Don’t Underestimate Senior Creativity

There are good and bad things about growing older.  You can retire, your family grows (of course, it is harder to remember birthdays for all your grandchildren), and let’s not forget about those senior discounts! Of course, there is also the fact that your body becomes more frail, and you sometimes don’t remember as clearly […]

Posted on August 15, 2011

Signs of Dementia

Oddly enough, one of the hardest things that people struggle with when caring for their aging loved ones is first deciding if they need help, and then asking for assistance. Occasionally we forget where our keys are, or trying to remember why we walked in to our kitchen only to forget why we needed to […]

Posted on June 29, 2011

Tips to Making Caregiving Easier

Caregiving is a little like parenting. No one can really tell you how to do it. You can research and learn techniques and skills, but at the heart of the issue, it really comes down to instinctually dealing with the day to day surprises that will come from out of the blue. These are the […]

Posted on June 6, 2011

Get Ready For Summer!

If you have ever lived through a Phoenix summer, you know that it takes some preparation to make it bearable. Seniors are more prone to heat-related illnesses because they are more sensitive to heat as compared to younger generations. Our aging vulnerable adults simply fail to see the warning signs of  heat-related illnesses or injuries […]

Posted on May 17, 2011

When Families Feud, Elderly Parents Lose

Like most things in life, things can become overwhelming and stressful when going through the aging continuum either directly or indirectly. If you add in fighting and disagreements with the very people who are supposed to be helping than you have a recipe for disaster. Caregiving is no different and, combined with the emotional tax; […]

Posted on April 29, 2011

Help From an Unlikely Source

When you think about caregiving, there are a lot of things that come to mind. Finances, schedules, mediations… the list is probably endless. What you don’t think about is one of your greatest resources that are closest to you. Grandchildren have always seemed to have a magical bond with their grandparents. No one really knows […]

Posted on April 26, 2011

Time Management Ideas for Caregivers

Between work, kids, spouses, parents and chores, life can seem to come at you all at once in a very overwhelming way. Add caregiving to the mix and you are in for some very tense days. It’s a good idea to take a deep breath and realize that making sure that someone else’s life is […]

Posted on April 18, 2011

Get Outside!

As our bodies mature, it might be easier to feel more apathetic about how you look or what you wear, but spending a week in your pajamas can have negative effects on your mood and could start to lead to depression. Humans are a social bunch and there is something to be said for getting […]

Posted on April 1, 2011

No Matter How Long the Winter, Spring Is Sure To Follow

Spring is a magical time that brings flowers, Easter, rain and…cleaning. While maybe not the most glamorous side of spring, cleaning is one of the most necessary. Winter is a time when people tend to stay indoors and, especially during Christmas, collect stuff. But for seniors, collecting should be to a minimum. Clutter can create […]

Posted on March 25, 2011

Finding Your Roots

As spring approaches, nature puts on her show of flowers and trees blooming across the Valley, promising new life and fresh starts. At Cypress, we are reminded that each and every tree that blooms on the horizon has worked its way to establish its roots. Discovering the intricacies of a family tree is a luxury […]

Posted on March 18, 2011