Elder-friendly tech to stay connected during COVID
“In today’s “Minding Our Elders” column, Carol Bradley Bursack recommends devices that can make things a little easier for seniors and their families during the coronavirus pandemic…
The Echo Show is a success for many caregivers whose older adults have trouble using most face-to-face technology. With this device, once set up, you can “drop-in” on your older loved one at any time, eliminating their need to answer your call. The best guide that I’ve read about getting started is on Daily Caring at https://dailycaring.com/amazon-echo-for-dementia-technology-for-seniors.”
Put Down Your To-Do List and Sleep!
“It’s easy to say that you must prioritize sleep, but how can you actually do that when you feel like you can never stop moving? Here are key tips for whittling down that to-do list…
You may feel like you are simply the only one who can do it right or are too guilt-stricken to reach out, but even Superman turned to Lois Lane once in a while. If friends and family offer to run errands, make meals or support you, say yes. They don’t offer? Then ask. If you can afford to do so, hire help; you may even be eligible for tax credits or deductions for being a full-time nurturer, points out Connie Chow, founder at DailyCaring.com.
‘Following a daily routine can reduce stress, increase the feeling of security and improve sleep. A rigid schedule isn’t necessary; the main goal is to give the day more structure and predictability,’ says Chow, adding that a routine that includes time for exercise and makes sure that naps aren’t taken too late in the day helps seniors sleep better. (The same applies for young children as well.) ‘And a routine saves time and reduces stress by limiting the amount of decisions you have to make during a day,’ adds Chow.”
Tips for combating, preventing and dealing with growing problem of loneliness
“Daily movement can be a lifesaver for aging seniors. Exercises such as walking, chair exercises or age-appropriate workouts can help a senior stay in solid physical, mental, and emotional shape. Check out https://dailycaring.com/tag/exercise for some age-appropriate exercises.”
Do you have a living will or medical directive?
“Have you ever thought, I don’t want to end up in the hospital with a bunch of tubes keeping me alive? If that’s the case, have you written this down so your desires are clear to family or friends?…
Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions spelling out your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself (according to the Mayo Clinic). Advance directives guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you’re terminally ill, seriously injured and in a coma, in the later stages of dementia or near the end of life…
Since the POST is a doctor’s order, you may want to supplement it with a living will, which is a legal document according to https://dailycaring.com”
CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s: Therapeutic Fibbing
For their monthly article about Alzheimer’s disease, County News Review shares an excerpt of our article Therapeutic Fibbing: Why Experts Recommend Lying to Someone with Dementia
The Importance of Curated Caregiver Resources
“Then there’s Connie Chow’s Daily Caring website. It recognizes that caregivers need practical answers, fast. As they state: ‘We help you solve the frustrating day-to-day problems that make you lose your temper or keep you up at night.’
Daily Caring recognizes that there’s no shortage of information available to family caregivers. But who has time to dig through everything on the Internet just to find that one nugget of info that can help you? They do the digging for you. They search to find the most practical and useful tips, advice, personal stories and resources related to caregiving and aging. Then, they boil it down to the most important points you’ll want to know.”
Unpaid Family Caregivers Recognized With First-Ever Family Caregiver Awards
“…this week, Carewell announced the winners of its first-ever Family Caregiver of the Year Awards.
The awards recognize U.S.-based unpaid family caregivers for exceptional diligence and support in caregiving. The first-place winner was awarded $1,500; second- and third-place winners received $750 and $250, respectively.
…The award judges included Padilla and her cofounder Jonathan Magolnick; Abby Levy, managing partner and cofounder of Primetime Partners (one of Carewell’s investors); and Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring.”
Inaugural Family Caregiver of the Year Award Winners Announced
“Winners were announced today for the first-ever Family Caregiver of the Year Awards, which recognizes unpaid family caregivers in the United States who exhibit exceptional diligence and support through the act of caregiving. The awards program was sponsored by Carewell, a leading advocate for caregivers and online supplier of home health products.
…Judging for The Family Caregiver of the Year Awards was conducted by Bianca Padilla and Jonathan Magolnick, co-founders of Carewell; Abby Levy, managing partner and co-founder of Primetime Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on transforming the quality of living for older adults; and Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring, a website dedicated to providing tips and advice to independent caregivers.”
Nominations Open for Carewell’s Inaugural “Family Caregiver of the Year” Awards: Recognizing Caregivers for Resilience, Adaptability, and Unconditional Support
“Winners will be selected by a panel of Carewell leaders and caregiving experts, including Bianca Padilla and Jonathan Magolnick, Carewell Co-Founders; Abby Levy, Managing Partner and Founder of Primetime Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on transforming the quality of living for older adults; and Connie Chow, Founder of DailyCaring, a top caregiving resource for caregivers.”
DIY Pill Board: Making It Easier to Take Your Meds
If you’re taking medication, you probably use a pill box. It’s a helpful tool, but if you make a mistake or miss a dose, especially if you’re taking a lot of medication, that could land you in the hospital.
Fortunately, tech lawyer Paul Rothstein came up with a solution while taking care of his mother: a do-it-yourself Pill Board. His idea was first published on the DailyCaring website for caregivers. This guide will help you create one for yourself or someone you’re caring for.
ASK ASA: Reinventing Mother’s Day for the era of COVID-19
How can you honor the special women in your life on Mother’s Day without risking your family’s health from the risk of the novel coronavirus?
