Caregiver Stress Relief Through Meditation App

Caregivers deal with a lot day to day on the job. Take a break from remembering specific dietary restrictions of your senior clients, coordinating with their family members and worrying about personal matters to meditate. Devoting eight minutes a day to meditation with the Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief app will help improve caregiver mental health. 

When caregivers first download and open the Relax app, they can choose between nine different background themes. All of the background themes reflect different calming scenes from nature, such as a mountain scene, a flower in a field or a beach. Users also have the option to customize the music playing within the app. 

The app layout and structure may be quite basic, but that makes it easy for the user to click into the meditation session. In the free version of the app, all users have access to the eight minute meditation session. The eight minute session is adequate for meditating to relieve stress, but for longer sessions caregivers need to purchase the paid version of the app.

The narration in the app lays out the basic guidelines for choosing an area to meditate. Caregivers should find a spot where they can lie down on their back, but not on a soft enough surface that they will fall asleep during meditation. The app recommends finding a good spot on the floor or on a firm mat. The room should be quiet and free from the chance for interruptions. 

The meditation starts with the narrator coaching participants through breathing exercises, and then moves on to focusing on specific parts of the body. The narration aims to help users become aware of each part of their body to properly relax it. All the while, caregivers should continue to breathe deeply and focus on inhaling and exhaling deeply at the same rate. 

For meditation beginners, the app also offers exercises to assist in learning to breathe deeply. This portion of the app shows a bar with a sliding dot and a pie chart underneath it. Users can select from different levels and then follow the instructions above the bar to practice meditative breathing. 


For example, one of the first levels has users practice a basic technique to inhale for three seconds and then exhale for three seconds. As the three seconds passes, the dot on the bar slides from left to right and the first section of the pie chart fills up. Once the sliding dot has reached the end of the bar, it pops back to the beginning and the word above changes to say exhale. Users then exhale for the same amount of time as the dot moves across to the right again and the pie chart fills up entirely. 

Having both visuals to look at in addition to an audio clip lasting the length of time for each breath makes training yourself to breathe in sync simple. As users master the lower levels and move higher, breaths get longer and retaining a breath between the inhale and exhale is added to the exercise. Users can practice breathing between sessions to make their overall meditation experience better. 

The Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Senior Care Training Online

Senior caregivers are in demand to keep up with the caregiving needs for Amercia's large Baby Boomer generation. We are also entering a new reality of aging where more and more seniors are living to be 100 years old. Medical technology, along with more knowledge about how to live a healthy lifestyle are contributing to longer lives. My own grandmother turns 100 this year and she just had the battery in her pacemaker replaced this week. She told the doctor she only needed a 2-year battery! 

This highlights, though, the fact that part of the way we are living longer is both because of medical advancements and caregiving services. We are fortunate to have family members living near my Grandmother who help with all aspects of her daily living. She also has macular degeneration which has left her with poor vision. She no longer drives and her longer life is due to both caregivers and medical technology. 

More than 50% of adult children do not live within a 1 hour drive of their parents or grandparents. In addition, lifestyles have changed and as women have been able to build their own careers, they are not available to be caregivers. This means we need more people to work as part-time and full-time professional caregivers.

Online caregiver training courses teach basic caregiving skills. Anyone with a caring personality can become a caregiver. Family caregivers also can benefit from online training courses. All of the skills taught help you to be a better caregiver and there are many senior caregiving tasks that you will not know how to do well if you are not taught. Even understanding how to communicate with seniors of different generations helps you to be a better caregiver, along with learning activities for seniors with memory loss, how to maintain a clean and safe environment, do safe transfers, assist with meals and more.

Take an online caregiver training course to become a certified caregiver and submit your job application to be considered for part-time and full-time senior caregiver jobs in your area (or refer-a-friend to a job).

Alzheimer's Disease 4A Study Seeking Seniors Age 65 to 85 with Normal Thinking and Memory Abilities

Alzheimer's disease continues to impact us, with the most recent discussions around Super Bowl this week where the Denver Bronco's team owner will not be attending the game due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease. We still do not know how to cure Alzheimer's disease and the only way to get closer to both a prevention and cure for this disease is to study the brains and behaviors of those who both do and do not have the disease. The financial impact of caring for seniors with Alzheimer's disease already is in the billions of dollars, as both our public tax dollars, through Medicare and Medicaid, and private funds go towards caring for these seniors.

