Fun at the Pier in Chicago

It is time to savor the last of beautiful summer evenings.This week's photo features the Chicago skyline as seen from the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress.Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. We hope you have a great week.


"Enjoy the little things in life... for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." 

    -Kurt Vonnegut


Shakespeare's Garden: Stress Relief Photo

This cool green garden looks like a perfect place to sit and take some time out. This week's photo was taken in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, near the home of William Shakespeare. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. Have a great week.

"Be great in act, as you have been in thought."  -William Shakespeare

Volcano View in Nicaragua

If we look around, we can always find the bright spot in every situation. This week's stress relief photo was taken from the lake in Granada, Nicaragua, and shows the Mombacho Volcano, with one lovely bright flower. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Have a great week.  

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."  -Gerard de Nerval 

Prevent Onset of Dementia Through Brain Games

The onset of dementia can come quickly and be incredibly scary for a senior client and their families. Luckily, frequent exercise of the brain helps keep the mind sharp and prevent onset of dementia, or at least lengthen the time before onset. The Wordbrain app provides caregivers with a game for their senior clients to exercise their minds on a regular basis. 

The premix of the Wordbrain app is for users to find scrambled letters on a game board to create a word below. For example, if a board has the letters S, O, P and T on a board, users need to swipe across the letters in the correct order to spell a word. However, these four letters spell out several words, such as STOP, TOPS, POTS and SPOT.

Users must swipe through the various combinations until they find the specific word the app is looking for. At first this may seem frustrating because the first word you swipe may not register as the answer. But this truly forces senior clients to work through all the possibilities and keeps their brains engaged as they move the letters around to find various combinations instead of simply the first one that pops into their head. 

If users get stuck, there's an option to ask for a hint which will help by displaying the first letter of the word in the box below. Users also have the option to hit the button with two arrows in a circle below, which will shuffle the letters in the boxes above to give a new order and help visualize them in a different way. 

As users play, their "Brain Size" within the app grows and accordingly the puzzles get more difficult. The app offers different levels names after types of insects. Users begin in the Ant level and work their way up to unlock the Spider level. Users also have the ability to use their own creativity and create a puzzle to stump their family and friends.

Senior caregivers and their clients could play on this app together and create puzzles for one another to try and beat. Once a user creates a puzzle, they are given a unique code that corresponds with it. When they share that code, all their senior caregiver needs to do is type it in the designated area on the home screen and they're given the puzzle their senior client created for them to solve. 

The Wordbrain app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Afternoon in Paris

Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, as well as caregiving and caregivers must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, and features a beautiful blend of old and new architecture. The museum and its art are gorgeous inside and out. Please enjoy the photo and the quote by a famous Parisian and feel free to share them with loved ones. Have a great week. 

"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."  -Coco Chanel

2016 Election Coverage from Fox News App

The 2016 Presidential Election is a little over a year away and both the Democratic and Republican parties are gearing up for the primary elections in the spring to determine which candidates will represent them in the general election. After the first Republican debate last night, now is the perfect time for caregivers and their senior clients to get familiar with the various candidates running for both parties using the 2016 Election HQ Fox News App. 

When users open the Election HQ app, they are greeted by a news page with the day's biggest headlines surrounding the election. Today users can read about various take aways from the first Republican debate, such as an analysis on how different candidates handled different questions. The news stories take the format of video or article, giving caregivers the opportunity to pick if they'd rather watch a clip or read about the topic. 

The debate area of the app offers a timeline for all of the upcoming Republican debates and as they approach the app updates with time and which channel it will be shown on TV. As users watch the live debates, the app also offers a scorecard feature. Caregivers can rank how they feel about specific issues during the debates, and the scorecard will show them how their views align with the views of a particular candidate. Unfortunately the only way to use this feature is to watch the debate live on TV. Users lack the ability to retroactively open the app and complete a survey a day or two after a debate to see their results. 

The final tab displays a list of all of the different candidates running for every party. When a user clicks on a particular candidate's name, the profile page with brief background on the candidate and related articles pop up. Unfortunately the profile pages don't display a summary of where each candidate stands on important issues, but the related articles area is extensive and offers insight into their stance on some of those issues. 

Caregivers and their senior clients should take time to familiarize themselves with the candidates and in the coming months decide who they support for the 2016 election. Health care, compensation for workers and climate issues are just a few of the topics up for debate that affect daily life for a caregiver, so learn about the different candidates to see who take the same stance on these issues as you. 

The Fox News Election HQ App is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Summertime in Luzern: Stress Relief Photo

A summertime walk in a beautiful place is always relaxing. This week's photo features the famous flower-bedecked Chapel Bridge, on the lake in Luzern, Switzerland. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.  We hope you have a great week.  

"A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath."  -Anthony Liccione

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