Mothers Day Gift Ideas

No matter how old you are, you always want Mothers Day to be meaningful and joyful for Mom. And if your mom’s health and living situation has changed recently, you may have special concerns about gifts that are no longer appropriate or enjoyable. But just as you have always found joy in receiving whatever presents your children give you, your mother probably extends that same appreciation to you. The four gifts suggested below are simple, but thoughtful. One of them may be a perfect way to let Mom know how much you love her, without adding stress to your already-busy life! 1. The gift of confidence How about a new pair of shoes? If you buy Mom the right pair, you can help her feel more secure on legs that may be increasingly unsteady. Choose a shoe that is low-heeled, with a rubber sole that can grip surfaces, and hook-and-loop fasteners that can be snugged tightly. Ideally, the shoes will be made of natural materials that breathe well, so Mom’s feet can get the best possible circulation and ventilation. You’ll both feel better knowing she’s on secure footing! 2. The gift of comfort Maybe your mom has worn sweaters all her life […]

Minimize Stress When You Visit Mom:
8 conversation ideas

Whether you’re the primary caregiver for Mom or Dad, or you live out-of-town and are planning a special visit, you’ve probably felt the strain of anticipating what often turns out to be an awkward visit. If your parent’s memory isn’t good, conversation can be difficult. And if the world has shrunk to a single room and a predictable routine, it can be hard to think of new things to talk about. Add to that the guilt you feel — about not wanting to go, about not going often enough, about letting your parents grow old — and your visit can easily become a source of stress. But a little preparation can ease a lot of pressure. Try these ideas: 1. Don’t go alone Ask a family member, friend, or pastor to join you. That way you won’t have to be solely responsible for keeping the conversation going. 2. Plan your visit during a scheduled activity You and Mom can participate in the activity together. Providence communities publish a calendar of activities and events each month. They post these publications to their Facebook pages, or you can ask to receive the info via email each month. 3. Help with daily tasks […]

Protecting Mom and Dad
from Phone Fraud

If you are caring for Mom or Dad, be aware that con artists target senior citizens because too often they are easy prey. What makes seniors so susceptible? FBI.gov lists these factors and others on their “Common Fraud Schemes” page: 1. Seniors grew up in an era that emphasized common courtesy. This makes it difficult for them to be “rude” by saying “No!” or hanging up on a caller. 2. Seniors are less likely to report a crime. In some cases, elderly victims may be worried that if they confess their mistake, their children will jump to the conclusion that they can no longer handle their own affairs. 3. Many seniors are genuinely interested in products that promise cancer-fighting properties, or an end to aches and pains, or improved memory. And because science is always advancing, many things are possible now that weren’t imaginable a decade ago, so seniors may have trouble discerning truth from scam. 4. Many seniors have a “nest egg,” a home that is paid for, and excellent credit ratings. These factors make them particularly attractive to swindlers. There are all kinds of frauds and scams that target seniors. In particular, phone fraud might involve these tactics: […]

Fighting Allergies with Nutrition

Spring for many people is the start of allergy season. Good nutrition year-round can give you the energy you need to care for others as well as yourself. But during allergy season, the right foods can also help you minimize your body’s response to allergens. For example: Salmon, flaxseed oil, walnuts, pecans, and hempseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, and there is evidence to suggest that omega-3s can help reduce inflammation of air passages. Onions, apples, citrus fruits, and broccoli contain quercetin, a bioflavonoid that can inhibit the body’s release of histamines, reducing allergic reactions. Water — staying hydrated will thin mucus while hydrating your mucous membranes. Fruit and fruit juices (as long as they are not loaded with high-fructose corn syrup) are rich in antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. Berries are particularly rich in antioxidants. Spinach, sunflower seeds, pinto beans, and artichokes are high in magnesium. Some studies have linked a lack of magnesium to asthma. Adding magnesium to your diet may ward off asthma symptoms by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes. You also might want to consider cutting back on certain foods during allergy season, such as: Dairy and eggs — proteins from these foods increases mucus production. […]

Emotional Spring Cleaning: 4 Tips

Back in the days when houses were heated with coal and lit with candles, the end of winter was the first opportunity to open doors and windows, haul the furniture outside, and spend a day scrubbing away months of soot and ash. Today, although winter is less likely to cause a build-up of visible grime, spring still represents a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. Emotional spring cleaning can be just as important to healthy living as physical spring cleaning was generations ago. This spring, go ahead and clean your home and your office, but save some time and energy to care for your emotional self as well. These four tips can help: 1. Clear out the clutter. Take a look at your calendar — are your days packed with obligations and commitments, to the point that you feel overwhelmed? Many people have difficulty saying “no” and find themselves involved in things that fail to support their values, utilize their gifts, or give satisfaction. Ask yourself why you are doing the things you’re doing — are you helping someone, relieving guilt, avoiding something else, investing in your future, keeping a promise, learning something new, being an example for […]