Baltic Beach: Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Happy first day of Spring! I love having longer days. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken on the beach near Copenhagen, Denmark. 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. We hope you have a great week.

"The whole world is a series of miracles...
but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things."
-Hans Christian Andersen

Modern Caregiver Training for Senior Caregivers

Caring for seniors includes understanding age-related illnesses and the techniques proving successful in providing for care in each situation. Senior care companies can easily train all of their caregivers by enrolling them in just 2-clicks and caregivers keep their log-in to easily revisit the training and obtain renewal training for annual state certification requirements.

Caregivers may now enjoy digital caregiver training showcasing real-life skills to incorporate into their senior caregiving services, such as this scene from the movie Still Alice where the nursing home uses baby-dolls to keep the seniors with Alzheimer's disease comforted and engaged. Purchase individual Caregiver Training or Contact Caregiverlist for COMPANY CAREGIVER EMPLOYEE TRAINING in Bundles of training passes that do not expire and are smart-phone and tablet-friendly.

Online caregiver training by Caregiver Training University incorporates modern tools to provide skills you can implement to provide quality senior care for age-related illnesses, such as baby-doll therapy showcased in the movie Still Alice. Caregivers stay engaged in training incorporating audio + photos + videos.

Senior care companies may call 312-669-8821 for a demo of the digital caregiver training sold in cost-effective bundles which do not expire and are current with digital technology. Or email:

Staying Alive vs. Living Life

My 100-year-old Grandma Martha may be nearing the end of her life. While she has lived a long life we are reminded that she is from a generation that really does not talk about death. Her generation had a life expectancy of age 75. 

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter wrote an article for The New York Times this month titled "First, Sex Ed. Then Death Ed". She shares the statistic that 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but only 20% actually do. She notes that often people in intensive care units may be restrained and have no idea they are dying. You can read more of Dr. Zitter's articles on her website.

Grandma has a pacemaker which has extended her life. But she also has macular degeneration which has caused her to lose most of her vision. Losing your eyesight dramatically impacts your quality of life. Which lead her to tell her doctor to only give her a "2-year battery" for her pacemaker last year. How do we better plan for death?

How do we decide to say "no" to medical procedures which may extend our life but not improve a diminished quality of life caused by a health condition which cannot be cured? 

My father, at age 79, is also living life right now by volunteering in Ecuador. He just shared his whitewater rafting photos.

That's Dad in the back seat of the raft, hanging with the 20-year-old's.

My Dad is still living life, for sure. He has mentioned more than a few times that the adventure travel company assigned him a 26-year old lady from Argentina to accompany him to be sure he could manage. See, not everything about aging is negative! There are no right answers to some questions. We have to find the best possible answer for ourselves. The spirit of life pulls us forward. My Grandma still has the fight in her and we can see that and are assisting her to keep on going in all ways possible. 

She is still living life. With a whole lot of help from family members and doctors and nurses and nursing aides and caregivers and friends. She still has a very sharp mind and memory. But she also is living with pain each day, which we cannot take away.

Starting the conversation about how we would like to experience aging and what we would not want done to extend our life if the quality of life will not be there should become a part of our care plan for senior care. Medical technology has allowed us to do what could not be done before for physical care and we need to become modern enough to discuss the emotional components of aging and caregiving as well.

Senior care companies and senior caregivers can begin the conversation about death with adult children by sharing stories of scenarios of aging that are positive and negative. By talking about death we can spark new ideas and solutions to learn how to age in a way that truly allows someone to not only be alive but to be living life.

Caregiver Stress Relief: Walk Along the Green River

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and 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 features a very festive green Chicago River, dyed for St. Patrick's Day.  It is a fun tradition every year in Chicago. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, 
and the road downhill all the way to your door."  -Irish Blessing

App Allows Caregivers to Track Calories By Taking Pictures of Food

When it comes to tracking calories and watching what you eat, it seems fairly reasonable when you're eating products with a nutrition label. But what about when you go out to dinner, or over to a friend's house and you eat something that they cooked? It can be tricky to know how many calories are really in your lunch. Luckily, the Calorie Mama AI app makes tracking estimated calories as easy as snapping a photo on your phone and letting the app analyze it. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create a profile using either their Facebook profile or their e-mail address. Then, caregivers need to enter their weight information and indicate if they have a weight loss goal. The app seems like it would be useful for those not looking to lose weight, but simply seeking to better understand the caloric makeup of their meals, too. The app provides a recommended calorie intake based on the information provided and then takes caregivers to the home screen to start entering foods. 

For caregivers to enter foods, they can take a photo of an item or they can scan a barcode of a packaged product. For example, if you're out to dinner at a restaurant, you can take a picture of your plate and the app will use its Artifical Intelligence to recognize that you're eating a burger and french fries and log generic nutrition information for such an item accordingly. For a packaged item, the app can analyze the front of the package and figure out what it is, or it can scan the barcode on the item for accurate information. Upon testing the app by taking a photo of the front of an energy bar, it correctly identified on the first try. 

Once a food item has been logged, the app adds it to the user's nutrition log for the day. It provides a recommended intake of calories for each meal, and upon logging foods, it shows you whether you're above or below your calories for that meal. An overall ticker at the top of the page shows how many calories you have remaining for the whole day. 

