Elder Care

A Guide to Side Gigs That Are Perfect for Senior Caregivers

As a caregiver, you’re naturally a nurturing person. Use that trait to your advantage when selecting a side hustle. For example, you might start a child or pet care business. If you’ve got a green thumb, you can always take on some lawn maintenance jobs in your neighbourhood. Lastly, if you have experience with things like coding or graphic design, you can find freelancer jobs that allow you to work from home.

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Memorial Day Musings

There is nothing wrong with going to the beach or having a family picnic on Memorial Day. My grandfather, who died when I was twenty-one, often reminded us that he and his compatriots fought for our right to have those parties and picnics. However, it’s important to remember that this holiday has a somber element. We are meant to remember the military officers – fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings – in our family. We are meant to honor their service. We are meant to tell their stories.

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Music and Memory

Just as people who stutter are often encouraged to sing to help their speech flow more freely, singing or playing music makes memories flow and allows conversations to happen more easily. When an elderly relative or someone with cognitive impairment can’t remember or can’t find words to speak, playing music or singing together can help the memories flow. Singing a favorite “oldie” like Elvis’s “Love me Tender” might trigger memories of first loves while playing classical pieces might spark conversations about anything from weddings to concerts.

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