Colorful Creation in the Park for Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Serpentine Gallery, in Hyde Park, London. Each year, a different architect builds a pavilion in the park for people to enjoy. This was the 2015 pavilion designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano and celebrates form, light, and color. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy and the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors.  At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. We hope you have a great week.


"Love was a feeling completely bound up with color, like thousands of rainbows
 superimposed one on top of the other."  -Paulo Coelho

Refreshing and Relaxing Hike: Caregiver Stress Relief

We hope you are enjoying a relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends, or are able to just take some time to yourself. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Manchester, Connecticut. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. 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. We wish you a Happy 4th of July and a great week.


"Running water never grows stale, so you just have to keep on flowing." 
-Bruce Lee

Sparkle After the Rain: Caregiver Stress Relief

This week's stress relief photo was taken in a park in Chicago. It features raindrops on a spider web, glistening on the morning after a storm. Little things in nature can be so magical. 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 invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy this week's photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week. 


"Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a difference." 

-Deepak Chopra

Hawaii Daily Nursing Home Costs Close to Highest in the U.S.A.

Seniors must pay for their long-term care needs in the U.S.A. and those seniors living in Hawaii are paying more for the luxury of island living when it comes to nursing home care. Let's hope all of their rooms come with an ocean view as the average cost in the Aloha state for a shared nursing room is $350 per day. Seniors and their families can pay research their local senior care options ahead of time in order to better plan for senior care. Transamerica offers a complimentary financial consultation regarding retirement care costs as Medicare does not pay for ongoing senior care and Medicaid, for low-income seniors, has certain spend-down requirements in order to qualify.



Caregiver Stress Relief: Above the Clouds

The world looks so amazing and peaceful when seen from above. This week's stress relief photo was taken flying over the fjords of Norway. 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. We hope you have a great week.


"When everything seems to be going against you, 

remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."

-Henry Ford

Tulip Time in Denmark: Caregiver Stress Relief

We finally have some May flowers. For the mothers out there, we hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. For those of you who aren't, maybe you had the chance to honor and appreciate yours. This week's stress relief photo was taken on the grounds of Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. 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.  Have a great week.


"Making the decision to have a child is momentous.

 It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

-Elizabeth Stone

How to Communicate with Someone with Alzheimer's Disease

How do you talk to someone with Alzheimer's Disease?

How do you begin a conversation with someone with dementia?


These are common questions asked by caregivers for those with memory loss. Alzheimer's disease affects a person’s communication skills which leads to difficulty with concentrating, thinking clearly, remembering names and topics of conversation and causing confusion. As the illness gets worse so do these problems. 


Caregivers that are taking care of Alzheimer’s patients may have a client with one or more of these challenges and should become trained in how to communicate effectively when interacting with someone with memory loss (online caregiver training courses include information on activities for seniors with memory loss and communication skills).


How to Communicate with someone with Memory Loss:


  • Always talk to Alzheimer’s patients from the front - approaching them from behind may startle them

  • Use a gentle and relaxed tone

  • Identify yourself each day (hey may not remember you every day so don’t be offended by this)

  • Ask questions with “yes” or “no” answers and avoid lengthy sentences which may overwhelm them

  • Give patients extra time to respond to better understand what you have said

  • Alzheimer's patients tend to copy people’s actions so use positive body language

  • Be patient and supportive and expect that they may not always cooperate with you

  • Use positive encouragement such as “good job” or “you’re doing great”

  • Always call your patient by their name and be respectful

  • Help them feel like the healthy adult that they once were

  • Smile

  • Go with the flow.....meet them where they are each day


Caregivers should remember that communicating with someone with Alzheimer's disease requires understanding, good listening skills, and most importantly, patience. Caregiverlist provides a caregiver training course for Alzheimer’s disease care that caregivers can take to learn more about helping people with the Alzheimer’s.


The Caregiver Stress Relief Photos of the Week also are nice conversation starters and a way to just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Think of a common activity that you can keep as part of the routine each day, as a way to consistently have a conversation ice-breaker. Photos are one way to have daily conversation starters.



On the Beach in Germany: Caregiver Stress Relief

It is so pleasant sometimes to have a beach practically all to yourself. This week's stress relief photo was taken on the island of Sylt, in the North Sea off the coast of Germany. The "baskets" are comfortable places to sit while being protected from sun, rain, wind, and sand. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. 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.  Have a great week.


"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."

-Albert Einstein

Accepting Aging Brings Healthy Aging says New Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz

Aging naturally comes along with living a long life as our human biology stays in motion. Accepting this fact of life seems to be one of the biggest secrets revealed in actress Cameron Diaz's new book, titled The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time. Just 50 years ago, when Medicare was created, life expectancy was only age 75. Now we are living past age 100, bringing new meaning to how we will live these additional 25 years.

My family will celebrate my grandmother's 100th birthday this month. As the oldest child of five, she has outlived all of her siblings. While she survived the Great Depression by skipping a year in school (then finishing high school at the top of her class) and worked daily doing physical labor by managing a dairy farm (yes, she milked cows twice a day, every day, for 40 years, and also home-cooked all the meals for the family and the farm workers). And now at age 99, all of her friends and family from her generation are passed away and she has the usual challenges associated with old age including loss of vision and hearing.

My family has always thought that in addition to genetics, you must possess some kind of mental ability to be resilient and to accept life's challenges in order to live a long life. That is the only way, it seems, to go through your later years when you are losing your loved ones to death each week and losing many of your physical abilities.  "Take it on the chin" is what my grandmother teaches us, then move on and have a laugh about it. 

It turns out Cameron Diaz shares this advice as the secret to longevity that she discovered while researching her book. Having an accepting attitude about aging and life will deliver a side kick of happiness to get you through your older years.......looking and feeling better than those who are battling the aging process.

Ms. Diaz's 5 Longevity Lessons are:

  1. Good Nutrition
  2. Good Movement (Exercise)
  3. Good Sleep
  4. Stress Relief
  5. Staying Connected to Loving Friends and Family

In addition, planning for how you want to be cared for when caregiving services may be needed for medical issues and aging issues, also brings a peace of mind to the aging process. Few seniors have planned ahead for their caregiving needs. Research the senior care options and costs in your area now and create a plan. Talk to a financial planner (Transamerica provides free consultations on the costs of care and savings options) to enable you and your family to eliminate the stress of knowing what your caregiving plan will be should a medical issue arise in your older years. You may also receive a Caregiving Guide to assist with this part of the aging journey and take an online caregiving training course to learn basic caregiver skills if you are caring for a loved one.

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time

Cameron Diaz's new book



My Grandma Martha at Age 100 (Birthday is April 24, 2016)

A Walk on the Lakefront: Caregiver Stress Relief

Winter is giving way to spring and the days are getting longer. This week's stress relief photo was taken along the lakefront in Chicago. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. 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.  Have a great week.


"You are never to old to set another goal or to dream another dream."  -C.S. Lewis

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