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  • Disruptive sleep paterns including insomnia or habitually oversleeping; never feeling rested, even when the primary caregiver has managed to have a full night’s sleep; sleep troubled by disturbing dreams or nightmares.
  • Altered eating patterns including, not being able to eat or overeating; significant weight loss or gain.


Most families and physicians wait too long to talk with older drivers about their safe driving ability.

Aging is a natural process. Seniors who take care of their health as they age often enjoy higher levels of energy and a higher quality of life.

September is Healthy Aging Month. This month, seniors and their caregivers should focus on embracing the aging process through healthy habits so they can enjoy a better quality of life.

Many people feel that their brains stay young even as their bodies age. Physical challenges affecting mentally alert seniors can be frustrating as a result.

Dental care is about more than cosmetics. Dental health affects overall health. As a result, it’s important for seniors to take care of their oral health.

Oftentimes seniors think that dental care is no longer necessary, especially if they are using dentures. However, dental health is important to manage throughout the aging process.

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease in the US. Since it is more than just a basic skin condition, it is helpful for seniors to learn to manage it.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, an estimated 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. (National Psoriasis Foundation)

Telephone pitchers, online scammers and even family members target the most vulnerable among us. And it’s about to get worse.

Dementia affects an estimated 47.5 million people worldwide, and a new case of it is diagnosed every 4 seconds. It is a syndrome caused by brain cell death, often as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nobody looks forward to the possibility of a disaster, but we all know that it is possible, and that it can happen at any moment. The best we can do is be prepared. The American Red Cross states that there are seven important items one should discuss and implement with your personal support network.

Have you considered private-duty home care as an option for your elderly family member? Maybe you’ve been looking after your elderly father or grandfather for some time. He has been living alone and having difficulty with his mobility, strength, balance, or some health issue. As a family caregiver, you feel overwhelmed and keep wondering if there are other options available.

Elder financial abuse has the potential to impact all of us on some level, whether you are protecting a loved one from becoming a victim or actively taking precautions to protect your personal estate, fraud and exploitation is a risk that grows as people age.

January is thyroid awareness month. It is important for seniors to understand thyroid health as many live with undiagnosed thyroid problems.

Thyroid diseases often go undiagnosed in the elderly, complicating and exacerbating other health issues.

The holiday season is in full swing! Parties are being planned. Holiday visits scheduled. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with the ones we love as we reflect on the past year and await a new one.

Have you heard about "IRS Scams?"  Here's how they work:

You get a call from someone who says that they are with the IRS.  They claim you owe back taxes.  They threaten to sue you, arrest or deport you, or revoke your license if you don't pay right away.  They tell you to put money on a prepaid debit card and the relay the card numbers to them.

The phrase, "Home is where the heart is" is never more poignant than to an elderly person wishing to remain in their own familiar surroundings.  Home means maintaining autonomy family and social connections, and dignity.  Caring Companions At Home understands the special and constantly changing needs of the elderly.  We know how important it is for an older person to maintain their independence

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes excessive and abnormal brain cell activity resulting in seizures. In the United States, more than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year and millions of people are living with the disease. Sadly, the disease can be fatal, and can lead to strokes, when an epileptic is left untreated after a major seizure.

Every family has conflict.  However, when dealing with a senior family member, it can become even worse.  As a caregiver, you will find yourself in the middle of plenty of family drama.  This can make your job even harder, especially if the family tends to get you involved.

There are many reasons for family conflict.  Some of them include:

There are myths out there that warm weather is better for people over the age of 65. While moderately warm temperatures tend to be more comfortable for this demographic, extreme heat can be a serious threat to senior citizens.

Today, June 15 is Elder Abuse Awareness Day part of the official Elder Abuse Awareness Month, spanning the entirety of June.

As you get older, you are more likely to fall down and get hurt.  Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 or older falls down.  Falls are the top cause of injury for seniors.

That's because you are more likely to:

According to a new report by the California Employment Development Department the state “projects it will need 713,300 personal care aides in 2024, up from 525,200 in 2014 — a 36 percent growth rate.”

  • A segment of caregivers has evolved over the past fifty years known as the "Sandwich Generation" a cohort of middle-aged adults who are sandwiched between care responsibilities for young children and aging parents at the same time.
  • Sandwich Generation caregivers are being hammered financially, physically and emotionally.

The mind is one of the most powerful influences on how you or a loved one will age and live in the latter years of life. Maintaining a healthy mental capacity, in addition to physical well-being, is the gold standard of living a long, healthy and happy life.

Dementia affects an estimated 47.5 million people worldwide, and a new case of it is diagnosed every 4 seconds.  It is a syndrome caused by brain cell death, often as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

When looking for caregiving for yourself, a family member or friend it’s important to know the difference between these two types of caregiving services.


There are thousands of home care agencies in Southern California.  How do you navigate to find an agency you are comfortable with that will provide the best care?

To find the right fit for you or your loved one, there are certain questions that you should ask of any prospective agency, such as:


It’s the time of year that many Americans dread: Tax Season. As taxpayers start preparing to file their taxes, it is particularly important that senior citizens are proactive and aware when dealing with tax preparation.

Here are our top three tips for seniors this tax season.

Beware of Scams

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Visiting Elderly? Be Vigilant. Use Your Senses.

Elders who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are prone to wandering, can show aggression, combativeness and signs of confusion. A small number of these Alzheimer’s and dementia patients often exhibit these symptoms in the late-afternoon and evening, this is typically referred to as “sundowning.”

Dealing with the Holiday Blues?
Seniors are Vulnerable to Seasonal Depression

According to health experts, the phrase “Happy Holidays” isn’t the case for everyone. The American Geriatrics Society reports that this time of year can be especially hard for seniors.

Are you a working family caregiver?

Recent studies found that three out of five family caregivers are also working outside of the home.  The study estimates that these double-duty workers are providing 22 billion hours of unpaid care each year but it's costing these family caregivers billions of dollars annually in costs and lost wages.

Now that you and your loved one have decided to hire an in-home caregiver, it is time to start searching for a reliable home care agency. There are many questions you should ask the agency. Here are some of them:

There comes a time when you realize that your elderly parents can no longer take care of themselves and need a little help. If they are like most people, they would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home.