Asa Aarons Smith reports, “Connie Chow is an MBA, former corporate executive and the founder of DailyCaring, a website specializing in tips and information for people caring for older adults. Connie spent 20 years as a hands-on caregiver for her grandmother, who lived to 101.
She says pandemic or not, the special women in our lives still deserve recognition…”
After month-long shutdown, some florists struggle to keep up with Mother’s Day demand
ABC7 reporter Lance Hernandez says, “Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring.com, an information source for primary care-givers, wrote an article listing 15 thoughtful activity and gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
She suggests sharing a meal together, even if it’s not at the same table, or in the same town…”
Mother’s Day: How to celebrate during the coronavirus
KRON 4 in San Francisco reports, “Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring.com, suggests an afternoon with nature and mom. Sit together on the porch or in front of an open window and just enjoy nature together. If you’re not in the same household, do this virtually via video call or telephone.
Chow also suggests making some big signs for Mother’s Day to place in her front yard. Then plan a visit from the sidewalk, or outside a closed window and place a mobile call so she can hear you.”
Ideas to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day
23ABC News reports, “We are only days away from celebrating the woman you call Mom. Mother’s Day is this Sunday and if you’re at a loss for ideas, we’ve got you covered.
Connie Chow is the Founder of DailyCaring.com, a leading information provider for primary caregivers. She’s offering 10 activity and five gift ideas for this Mother’s Day.”
Tips to celebrate Mother’s Day during pandemic
Kenton Brooks writes, “Connie Chow, founder of the San Francisco-based DailyCaring.com, understands this and that why she’s come up with activities to celebrate Mother’s Day during the coronavirus.
Chow started the website originally as an information provider for caregivers, but she’s also using it to help families stay connected, particularly during Mother’s Day…”
Most Unusual Holy Weeks in Memory
Holy Week in Philadelphia has never been quite like this year, NBC10’s Drew Smith reports. He shares suggestions from Connie Chow, DailyCaring’s founder, on how to celebrate with older adults from a safe distance.
Coronavirus: Tips to make Easter 2020 a memorable one
“The website for Daily Caring noted that continuing to carry on holiday traditions are important, especially during trying times as they can bring comfort and serve as a welcome distraction from all that is going on, especially for the older family members. Daily Caring also suggests sending Easter cards to lift spirits.”
7 Tips For Celebrating Easter During COVID-19
During these dark times, Connie Chow of DailyCaring.com has created a lighter-hearted list of seven things everyone can do to safely and festively celebrate Easter.
Many facilities that care for the elderly are not taking visitors anymore, here’s what you can do to keep a smile on their faces
KAGS TV’s Sunny Tsai reports, “If they’re not set up with video calling, don’t worry about it,” said founder of dailycaring.com, Connie Chow. “Most people I think do have a telephone available to them and are available to use the telephone. It’s a great way to stay connected. Another thing I would suggest is set up a regular schedule for keeping in touch so that gives them another measure for security, when somebody knows, oh at 10 o clock every day, this person is going to call me. And that gives them comfort. To both sides, so if you can do that, that’s another great way to stay in touch.”
Fox 55 News’ Mallory Beard reports, “Connie Chow, a 20-year caregiver to her own grandmother and founder of Daily Caring, provides helpful tips on how you can manage caring for a sick or elderly parent within your home, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Valley News Live reports, “With all the uncertainty and confusion, and the major change in lifestyle that we are all going through, I think it’s nice to find a happy distraction,” Daily Caring Founder Connie Chow says. “Focus on ourselves and lifting our spirits and getting together with family and friends.”
Coronavirus Senior Care: Top Caregiver Questions Answered – In collaboration with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, providing answers to keep older adults safe during COVID-19.
Caring for caregivers: Outbreak adding to stress
Patt Keith writes, “Even under normal circumstances, caregiving is stressful, said Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring.com, and stress is exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
‘It’s tough — especially when the usual support systems are closed,’ Chow said in a phone interview from San Francisco, Calif.
‘If you care for an older adult who usually attends an adult day program, but now that program is closed, then the caregiver may be working from home and providing full-time care at home — it’s really tough,’ Chow said.
Chow said establishing a daily routine helps all under stay-at-home orders — seniors and those caring for them…”
Robin Seaton Jefferson writes, “DailyCaring—an Internet-based resource for adult family caregivers—explains what medications for Alzheimer’s can and can’t do, scams to watch out for, and which drugs are used in which stages of the disease.”
What’s the best shower frequency?
Medical News Today cites DailyCaring as a source in this article discussing how often people, including older adults, need to shower or bathe.
Caring for baby dolls lessens anxiety in nursing home residents
John Fitzhugh of WLOX reports, “If you’re interested in introducing doll therapy to your senior, here are a few tips from DailyCaring.com. Their experts say it’s best to casually introduce the doll to your senior and let them decide if they like it or not. Don’t act like the doll is a doll, refer to it as a baby and treat it like a real child. Get a lifelike doll, but one that doesn’t cry, which could be upsetting. And most importantly, if they have no interest in the doll, don’t make an issue out of it. They could change their minds in the future.
Bob Larson reports, “At least 87% of seniors take one medication, and many take more than that. So dailycaring.com is sharing ways you can make sure you’re safely managing your medications.”