on ABC's 20/20.  He also found that the BBB gave an A rating to a neo-nazi group (who paid the fee).
Following this 'pay for play' scheme exposure, we at The CareGiver Partnership, quit paying the this fee as we felt it was extortion.
Now the BBB, places the following statement above our A+ rating -- "This business in not BBB accredited".  To the average consumer, this language has a negative connotation.  The so called shake down racket, pressures small businesses like ours to pay to have this statement removed.
I asked the BBB to change the language to this "The CareGiver Partnership has elected not to pay the BBB required fee in order to become 'accredited'.  They flatly said they could not and would not change it.  Since 2006 when we started our small business, we have never had a single
The credibility and reliability of BBB is completely tarnished.
Luckily, there are new organizations such as Stella Service that actually shops retailers, calling them, ordering products, arranging for returns and determining how long a product takes to be delivered.  This is a true consumer service.  Stella does not accept any funds from businesses, they are totally unbiased. 

10 Things You Should Say to a Family Caregiver

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and one way to recognize those who give so much of themselves is to simply acknowledge the great job they’re doing.