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Terms and Resources to Help Family Caregivers of the Aging in Missouri

Terms and Resources to Help Family Caregivers of the Aging in Missouri

By Pam Stone , BSW, CCM | Sep 22, 2021

As we or a loved one ages, we are faced with decisions that need to be made. Often, we are confronted with terms that are new to us and don’t know where to begin. Hopefully this brief overview can help clarify some of the terminology and offer practical resources that will link you to needed…

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Fifteen (15) Safe Autumn Activities for Family Caregivers in the Delta-driven Pandemic

Fifteen (15) Safe Autumn Activities for Family Caregivers in the Delta-driven Pandemic

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Sep 21, 2021

There are nearly 70 million family caregivers in America. Family caregiving is an essential part of the fabric of care in America. Caregiving is stressful. Caregiver burnout is very common. As the pandemic extends into our second autumn and with the explosion of the Delta variant, caregiver self-care is more important than ever. Hospitals are…

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Forty (40) Self-Care Tips for Caregivers in the Extended Pandemic

Forty (40) Self-Care Tips for Caregivers in the Extended Pandemic

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Aug 21, 2021

We are entering a new wave of the pandemic. The spread of delta variant across the country is causing a rise in the number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. At this moment no end to this wave is in sight. Family and professional caregivers must be vigilant in their caregiving responsibilities for others. Caregivers must…

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Caregiving is a Labor of Love

Caregiving Is a Labor of Love

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Aug 16, 2021

Table of Contents The Caregiving Sandwich Challenges of Family CaregivingFamily Caregiving Will Continue to GrowCaregiving by the NumbersTypical Caregivers ProfileAdult Children Leave the Workforce to be CaregiversThe Value of Family Caregiving and providing a Labor of LoveFamily Caregivers Should Practice Self-Care  Labor Day is celebrated this upcoming Monday.  Labor Day is the federal holiday that honors workers…

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Thirty (30) Olympic-Size Feats that Caregivers Perform Daily

Thirty (30) Olympic-Size Feats that Caregivers Perform Daily

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jul 31, 2021

Most seniors or persons with disability want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Ninety percent (90%) of seniors and disabled want to “age in place” as they grow older. Eighty percent of seniors believe they will stay in their home for as long as they live. Many will not be able to…

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Nine (9) Tips to Protect Missouri Seniors from the Delta Variant

Nine (9) Tips to Protect Missouri Seniors from the Delta Variant

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jul 28, 2021

Missouri is one of a handful of states that are currently experiencing a significant increase in persons testing positive for the COVID, particularly the Delta variant. Health care professionals throughout the Missouri are expressing concern about the spread and increased infections. Missouri ranks fourth in the nation for the highest rate of new cases and…

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23 Tips to Keep Seniors Independent at Home As We Celebrate Independence Day!

24 Tips to Keep Seniors Independent at Home As We Celebrate Independence Day

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jul 2, 2021

Table of Contents Here are six (6) recognized activities of daily living:Bathing and Grooming (4 Tips)Dressing and Undressing (3 Tips)Meal Preparation and Feeding (4 Tips)Safe Bathroom Use and Maintaining Continence (3 Tips)Mobility and Ambulation Issues (5 Tips)Memory Care and Stimulation (5 Tips) Ninety percent of seniors want to “age in place” at home as they…

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Seventeen (17) Fun Summer Outdoor Activities for Seniors

Seventeen (17) Fun Summer Outdoor Activities for Seniors

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jun 23, 2021

Summer 2021 is here. More persons are vaccinated against COVID-19. More communities are opening back up to pre-COVID 19 levels and outdoor activities are abundant and easily accessible. Most outdoor activities are safe, especially for vaccinated individuals. Seventeen (17) Fun Summer Activities for Seniors Here are 17 fun, accessible and safe activities that can be…

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Ten (10) Ways to Honor a Living Veteran on Memorial Day

Ten (10) Ways to Honor the Fallen: Honor an Aging Veteran

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | May 29, 2021

Happy Memorial Day and Happy Memorial Day week! StaffLink has been providing home care services to veterans for over 30 years. It is an honor to service these men and women. I remember the name of one of the first veterans StaffLink served. He had seen action in the Vietnam War and had been injured.…

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Twenty-one (21) Traveling Tips for Family Caregivers

Twenty-one (21) Traveling Tips for Family Caregivers

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | May 29, 2021

  Since the beginning of the pandemic, family travel has decreased. As the COVID-19 infection rates continue to go down family travel is now increasing. Over this Memorial weekend 2021 American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that of the 37 million people that will travel, 2.5 million of those will be traveling by air. AAA says…

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