Caregivers can also log any exercise they do in a day to earn additional calories, and they can record how many glasses of water they drink. As time goes by, caregivers also can log their body weight to track weight loss, if that's one of their goals in using the app. One of the icons at the bottom even brings up a page showing a graph to track body weight over time. 

The Calorie Mama AI app is available for Apple 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

Delicate Beauty: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in Holland Park in London, England, as the sun was shining on freshly fallen snow. Caregiverlist invites 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 and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading App Summarizes Nonfiction Works for Quick Reads for Caregiver Stress Relief

We all use different tactics to relieve stress. For caregivers, exercise, meditation and eating healthy can all contribute to letting go of stress after a long day on the job. Taking time to read can also help reduce stress and relax. However, with their busy lifestyles, caregivers may not have time to sit down and read an entire 300-page book. The Blinkist app takes works of non-fiction and summarizes them down to pieces that only take 15 minutes to read. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account using either a Facebook login or their e-mail address. Then, they are taken to the home screen of the app which features recommendations. The top shows "Your daily pick" of a book the app thinks you will like. Oddly, during set-up the app doesn't ask for any preferences of the category of a book, so I'm not sure how it determines what your daily pick is. Under that, another section makes recommendations for you. Caregivers can swipe through different curated lists of recommendations on topics such as love, self-improvement, investing, etc. 

Once users find a title that intrigues them, they can click on it for a one-page summary of the summarized book. The summary page offers one or two paragraphs describing what the book is about, and then breaks it down further in a section called, "Who should read this?" This gives caregivers a clear idea about whether or not they'll identify with the author as the intended audience. Another section gives details about the author and their background, so users can better understand their point of view as they read. 

Once caregivers has chosen to read the book, there are actually two ways to read the piece. Users have an option to read the text, or to listen to an audio version. The audio version may be ideal for caregivers on-the-go who would like something to listen to in the car on the way home from work. Caregivers also might be able to find a topic of interest to their senior clients and listen to the audio version together. 

As users swipe through the different pages of the summarized version of the book, they will see a header at the top of each, followed by the text for that category. These show the different themes and topics discussed in each book and presents the most pertinent information to understand the gist of what was written and glean the main takeaways. Of course, these summaries lack the detail found in a 300-page book, but as a substitute, they do offer new insight and understanding. 

When caregivers finish reading a book, it's stored in their library, which can be found by tapping on the middle icon on the bottom bar in the app. Users can also search books by topic by clicking on the file cabinet icon in the upper right corner. Topics include Science, Health & Fitness, Mindfulness & Happiness, Money & Investments, etc. 

The Blinkist app is available for Apple and Android platforms. The download includes a free three-day trial, and after that users can sign up for the subscription service. 

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

Stress Relief Photo: Calming View Over the Aegean

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. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Santorini, Greece and is one of my favorite places in the world. The views all over the island are breathtaking. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." -Demothenes

Caregiver Training for Private Duty Senior Caregivers

Senior caregivers are required to be trained and competent in specific skills now in many states in the U.S.A. California most recently passed legislation mandating a minimum of 10 hours of training for new caregivers followed by 5 hours of training each year. 

Caregiver training certification ensures the caregiver understands how to care for a senior and effectively manage age-related issues. Training for caregiving for a senior with Alzheimer's disease, for instance, will make a significant difference in the quality of the care. Even family members can benefit from training on how best to interact with a senior with memory loss.

Review the caregiver training requirements in your state and take the online basic caregiver training to meet the entry-level caregiving skill requirements.

Senior caregiving companies are constantly hiring part-time and full-time caregivers as few seniors plan ahead for senior care needs. Submit 1 job application to be considered for open caregiving jobs in your area by a licensed senior home care agency.

Join the Professional Association of Caregivers to receive a t-shirt and lapel pin with your online caregiver training course.

GrandPad App Allows Senior Clients To Stay Connected To Loved Ones Digitally

For senior clients as they age, particularly for those who live a fair distance from their family, staying involved in one another's daily lives can be challenging. While the younger generations are plugged into technology, social media could seem overwhelming for a senior client with posts to sort through from so many different sources. The GrandPad app offers a way for families to send pictures and updates to their senior loved ones in a private program.

To use the GrandPad app, the senior client needs to purchase a plan with the site. The options include a monthly or annually billed plan for the tablet itself, connectivity, and insurance in case of damage or theft. Once a senior client is set up with their GrandPad, then their loved ones can download the GrandPad app to begin sharing photos and videos with them. 

When users first download the app, they need to send e-mail invites to all of the people who they'd like to contribute to the Family Feed. From there, the new users can download the app too and sign into their private feed. From there, users can post pictures and comment on other people's posts, just like on other social networks such as Instagram or Facebook. Loved ones can also decide to hook up their Instagram feed to the app so that pictures are sent automatically to the Family Feed automatically. 

To make it as easy as possible for senior clients to interact with the content, voice memos can be left instead of typed comments. Users also have the option of conducting voice or video calls directly on the tablet or in the app. The voice memos can also be sent as e-mails, so seniors have many options to communicate with their families stress-free. The GrandPad also features games and music for seniors to interact with as they'd like. 

Caregivers can support their senior clients in using the GrandPad to communicate with their families. They can take photos of them doing activities around the house, such as cooking dinner, or help them record voice memos to share with their loved ones. They can also monitor the family feed for them and make sure they don't miss any updates from their family. 

The GrandPad app is available for Apple and Android products. Visit the GrandPad site for more information on the tablet for senior clients. 

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

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