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Retirement is supposed to be stress-free, a time of relaxation and wisdom to deal with life’s little annoyances. However, many people find that as they age there are new things to worry, fret, and stress over. These include such things as financial concerns, dealing with loss, and maintaining good health. Stress can lead to depression and withdrawal from activities with others. Stress in the elderly is not something to be suffered alone, but requires management with the help of family, friends or a caregiver to ease the burden. Here are a few solutions to help deal with stress:

Make a list

  • Talk it out or write it down and identify the root of the stress so that you can begin to find solutions.


Think and be thankful

  • Take some time alone to sit quietly and think through all the things in your life for which you can be truly grateful.



  • Find an activity you enjoy that is not too strenuous, but will help to refresh your mood.
  • Go for a walk outside. Enjoying the great outdoors can significantly reduce stress.


Do something new or different

  • Switching up your routine can lift your spirits. Learn a new skill, or just find a good place to people-watch.


Consider performing a random act of kindness

  • When you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on helping someone else, your problems can seem much smaller.
  • If you are able to, pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru, or the meal of someone else in the restaurant in which you are dining. If you are crafty or artistic, make a few small items or drawings to hand out to people. Compliment a stranger. Smile sincerely, and see how many smiles you get in return. Call an old friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a long time. Teach someone a skill you have acquired through your many years. Give someone in your world a pat on the back for a job well done.


Don’t isolate yourself

  • Find a group of friends you can get together with, join a club, or get involved with a local charity.


If you or your elderly loved one is having trouble with a stressful situation, and you could use some relief, ElderCaring can connect you with a caregiver who can step in and give you a helping hand. We would love to go over ways we can help you reduce the stress in your life. Contact us to set up a consultation today!

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Artificial Sweeteners and Diabetes

Living with diabetes has it's challenges, here are some tidbits!

We are told that our body can not process these sweeteners, due to over consumption.

Here's a list of some of the so-called culprits:

cane sugar, xylitol, aspertame, saccharin, sucralose, stevia, the list goes on.

We all want to be healthy and avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor by keeping our immune systems in balance.

Living with diabetes can complicate things, consider the following list of suggestions:



  • Consider reducing all sweets, not just sugary treats.
  • Cut back on drinking soda as some soda can have as many as 10 packets of artificial sweeteners in them, and studies have shown that consuming artificial sweeteners such as nutrasweet can lead to an increase in cravings for sugar.
  • Drink enough water every day, at least eight cups (8 ounces each) per day, and add two additional cups for every cup of coffee consumed. Dehydration can also cause sugar cravings.



  • Think that if it's labeled sugar-free it's good for you


If you are truly interested in living a healthy lifestyle,

consider looking at sweets as a rare treat.


Sugars include: cane sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, honey, date sugar, agave nectar and molasses. Following your doctor's advice, diabetics should avoid consuming high quantities of these, or avoid them completely.

Reduced-calorie sugars or sugar alcohols: Sorbitol and xylitol and are often found in gum and sugar-free candy. These have about half the calories of sugar, but can still raise your blood-sugar levels. These are considered safe in moderation.

Artificial or nonnutrative sweeteners: Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), fructose, Saccharin (Sweet'NLow, Sugar Twin), Ace-K (Sweet One, Swiss Sweet, Sunett), Sucralose (Splenda), Advantame, and Neotame.

Aspartame is widely used, but controversial. Independent studies have linked aspartame to lymphoma, MS, leukemia, kidney and other cancers. In addition, it may cause headaches or neurological symptoms in a small number of people. For these reasons, aspartame should be avoided.

Sucralose, main ingredient in Splenda is made by reacting sugar with chlorine.

Saccharine found in Sweet'NLow should be avoided. In animal testing it was found to cause cancer in the organs of the test animals.


Our alternative sweetener recommendation for diabetics is stevia leaf extract (Truvia, Pure Via, and others). It is becoming widely available to consumers, and is considered to be safe. It is extracted from the stevia plant and purified.

Your main goal should be to limit the amount of sweet treats you consume, and you should consider eating fruit as a treat or dessert as it is high in nutritional value.

Your best choices would be fresh or frozen fruits, or fruits that have been canned in their own juices.

We can still live well with diabetes!

If you would like to have help planning your meals, or managing your diabetes, Elder Caring can connect you with a caregiver that has experience with diabetic patients. Contact us for more information.

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This month attention is given to safety!

By bringing awareness to safety issues we hope to prevent injuries and accidental deaths. It's time to repair broken steps and/or handrails, clean out medicine cabinet (reviewed earlier this month) and install lighting in dim hallways.

Here are some general tips to protect against accidental falls and promote safety:

Aisles, stairs and walkways should be clutter-free; spills should be wiped, dropped objects picked up and cabinet drawers closed when not in use.

Use handrails in stairways; take one step at a time and repair broken/loose stair coverings.

Apply non-skid floor coverings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely. Slow down and take small steps when walking on a wet or slippery surface.

Wear proper footwear. Athletic shoes greatly reduce the risks of falls among the elderly. The risk of falling increases if in stocking feet or barefoot.

Store frequently used items in easy to reach areas.

Exercise regularly. The stronger the body, the more likely a person is to sustain a fall with minimal injury.


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The month of May recognizes a few topics that are relevant to the "Elder" community. We will profile STROKE AWARENESS. Hope you find this information helpful and you learn something new. If you or a loved one needs assistance in your home, call ElderCaring for the perfect caregiver!


A stroke is a "brain attack". It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.

While stroke prevention and treatment research is ongoing, the most important things you can do now is know the symptoms and fight as many of the risk factors as you can.


Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke.

One out of 6 people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S.

American Stroke Month is a yearly opportunity to make more people aware that stroke threatens millions of American lives, young and old, male and female, from every background.

Stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable if spotted F.A.S.T. and 911 called.

F=face drooping

A= arm weakness

S= speech difficulty

T= time to call 911

Beyond F.A.S.T.-- other symptoms you should know: sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face; sudden confusion or trouble understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 911! Note the tome of the first symptom. This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.

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Vision problems are more common as we get older.

Most common causes are: Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy.

CATARACTS: a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Cataracts can make it difficult to read or drive a car. When your vision becomes impaired that it interferes with usual activities- you might need surgery. Cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.

MACULAR DEGENERATION: a disease of the center of the retina called the macula. The macular is used for detailed work like reading, watching television or driving. Macular degeneration comes on slowly and impairs the center of vision. Usually causes blurry vision. Discussion with your Ophthalmologist regarding treatment options is suggested.

GLAUCOMA: an eye disease that causes loss of peripheral (side) vision; also, increased pressure inside the eye. Cause not known. Can be treated with eye drops and sometimes laser surgery.

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: an eye disease associated with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. Diabetics need a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year and ongoing discussions with physicians regarding treatments.

Be looking out for next week's blog for further insights on your vision!

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