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

The Luck of the Irish to You and Yours

On March 17, people will continue a long tradition of celebrating a culture rooted deeply in family and culture. While not everyone will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year in the “traditional” sense, there’s no reason not to take a look at some of the things that this country has given us through the years. […]

Posted on March 14, 2011

Respite Revisited: Finding the Balance

What might seem like an impossible and daunting task, just might be the one thing that could help you keep your sanity as you make your journey through the caregiving process. As human beings we can be quick to help others, but when it comes to helping ourselves, we might forget or not know how. […]

Posted on February 15, 2011

Respite Care Defined: Temporary Relief for a Permanent Situation

When your parents hired a babysitter, no one thought they were bad parents. If you took a vacation, no one would think that you are a bad employee. In these situations, people understand that everyone needs to remove themselves sometimes, take a breath, recharge and then start again with new strength and perspective. As an […]

Posted on February 7, 2011