You can assist in finding a cure for this disease by spreading the word about the A4 study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Eli Lilly and Company and several philanthropic organizations. The University of Southern California Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute is coordinating the A4 study and seeking participants who are NOT DIAGNOSED with Alzheimer's disease yet.

Senior caregivers and seniors can learn more about this study and join or refer a friend to join the study.  Visit the website to learn more and find a location near you and just send an email to the contact to begin the application process. The eligibility requirements for this clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease are below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age 65 to 85 years old
  • Healthy (Normal) Thinking Ability and Memory
  • Study Partner with Minimum Weekly Contact with You to Answer Questions Annually
  • Willing to Receive IV Infusions of Treatment or Placebo for 36 Months (36 Monthly Infusions)
  • Agree to Have Health Monitored During Study
  • Health monitoring includes memory and thinking tests, ECG's, PET scans, MRI scans, blood and urine tests

Non-Eligible Seniors:

  • Already Receiving Treatment for Alzheimer's disease 
  • Current Diagnosis with Serious or Unstable Illness
  • Reside in a Skilled Nursing Facility of Nursing Home
Caregivers assisting seniors with memory loss can take an online caregiver training course to learn more about positive ways to manage caregiving for memory loss diseases and learn about the various types of memory loss diseases.


Super Bowl 2016 Reminder of Alzheimer's Disease Impact on Denver Broncos

Alzheimer's disease, which causes memory loss involving forgetting person, place and time, has been diagnosed in 44 million people worldwide. This month, as the Denver Broncos compete in the Super Bowl, they will strive for their NFL championship as their owner, Pat Bowlen, continues to battle Alzheimer's disease. The Bowlen family did plan ahead effectively and the football team was securely placed in a family trust years before the announcement of Pat's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.

It was in 2009 that Bowlen's memory loss was first discussed with a newspaper columnist and in 2010 he no longer played a role in the team's business decisions. His family will attend Super Bowl 50 but he will not (he is the father of 7 children).

The cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown, and the Denver Bronco's owner certainly engaged his brain in activity throughout his life, as he was also an attorney and involved in other business interests, in addition to having the challenge of operating a successful NFL franchise. 

Recently Congress approved more funding to research Alzheimer's disease, which the Alzheimer's Association estimates costs the U.S. $226 billion in caregiving in 2015 as 5.3 million Americans live with the disease (1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65).

Regardless of which team you are cheering for in the Super Bowl, take the time to learn how you can become more involved in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Plan ahead for your senior care needs and if you are interested in becoming a senior caregiver, either part-time or full-time, take an online caregiver training course to begin working as a caregiver as more caregivers are needed to assist with caring for America's growing number of seniors.


Caregiver Training Classes for Senior Caregivers

Senior caregiver training classes are now required in several states in order to provide a minimum standard of caregiving services for seniors along with protections for both the senior and the caregiver.

California's recent passage of the Home Care Consumer Protection Act requires caregivers there to receive 5 hours of training which include a minimum of 2 hours orientation training regarding the role of a caregiver and expectations as a caregiver employee (such as standard policies and procedures) + 3 hours of safety training encompassing basic safety precautions, emergency procedures and infection control.  This total of 5 hours of training for senior care prior to working with a senior client must then be followed by 5 hours of annual training for any items considered to be a core competency.

Digital caregiver training classes are acceptable for California's caregiver training along with most other states, as the ability to study the text, accompanied by videos and audio, delivers a superior training format.

Keep in mind that senior caregiving skills cover a wide variety of topics and many college-educated individuals, without training, can easily fail the online caregiver training courses. 

While basic caregiving skills include items many of us would think of, such as how to safely transfer a senior from a bed to chair, how to manage a clean environment, how to communicate with someone with memory loss, there are many more skills needed to successfully deliver senior care in a home caregiving environment, such as:

  • Managing Family Dynamics
  • Maintaining Care Plan Notes
  • Understanding Signs of Dementia
  • Emergency Planning 
  • Caregiving for Hospice (Dying) Seniors
  • Universal Infection Control and Precaution
  • Recognition of Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Financial)
  • Proper Nutrition
Caregiving for seniors can be very complicated and is much different than caring for children. Obtaining a basic caregiver training certification enable anyone with a caring personality to become a senior caregiver. Consider becoming a certified caregiver and applying for a job position as a caregiver in your area as more part-time and full-time senior caregivers are needed to assist with caregiving for America's aging population.

Buy Online Caregiver Training to become a Certified Caregiver


Log in