Crossword App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief, Brain Exercise for Senior Cients

For seniors, keeping the mind active is vital to preventing the onset of dementia. And for their caregivers, finding a way to relieve stress is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. The Penny Dell Crosswords app provides free daily crossword puzzles to meet both of these needs.

When users first download the app and open it, they will be taken on a guided tour through the different areas in the app. These include the Daily Puzzle, the Puzzle Library and the Puzzle Store. Caregivers and their senior clients can complete the daily puzzle for free each day.

When users navigate to the Daily Puzzle section, they will see options for level of difficulty. Caregivers can choose between an Easy, Medium or Hard puzzle. Since the app allows users to complete all three levels of difficulty on any given day, there are actually three puzzles available for free each day. 

Once caregivers have selected a puzzle, the app will highlight each row one at a time and display the clue. Users simply need to use the keyboard on their phone to type in the answers. The app will then automatically bring up the clue and number of spaces for the next question. Caregivers can use the arrows on the sides to skip back and forth between clues.


The settings at the top of the app allow caregivers to decide whether or not they'd like the app to highlight incorrect answers. This feature might be helpful because then caregivers and their senior clients will know immediately if they should edit a response before they move onto other clues that share letters with the first response.

Caregivers might enjoy spending half an hour alone in the app, figuring out the clues as a form of stress-relief. This could be a good way to take your mind off the stress of the day and focus on relaxing. For senior clients, it provides a form of exercise for the mind by requiring recall of words and definitions. Caregivers could even team up with their senior clients to work on a crossword puzzle together.

The Penny Dell Crisswords 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

Stress Relief Photo: Calming Shades of Blue in Malta

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 was taken at Comino Island, Malta, near the beautiful Blue Lagoon. 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 Happy Easter, a blessed Passover, and a wonderful week. 


"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Sun, Snow and Surf for Caregiver Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken on the beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago, with a view of Navy Pier. The day brought a stunning combination of snow, sunshine, and magnificent waves crashing on the shore. 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 Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.


"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the 
waters to create many ripples."   -Mother Teresa

Caregivers Keep Up With News, Entertainment Using Podcast App

Senior caregivers often have busy schedules, so it may be difficult to find time to decompress and watch something funny or catch up on the latest news. For those caregivers, podcasts offer a way to listen to the latest while driving, cooking dinner or getting ready for bed. The Breaker app provides podcast recommendations and subscription management for caregivers.

When users first download the app, they need to create an account. Caregivers can choose to attach it to their Facebook or Twitter profile, or use their email address to do so. Then, the app will take them through set-up, which includes following any existing users who users might already know. 

Then the app brings users to the subscription section where they can search and subscribe to their favorite podcasts. When users subscribe to a podcast, then they will receive updates every time a new episode is released.

For caregivers who may not have listened to podcasts before downloading the app, the Discover section will come in handy. This displays some of the more popular podcasts and brief descriptions of them. If caregivers see a podcast they'd like to learn more about on the list, then they can click on the name to read the full description and see the available episode titles. 

Podcasts topics range from in-depth journalism to fiction series to everyday people discussing their passions. Unfortunately, the Breaker app doesn't have an option within the Discover section to sort or browse by topic, or to search by keyword for a topic. However, if caregivers would like to listen to a show on a particular topic, they could search the iTunes Store and then subscribe to it in the app once they've selected a show. 

Caregivers can see all of the shows they've subscribed to on the Subscriptions tab in the app. Here they can see all of the episodes and download them directly in the app if they're connected to wifi.


Caregivers might enjoy selecting a program to listen to with their senior clients, or they might enjoy listening to something funny at the end of a long day for some stress relief. 

The Breaker 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

Stress Relief Photo: Lavender at the Market

It is officially spring and soon the bright colors that accompany it will burst forth. 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 at Borough Market in London, England and features lavender and garlic. Lavender is know to be a natural stress reliever, and garlic is also known to have health benefits. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." 
-Chinese Proverb

Audiobook App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief

For caregivers, stress relief com an come in many forms. Going for a peaceful walk, doing yoga or taking a nice bath all provide much needed relief. But for caregivers on the go, stress relief could take another form. The Audible app allows caregivers to download audiobooks to listen to in order to relieve stress.

The Audible app requires a monthly membership in order to purchase books. However, caregivers can sign up for a free trial and receive 30 days for free on the platform.

Once caregivers sign up for a free trial, they will have a free credit in their account to purchase an audiobook. Caregivers can search for a specific book by title or author, or they can browse books by categories or in the featured section. Categories to browse include sci-fi & fantasy, romance, history, and business.

When users find a title they'd like to download, they can do so in the app and the free credit will be applied. Then, caregivers can find all of the books they've downloaded in the My Library section of the app. Books can be stored in the cloud, or they can be downloaded on the device for users to listen to. Caregivers can download books to listen to with their senior clients, too.


The Audible 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

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: susan@caregiverlist.com

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
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