Family Caregiver Blog

At Aging Well Rochester, we understand the pressures you are under as a family caregiver. This blog is designed to support you in the incredibly important work that you do.

As the Monroe County and Ontario County experts in family caregiving, we have resources, tips and information that can make your life much easier.

If you would like help, give us a call at: 585-271-0400.


Does brain training work?

Does brain training work?The brain is another organ to keep fit, and regular workouts are a good thing! Our brains enable many types of thinking: Problem solving, planning, attention, and memory. They manage our emotions and help us understand the emotions of others. Our brains also control movement (balance, speed, and coordination). And it's where we process our...

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Understanding the rhythm of a disease

Understanding the rhythm of a diseaseMuch of the strain of caring for a loved one lies in the loss of a predictable routine, a sense of "normalcy." Understanding the course of your loved one's condition—the rhythm of how it unfolds—can empower you to respond more flexibly to its challenges. Do any of these patterns ring true for your situation? Relapsing...

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Text message scamming: “Smishing”

Text message scamming: "Smishing"Your loved one may be watching for phishing scams on email, but now there are scams carried out by short message service (aka, texting). "Smishing" scams rose 58% in 2021. Nationwide they cost victims over $10 billion. Seniors are a prime target, as three out of five now own smartphones. While convenient, smartphones present new...

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Caregiving with kids

Caregiving with kidsChildren generally like to feel included. But they may not know how to relate to an ill family member with limited abilities. Here are some ideas for home-based activities with elementary-age children. Finger foods are fun to prepare and eat together. Keep it simple: Chunks of cheese with crackers, peanut butter in celery, wash-and-eat fruits...

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Living with cancer as a chronic condition

Living with cancer as a chronic conditionHas your loved one been diagnosed with cancer? The vast majority (67%) of people with cancer live for another five years or more. A cancer is considered "stable" or "controlled" when tumors shrink or at least temporarily stop growing. This is not the same as being cured—no tumors—but it does make cancer more of a...

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When you envy others

When you envy othersDo you ever look at friends and find yourself mad or upset because they have free time? They don't have a relative that needs help? You might even wish they had it harder, had some real challenge in their life. And then you feel guilty. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Envy is...

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Primary care providers

Primary care providersA primary care provider (PCP) is charged with monitoring and treating a person's whole body. Specialists abound and indeed are important. But we are more than the sum of our organs. Your relative's PCP helps ensure that specialists are not doing things that counteract each other. If you are looking for a new PCP, there...

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Cooking tips for the visually impaired

Cooking tips for the visually impairedIs low vision making it harder for your loved one to cook? If food preparation has been one of their pleasures, they are probably grieving not only the change in their eyesight, but also the loss of creating and serving delicious meals. Even if cooking has not been a passion, the ability to safely prepare...

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Interrupt the stress cycle with deep breathing

Interrupt the stress cycle with deep breathingWe're breathing all the time. But when it comes to stress relief, not all breathing is equal. The body's stress cycle Our bodies are built to handle periodic crises. When we sense danger, our bodies release "stress hormones" that enable us to respond powerfully and fast. When the crisis is over, those hormones are no...

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Poetry and dementia

Poetry and dementiaIf the person you care for has dementia, you may have noticed their withdrawal from conversations, movies, even from reading books or the newspaper. Anything with an involved plot line is now too difficult for them to follow. Poetry, on the other hand, involves rhythm and images, which can stimulate memories of experiences, emotions, smells,...

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